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OPINION: Hillary Clinton’s Email Story Continues To Get Harder And Harder To Believe

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

1On Monday night, the Associated Press published a piece noting the release of an additional 165 pages of emails Hillary Clinton sent from her private email address while serving as secretary of state. These were emails that had never been previously released and only were made public because of a court order in response to a request from a conservative group.

And yet again, the emails poke holes in Clinton’s initial explanation for why she decided to exclusively use a private email server for her electronic correspondence while serving as the nation’s top diplomat.

Let’s start with this from the AP story: “The emails were not among the 55,000 pages of work-related messages that Clinton turned over to the agency in response to public records lawsuits seeking copies of her official correspondence.”

Remember that Clinton and a small group of people working for her reviewed all of the emails she sent from her private server and made the decision about what was solely personal and what was work-related. She handed over the work-related email and permanently deleted those that she and her team decided were purely personal. She wound up deleting more emails than she turned over to State.

The latest batch of emails suggest that Clinton’s filter to decide between the personal and the professional was far from foolproof. That these emails never saw the light of day before Monday – or before a conservative legal advocacy group petitioned for their release – opens up the possibility that there are plenty more like them that Clinton chose to delete but shouldn’t have. And it provides more fodder for the Republican argument that Clinton appointing herself as judge, jury and executioner for her emails was, at best, a very, very bad decision and, at worst, something more nefarious than just bad judgment.

Then there’s this quote from a newly released March 2009 email between Clinton and her top aide Huma Abedin about the email setup: “I have just realized I have no idea how my papers are treated at State. Who manages both my personal and official files? . . . I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want.”

Hmmm.

Remember that Clinton said that her main/only reason for using a private email server while at State was “convenience.” She didn’t want to carry around multiple devices for email, she explained.

But this email to Abedin – which came at the start of her four-year term in office – suggests a bit more active agency than Clinton has previously let on. “I think we need to get on this asap to be sure we know and design the system we want,” doesn’t strike me as Clinton simply wanting convenience and following the instructions of her IT people on how to make that happen. It reads to me as though Clinton is both far more aware of the email setup and far more engaged in how it should look than she generally lets on publicly.

There’s nothing in these emails that changes the basic political dynamic of the email controversy as Clinton seeks to win the White House this fall. Everything still depends on whether the Justice Department decides to indict Clinton or those close to her for purposely keeping information that the public had a right to know away from them. We’ve been waiting on the results of that FBI investigation for months now and, in truth, no one really knows when they will finally come.

But revelations like Monday’s – a chunk of previously undisclosed emails that are clearly professional in nature – lend further doubt to the story Clinton had told about why she set up a private server and how she handled it after leaving office. For a candidate already struggling to convince voters she is honest and trustworthy enough to be president, stories like this one are deeply problematic.

(c) 2016, The Washington Post · Chris Cillizza

VIDEO: Israel Naval Commando Elad Tzadikov Tells Of His Journey To A Frum Lifestyle

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

After his lengthy service as a naval commando, then security systems management for luxury boats, diving with whales on exotic beaches, Elad Tzadikov became one of the most successful fashion resellers in Europe and Israel. In the midst of preparations for an international fashion fair in Tel Aviv, he was called to lead the assault force to Lebanon during the Second Lebanon War.

The sharp transition and dangers he confronted force him to deal with his Jewish identity.

Elad explains he served in the prestigious Shayetet 13 naval commando unit for five years and then jumps to his successful career in the fashion industry. He explains suddenly he finds himself in a life and death situation back in military. He explains that while in Lima Peru he prepared a meat meal while his friend conjured up a dairy sauce. He told his friend “your sauce is dairy and we do not mix” to which the friend responds “We are intelligent [we do not do this]” and this started the thinking process…

The video is in Hebrew.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Google Offers New Way for Users to Manage Ads, Personal Data

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

googleGoogle is trying to make it easier for you to manage the vast pool of information that it collects about your online activities across phones, computers and other devices.

Among other things, a new privacy tool will enable the more than 1 billion people who use Google’s search engine and other services to block certain ads from appearing on every device that they log into, instead of having to make a special request on each individual machine.

Some users of Google’s search engine, Gmail and Chrome browser will start receiving notices about the new option beginning Tuesday, but it will take several more weeks before it’s available to everyone.

Google also is introducing a “My Activity” feature that will enable users to delete records of their online search requests and videos watched on YouTube in a single location instead of having to visit different websites or apps.

Google’s business has been built on its longtime practice of monitoring its users’ online behavior in an effort to learn about their interests so it can show ads most likely to appeal to them.

Those customized ads shown alongside Google’s search results and the content on millions of other websites have turned Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc., into one of the world’s most profitable companies.

In an effort to minimize complaints about invading people’s privacy, Google has long allowed its users to impose limits on how much data is accumulated about them and how many customized ads they see.

Last year, Google also opened a “My Account” hub to serve as a one-stop shop for setting privacy and security controls.

If they choose, users will now be able to authorize Google to store their web browsing histories in the “My Account” center.

Until now, Google had been keeping personal information in different digital dossiers that sometimes require users to take multiple steps to manage specific pieces of data.

For instance, someone annoyed by a Google-generated ad on their personal computer can prevent it from appearing again by clicking on an “X” in the corner. Taking that step currently won’t block the same ad from appearing on the targeted person’s smartphone a few hours later.

Google says that will no longer happen if users allow it to stockpile web browsing histories in the “My Account” center.

(AP)

Obama Says He Doesn’t Anticipate Huge Change From EU Exit

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

1President Barack Obama isn’t expecting “major, cataclysmic changes” as a result of Britain’s pending exit from the European Union.

Speaking to NPR, Obama also said there are more differences than similarities when it comes to Britain’s election compared with the current presidential election in the United States where discontent has fueled Republican Donald Trump’s rise.

Obama says Europe hasn’t fared as well as the United States since the financial crisis that struck in 2008, and there was some belief that the European Union was moving too fast and without as much consensus as it should.

“I think that the best way to think about this is, a pause button has been pressed on the project of full European integration,” Obama said in the interview, parts of which aired Tuesday. “I would not overstate it. There’s been a little bit of hysteria post-Brexit vote, as if somehow NATO’s gone, the trans-Atlantic alliance is dissolving, and every country is rushing off to its own corner. That’s not what’s happening.”

Obama acknowledged some similarities between Britain’s election and the presidential election in the U.S. He says people have been able to tap into fear that people may have about losing control and to offer “vague, nostalgic feelings about how, you know, we’ll make Britain great again, or we’ll make America great again.”

But Obama said he didn’t believe Trump was “a legitimate spokesperson for a populist surge from working class people on either side of the Atlantic.”

(AP)

36 Children And 2 Adults Treated In Assaf HaRofeh Hospital Afer Eating Tuna Salad

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

1Thirty-six children from a Be’er Yaakov kindergarten and two adult employees were transported to Assaf HaRofeh Hospital on Tuesday morning 22 Sivan. The victims presented with a rash and itching.

Hospital Director Professor Eren Kotzer reported the patients exhibited an allergic reaction from the tuna they were served. Health officials were notified and the hospital treated the victims, none reported to be in serious condition.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

NY Top Court Says Police Can Be Grilled About Rights Cases

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

pdcNew York’s highest court ruled Tuesday that police officers can be cross-examined at criminal trials like any other witnesses and grilled about specific misdeeds alleged in federal lawsuits such as lying, fabricating evidence or making false arrests.

The Court of Appeals, ruling unanimously in three cases, said trial judges erred in prohibiting cross-examination about allegations underlying federal lawsuits against the police witnesses that are relevant to their credibility. The court set some limits on questioning and said trial judges retain broad discretion in weighing the probative value of questioning against possible confusion or prejudice.

The high court upheld convictions from Manhattan drug arrests in 2011 and 2012, concluding the evidence was still overwhelming in those. The seven judges ordered a new trial in a Bronx gun-possession case.

Testifying officers had faced federal civil rights lawsuits over previous arrests.

“These cases stand for the unremarkable proposition that law enforcement witnesses should be treated in the same manner as any other prosecution witness for purposes of cross-examination,” Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam wrote. “Specific allegations of prior bad acts in a federal lawsuit against a particular witness do establish a good-faith basis for cross-examining that witness about the misconduct.”

Lawyers shouldn’t be permitted to ask witnesses if they have been sued, if the case was settled unless they admitted wrongdoing, or if criminal charges against the plaintiffs were dismissed, according to the court.

(AP)

Photo Essay: Hanochas Even Hapina For New Building Of Yeshivas Birchas Yaakov Lakewood (Photos by JDN)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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Chief Rabbinate And Kosel Rav Appears To Be At Odds Over Reform Advances At The Kosel

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

rabThe response by some members of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel Council to the urgent letter sent by Kosel Rav Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz has been less than favorable. According to A Kikar Shabbos report, quoting some rabbonim on the council anonymously, they are furious over his call to convene the council in urgent session to address Reform Movement gains at the Kosel.

In fact, the anonymous responses blame Rabbi Rabinowitz for the current situation, stating “his actions along the way have led to the current situation”.

“One would expect at present he would permit ‘other adults’ to address the matter wisely and repair the damage created. No one need his advice that has brought us to this point” a senior Chief Rabbinate source is quoted saying.

Kikar turned to Rabbi Rabinowitz for a response, but he stated he does not plan to respond to comments from “anonymous sources who constantly fling sludge at the rabbi who struggled alone for the sanctity of the Kosel, using anonymous messages and absolute inaction”.

Officials in Rabbi Rabinowitz’s office are quoted adding that unfortunately, using anonymous messages acting as they do simply leads to a further decline in the situation and demands a higher price regarding the sanctity of the Kosel.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Ikea Recalls 29 Million Dressers After 6 Kids Killed

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

ikIkea is recalling 29 million chests and dressers that can easily tip over and trap children underneath. Six children have been killed and three dozen others injured, and federal safety officials on Tuesday urged consumers to take immediate action.

The Swedish retailer announced the recall Tuesday, saying the furniture can pose “a tip-over and entrapment hazard that can result in death or injuries to children” if it is not properly anchored to a wall.

“Consumers need to act immediately because it’s a very present hazard, especially if you have kids in your home,” Elliot Kaye, chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, said in an interview.

The CPSC underscored the risk at a news conference Tuesday that included live demonstrations of chests tipping over.

Kaye said consumers “need to either get their anchor kit from Ikea for free and install it on their furniture, take it back to the store for a full refund or have Ikea come and pick it up from their homes for free.”

The recall, which only applies to customers in the U.S. and Canada, is for several types of Ikea chests and dressers, including the Malm line. Ikea said the units under the recall are children’s chests and drawers taller than 23.5 inches and adult chests and dressers taller than 29.5 inches.

The recalled units were sold at Ikea stores “at various times through June 2016,” the company said.

All of the children killed were 3 years old or younger, the CPSC said. One of the children was killed about 27 years ago. The other deaths were more recent, between 2002 and 2016. The CPSC said it received 36 reports of children who were injured.

Ikea said that anyone who owns one of those chests and dressers and has not attached them to a wall should remove it out of reach from children. Ikea is offering free kits to attach the chests and dressers to a wall.

Customers who don’t want to keep the recalled furniture can ask for a refund. Ikea said it will give a full refund to owners of recalled chests and dressers made between 2002 and 2016. For recalled units made before 2002, customers can receive a store credit for half the original price.

Ikea USA president Lars Petersson said in a statement that the chests and dressers were sold with instructions saying that they had to be mounted to walls. Last year, the company offered free wall-mounting kits to owners of its Malm chests and dressers after reports of children’s deaths.

Kaye said IKEA is now working with CPSC to bring safer designs to the markets so that furniture is more stable.

“I expect the rest of the furniture industry to do the same,” said Kaye.

(AP)

PA Residents Blame Israel For Summer Water Shortage

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

1A number of Jewish communities in the Shomron are in the midst of a sevre water crisis, as was reported by YWN-ISRAEL.

The same situation exists in some PA (Palestinian Authority) areas in the Shomron as well, which residents insist is more serious since it coincides with sweltering heat and the holy month of Ramadan.

The PA however blames Israel for the shortage, insisting its communities are harder hit and it is the fault of the nearby yishuvim.

Yossi Dagan, who heads the Shomron Regional Council reported the reason for the shortage is the government’s inaction over the years and today, the existing infrastructure is not sufficient to feed the demands of the area’s residents, now numbering far more than there were when the infrastructure was set into place.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Photo Essay: Bobov-45 Rebbe Visiting Lakewood (Photos by JDN)

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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VIDEO: Former UK Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks Receives The Bradley Prize In Washington

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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On 19 Sivan at a ceremony in Washington DC, Rabbi Sacks was awarded one of The Bradley Prizes by The Bradley Foundation.

The Bradley Prizes are awarded each year to four individuals in recognition of their work.

Together with Rabbi Sacks the other 2016 recipients were: social scientist and author Charles Murray; historian and author Andrew Roberts; and humanitarian and actor Gary Sinise.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is devoted to strengthening American democratic capitalism and the institutions, principles, and values that sustain and nurture it.

The ceremony was hosted by George Will, one of America’s leading political commentators, and the prize itself was presented by Michael W. Grebe, President & CEO of The Bradley Foundation.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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VIDEO: Police Close Har Habayis To Non-Muslims Until After Ramadan

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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Following two consecutive days of Muslim violence on Har Habayis police on Tuesday morning 22 Sivan announced the holy site would remain closed to all non-Muslim visitors until after Ramadan.

The decision came after the morning began with a third day of violent confrontations with Muslims, who hurled stones in the direction of the Mughrabi Gate. One woman at the Kosel was struck and injured mildly by one of the rocks. Police were compelled to use riot-control measures to restore order.

Police reported arresting 16 Arabs involved in the violence and rock-throwing attacks.

Har Habayis activists decry the announced police decision, calling on Israel Police to deal with the Muslims appropriately and not close the site to others.

The injured woman, 73, was transported to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital with a head injury. Her condition was described as light.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat calls on police to continue maintaining law and order and protecting the religious status quo on Har Habayis. He adds police must not make major decisions under pressure and violence, citing only determination and protecting the religious status quo will result in maintaining law and order in the long run.

Gedolei Yisrael over the generations and the Chief Rabbinate of Israel prohibit visiting Har Habayis

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

Assemblyman Goldfeder to Join Yeshiva University as Head of Government Relations

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

pgYeshiva University announced New York State Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder will lead its government relations efforts beginning this fall. Goldfeder will work to strengthen and develop relationships between the University and federal, state and local governments, and monitor legislation and policies that could have an impact on YU and its programs. Goldfeder represents the 23rd District in the New York State Assembly, which includes Ozone Park, Howard Beach, Broad Channel and Rockaway, and has announced that he is not seeking reelection.

“YU has developed several public-private partnerships over the past few years, which are resulting in academic and facility improvements,” said President Richard M. Joel. “When we began exploring how we could take our successes with government relations to the next level, it was clear that Phil was uniquely qualified for this role.”

Andrew (Avi) Lauer, Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel at YU, added: “I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Phil for many years from the time he worked in the Mayor’s Office, through his work with Senator Schumer and most recently as a New York State legislator. I look forward to working closely with him and have every confidence that he will represent YU with the same passion, professionalism and vigor as he has his constituents for so many years.”

Goldfeder expressed that he is excited his public service will continue but in a new way. He said, “I have dedicated my life in public service to ensuring a better future for all our families. This begins by providing our children with a world-class education that will enable them to be successful and contribute to the community. I’m excited to utilize my diverse experience to advance the mission and goals of the University.”

Goldfeder’s career in public service began as a community liaison for the New York City Council. His passion for community service, along with his unique ability to understand the needs in the neighborhoods of Queens, earned him a position as the Queens Director for the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit under Michael Bloomberg. His capacity to bring people together caught the attention of New York Senator Charles E. Schumer, who hired him as the Director of Intergovernmental Affairs. In September of 2011, Goldfeder was elected in a special election to serve in the New York State Assembly where he focused on education, transportation and Sandy recovery.

Senator Schumer praised Goldfeder for being “a hard worker and a fighter, and with a deep passion for public service and people. In the Assembly he knew how to work with residents, leaders and businesses to get real results that improve peoples’ lives.”

Speaker Carl Heastie, New York State Assembly, offered Goldfeder his congratulations and said, “It has been a real pleasure to serve alongside Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. Phil’s departure, while a tremendous loss for the Assembly, will be a great gain for Yeshiva University. His leadership, energy and enthusiasm have been an invaluable contribution to the Assembly and to the state of New York. I wish him all the best in this new role.”

(YWN Desk – NYC)

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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

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Horseback Rider Brings Traffic To Near Halt On Outerbridge Crossing

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

hTraffic came to a near halt on a bridge connecting New York City and New Jersey as a man on horseback wearing a cowboy hat led another horse across the span.

A spokesman for Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police tells the Staten Island Advance that a police car escorted the man over the Outerbridge Crossing on Monday morning as cars trailed behind.

A video sent to the Advance showed the rider sporting a brown vest and red kerchief and galloping toward Staten Island. New Jersey-bound traffic slowed as motorists stopped to watch.

The rider held the reins of the second horse laden down with bags.

The newspaper says the man is believed to be cancer survivor Doc Mishler, raising money for childhood hunger.

(AP)

WATCH: Chaverim of Rockland Makes Kiddush Hashem

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

BREAKING: Possible Hate Crime In Flatbush – Black Teens Throw Rocks At Window Of Orthodox Jewish Vehicle On Nostrand Ave

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

011Police are investigating a disturbing incident in Flatbush in what is possibly a hate crime.

Sources tell YWN that at around 5:15PM on Tuesday afternoon, two black teens yelled anti-semitic slurs at a vehicle driven by an Orthodox Jewish woman at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Avenue J.

The two suspects then threw a rock and smashed a window of her minivan. The rock missed her 6-year-old child sitting in the back seat by inches. The child was child covered in shards of glass, but thankfully not injured.

The two teens took off running down Nostrand Avenue towards Avenue K.

Police, Hatzolah and Flatbush Shomrim were called.

Officers from the NYPD’s 63 Precinct are reviewing security camera footage of the incident.

Two nice EMT’s from FDNY were seen assisting the woman in temporarily sealing-up the broken window.

Detectives are on the scene investigating.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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(Chaim Shapiro – YWN)

Defense Ministry Fortifies 40 Hitchhiking Posts In Yehuda And Shomron

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

1The Defense Ministry is completing work, the fortification of dozens of hitchhiking posts throughout Yehuda and Shomron. These posts service thousands of soldiers and civilians alike and after many vehicular terror attacks, the decision was made to place large concrete blocks in front of the stops to prevent a vehicle ramming persons waiting.

Forty hitching posts have been fortified including at the entrance to Kiryat Arba, the site of several terror attacks in recent months.

On Tuesday, workers were seen at Tapuach Junction in the Shomron, where they were fortifying five hitching posts at the major Shomron junction.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)