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Fire Destroys 14 Businesses in Kew Garden Hills, Queens, NY [video]

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

A five alarm fire ripped through the commercial section of Kew Garden Hills just after 6:30 pm Friday night, totally destroying at least 14 business establishments, many of them owned by Jews.

It took firefighters the entire night to get the blaze under control, and by dawn the following day, the row of businesses – some of them generations old – had gone up in smoke.

Part of the reason the flames spread so fast had to do with the fact that the businesses shared a common roof. “Once the fire gets into these concealed spaces up above the roof, it’s almost impossible for us to put it out. We have to worry about the safety of our firefighters,” Chief of Department James Leonard, FDNY, told reporters.

The entire building has been condemned, according to ABC7 Eyewitness News. All store owners who came to retrieve their belonging were ordered to leave as soon as possible due to the risk involved in being inside the building.

Officials are still not clear about how the fire started.

Three first responders were injured while fighting the blaze.

Jewish Press News Briefs

NYPD Prepares to Protect Macy’s 90th NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

The New York Police Department has been making final security preparations as tourists and locals flock to the upper West Side of Manhattan to watch workers inflate the giant balloons that will float down Fifth Avenue in Thursday’s 90th Annual Macy’s NYC Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Staff from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade help inflate the massive balloons for the giant floats.

Staff from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade help inflate the massive balloons for the giant floats.

This year’s arrangements for security involve large concrete blocks and another new layer of protection: huge concrete blocks and a line of 83 giant sand-filled sanitation trucks parked bumper-to-bumper lining the parade route at a distance of one block away, forming a buffer zone for spectators to safely watch the parade.

Barricades are already up, parking restrictions are in place and 83 sanitation trucks filled with a total of approximately 16 tons of sand will line the parade route from W 77th Street to 34th Street in Midtown, the final destination of the marchers. Every cross street along the parade route will also be blocked off, so no vehicle can be used to attack the crowds.

Thousands of police officers will protect the marchers and the estimated three and a half million locals and tourists who are expected to come to the parade. Also for the first time, the 500 elite officers of the NYPD Critical Response Command will protect the parade, just part of the 3,000-member force securing marchers and parade-goers.

In addition to the large floating ‘Trixie the Dog’ balloon bouncing down the avenue, eight real “vapor wake” Labrador dogs will join their partner officers in the NYPD, using their special skills to track down any hint of explosives among the crowds. NYPD Counterterrorism Operations Chief Jim Waters told NBC News, “As opposed to walking up to a package and sniffing the package, they can work a large crowd area by just having the right wind direction.”

The security upgrade comes in response to a call by the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization in the latest issue of its magazine, urging lone wolf terrorists to attack the parade in a manner similar to that used in the southern French city of Nice on Bastille Day this year.

Earlier this week, 37-year-old Mohamed Rafik Naji of Brooklyn was arrested for allegedly expressing support for ISIS on Facebook, and for having attempted to join the terrorist group in 2015.

According to the FBI, Naji is a Yemeni citizen and a legal permanent U.S. resident who was alleged to have traveled to Turkey and Yemen between March 22 and September 9 last year in order to try to join ISIS. During his travels in Yemen, where he has family, Naji allegedly expressed his admiration for ISIS, over and over, on Facebook. Prosecutors told the court, however, that he returned to New York City after failing to join the terror group abroad, and subsequently spotted the ISIS call to arms for the parade.

Naji allegedly told an informant, “They want an operation in Times Square, reconnaissance group already put out a scene, the Islamic State already put up scenes of Times Square, you understand. I said that was an indication for whoever is smart to know.”

Prosecutors said Naji told the informant he planned to use a garbage truck to plow through a crowd, having been inspired by the attack in Nice over the summer. In that attack, 86 people were murdered and hundreds more were injured.

Naji was ordered held without bail following his initial court appearance Monday (Nov. 21) in Brooklyn federal court. He did not enter a plea at that time.

Hana Levi Julian

Brothers Beaten and Cursed by Anti-Semites in Marine Park, Brooklyn

Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Two brothers on their way home from synagogue between prayers were attacked and beaten by a gang of three men during the holy day of Yom Kippur in the Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn, JP Updates reported late Thursday.

The two brothers, one age 23 and the other a bit younger, were attacked at the intersection of East 66th Street and Avenue U by men yelling “F— Jews” and other anti-Semitic slurs. Both were wearing traditional Jewish garb at the time.

According to New York Police, the suspects fled after beating their victims, and the two young men made their way back to synagogue, where security personnel called NYPD and the Hatzolah emergency medical response service.

The older victim sustained bruises and other injuries, including a laceration on his mouth. He was treated at the scene. His younger brother, however, was evacuated to a local medical center; he sustained injuries to his eye and mouth.

NYPD Precinct 63 responded to the synagogue and also sent officers to the scene to collect evidence. The Hate Crime Task Force is now leading the investigation, according to NYPD spokesperson Lee Jones, who said it is being classified as a “possible anti-Semitic attack.”

Hana Levi Julian

JFK Terminal Evacuated After Gunshot Reports [video]

Monday, August 15th, 2016

Source: Courtesy Albert Salas (via NY Post)

Police evacuated New York’s JFK airport’s Terminal 8 on Sunday night, after multiple reports came in of shots fired inside the terminal. There were also reports of shots heard in Terminal 1.

The first call came in at 9:30 PM (NY Time), and a second call came in at 10:15 PM.

Following searches and an investigation, the Port Authority and the Police say there is no indication that any shots were fired inside the airport.

By 11:30 PM (NY Time), police began reopening the terminal.

Jewish Press News Briefs

NYC Police Commissioner Bill Bratton Resigns

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has resigned his post effective September 16. “It’s now time to move on,” he said.

Bratton is leaving to take a “really good job” as a security consultant with the Teneo firm in the private sector, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday afternoon at a news conference at City Hall.

NYPD Police Chief James P. O’Neill will replace Bratton, whose career in public service has spanned 45 years.

Bratton also served as police commissioner under former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani.

Bratton also served in Boston and Los Angeles, as a police commander in both cities.

Bratton was the keynote speaker at the first National Conference on Personal Security in Jerusalem in May 2014.

“We are fortunate in the United States and Israel to live in the world’s two strongest democracies,” he said at that time. “In a democracy, the first obligation of government is public safety.”

Hana Levi Julian

Pro-PA Groups Blame Israeli Counter-Terror Training for US Anti-Cop Protests

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Leaders of the “Black Lives Matter” grassroots organization in the United States are teaming up with pro-Palestinian Authority groups to blame Israel for perceived racial issues in the country.

The trend dates back in part to a simple statement made by Reverend Graylan Scott Hagler, senior minister of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ in Washington DC, at a Students for Justice in Palestine gathering last November (2015) at the University of Maryland college campus in Baltimore, Maryland.

“The systems of oppression, they’re always very similar to each other,” he said. “They may be tweaked, they may be changed just a little bit, but we find out that the paradign is the same, it looks the same, it feels the same, it is the same.”

Hagler based his point on the concept of intersectionality; the ways various systems intersect and overlap. For his purposes, he described how various systems of oppression folded in various forms of discrimination interwoven between each other.

“We need to respect and honor the dignity of all people,” he told the gathering that day, according to an article by Anna Isaacs published in the March-April 2016 issue of Moment Magazine.

“Sisters and brothers, black lives matter. Palestinian lives matter.”

Pro-Palestinian Authority groups have increasingly been taking advantage of anti-police protests, especial those that turn into violent disturbances, as they sweep across the United States.

This week, they are claiming that “genocide” of African Americans is taking place as the result of the “inhuman treatment and genocide of Palestinians” by Israeli-trained American cops.

The NYU Students for Justice in Palestine organization this week posted an accusation linking Israeli counter-terror training of American police officers with the “genocide of black people in America.” The group said the Israelis are training U.S. police to use “the same murderous and racist tactics used by Israelis against Palestinians,” warning that American cops were being taught by their Israeli counterparts to “oppress” Black Americans.

In a subsequent statement on its Facebook page, the group issued a statement of clarification which, if anything, further reinforced the point.

The statement said, in part:

The IDF assists the NYPD and other American police departments in their oppression and murder of black people. These groups share a common logic that manifests in several types of oppression, white supremacist racism among them. If we in SJP and in the Palestine solidarity movement more generally are serious about ending Israeli oppression then we must stand with black americans. We need to be in the streets with them and we need to organize against police brutality. The Black struggle and the Palestinian struggle are not the same. Still, Palestinian liberation and Black liberation are linked. That is why Palestinians must be there for Black people, and Black People must be there for Palestinians. (sic) This sense of mutual responsibility has been present in our movements.

A group called the ‘Dream Defenders’ meanwhile is among the pro-Arab groups also heavily involved in trying to entangle America’s racial issues with the unrelated chaos in the Middle East. The group, associated with the grassroots Black Lives Matter organization, was founded by three young men.

One of the founders is Ahmad Abuznaid, described by CounterPunch.org by “born in East Jerusalem, Palestine” and who defines himself as a “Palestinian American social justice lawyer.”

Abuznaid, who says he is “all about justice,” moved to the U.S. when he was a year old with his parents, who both received their U.S. citizenship. The family lived in the country until Abuznaid was age seven; at that point they returned to the Palestinian Authority territories for a five-year stint.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Semitic Brooklyn Teens Attack Jewish Driver in Midwood

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

New York City police are investigating an anti-Semitic attack against a woman as she driving down a main street in Brooklyn Tuesday afternoon, the New York Daily News reported.

The woman, 38, was wearing a traditional Jewish hair covering and driving with two children in her minivan on Nostrand Avenue near the corner of Avenue J.

The incident, which took place in the Midwood section of Brooklyn, began when two teens started yelling a litany of obscenities with the word “Jew” at the end, said police from the 63rd precinct. The entire string of profanity was not clear, the woman said.

One of the teens hurled a rock at the vehicle, which broke the rear window on the driver’s side. Miraculously the two children were not physically injured.

The incident is under investigation by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

Hana Levi Julian

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