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August 25, 2016 / 21 Av, 5776

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Rioting Arab Shot Dead, 45 Injured in Refugee Camp Riot

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

An Arab teenager who was rioting and posing a threat to the lives of IDF soldiers from the Egoz Reconnaissance Unit carrying out an operation in the Al Fawwar refugee camp southwest of Hebron was shot and killed, according to Arab media reports.

Muhammad Abu Hashhash, 17, was shot by the Israeli force during clashes inside the camp. At least 45 other rioting Arabs were injured, one seriously.

Israeli forces stormed al-Fawwar at dawn on Tuesday, raiding homes and interrogating suspects. Clashes broke out between local youth and Israeli soldiers, who defended themselves using tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and low impact live bullets.

The Egoz Reconnaissance Unit operation is expected to last 24 hours. The IDF Spokesperson said Tuesday that the purpose of the operation is arrests of suspects, searching for weapons and issuing subpoenas for security interrogations.

The IDF Spokesperson added that the force ran into a mob that threw stones, firebombs and improvised explosives. At least four rioters were shot after the hurled cinder blocks at the soldiers.

Israeli army soldiers carry on a house-to-house searching raid from  in Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron August 16 2016.

Israeli army soldiers carry a searching raid from house to house in Al-Fawwar refugee camp south of Hebron August 16 2016.

David Israel

ISIS Claims Suicide Bombing at Pakistan Hospital, Dozens Dead

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

The Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility late Monday for a deadly suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta, Pakistan, another indication of the group’s growing worldwide metastases as U.S.-led coalition airstrikes double down on its forces in Syria and Iraq.

At least 69 people died in the attack, most of them lawyers, which took place shortly after the body of Bilal Kasi, provincial president of the Balochistan Bar Association, was brought to the medical center after a shooting earlier in the day.

The bombing was carried out when the lawyers gathered to protest his murder, Ehsanullah Ehsan a spokesperson for the Tehreek-e-Taliban terror group, told NBC News. The group is a break-off group from the Pakistani Taliban, which claimed responsibility for both attacks.

The group also claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a children’s park in Lahore this past March.

The White House immediately issued a statement condemning the attack. “The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s horrific suicide attack in Quetta, Pakistan. That this attack occurred at a hospital and appeared to target a gathering of lawyers mourning the death of a respected colleague makes it all the more heinous.

“Our hearts go out to the families and other loved ones of the more than 60 killed, and we wish a speedy recovery to the dozens more injured. The United States is committed to our continuing counterterrorism partnership with Pakistan, and we remain resolute in joining with the people of Pakistan in confronting terrorism in Pakistan and across the region.”

Hana Levi Julian

46 Dead as Egyptian Air Force Strikes ISIS in Northern Sinai

Monday, August 1st, 2016

The Egyptian Air Force attacked a Da’esh terrorist installation in northern Sinai on Sunday, where Egyptian intelligence reported a large number of ISIS operatives were gathered.

Egyptian government forces targeted a weapons plant where security officials said explosives were being manufactured by the terrorist organization.

At least 46 armed men were reportedly killed in the air strike, according to Sky News.

Hana Levi Julian

Shooting Attack in Austin, Texas [video]

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Gunshots were heard in Austin, Texas early Sunday morning.

ABC news reports that a woman was fatally shot, and 3 additional people have been injured, 2 women and a man.

Police now say the site is secure.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Philanthropist Marcus Katz Dead at 89

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Jewish philanthropist Marcus Katz, the Holocaust survivor renowned for his contribution to promoting the connection between halkha and modern life, passed away Tuesday night at age 89. His funeral will be conducted Thursday evening at Givat Shaul Mount Menuchot.

Katz established the Marcus Katz Award which for 41 years has been given to outstanding contributors to building harmony between Jewish law and tradition and the modern world, among them Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Rabbi Yehoshua Yeshaya Neuwirth, Rabbi Tzvi Herschel Shachter, Dr. Hanna Katan, and Rabbi Avi Gisser’s Mishpetei Eretz institute.

Born to a Hasidic family in Krakow, Poland, Markus Katz and members of his family fled to Palestine after the Nazi occupation. His mother, who spent the war in the labor camps, arrived in Haifa in 1946. In 1947 the family moved to Mexico, where Marcus became a principal of a Jewish school at age 20. He married Adina and the couple embarked on a life of business and industry, as well as the law, while constantly maintaining their relationship with the fledgling Jewish State.

They established the award in 1975, after the death of Markus’ mother, Golda. In 1985 the established the Zionist, modern Orthodox Emuna yeshiva in Mexico, catering to Jewish children from the first to the twelfth grade.

Over the years Adina and Markus Katz cultivated their close relationship with Israel, and developed personal friendships with many prominent figures in Israel’s society and politics, while continuing to influence through their charity work the lives of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

David Israel

Sheriff’s Deputies Dead in Courthouse Shooting, Commissioner ‘Discouraged and Disgusted’

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Two bailiffs were killed Monday afternoon in a Michigan courthouse, along with a third man who was reported to have been the shooter, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The unidentified gunman opened fire as he was allegedly being taken to jail at the Berrien County Courthouse in downtown St. Joseph, about 25 miles south of South Haven in southwestern Michigan. He lunged for a deputy and took his gun, using it to first attack the nearby bailiffs, media reported.

One person — a deputy — was injured, according to a courthouse employee, who requested anonymity. Buildings in the area were immediately placed on lockdown, as were all government agencies.

State Police secured the scene, according to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

Berrien County Commissioner Jeanette Leahey told reporters as she awaited more information, “We’re in a difficult time in the world. We all know that. It’s unfortunate that it’s coming close to home…I’m discouraged and disgusted.”

The shooting took place less than a week after a U.S. veteran used his military skills to murder five police officers and wound seven others in Dallas, Texas after having stockpiled a military-grade arsenal at home, according to Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

The sniper targeted police officers as they were securing protests taking place in Dallas simultaneously with others across the United States led by the “Black Lives Matter” grassroots organizations, and other similar groups.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Holocaust Author and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Elie Wiesel Dead at 87

Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel who in 1986 was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, is dead, according to a Saturday announcement by Yad Vashem. He was 87 years old. Wiesel died in his New York home. He was survived by his wife, his son and two grandchildren.

Wiesel was born in in Sighet, Transylvania (Romania), in the Carpathian Mountains, on September 30, 1928. Wiesel’s mother, Sarah, was the daughter of a Vizhnitz Hasid who spent time in jail for helping Polish Jews enter the country illegally. Wiesel’s father, Shlomo, encouraged him to learn Hebrew and to read literature, while his mother encouraged him to study the Torah. Wiesel had three siblings – older sisters Beatrice and Hilda, and younger sister Tzipora. Beatrice and Hilda survived the war and were reunited with Wiesel at a French orphanage. They eventually emigrated to North America, with Beatrice moving to Canada. Tzipora, Shlomo, and Sarah did not survive the Holocaust.

In 1944, the German army deported the Jewish community in Sighet to Auschwitz-Birkenau. Wiesel and his father were sent to the work camp Buna, a subcamp of Auschwitz III-Monowitz. He managed to remain with his father for more than eight months as they were shuffled among three concentration camps in the final days of the war.

On January 28, 1945, just a few weeks after the two were marched to Buchenwald, Wiesel’s father was beaten by an SS guard as he was suffering from dysentery, starvation, and exhaustion. He was also beaten by other inmates for his food. He was later sent to the crematorium, only weeks before the camp was liberated by the US Third Army on April 11.

For ten years after the war, Wiesel refused to write about or discuss his experiences during the Holocaust. However, a meeting with the French author François Mauriac, the 1952 Nobel Laureate in Literature, and a discussion he had with the Lubavitcher Rebbe were turning points for him. His first memoir, in Yiddish, titled, And the World Remained Silent, was published in Buenos Aires. He rewrote a new version of the manuscript in French, which was published as La Nuit, and translated into English as Night. Wiesel had trouble finding a publisher and the book initially sold only a few copies.

In 1960 Hill & Wang agreed to pay a $100 pro-forma advance and published it in the United States in September that year as Night. The book sold only 1,046 copies, but attracted interest from reviewers, leading to television interviews with Wiesel and meetings with literary figures such as Saul Bellow. “The English translation came out in 1960, and the first printing was 3,000 copies,” Wiesel said in an interview. “And it took three years to sell them. Now, I get 100 letters a month from children about the book. And there are many, many millions of copies in print.”

Night has been translated into 30 languages. By 1997 the book was selling 300,000 copies annually in the United States alone. By March 2006, about six million copies were sold in the United States. On January 16, 2006, Oprah Winfrey chose the work for her book club. One million extra paperback and 150,000 hardcover copies were printed carrying the “Oprah’s Book Club” logo, with a new translation by Wiesel’s wife, Marion, and a new preface by Wiesel. On February 12, 2006, the new translation of Night was No. 1 on The New York Times bestseller list for paperback non-fiction and the original translation placed third.

Wiesel and his wife started the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity. He served as chairman for the Presidential Commission on the Holocaust (later renamed US Holocaust Memorial Council) from 1978 to 1986, spearheading the building of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, during which he pleaded for US intervention in Yugoslavia after a visit there in 1992.

Wiesel and his wife invested their life savings, and the Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity invested nearly all of its assets (approximately $15.2 million) through Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme, an experience that caused Wiesel deep pain.

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