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Terrorist Shot Dead in Stabbing Attempt at Qalandiya Checkpoint

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

An Arab terrorist was shot to death after attempting to stab a security man at the Qalandiya checkpoint between Jerusalem and Ramallah, just west from the Jerusalem municipality boundary, on Tuesday morning. The man passed through the vehicles’ lane and approached the security guard with a raised knife. He was fired at and was mortally wounded. He died shortly thereafter.

There have been several incidents of stabbing attempts and shootings at the Qalandiya checkpoint since the beginning of the current wave of terror. Last month the prosecution closed for lack of evidence its case against security guards who shot to death a teenager and his pregnant sister at the Qalandiya checkpoint last April. Both brother and sister were armed with knives, and the sister threw her knife at one of the guards, following which both attackers were gunned down.

David Israel

Holocaust Historian Yaffa Eliach Dead at 79

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Professor Yaffa Eliach, a pioneering scholar in Holocaust studies, who launched the first Center for Holocaust Studies Documentation & Research in the USA and introduced Holocaust Studies on the American campus passed away on Tuesday at age 79.

Born in Eishyshok near Vilna, Lithuania, Eliach was four when her town was occupied by the Germans in 1941 and most of the Jewish population was murdered. She and her family hid and survived, until the Soviet Red Army liberated their area in 1944, at which point her mother and a brother were killed by Polish militia men. Eliach emigrated to Eretz Israel in 1946, and in 1954 left for the US, where she eventually received a Ph.D. in Russian intellectual history in 1973.

She was the creator of the exhibit the Tower of Life at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, a soaring display made up of 1500 photographs depicting the people of a typical East European shtetl. The Tower of Life has been viewed by more than 20 million visitors and is considered by many to be the Museum’s most moving exhibit.

Eliach wrote the Hasidic Tales of the Holocaust (Oxford University Press). Derived from interviews and oral histories, these eighty-nine original Hasidic tales about the Holocaust provide witness, in a traditional idiom, to the victims’ inner experiences.

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Turkish Coup Colonel Found Dead in Cell

Saturday, November 5th, 2016

Irfan Kizilarslan, a Turkish Gendarmerie Colonel who was arrested following the failed coup of July 15 was found dead on Saturday in his prison cell in northern Turkey’s Tokat province, Turkish media reported.

So far, more than 20 suspects in the coup investigation have been found dead in Turkish prisons. Col. Kizilarslan served as the head of the Kastamonu Regional Gendarmerie Command before his dismissal from the Gendarmerie and subsequent arrest.

An autopsy will be performed as part of an investigation into the death.

More than 4,524 military personnel including 151 Generals and Admirals have been dismissed from their posts since the failed coup.

David Israel

Female Terrorist Dead in Attack at Tapuach Junction

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

A female terrorist attempted to stab a soldier at the Tapuach junction in Samaria just before 1 PM on Wednesday. The terrorist was shot and killed. No soldiers were injured in the attack.

Samaria Regional Council head Yossi Dagan isued a statement saying, “This new attempt against our daily routine, not to mention our holiday, will not success. I wish to thank the IDF soldiers for their alertness.”

Dagan noted that tourism events throughout Samaria “will proceed as planned. The tens of thousands of visitors who right now fill up the numerous tourist spots in Samaria are voting with their legs. May we continue to have a happy and quiet holiday.

Arab news agency Ma’an noted that the still unidentified female terrorist was the 224th PA Arab terrorist killed by Israeli soldiers and civilians since the wave of terror began to spread across the country 13 months ago.

David Israel

MLK’s Attorney Jack Greenberg Dead at 91

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Attorney Jack Greenberg who served as Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund from 1961 to 1984, succeeding Thurgood Marshall, and argued 40 civil rights cases before the US Supreme Court, including Brown v. Board of Education, passed away Wednesday in his Manhattan home.

Born in Brooklyn, in 1924, Greenberg fought at Okinawa and Iwo Jima and commanded a landing craft in the invasion of Iheya Shima. He received his law degree from Columbia in 1948 and became the only white legal counselor for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (“LDF”) in 1949. He represented the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1963 when King was jailed in Birmingham, Ala., after leading a march there against segregationist laws. Jews played a major role in the NAACP in its early decades, including Joel Elias Spingarn (the first chairman), Arthur B. Spingarn, and founder Henry Moskowitz.

Greenberg recalled his earliest arguments before the Supreme Court: “It was like a religious experience; the first few times I was there I was full of awe. I had an almost tactile feeling. The first time I was in the Court, I wasn’t arguing. I felt as if I were in a synagogue, and reached to see whether or not I had a yarmulke on. I thought I ought to have one on.”

Greenberg argued Brown v. Board of Education as co-counsel with Thurgood Marshall; Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education, which ordered the end of segregated school systems “at once”; Griggs v. Duke Power Company, which outlawed basing employment and promotion decisions on the results of tests with a discriminatory impact; and Furman v. Georgia, in which the Court effectively placed a moratorium on executions nationwide (it lasted four years), holding that the death penalty as it was then applied was a violation of the “cruel and unusual punishment” clause of the Eighth Amendment. There were 36 more.

Greenberg was a founding member of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and of Human Rights Watch.

As a sign of a changing relationship between Jews and Blacks, in 1982 the Harvard Black Law Students Association objected to Greenberg’s teaching a civil rights course jointly with black lawyer Julius L. Chambers. They called on students to boycott the course. Many prominent blacks came to Greenberg’s defense, and civil rights activist Bayard Rustin write the NY Times that “the objection that Mr. Greenberg is white is nothing more than blatant racism.”

Greenberg was also at odds with mainstream Jewish groups, over his zealous support for affirmative action. The Anti-Defamation League said was too zealous over the ability of this policy to remedy racial discrimination in the job market. They suggested he was merely pushing discrimination against whites and warned against a system based on racial quotas.

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Scholar Jacob Neusner Dead at 84

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Jacob Neusner, renowned scholar of rabbinic Judaism of the Mishnaic and Talmudic eras, passed away on Saturday, October 8, 2016, in Rhinebeck, NY. Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Neusner studies at Harvard University, the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the University of Oxford, and Yale University.

Neusner is known for developing a humanistic and academic reading of the Jewish classical works, treating the religion in its social setting, as something a group of people do together, rather than as a set of beliefs and opinions.

Neusner was a pioneer in the application of the “form criticism” approach to Rabbinic texts. Much of his work consisted of de-constructing the prevailing approach viewing Rabbinic Judaism as a single religious movement within which the various Rabbinic texts were produced. In contrast, Neusner viewed each rabbinic document as an individual piece of evidence that can only shed light on the more localized forms of Judaism of each specific document’s place of origin and the specific Judaism of the author. His work “Judaism: The Evidence of the Mishnah” (Chicago, 1981; translated into Hebrew and Italian) is the classic statement of his work and the first of many comparable volumes on the other documents of the rabbinic canon.

Neusner taught at Bard College since 1994. He also taught at Columbia University, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Brandeis University, Dartmouth College, Brown University, and the University of South Florida.

In addition to his scholarly activities, Neusner was involved in shaping Jewish Studies and Religious Studies in the American University. He sponsored a number of conferences and collaborative projects that drew different religions into conversation on the difference in religion, religion and society, religion and material culture, religion and economics, religion and altruism, and religion and tolerance.

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Shimon Peres Dead at 93

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Former president, prime minister, statesman and Nobel Peace Laureate Shimon Peres has died at the age of 93. He passed away during the early morning hours of September 28 at Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan after suffering a severe stroke two weeks ago, on September 13. Peres’ condition had been improving, until it suddenly sharply deteriorated on Tuesday and he was pronounced dead at 3:40 a.m. Israel time.

The hospital is due to make an official announcement at 7:00 a.m. local time.

Born in Poland in 1923 as Szymon Perski, Peres moved to Israel with his family in 1934 and rose to become one of the most prominent and influential figures in Israel’s history. He was one of the founders of Kibbutz Alumot in the north of the country, where he worked as a shepherd and a farmer, and in 1945 he married Sonya Gelman. They had three children together- Tsvia, Yoni and Chemi. Sonya Peres died in 2011 at the age of 87.

During a political career that spanned 73 years, Peres served as prime minister, president, and Knesset member for 47 consecutive years, the longest anyone has served in the Israeli parliament. He also published at least 11 books as well as hundreds of articles in newspapers and periodicals in Israel and around the world.

Peres’s political career began in 1941 when he was elected Secretary of Hanoar Haoved Vehalomed, the Labour party youth movement. David Ben Gurion then appointed him to the secretariat of Mapai, the party that later became Labour, and in 1946 Peres was chosen alongside Moshe Dayan as a youth delegate in the party’s delegation to the Zionist Congress in Basel.

In 1947 Shimon Peres joined the Haganah, the armed forces that later became the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). He became director-general of the Ministry of Defense in 1953, when he was only 29 years old. During the 1950s he played an important role in developing Israel’s defense industry, forming strong personal and political relations with French officials that resulted in many years of military aid, strong cooperation between the countries, and the establishment of Israel’s nuclear research center in Dimona.

Peres served two terms as prime minister, from 1984 and 1986 and 1995-6 following the murder of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. He was a member of 12 cabinets, holding positions including defense minister, foreign affairs minister and finance minister.

Peres was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize (together with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat) for his role in the 1993 Declaration of Principles signed between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Two years later he established the Peres Peace Center which aims to promote peace through cooperation and face-to-face interaction between Jews and Arabs.

After leaving the Labor Party in 2005 to join the more centrist Kadima faction, headed by Ariel Sharon, Peres was elected president by the Knesset in 2007, succeeding Moshe Katsav.

Peres ended his political career when his presidency term ended in 2014, but continued his involvement in public activities, primarily through the Peres Peace Center.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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