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Arab Terrorists Arrested For The Brutal Stabbing Of An Elderly Holocaust Survivor Near The Armon HaNatziv Promenade

Monday, May 30th, 2016

hamasThree Arab terrorists are in custody, suspected of perpetrating the stabbing attack near the Armon HaNatziv Promenade in Yerushalayim about ten days ago. The news of their arrests was cleared for publication by authorities on Monday 22 Iyar.

Two senior citizens in their 80s were wounded, including a Holocaust survivor. Mrs. Marina Fuchs, 86, told the press that after being attacked they asked Arab sanitation workers for assistance but they ignored them and left despite the fact the women were bleeding for their wounds.

The suspects in custody, 16 and 17-years-old, were apprehended about ten days after the attack. They are residents of Jabil Mukhaber, which borders Armon HaNatziv. They were taken into custody along with a third suspect, who helped in the planning of the attack. The third suspect did not take part in the attack, fearing his home would be razed as a result of his actions.

B’chasdei Hashem they were apprehended when they were for they confessed to planning a second attack after their successful first attack. The suspects will be arraigned in the Jerusalem District Court.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

South Korea Says North Korea Missile Launch Likely Failed

Monday, May 30th, 2016

kimA North Korean missile launch likely failed on Tuesday, according to South Korea’s military, the latest in a string of high-profile failures that tempers somewhat recent worries that Pyongyang was pushing quickly toward its goal of a nuclear-tipped missile that can reach America’s mainland.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said in an unsourced report that the missile was a powerful mid-range Musudan, which, if true, would make it the fourth failure by the North to conduct a successful test launch of the new missile, which could potentially reach far-away U.S. military bases in Asia and the Pacific. Seoul defense officials could not immediately confirm the report.

The South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in statement that the North attempted to launch an unidentified missile early in the morning from the Wonsan area, but likely failed. The military is analyzing what happened and had no other details.

Despite recent failures, there has been growing outside worry over North Korea’s nuclear and missile activity this year, which includes a nuclear test in January and a long-range rocket test in February that outsiders see as a test of banned long-range missile technology.

The most recent launch follows Seoul’s rejection of recent Pyongyang overtures to talk, part of what some analysts see as an attempt by the North to start a dialogue meant to win the impoverished country aid.

In April, North Korea attempted unsuccessfully to launch three suspected powerful intermediate-range Musudan missiles.

Musudan missiles have a potential range of about 3,500 kilometers (2,180 miles), which would put U.S. military bases in Guam within their striking distance. South Korea believes the North does not yet possess a missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland, but the North is working on that technology.

Before April’s suspected launches, North Korea had never flight-tested a Musudan missile, though one was displayed during a military parade in 2010 in Pyongyang.


WATCH: Calls From Democratic Lawmakers For Sanders To Drop Out

Monday, May 30th, 2016

Photo Essay: The Gavad Eidah HaChareidis Upshering Children On Lag Baomer 5776-2016 (Photos by JDN)

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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China Lashes Out At US Defense Secretary Criticisms

Monday, May 30th, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrive for a joint news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House in WashingtonChina on Monday lashed out at criticism from U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, accusing him of harboring a Cold War mentality and saying Beijing has no interest in “playing a role in a Hollywood movie” of Washington’s design.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters Carter’s comment last week that China was creating a “Great Wall of self-isolation” was merely an attempt to provide cover for U.S. plans to deploy additional military forces to the Asia-Pacific region.

Carter’s remarks “laid bare the stereotypical U.S. thinking and U.S. hegemony,” Hua said at a daily news briefing.

“Indeed, there are some in the U.S. who live physically in the 21st century, but whose minds are stuck in the in the Cold War era,” she said.

“China has no interest in any form of Cold War, nor are we interested in playing a role in a Hollywood movie written and directed by certain U.S. military officials. However, China has no fear of and will counter any actions that threaten and undermine China’s sovereignty and security,” Hua said.

In a commencement speech Friday at the U.S. Naval Academy, Carter said China wants and enjoys the benefits of free trade and a free internet, but sometimes chooses to restrict both. He said the U.S. also continues to be concerned about Beijing’s actions in the disputed South China Sea, where Beijing has sought to strengthen its claim to almost the entire region by building new islands atop coral outcroppings and adding airstrips, harbors and military infrastructure.

The United States is committed to upholding the freedom of navigation and commerce, and peaceful resolution of disputes, Carter said.

“China’s actions (in the South China Sea) challenge fundamental principles, and we can’t look the other way,” Carter said.


WATCH: Rubio Says He Walked Into ‘Trap’ Laid By Christie

Monday, May 30th, 2016

In an exclusive interview with Jake Tapper, Sen. Marco Rubio explains why an exchange with Chris Christie on the debate stage was a pivotal moment in his campaign.

Amona Activists Distribute ‘Eviction Notices’ To 2000 Residents Of Yehuda And Shomron

Monday, May 30th, 2016

yoshAmona activists during the night (Sunday to Monday) of 22 Iyar distributed symbolic eviction notices to 2,000 families living in yishuvim, warning of imminent eviction because their homes are technically illegal.

They explain that from a totally legal standpoint there are thousands of illegal homes throughout Yehuda and Shomron, of which 2,026 are located on private land. They feel the time has come to awaken to this fact and understand “we are all Amona”, referring the community near Ofra slated for destruction in compliance with a High Court ruling.

Activists explain illegal homes exist everywhere including Alon Shvut, Shilo, Nokdim, Eli, Tekoa, Maale Michmas, Beit El, and Kochav HaShachar. They call on MKs, ministers, public officials and regional and local council heads to awaken and realize the legal reality that may lead to such a reality in the future. The activists explain Amona is a test case and if the community is destroyed without a battle, it will open the door for the same action in many other areas.

The Amona activists insist “If we don’t depress the appetite of the extreme left-wing today with Amona, its appetite will destroy homes and lead to the evacuation of many families”. The activists warn organizations including B’Tselem will act after Amona is destroyed to challenge the legality of the other 2,000 plus homes in the High Court of Justice, and will not rest until those homes are razed as in Amona.

YWN-ISRAEL reported a number of weeks ago that Amona residents rejected an offer from former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to build a community of 139 larger homes to compensate for Amona and its 39 homes explaining that they will not be bought out.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

1 Of FBI’s Most-Wanted Fugitives Caught On Mexican Border

Monday, May 30th, 2016

1Authorities say one of the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted Fugitives has been captured on the border with Mexico, a man wanted in the death of his pregnant girlfriend.

Bureau spokeswoman Laura Eimiller says in a news release Monday that border agents took Philip Patrick Policarpio into custody at a San Diego port of entry Sunday as he crossed into the U.S. from Tijuana.

Policarpio is accused of fleeing Los Angeles after shooting and killing his live-in girlfriend, Lauren Olguin, in April. The FBI says they got into an argument at a friend’s home. He was on parole for a 2001 conviction for assault with a firearm and other violations.

Authorities had added Policarpio to the most-wanted list earlier this month. No other information was immediately released.


Video Of Interest: Britain’s Massive New Aircraft Carriers

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The British Royal Navy expects their two new aircraft carriers to be fully operational by 2020.

VIDEO: Woman Killed When She Crashes Into Camels

Monday, May 30th, 2016


A 60-year-old woman was killed when her vehicle crashed into camels on Route 2357 near Kibbutz Chatzeirim. MDA was compelled to pronounce her dead on the scene.

The accident occurred on Sunday night 21 Iyar near the kibbutz when the woman struck a number of camels on Rt. 2357 traveling from Beersheva to Chatzeirim. The woman was in cardiac arrest when Magen David Adom arrived on the scene. she was pronounced dead on the scene.

Paramedic Carmel Cohen explains “the woman’s vehicle struck three camels near trees. The vehicle was crushed and the driver was trapped in the driver’s seat, in cardiac arrest. We tried to treat her but ultimately we had no choice other than to pronounce her dead on the scene”.

Veterinary Service personnel and Green Patrol inspectors arrived on the scene in an effort to assist in tracking down the owner of the camels.

According to the National Road Safety Authority, as of early Monday morning the number of people killed on the nation’s roadways since January 1, 2016 has reached 136 as compared to 152 at the same time last year and 114 in 2014.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Photo Essay: The Belzer Rebbe At The Lag Baomer Tish 5776-2016 (Photos by JDN)

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Though Largely Unknown, Trump Finds Fans In China

Monday, May 30th, 2016

TrumpChina features prominently in the rhetoric of presumed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who accuses the country of stealing American jobs and cheating at global trade. In China itself, though, he’s only now emerging as a public figure, despite notoriety elsewhere for his voluble utterances, high-profile businesses and reality TV show.

And although Chinese officials and state media have denounced Trump’s threats of economic retaliation, many Chinese observers see a silver lining in his focus on economic issues to the near-total exclusion of human rights and political freedoms. That appears to make him an attractive alternative to his likely rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, who is regarded as far more critical of China’s communist system.

Trump “could in fact be the best president for China,” Hong Kong Phoenix Television political commentator Wu Jun said during a recent on-air discussion.

“That’s because the Republican Party is more practical and Trump is a businessman who puts his commercial interests above everything else,” Wu said. Clinton, on the other hand, “might be the least friendly president toward China.”

Despite his frequent evocations of China, it’s not clear how familiar Trump actually is with the country. While he’s claimed to have made “billions of dollars dealing with China,” he has no known investments in the nation, and it isn’t clear what influential figures he knows in the Chinese political and business realms. Chinese are, however, customers for Trump’s hotel, golf course and real estate ventures, while Trump-branded clothing and accessories have been made in China.

Trump mentions the country so often that a popular YouTube compilation video exists in which he says the word China more than 200 times in just over 3 minutes. His various statements on China range from the blunt (“We can’t continue to allow China to rape our country”) to the anodyne (“I like China very much”).

Still, Trump was largely unknown in China until his campaign for the Republican nomination began gathering momentum last year.

Though China’s government rarely comments on American political campaigns, Trump’s advocacy of a 45 percent tariff on imports that would hit China hard has been lambasted by Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, who called Trump “one of those irrational types” and said enacting such a tariff would cost the U.S. its global leadership.

“Don’t even think of being the big boss anymore,” Lou said in April.

Trump’s comments might’ve sparked a stronger response if Chinese hadn’t already grown accustomed to American candidates making strong comments about their country during elections, only to moderate their positions once in office, said Nanjing University foreign relations expert Zhu Feng.

“The most important thing is that he or she be solid in their knowledge about China and know how to strike the right balance,” Zhu said.

Many Chinese may also be relieved that Trump is focused so relentlessly on China’s role in the U.S. economy, rather on the country’s authoritarian political system, human rights record or policies toward Tibet and the northwestern region of Xinjiang.

Trump’s questioning of U.S. foreign military commitments is also sweet music to the ears of Chinese nationalists who want China to dominate in Asia and challenge U.S. dominance in the rest of the world. His opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, which excludes China and seeks to offset Chinese influence, also goes down well in Beijing, though he has also criticized China’s construction of man-made islands in the South China Sea.

The Chinese public, meanwhile, seems unfazed by Trump’s anti-immigration stance, with its overwhelming focus on Mexico, and the candidate’s vow to bar Muslims from entering the U.S. That could reflect anti-Islamic sentiments that have grown in China following a series of deadly attacks by radicals from the Muslim Uighur minority, even while the government promotes ties with the Islamic world.

In contrast, many Chinese have qualms about Clinton that date from a speech she gave at a U.N. conference in Beijing in 1995 that focused heavily on human rights, to the displeasure of the hosts.

As a former secretary of state under Barack Obama, Clinton is also closely associated with Washington’s “pivot” to Asia that includes an increase in the U.S. military presence in the region. Beijing has been strongly critical of the policy shift, which was largely seen as prompted by China’s robust assertions of its South China Sea maritime claims.

Interest in Trump here is rising. Why? Because Chinese have long regarded American elections as a particularly dramatic type of spectator sport. The process of working for a candidate and taking part in rallies and political campaigns doesn’t exist within China’s staid, authoritarian political system.

U.S. politics is also a topic on which the tightly leashed state media is relatively free to report, so discussion of Trump, Clinton and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders rages on social media platforms and podcasts. Many have also noted that Trump’s personality-driven, publicity-fed style is also a familiar archetype for Chinese known for their love of high-profile business moguls such as Alibaba’s Jack Ma.

Although no polls have been taken, Chinese public sentiment toward Trump appears mixed. Comparing him to a figure from folklore known for sowing chaos, the official Global Times newspaper proclaimed him a symptom of an “American disease.”

“I don’t think many people knew him as a businessman before the campaign,” said Shanghai IT engineer Kong Kong, who is unimpressed with Trump’s vaunted political outsider status.

“Politics is not entertainment and simply being fresh may not be a good thing,” Kong said. “A lack of political experience and an excess of personality may lead to an imbalance among interest groups and an abuse of authority, which are not good things for America.”

Zhong Heng, a Shanghai paralegal, says she regards much of what Trump says as bluster. “He’s like an artificial performance-enhancing drug being fed to the American people,” Zhong said.

Trump, though, does seem to have won some Chinese supporters, particularly online. There, chat groups such as “Donald Trump Super Fans Club” and “God Emperor Trump” have popped up in recent months. One posting in a Weibo messaging service chat group was unrestrained in its enthusiasm.

“The more I know about Donald Trump,” it said, “the more I feel that he’s not only saving the U.S., but also the entire world.”


BINA Disability and Rehabilitation Expo a Resounding Success

Monday, May 30th, 2016


Hundreds of people flocked to the Palace Hall on Tuesday night to attend the BINA Disability and Rehabilitation Expo. Over 60 vendors participated in the event, representing a wide and comprehensive range of companies, agencies and facilities from the world of disability and rehabilitation.

Individuals with disabilities, family members and professionals were eager to take advantage of every possible opportunity to learn and gather information regarding advanced and specialized therapy options, cutting edge technology, home and vehicle accessibility, concussion recovery and driver rehabilitation. The areas of home care funding and options, services for the developmentally disabled, Medicaid enrollment and legal services were also covered by experts who were ready to answer questions and share the latest information in their respective areas of expertise.

As at past Expos, the Stroke and Brain Injury Research and Clinical Trials section proved to be immensely popular, with people standing on line to speak to researchers and professionals from Rusk, Burke, Mount Sinai and Helen Hayes who are at the forefront of the latest treatments and therapies in their fields.

IMG_7461Mr. and Mrs. M., a couple whose 17 year old son is undergoing rehabilitation for a TBI (traumatic brain injury) suffered in a car accident last year, took a moment from stopping at booths to share their personal perspective. “Since our son’s accident, it’s been quite a challenge to figure out the best resources to help him. We have so many questions and decided to come to this Expo hoping that we could learn a few pieces of helpful information,” explained Mr. M.

“To our great surprise and delight,” continued Mrs. M., “we’ve been deluged with information about every possible aspect of rehabilitation since we arrived. Several therapy methods – some of which we weren’t aware existed – devices, insurance questions, a range of agencies…we’re trying to cover as much ground as possible so we don’t miss out on any possible resource.”

David A. was eager to speak to vendors and gather every available tidbit of information that could add to his quality of life. “As a person with a disability, it is very empowering for me to speak directly to these professionals…I like to be as independent as possible and this is a chance for me to ask my own questions and find out what’s out there for me.”

These sentiments were echoed by multiple individuals who heaped praise on the BINA organization for hosting such an important event. The positive feedback was expressed not only by the attendees but by the vendors who were thrilled with the keen interest and sophisticated questions of the many individuals who stopped by their exhibits to learn about their products and services.

Several vendors commented that having attended many similar events in the past, they were highly impressed with both the professional quality of the Expo and the huge turnout. In the words of one company representative, “I just want to thank you and congratulate you on a job well done! You pulled off an amazing evening and I can’t tell you how privileged I felt to be part of such a spectacular event.”

Another vendor commented, “Kudos to you for putting together such an informative venue for people looking for information.” Yet another enthusiastically declared, “The Expo was quite a special event! I thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it.”

The BINA organization provides guidance and advocacy to stroke and brain injury survivors of all ages, with services including rehabilitation referrals and case management as well as crisis intervention and caregiver support. They can be reached at 718-645-6400 or


Security Officials Intercept Drone Motors Heading To Gaza

Monday, May 30th, 2016

dronSecurity officials on Monday morning 22 Iyar intercepted a shipment of drone motors in parcels that were supposed to be sent to Gaza via the Erez Crossing.

The detection of the motors, which were presumably headed for terrorists, joins the growing list of failed smuggling attempts in recent weeks. The motors are intended to be attached to drones which can then be activated for surveillance purposes, thereby serving the interests of terrorists.

A number of days ago YWN-ISRAEL reported a shipment containing components for the manufacture of rockets were intercepted, also heading for Gaza-based terrorists.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

DRAMATIC FOOTAGE: Gorilla Drags 3-Year-Old In Shocking Video

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A 3-year-old boy came face to face with a 400-pound lowland gorilla after falling into an exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

PHOTOS: RNSP (Rockaway Shomrim) Holds First of Two Bike Etching Events

Monday, May 30th, 2016



The Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol held the first of its two annual Bike and Electronic Device Etching events today. (Sunday June 5th is the second and main event, an event that is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 1500.)

Etching is when a serial number is placed in an inconspicuous location on one’s bike or electronic device. In the event that an etched bike or electronic device is found after being lost or stolen, the serial number that was etched on the lost or stolen item would facilitate its return to its rightful owner.

The event that took place this week was in the Bayswater section of the Rockaways. Over 100 bikes and about 45 electronic devices were etched at this event. This event featured this service in conjunction with the NYPD’s Community Affairs division and their Crime Prevention Team. (They will also be working side by side with RNSP members at the main event scheduled for 1-4pm next Sunday, June 5th, on Reads Lane.)

The Far Rockaway area is blessed with a precinct, the 101st precinct, which leads the city in piloting best practices for community involvment. Aside from the devoted NCO officers who serve the community through dialogue and outreach, the 101 precinct has the gift of PO Kevin Campbell and his partner PO Lynn Blanchette. As seen in one of the pictures herein, PO Campbell is going well above and beyond the call of duty, getting on the ground and helping fix bikes, etch them, and of course interact with all of the children and adults who came out to avail themselves of the etching services. His actions and that of his partner speak volumes as to how they generally conduct their business.

The work itself was taxing. The devoted officers of the crime prevention team worked tirelessly to etch bike after bike, item after item, with no breaks, until the job was done. The community was very grateful and impressed with the level of dedication that they witnessed on part of the 101st precinct and the RNSP.

Like this past Sunday, the bike etching event scheduled for June 5th is open to ALL who wish to avail themselves of this free service, in conjunction with the NYPD, on Reads Lane and Elvira Street.

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(YWN Desk – NYC)

Photo Essay: The Rachmastrivka Rebbe On Lag Baomer 5776-2016 In Meron (Photso by JDN)

Monday, May 30th, 2016

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Channel 1 Poll: If Elections Were Held In Israel Today Yahadut Hatorah Earns 10 Seats While Shas Crashes

Monday, May 30th, 2016

1The following poll commissioned by Channel 1 News, carried out by the Geocartography Institute was released on Sunday evening 21 Iyar showing the results if elections were held today. The institute is headed by Professor Avi Dagani, who gave his analysis to Kol Chai Radio host Mordechai Lavi on Monday morning 22 Iyar.

The increase in Yahadut Hatorah and decline of Shas he feels is the result of the investigation against Aryeh Deri, Shas’ leader. In addition, he explains most of Shas’ votes do not come from the chareidi sector as many believe, but from the lower socioeconomic voting base as opposed to Yahadut Hatorah, which gets most of its votes from the chareidi sector.

The poll was taken during the coalition crisis between Bayit Yehudi and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, which has since been solved through the efforts of Yaakov Litzman. He also credits Litzman’s ongoing and growing popularity with Yahadut Hatorah’s success.

The surprise is that Yahadut Hatorah moves up from its current six seats to ten and Shas, which currently has seven seats, crashes to the minimum threshold with four seats. Political analysts are reserving judgement in light of the surprising outcome. When asked to comment, Yaakov Litzman told Lavi that he is interested in seeing if other polls show similar results.

Parenthesis shows the party’s current number of seats in Knesset.

Likud 27 (30)

Yesh Atid 21 (11)

Bayit Yehudi 14 (8)

Arab Bloc 13 (13)

Yahadut Hatorah 10 (6)

Yisrael Beitenu 8 (6)

Meretz 8 (5)

Kulanu 7 (10)

Shas 4 (7)

Machane Tzioni 8 (24)

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

White House Placed On Lockdown After Object Thrown Over Gate

Monday, May 30th, 2016

1The White House was placed on lockdown after a woman threw something over the north fence along Pennsylvania Avenue.

Reporters were not allowed to venture out of the White House press room and a call to the Secret Service was not immediately returned.

However, a woman was detained. She was placed in handcuffs. Fire trucks and a hazardous materials response unit were called to the scene. It is common for officers to sweep the grounds after such incidents to ensure nothing dangerous was thrown over the fence.

The lockdown ensued shortly after President Barack Obama returned from delivering a Memorial Day speech at Arlington National Cemetery.


HEARTBREAKING IMAGE: Levaya Of 18-Month-Old Eliyahu Weingott Z’L, Who Died After Being Left In Vehicle In Ashdod

Monday, May 30th, 2016

cicYWN understands that this image may be disturbing to some, but please think of it the next time you exit a vehicle and may have a child inside.