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October 24, 2016 / 22 Tishri, 5777

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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

Arab Villages Sealed Off by IDF After Rise in Terror

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

IDF soldiers sealed off a number of Arab villages in Samaria on Wednesday in the wake of renewed terrorist activity in the area.

The entrances and exits to the villages of Einabus, Orif, and Baita, as well as the corridor to the village of Huwara were all closed off, according to local sources.

The Judean Arab village of Beit Omar was also sealed off later in the day.

Shortly after midnight Wednesday night, IDF soldiers entered the town of Deheishe, south of Bethlehem in Judea. Deheishe started out decades and generations ago as an Arab refugee camp, but today has a population of thousands, and all the appearances of any other Arab village or town.

Local sources in the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Shuafat reported three people were arrested there as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Update on Wounded Police Officer

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The policewoman wounded in the terror attack on Monday outside the Jerusalem Old City Flower Gate continues to be serious, but she has been stabilized.

She underwent operations at Sharei Tzedek hospital to stop the internal bleeding and the stab wounds to her spinal column.

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Hebron Terrorist Stabbing Attack Thwarted by IDF

Monday, September 19th, 2016

At around 9:30 pm Monday evening, an Arab terrorist lunged at an Israeli soldier with a knife in his hand.

The incident took place in the Abu Senina neighborhood of Hebron, according to a statement by the IDF, while the forces were carrying out a patrol of the area.

The terrorist was neutralized by other soldiers in the area, who overpowered the attacker without firing their weapons. He was arrested and transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Earlier in the day, two terrorists in Hebron tried to stab Israeli Border Guard Police officers at the Cave of the Patriarchs, near the Tel Rumeida neighborhood.

Both of the attackers, residents of Hebron, were shot by IDF soldiers stationed at the site. One of the terrorists died at the scene of the attempted stabbing; the second was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

Hana Levi Julian

Lior Shurka Describes the Efrat Terror Attack

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Lior Shurka was one of the first members of the Efrat Rapid Response Team on the scene of the terror attack (“pigua”) in Efrat on Sept. 18, 2016.

In the video he tells JewishPress.com about the event.

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London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘Davens’ While on Whirlwind North America Interfaith Tour

Monday, September 19th, 2016

London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan knows a thing or two about diversity: he dropped in to ‘daven’ (pray, in Yiddish) while he was in town in the Windy City, Chicago over the Sabbath.

Khan has spent the past few days on a whirlwind interfaith tour that started in Montreal and has now led him to New York City, but had him in at least two synagogues over the Sabbath during a very brief visit to the North side of Chicago.

The London mayor attended services with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the modern Orthodox Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel synagogue, the Evening Standard reported, and on the same day he also made a brief stop at Temple Sholom, a Reform synagogue. Both are in the same area.

“London is an incredibly diverse and tolerant city,” he said, “but improving social integration is still one of the big challenges we face. That’s why I’m keen to hear from people of many different faiths here in the U.S. to learn from their experiences and to share ideas on how we can bring communities together and strengthen the social fabric that underpins any successful city.

“I want to tell everyone around the world, loud and clear, that London is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds,” he said.

But earlier in the week, he told a group, “We play straight into the hands of those who seek to divide us, of extremists and terrorists around the world, when we imply that it is not possible to hold Western values and to be a Muslim.”

Khan made the comment Thursday while speaking before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He added that what is needed is to build “bridges, rather than walls,” in what appeared to be a response to the proposal by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

On Sunday night, Khan tweeted a photo of himself speaking on a panel with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio at La Guardia Community College, “discussing social integration & how faith communities can help bring people together.”

In addition to an especially warm welcome from the congregation at St. Alban’s Church in Queens on Sunday morning, Khan was given the honor of throwing the first pitch at Sunday’s Mets game. (#LetsGoMets, he tweeted.)

This just proves that the British really envy the American sport of baseball after all: it beats cricket.

This just proves that the British really envy the American sport of baseball after all: it beats cricket.

But not everything was humor and light: Khan was also smart enough to acknowledge the attempted multi-site terror attack that succeeded at least in one location Saturday night, in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood, where 29 people were wounded by shrapnel from a pressure cooker bomb. As a resident of London, the mayor is no stranger to terror: “My thoughts are with all those injured in last night’s explosion in New York and all New Yorkers,” he tweeted. “This is a great city, and a resilient one.”

Hana Levi Julian

The Heroes of Efrat

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Efrat Rapid Response Team and the IDF saved lives this morning and prevented a far worse terror attack from happening in the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

An IDF reserve officer was wounded after being stabbed by a terrorist who had infiltrated into the town overnight. The terrorist was hiding in the bushes adjacent to some homes.

The presence of the security teams searching the street prevented the terrorist from entering any homes or attacking children and civilians walking down the street.

Some pictures of the heroes in action.

Photos by Gerson Elinson/Flash90








Guarding the schools:





More pictures to follow…

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