Israel Police Cracking Down on the Following in the Sharon District

January 29th, 2017

mishIsrael Police on Sunday, 2 Shevat, announced traffic enforcement units in the Sharon region last week conducted an enforcement campaign and issued summonses for the following violations.

1. Not yielding right of way to pedestrians (3)

2. Failing to obey a stop sign (4)

3. Using a mobile phone while driving (14)

4. Failing to have a child in an appropriate seat/restraint (6)

5. Passing a solid white line (2)

6. Aggressive parking (2)

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

The Doctors Put a Price Tag on Mommy’s Life

January 29th, 2017

It was only a month ago that we learned that my beloved wife has cancer. By that time it had already spread throughout her entire body. 

Amazing, and terrifying, how a diagnosis can change everything. Like any husband and father, I naively assumed we would watch our children grow together, marry them off together, see grandchildren together. Now, time is slipping out from under our fingers. After a month of devastating fear, a ray of hope shone into our lives. The doctors told us there is a medication now available that can lengthen her life. The bad news is, the medication is 30,000 shekel a month.

Yes, my wife has a chance to live. But we simply cannot afford such a ‘luxury.’ How can you put a price on another day, month, or year of holding your child’s hand? How can you put a price on the mother of six beautiful children? Life is truly priceless, but in this case, the truth is a price has been placed. It is just small enough to give my poor sick wife hope for the future, and just significant enough for us to know that we can’t afford it.

That is why I am turning to you, strangers , members of klal yisroel. If you are a mother, or had a mother yourself, if you have ever lost someone who was too young to leave this world, or looked into the eyes of an orphan, you know that a person’s life and their potential to do good in the world is absolutely priceless. That is why I, a man who’s life was normal just a month ago, am begging you.

Save my wonderful wife’s life. Give my children their mother for a while longer. Your donation means everything to her, to me, to our children. Please, please, give what you can.



Trump Wants to Enlist Local Police in Immigration Crackdown

January 29th, 2017

truTo build his highly touted deportation force, President Donald Trump is reviving a long-standing program that deputizes local officers to enforce federal immigration law.

The program received scant attention during a week in which Trump announced plans to build a border wall, hire thousands more federal agents and impose restrictions on refugees from Middle Eastern countries.

But the program could end up having a significant impact on immigration enforcement around the country, despite falling out of favor in recent years amid complaints that it promotes racial profiling.

More than 60 police and sheriff’s agencies had the special authority as of 2009, applying for it as the nation’s immigration debate was heating up. Since then, the number has been halved and the effort scaled back as federal agents ramped up other enforcement programs and amid complaints officers weren’t focusing on the goal of catching violent offenders and instead arrested immigrants for minor violations, like driving with broken tail lights.

Sheriff Joe Arpaio used the program most aggressively in metro Phoenix, and he became arguably the nation’s best-known immigration enforcer at the local level in large part because of the special authority. In a strange twist, he was thrown out of office in the same election that vaulted Trump to the presidency, mostly because of mounting frustration over legal issues and costs stemming from the patrols.

In his executive order this week, Trump said he wants to empower local law enforcement to act as immigration officers and help with the “investigation, apprehension, or detention” of immigrants in the country illegally.

The move comes at a time when the country is sharply divided over the treatment of immigrants. Cities such as Chicago and San Francisco have opposed police involvement in immigration while some counties in Massachusetts and Texas are now seeking to jump in.

Proponents say police departments can help bolster immigration enforcement and prevent criminals from being released back into their neighborhoods, while critics argue that deputizing local officers will lead to racial profiling and erode community trust in police.

Cecillia Wang, an American Civil Liberties Union attorney, said police bosses who want to get into immigration enforcement should consider what happened when 100 of Arpaio’s deputies were given the federal arrest power.

The longtime sheriff used the authority to carry out traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The patrols were later discredited in a lawsuit in which a federal judge concluded Arpaio’s officers had racially profiled Latinos. The lawsuit so far cost county taxpayers $50 million.

“There are people like Joe Arpaio who have a certain political agenda who want to jump on the Trump bandwagon,” Wang said, adding later that the Arizona sheriff was “most vocal and shameless offender” in the program.

When asked to comment on Trump’s effort to revitalize the program, a Department of Homeland Security spokeswoman said the executive orders would speak for themselves.

Traditionally, police stayed out of immigration enforcement and left those duties to federal authorities. But a 1996 federal law opened up the possibility for local agencies to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and do citizenship checks of people in local jails.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out these checks from 2006 to 2015.

The Obama administration phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013, but still let agencies check whether people jailed in their jurisdiction were citizens. If they find that an inmate is in the country illegally, they typically notify federal authorities or hand them over to immigration officers. Today, more than 30 local agencies participate in the jail program.

Alonzo Pena, a retired deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement who once oversaw such agreements with police agencies, said some officers were using the authority in ways that didn’t match the agency’s enforcement priorities.

He said federal officials need to closely monitor participants to ensure their actions don’t veer away from the goal of catching violent offenders and confronting national security threats. “It’s hard to regulate to make sure it’s followed,” Pena said.

In California, three counties nixed the program after state legislation and a federal court ruling in nearby Oregon limited police collaboration with immigration enforcement. Orange County still makes the immigration checks inside its jail and flags inmates for deportation officers, but won’t hold anyone on behalf of federal authorities out of legal concerns.

“The window has narrowed to a large extent,” said Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Mike McHenry.

With Trump in office, the program has new life.

Even before the change in administration, two Republican county sheriffs in Massachusetts said they were starting programs. In Texas, Jackson County sheriff A. J. “Andy” Louderback said two officers will get trained to run immigration jail checks this spring and nearby counties want to follow suit.

Louderback said teaming up with federal agents will cost his agency roughly $3,000 — a small price to pay to cover for officers while they’re on a four-week training course, especially in an area struggling with human smuggling. Once the program is underway, he said immigration agents will send a daily van to pick up anyone flagged for deportation from jail.

“It just seems like good law enforcement to partner with federal law enforcement in this area,” he said. “It takes all of us to do this job.”

Experts said Trump’s outreach to local law enforcement will create an even bigger split between sanctuary cities that keep police out of immigration enforcement and those eager to help the new president bolster deportations.

“There is no question that in order to do the type of mass deportation that he promised, it will require him conscripting local law enforcement agencies,” said Chris Newman, legal director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “It is going to balkanize things … and we’re going to see more of the extremes.”


Republican Leader in Israel Blames Israel for Delaying Embassy Move

January 29th, 2017

embasy-telavivL. Marc Zell, who serves as co-chairman of Republican Overseas in Israel, on motzei Shabbos clarified the delay in moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is due to Israel and not the Trump administration.

Zell made his comments to Haaretz, stating “Trump has been unequivocally in favor of moving the embassy and remains so” and the delay is the result of concerns by Israel.

Zell, a resident of a Gush Etzion community, remains confident the move will take place, albeit not immediately. He added the Trump administration remains a true friend of Israel, citing just last week when the government announced plans to build 2,500 housing units over the Green Line, the US did not condemn it as was the case during the previous administration.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Priebus: No Regrets Holocaust Statement Didn’t Refer to Jews

January 29th, 2017

holWhite House chief of staff Reince Priebus says there are no regrets a presidential statement on the Holocaust didn’t include a clear reference to the 6 million Jews who were killed.

He says he doesn’t regret the words and that “we’ll never forget the Jewish people who suffered in World War II.”

Trump’s three-paragraph statement Friday on International Holocaust Remembrance Day drew criticism from the Anti-Defamation League after it failed to make any reference to Jews, in contrast with presidents from previous administrations.

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia says a Holocaust remembrance must acknowledge the slaughter of Jews, otherwise it becomes “Holocaust denial.”

Priebus tells NBC’s “Meet the Press” he’s “not whitewashing anything” and that for the record, “Everyone’s heart is impacted here by that terrible time.”


Former DeBlasio Press Secretary Compares Trump To Hitler In NY Daily News Op-Ed

January 29th, 2017

trAn op-ed appearing in Sunday’s NY Daily News compares President Trump to Hitler YM”S. The article was written by Karen Hinton who is the former press secretary for NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The following are excerpts of the column:

Normally people hesitate to compare any violator of human and civil rights on a grand scale to Hitler for fear of minimizing what Hitler did.

And, while most Americans can never know what it was like to be Jewish in the time of Hitler, perhaps we — after ten days of Trump — can start to imagine, especially if we recall what we know about Germany in Hitler’s adolescent days.

In Forward magazine, Andrew Nagorski, who wrote “Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Rise to Power,” described Jews and non-Jews’ slow wake-up call to the Nazi danger:

“In the very early 1920s, when Adolf Hitler was still only a local rabble rouser in Munich, two men from Munich’s American consulate made a point of observing his rallies: Robert Murphy, the young acting consul, and Paul Drey, a German employee who was a member of a distinguished Bavarian Jewish family.

“Do you think these agitators will ever get far?” Murphy asked his colleague. “Of course not!” Drey replied. “The German people are much too intelligent to be taken in by such scamps.”

Nagorski wrote German Jews and many Americans in Germany thought Hitler would “never act on his most extreme rhetoric, and besides, the donations would keep him reasonable.”

Almost 100 years later, we are hearing similar remarks from smart and politically-seasoned Americans. “It’s all going to calm down.” “He needs to placate his base.” “The Republicans won’t let him destroy the party.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s actions could very well result in refugees being murdered when they return to their homelands. Their lives should matter to the President and to all Americans.


A Week Into the Job, Trump Labels Media ‘The Opposition Party’

January 29th, 2017

cnnPresident Donald Trump joined his chief strategist Friday in characterizing the media as “the opposition party,” expressing an unusually high level of antagonism toward the press just a week into his administration.

Trump, echoing comments made by strategist Steve Bannon earlier this week, told CBN News that a “big portion of the media” is guilty of “dishonesty, total deceit and deception. It makes them certainly partially the opposition party.”

Trump continued that the media is “much more capable than the opposition party. The opposition party is losing badly. Now the media is on the opposition party’s side.”

The comments are hardly the first time a president has expressed open hostility toward the media. Richard Nixon referred to the media as an enemy and his vice president, Spiro Agnew, called reporters “nattering nabobs of negativism.” Lyndon Baines Johnson once complained that if he could walk across the Potomac River, the headline the next day would be “President Can’t Swim.”

But Trump’s antagonism toward the media just a week after he took the oath of office is far from the norm, historians said Friday, citing the many past presidents who made at least the appearance of reaching out to the press.

“To come right out of the blocks in this extremely adversarial stance is kind of unprecedented,” said David Greenberg, a professor of history at Rutgers University who has written about the Nixon presidency. “Even when Nixon began he promised an open administration.”

Trump’s statement extends the tenor he struck with the media even before he took office, said Mark Updegrove, the director of the LBJ Presidential Library who is also a presidential historian. A week in, it’s clear that there will no honeymoon period for this president with the media, he said.

“Trump made no secret of how he felt about the press during the campaign and during the transition. That was unusual. So there were shots that were fired well before the inauguration and it portended the relationship,” Updegrove said.

Greenberg, a former reporter and editor, said the media has played a consciously adversarial role with the presidency since the 1960s or 1970s, seeing it as their job to hold power to account and investigate administrations. Criticism of the media can resonate with a president’s supporters. But Trump’s criticism is outsized, he said.

“Most presidents find themselves lashing out, or at least being privately upset at how they’re treated. I think its human nature. Trump is just an extreme case,” he said.


European Leaders Oppose Trump Travel Ban, Far Right Applauds

January 29th, 2017

trmaThe leaders of Britain and Germany joined other American allies Sunday in criticizing President Donald Trump’s U.S. entry ban for people from some Muslim-majority countries, even as far-right politicians on the continent celebrated the move.

British Prime Minister Theresa May does “not agree” with Trump’s order and will challenge the U.S. government if it has an adverse effect on British nationals, a spokesman said. The official comment came after May refused to condemn the ban during a visit to Turkey to meet with Turkish leaders. She said in Turkey that the decision was a matter solely for the U.S.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel also regrets the travel ban.

“She is convinced that even the necessary, resolute fight against terrorism doesn’t justify putting people of a particular origin or particular faith under general suspicion,” Merkel spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

Merkel raised the issue during a phone call with Trump on Saturday, citing the 1951 Geneva Refugee Convention that calls on signatories to take in people fleeing war, Seibert said.

“The German government will now examine what consequences the U.S. government’s measures have for German citizens with dual citizenship and, if necessary, represent their interests toward our American partners,” he said.

An initial joint U.S.-German statement following the call made no mention of the topic of refugees or travel bans.

Among the first leaders to voice criticism was French President Francois Hollande, who said Saturday that “when (Trump) rejects the arrival of refugees, while Europe has done its duty, we should respond to him.”

Meanwhile, nationalist and far-right groups in Europe applauded the U.S. travel restrictions.

The Dutch anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders said in a tweet: “Well done @POTUS it’s the only way to stay safe free. I would do the same. Hope you’ll add more Islamic countries like Saudi Arabia soon.”

Wilders, whose Party for Freedom is polling strongly before the country’s March 15 election, later tweeted: “No more immigration from any Islamic country is exactly what we need. Also in The Netherlands. For Islam and freedom are incompatible.”

The far-right National Democratic Party in Germany celebrated what it described as “the massive restriction on the entry of pseudo-refugees and Muslims to the USA.”

“For the first time ever one can say from a nationalist perspective: keep going, USA,” the party wrote on its official Facebook page.

In Italy, the leader of the anti-immigrant Northern League party expressed admiration for Trump’s entry ban.

“What Trump’s doing on the other side of the ocean, I’d like it done also here,” Matteo Salvini told reporters on the sidelines of a conference. Referring to the hundreds of thousands of asylum-seekers and economic migrants brought to Italy in the last few years after being rescued in the Mediterranean, Salvini said there is “an invasion underway which needs to be blocked.”

Salvini is pressing for early elections and courting other far-right leaders for a possible campaign coalition.


VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Armed Terrorists Apprehended in Karnei Shomron

January 29th, 2017

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Two terrorists armed with knives were detected near the perimeter fence of Karnei Shomron on Sunday, 2 Shevat.

The community security officer and another responded, neutralizing the threat without injuries.

The armed terrorists, a male and female, did not comply for a bit until persuaded if they do not drop the knives they would be shot.

The security office remained calm and B’chasdei Hashem neutralized them without incident as seen in the video.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem / Photos & Video: צופן מצב via Media Resource Group)

Jordan King to Visit US, 3 Days After Trump’s Refugee Ban

January 29th, 2017

abdJordan’s King Abdullah II is to begin a working visit to Washington on Monday, three days after President Donald Trump temporarily banned entry to the U.S. from seven Muslim-majority countries and suspended the refugee resettlement program.

State media have said the king would meet with administration officials and members of Congress, but did not mention a White House visit.

Pro-Western Jordan isn’t among the countries slapped with the 90-day travel ban, imposed over security concerns, but views refugee resettlement to the U.S. and other countries as a way of easing its own burden; Jordan hosts more than 650,000 displaced Syrians.

Analyst Fahed Khitan said Sunday that a possible U.S. shift in the military campaign against Islamic State extremists will likely be an issue. Jordan belongs to a U.S.-led anti-IS coalition.


WATCH: WH Chief of Staff Priebus Tells ‘Meet The Press’ We Won’t Apologize For Keeping America Safe

January 29th, 2017

President Trump’s WH chief of staff Reince Priebus joins NBC’s Chuck Todd on ‘Meet The Press’ to defend Trump’s executive order restricting people coming into the U.S. from seven middle eastern countries.

“The fact of the matter is that 325,000 people from foreign countries came into the United States yesterday, and 109 people were detained for further questioning. Most of those people were moved out. We’ve got a couple dozen more that remain,” Priebus told Todd. “I would suspect that as long as they are not awful people, they will be moved through today… If they’re folks that shouldn’t be in this country, they’re going to be detained. So we apologize for nothing here.”

Mexico Angered at Israel for Backing Trump’s Wall

January 29th, 2017

wallAfter Mexico’s President announced he was canceling his first planned visit to meet with President Donald Trump after the latter announced he is moving ahead with his planned wall to block illegal aliens from crossing into the USA from Mexico. Trump added that one way or another, Mexico would be paying for the wall.

PM Netanyahu used Twitter to congratulate Trump on the decision, which he calls a good one based on Israel doing the same along the Egyptian border to block illegals entering from Africa. This resulted from an angry Mexican response which was followed by that country’s Foreign Ministry reported by Reuters saying “The Foreign Ministry expressed to the government of Israel, via its ambassador in Mexico, its profound astonishment, rejection and disappointment over Prime Minister Netanyahu’s message on Twitter about the construction of a border wall.”

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)