Jerusalem Terrorists Target the Light Rail

August 26th, 2014

jlrnArab terrorists in Yerushalayim on Monday 29 Menachem Av decided to target the light rail, launching attacks with rocks and firebombs. As a result, service north of Shuafat has been halted leaving residents of Pisgat Ze’ev to use shuttle buses to get to the center of the city and other areas.

Once again Arab residents of the northern capital have paralyzed light rail service, causing significant hardship for many riders. It appears that authorities prefer to stop the train service rather than address the attacks with a hard hand.

Officials announced on Tuesday 1 Rosh Chodesh Elul that eight trains are out of service due to damage sustained in attacks.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Obama Vows Justice in Murder of American

August 26th, 2014

aPresident Barack Obama says “America does not forget” and is vowing justice for the murder of an American journalist.

The president said the country continues to grieve James Foley, killed last week by Islamic State militants.

Obama called the killers “barbaric terrorists.” He signaled that a response may take some time.

He said — quote — “Rooting out a cancer like ISIL won’t be easy and it won’t be quick.”

But he said America is patient and “justice will be done.”

(AP)

Boro Park: CB12 & OJPC Announce Seminar For Local Businesses In Conjunction With The Dept. Of Consumer Affairs

August 26th, 2014

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Community Board 12, the OJPC along with the Department of Consumer Affairs will be holding a seminar for retail store owners in the district.

After receiving various complaints from local merchants and at the urging of the OJPC (Orthodox Jewish Political Club), Community Board 12 has reached out to the Department of Consumer Affairs and asked them to come down and meet with our local businesses to help them be DCA compliant, pass inspections and prevent them from getting excessive fines. We are happy to announce that the DCA agreed and will be coming to our district today at 7:00pm.

After the new Commissioner of the Department of Consumer Affairs, Julie Menin, announced a wide-ranging package of nearly two-dozen reforms that have been implemented as of July 1st to bring much-needed relief to thousands of New York City’s small businesses, including reducing the number and cost of fines, increasing transparency and fairness, and greatly expanding the education of and outreach to businesses, this was the right time to invite the DCA to our community to put those reforms into practice.

There are many rules and regulations that numerous store owners are unaware of. This seminar will address those rules and regulations and will inform store owners on how to be compliant in all of those that pertain to their particular business as set forth by the Department of Consumer Affairs. This information will help businesses pass inspections thereby avoiding violations and fines. In addition, there will be information for owners on the process of applying for and renewal of licenses.

Representatives from the Department of Consumer Affairs will make the presentation followed by a question and answer session.

“I am grateful to the DCA for accepting our invitation and am very excited for the upcoming seminar that will be a major benefit to our local merchants and will help these hard working store owners avoid excessive fines,” said District Manager Barry Spitzer.

“As Chairman of CB12 my top priority is boosting local businesses and helping them succeed. This is a great opportunity to do just that and I applaud the DCA and Commissioner Menin for the reforms they are instituting at the agency,” said Chairman Yidel Perlstein.

“The local merchants have been suffering for so long by getting huge fines, finally they will get the proper education to avoid them in the future,” said Joe Gross, Treasurer of OJPC.

The seminar will be held on today at 7:00 pm at the offices of Community Board 12, located at 5910 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219.

As there is limited seating, we ask those who wish to attend to please RSVP to bk12@cb.nyc.gov or call the Board office at 718-851-0800.

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Slonim Rebbe Shlita: Don’t Report to Draft Centers

August 26th, 2014

idffThe Slonim Rebbe Shlita has instructed his chassidim to ignore draft orders from the IDF, including the first order. Maran HaGaon HaRav Aaron Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita has instructed his followers to respond to the first order and only fill out personal information, nothing more. HaGaon HaRav Shmuel Auerbach Shlita feels that bochrim and avreichim should not respond to any draft orders, including the first one, of the same opinion of the Slonim Rebbe.

With the opening of the new zman Rosh Yeshivas Slonim HaGaon Rav Moshe Brozovsky, a son of the rebbe, told talmidim in the rebbe’s name that no one should report to any IDF draft center. He explained that some bochrim have a weaker composition and may be taken in chas v’sholom. He added if bochrim are permitted to report as a group and not individually, then they may do so regarding the first order only.

The rebbe’s instructions are pertinent to talmidim and avreichim alike and pertain to the special chareidi induction center in Tel Hashomer as well regular induction centers.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

BDE: 2nd Fatality Announced in Today’s Deadly Mortar Attack from Gaza

August 26th, 2014
A second man who was wounded in the mortar attack in the Eshkol region today has died. Hours before the ceasefire the Palestinian terrorists unleashed a barrage of rockets and mortars.
A mortar made a direct hit killing one man instantly and injuring 4 others.  The man, initially was reported to have serious injuries and Doctors tried their best to resuscitate the man, however sadly it was just announced that he has succumbed to his wounds.

This marks the 2nd fatality from today’s mortar attack.

(Yitzchok Begin – YWN)

 

Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5 Million AC Power Cords

August 26th, 2014

hpHewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.

HP has received 29 reports of power cords overheating and melting or charring, resulting in two claims of minor burns and 13 claims of minor property damage.

The Hewlett-Packard LS-15 AC power cords were distributed with HP and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers, and with AC adapter-powered accessories including docking stations.

The power cords are black and have an “LS-15″ molded on the AC adapter end of the cord. They were manufactured in China.

The notebook and mini-notebook computers and accessories were sold with the AC power cords at computer and electronics stores, authorized dealers and online at www.hp.com from September 2010 to June 2012 for about $500 to $1500.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement. Consumers can continue using the computer on battery power. Hewlett-Packard can be reached at 877-219-6676 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.hp.com and click “Recalls” at the bottom of the page for more information.

(AP)

Ashdod Mayor: It’s Too Early to Celebrate the Ceasefire

August 26th, 2014

ceaseAshdod Mayor Dr. Yechiel Lasri tells the media that while he is pleased the warfare has stopped; he is not celebrating just yet and will wait to evaluate the integrity of the ceasefire.

Regarding the opening of schools on September 1st, he explains “we have five days. If by then there has been a total cessation of rocket fire then schools may open on schedule”. Dr. Lasri is among the growing number of mayors in southern Israel expressing concerns over opening schools as rocket fire from Gaza continues.

In a related message, the head of the Eshkol Regional Council has instructed residents who have relocated not to return home at this time despite the ceasefire declaration. He told Channel 2 News that we must wait for at least three days to evaluate the integrity of the ceasefire and learn the details of the deal.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

New YWN Segment: Tueday Tech Review With Nesanel – Filtering your Mobile Device

August 26th, 2014

unnamedIt is my pleasure to announce the all-new technology column here on TheYeshivaWorld.com. In this column we are going to discuss pertinent issues with technology from a Frum perspective with solutions to help those looking to protect their homes from unwanted exposure. In addition, we are going to review devices, introduce new technology, and offer technological advice. We are also going to inform you about the latest options in cell-phone, home phone, & internet providers, to help you find the best and most affordable solution for you.

While we are going to discuss technology, in no way are we promoting the use of technology or internet and we are not going to discuss what is okay to do as far as Halacha is concerned. Each individual should consult their own Halachic Authority to determine whether or not the use of such devices is okay for them.

In this first article we are going to discuss something that is constantly brought up in the Frum community; internet filters. Many people think that filters cost a lot of money and are a hassle to deal with. We are going to try to make the task of finding the right filter for you and your device a little easier.

k9This topic is very different for individuals using tablets than it is for those using smartphones and even more so for those using personal computers. All three categories are extremely important to cover and we want to make sure to get you the best information so we will start to cover smartphones and tablets in this article and work our way to desktop computers in the near future.

In general there are two options for filtering a smartphone; either installing an alternate browser that filters web activity on the device or installing a filter that will monitor web activity on the device’s stock browser (the browser that comes with the device, i.e. Safari or Chrome). The downside to the first option is that you have to disable the stock browser which is generally the browser that works best on that particular device. The downside to the second option is that some of those filters do not offer filtering of other apps on the device. Otherwise, both of these options work well, however, your options change based on your operating system.

1For Apple devices, a popular alternate browser/filter is the free K9 Web Browser. With this option, there is no need to disable safari, as K9 will do that for you if you choose this option in K9’s settings. When installing K9 be sure to select Admin Mode in the settings as well, which will prevent K9 from being uninstalled without a password. I always recommend splitting a password with someone that you trust and is accessible so that settings can be adjusted when needed but not without supervision. K9 is a pretty decent browser – on Apple devices – on its own but does not compare to Safari by any means. K9 will filter all of your apps for you but it does have bugs and is not perfect. K9 is not customizable at this time and you cannot block, or blacklist, nor can you allow, or whitelist, specific websites. You can create white and black lists in the Apple restrictions settings but K9 would override those options.

A way that you can make your experience better is to use the stock filtering that comes on every Apple device together with K9 and you will be pretty well off. In Apple’s settings, under restrictions, you can set the content-allowed level to different age levels. In order for this to work you need to set the filter to age 12 (age 17 still allows inappropriate content and for young children you will want to select an even lower option). In addition to this, you can further filter the app store in the same manner and block apps that are rated 17+ from being downloaded to the device. My suggestion is to choose two different passwords for the Apple device; one for the passcode to enter the device, and one for the restrictions. The restriction passcode can be split between two individuals (i.e. each spouse has two numbers) thereby protecting the individual from changing the settings. You still need to be aware that restoring the device to factory settings will remove K9 from the device. While for most people this would be too inconvenient to keep doing (as you need to keep setting up the phone from scratch) it is still something to keep in mind.

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On Android devices, you can also install K9 browser, however, the browser itself does not work on many android devices which can leave you without any browser much of the time. On Android devices, the app store can also be filtered by going into settings in the app store itself and setting the content at “Everyone”. Once the option is selected, it will prompt you to set a passcode which, once again, can be split and will be needed to change these settings from then on.

Therefore, people with Android devices tend to opt for the other free option of installing a filter on the device that will filter the stock browser.

In our next article we will cover a great option for filtering your Android device. If you have any questions about the article, help with your device, or would like specific topics covered in future articles, I can be reached at Nesanelm@theyeshivaworld.com

Until next time,

(Nesanel Moeller - YWN)

US Health Official: Ebola Has ‘Upper Hand’

August 26th, 2014

ebolaThe Ebola virus has the “upper hand” in an outbreak that has killed more than 1,400 people in West Africa, a top American health official said, adding that experts have the tools to stop it.

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is visiting Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three hardest hit countries, this week.

Nigeria has also recorded cases, but officials have expressed optimism that its spread there can be controlled. On Tuesday, Frieden continues his visit in Liberia, which has the most cases and deaths.

“Lots of hard work is happening, lots of good things are happening,” Frieden told a meeting attended by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Monday. “But the virus still has the upper hand.”

The current outbreak is the largest ever and experts have struggled to contain it for a host of reasons: doctors took a long time to identify it, it is happening in a region where people are highly mobile, it has spread to densely populated areas and many people have resisted or hid from treatment. The disease has overwhelmed already struggling health systems in some of the world’s poorest countries.

But Frieden expressed optimism that the outbreak can be contained.

“Ebola doesn’t spread by mysterious means, we know how it spreads,” he said in his remarks, which were broadcast on Liberian TV. “So we have the means to stop it from spreading, but it requires tremendous attention to every detail.”

Liberia has resorted to some of the most stringent measures to control the disease, including sealing off an entire slum neighborhood in the capital. Sirleaf has also declared a state of emergency and ordered all her ministers and top government officials to remain in the country or return from any trips.

Late Monday, her office said in a statement that any official who defied that order had been fired. The order was issued a few weeks ago and officials had been given a week to return. The statement did not say how many or who had been fired.

According to the latest World Health Organization tally, the Ebola outbreak has killed 1,427 people of the 2,615 sickened. The U.N. health agency says that 240 health care workers have been infected with Ebola, calling that an unprecedented number. Half of those infected have died.

The agency said that the high number of infections among health workers is due to a shortage of protective gear and its improper use and a shortage of staff to treat the tremendous influx of patients.

In the current outbreak as many as 90,000 protective suits will be needed every month, according to Jorge Castilla, an epidemiologist with the European Union Commission’s Department for Humanitarian Aid. That estimate takes into account a recent increase in the number of beds available for treating Ebola patients and more stringent standards to protect health workers.

There has been a severe shortage of that equipment that is only now beginning to be resolved, he said. He did not say exactly how many suits were lacking.

The outbreak also desperately needs more workers to trace the people that the sick have come into contact with and more centers where patients can be screened for the disease in a safe way that contains any Ebola infections, said Castilla, who recently returned from a trip to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A separate Ebola outbreak emerged over the weekend in Congo, though experts say it is not related to the West African epidemic. Doctors Without Borders, which is running many of the treatment centers in the West Africa outbreak, said it was also sending experts and supplies to Equateur, a northwestern province of Congo. But the medical charity has already warned that the West African outbreak has stretched its resources.

“In normal times, we’re able to mobilize teams specializing in hemorrhagic fevers, but currently we are facing an enormous epidemic in West Africa, limiting our capacity to respond to the outbreak in Equateur province,” said Jeroen Beijnberger, the group’s medical coordinator in Congo. “We need other actors to rapidly mobilize with us to help the (Congolese) Ministry of Health: We won’t succeed alone.”

(AP)

NEW YORK: Jewish Couple Attacked by Thugs that Fled in Vehicles Decorated with Palestinian Flags

August 26th, 2014

palestine_flag002_16x9A group of thugs sympathetic to the Palestinian narrative attacked a Jewish couple as they walked down the street on the Upper East side of New York.  The attack, which happened after 8:00 PM started with anti Semitic slurs before it turned violent.

Two cars and multiple motorcycles pulled up to the couple on East 63rd Street near Third Avenue just after 8 p.m. The husband and wife were targeted as the man wore a Yarmulka and it was obvious that they were Jewish.

Eye witness accounts state that the cars were decked with Palestinian flags and bumper stickers. The arab group pulled up to the unassuming Jewish couple as they cursed them with anti semetic slurs and taunts. Then one of the thugs threw a full water bottle at the man’s wife and hit her in the head. The man stood in front of his cowering wife to protect her and was subsequently attacked by the group. Members of the group punched the man in the face and fled the scene in their Palestinian decorated vehicles. Sources tell YWN  that the couple were not seriously injured and refused medical attention at the scene.

(Yitzchok Begin – YWN)

VIDEO: Parents of Aaron Sofer Plead for Assistance in Locating their Missing Son

August 26th, 2014

CaptureThe search for Aaron Sofer has finally caught the attention of the mainstream media. Various news outlets are just waking up to the news that an American studying in Israel has gone missing without a trace. There are currently no leads that point to any direction as to the whereabouts of the missing boy. In an effort to locate missing Aaron, his parents have realeased a video pleading for public assistance in finding the boy. Fears are mounting and tensions are high as the first day of elul zman started albeit without the 23 year old boy.

A Family spokesman  said on Monday “A physically, mentally and emotionally healthy young man does not go missing for 72 hours”

His parents have announced a 100,000 ILS reward to anyone that has information leading to the finding of their son.

Aaron Sofer, 23, of Lakewood, went hiking in the Beit Zayit area of the Jerusalem forest with a friend on Friday when the two became separated at approximately 12 p.m., local time, while they were navigating down a steep incline.

Please daven for Aaron ben Chulda

ISA: Hamas Uses Mosques, Hospitals & Other Public Facilities as Cover for Military Activity

August 26th, 2014

hamDuring Operation Protective Edge, various Hamas terrorists have been arrested and investigated by the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet). Their investigations have mainly served to gather information and warnings, which were passed on to the IDF, about launch sites, infiltration and attack tunnels, arsenals and booby-trapped access routes.

In addition, during the various investigations a disturbing picture was put together regarding Hamas’s use of the civilian population and public buildings to carry out military actions on the assumption that Israel would refrain from attacking them.

In this context, prominent use was made of mosques and hospitals as meeting points and hideouts. Worse still was the digging of tunnels and launch sites, and the placing of arsenals, near kindergartens.

Following are outstanding examples:

I. Mosques as meeting places, training areas, for the concealment of war materiel, and for armed police activity

* Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Yunis said that the Alsafa and Alabra mosques in Khan Yunis serve as meeting and assembly points for Hamas terrorists. In the Alabra mosque, the assembly point is in an underground shelter.

* Muhammad Ala’a from Khan Yunis and Muwaz Abu Tim from Bani Suheila said that they were recruited for Hamas military activity at the Alabrar and Khalid Ben Alulid mosques in Khan Yunis and Bani Suheila, respectively, by Osama Altabesh.

* Iyad Abu Rida from Hazara said that the Hamas-affiliated Jamaat Asnad association is located on the second floor of the Altikva mosque in Hazara.

* Muhammad Ramadan from Khan Yunis said that his February 2014 training as an anti-tank fighter took place in a hall located beneath the Alshafi mosque in Khan Yunis. He added that the hall serves as an Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigades training and instruction facility and as such is closed to non-military personnel. He said that the Alatzlakh mosque in Khan Yunis serves as a meeting point for Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigade terrorists for military activity against the IDF, and that the Albana mosque serves as a meeting point for brigade terrorists who have been summoned for action in the attack tunnels.

* Muhammad Abu Daraz from Greater Ibsan said that Izzadin Al-Kassam Brigade terrorists monitor IDF movements from the Abad Alrahman mosque and added that two IEDs had been concealed in the Altoheid mosque.

* Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Yunis said that mosques in Khan Yunis serve as sites to conceal war materiel such as RPGs, heavy PKC machine guns and AK-47s. He said that the Hamas members responsible for the mosques use them as they please. He added that local schools and hospitals, including, the Nasser and Halal hospitals, are as arsenals.

* Khatem Abu Rida from Hazara said that the Altikva mosque in Hazara is used as a lookout from which orders are passed along to terrorists regarding where to plant IEDs and added that the Altoheid mosque is used as a center for armed police activity.

* Abdel Rahman Balousha from Khan Yunis said that armed police activity was carried out adjacent to the Uthman ibn Ifan and Abdallah ibn Masoud mosques in the Alkheif junction area.

* Ibrahim Abu Shawish from Khan Yunis said that armed police activity is carried out adjacent to the Hassan Albana and Abu Dir mosques and the Haroun Alrashid school.

II. Tunnels in proximity to kindergartens and mosques

* Afif Jerakh and Amad Jerakh from Beit lahiya said that an attack tunnel had been dug close to a kindergarten.

* Muhammad Abu Daraz from Greater Ibsan said a tunnel in which he worked was begun next to the Alfukhari clinic adjacent to the Abu Daka family home. He said that in the area in Hazara in which he was arrested there is a kindergarten, next to a clinic, to which he was to bring prisoners in the event of a successful kidnapping.

* Isa Khalil Muhammad Najar from Hazara said that he knew of a tunnel in the area of the Saalh E-Din mosque.

* Iyad Abu Rida from Hazara said that he heard that in the 2013 winter a tunnel – used to launch rockets at Israel – collapsed adjacent to the Salah E-Din mosque.

III. Hospitals as hideouts

Muhammad Alqadra from Khan Yunis said that it was well known that senior Hamas leaders and their armed bodyguards, usually in police uniforms, openly hide in hospitals. He said that guards are stationed at the admission department in the Nasser hospital in Khan Yunis and added that it was his assessment that the Hamas leadership in Gaza, including Ismail Haniye, is hiding in Shefa hospital in Gaza City, in an area that is not accessible to civilians, accompanied by plainclothes armed bodyguards.

* Samir Abu Luli from Rafiach said that since the start of fighting many armed policemen at Alnajar hospital in Rafiach have been blocking off certain sections of the hospital and not allowing anyone, including members of patients’ families to enter.

* Nafez Salouf from Rafiach said he knows that Hamas and other terrorists are hiding in the Alnajar hospital. He asserted that on 31 July 2013 he was at the site and saw many terrorists in a three-storey hospital building, adding that civilians needing medical treatment had been put into the street.

* Marad Amr from Khan Yunis said that before he was arrested he saw a Hamas Toyota military jeep blocking the entrance to the European hospital in Khan Yunis.

* Muaman Najar from Hazara said that during the fighting he delivered food to his brother Muhammad, who serves in the financial office of a local terrorist organization, while the latter was hiding in Nasser hospital.

It is clear from the foregoing that Hamas knowingly and intentionally operates in and adjacent to civilian areas, including in kindergartens, hospitals and mosques in order to carry out military activity. Hamas thus endangers the civilian population even in times of calm given that munitions are liable to go off and put lives at risk. During fighting, Hamas deliberately operates in these locales, thus turning the civilian population into human shields on the assumption that Israel will be blamed for any injury and loss of life.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Statement On Missing Lakewood Student Aaron Sofer

August 26th, 2014

aharon-soferU.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement today concerning Aaron Sofer, a student from Lakewood, N.J., who went missing while on a hike with a friend outside Jerusalem.

“My thoughts are with Aaron, his family, and the entire Lakewood community as the search for this bright, devout, and loving young man continues. I’m deeply concerned about his disappearance and have been in consistent contact with the State Department and U.S. officials on the ground in Israel since this was reported. I’m praying for his safe and speedy return. I will continue to press for all possible resources to be used to help locate and return Aaron to his family.”

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

WATCH: Large Press Conference By Elected Officals In Lakewood For Missing Yeshiva Student Aaron Sofer

August 26th, 2014

Israeli police said Tuesday they are searching for a Lakewood resident studying in Yeshiva who disappeared while on a hike in a forest outside Jerusalem last week.

Twenty-three-year-old Aharon Sofer of Lakewood, New Jersey, was last seen Friday, said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

He said the police were pursuing all avenues in their investigation, including the possibility that Sofer may have fallen victim to an attack by Palestinian terrorists.

Rosenfeld said that police have launched an extensive search for Sofer, who is a student at Reb Tzvi Kaplan’s Yeshiva. Sofer’s parents have flown to Israel.

Rosenfeld said Sofer was with a friend when he disappeared during a hike in the Jerusalem Forest. He said authorities have interviewed the friend and “are looking in all different directions” for Sofer.

U.S. Rep. Chris Smith and other New Jersey politicians attended a news conference Tuesday to draw attention to the missing student.

“I want the community to know that I believe no stone is being unturned,” said Smith, a Republican who has written to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asking for aid in the search.

At Tuesday’s gathering in Lakewood, the missing man’s brother, Yaahkov Sofer, pleaded, “Please bring him back.” He declined to speak further about his brother, who is one of 10 children in the family where the parents are a rabbi and a school office worker.

In Lakewood, there are growing worries about Sofer.

“Is he abducted?” asked Rabbi Yisroel Serebrowski, who leads a congregation in Cherry Hill and says he is a friend of the missing student’s parents. “Is he being tortured?”

“This is a real person who has real parents who are suffering,” Serebrowski said.

Congressman Chris Smith Statement On Missing Yeshiva Bochur Aaron Sofer

Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today expressed his hopes that his constituent, Aharon Sofer, of Lakewood, N.J., missing in Israel since Friday, Aug. 22, will be found and returned to his family, and called for the U.S. State Department to assist in every way possible.

“I learned about Aharon Sofer over the weekend and became very concerned for his well-being. I immediately sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Monday urging that the State Department take every action to help in the effort to locate Aharon,” said Smith, a senior member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. “Today, in response, Secretary Kerry’s chief of staff, David Wade, assured me that the Department ‘was totally committed to assisting Aharon and his family,’” Smith said.

Smith and his staff have spoken to Aharon’s father and uncle both of whom are in Israel to assist and advance the search for Aharon in and around the forest in Jerusalem where he was last seen hiking on Friday.

“I hold to hope that Aharon will be located and returned to his family safely,” Smith said. “Until that day comes, he and his family are in our prayers, and I will work with the State Department to use all resources available to find him and bring him to safety.”

Click here to read the Smith letter to Kerry.

Sen. Menendez Statement on the Search for Missing NJ Student Aaron Sofer in Israel

U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Aaron Sofer, a yeshiva student from Lakewood, New Jersey who went missing on Friday while hiking with a friend outside Jerusalem:

“I am deeply concerned over the disappearance of New Jersey student Aaron Sofer in Israel and I stand in solidarity with his family. My thoughts are with them and the Lakewood community during this trying time. By all accounts, Aaron is a devout and dedicated student, who travelled to Israel to enhance his knowledge and deepen his understanding of sacred Jewish texts. For yeshiva students like Aaron, there is no greater pursuit than to live and study in Jerusalem, while worshipping at Judaism’s holiest sites.

“Ever since I was notified that Aaron went missing in Israel, my office has worked very closely with the State Department, U.S. Embassy and Consular officials in Israel, and the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. While investigators are pursuing every lead, we keep Aaron and his family in our thoughts and prayers.”

U.S. Senator Cory Booker Statement On Missing Lakewood Student Aaron Sofer

U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement today concerning Aaron Sofer, a student from Lakewood, N.J., who went missing while on a hike with a friend outside Jerusalem.

“My thoughts are with Aaron, his family, and the entire Lakewood community as the search for this bright, devout, and loving young man continues. I’m deeply concerned about his disappearance and have been in consistent contact with the State Department and U.S. officials on the ground in Israel since this was reported. I’m praying for his safe and speedy return. I will continue to press for all possible resources to be used to help locate and return Aaron to his family.”

(AP)

Monday, 29 Menachem Av Intifada Timeline

August 26th, 2014

parWhile the rocket fire into areas of Israel continues, many are unaware of the increasing Arab violence throughout Yehuda, Shomron, Yerushalayim and other areas. The following is a glimpse in a few hours of what transpired?:

29:56:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs hurled a firebomb and rocks at a vehicle at Doar Junction in the Binyamin Council of Shomron.

19:50:

(Tatzpit Agency) A Jewish motorist was injured by rocks hurled at his vehicle in the Wadi Joz area of the capital, near Har HaZeisim.

19:27:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs rioted and hurled rocks at the border fence of Givon HaChadasha.

19:11:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs hurled rocks at a Jewish motorist near Dir Nizam in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron.

19:10:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs hurled rocks at a Jewish motorist near N’vei Yair in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron.

18:14:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs rioted and hurled rocks at vehicles near Elias Junction in Hebron.

17:55:

(Hatzalah Yosh) A passenger in a vehicle attacked by Arabs with stones was injured on the Hussan Bypass Road near Betar.

17:34:

Arabs rioted and started a brush fire near Karmei Tzur in the Gush Etzion district.

17:31:

(Tatzpit Agency) A bottle was hurled at a Jewish motorist near Maale Levana in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron. A child was injured by glass shards. The vehicle was damaged.

15:43:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs hurled rocks at motorists near Kikar Beit Anoun in the S. Hebron Hills district, near Kiryat Araba.

15:30:

(Tatzpit Agency) Rock attacks against Jewish motorists at HaOkfim Junction in the Etzion district.

15:27:

(Tatzpit Agency) Arabs hurled rocks at a bus near Sinjel, in the Shilo Junction area of the Binyamin Council region of Shomron.

13:26:

(Tatzpit Agency) A large fire suspected to be the result of Arab arson, broke out near N’vei Tzuf in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron.

13:08:

A motorist in the Armon HaNatziv area of the capital complained to police, explaining Arabs blocked the road, smashed his windshield and then robbed him.

12:58:

(Hatzalah Yosh) Rock-throwing attacks near Yishuv Ofra in the Binyamin Council region of Shomron.

12:42:

(Hatzalah Yosh) Jewish motorists were targeted in rock-throwing attacks near Sinjel Junction in Shomron.

12:27:

(Hatzalah Yosh) Jewish motorists were attacked in rock-throwing attacks in eastern Gush Etzion near Yishuv Tekoa.

12:10:

(Hatzalah Yosh) Rock-throwing attack against a bus traveling near Karmei Tzur.

09:40:

Rock-throwing attacks at Jewish motorists in N. Shomron near Yakir.

07:00:

Arabs carjacked a vehicle from residents of Karnei Shomron at knifepoint. Two Arabs blocked the road, Route 55, and when the vehicle came to a halt they attacked the occupants. They drove off towards Kalkilye. The driver sustained light injuries.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

NOW: Atzeres Tefillah At BMG For Missing Yeshiva Bochur Aaron Sofer

August 26th, 2014

Bv-ONZiIEAAHXHlAs fears of Klal Yisroel continue to grow in regards to the missing Lakewood Bachur Aaron Sofer, an Atzeres Tfillah will be taking place in BMG today for his safe return.

The Atzeres Tfillah will take place at 1:15 PM at the Beren Building Dining Room, 6th Street ad Private Way.

Please continue to be Mispallel for Aaron ben Chulda.

(Source: TLS)

Abbas Boasts the Ceasefire – Gaza Celebrates

August 26th, 2014

abasMinutes after 7 PM Israel time, PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen) continued addressing his people, boasting his brokered ceasefire. Simultaneously, residents of Gaza celebrated in the streets waving the familiar “V” sign to sign the victory over Israel, compelling Jerusalem to accept the ceasefire terms. Hamas leaders were seen outside of Shefa Hospital delivering their victory speech.

In Israel, the message is that Hamas has taken a major beating and Gaza had no option other than a ceasefire as it was all but shattered. Some 1,000 terrorists including senior commanders were eliminated, and the terror organization’s military infrastructure is for the most part destroyed and Hamas is almost out of ammunition.

Opponents to the ceasefire warn that this will only permit Hamas to restock and prepare for the next round of warfare. As this is being written sirens are sounding in the Eshkol Regional Council, a quarter of an hour following the beginning of the ceasefire.

In actuality, Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh took an unprecedented step, announcing he is accepting the Egyptian ceasefire, circumventing the leaders in Qatar. This is perhaps the most significant event, showing Hamas indeed was in need of a cessation of warfare. Haniyeh apparently wanted to come out of his bunker.

Israel has agreed to permit humanitarian aid into Gaza and will expand the Gaza fishing zone to six or eight miles. In addition Israel is not objecting to the rehabilitation of Gaza. These are all points that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu agreed to weeks ago.

What is noteworthy is that Hamas agreed to the deal without receiving its main demands, which included a lifting of the marine blockade on Gaza and the opening of all border crossings, including the Rafiach Crossing to Egypt. Israel has not agreed to release terrorists who were released in the Shalit deal and then re-arrested after returning to terrorism.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon remain silent at this time. There is no official word from senior state leaders in Israel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Congressman Chris Smith Statement On Missing Yeshiva Bochur Aaron Sofer

August 26th, 2014

asCongressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, today expressed his hopes that his constituent, Aharon Sofer, of Lakewood, N.J., missing in Israel since Friday, Aug. 22, will be found and returned to his family, and called for the U.S. State Department to assist in every way possible.

“I learned about Aharon Sofer over the weekend and became very concerned for his well-being. I immediately sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry Monday urging that the State Department take every action to help in the effort to locate Aharon,” said Smith, a senior member of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. “Today, in response, Secretary Kerry’s chief of staff, David Wade, assured me that the Department ‘was totally committed to assisting Aharon and his family,’” Smith said.

Smith and his staff have spoken to Aharon’s father and uncle both of whom are in Israel to assist and advance the search for Aharon in and around the forest in Jerusalem where he was last seen hiking on Friday.

“I hold to hope that Aharon will be located and returned to his family safely,” Smith said. “Until that day comes, he and his family are in our prayers, and I will work with the State Department to use all resources available to find him and bring him to safety.”

Click here to read the Smith letter to Kerry.

(YWN World Headquarters – NYC)