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Police Arrest Brothers Who Harassed Jewish Family in Connecticut Airport

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Police arrested two brothers, residents of Prospect, CT, late Thursday night for shouting anti-Semitic slurs at and threatening a Jewish family at Bradley International Airport, the Hartford Courant reported. According to reports, the head of the family was wearing a yarmulke. The two brothers, Nicholas and Anthony Diorio, 27 and 29 respectively, face charges of intimidation based on bigotry or bias, breach of peace and interfering with police. Both brothers had to post $10,000 bail and will be arraigned Nov. 9 at Superior Court in Enfield.

According to the Courant, airport State police were notified shortly after midnight Thursday about two men who were shouting slurs at and threatening the family, who kept away but took ample photos of the brothers, their car and their car license plate. State police later arrested the brothers in their Prospect home.

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday strongly condemned the “verbal assault of a visibly identifiable Jewish traveler at Bradley Airport in Windsor Locks, CT,” and applauded the Connecticut State Police for their “swift and appropriate response.”

“We have seen a recent spike in anti-Semitism around the state and country, and this act apparently fueled by bias is an unfortunate reminder that we have significant work still to do to combat anti-Semitism,” said ADL Connecticut Regional Director Steve Ginsburg. “When a victim is chosen because of his or her religion, the impact resonates beyond just the person targeted it can leave the entire community feeling vulnerable. This lack of civility, respect and kindness ignore our country’s shared value of religious diversity. We applaud the Connecticut State Police for their swift action and investigation.”

JNi.Media

Kurds Shoot Rockets at Turkish Airport, Kill 11 Police in Truck Bomb Attack

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Turkish authorities blame the Kurdish PKK of shooting rockets at a civilian airport in Diyarbakir in southwestern Turkey Saturday night, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, Dogan news agency reported. There were no casualties. According to Dogan, four rockets were shot at a police checkpoint outside the airport’s VIP lounge just before midnight. According to Turkish TV, the rockets did not hit their target but landed instead in an open field nearby. Diyarbakir governor Huseyin Aksoy told the TV news channel there was no disruption in the flights schedule.

The PKK has been fighting the Turkish government since 1984, and is considered a terrorist organization by the US and the EU.

On Friday morning, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reported that 11 police officers were killed and 78 wounded, including three civilians, in a truck-bomb attack in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.

According to Dogan, the attack took place at a police check point outside a riot police station in the Konak neighborhood on the Cizre-Şırnak highway. After some shooting, the bomb on the truck was detonated, destroying the riot police building.

Speaking at a press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov in Istanbul, Yildirim vowed to overcome all attacks against his country, saying, “No terrorist group could hold Turkey captive,” and “the brotherhood will not be damaged.”

“Let our nation know that we have opened a total war against these terrorist groups,” Yildirim announced, then quoted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founding father of modern Turkey, who paraphrased on Patrick Henry when he declared, “Give me independence or give me death.” Yildirim added that “these vile people” would get their just deserts.

David Israel

JFK Terminal Evacuated After Gunshot Reports [video]

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Source: Courtesy Albert Salas (via NY Post)

Police evacuated New York’s JFK airport’s Terminal 8 on Sunday night, after multiple reports came in of shots fired inside the terminal. There were also reports of shots heard in Terminal 1.

The first call came in at 9:30 PM (NY Time), and a second call came in at 10:15 PM.

Following searches and an investigation, the Port Authority and the Police say there is no indication that any shots were fired inside the airport.

By 11:30 PM (NY Time), police began reopening the terminal.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Delta Malfunction Drama Still Paralyzing Passengers Worldwide

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

A malfunctioning power control module at the Delta Airlines technology center in Atlanta has destroyed the travel plans of tens of thousands of people around the world — and it’s still happening.

The module went offline for just six hours starting at 2:30 am on Monday, but more than 1,600 flights have been cancelled since then.

Delta’s global computer system shut down, stranding thousands of passengers in various cities around the world and sending inaccurate information to the few airport screens that were still lit. No boarding passes would print, so agents were writing them out by hand in the few airports where Delta personnel tried to continue operations. Many of the travelers who were left hanging — and more — continue to be stranded 48 hours later.

Backup systems that were supposed to provide a safety net in exactly such a situation failed to do so, and it’s not clear why.

Worse, more delays and cancellations are still expected, according to Delta officials, although the carrier hopes to resume regular operations by Wednesday afternoon.

Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a second video posted to the airline’s website Tuesday that by Monday, the airline had already cancelled 800 flights; triple the number of Delta cancellations in all of 2015.

“This isn’t the qualify of service, the reliability that you’ve come to expect from Delta Air Lines,” Bastian said. “We’re very sorry, I’m personally very sorry.”

Hana Levi Julian

BDS Activist Denied Entry to Israel, Deported at Ben Gurion International Airport

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

A Swiss activist with the Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been deported from Israel for the first time, according to Channel 2 News.

Rita Faye has visited the Jewish State a number of times in the past, and is known for her harassment of IDF soldiers at Palestinian Authority crossing checkpoints around Jericho.

She is a member of a Christian organization that supports the BDS movement and has recorded the activities of the soldiers she has tracked, and then sent the information abroad, according to the report.

Upon her arrival at Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday, she was taken for questioning by security personnel.

Faye was put back on a plane with a deportation issued by Interior Minister Arye Deri at the request of the IDF when it was discovered she was headed to Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

BGI Airport’s Terminal 3 Evacuated After Little Boy Cries ‘Terrorist!’

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

Thousands of people were evacuated from Terminal 3 at Ben Gurion International Airport on Thursday after a boy at the airport identified what he though was a suspicious-looking man and began to shout, “Terrorist! Terrorist!”

Airport security personnel were forced to rapidly evacuate passengers and crew from the terminal on what was one of the busiest travel days of the summer due to the suspected threat, according to Walla! News.

Only after a thorough investigation was conducted did it become clear that the man who seemed so scary to the child was actually no threat at all, and was just an innocent traveler.

Hana Levi Julian

Entebbe: ‘Israel Was Right – And Fortunately the Mission Succeeded’

Monday, July 4th, 2016

It was the 200th birthday of the United States of America, and three C-130 Hercules military transport planes silently flew through the night to land at a darkened landing strip with enough Israeli commandos and fake official Ugandan vehicles to make it through airport security.

The Israelis ultimately rescued 102 Air France passengers and crew being held hostage by Arab and German terrorists at the old terminal in the Entebbe international airport, who were under the military protection of then-Ugandan President Idi Amin.

On Monday, 40 years later to the day, Uganda President Yoweri Museveni stood beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the miraculous rescue. He said the Jewish State had been right to carry out the long-distance operation.

Netanyahu called the mission “a watershed moment for my people.” Operation Thunderbolt is now called Operation Yonatan in memory of his older brother who lost his life leading the mission.

The prime minister also referenced the Holocaust during his remarks, saying Jews had been murdered by the millions, stateless. “The State of Israel has changed that. Perhaps it was in Entebbe,” he said, “where this transformation was seen by the world. We were poweless no more.”

Museveni agreed, saying that for Uganda as well, the operation had marked a turning point.

“Your brother Jonathan, some Israeli hostages and some Ugandan soldiers were killed here,” he told Netanyahu in remarks at a ceremony with journalists at the airport. “Fortunately, the rescue mission succeeded.”

Netanyahu’s brother Yonatan, “Yoni” was the leader of the commando unit who raced into the terminal to rescue the passengers; he was also the sole casualty in the operation, leading the way, he was hit by terrorist gunfire in the first moments the soldiers were seen.

Benjamin Netanyahu, his younger brother, was in the same elite Sayeret Matkal unit at the time but due to the IDF rule not to allow two brothers in the same operation, he was not involved in the rescue. Instead, he learned when they returned that he had lost his brother.

Museveni told those gathered at the airport that Idi Amin’s “hobnobbing with terrorists was a crime in itself,” and called the raid “another bond” that connected “Palestine to Africa.” He slammed what he called “indiscriminate violence” and said it didn’t matter if the “cause is just.”

Prior to 1948, the Jews who came to resettle the reborn State of Israel called their endeavor the “yishuv” (settlement in Hebrew) and referred to the geographic region as “Palestine.” They called themselves “Palestinians” — just as the newspaper which today is The Jerusalem Post was at that time called “The Palestine Post.”

Hana Levi Julian

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