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November 29, 2014 / 7 Kislev, 5775
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Two Israeli Women Killed in Nepal Bus Crash

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Two Israeli women were killed and four other Israeli trekkers were injured when their overcrowded bus overturned and fell more than 450 feet into a ravine on a road in the Himalayas to Katmandu.

At least six, and possibly seven,Israelis were on the bus, and one of them still is listed as missing.

Local media said 11 people, including the Israelis, were killed. A Chabad rabbi led a rescue effort, and helicopters evacuated the injured.

Earlier this month, a crowded bus ran off a mountain road in Nepal, killing more than two dozen people and critically injuring others.

Last week, four Israelis were among more than 40 who died in an unseasonal blizzard in the Himalayas. Twelve other Israelis were injured and have been flown home.

Nepal is one of the most popular hiking places outside Israel for young Israelis.

 

 

 

I know My Son in Nepal is OK because VISA Israel Told Me So

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The VISA credit card company in Israel last week noted that one of its clients withdrew cash from Nepal after the disaster that killed several Israeli trekkers and called the hiker’s father to tell him his son was safe.

The father in this case is yours truly. The trekker is one of our sons, whose trip to India and Nepal was delayed for a week because he was busy shooting at terrorists from his tank as a reserve soldier serving in the Protective Edge campaign against Hamas.

Our son called on the morning before Yom Kippur to say he was leaving India after the fast and traveling to Nepal.

He routinely calls just before Shabbat or a holiday from a Chabad House, where there usually is mobile phone reception and where he joins hordes of other Israelis for Shabbat.

I was writing and listening to the radio last Wednesday morning, several hours before the Shemini AtZereth-Simchat Torah holiday began in Israel, when I heard on the radio that three one or more Israeli reportedly were killed in an avalanche in Nepal.

My first thought was that our son was okay. I don’t know why but I was not too worried. Just to be even calmer, I called my contacts at the Foreign Ministry.

The ministry knew no more than I knew – unconfirmed reports from foreign news agencies, and we agreed to update each other as we gathered information.

Within a minute, our son called from Nepal to wish us Chag Samayach – a happy holiday.

He did not mention the avalanche, but as soon as I asked him about it, he revealed that he was near the area and that there were missing Israelis who went on a hike out of the tourist agency with which he also is registered .

Our son reassured me that although he was “close but far” from the disaster, explaining that he was at a low level in the Himalayas while the trekkers caught in the landslide were much higher.

After trading information with the Foreign Ministry, which was happy to hear our son was safe, I went back to writing about the tragedy, the ISIS and whatever other horrid news there was.

The phone rang again, and after I picked it up and said “Shalom,” the voice on the other stated, “Are you Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, father of “E—“?

“Nu?” I asked.

“I am calling from VISA,” he said, “and I just wanted to let you know, in case “E’’’ has not been in contact with you, that we know he is safe because we noticed he withdrew money from Nepal today.”

I was overwhelmed.

Can you imagine an American credit card company calling Joe Blow’s father in East Podunk to tell him not to worry about the Blow family’s son because it knew he withdrew some money from his credit card, so everything must be all right?

I asked the VISA representative, “Who decided to call me?”

He answered that it was a management decision when an inspection of withdrawals revealed that one of their clients withdrew money from Nepal two days after the tragedy, when the names of missing and dead Israeli trekkers still were not known.

I and hundreds of thousands of other Israelis routinely damn the credit companies for being legal “thieves,” renewing credit cards that require monthly payment but without informing the client after a year of free service, or for providing misleading information on conditions for using a credit card, or simply sending a credit card in the mail.

That is what happened last week when my wife received a credit card without asking for it. It was another gimmick to tempt people into making unnecessary purchases.

Nepal Sources Say 6 Israelis Killed in Himalayas Avalanche

Friday, October 17th, 2014

Sources in Nepal said Friday that six Israelis were killed in Wednesday morning’s avalanche that already is known to have claimed the lives of three Israelis , with a fourth missing and feared dead.

The Israeli Foreign Ministry said it is not relying on foreign sources but has no information that confirm or deny the report but said that 12 Israelis have been rescued and are being treated in an American hospital in Katmandu for hypothermia.

As reported here Thursday night, Tamar Ariel, the first religious women to become an Israeli Air Force navigator, Nadav Shoham and Agam Luria were killed in the blizzard that also claimed the lives of at least 26 others. The death toll is almost certain to grow.

Rescuers on ground and from the air have rescued more than 250 trekkers from the Himalayas and nearby regions that have suffered the onslaught of heavy snow and rain in an unseasonal cyclone.

Helicopters leading the rescue effort ceased to fly Thursday night because of poor weather conditions but were to resume Friday morning.

Israeli hiker Linor Kajan was quoted by wire services as saying, “I was sure I was going to die on the way to the pass because I lost my group, I lost all the people I was with and I could not see anything. One Nepalese guide who knows the way saw me and asked me to stay with him. And he dragged me, really dragged me to the tea shop. And everybody there was really frightened.”

 

Brooklyn Coffee Shop Fed Up with Greedy Jewish ‘Infiltrators’

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

A Brooklyn coffee shop owner justified his anti-Semitic posting on Instagram, where he ranted against Jewish “infiltrators” who “function via greed and dominance” by buying and upgrading homes, resulting in an expensive real estate market.

Bushwick Coffee Shop owner Michael Avila brushed off criticism and raced to post two videos of Jews he’s “in love with,” including Roseanne Barr and a YouTube video that features Jews against Zionism.

See? Avila really is not anti-Semitic.

He said his post on Instagram was a result of complaints by some of his customers about rising house prices. He took aim at two Israelis who were exploring the possibility of buying a building next door to the coffee shop.

“Ok, what I REALLY want to talk about is how to consider the Jews (oh yes, let’s talk about it) who want a piece or all of Bushwick,” he wrote. He declared that Jews “function via greed and dominance.”

His post, part of which is re-published here complete with typos and grammatical mistakes continued, “Bushwick IS rising and progressing, and bettering, but us contributing or just appreciating this rise and over all positive change do not want to be lumped with greedy infiltrators.

Avila, an Hispanic, defended his post by explaining, “It tends to be a lot of Jewish people who are buying buildings here and then turning them into luxury condos, but it could apply to anyone of any race who is trying to be manipulate and self-serving [sic]“

Update: Three Israelis Killed in Train-Bus Crash in Switzerland

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Three Israelis were killed and five others were injured Monday when their mini-bus collided with a train, Swiss media reported.

The Swiss daily The Local reported that the accident occurred at a train crossing where there was no barrier.

The Israel’s tourist van was on its way to Engleberg when it passed through the crossing just as a train headed its way. No one on the train was injured.

Two helicopters, five ambulances and 10 fire trucks rushed to the scene, according to the Bolick newspaper.

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.

Norwegian Cruise Lines Drops Tunisia over Anti-Israeli Bias

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

Norwegian Cruise Lines dropped Tunisia from its itineraries after the country refused to allow Israeli citizens to disembark in the Port of Tunis.

About 20 Israelis were quietly told before disembarking from the Norwegian Jade over the weekend that they were not welcome per the Tunisian government.

The cruise line’s decision to drop Tunisia was first reported by Cruise Critic, an online cruise information site.

“We want to send a strong message to Tunisia and ports around the world that we will not tolerate such random acts of discrimination against our guests,” Kevin Sheehan, Norwegian Cruise Line’s CEO, said in a statement Tuesday.

The Norwegian Jade had been stopping in Tunisia every three weeks during the winter, according to Cruise Critic.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/norwegian-cruise-lines-drops-tunisia-over-anti-israeli-bias/2014/03/11/

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