Dati Leumi Anger at Chareidim after Millions of Shekels Intended for Yishuvim Blocked in Finance Committee

December 9th, 2014

knessetThe final session of the Knesset Finance Committee of the 19th Knesset was held on Monday 16 Kislev hours before the plenum voted to dissolve the coalition. It was a stormy session, one in which Chairman MK (Bayit Yehudi) ousted MK (Labor) Stav Shafir no less than seven times. She and Yesh Atid MK Ofir Shelach opposed the planned approval of over major funding for yishuvim, calling the major budgetary allocation at this time “election bribery”. Despite her ongoing shouts, which led to her being ousted repeatedly, Chairman Slomiansky remained determined to get the funding pushed through before the Knesset was official dissolved, realizing it would be too late. 211 million shekels were approved for yishuvim and an additional 3.77 million shekels allocated for security infrastructure in those communities. The prime minister was certain to have the required people present for the meeting to pass those sums.

The funds to be allocated were from 2013 and 2014 state budget surpluses.

The firing of Yair Lapid as finance minister made the allocations possible. Tens of millions were approved for yishuvim but a second portion of the funding, which was to reach yishuvim indirectly via the World Zionist Organization, was not approved despite pleas from Slomiansky to Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen refused to change his position to support the bill. He refused to vote. This left the dati leumi tzibur with a bad taste for chareidim as he blocked the last possibility for that funding to yishuvim. Cohen’s refusal blocked 95 million shekels in additional funding for yishuvim in addition to 70 million shekels for the WZO Settlement Division. His actions led to anti-chareidi headlines on dati leumi news websites.

MK (Likud) Danny Danon, who is challenging Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for the party leadership position, insists the passing of funds to Yehuda and Shomron was justified as Lapid had no right to freeze the allocations in the first place.

When asked to comment, a treasury official explained the surplus from the budgets was frozen because it planned to use that money to cover the costs of Operation Protective Edge this past summer.

After the majority of the funding was allocated, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein joined in among the critics who felt the committee exceeded its moral mandate during a transition period.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Agudath Israel Leader challenges Jordanian Ambassador

December 9th, 2014

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In response to recent manifestations of explicit anti-Semitism in the Jordanian parliament, Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America, sent a letter today to the Jordanian Ambassador in Washington D.C.

In his letter Rabbi Zwiebel expresses surprise and disappointment that in “the immediate aftermath of the recent barbaric slaughter of Jewish men engrossed in prayer in Jerusalem, by two men who shouted a declaration of Islamic faith, there was no public reaction from the royal palace”. Rabbi Zwiebel also points to the fact that following the synagogue massacre, the Jordanian Parliament observed a moment of silence, in memory “not for the victims but for their murderers”.

“Has King Abdullah II or some other Jordanian authority addressed the above naked statements of extremism and anti-Semitism, emanating as they do, from members of the Jordanian government?” Rabbi Zwiebel asks. “If, not, why?”

“I respectfully request an expeditious response” the letter concludes.

(AP)

Senators Simcha Felder: NYPD To Increase Security In Boro Park

December 9th, 2014

nypdn1Senator Simcha Felder released the following statement to YWN a few moments ago:

“Our prayers go out to Levi Yitzchok ben Reizel, the Jewish student injured in yesterday’s attack in the Chabad-Lubavitch synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway, and we continue to pray for his speedy recovery.

“I have nothing but high praise for the officers of the New York Police Department, for responding swiftly and apprehending the suspect in this horrific crime.

“While this was an isolated incident by a perpetrator with a troubled history, I have been in communication with the 66 Pct. and have been assured that they are taking additional measures to insure safety and security throughout the district.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Lapid Questions Netanyahu’s Promised Zero VAT on Basic Goods

December 9th, 2014

lapAfter Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced his planned zero value added tax on basic goods for the incoming administration, many are questioning why this was not implemented earlier, including former Finance Minister Yair Lapid. Lapid questioned why the prime minister had suddenly announced his financial vision, alluding to the fact that the plan was first announced recently by Shas party leader Aryeh Deri and Netanyahu has already begun courting the chareidi parties to bring them back into the coalition.

Lapid announced that the prime minister is acting like voters are four-years-old and do not know better.

In fact, the idea of zero VAT on basic good was introduced about a month ago by former Minister of Environmental Affairs (The Movement) Yair Peretz, but at that time, the prime minister nixed the plan, explaining to Peretz “you do not understand macroeconomics”. Fed up with the administration, Peretz resigned from the cabinet before the Knesset decided to move to elections, calling on his party to follow his lead and break from the coalition.

Many are asking what happened as Mr. Netanyahu has been prime minister for the last six years and if one includes his first term in office, he has been prime minister for a total of about nine years, yet no zero VAT plan for basic goods. Columnist Ben Caspit writes in his Maariv column on Tuesday 17 Kislev that there will never be such a policy for as long as Netanyahu is prime minister, despite promises now, ahead of elections.

Experts explain that even if the plan is implemented, it is only intended for government-regulated items such as basic bread, butter and the like so the relief provided to families will be minimal at best.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

NY Casino Applications Mulled As Decision Nears

December 9th, 2014

casinoThe state board considering new casino sites in upstate New York is meeting again, but no decisions are expected.

The siting board that will recommend granting up to four casino licenses is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning in New York City. A decision on where casinos will be located is expected to be announced Dec. 17, when the board meets for the final time.

The board is considering 16 casino applications.

Licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, the Southern Tier-Finger Lakes region and the Catskills and mid-Hudson Valley.

(AP)

Did Bibi Promise Bennett the Defense Portfolio?

December 9th, 2014

bibeHearing rumors that he promised the defense portfolio in the next coalition to Naftali Bennett, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon confronted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to determine what is taking place.

According to the Channel 2 News report, Defense Minister Ya’alon invited himself to the Prime Minister’s Office to hear if the rumors are credible. The prime minister denied the accuracy of the rumors, stating he did not promise the defense portfolio to anyone.

That said, Mr. Netanyahu refused to commit to Ya’alon regarding his continuing in the post following elections. “Even my slot as prime minister is still not guaranteed” he is quoted telling Ya’alon.

One should bear in mind that of late, Bennett and Netanyahu have been moving closer together. At the Saban Conference in the UA,

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

159 Arrested in Third Night of California Protests

December 9th, 2014

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Hundreds of people marched through Berkeley for a third night a row, blocking a major highway and stopping a train as activists in this ultra-liberal bastion protested grand jury decisions not to indict white police officers in the deaths of two unarmed black men on the other side of the country.

Protesters blocked traffic on both sides of Interstate 80 in Berkeley, while another group stood and sat on train tracks, temporarily forcing an Amtrak train to stop Monday night.

The California Highway Patrol said a large group of demonstrators destroyed highway perimeter fencing, flooded lanes and threw rocks and other objects at officers. It took about an hour and a half to clear the interstate.

The agency arrested 150 people on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing police and other charges.

Nine people, including a juvenile, were arrested in Berkeley, Officer Jennifer Coats said early Tuesday. She described the latest protests as mostly peaceful, with no injuries and no reports of looting or damaged property. Police estimated the crowd at about 1,500 people.

The protesters began peacefully marching Monday through downtown Berkeley. The first stop for demonstrators shouting, “Who do you protect? Peaceful protest” was the Police Department, where a line of officers in riot gear blocked them from getting close to the building. The group then headed to a Bay Area Rapid Transit train station and sat outside, prompting authorities to shut down the station briefly.

But as the night went on, the protesters divided into smaller groups who disrupted traffic and train passengers.

Although many activists in other parts of the country have gone home, protests in Berkeley and Oakland are still active, reflecting the area’s long history of protest dating to the 1960s.

The crowds that came out to protest are not college students or residents so much as full-time demonstrators who protest anything ? war, prison conditions and economic inequality ? and sometimes use demonstrations as a pretext for violence and vandalism, just as they did during the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Merchants on Monday cleaned up broken glass and took stock of the previous night’s looting. Five people were arrested Sunday after a protest turned violent, police said.

Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates said a tiny fraction of protesters obscured the wider message calling for reform of policing policies nationwide.

“The people in the Bay Area are sensitive to worldwide issues,” Bates said. “Unfortunately, there is a small element that uses violence at times to make their point.”

In keeping with the city’s protest history, Berkeley leaders have put limits on police. Officers cannot have search dogs, stun guns or helicopters and are restricted in the type of gear they can wear, said Sgt. Chris Stines, Berkeley police union president.

The protests started after a grand jury on Nov. 24 declined decision to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. A New York grand jury on Dec. 3 declined to prosecute a police officer captured on video applying a fatal chokehold on Eric Garner. That decision set off more demonstrations nationwide.

Oakland police have arrested about 200 people since the protests started.

(AP)

UPDATE: Attacker In Chabad Headquarters Was Emotionally Disturbed And Had Documented History Of Mental Illness

December 9th, 2014

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New York City police have identified a knife-wielding man fatally shot by an officer in the basement of an international Jewish organization after they say he refused to put down his weapon.

Authorities say Calvin Peters was killed following a caught-on-camera confrontation with officers in Brooklyn’s Chabad-Lubavitchheadquarters early Tuesday after they say he stabbed Israeli student Levi Rosenblat in the head.

Police say the 49-year-old Peters was emotionally disturbed and had a documented history of mental illness. They say he had been arrested 19 times since 1982, most recently in 2006 for drugs.

A woman who answered the phone at his Long Island address asked for privacy and declined further comment.

Rosenblat is in stable condition.

Police are investigating the attack but don’t suspect terrorism.

(AP)

Greenfield Praises NYPD For Protecting Lives After Brutal Attack at 770 Eastern Parkway Synagogue

December 9th, 2014

IMG-20141209-WA0032Councilman David Greenfield released the following statement this morning:

“Following on the heels of the brutal stabbing terror attack in a Jerusalem synagogue the other week, I was unnerved to learn about the brutal stabbing of a Jewish student last night in Brooklyn at Chabad’s world headquarters, the synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway,” said Councilman Greenfield. “The young man was stabbed in the head in a vicious and shocking attack. I wish him a speedy recovery.”

“The video clearly shows that everyone, including friends of the victims, tried to deescalate the situation of an armed man inside shul who had just stabbed a Jewish student. The attacker was yelling “do you want me to kill you?” at shul-goers and NYPD officers at the scene. The responding officers bravely shot the perpetrator and protected the lives of others in the synagogue. I thank the NYPD for their professionalism and for protecting innocent lives at 770 Eastern Parkway this morning – one of the world’s most important synagogues.”

“I also appreciate the NYPD increasing patrols at Jewish sites this morning and encourage everyone in New York City to be vigilant. If you see something, say something and call 911 immediately.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Full Recap: NYPD Fatally Shoot Man After Stabbing Attack Inside Chabad World Headquarters

December 9th, 2014

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A knife-wielding man stabbed an Israeli student in the head inside a synagogue at the Brooklyn headquarters of an international Jewish organization early Tuesday before being fatally shot by police after he refused to drop the knife, authorities said.

The man stormed into the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights at about 1:40 a.m. and attacked Levi Rosenblat, who was studying inside the synagogue, spokesman Rabbi Motti Seligson said. He said there were other people inside at the time.

According to witnesses, the attacker was heard saying repeatedly “Kill the Jews,” said Rabbi Chaim Landa, another spokesman for Chabad-Lubavitch. Several other people immediately intervened, he said.

A witness flagged down a patrol officer, who confronted the 49-year-old man and told him to put the knife down. He initially put it down, but picked it up again, police said. More officers responded and repeatedly ordered the man to drop the knife.

He refused and, with the knife in his hand, charged at one of the officers, who fired once, striking the man in the torso, police said.

Police said no other officers discharged their weapons.

The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. He was not immediately identified, but police said he was from New York City and had a criminal history.

The 22-year-old Rosenblat was in stable condition, officials said.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind condemned the attack.

“I’m told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too. He was stalking the scene. Thank God he didn’t inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people,” Hikind said in an email statement.

He said while a motive for the attack was not yet known, greater security was needed for Jewish institutions.

A 9-inch knife, with a 4 ½-inch blade, was recovered at the scene, police said.

“We commend the heroic efforts of the individuals who were present and took immediate action. If not for their intervention the outcome could have been, God forbid far worse,” said Landa.

“While we are very pained by everything that has unfolded, we are very grateful to the police for their quick response and are working closely with the authorities in their ongoing investigation,” he added.

Police said the investigation is continuing.

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(AP)

 

22-Year-Old Levi Rosenblatt Was Victim Injured In Crown Heights Stabbing Attack

December 9th, 2014

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The victim injured in the Crown Heights stabbing attack at 770 Eastern Parkway is 22-year-old Levi Rosenblatt, a resident of Betar Illit, Israel, who is learning in “Kvutza” in 770. He was treated at the scene by Hatzolah, and taken to Kings County Hospital.

In a phone conversation with COL.org.il, the mother of the victim said, “I spoke with my son on the phone a few minutes after he arrived at the hospital. He was undergoing examinations to make sure that he is ok,” she said. “He is going to be in the hospital for the next few days so that they can give him antibiotics against infection and monitor his blood flow to make sure he has no blood clots.”

“He was stabbed beneath the ear, towards the back of the neck,” she described.

Please be Mispallel for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel.

(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)

Upcoming “Online Marketplace Selling” Seminar Offers Opportunity to Learn a Parnassah in One Day

December 9th, 2014

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Parnassah Network, the organization that is at the forefront of providing the tools for Yidden of all ages and in all stages of their quest for a dignified Parnassah, has just announced the second in a series of “full-day seminars”, each covering a specific area of business to better assist people across particular industries and modes of business. The first seminar, which was sold out, covered the topic of “Launching a Business” and was extremely successful.

The intensive seminar, entitled “From Amazon to Ebay To Zulily” is geared specifically for people focused on the online marketplace as a means to earn a Parnassah. The seminar is geared to beginners who are just dabbling in this areana as well as to those already earning a Parnassah in this way, who seek to sharpen their skills and learn more effective tactics and strategies. After all, the online marketplace is constantly evolving and there is always more tolearn and new knowledge to catch up with.

The seminar will cover an all-encompassing range of topics relating to launching and maintaining an online marketplace business to utilize platforms such as Amazon and eBay, and the scores of other platforms currently available, to successfully generate income. This can be done as a a supplemental income or as a full-time Parnassah. “People who attend this seminar will walk away with a lot of realistic tools and be better positioned to succeed in this field” says R’ Duvi Honig, founder of Parnassah Network, which spearheaded these seminars. “Additionally, the people they network with at the seminar and the presenters they will get to know as mentors beyond the actual seminar are a priceless addition to the actual value of the seminar”

The presenters at this seminar were hand-picked by the Parnassah Network team to include successful business people who have intimate knowledge – and success- in the online marketplace selling arena.  These people keenly understand the ins and outs of the online marketplace and are able to share their experience and knowledge with others looking to chart similar paths for themselves. The presenters will be available to answer questions and mentor seminar registrants beyond the day of the actual seminar. Having someone to call upon and reach out to as you navigate the often murky world of online marketplace selling is a most valuable resource and can often be the difference between real success and failure.

The presenters include Ami Bielinki, managing director of Cherristone interactive, Sam Brownstein, builder of several thriving Amazon businesses, Mordy Glaser, president, M.C. Glaser Company and Chaim Sofer, marketing strategist, Relsmart Marketing.

Some of the many topics that will be covered throughout the day are: Setting up Shop -How to plan for starting a business? What products should I sell? How do I source a product? EBay vs. Amazon; which is right for me?  How to write listings that sell? How important are good headlines? How to build good seller ratings? What costs are involved? Controlling inventory, How to handle customer complaints, How to handle returns, Will things change in the next few years? How is marketplace selling different from e-commerce? Sourcing to Selling 101, and Many other relevant topics!

Whether you are first starting to think about a selling online or have recently launched your own business and want to ensure that you have – and you maintain- a competitive edge, this seminar is for you.

 

The full-day Seminar will take place on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 9:45 am until 5:30 pm, at the Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Toms River, NJ. , and is open to men and women; Separate seating.  The price for the seminar, which includes breakfast, lunch, seminar handouts and all seminar networking and mentoring opportunities is only $199 per attendee.

 

Pre-registration is required. For more information and to register call 732-784-2835 or email Seminar@ParnassahNetwork.com (Seminar is limited to 40 attendees and slots are rapidly being filled! Call now to avoid being placed on the waiting list!

 

 

 

Crown Heights: Attacker Was Seen Previously Inside 770 And Was Chased Away

December 9th, 2014

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The following is via COL:

The man who stabbed a bochur at 770 Eastern Parkway Monday night was chased out of the Chabad Headquarters earlier that afternoon, a witness said.

The man who entered the main shul at 770 Eastern Parkway and attacked 22 year old Levi Rosenblatt on Monday night was seen at 770 at approximately 5:00 pm on Monday afternoon, by a witness who told COLlive that he “chased him away.”

“I asked him what is he doing here, he was walking around downstairs,” the witness said. “He replied, ‘I’m not allowed to be here?’ He kept asking all kinds of questions about what time the learning takes place in the Shul and other information.”

After being chased out, he quickly ran out of the building and drove away in a gray Nissan sedan, the witness said.

The same car is now parked directly in front of the entrance to 770.

(Source: COL)

VIDEO: Statement From NYPD On Stabbing Attack At 770 Eastern Parkway

December 9th, 2014

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On Tuesday, December 09, 2014 at 1:41AM, an NYPD officer assigned to a command post located at Eastern Parkway and Kingston Avenue was informed by a civilian that a male, armed with a knife, had stabbed another male inside of 770 Eastern Parkway, within the confines of the 71 Precinct.

The officer responded and encountered the armed suspect, a 49-year-old male, inside of the location and ordered him to drop the knife numerous. Additional officers responded, and gave verbal commands for the male to drop the knife. The suspect placed the knife on a nearby table and quickly picked it up again, and lunged at one of the responding officers, who then discharged his firearm one time, striking the male in the torso. No other officers discharged their firearms.

The suspect was apprehended without further incident, and transported via EMS to Kings County Hospital, where he was later pronounced deceased.

The victim, a 22-year-old male who was stabbed in the left temple, was transported via EMS to Kings County Hospital, where he is listed in stable condition.

The officer who discharged his firearm, along with two other officers, were removed to Methodist Hospital for treatment of tinnitus.

A nine inch knife, with a four-and-half inch blade, was recovered at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Hikind Condemns 770 Stabbing Attack; Praises NYPD

December 9th, 2014

kniAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) condemned the cowardly attack last night on an innocent Jewish student which occurred at Chabad headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. The attacker entered 770 where he stabbed the 22-year-old Israeli yeshiva student in the neck. The student was transported by Hatzolah to the hospital in stable condition where he is now conscious and alert. Police shot and killed the attacker, who lunged at them with a knife after they attempted to arrest him.

“There are not words strong enough to condemn this despicable act,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “A guy walked into 770 wielding a knife where hundreds of people were studying and praying and stabbed a student in the neck. It is only by the grace of G-d that this young man lived.

“I’m told that the attacker came earlier that evening, too—he was stalking the scene. Thank G-d he didn’t inflict more harm nor do more damage to more people.

“The entire Jewish community is impacted by these cruel and senseless attacks. How can we help but be reminded of the recent, horrible tragedy in Har Nof, which left five innocent people dead?

“While we don’t have a precise motive yet in last night’s contemptible attack, one thing is clear—we need greater security for our Jewish institutions.”

Hikind expressed his appreciation to the NYPD and Hatzolah for their quick response. “We are fortunate to have the NYPD and Hatzolah. Our police and our volunteer groups stand vigilant. But we must all remain alert.” Hikind urged the public to pray for the complete recovery of Levi Yitzchok ben Raizel, the young rabbinic student, from Beitar Illit in western Gush Etzion, now in stable condition but still in need of prayers at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn.

(YWN Desk – NYC)

Hate Attack at 770 NYC [UPDATED: 5:00AM NY TIME/ 12:00PM IL]

December 9th, 2014

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12:00: The assailant has died of his injuries in Kings County Hospital. He was shot by police who entered the building in response to calls for help.

10:27: When police entered the building they instructed the assailant to drop the knife. He lunged at police and was shot once in the torso. He and the victim were transported to Kings County Hospital.

The policeman who fired his weapon was taken to Methodist Hospital.

09:46: B’chasdei Hashem it is now reported the victim is NOT in serious condition and an uncle spoke with him and he is conscious and alert. The family has been notified.

NYPD closed down the street and police are investigating the attack.

09:28: It has been learned that a lone black male entered 770 at about 02:00 and attacked the bochur, an Israeli in his “Kvutza” studies in 700. The victim was injured in his head/neck and abdomen and is reported in serious condition. Other talmidim ran outside and called police, who responded immediately and neutralized the attacker.

The tzibur is urged to be mispallel for Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel, who is in need of tefilos.

According to the preliminary information received from Crown Heights, NYC, a black male entered 770 and attacked a bochur with a knife, wounding him in his head. Police ran inside the building and fired a single bullet, striking the assailant who was transported to a local hospital under arrest.

It appears the wounded bochur is Israeli, a resident of Betar Illit. His condition is not immediately known.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)