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Likud MK Addresses ‘Silent Murder’ Of Israelis On Both Sides Of The Green Line By The PA

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

1MK (Likud) David Amsellem, in his capacity as head of the Knesset Environmental Protection Committee is planning to act to prevent the ‘silent murder’ of Israelis caused by ferocious PA (Palestinian Authority) pollution. He refers to the common practice by PA residents to burn garbage as a means of disposal, which results in the production of charcoal as the trees cut down and used for the fires become charcoal. Amsellem laments the fact that to date, almost nothing has been done about this by Israel.

Amsellem explains the matter is far from a local PA issue as many Israelis inhale the byproduct of the garbage fires, which produce a strong odor as well.

In his Facebook post he calls on Israelis to stop breathing for a few minutes in an effort to try to understand what residents of Hader, Pardes Chana and the Menashe region feel like as they are compelled to address this issue daily as the charcoal smoke from PA areas infiltrates into the areas mentioned along with other areas.

He adds that he is truly angered by the fact that the PA residents then sell the charcoal produced from the trees they cut down to Israeli farmers. He has been shouting over the problem for months to gain support for doing what must be done to end it.

For comparison sake Amsellem speaks of what it would be like to inhale smoke generated by rockets fired into Israel on a regular basis, stating “there is no Iron Dome [defense system] against the charcoal smoke that harms the heath of Israelis on a regular basis.

Amsellem’s plan is to stop trucks which deliver charcoal from Yehuda and Shomron over the Green Line into “Israel proper”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Lieberman Tells The Arab Media Israel Will End Gaza Siege If Hamas Disarms

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

1In an interview with the Arab-language Jerusalem-based al-Quds newspaper, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman explained that Israel would be willing to end the siege on Gaza if Hamas halts its digging of tunnels into Israel and agrees to disarm.

He once again spoke of investment into a new seaport, airport and new industrial zones to provide employment. He told the paper that Ham as must halt all tunnel activity, disarm and stop firing rockets and in exchange, Israel would end the siege as well as undertaking the building of the airport and seaport.

He ended with a warning, that the next round of warfare with Israel would be Hamas’ last because Israel will eradicate Hamas if compelled to fight again.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

VIDEO/PHOTOS: HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Visits The Rebitzen’s Kever For Her Fifth Yahrzeit

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016



HaGaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky Shlita on Wednesday morning 24 Tishrei visited the kever of Rebitzen Batsheva Kanievsky A”H on her fifth yahrzeit and recited kaddish.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: Shuki Lehrer)

Photo Essay: Thousands Attend Shas Event On Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5777 (Photos by JDN)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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GOP Senate Candidates Seize On News Of Rising Premiums

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

senRepublican Senate candidates are jumping on news of sharply rising premiums under President Barack Obama’s health care law as they seek advantage in the closing days of the election.

The unpopular law was already an issue in some key Senate races, a recurring attack line for GOP candidates in states including Arizona, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri.

The rate hike news this week provides additional ammunition. Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to the administration.

Several GOP candidates leapt at the rate hike news to lob new attacks, while others signaled plans to use the news against their Democratic opponents in the final days of the campaign.


WATCH: Hakofos Sheniyos 5777 By The Aleksander Rebbe

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Improved Security For Maran Hagaon HaRav Shteinman Before Sukkos

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

shtA new security system which is described as technologically advanced was installed on the rear entrance to the home of Maran HaGaon HaRav Aharon Yehuda Leib Shteinman Shlita. This refers to the entrance towards Eliyahu HaNavi Street. The new arrangement includes 24-hour surveillance video cameras, which were deemed necessary to provide necessary security while the rav was in his sukka, on that side of the building.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Photo Essay: Maran Hagaon HaRav Shteinman By Ne’ilas Hachag Sukkos 5777 (Photos by JDN)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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Iran Revolutionary Guard Unveils Maritime ‘Suicide’ Drone

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

iraIran’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard has unveiled a new drone for use by its naval units, suggesting it could be a “suicide drone” that would crash into ships.

The unveiling comes as Iranian forces have had a series of tense encounters with the U.S. Navy.

The semi-official Tasnim news agency published photos of the drone on Wednesday, saying it has a range of 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) and a flight time of four hours.

Tasnim says the drone, powered by two small propellers, “can collide with the target and destroy it, (whether) a vessel or an onshore command center.”

Iran’s Guard and the military already have drones but the announcement of a maritime “suicide” drone comes amid what the U.S. says is an uptick in provocative naval acts by Iran.


PHOTOS: Greenfield Hosts Israeli Ambassador at Annual Sukkos Celebration in Boro Park

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016



Over 100 community and political leaders joined Councilman David G. Greenfield last Thursday as he hosted his annual Sukkos celebration at the home of Renewal Chairman Mendy & Zisi Reiner in honor Israel’s new Consul General, Ambassador Dani Dayan. Guests mingled and enjoyed a wide variety of ethnic food including sushi, brisket, pastrami and other delicacies while feting the popular Israeli Ambassador.

The event, which was held in a Boro Park Sukkah, was attended by some of the top political and community leaders from Brooklyn and all of New York City, including members of the State Assembly such as Phil Goldfeder, Nily Rozic, Steven Cymbrowitz and Eric Adams, as well as Councilmembers Mark Levine, Rafael Espinal, Alan Maisel, Laurie Cumbo and Vincent Gentile. Also in attendance were Pinny Ringel, CAU Commissioner Marco Carrion and Simcha Eichenstein representing Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Brooklyn’s Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. Deputy Secretary to the Governor Mark Weprin represented Governor Andrew Cuomo and Jelanie DeShong represented Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. BSA Chair Margery Perlmutter was also in attendance as were Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder and the Commanding Officers of the NYPD’s 62nd and 66th precincts.

In remarks honoring Israel’s new consul general, Greenfield praised Ambassador Dayan’s desire to work with people from all across the political spectrum, saying that Dayan is “someone who is able to talk to people regardless of their preconceived notions on Israel. The Ambassador will bring his love of Israel to conversations with people from all walks of life. If they are willing to hear him out, he is happy to engage”

In turn, Ambassador Dayan praised Councilman Greenfield’s dedication to Israel. “When I first came here, I told my staff that one of the first people I wanted to meet with was David Greenfield,” Dayan said. “They told me that because of political protocol I should not meet with him first; I should meet with so-and-so or so-and-so and meet with David later, but I said I wanted David to be one of the first people I met with because I knew his love of Israel and I knew how important he is in the New York Jewish community.” Dayan pledged to represent Israel faithfully as Consul General and said his door would always be open to Greenfield for future collaboration.

Other well-known Jewish community leaders also attended the celebration, including Ronald Tawil and Sam Sutton of the Sephardic Community Federation, Rabbi Chaim David Zweibel of Agudath Israel of America, Raisa Chernina, founder and president of the Russian Be Proud Foundation, Yitzchok Fleisher, Heshie Dembitzer amd Joel Rosenfeld of the Bobov Community, Chanina Sperling and Zaki Tamir of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Jerry Greenwald of The Jewish Press, Steven Matsas of Image Magazine, David Ben Hooren of the Jewish Voice and Jacob Kornbluh of the Jewish Insider. Also in attendance were Judge Shlomo Mostofsky, Community Board 12 District Manager Barry Spitzer, Kalman Yeger of Community Board 14, Josh Mehlman and Shaul Stein of the Flatbush Jewish Community Council. Amir Sagei, Inon Elroy, and Andrew Gross of the Israeli Consul General’s Office also joined their boss at the beautiful Sukkah event.

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(YWN Desk – NYC)

WATCH: Donald Trump Vows To Protect Israel

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Second Hakofos Delayed By Police In Yerushalayim Due To The Presence Of A Mechitzah

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

3There was anger and confusion in the Nachlaot neighborhood of Yerushalayim on motzei Simchas Torah. Police arrived and delayed the beginning of second hakofos for about an hour due to the presence of a mechitzah.

Both Aaron and Yonatan Razel were on hand to provide entertainment as they do annually, and the fact that hundreds of people anxiously awaited the beginning of the music, police insisted the even was illegal since the vacant lot that was being used is a public area and therefore, ‘excluding women’ is prohibited.

Israel Police chareidi community spokesman Shabtai Gerverchik told Kol Chai Radio on Tuesday morning, Isru Chag, that this is simply not so. Gerverchik explains that the event was illegal because there was no permit and the city engineer did not give his approval. He added the mechitzah was not the issue for police but the rather the lack of openings in the mechitzah, which he explained posed a safety hazard.

However, Deputy Mayor Yitzchak Pindrus views the events somewhat differently, insisting police acted in line with the voices opposed to the gender separation. Ultimately, after some openings were made, police were satisfied and left.

Kol Chai explained there is a document that was released by the deputy State Attorney General Dina Zilber which states a mechitzah is prohibited in any public event since it is discriminatory against women and this is what prompted police to act. Gerverchik insists this is simply not the case as police are not concerned about the presence of a mechitzah but simply wish to make certain the event has a permit and that safety regulations were enforced.

YWN-ISRAEL reported that as this dispute was taking place in Jerusalem, Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheich was dancing at second hakofos with ZAKA Chief Yehuda Meshi-Zahav in Tel Aviv, second hakofos that had a separation between men and women too – giving additional credibility to the statements from police spokesman Shabtai Gerverchik, who insists police are were not involved in the matter of gender separation as Alsheich was taking part in the gender-separated Tel Aviv event.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem/Photo Credit: Twitter acct of Yari Shriki)

Photo Essay: Sukkos 5777 By The Belzer Rebbe (Photos by Anshil Beck and Shuki Lerer – JDN)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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AUDIO: NYPD Shoot Knife-Wielding Man In Brooklyn

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016


Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that left a man injured in Brooklyn Wednesday morning.

The incident happened at Remsen and Ralph avenues at East Flatbush around 11 a.m.

The NYPD gave the following statement to YWN:

At approximately 10:52AM, NYPD Officers from the 67th Precinct in Brooklyn responded to several 911 calls for a male with a firearm and a knife in front of a Laundromat located at 842 Remsen Avenue.

Upon arriving at the location the officers encountered a 23-year-old male identified as Davonte Pressley, armed with a knife in front of the Laundromat.

The officers repeatedly ordered the armed male to drop the knife at which time the male lunged towards the officers with a knife still in his hand.

One officer discharged his service weapon striking the male 3 times in the torso. EMS responded to the scene and transported the male to Brookdale Hospital where he is in critical condition.

A knife has been recovered at the scene and the investigation is ongoing.

A photo of the knife recovered is attached.

(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)

WATCH: The Bobover Rebbe On Hoshana Rabbah 5777

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Photo Essay: Sukkos 5777 By The Pinsk Karlin Rebbe (Photos by JDN)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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NY State Trooper Struck And Killed By Vehicle

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

prattA veteran New York state trooper was hit by a vehicle and killed Wednesday while investigating a tractor-trailer parked in a median in front of his police station, authorities said.

Trooper Timothy Pratt, 55, had stopped his patrol vehicle around 6:15 a.m. while on duty near the station where he worked in Wilton, 35 miles north of Albany, Maj. William Keeler said.

Pratt, who had just started his shift, walked over to talk to the truck driver and was hit by a passing car on Ballard Road after he stepped away from the truck in the pre-dawn darkness, Keeler said.

The 30-year veteran, a father of three, was initially taken to nearby Saratoga Hospital, then airlifted to Albany Medical Center, where he died about three hours after the crash, officials said.

The driver of the car that hit Pratt wasn’t expected to be charged, state police said.

“There doesn’t appear to be any criminality involved,” Keeler said. “This was a tragic accident.”

Keeler, who was in the same graduating class as Pratt at the State Police Academy, called his colleague “terrific” and “an all-around nice guy.”

Pratt, who lived in nearby South Glens Falls, served his entire state police career in eastern New York. In September, the U.S. Air Force veteran led the state’s annual Sept. 11 memorial motorcycle ride to the World Trade Center site, an event Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo participated in.

“Trooper Pratt was a loving father, friend and neighbor who worked each and every day to make his community and all of New York a better place,” said Cuomo, who ordered all flags on state-owned properties to be flown at half-staff.

Pratt’s survivors include his fiancee, two sons and one daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending.


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Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Child Injured After Falling From Second Story Balcony In Beis Yisroel

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016



A 6-year-old child sustained moderate injuries due to a fall in the Beis Yisrael neighborhood of Jerusalem on Tuesday, Isru Chag Sukkos during the afternoon hours.

Both Magen David Adom and United Hatzalah responded to the scene.

MDA reports the child to be in moderate condition when paramedics transported him to a local hospital with a head injury.

The child fell from a second story balcony.

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(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Photo Essay: Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky At The Kosel On Chol Hamoed Sukkos 5777 (Photos by Shmiel Drei – JDN)

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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