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Suspect In Manhattan Bombing ‘Radicalized’ By Trips To Mideast

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Following a shootout with police, Ahmad Khan Rahami, a naturalized American of Afghani descent, was arrested Monday in Linden, New Jersey, in connection with a series of bombings in New York and New Jersey last weekend.

As of late Tuesday he’d been charged with five counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer. Two officers were wounded in the gunfight that ended with his arrest.

People who know him said Rahami, 28, had made several lengthy visits to Afghanistan and Pakistan and that the trips seemed to have radicalized him.

As of Tuesday, Rahami was the lone suspect in an explosion caused by a homemade pressure cooker in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood on Saturday night that injured 29 people. He was also believed to be connected to another unexploded pressure cooker bomb found nearby in Manhattan as well as a pipe bomb that exploded in a garbage bin in Seaside Heights, New Jersey, on Saturday that appeared to target a charity race for members of the U.S. Marine Corps.

On Sunday night, authorities found five pipe bombs near a train station in Elizabeth, New Jersey, that they believe are connected Rahami, who lived a short distance away where he worked in his family’s fried chicken eatery.

According to the Associated Press, the FBI looked into Rahami two years ago after his father called with concerns that his son might be a terrorist, a law enforcement official said Tuesday. But the father retracted the claim and told investigators he meant his son was hanging out with the wrong crowd.

The FBI checked its databases and found nothing connecting Rahami to terror groups, the official said.

The father had contacted the FBI after Rahami was charged with stabbing his brother, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

Reaction from elected officials varied in the aftermath of the Manhattan bombing.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo hinted the attacks appeared to have been terror operations directed by foreign elements.

President Obama released a statement to the American people in which he addressed the bombings but did not use the word “terrorism.”

The two major party presidential candidates addressed the attack as well. Republican nominee Donald Trump warned that the bombings were a sign of the current administration’s weakness against terror. “We’re weak. Under Obama and Clinton’s watch America has suffered more attacks at home than it has achieved triumphs overseas. We need to change that.”

Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton declared that “this is a real threat, but we won’t be cowed by it.” In a press conference in New York, she added that “we will protect our country and we will defeat terror.”

Following the announcement Monday morning that Rahami was a suspect, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who had pointedly avoided calling the attacks terrorism, said the investigation was “definitely leading” in the direction of terrorism.

Meanwhile, in another incident on Saturday, a man who made reference to Allah and asked at least one person if he were a Muslim, stabbed and wounded nine people inside a Minnesota mall. On Sunday, Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Addressing the weekend attacks, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) said it’s important to avoid political correctness

“To me, it’s why the NSA is important. It’s why surveillance of communities where these threats could coming from is important, why we can’t allow overconcern about civil liberties to get in the way of solid law enforcement,” King told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“Let’s not let political correctness stop the police and the FBI from doing the investigations that they have to do. I have used the example many times, when you’re going after the Mafia, you go to the Italian community, Irish communities when you are looking for the Westies. And right now, if the threat is from Islamist terrorism, we go to Muslim communities. You don’t look for the Ku Klux Klan in Harlem.”

King said it may take several days to learn definitively whether there is a homegrown or international terrorist link to the bombings in Manhattan and New Jersey.

He said regardless of the motivation, Americans have to realize that “we are always vulnerable to these type of attacks.”


(JNS, INN, CNS, Jewish Press staff)

Combined News Services

Manhattan Explosion Wounds 29, Plus Additional US Attacks [video]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

At least 29 people suffered minor injuries from what is now believed to have been an explosive device placed inside a dumpster at 8:40 PM in Chelsea, at 133 West 23rd Street near Avenue of the Americas on Manhattan’s West Side. Mayor de Blasio said in a press conference that the explosion was an “intentional act,” and that at a second site four blocks away, at 27th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue a second apparent explosive device, a pressure cooker, was found.

NY 1 cited witnesses reported feeling the ground shake. Photographs posted online show broken glass in the windows nearby buildings.  Patrons were told to leave a nearby restaurant for their safety after the blast.

At the moment 23rd Street is shut down all the way from Fifth to Eighth Avenues.

Mayor de Blasio said there was no evidence the explosion had been an act of terrorism. The explosion broke windows and debris fell to the street. The dumpster blew up outside Associated Blind Housing, a 14-story building for residents who are blind or visually impaired, next door to a church. Police and firefighters are searching trash cans for additional explosive devices.

The White House issued a statement saying, “The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available.”

On Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey at a race to show support for US Marines Corps. The race was cancelled. The bomb was hidden inside a garbage can.

There were 3 pipe bombs, but only one exploded.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a man yelling “Allahu Achbar” stabbed 8 people in a shopping mall on Saturday night. He was killed by policemen.

David Israel

Samaria Activist Yossi Dagan Asked By Brooklynites To Talk About Israeli Resiliency and Terror on 9/11

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Samaria Regional Council Chairman Yossi Dagan spent Sunday evening after a day of “9/11″ ceremonies explaining Israeli survival skills and resiliency to a gathering of more than 70 residents in the upscale Basil’s restaurant in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Many of those who attended had their own history of trauma, with the violence of the recent 25th anniversary of the August 19, 1991 riots in Crown Heights more than just a passing memory.

The event, a memorial evening of solidarity, was appropriately dubbed “Resiliency In The Face Of Terror.”

The evening began with a moment of silence to honor the thousands of innocent victims who died as a result of the Al Qaeda terrorist attack on 9/11, and a short prayer in memory of the 3,000 victims by Rabbi Mendy Margolin.

Dagan arrived after having first paid his respects to the fallen at the site of the attack in Manhattan; the hijackers had also carried out simultaneous attacks at the Pentagon and — foiled by passengers in their attempt to reach the White House — crashing a fourth plane in a field in Pennsylvania.

“On this day I was humbled to visit Ground Zero to share my sympathy for the families and solidarity with the American people,” Dagan said. “Coming from Shomron (Samaria) and representing a community that suffers from terrorism I understand how difficult this is.”

Rabbi Yaacov Behrman introduced Dagan, saying, “We Americans can learn a lot from how Israelis persevere despite the threat of terror, and how they continue to live meaningful productive lives even after experiencing many horrific attacks.”

Clara Perez, general manager of Basil, told JewishPress.com that the restaurant made a special order of wine from Shomron in honor of the event. ” #BDS — ‘Buy Davka Shomron’,” she declared.

Dagan told the gathering that he came to the United States to participate in a series of events aimed at confronting the BDS movement on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

“More than 35 members of Congress attended our conference against BDS and a Shomron Wine Tasting evening in the Capitol Building,” Dagan said.

“The Shomron (Samaria in Hebrew) is at the forefront of the battle for standing up to the haters of Israel. I was moved by the very warm reception of the Jewish community in New York who showed their support for Shomron, the heartland of Israel.”

Dagan said he also visited The Ohel – the resting place of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory – in order to pray for the safety and security for the people living in Shomron.

Hana Levi Julian

Sunday Express, NYT: Hillary Clinton Diagnosed With Pneumonia [video]

Monday, September 12th, 2016

The UK-based Sunday Express, as well as the New York Times, both report that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s personal physician diagnosed her last week with pneumonia — and that is why she became “overheated” and collapsed Sunday just after leaving memorial ceremonies marking 9/11 in New York.

According to a statement reported Sunday night in both papers, Lisa Bardack, Clinton’s doctor said: “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia.

“She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule.

“While at this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated. I have just examined her and she is now re-hydrated and recovering nicely.”

The Clinton campaign, meanwhile, issued a statement, saying: “Secretary Clinton attended the September 11th Commemoration Ceremony for just an hour and thirty minutes this morning to pay her respects and greet some of the families of the fallen. During the ceremony, she felt overheated so departed to go to her daughter’s apartment, and is feeling much better.”

Clinton herself was able to walk out of her daughter Chelsea Clinton’s building in Manhattan at midday Sunday, more than an hour after aides rushed her there following a “medical episode.”

Here’s a video of Clinton bright and chipper after ‘resting’ at her daughter’s apartment:

About 90 minutes into the morning ceremony Clinton said she felt unwell while marking the 9/11 Al Qaeda attack on the World Trade Center in New York. She and her entourage quietly left at around 9:30 am, just prior to the ceremonial reading of names of those who died at the site.

A video surfaced shortly after, showing her walking unsteadily towards her motorcade with a female aide bracing her, one arm under her left elbow and forearm. Another female aide was carrying her bag. The video showed the candidate leaned up against a pillar at the curb, clearly waiting for aides to help her into the car. It was obvious she couldn’t make it there on her own – in fact, she could barely keep herself standing at all.

As a female aide tried to help her take a step, Clinton’s legs buckled and she slumped. About half a dozen male Secret Service security personnel suddenly, quickly streamed in to lift the candidate and bodily place her in the car as others blocked as much visual access to the sight as possible.

The car zoomed off, and media communication was cut off instantaneously. No cameras or reporters were allowed to follow, nor were any questions answered for more than an hour. No one was told where Clinton went or why.

She later turned up at her daughter’s residence in Manhattan, and well over an hour later, walked out of the building on to the sidewalk waving and smiling, and telling those gathered, “I’m feeling great. It’s a beautiful day in New York.”

But if Clinton is in otherwise good health and “recovering nicely,” why did she rush home to Chappaqua?

Up to this point, Clinton supporters and the anti-Trump movement have worked exceptionally hard to make the point that a fit of coughing (which Clinton has had more than once) and a history of cerebral blood clots (she has had at least two) should not be enough to sideline a candidate.

Calls for both candidates to release their medical records – and the seeming reluctance of both to do so – have given credence to the claims of these supporters that Clinton’s medical history may not be any more of an issue than Trump’s, since it’s impossible to know what he’s hiding either.

But taken in context of Sunday’s events, that no longer holds true. Trump has never folded while on the campaign trail, and we have watched Clinton fade more than once. Life in the White House is not the bowl of cherries one might believe it to be, and taking one’s place at the desk in the Oval Office is, at the best of times, little short of entering a shark tank without a harpoon or a protective cage.

Campaign officials flatly refused to reveal whether Clinton saw a doctor after her “medical episode.” But it’s obvious that if she didn’t, she certainly should have. And it’s well past due time for both candidates — neither of whom is any kind of spring chicken — to release their full medical records and have done with it. The American people also need to consider what kind of a president would be foolish enough to avoid a doctor in order to stay in the electoral race – or just as bad, what kind of president would hide whatever health issues he or she might have from his own people, in order to get into office or stay there.

Hana Levi Julian

US 2nd Circuit Appeals Court Reverses Anti-Terror Verdict Against Palestinian Authority, PLO

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan has overturned a landmark $655 million verdict made in February 2016 against the Palestinian Authority and Palestine Liberation Organization, in favor of victims of terror and their loved ones.

The federal appeals court reversed the decision this Wednesday (August 31, 2016), finding that United States courts had no jurisdiction in the case in the first place due to the limited contacts of the PA/PLO groups with the U.S. and Supreme Court.

The three-judge panel did not question the terror under which the plaintiffs had brought the lawsuit, nor did they deny the moral right of the claim.

“The terror machine gun attacks and suicide bombings that triggered this suit and victimized these plaintiffs were unquestionably horrific,” the judges said in the brief. “But the federal courts cannot exercise jurisdiction in a civil case beyond the limits prescribed by the due process clause of the Constitution, no matter how horrendous the underlying attacks or morally compelling the plaintiffs’ claims.”

On April 24, the U.S. district court imposed a $10 million bond on the defendants during their appeal of the February verdict. They were also to make $1 million monthly payments during the duration of that appeal process.

Judge George Daniels presided over Sokolow v. PLO in the U.S. District Court in the Southern District Court of New York, accepting a recommendation made by the defendants and by the U.S. government, which intervened in the case earlier this summer. The government claimed that a standard bond amount would bankrupt the Palestinian Arab organizations.

Attorneys for the plaintiffs, who included the Israeli law firm Shurat HaDin, had requested a $30 million monthly bond be paid into an account until the case is resolved, arguing there was plenty of evidence that Arab coffers are in no danger of collapse.

After the appeal was upheld and the February verdict was overturned, attorneys for the plaintiffs contended that the decision contradicted the spirit of the Anti-Terror Act under which the lawsuit had been filed, and which had been passed following the terrorist murder of Leon Klinghoffer in 1985.

Attorney Kent Yalowitz said in a statement, “The very terrorists who prompted the law have now hidden behind the U.S. Constitution to avoid responsibility for their crimes.”

He added that the plaintiffs may consider requesting a review by the full Second Circuit or possibly file an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

“This cruel decision must be corrected so that these families may receive justice,” he said. “No one denies — as the federal jury has found — that the Palestinians carried out these attacks and killed and injured these American citizens, who will not give up seeking justice from the courts.”

He also called for intervention by Congress and the State Department.

Attorney Gassan Baloul, representing the PA and PLO, meanwhile praised the decision, saying in a statement, “We are very gratified that the court fully accepted our clients’ consistent position that the PA and the PLO are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States courts in these matters.”

The PA and the PLO pay high salaries to the family members of terrorists who are convicted of carrying out attacks against Israelis and Jews; the higher the number of dead and/or the longer the prison sentence, the higher the salary to the prisoner and/or his surviving family. Upon his release, he is greeted as a hero and presented with a lump sum, along with assistance in resuming life in society. Terrorists who die in attacks are lauded by the Palestinian Authority government as “martyrs” and heroes, with public squares, streets and children’s events named in their honor.

Hana Levi Julian

Games Galore: Manhattan Toy Company

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Jodie Maoz

US, Israel Group to Launch Jerusalem, Manhattan ‘Techotels’

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Reuven Kahane and a group of investors from Silicon Alley and its Israeli counterpart Silicon Wadi are negotiating the purchase of a Jerusalem and a Manhattan Hotel to be transformed and merged into “Techotels,” to brand and serve as an innovation lab for the latest gadgets and innovations geared to the hotel and entertainment industries.

Eli Pollack of Pollack Real Estate Consultants of Jerusalem, Bunim Klein & Sruli Schechter of NYB equities & Ryan Magner are advising on the estimated $325 million transactions.

In addition to the latest technologies and tech-sponsored conferences, the Techotels will seek to become the central hub for hi-tech entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and executives in NY, Israel and the Bay Area, where they expect to purchase a third hotel within the year.

The four-year-old Jerusalem hotel, located minutes from the Old City, will keep its world-famous brand, while the Park Avenue South hotel in the heart of Silicon Alley will be renamed. The hotels will include guest friendly apps, smart keys, Robotic concierge, sensor screen check in Tesla car services, full service video conference rooms and always free, super fast Wi-Fi.

David Israel

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