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Saudi Prince Accused of Threatening and Sexually Assaulting LA Women

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A Saudi Arabia prince allegedly sexually assaulted and threatened three housekeepers in his Beverly Hills, California mansion.

The victims have filed a lawsuit against 29-year-old Majed Abdulaziz Al Saud, and their lawyer is looking for more alleged victims.

The alleged threats and assaults occurred in September, and Al Saud was arrested for alleged indecent acts during a cocaine party.

The official complaint charges him with having told one woman:

Tomorrow I will have a party with you and you will do everything I want otherwise I will kill you.

He is accused of having said to another woman, who  charged that she was kicked:

You’re not a woman! You’re nobody! I’m a prince and I’ll do what I want and nobody will do anything to me,” he allegedly said and later kicked her violently above her knee, according to the complaint.

The women’s lawyer told The New York Daily News:

Al Saud has violently threatened and sexually assaulted his employees and publicly shamed these innocent women in the public eye. This is yet another example of the use of gross wealth and power to exert emotional and physical abuse on those more vulnerable

In a separate incident, another Saudi prince flying in his private plane was detained at the Beirut International Airport for allegedly  “attempting to smuggle about two tons of Captagon pills and some cocaine.” Captgon is a stimulant.








Chabad Emissaries Fight Arson Attack With Holy Fire in Los Angeles

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

A Chabad-Lubavitch emissary and his co-emissary wife in Los Angeles is determined to fight an arson attack the Jewish way.

Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal, co-director of Chabad of Mt. Olympus with his wife Rochela called on “all Jewish women and girls to light the Shabbat candles, bless your loved ones and ask for security and health for us and for the extended community” last week.

He also announced plans for a “Great Tefillin Wrap” on Sunday morning for men and boys over age 13, to take place in his Los Angeles neighborhood Jewish center.

The mitzvah campaign came in response to a vicious arson attack on the rabbi’s car in the wee hours of Wednesday morning.

“We were awakened by the blaring of a car alarm and what sounded like gunfire, explosions and fireworks,” Rodal told Chabad.org. “It was 2 am. My wife and I ran out to see what was going on. To our shock and disbelief, we saw our car engulfed in a blazing inferno of fire.

“There were explosions coming out of it every few seconds. We immediately woke up the children from their beds and we ran with them outside, far down the street – fearful that the fire would spread to the house.”

The flames incinerated the vehicle, destroying prayer books and other holy items, including tefillin (phylacteries) and mezuzahs.

Arsonists incinerated the car belonging to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal in Mt. Olympus, Los Angeles, in front of his home.

Arsonists incinerated the car belonging to Chabad-Lubavitch Rabbi Sholom Ber Rodal in Mt. Olympus, Los Angeles, in front of his home.

Police and firefighters responded immediately to the alarm and miraculously the damage was contained solely to the vehicle. Security cameras in the area provided a time line as to what took place in the moments prior to the conflagration.

“Two people can be clearly seen breaking into my car and setting it on fire with prepared materials,” the rabbi said. “It is very clear that it was a deliberate and targeted arson attack, and potentially more serious, pending the investigation.”

Although the Los Angeles Fire Department arson division has launched an investigation, there have been no arrests thus far.

“We feel pretty secure,” the rabbi said, noting that police had increased patrols in the area. “In Chassidic tradition, we are taught that everything that happens is for a purpose and for the lesson to be drawn to inspire us for the future,” Rodal mused. “What is the lesson here?”

Numerous people have already responded to his call for increased mitzvahs, he noted, with college students from the community posting photos of their activities on Facebook. Those who are currently in Israel on the Taglit-Birthright program showed their candle-lighting just prior to the start of the Sabbath because of what happened, he noted. A young man sent a photo of putting on tefillin.

“We will not deviate from our mission to provide care for the spiritual and physical needs of our dear community,” the rabbi asserted. “While we take the proper security measures, we know and trust that God is guiding and watching over us and that we are protected.”

LA Parents Sue Reform Groups over Sand Flies in Israel

Friday, May 8th, 2015

Parents of four Los Angeles area students are suing two Reform Jewish groups for not protecting their children from sand flies that afflicted them in a trip to Israel.

The suit states that the Union for Reform Judaism and the North American Federation of Temple Youth “planned, hosted, conducted, led and supervised” the trip and therefore were responsible for the sand fly attack, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The parents testified to their lawyer that children still suffer from skin ulcers and scars that have not healed since the trip last year.

“The defendants … professed and expressly informed the plaintiffs that they were experts in group tours to and accommodations in Israel,” the suit says.

The parents think that the Reform groups should have warned their dear children, especially since they were supposed to be protecting them in Israel. “Protection” usually  means not wandering into Judea and Samaria, which usually are off-limits even to Orthodox students.

The last thing a yeshiva, seminary or host group wants is a lawsuit over a terrorist attack.

Now they can add sand flies to list of pests in Israel that bother American Jews, who apparently never are bitten by mosquitoes or bees in the United States.

And would the parents also have sued if their children came back to the United States with different opinions and beliefs.

Just imagine how parents might react if their pluralistic offspring returned with an understanding that the Torah really is a living scroll and not an ancient book to be read  like a novel.

How would parents have reacted if their teenagers came back as raving Zionists or maybe even, oy, with a demand to keep kosher?

And even worse, what would have happened if the Reform youth had met new friends from the forbidden land of Judea and Samaria?

The lawsuits would be flying like sand flies.

Dodgers Stadium has Minyans but no Kosher Food

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

Could it be that one of America’s largest Jewish communities and kosher markets does not offer kosher fare at its premier ballpark?

Apparently so, say fans who voiced their complaints with the Jewish Journal. Second only to New York, Los Angeles is estimated to have more than 600,000 Jews, yet no kosher food at Dodger Stadium, home of the LA Dodgers for at least the last three years.

A growing number of sports stadiums offer kosher food to accommodate Jewish and Muslim fans. With the 2015 baseball season underway, there will be kosher food in New York, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, San Diego, Washington, Kansas City, San Francisco, Milwaukee, and Seattle. With the exception of New York, all of these cities have far smaller Jewish populations.

Kosher Today spoke to a Dodgers season ticket holder who says he orders in kosher food especially when he entertains. “I don’t get it,” he says. “On any given night you can see many Orthodox Jews and there are even several minyanim, so why no kosher food?”


Paris Hilton Threatened by Anti-Semitic Man Who Believes She Is Jewish

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

American actress and socialite Paris Hilton has been threatened on social media by a man who believes she is Jewish.

“I know ur Jew family gives nothing” and “KILL JEWS FOR FUN” are among the threats that have been left on the Instagram account of Hilton and her father, Rick, TMZ reported Tuesday.

The man also has threatened to kill and rape Paris Hilton.

The family filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, which has obtained a search warrant to allow it to track down the Instagram and Facebook accounts of the man threatening them.

Besides not looking Jewish, the socialite, actress and entertainer also is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels.

Who’s the Real Illiterate?

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

News item:

A mural on the south side of the Arbeter Ring/Workmen’s Circle Southern California campus at 1525 S. Robertson Blvd was defaced with graffiti that reads “Free Palestine!!!!”

The wall-sized mural [itself] –  titled, ”A sheinere und besere velt,” according to the Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles (a Yiddish phrase meaning, “A more beautiful and better world) – depicts cultural, biblical and historical imagery. The imagery includes a menorah, Israelites wandering in the desert, a young girl waving Israeli and American flags, and more.

What would your reaction be upon seeing it? Unfortunately, some people are still in the dark about the significance of this, and similar acts.

Robert Adler-Peckerar, executive director of the L.A.-based organization Yiddishkayt, which is a frequent collaborator with the national office and local branch of Workmen’s Circle, said the message of the graffiti reflects an ignorance about the mission of the victimized group. He described Workmen’s Circle as being historically committed to ideas of “social progress, equality, human rights, civil rights and the general pursuit of human dignity,” which includes promoting a “progressive, peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” he said.

“I feel like this [the graffiti] indicates something much more about thoughtlessness than about an actual commitment to a free Palestine,” Adler-Peckerar said in an interview. “And a tremendous amount of cultural illiteracy [on the vandal(s)’ part].” [my emphasis]

The director is wrong. The vandals were not ‘ignorant’ or  ‘thoughtless’. They fully understood the connection of the Palestinian Cause to the destruction of the Jewish State, and the relationship of the Jewish state to the continued existence of the Jewish people. The graffiti expresses their negation of both Zionism and the Jewish people.

The apparent belief of the director that the Palestinian Cause that the vandals espouse has anything to do with “social progress, equality, human rights, civil rights and the general pursuit of human dignity” rather than racism and a desire to commit genocide, is a good example of another kind of illiteracy — the political illiteracy which prevents ‘progressive’ Jews from reading the ugly truth in front of their faces.

Visit Fresno Zionism.

Longtime Congressman Henry Waxman to Retire

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman, the dean of Jewish lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, said Thursday he will retire, and Republicans immediately jumped on the announcement as a sign of weakness in the Democratic party.

He was first elected to Congress from a Los Angeles-area district in 1974, and his resignation will take effect next Jan 2, when his present term of office expires.

“I am grateful for my supporters and allies, who have worked side-by-side with me to fight for issues we care about: health, environmental protection, women’s and gay rights, and strengthening the ties between the United States and our most important ally, the State of Israel,” he said in a statement.

Waxman, 74,  was perhaps most prominent as the chairman of the Oversight Committee during the last two years of the George W. Bush administration, convening hearings about the conduct of the Iraq War.

The longest serving Jewish House member, he has taken a lead on pro-Israel issues, most recently in joining with Energy Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to advance a bill that would increase cooperation with Israel in energy research.

Waxman stated Thursday, “House Republicans have no compelling vision for the future,” he said. “The public understands this, and I am confident that the Democrats can regain control of the House.

However, Politico reported this week that when Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz was asked if her party would retake the House, she limited her optimism by saying only that the Democrats will gain some seats. She added, “I’m not going to confidently predict that Democrats will take the House back.”

Earlier this month, veteran  Democratic legislators Jim Moran and George Miller both said they are quitting.

One talkback comment on an American news site stated, “Waxman’s retirement was just announced in the House GOP conference room — and the conference enthusiastically applauded.”

House Republicans, who were at a retreat on Thursday when they heard the news of Waxman’s retirement, reportedly were happy.

JTA contributed to this report.

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