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September 17, 2014 / 22 Elul, 5774
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School Rocks in Jabel Mukaber

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Dozens of masked rioter are throwing stones at Israeli police forces in the Jabel Mukaber neighborhood of Jerusalem, on Monday morning, the first day of school in Israel.

One policeman has been lightly wounded.

One of the rioters told IDF radio that the reason for the rock throwing was to express their displeasure with one of the local school principals.

What kind of example are they setting for their kids in school?

NYC Lawmaker Laurie Cumbo Presses Miami to Find Rabbi Raksin’s Murderer

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

On the 23rd anniversary of a race riot that saw mobs calling for ‘Death to the Jews!’ a gentile Crown Heights NYC Council Member stepped up pressuring Florida authorities to hunt down the murderer of a Chassidic Jewish resident attacked Aug. 9 while visiting the state.

City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo sent a letter to Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez on Aug. 19, urging him step up his efforts to find the murderer of Rabbi Joseph Raksin.

“This tragedy has left New Yorkers devastated and in disbelief that such a senseless crime could be committed on the Sabbath,” Cumbo wrote.

“While the circumstances surrounding his final hours remain unclear, elected officials and interfaith leaders throughout New York City have joined together to send a message that we will not stand nor tolerate the targeting of individuals because of their religious beliefs or faith. Individuals who engage in such acts must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law…

“On behalf of the Crown Heights community, the Jewish Caucus, and the Raksin family, we urge you and the Miami-Dade Police Department to continue to prioritize this investigation and to utilize all available resources to resolve this case. We hope that you will look upon our offices and New York City as a partner in this effort.”

The rabbi was a well-known member of the Crown Heights Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish community, was murdered while walking to synagogue in North Miami Beach.

No arrests have been made in the case. Police have yet to label the determine the murder a ‘hate crime,’ though the area is heavily Jewish and locals know that Jews carry no money or valuables during the Sabbath.

Local members of the American Jewish Committee told the Miami Herald that just two weeks before the murder, on July 28, a swastika and ‘Hamas’ were scrawled on the synagogue towards which Raksin was walking.

A member of the North Miami Beach ‘Shmira Patrol’ – a local neighborhood watch group – said a woman returned home after Raksin’s funeral in Miami to find a swastika scratched into her car. Miami-Dade police confirmed the report.

Yeshiva Student Missing in Jerusalem Forest Since Friday

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

Israel Police are asking the public to help search for Aaron Sofer, 23, a yeshiva student who went missing around midday last Friday in the Beit Zayit area of the Jerusalem Forest.

Sofer is described as being 5’9″ (1.75 meters) tall, with a short red beard. He wears glasses, a white shirt, black slacks and a black yarmulka. Sofer is a permanent resident of Lakewood, New Jersey.

“Police units are still carrying out an intensive search for [him] in the Jerusalem Forest area where he disappeared,” Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com on Sunday evening. “The background [is still] not clear.”

Apparently Sofer disappeared while hiking in the woods with a friend on Friday; the two walked down a steep slope, taking a diverging path, and subsequently he did not reappear as expected.

The second hiker called police to report Sofer missing within six hours — when it became clear that Sofer had not arrived back at yeshiva in time to prepare for Shabbat, at 6 pm.

Police search and rescue units, along with a K-9 unit, were deployed, along with helicopters for an aerial search, and continue to scan from the skies and on the ground below.

The ZAKA emergency response and rescue organization, along with the Israel Hatzolah first responder emergency medical organization were both called by police overnight on Shabbat to assist in the search.

Three Jerusalem neighborhoods are located along the edges of the forest: Bayit V’Gan, Hadassah and Ein Kerem. All three are located above and overlook the forested areas.

Dozens of volunteers went out in force searching for the student after the Sabbath ended on Saturday night, when rabbis and other community leaders announced he was missing.

Thus far, no trace has been found.

Anyone with information that might lead to knowledge of the student’s whereabouts is asked to please call 02-539-1520 or the Israel Police hotline at “100.”

The public is asked to pray for the safe return of Aharon ben Chulda.

IDF Soldier is Missing, Police Seek Assistance

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

IDF soldier David Menachem Gordon, 21, has been reported missing by Israel Police. Gordon is a lone soldier with the Givati Brigades whose family is in the United States. The public is being asked to help find him.

The soldier, who recently served in Gaza, was last seen Sunday at around 12 noon at the Tzrifin Army Base in the medical corps section.

He is about 5 feet, 6 inches tall, with brown eyes and black, short cropped hair, and speaks Hebrew with an American accent.

He was wearing an IDF uniform with a purple beret, and was carrying a Micro Tavor assault rifle and a large, black and blue backpack.

Anyone with information about Gordon’s whereabouts is asked to please contact the Israel Police emergency hotline by dialing “100″, or to call 08-927-9244.

Miami Police Spot Clue to Rabbi’s Killer on Video

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Police in Miami Dade and North Miami Beach are looking for the driver of a silver or light Toyota Tundra that was driving in the Jewish neighborhood at around 9 am Saturday morning when Rabbi Joseph Raksin was shot to death 10 days ago.

Area residents are also passing out flyers as a way of joining the search for the killer or killers.

A source close to the investigation told CBS4 that detectives reviewing security videos from the area have seen at least one of the men described by a witness has being one of those who attacked the rabbi.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

Missouri Governor Activates National Guard Against Growing Violence

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon activated the National Guard late Sunday night to deal with growing violence that has overflowed a midnight curfew for two nights running in the small city of Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis.

“Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk,” Nixon said.

The violence was triggered by an incident on August 9 in which an unarmed black teenager, 18-year-old Michael Brown, was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson.

But what might normally have been a local event has been blown into national prominence, with an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations, commentary by President Barack Obama at the White House, and an additional probe by the St. Louis County police.

The governor has also provoked the ire of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, all of whom have asked him to rescind the state of emergency — and the curfew — in Ferguson.

The decision to deploy the National Guard was clearly not a frivolous spur-of-the-moment call, however. There had been a steady escalation in the violence in Ferguson, one that was being fed from outside. Protesters were gathering nightly — and during the day — to demonstrate, becoming increasingly violent.

Some of the “protesters” were armed, as police belatedly discovered on Sunday, and one protester shot another Sunday night, forcing security personnel to resort to tear gas and smoke cannisters in order to reach the injured man to get him to a hospital.

Strangely, a Palestinian Arab agitator in Oakland, California mentioned Ferguson while talking to a journalist during a pre-planned blockade against an Israeli-owned ZIM shipping vessel on Sunday.

“On Twitter, we’ve seen people in Gaza tweet to protesters in Ferguson how to cope with teargas,” Mohamed Shehk, media and communications director of the Oakland-based ‘Critical Resistance’ group, told the UK-based newspaper The Guardian on Saturday.

A midnight curfew was slapped on Ferguson Saturday in an effort to get things back under control. Sunday saw churches packed with people praying for the teen and holding memorials in his memory. Among the attendees was police Captain Ronald S. Johnson, also a black man, who told the boy’s family during services at Greater Grace Church, “My heart goes out to you, and I say that I’m sorry. I wear this uniform, and I should stand up here and say that I’m sorry.” He spoke about his own son and about the youth in the neighborhood, speaking with hope for the future and about the need to pray.

The state attorney general, Chris Koster, also came to church at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson. “You have lost a member of your community at the hands of a member of my community,” he said. “Not just the Caucasian community, but the law enforcement community. And that is painful to every good-hearted person in this city.”

In churches throughout the city, in fact, there were calls for grace, and calm by spiritual and community leaders alike.

But by nightfall, demonstrators were hurling firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at police and destroying local property as well. The state’s Highway Patrol was brought in to supplement the town’s local police force, but apparently more was required despite a vow by Johnson that his officers would “communicate” rather than resort to tear gas.

At the end, the tear gas was necessary, he said, in order to enable his officers to reach a protester who was shot by an armed rioter. The injured protester is listed in critical condition according to ABC News. A Highway Patrol spokesperson told media seven arrests were made and three people were injured; none were police officers.

Report: 6 Jewish Youths Detained for Alleged Attacks, Incitement Against Arabs

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

Dozens of Jewish youths demonstrated Saturday night in the center of Jerusalem, yelling ‘Death to Arabs!’ A crowd of about 50 teens had gathered, police said. The protesters were gathered to demonstrate against Arab males who were “starting up with” and bothering Jewish girls on the streets of Jerusalem, according to a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Three Jewish teens were arrested for attacking and wounding a volunteer police officer, who was evacuated for treatment to Sha’are Tzedek Medical Center, and for incitement to attack Arabs.

In a separate incident, three other Jewish youths were arrested in connection with an attack on an Arab cab driver, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. It is not clear where the second attack took place; in response to a query to gain clarity on the issue, Rosenfeld replied simply, “In town.”

“In both cases, the investigation continues,” Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-jewish-youths-detained-for-attacking-arabs/2014/08/17/

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