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Violent Police Raid in Benjamin Yeshiva Ends in Injuries to Minors

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A large police force raided a yeshiva in Nahliel, a Haredi Israeli communal village in Benjamin Region. According to a report from the Honenu legal aid society, police arrested four yeshiva students, all minors, injuring several students in the process. Attorney Adi Keidar commented that “police would not have dared to behave this way in a Tel Aviv school.”

According to Honenu, the police force, which included detectives from the nationalist crimes unit in the Judea and Samaria district arrived at the yeshiva around 7 AM and started arresting 14-year-old students. For some police showed warrants, others were picked up without court authorization. The yeshiva staff complained of severe violence used by the arresting officers, which caused injuries to a number of students.

According to Honenu, several yeshiva staff and students were summoned for interrogations over the past few weeks, regarding a school trip several months ago, during which police claim they damaged pipes belonging to Arabs. Honenu says police used threats against the minors who were being interrogated, and refused to inform their parents.

Attorney Keidar related that when the yeshiva dean told police one of the boys being sought was sick, he was told to bring somebody in his place, which, Keidar suggests, meant police are on a fishing expedition.

David Israel

Pokémon No: Three Israelis Injured Hunting Pokémon This Week

Friday, July 29th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Israel’s national emergency medical service, Magen David Adom (MDA), released a statement on Thursday warning the Israeli public of the dangers of using Pokémon Go, the popular augmented-reality / mixed reality game that has been drawing much attention around the world. The warning follows many cases of Israelis who were injured while playing Pokémon Go, including three incidents this week.

“We call on the public to exercise caution and to be aware of the dangers of using the app,” said MDA Director Eli Bin. “It is unacceptable for children, teenagers, or adults to become engrossed in the game and unnecessarily put their lives in jeopardy.”

A 15-year-old girl from Karmiel fractured her skull on Wednesday when she fell off her bicycle while chasing pokémons. She sustained various head injuries and was taken to the Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.

Another serious incident occurred the following day when a 35-year-old Pokémon Go player from Rishon LeZion ran and collided with a glass door. The glass shattered, and shards penetrated the man’s leg causing him massive bleeding.

Earlier in the week, a teenager almost drowned at a beach in Ashdod while attempting to catch the virtual creatures in the water. The 17-year-old, Asaf Ben-Gozi, lost consciousness and was rescued by his brother. Ben-Gozi was taken to Kaplan hospital in Rehovot where doctors described the incident as life threatening.

According to MDA, these incidents are only the most recent of many calls the emergency response organization has received in the past weeks involving dangerous use of Pokémon Go.

“This is a dangerous trend that is gaining popularity,” said MDA Paramedic Georgi Goliak. “I recently treated a 16-year-old boy who was chasing pokémons, ran into the water with his phone, and sustained a head injury. For what? To catch an imaginary creature?”

“Unfortunately, this summer we are witnessing an increase in the amount of injuries among children and teenagers, partly due to the fact that they have been chasing pokémons,” said Galilee Medical Center Director of Pediatric Intensive Care Dr. Zeev Sonis. “Many parents are not aware of the new game. Pokémon has become a trend that blurs dangers such as roads, potholes and water bodies, especially among youngsters. Awareness to this issue should be raised to prevent the next tragedy.”

Pokémon Go is a free location-based augmented reality game released this year by Niantic, in collaboration with the famous gaming company Nintendo. The game has become a major hit worldwide. It has also succeeded in Israel even though the game has not yet been officially released in the country, since many users managed to bypass the restriction and hunt pokémons in the holy land.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

3 IDF Soldiers Hurt in Vehicle Terror Attack Near Neve Daniel on Hwy 60

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

An Arab terrorist is believed to have carried out a vehicle ramming attack against IDF soldiers early Wednesday evening as they were traveling in a military vehicle on Highway 60 in Judea, near the Jewish community of Neve Daniel.

The site is about eight minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. The Arab driver crashed his vehicle head-on into the IDF vehicle.

The terrorist sustained a serious head injury, according to military sources quoted by international media.

Three IDF soldiers, all age 20, were wounded in the attack. One suffered chest and limb wounds and is in serious condition; two others sustained broken bones and other injuries to their limbs. The latter two are in fair condition. All were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Security personnel and IDF soldiers closed down the highway and set up road blocks and launched a search of the area for any accomplices.

This was the second travel attack perpetrated by Arabs on Wednesday.

Rocks were thrown by Arab terrorists at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it made its way through the capital. It’s not the first time the railway has been targeted by terrorists.

The first car on the train was damaged but no one was physically injured. Police are searching for the terrorists.

Hana Levi Julian

IAF Hits Hamas Targets on Saturday Following Hamas Rocket Attacks

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

The Israeli Air Force attacked buildings in Khan Younis, southern Gaza on Saturday following overnight rocket strikes launched from Gaza.

The Gazan buildings were reportedly connected to Hamas’s military wing.

One rocket from Gaza landed in the Eshkol region, the second near the border fence.

There were no injuries or damage reported from the Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.

Hamas has been launching mortars and now missiles at Israel for the past few days, after Israel began uncovering and destroying terror tunnels leading from Gaza to nearby Israeli communities.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Bus Blows Up in Jerusalem, 21 Injured in Terror Attack [video]

Monday, April 18th, 2016

21 people were injured on Monday afternoon in a terrorist bomb explosion on a bus on Moshe Bar’am Street near Hebron Road in Jerusalem, security sources reported. Two of the victims, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured, six moderately and the rest sustained light injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

As a result of the initial explosion of an empty bus, another bus, which carried passengers, and a private car caught fire. Eight victims were evacuated to Sha’are Tsedek hospital and the rest to Hadassah Ein Kerem. According to MDA, the victims suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Large police forces arrived at the scene with sappers who scanned the area for additional explosives, as well as four firefighting crews that put out the fires.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Major General Yoram Halevy told the press, “At this stage of the investigation we are trying to find out who placed the explosive load, and how they reached the bus. We are in full deployment of the district forces and prepared for every scenario.”

Halevy admitted that there were no intelligence alerts regarding the planted explosives and it isn’t clear whether the perpetrator was a suicide bomber. A seriously wounded Arab from eastern Jerusalem was found on the bus without any ID, adding to suspicions that this was a terror attack.

Udi Gal, spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire Dept. told the press that “enormous flames that erupted in one bus reached the other. Both buses were ignited completely and a nearby vehicle was burnt as well. Luckily, no one was trapped inside.”

Gal, who spoke before police announced the attack had been the act of a terrorist, said there were an average of 200 cases of spontaneous combustion of buses a year in Israel.

As of 6:15 PM Jerusalem time (11:15 AM NY) the fires were put out.

The Jewish Press will update the story as new details come in.

Jewish Press Staff

98 Cops Hurt in Baltimore, Violence Spreads to US Cities

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

The last evening service at Agudath Israel in Baltimore will start on time at 9:30 pm again Thursday evening, in deference to the curfew that city hall and police hope will keep the peace.

There were concerns about renewed violence late Thursday afternoon after CNN quoted a report by WJLA claiming that Freddie Gray’s neck was broken when his head hit the back of a police van in which he was riding after arrest. The information allegedly came from the Medical Examiner’s report that was leaked to the station.

Up to that point, city officials had been hoping for another march by protesters and what civil activists had been calling another night of “peace.”

At least 98 police officers were hurt in the past week, 43 of them seriously, in violence over the mystery of Gray’s injuries while in custody and his subsequent death. On Thursday, 106 people were released from custody after being arrested during violent rioting.

Malik Shabazz, the former head of the new Black Panther Party is involved in organizing the protests in Baltimore, Fox News reported Thursday. Since Tuesday police have been enforcing a 10 pm curfew that lasts until 5 am in the city. The National Guard — 2,000 troops — and 1,000 supplemental police officers from neighboring counties are providing additional support as well.

But across the United States the protests and civil unrest are spreading – again – as unidentified professional agitators add fuel to the fire, possibly with the encouragement of the “National Action Network” headed by Rev. Al Sharpton.

On Monday, Sharpton appeared in Baltimore and issued a statement that was later posted on his organization’s website. In the statement, Sharpton vowed to schedule a two-day march in May from Baltimore to Washington, “to bring the case of Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, Eric Harris to the new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch. Ms. Lynch, in her new role that we all supported, must look and intervene in these cases,” Sharpton contended. “Justice delayed is justice denied.”


Sharpton insisted that the Freddie Gray case “is not just a Baltimore problem” and said, “It is from Staten Island to Ferguson to North Charleston to Charleston, to here – and we’ve been involved in all of them.”

Speaking at a luncheon in Baltimore, he broadened the focus, adding, “There must be a national response to a national issue.”

Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake also appeared at that event, but unlike Sharpton, she promised those in attendance there would be justice. “If we can’t get justice in a town with a black mayor, a black police commissioner and a black state prosecutor, where in America do you think you are going to find it?” she asked.

One wonders about the effect of statements such as those by prominent civil rights leaders like Al Sharpton in spreading the violence to other cities.

In Ferguson, Missouri, violence was again reignited Wednesday night and store owners found themselves clearing up the wreckage of their businesses on Thursday morning. Businessman Sonny Dayan told CNN it was the fourth time the windows to his place had been smashed and his store looted since November 24, 2004.

In New York City, police prepared ahead of time and greeted protesters with flyers as they gathered at Union Square Wednesday evening. The papers provided the protesters with information about the laws, telling them exactly what was permissible and what was not, and what the consequences would be for violating the law. More than 100 would-be rioters were subsequently arrested in the Big Apple as thousands tried to pour into the streets and block traffic, but mostly failed.

Hana Levi Julian

Direct Strike on Homes in Sderot, Ashkelon in Rocket Barrage from Gaza

Friday, August 8th, 2014

A Qassam rocket slammed directly into a private home in the Gaza Belt community of Sderot at around 3:30 pm Friday afternoon, just a few hours before the start of the Sabbath. It was the second home in Sderot to be hit by a rocket today. No one was physically injured in the attack.

This is the second home to be damaged in a Qassam rocket barrage from Gaza today (Friday, August 8, 2014). Miraculously, no one was home.

This is the second home to be damaged in a Qassam rocket barrage from Gaza today (Friday, August 8, 2014). Miraculously, no one was home.

The Code Red rocket alert system allows residents of the communities in the Gaza Belt area – those in the Eshkol, Sdot Negev and Sha’ar HaNegev Regional Council districts – only a 15-second window within which to reach a safe space before rocket impact.

Less than half an hour after the house in Sderot was hit, a home in the coastal city of Ashkelon suffered the same fate.

As in Sderot, however, the terrorist rocket found no victims; the owners of the home were safe in a shelter and were not physically injured, although the building was damaged. Residents of Ashkelon have a window of 30 seconds within which to reach shelter before an attack.

A few hours earlier, the director of Sapir Academic College, Dr. Nachmi Paz, age 71, was wounded by shrapnel when a Qassam rocket exploded at the entrance to the community. A 20-year-old soldier also sustained shrapnel wounds in the same attack. Both running for shelter but weren’t quite fast enough when the rocket slammed into the ground nearby. Sapir College is located in an area on the outskirts of Sderot.

More than 50 rocketswere fired at Israel by Gaza terrorists in the past eight hours, since the 72-hour humanitarian cease fire ended at 8 am. Four Israelis were wounded.

Hana Levi Julian

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