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May 29, 2016 / 21 Iyar, 5776

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Police: Haifa Religious Council Deceived over 100 Couples Seeking Independent Orthodox Wedding

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Employees of the Haifa Religious Council have deceived more than 100 couples who said they wanted to be married through the national-religious rabbinic organization Tzohar, Israel Police announced on Wednesday. A Tzohar initiative has made it possible for couples to register for marriage anywhere, and not strictly in their area of residence as used to be the case in Israel. The idea was to make less stringent Orthodox rabbis available to Israelis who didn’t wish for their wedding to be officiated by a Haredi rabbi. That change was received with great resistance on the part of the Chief Rabbinate, which is concerned for losing its monopoly on Orthodox weddings.

Police launched an investigation following a complaint by Tzohar that elements in the Haifa Religious Council are acting systematically against couples who register to be married by a Tzohar rabbi. Among other things, Tzohar accused the council of entering false information regarding the personal data of registrants. The complaint cites more than 100 such cases.

Police interrogated with a warning two employees of the Haifa Religious Council, one of them senior. Police also collected testimonies, seized documents, and executed a variety of investigative actions. As a result, police are saying they have sufficient evidence showing the alleged violations had indeed taken place because of the council’s objection on principle to Tzohar’s legitimacy. Police believe the senior council employee was aware of and turned a blind eye on the other employee’s mass violations.

Tzohar emailed JNi the following statement in response to the news story:

“Effectively investigating criminal action is critical for our national desire to rid out corruption and restore the public’s faith in those responsible for religious services in our country. It is deeply distressing that the rogue actions of a small group can so negatively tarnish the Jewish spirit in ways that have caused irreparable damage to the people of Israel.”

JNi.Media

Bus Blows Up in Jerusalem, 21 Injured in Terror Attack [video]

Monday, April 18th, 2016

21 people were injured on Monday afternoon in a terrorist bomb explosion on a bus on Moshe Bar’am Street near Hebron Road in Jerusalem, security sources reported. Two of the victims, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured, six moderately and the rest sustained light injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

As a result of the initial explosion of an empty bus, another bus, which carried passengers, and a private car caught fire. Eight victims were evacuated to Sha’are Tsedek hospital and the rest to Hadassah Ein Kerem. According to MDA, the victims suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Large police forces arrived at the scene with sappers who scanned the area for additional explosives, as well as four firefighting crews that put out the fires.

Jerusalem District Police Commander Major General Yoram Halevy told the press, “At this stage of the investigation we are trying to find out who placed the explosive load, and how they reached the bus. We are in full deployment of the district forces and prepared for every scenario.”

Halevy admitted that there were no intelligence alerts regarding the planted explosives and it isn’t clear whether the perpetrator was a suicide bomber. A seriously wounded Arab from eastern Jerusalem was found on the bus without any ID, adding to suspicions that this was a terror attack.

Udi Gal, spokesman for the Jerusalem Fire Dept. told the press that “enormous flames that erupted in one bus reached the other. Both buses were ignited completely and a nearby vehicle was burnt as well. Luckily, no one was trapped inside.”

Gal, who spoke before police announced the attack had been the act of a terrorist, said there were an average of 200 cases of spontaneous combustion of buses a year in Israel.

As of 6:15 PM Jerusalem time (11:15 AM NY) the fires were put out.

The Jewish Press will update the story as new details come in.


Jewish Press Staff

Police Using CCTV Arrest 3 Arab Attackers of Jewish Youth in Jerusalem

Monday, April 18th, 2016

A Jewish boy was attacked by three Arab minors estimated to be age 13 in the Old City of Jerusalem Monday early afternoon. Police identified and located the attackers using CCTV data.

Jerusalem police released the following announcement around 1 PM Monday: “A short while ago Police emergency call center 100 received a report from the mother of a Jewish boy who said her son had been attacked by Arab youths on the Karaites Street in the Muslim quarter of the Old City. The report was turned immediately to officers at the Mabat 2000 unit which began to scan CCTVs in the area. The unit located the incident within a few minutes, and updated police on the ground, including descriptions of the suspects.

“A team of police and Border Guard officers using the information located two suspects who had escaped into a school in the Old City and another suspect who fled into a nearby home.”

David Israel

Tel Aviv to Curb Bikes on Sidewalks After Pesach

Monday, April 18th, 2016

Tel Aviv police will be on the prowl starting May 1 to enforce the city’s no-riding-bikes-on-the-sidewalk law.

Law breakers face fines between NIS 100 to NIS 1,000. Other punitive measures will include taking the air out of one’s bicycle tires and confiscation of the bike’s batteries (for kids illegally riding electric bicycles.)

Violations include riding in the wrong direction, using a mobile phone while riding, going through a red light and disturbing pedestrians in the crosswalks.

Tel Aviv is lined with specially-marked bicycle paths.

Hana Levi Julian

Jewish State Police Arrest American Who Gave D’var Torah on Temple Mount [video]

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

If we were to describe the following scene as having taken place anywhere else on the planet, the report would have been followed by several news cycles involving angry Jewish organizations, rabbis, Israeli rightwing politicians and, undoubtedly, Prime Minister Netanyahu, condemning the blatant act of anti-Semitic repression on the part of police, carrying out the anti-Semitic policies of the national government. (See American Jew Arrested for Murmuring Prayers, 2nd Warned to Close Prayer App)

On Sunday morning, a Jewish American tourist wearing a yarmulke stood with a group of fellow Jewish tourists and spoke about the meaning of a biblical verse. A group of black-uniformed police converged on him and accused him of engaging in Jewish prayer, which is against the law in that country. The Jewish man tried to defend himself, arguing that he was merely explaining a biblical verse, “Please, God, save [us], Please God, give [us] success” (Psalms 118:25).

The cops rushed to the man and his group as soon as they heard the words “Please, God” pronounced in Hebrew. The rest of the lecture was in English. The man insisted, in English, that he was merely explaining the verse and not praying. The cops had no patience for lengthy arguments with a Jew and arrested him.

Several other Jewish tourists tried to intervene, explaining that it was a misunderstanding, they wouldn’t have even dreamed of praying there, in a country that punishes Jews who engage in public prayer, it was merely a mention of a verse in the context of a talk. At which point the arresting officer declared:

“On the Temple Mount I decide what’s prayer.”

Yes, the entire scene took place in Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the Jewish State, where black uniformed police decide what’s prayer and what’s not. On Temple Mount, as part of decades of government policy, state police violate the human right to free worship Jews are entitled to like all the other humans on the planet.

The legal aid society Honenu said in a statement: “The conduct of the State of Israel and Police regarding the suspicion of Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is, first of all, ridiculous, and in addition it is discriminatory and predatory. It is inconceivable that a law-abiding man would be arrested like the lowest criminal for explaining a verse from Psalms. In any other country such an arrest would have been called anti-Semitic.”

We now begin waiting for the angry condemnations from Jewish as well as from human-rights organizations demanding an apology and a quick mending of the gross violation against Jews by the local government.

JNi.Media

UK Police Detain Man for Anti-Semitic Verbal Attack

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

British police have arrested an unnamed suspect after he allegedly shouted at two Chassidic teenagers in the northern London neighborhood of Stamford Hill Sunday night.

The man, age 23, allegedly approached the 14 and 17-year-olds and yelled, “F**king Jews. Kill the Jews!”

He also allegedly shouted “Allahu Akbar!” – Arabic for “God is Great” – and which is generally declared these days prior to launching an attack for “jihad” or “holy war.”

The teens called the Shomrim Jewish civil guard organization, whose members immediately contacted police.

The assailant was reportedly still in the area at the time, shouting anti-Semitic verbal abuse to other pedestrians and community members, Jewish News Online reported.

He was arrested early Monday morning by Hackney police officers on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses.

“Officers arrested a 23-year-old man on suspicion of racially aggravated public order offenses. He remains in custody at an east London police station,” a Metropolitan police spokesperson confirmed.

A possible third Jewish victim may also have been present at the time, the news site reported.

“Antisemitism and all types of hate crime is unacceptable. I urge victims and witnesses to report such incidents immediately,” Chaim Hochhauser, Stamford Hill Shomrim supervisor told the Jewish Chronicle.

“Such incidents should never be accepted as the norm, no matter how regular these incidents sadly happen.”

Hana Levi Julian

Homeless New Yorker Arrested for Slashing Israeli Tourist

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

A 24-year-old homeless man with a prior record of 16 arrests has been nabbed for slashing an Israeli tourist, 55-year-old Abraham Fekete, at a Greenwich Village subway station last week.

Marvin Tayor is accused of stabbing Fekete in the Bleeker Street No. 6 subway station. He was turned in by a Tipster who called police, according to the NY Daily News.

Fekete, an Orthodox Jew who was in the city visiting friends, had gotten lost in the subway system. He fell asleep on a bench, not realizing how unsafe that can be in a city like New York. Fekete speaks only Yiddish.

He awakened to find Taylor standing over him with a knife, demanding money at 3:30 am Friday, police said. The attacker slashed the visitor from Jerusalem in the face, neck, arms and hands as Fekete fought with Taylor, who then fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

Taylor was taken into custody at around 11:30 pm Sunday night and charged with robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, NYPD sources told the NY Post.

Police caught the stabber on a Nolita subway platform after receiving a call from the Tipster who apparently knows the attacker. Taylor was tracked down and arrested near Fordham University in the Bronx.

Hana Levi Julian

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