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April 29, 2016 / 21 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Haifa’

Police: Haifa Religious Council Deceived over 100 Couples Seeking Independent Orthodox Wedding

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Employees of the Haifa Religious Council have deceived more than 100 couples who said they wanted to be married through the national-religious rabbinic organization Tzohar, Israel Police announced on Wednesday. A Tzohar initiative has made it possible for couples to register for marriage anywhere, and not strictly in their area of residence as used to be the case in Israel. The idea was to make less stringent Orthodox rabbis available to Israelis who didn’t wish for their wedding to be officiated by a Haredi rabbi. That change was received with great resistance on the part of the Chief Rabbinate, which is concerned for losing its monopoly on Orthodox weddings.

Police launched an investigation following a complaint by Tzohar that elements in the Haifa Religious Council are acting systematically against couples who register to be married by a Tzohar rabbi. Among other things, Tzohar accused the council of entering false information regarding the personal data of registrants. The complaint cites more than 100 such cases.

Police interrogated with a warning two employees of the Haifa Religious Council, one of them senior. Police also collected testimonies, seized documents, and executed a variety of investigative actions. As a result, police are saying they have sufficient evidence showing the alleged violations had indeed taken place because of the council’s objection on principle to Tzohar’s legitimacy. Police believe the senior council employee was aware of and turned a blind eye on the other employee’s mass violations.

Tzohar emailed JNi the following statement in response to the news story:

“Effectively investigating criminal action is critical for our national desire to rid out corruption and restore the public’s faith in those responsible for religious services in our country. It is deeply distressing that the rogue actions of a small group can so negatively tarnish the Jewish spirit in ways that have caused irreparable damage to the people of Israel.”

JNi.Media

Trump Vodka Bottles Seized in Passover Scam

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Haifa (TPS) – Hundreds of bottles of Trump Vodka were seized by Israeli police for bearing phony “Kosher for Passover” labels in advance of the upcoming holiday, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

Police raided the storage room of “a known alcohol distributor in downtown Haifa” and found hundreds of Trump Vodka bottles with forged Passover-friendly stickers on them, the spokesperson said. Three people were detained for questioning on suspicion of having pasted the phony labels on the drink.

Vodka is typically made from fermented grain, a product forbidden on the Jewish holiday during which no leavened bread may be eaten. Trump Vodka, by contrast, is made from potatoes.

Wednesday’s raid and arrests were made following a report by the Israeli daily The Jerusalem Post exposing the Passover Trump Vodka scam.

“We discovered that instead of one of the ingredients that was supposed to be kosher for Passover, they used a different one,” the report quoted Rabbi David Silverstone of the OK Kosher certification organization.

Trump Vodka, which bears the brand of US billionaire and presidential candidate Donald Trump, has been out of business for years in most parts of the world. Nevertheless, the beverage has gained unlikely popularity in Israel for one week per year in the niche market of kosher-for-Passover vodkas.

Trump sued the Israeli company producing Trump Vodka in 2011 in a licensing dispute yet eventually settled the case. “Israel’s demand for high quality products and attraction to powerful brand names is a wonderful platform for the Trump brand,” the company said in a press release on Trump.com.

Donald Trump touted the alleged success of Trump Vodka—alongside Trump Steaks and Trump Water—in his victory speech following the Florida Republican primary in March.

“It was a successful product, which continues to be popular abroad,” Trump said of his vodka in a statement to Bloomberg on Wednesday.

With the latest pre-Passover police raid, however, a few hundred bottles of the beverage have been taken off the Israeli market.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

US Navy in Israel. vs. US Navy in Iran

Monday, February 22nd, 2016

Came across this on Twitter, comparing and contrasting the welcome the US Navy received from Israel vs. Iran.

Which country would you rather sign a treaty with?

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Higher Incidence of Cancer, Asthma Found in Haifa

Monday, February 8th, 2016

A senior Health Ministry official confirmed Monday that a higher incidence of cancer and asthma has been found in Haifa.

The data emerged from a study by a research team at the University of Haifa, using data from 2012 up to the present.

The specific affected residential areas are primarily the side of Mount Carmel facing the industrial zone, the southeastern part of Kiryat Tivon, Kiryat Haim, and Kiryat Bialik.

The data show the incidence of lung cancer and lymphoma is up to five times higher than the national average among adult residents in the city.

In addition, babies born to residents in these areas have birth weights and head sizes 20 to 30 percent lower than those in other parts of the city.

Moreover, a study of children in Haifa ages 6 to 14 show the incidence of asthma was 2.5 times higher in the port city than in other less polluted areas.

Of growing concern is the damage to the developing fetus that is also becoming clearer, and which has implications for other health problems later in life as well.

It is believed by researchers at the University of Haifa that chemicals emitted by factories in the city are responsible for at least some of the problem.

The current research study by the University of Haifa team is nearing the end of the first year of a five-year project led by Prof. Boris Portnov and Dr. Jonathan Dubnov. The team is culling its data from the health maintenance organizations (HMO/kupat holims), hospitals, the IDF and cancer databases).

The initial findings, to be published in March, so far have also indicated that air pollution has not declined in recent years. The interim conclusions will be submitted at the end of the month to the relevant authorities, including the Health and Environmental Protection Ministries.

Hana Levi Julian

Haifa Arab Students Heckle Egyptian Lecture as ‘Zionist Collaborator’

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Egyptian researcher spoke to psychology students at Haifa University on co-existence. One Arab student shouted, “You are dancing on the blood of martyrs.”

Arab students at the University of Haifa face a disciplinary hearing for calling a world-renowned Egyptian religious researcher a “Zionist collaborator.”

Yale University’s Dr. Omer Salem, who also operates peace organization started by California Muslims, Jews and Christians, began to speak to psychology students about coexistence when he was verbally attacked, Yediot Acharonot reported.

One heckler yelled, “Talk to the Dawabsheh family about coexistence,” referring to the arson-murder of  Arab parents and their baby three months ago in a Palestinian Authority village.

Arab students, including from the anti-Zionist Balad party and who are known to the University for their Radical Views, shouted:

The blood of martyrs is spilled and in the end you get a middle finger. They should stop the colonization in Palestine, they are silencing us.

You should be ashamed of yourself, the Zionists are protecting you. You came here to support colonization. You are dancing on the blood of martyrs.

Why do you come here? You have no respect. Go fix the situation in Egypt.

The lecturer who brought Dr. Salem to speak filed a complaint with the university’s disciplinary committee, and the university commented that it “deems this matter to be very serious and the students will be sent to a disciplinary hearing. We will not tolerate such behavior which affects the normal process of study and research.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

(JNi.media)
Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

JNi.Media

Military Exercise at Rambam Hospital Today

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

The public is asked to refrain from going to the emergency room at Haifa’s Rambam Medical Center today (Thursday, Oct. 29) except in the case of extreme medical emergency.

The IDF’s Home Front Command is holding a military drill at the hospital between 8 am and 2 pm.

Other departments at the medical center are running as usual and are open to the public.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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