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Old News In A New Age: Online Dating For Cheating Spouses

Monday, June 20th, 2016

He taught me housekeeping; when I divorce I keep the house.” – Zsa Zsa Gabor


As phone calls and e-mails from clients, friends and family poured in several months ago, I quickly learned that information from an online dating website had been leaked to the public. As some of you may know, the reason this made the news was because the website catered to married persons seeking relationships outside of the marital relationship, i.e. a new avenue for those looking to commit adultery.

The media had a field day, calling it “Christmas in July for divorce lawyers” and saying things like, “Divorce lawyers brace for ‘tsunami.’”

If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make a sound? I wonder: If there had not been a breach in the security of the dating website, would there have been an outcry over the fact that the website existed or would any of the alleged millions of subscribes felt a backlash.

It is surprising that so many people feel comfortable joining these types of sites; those who do believe they will not get caught. They see these sites and all the other avenues available on the web as part of a fantasy world and convince themselves that they will not be held accountable for their actions.

Then there those who are shocked that such websites exist and are even advertised in conventional media with catchy jingles that run during prime time listening – rush hour traffic.

Under Jewish Law, those who committed adultery were historically subject to an array of punishments, the most severe of which was death. Among the punishments prescribed for the “Great Sin,” as it is referred to in Bereishis, was a public stoning.

Interestingly, this type of punishment was often prescribed for crimes that were a threat to the welfare of the nation as a whole. Other crimes which the Torah lists as punishable by stoning include breaking the Sabbath, cursing G-d, engaging in idolatry, and enticing others to engage in polytheism (the belief in/worship of more than one god.)

So, once again, people’s lives are being devastated (cheaters and cheatees alike), and the community reaches out to me for advice. As a matrimonial attorney I am quite used to getting calls about infidelity. In fact, many new clients call me with specific details of or suspicions of a spouse’s infidelity. Not surprisingly, in most cases, these claims are from enraged spouses seeking to punish their spouse – I don’t blame them.

The reality, however, is that those of us who live in New York find ourselves in what matrimonial attorneys refer to as a “no-fault” state. And, except for in certain extreme circumstances that reflect egregious conduct, New York will not punish a spouse for committing adultery. Again, that is not to say it may not be relevant in a divorce case or in a rabbinical court, but, it is rare that one would be entitled to monetary compensation as a result.

That having been said, adultery is grounds for a divorce under Jewish Law. As we all know, the Ten Commandments dictate, “Thou shalt not commit adultery.” In fact, the Bible describes adultery as punishable by death, and according to rabbinical tradition, adultery, along with murder and idol worship, is a sin that one should not commit even to avoid death. While this originally applied only to women, fortunately, centuries ago our esteemed rabbis recognized the need to protect the marital relationship and instituted rules to safeguard it, restricting multiple spouses. Unfortunately, that does not insulate the Jewish community from the temptation or the transgression of extramarital affairs.

Esther M. Schonfeld

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

Gazan Jihadist: Killing Homosexuals Is Allah’s Will

When the Islamic State throws gay men from rooftops, they are simply enacting “the laws of Allah and of his Prophet,” a top ISIS-tied jihadist in the Gaza Strip exclaimed in an interview with this reporter.

Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip, was asked about the murderous practice and the selection of Orlando’s Pulse gay night club as the target in Sunday’s deadly mass terrorist shooting.

Stated Ansari: “When the Islamic State throws gays from the roofs, it is not a sanction that they decided upon. This is our Sharia. These are the laws of Allah that were made by Allah and implemented by his prophet and our brothers in the Islamic State are only implementing these laws and instructions of Allah and of his prophet.”

Regarding the targeting of a gay night club, Ansari said: “Now for the target. It is known that gays are people who are challenging Allah. Who are not respecting his instruction. Who are spreading corruption and immorality all around. But I don’t believe they were the target. American and the infidels in America were the target.

“…I don’t have any specific information about this specific target but I can tell you from my knowledge that the general goal was the Americans, the Crusaders, the Infidels who are leading this coalition with some Arab countries against the Islamic State.”

Ansari also claimed there are many more than 900 Islamic State jihadists living in the United States who are prepared to strike if the opportunity arises and instructions are given.


Gag Order Imposed On Shooting Incident

A gag order has been imposed on the investigation into last Monday’s shooting at Jordan’s Baqa’a refugee camp, in which five people, including three intelligence officers, were killed.

Jordanian authorities have insisted that it was a lone-wolf attack rather than an act of terror, in spite of ISIS threats to retaliate against the kingdom’s participation in the Western coalition against it.

An Arab intelligence source, who is well acquainted with Jordan, told Breitbart Jerusalem that the authorities haven’t completely ruled out an organized terrorist attack. He said that many Syrian refugees, Palestinian residents, and Jordanian citizens have been arrested on suspicion of supporting ISIS.


More Questions For Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is facing controversy over the appointment of a Clinton Foundation donor, who also served as a financial bundler for Clinton’s campaigns, to a sensitive State Department intelligence advisory board.

Businessman Rajiv K. Fernando seems to have no obvious qualification to serve on the International Security Advisory Board (ISAB), which, according to its charter, provides the State Department with “independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, nonproliferation, international security, and related aspects of public diplomacy.”

Fernando’s position on the board came with top secret security clearance and provided him with access to highly sensitive U.S. government information.

E-mails obtained by the conservative Citizens United group under a Freedom of Information Act show that after ABC News sent inquiries on the matter, Clinton’s staff worked to “protect the name” of Clinton, and “stall” the news network in its reportage on the matter. Days later, Fernando resigned from the board, claiming he did not have any more time to spare due to work constraints.

Following requests for comment on his July 2011 appointment, State Department official Jamie Mannina sent an August 15, 2011 e-mail expressing concern about the issue. “We must protect the secretary’s and under secretary’s name, as well as the integrity of the board. I think it’s important to get down to the bottom of this before there’s any response,” he wrote, in the e-mail released by Citizens United.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Syria Sees Outbreak Of Skin Disease

The Syrian refugee crisis has precipitated a “catastrophic outbreak” of a flesh-eating disease that is spreading across the Middle East and North Africa, according to research published in the scientific journal PLOS.

Largely missing from news media coverage is that the same news-making scientific report warned that the ongoing violence in Syria has “created a setting in which we have seen the re-emergence of polio and measles, as well as tuberculosis, hepatitis A, and other infections in Syria and among displaced Syrian refugees.”

Leishmaniasis is a disease caused by protozoan parasites. It is spread almost entirely by sandflies, including those present in the U.S. There are three main types of the disease: cutaneous, mucocutaneous, and visceral leishmaniasis.

Cutaneous is the most common form among Syrians. It manifests in skin sores that typically develop within a few weeks or months from a sand fly bite. The sores can initially appear as bumps or nodules and may evolve into volcano-like ulcers.

Mucocutaneous leishmaniasis causes skin ulcers like the cutaneous form, as well as mucosal ulcers that usually damage the nose and mouth.

Visceral leishmaniasis, which has also been found among Syrian refugees, is the most serious form and can be fatal. It damages internal organs, usually the spleen and liver, and also affects bone marrow.

Refugees who enter the U.S. must undergo medical screening according to protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Each refugee must submit to a physical examination, including a skin test and possibly a chest x-ray to check for tuberculosis, as well as a blood test for syphilis.

The blood tests do not currently look for leishmaniasis. Clearly, an attending doctor could easily spot a patient with obvious skin ulcers. However, leishmaniasis cannot be detected upon physical examination if the patient is asymptomatic, as can be the case with people with leishmaniasis for years.

Dr. Heather Burke, an epidemiologist from the CDC’s Immigrant, Refugee, and Migrant Health Branch, explained to this reporter that there is generally a window of three to six months from the initial physical examination until a refugee departs for the U.S.

She said a medical examination is valid for six months, and explained that patients undergo a second examination just prior to departure – a quicker “fitness to fly” screening. While she conceded that this final examination is not thorough, she said it would pick up any visible skin lesions. Burke told Breitbart Jerusalem that she is not aware of a single case of leishmaniasis entering the U.S. via Syrian refugees.


IDF Arrests 11 Palestinians

The Israel Defense Forces on Monday arrested 11 Palestinians in the West Bank city of Nablus and the surrounding refugee camps on suspicion of illegal possession of firearms. This is the latest in a series of measures taken against the territory’s militants and came one day after Hamas operatives were arrested for masterminding a bus attack in Jerusalem last month in which 19 Israelis were injured.

At least nine of the 11 arrested on Monday are affiliated with Fatah, President Mahmoud Abbas’s movement, a Palestinian Authority security officer told Breitbart Jerusalem.

The officer said it wasn’t clear whether the militants were planning to use the weapons to attack Israelis or rival armed factions.

But he said that Hamas and Iran-backed Hizbullah efforts to recruit young Palestinians, mainly Fatah members, from the Nablus area have increased.

“We informed Israelis of our actions to foil the formation of any kind of militia in the West Bank, whether it plans to attack the Palestinian Authority or Israel,” the officer said. “Sometimes they make do with our operations, and sometimes, like last night, they carry out their own.”

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 1st, 2016

ISIS Terrorist Predicts Victory Over Israel

During a radio interview on Sunday, this reporter asked an ISIS-aligned terrorist whether he believes his group can truly defeat the Jewish state.

“Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?” asked Klein.

The terrorist’s reply included a line about Jews being the “sons of pigs and monkeys,” prompting this reporter to ask whether the jihadist truly believes Jews are descended from apes and swine.

The exchange took place with Abu Huzaifa Al-Maqdisi, a 24-year old Gaza-based jihadist who is a deputy to Abu al-Ayna al-Ansari, a Salafist movement senior official in the Gaza Strip. Ansari is a well-known Gaza Salafist allied with Islamic State ideology.

Maqdisi appeared on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio,” in place of Ansari because Ansari’s house has been bombarded in recent days by Hamas militants fighting ISIS ideologues in Gaza, causing Ansari to temporarily go underground, the jihadist group told Klein.

The following is a transcript of the exchange:

KLEIN: Let’s get realistic here… Does the Islamic State really believe that it can go up and defeat the Israeli military? Don’t you think if Israel really wanted to, and I think that one attack will prompt them, they can wipe you guys out in a matter of minutes?

MAQDISI: This is wrong that the Israeli army can defeat us. We were promised by the prophet that we will win this war. And recently we sent a couple of messages. We shot a month ago rockets against Eilat in the south of the country of the sons of pigs and monkeys. We exploded a bomb against an Israeli force in the region of Taim Abu Salem also in the south. And this was only a message to say to the Israelis that we are preparing to lead [a] major operation, including inside the Israeli areas.

KLEIN: Now when you say the sons of pigs and monkeys, I want to ask you, is that a metaphor? Or do you really believe that Israelis, that Jews, are actually the sons, as in really descended, from pigs and monkeys?

MAQDISI: This is an expressive way to define them but the truth is even they are not worthy to be described as pigs and monkeys. They are less than that.


Leaked E-Mails Reveal Talking Points On Iran Deal

An arms control group tied to White House efforts to sell the Iran nuclear agreement to the public helped craft talking points for a network of advocates, experts, and messaging specialists on how to frame Iran’s nuclear program while attacking opponents of dialogue with Tehran.

Writing at Bloomberg, reporter Eli Lake reveals he obtained “leaked e-mails and documents from an internal listserv operated by the arms control nonprofit Ploughshares Fund.”

In August 2011, Ploughshares and its allies formed the Iran Strategy Group, which worked, Lake reported, to create a “sophisticated campaign to reshape the national narrative on Iran,” and to play “down the dangers of the Iranian nuclear program before formal negotiations started in 2013.”

Part of the strategy singled out Iran dialogue critics who advocated military strikes, with a deliberate effort to label them as “pro-war.”

“On a messaging note, it would be best to describe them as ‘pro-war,’ and leave it to them to back off that characterization of their position,” the listserv advocated.

Lake revealed a specific set of “talking points” when it came to engaging with the media and public on Iran. The talking points included “An Iranian nuclear program is not imminent”; “An Iranian nuclear weapon is not inevitable”; and, most controversial, “If Iran develops a nuclear weapon, the United States and the West could live with it, without important compromise to U.S. interests.”


Clinton Ought To Look In The Mirror

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is airing an attack ad accusing Donald Trump of “root[ing] for the real estate crash,” while ignoring the fact that many of Clinton’s own top corporate donors were implicated in helping to cause the subprime-mortgage crisis. Furthermore, the roots of the crisis, many argue, trace back to Bill Clinton’s administration.

The video features audio of Trump from 2006 speaking of the possibility of a housing crash, “I sort of hope that happens because then people like me would go in and buy. If there is a bubble burst, as they call it, you know, you could make a lot of money.”

The ad ends with the words, “If Donald wins, you lose.”

Trump’s comments came in the context of explaining how he himself was “in a good cash position,” meaning he’d made wise investments as opposed to others in the same business, and “If you’re in a good cash position — which I’m in a good cash position today — then people like me would go in and buy like crazy.”

In 2013, former Sen. Phil Gramm (R-TX) claimed in the Wall Street Journal that the roots of the financial crisis trace back to so-called affordable-housing goals established by Bill Clinton’s administration, which “led to a massive increase in risky, subprime mortgages.”

Clinton successfully drafted Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the commercial banking system into his affordable housing efforts “by exploiting a minor provision in a 1977 housing bill, the Community Reinvestment Act, that simply required banks to meet local credit needs,” Gram wrote.

Top Clinton campaign contributor Goldman Sachs, which paid the candidate $675,000 in speaking fees, originally won big from the mortgage meltdown. Clinton has yet to release the transcripts of her speeches to Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street firms.

Goldman Sachs eventually settled with government regulators for $1.5 billion for its role in the crisis.

CBS News reported on the settlement: “Goldman admitted that in bundling mortgages from subprime loan specialists like Countrywide Financial – and then selling them to investors as bonds – it largely failed to address financial problems it knew about.”

Other banks that settled for their own roles in the mortgage meltdown read like a who’s who of top Clinton donors: “In February, Morgan Stanley settled for $3.2 billion, Wells Fargo agreed to pay $1.2 billion, J.P. Morgan Chase paid $13 billion three years ago, and Bank of America coughed up a whopping $16.6 billion in 2014.”

Bank of America reportedly paid Bill and Hillary Clinton more than $1 million for four speaking gigs between 2011 and 2014.

Hillary Clinton’s campaigns have received major support from Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, and J.P. Morgan Chase.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016

J Street ‘Proud’ Of Its Role In Pushing Iran Deal

The pro-Palestinian lobby group J Street stated that it was “proud” of its role in pushing the controversial Iran nuclear agreement amid reports that it received $576,500 to promote the deal from a group tied to White House efforts to sell the agreement to the public.

J Street’s financing to push for the deal came from the Ploughshares Fund, a group that advocates a nuclear-free world and was identified earlier this month by the White House as central in helping to market the Iran nuclear deal to the news media.

On Friday, the Associated Press reported that Ploughshares has also funded National Public Radio since 2005, and has provided financing to U.S.-based foreign policy think tanks.

Unmentioned by the AP is that the Ploughshares Fund is financed by billionaire George Soros’s Open Society Institute. Soros is also a top donor to J Street.

The involvement of Ploughshares in selling the Iran agreement to the public was revealed in an extensive New York Times Magazine profile of Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes titled, “The Aspiring Novelist Who Became Obama’s Foreign-Policy Guru.”

Robert Malley, senior director at the National Security Council, explained the genesis and execution of the marketing plan to sell the Iran deal. Malley said “experts” were utilized to create an “echo chamber” that disseminated administration claims about Iran to “hundreds of often-clueless reporters” in the news media.

Rhodes told writer David Samuels that the marketing strategy took advantage of the “absence of rational discourse” and utilized outside groups, including Ploughshares.

A previous investigation by this reporter showed Ploughshares has partnered with a who’s who of the radical left, including Code Pink, the pro-Palestinian J Street, United for Peace & Justice, the U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, and Demo, a progressive economic advisory group where President Obama’s controversial former green jobs czar, Van Jones, served on the board.

The group says its mission is to support the “smartest minds and most effective organizations to reduce nuclear stockpiles, prevent new nuclear states, and increase global security.”

Ploughshares is in turn financed by Soros’s Open Society Institute, the Buffett Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Another Ploughshares donor is the Tides Foundation, which is one of the largest funders of the radical left. Tides is funded by Soros.

Ploughshares has donated to the Institute for Policy Studies, which calls for massive slashes in the U.S. defense budget. It has also financed the International Crisis Group, a small organization that boasts Soros on its board.


EgyptAir Airbus A320’s Prior Stops

The missing the EgyptAir Airbus A320 that disappeared from radar after leaving Greek airspace had made prior stops in the hotspots of Tunisia and Eritrea. Both countries have documented airport security issues.

In an advisory last May, the State Department warned security at the Asmara International Airport in Eritrea can be “unpredictable” and that “airport security lacks technology to detect fraudulent documents.”

Last November, after the midair destruction of a Russian Metrojet over Egypt, the Daily Mail reported British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond expressed concern about security at airports in the Middle East and North Africa.

Among them are the airports in the North African cities of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia. “All these countries contain an ISIS presence, though Tunisia – the site of two massacres this year in which 31 Britons were killed – remains the most risky.

“Tunisian authorities have warned further attacks in tourist resorts are highly likely – and by unknown individuals ‘inspired by terrorist groups via social media.’”

Tunisia is a known Islamic State stronghold.  Last November, IS militants took responsibility for the suicide bombing of a presidential guard bus, killing at least 12 troops.  As Reuters reported, more than 3,000 Tunisians are said to be fighting for the Islamic State or other jihadist groups in Iraq, Syria and Libya.

Aaron Klein

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

Wednesday, May 18th, 2016

Pollard’s Parole Conditions

It will be difficult for the U.S. government to justify the draconian, nonsensical parole conditions under which Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard is currently living in New York City. The conditions force Pollard to violate Shabbat and impede his ability to be gainfully employed, while doing nothing to advance national security, the supposed goal of the unusual measures.

Last month, the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York granted Pollard’s lawyers a request to reopen his appeal against the illogical – and I think spiteful – parole conditions.

He was paroled on November 20, 2015, after serving 30 years of an unprecedented life sentence in a U.S. prison for espionage on behalf of an ally, Israel. In December, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest stated the U.S. Parole Commission has yet to justify why Pollard must wear a GPS monitoring device, which forces him to violate Shabbat and other Jewish holidays, and also submit to have his work computer monitored.

If Pollard violates any of these conditions, as the Jerusalem Post noted, he has “the balance of his life sentence – 15 years – hanging like a sword of Damocles over his head.”

Any violation of his parole conditions – which are unusually harsh and restrictive – could send him back to prison for what could well be the rest of his life.

Pollard’s attorneys argue the electronic GPS bracelet is not justified, and that the computer monitoring is preventing him from accepting an investment job opportunity.

The government’s explanation for these measures – that they are meant to ensure he doesn’t disseminate classified materials – makes absolutely no sense.

The Forward reported: “The U.S. Justice Department argued the strict conditions were ‘reasonably related’ to the circumstances underlying Pollard’s crime to ensure among other things that he does not disseminate classified information.

“Rebecca Tinio, a Justice Department lawyer, said the ‘’majority of the information Mr. Pollard had 30 years ago remains classified.’”

A little logic here. If Pollard really knows any classified secrets, how exactly does a GPS bracelet prevent him from spilling such information? The bracelet only tracks his movements; it does not stop Pollard from meeting with whomever he wants within the geographical radius to which he is restricted. The monitoring of his work computer is also preposterous. If Pollard so desired, and if he really retained classified information, he could easily go to an Internet café and send emails to anyone or simply use someone else’s computer or smartphone.

Pollard’s attorney explained in a letter the ridiculousness of the notion that Pollard could even remember classified information.

“Even assuming some information is still ‘classified’ as a practical matter, it is extremely unlikely that Mr. Pollard remembers, or could possibly remember, the details of 30-year-old information to an extent that it could be of any value to anyone,” his lawyers wrote.


False Netanyahu Story Gains Traction

Despite being debunked by Breitbart Jerusalem and others, Iran’s state-affiliated Press TV has not corrected a false report claiming that Saudi King Salman financed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s re-election campaign in 2015 to the tune of $80 million.

The report, titled, “Leaked: Saudi King financed Netanyahu’s 2015 election bid,” cites fabricated quotes purportedly from Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog alleging that the Saudi financing was documented in the “Panama Papers.”

Contacted by Breitbart Jerusalem, Herzog’s office denied the report, saying the quotes were entirely fabricated.

The false report has since been parroted by several obscure English language Middle East sites whose incorrect articles have been getting some social media traction. Craig Silverman reported Wednesday at BuzzFeed Canada, “As of today the original fake story has generated over 25,000 Facebook interactions. There have only been a few efforts to debunk the hoax.”

Aaron Klein

Patchy and Selective BBC News Reporting of Gaza Border Incidents

Monday, May 9th, 2016
{Originally posted to BBC Watch website}

On May 3rd terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired shots across the border at an Israeli military vehicle. The next day cross-border incidents continued with five separate mortar attacks on Israeli troops which were claimed by both Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. In the evening the Israeli airforce responded with strikes on Hamas installations in the Gaza Strip.  On May 5th an additional mortar attack raised the number of cross border incidents to seven in less than 48 hours and further incidents which took place later in the day brought the number of attacks into double figures. On the same day the IDF announced that it had discovered a cross border attack tunnel – the second to be detected in less than a month.

None of the above was reported at the time on the BBC News website.

As the mortar attacks against IDF soldiers dealing with the newly discovered tunnel continued, the IDF retaliated with artillery fire and according to Palestinian media reports, a woman was killed near Khan Yunis.

In the early hours of May 6th the BBC News website published a report with the context-free headline “Israel tank fire kills Gaza woman, medics say.

Readers of the report found the background story presented in qualified terms, using the BBC’s standard ‘Israel says’ formula.

“Israel said it was responding to mortar rounds fired by Hamas fighters.”

“The army said attacks by the militants were targeting Israeli forces searching for tunnels in the border area.”

Only in the tenth paragraph did the BBC get round to describing the context to the headlined incident in its own words – but its portrayal inaccurately described the cross-border attacks as having begun a day later than is actually the case and failed to adequately clarify to readers that the violence was initiated by Palestinian terrorists.

“Since Wednesday, Hamas and other Palestinian militant groups have fired guns and mortar rounds across the border, and the Israeli air force has carried out bombing raids.

The exchange of attacks continued on Friday.”

BBC reporting of the discovery of the latest cross-border attack tunnel is limited to 35 words in two paragraphs:

“The clashes came after Israel said it had discovered a new tunnel reaching into Israel from Gaza.

Israeli army spokesman Lt Col Peter Lerner said the tunnel was about 30 metres (100ft) below the surface.”

On the evening of May 6th the attacks from the Gaza Strip escalated when terrorists fired missiles at Israeli civilian communities in the Eshkol region near the border. The BBC’s article was not updated to include that information and no additional report on that incident was published.

Since the beginning of the year the BBC News website has failed to report on any of the missile attacks on Israeli civilian communities by terrorists in the Gaza Strip.

Hadar Sela

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