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3 Dead, 100-Plus Injured in NJ Transit Hoboken Train Crash

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

At least three people are dead and more than 100 others injured on Thursday — including the engineer, who was in the lead car — after a New Jersey Transit train crashed into the Hoboken terminal. Many dual-nationals living in Israel are from the New York-New Jersey area.

The collision took place during the morning commute, just before 9 am, according to officials at the scene quoted by the New York Post. The train departed from Spring Valley and was due at Hobboken at 8:38 am but was running late, WABC reported.

The terminal is NJ Transit’s fifth-busiest station, serving some 50,000 commuters and other travelers daily. Hoboken is the final stop for a number of different train lines, and is a stop where at least 15,000 people board for other destination every week day, according to CBS Local News.

Pacack Valley Line Train No. 1614 on Track 5 went straight through the wall of the terminal, a NJ Transit source told the newspaper. WFAN anchor John Minko, who witnessed the crash, said the train sailed “right through the barriers and into the reception area.”

The crash caused major structural damage to the terminal building, and part of the arched roof appeared to have collapsed in photos posted on social media, along with part of the roof of the train shed. Water was spraying from the site of the accident as well. Officials worked quickly to evacuate the area due to the apparent instability of the structure.

Many of the injured are listed in critical condition, according to CBS Local news. The broadcaster cautioned passersby not to stop with and snap photos with their cell phones, since passengers were still trapped within the train, including some who could be in very serious condition, and might not want their families to know yet.

A triage center was set up at the site to initiate treatment prior to evacuation. At least 40 of the injured were evacuated to Jersey City Medical Center. Others were taken to area hospitals across the region. One of the passengers on the train told The Post, “There was no brakes, all of a sudden just crash. Something happened.” Another told Reuters, “I noticed, ‘He’s not slowing up, we’re going too fast,’ and with that there was this tremendous crash.”

Federal Railroad Administration investigators have arrived at the site of the crash, and the National Transportation Safety Board has said it will also send a team to probe the accident. A law enforcement official told media that although “nothing has been ruled out,” so far the crash appears to have been an accident due to derailment.

Rail service in and out of Hoboken terminal has been suspended, with NJ Transit bus and private carriers honoring passes and rail tickets in lieu of railway transport. PATH service to the Hoboken station is also suspended, and the Lackawanna entrance connecting NJ Transit to PATH is also closed.

Hana Levi Julian

US Jewish Leaders Briefed by Dept. of Homeland Security Ahead of High Holy Days

Monday, September 26th, 2016

U.S. Jewish leaders participated in a pre-holiday conference call Friday that included briefings by a top official from the Dept. of Homeland Security, and the head of security for the Jewish Federations of North America.

Paul Goldenberg is the director of Secure Community Networks — the agency that manages security for JFNA.

Goldenberg told officials from more than a hundred Jewish agencies that were on the call that it is important to keep their security measures unobtrusive so as not to disturb worshipers during High Holy Day services.

“We have come to learn that the goal of terrorists is to wear down our citizens’ spirits and endurance, destroying national morale,” he said.

The barriers that European security personnel have placed around Jewish houses of worship, Goldenberg noted, have created a bunker mentality.

A poll conducted earlier this month by the European Jewish Association and the Rabbinical Center of Europe showed that some 70 percent of the Jewish population on the continent are afraid to leave their homes and attend High Holy Day services this year.

Huge Majority of Europe’s Jews Say They’re Staying Home for the Holy Days

Participants in the call were briefed on the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the United States, including the New York-New Jersey bombings that left 29 people injured in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The officials reviewed security procedures, including pointers on how to deal with active shooters, and establishing relationships with local police.

Hana Levi Julian

NY/NJ Bomber Captured in Shootout With NJ Police, FBI

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami was arrested Monday after a shootout with New Jersey Police and FBI agents.

He’s believed to be responsible for a collection of terrorist bombings in Manhattan — including the Chelsea pressure cooker explosion that left 29 people injured over the weekend — and several bombings in New Jersey. Rahami was identified on surveillance video filmed as he planted the bombs in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, only one of which actually detonated. He was spotted by a local resident who called police after seeing him sleeping in a doorway of a local business.

The Afghani native was arrested after being wounded in a shootout with police in Linden, New Jersey, near a restaurant allegedly owned by his family.

The 28-year-old suspect was shot in the exchange along with two police officers, one with non life-threatening injuries and the second hit by glass shrapnel. All were taken to a local hospital.

Rahami is described as a naturalized U.S. citizen from Afghanistan living with his family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where there is also a large Jewish community.

It’s still not clear whether there are other suspects being investigated in connection with the bombings, officials have said. But New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo told CNN on Monday morning, “I would not be surprised if we did have a foreign connection to the act.”

Hana Levi Julian

Police Name Afghani Immigrant as NY, NJ Bomber

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, is wanted for questioning in connection with Saturday night’s explosion in Chelsea, and the rest of the bombs discovered over the last three days in New York and New Jersey. according to law enforcement officials. Rahami was born in Afghanistan and became an American citizen. Police say he is armed and dangerous. He was spotted in a video on 23rd street and 27th Street in Manhattan.

David Israel

RNC Night 2 Devoted to ‘Making America Work Again’

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

The theme for Tuesday’s Republican National Convention was “Make America Work Again,” and each speaker included an element devoted to the economy in their speeches regardless of what else was on the plate, and to bringing the country together.

It was “domestic policy night” at the RNC, with no mention of foreign policy, let alone Israeli politics, save a nod towards the sacrilege of Hillary Clinton’s role in helping to secure the Iran nuclear deal, and a swift passing mention of the nightmare at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Donald J. Trump Jr. were the two heaviest hitters of the evening, both in their oratorial elegance and in their ability to deliver the goods in terms of content and impact at the microphone.

Christie in particular had the audience literally on its feet repeatedly throughout his speech.

“The facts, and just the facts, lead you to the same verdict,” he repeated to the crowd. “Guilty… ” he inquired at the podium, “or not guilty?”

And the crowd roared back, “GUILTY!”

The verdict delivered by the delegates at the convention, over and over, about the various actions of Hillary Clinton during her tenure as U.S. Secretary of State.

“We know what four years of Hillary Clinton will bring,” he said. “Four more years of Obama with less charm and more lies.”

As for Trump’s oldest son, “father of five, son of my father,” he told the audience that he and his siblings got their education as apprentices “from the time they could walk, learning from those with doctorates in common sense” who worked for Donald Trump.

“As for ‘impossible’ … well, ‘impossible’ was always just the starting point for my father,” Trump Jr. grinned from the podium. “And when they told my father it would be ‘impossible’ for him to succeed in running as a candidate for president 11 months ago,” chuckled the son, “well here we are…”

Former presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson also spoke, underlining the importance of a candidate who is proud to acknowledge “the Creator” as opposed to one who “acknowledges Lucifer.”

Carson went on to say, “One of the things that I have learned about Hillary Clinton is that one of her heroes, her mentors, was Saul Alinsky. Her senior thesis was about Saul Alinsky… This was someone she greatly admired and that affected all of her philosophy subsequently.

“Are we willing to elect someone as president who has as their role model somebody who acknowledges Lucifer?” he asked the crowd — which roared back, “NO!”

Alinsky dedicated his book, ‘Rules for Radicals,’ to “Lucifer, the very first radical” in a sly swipe along with a dedication to his wife Irene.

Carson had abandoned his own run for the White House in March, instead pledging support for Trump’s campaign.

Each of the speakers devoted a portion of their remarks to the issue of unity: unity of the party, and unity of the country. Republican National Convention chairman Paul Ryan emphasized the issue of equality in his own speech, which was focused primarily on keeping the party message itself front-and-center.

“Everyone is equal, everyone has a place,” Ryan. “No one is written off…that is the Republican ideal. And if we don’t defend it, who will?”

Hana Levi Julian

Mass Turnout at Funeral of IDF Lone Soldier Shlomo Rindenow, z’l

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

by Tzvi Lev / TPS Hundreds of mourners thronged the funeral of IDF Sergeant Shlomo Rindenow, a lone soldier from New Jersey who died in an accident involving a grenade at his base in the Golan Heights on Sunday.

“Today is a day of mourning for us, for the family, for the army, and for the entire Jewish people everywhere,” said his brother, Jeff Rindenow, at the funeral service.

Rindenow, 20, from New Jersey and First Sergeant Husam Tafesh, 24, from Beit Jan, were killed when Tafesh’s grenade accidentally exploded. Three other soldiers were wounded in the blast, with one remaining in serious condition. It is still unclear why the grenade detonated, and the IDF is investigating the incident.

The service was held at the synagogue in Netzer Hazani, where Shlomo Rindenow’s brother resides. Shlomo Rindenow lived in Kibbutz Sde Yoav.

Rindenow was the fifth of his brothers to volunteer in the IDF as a lone soldier, a term used in Israel to describe those serving without any family in Israel, and his death has shaken the lone soldier community.

“It’s devastating,” said Mordy Botnick, founder of the lone-soldier-support organization Chayal El Chayal. “It has been happening way too much. Five lone soldiers have died in the past two years alone.”

Botnick was referring to lone soldiers Sean Carmeli, Max Steinberg, and Jordan Ben Simon, who were killed fighting in Operation Protective Edge in 2014. Another soldier, David Gordon, died soon after.

Rindenow was remembered by friends and family as someone who was always smiling and never stopped trying to help others. “Prior to enlistment, Shlomo worked as a dog handler for a search-and-rescue unit. He always wanted to assist others.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

American IDF Soldier Killed in Grenade Incident on Mount Hermon

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were killed and three wounded—one moderate and two light—from an exploding fragmentation grenade inside their vehicle Sunday morning, near the entrance to Mount Hermon and a military base in the Majdal Shams area. The injured soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to Maimonides Hospital in Haifa.

The two who were killed were Sergeant Shlomo Rindenau, 20, whose family lives in New Jersey; and Sergeant Hossam Tafesh, 24, from Beit Jan.

According to a preliminary report, the soldiers’ jeep stopped for an unknown reason near the Majdal Shams check post, about six feet from the wall; the driver, Tafesh, a reservist, got out of the jeep and was holding the grenade in his hand for a yet unknown reason. He surrounded the vehicle and approached the open door with the grenade, following which the grenade exploded and he and another soldier were killed.

So far, according to IDF sources, the entire event is still a mystery.

David Israel

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