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8 Dead in Texas as Wild Winter Weather Whips State

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Eight people have died so far after wild weather swept across northern Texas this weekend.

A series of tornadoes, some with torrential rains, hail, thunderstorms and lightning, struck the Dallas area. Fires were reported in some locations.

In western Texas, a blizzard was expected to dump at least 16 inches of snow on the region by Sunday night, according to the National Weather Service. Farenheit temperatures had plunged into the teens.

By Sunday morning, four people had died in motor vehicle accidents, according to Garland police spokesperson Joe Harn. A fifth person in the town also perished but it’s not clear how.

Two people died in the town of Copeville and one person died in Blue Ridge, according to Fox 4 News. Rowlett police spokesperson Det. Cruz Hernandez was quoted as saying several in his town were injured but there was no specific number; two families were still barricaded in their homes.

Hana Levi Julian

Texas A&M Kills $200 Million Arab University in Nazareth, Opens $6 Million Center in Haifa Instead

Monday, December 14th, 2015

(JNi.media)
Texas A&M University is dropping its plan for a $200 million university campus in the Israeli-Arab city of Nazareth, and will launch instead a much humbler, $6 million marine research center in Haifa, on the Mediterranean coast. Nazareth has been campaigning to host Israel’s first Arab university since the 1980s, but this was the first time it was able to both find a generous American investor in the project and receive the cooperation of the Israeli government. Or so it was hoping.

And so, in the fall of 2013, Texas A&M announced its plan to build a branch dubbed “peace campus” in the Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel. Then Texas Governor Rick Perry and Texas A&M University Chancellor John Sharp led a delegation to Israel, where they announced their intention to build the comprehensive campus at a ceremony held in the residence of then President Shimon Peres.

Sharp said in a statement back then: “We are absolutely dedicated to making this one of the finest international universities in the world and open to all.” But the plan apparently failed to both raise the needed funds and, more importantly, get the Israeli government to modify its rules regarding foreign university branches operating in the Jewish State.

And so, according to Inside Higher Ed, plans for the campus stagnated. “To some degree it’s a chicken and an egg problem,” Texas A&M’s vice provost Michael Benedik said. “Why would we be getting a major gift to open a campus when we don’t have legal permission to even do it?”

Texas A&M’s other foreign branch is in Qatar, and receives both the needed funds and the permission to operate from the government of Qatar.

About a year after the A&M announcement, Haifa University, also located in the north of Israel, stepped in and offered to provide academic sponsorship to A&M’s local partner in the project, the Nazareth Academic Institute (NAI), established in 2002, which is a small, financially starved learning institution serving mostly Arab women. Then, according to the AP, A&M decided to change its plans altogether because elected officials in Nazareth insisted on dictating the direction and aim of the new university.

So, finally, the big-dream Arab university was replaced by a small dream research center, which will open in February in collaboration with the University of Haifa. There will not be a peace university, bringing Arabs and Jews together. Instead, the new A&M venture will concentrate on the large natural gas deposits that have been discovered in the eastern Mediterranean, and, as Chancellor Sharp put it, part of the appeal for the research center in Haifa was access to the “oil and gas segment in Israel.” Work at the center will include monitoring ocean flow, to help mitigate risks associated with offshore exploration. Way to go, Texas.

JNi.Media

Speed Limit Raised to 80 Miles an Hour on Highway 6

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Israel is following a trend in the United States to raise speed limits, and drivers now will be able to sped up to 80 miles an hour on most of the north-south Highway 6 (Kvish 6) without fear of a ticket.

Police in Israel give drivers leeway of 10-19 kilometers an hour before slapping them with a fine. The new limit of 120 kilometers an hour, or 75 mph in effect is 130 kmh, or 80.7 mph.

The new allowable speeds will apply on Highway 6 between the Iron interchange and the tunnel near the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv exists, and the highway to the south will soon be included under the new regulations.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said:

Raising the speed limit on high-speed highways between cities is being carried out through adoption of new guidelines that determine that speed limits in Israel will be drafted by a team of experts, including traffic and safety engineers.

It also is a safe assumption that industry lobbyists have been pushing for a faster legal speed so that truck drivers can reach their destinations faster.

Katz said that the speed limit can be raised on Highway 6 because several new safety features have been installed, including new guard rails, shoulder lines that rumble when a car veers off the right lane, and reflector lights.

Speed limits in the United States are being raised in many states, decades after they were reduced because of the oil shortage in the 1970s.

Once upon a time, the speed limit on Nevada’s major highways that were flat as a pancake was “safe and reasonable.”

The oil shortage four decades ago prompted Congress to restrict speeds to 55 mph, a regulation that was repealed 20 years ago.

Today, Texas allows the highest speed, 85 mph, in the United States. That is only a bit faster than permitted now on Israel’s Highway 6. Utah and Wyoming allow drivers to speed up to 80 mph on some highways.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Dallas Jew Trying Promotes Texans to Invest in Oil and Gas in Israel

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Momentum is building for increased partnership between Israel and oil and gas companies in Texas, said an official from America’s Lone Star State.

“We’re trying to get Texas companies interested in the oil and gas opportunities here in Israel— not just the major E&P (exploration and production) companies, but all the supporting companies, all the services it takes to run an oil and gas industry,” Clare Freeman, president and CEO of the Texas-Israel Chamber of Commerce, told the Jerusalem Post on Tuesday at the Universal Oil & Gas Conference and Exhibition in Tel Aviv.

Freeman explained that because gas rig support services are in short supply in Israel, there could be more opportunities to partner in areas such as shipping broken parts to Texas for repair.

Houston-based Noble Energy already partners with the Israeli company Delek Group in the operation of Israel’s offshore gas fields, Tamar and Leviathan. Freeman said Noble is the ideal type of company that Israel should look to partner with because many other large companies already have relationships with Arab countries.

Freeman’s comments come after Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz recently visited Houston, the so-called “energy capital of the world,” for a series of meetings pertaining to the energy and water industries.

Michal Niddam-Wachsman, head of the Israeli government’s Houston-based Economic Mission in the U.S. Southern Region, told JNS.org earlier this month that Israel is looking for “several other Nobles” to partner with in the oil and gas space, and that Steinitz’s visit “means that we as a government want to give motivation to the local companies to invest in Israel.”

The recent resignation of Israeli Economy Minister Aryeh Deri, meanwhile, paved the way for an offshore gas deal that resolves a pricing dispute in which former Israeli antitrust commissioner David Gilo had threatened to designate the Delek-Noble partnership as a monopoly.

JNS News Service

Florida Jew Indicted for Plotting to Bomb 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 11th, 2015

One very mixed-up Jew from Florida has been indicted for threatening to blow up the 9/11 memorial at Kansas City in two days and for pretending to be a jihadist from Australia.

Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 20, was arraigned Thursday after an FBI investigation.

Reports of his arrest and indictment clearly indicate that he lives in a movie, and a Florida TV station quoted a neighbor as saying that Goldberg rarely was seen outside of his parents’ home.

May God have compassion on his family.

Goldberg posed on the Internet as an ISIS supporter under the moniker “Australi Witness” and encouraged attacks in the United States and other Western countries.

He allegedly distributed pictures of a  bomb that he supposedly is making, a device similar to the one used in the deadly Boston Marathon terrorist attack two years ago.

Goldberg claimed online that he works with other ISIS terrorists in Austrlia and the United States.

The Australian Age reported that he  “is non-Muslim and no real-world links with extremism.”

The indictment charges him with:

Distribution information pertaining to the manufacturing of explosives, destructive devices, or weapons of mass destruction in furtherance of an activity that constitutes a Federal crime of violence.

That is pretty heavy stuff for a young man who obviously is a bit mixed-up, but he could serve up to 20 years for his Internet pose.

Court records show that Goldberg was arrested in late August and told a source how to make a bomb and fill it with nails and other items dipped in rat poison.

Special agent William Berry of US Customs and Border Protection said:

Goldberg ….admitted that he believed the information would create a genuine bomb.

He added that the suspect claimed after during the investigation that he planned to warn police before the bomb would go off so he could get credit for stopping a terrorist attack. His social media posting show that he craved attention.

Goldberg previously posed on the Internet as a prominent Australian lawyer, The Age reported.

However, his acting out almost caused an attack. In May, Goldberg under the alias “Australi Witness.” tweeted the address of a Mohammed cartoon exhibition in Texas and urged people to attend “with “weapons, bombs or with knifes.”

When the event was held, two Muslims tried to stage an attack, were killed by police and then were praised online by Goldberg as “martyrs.”

Jacksonville, Florida’s News4Jax quoted a neighbor of Goldberg as saying:

It’s crazy. Obviously the guy’s not right in the head.

 

 

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Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Strikes Second San Antonio Congregation

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Anti-Semitic graffiti has been found on the property of a second Jewish congregation in San Antonio.

Around 10 am Monday morning, a maintenance worker found two grills missing and the words “Jew Jew” spray-painted on to a tool shed around the back of the property of Congregation Agudas Achim.

The synagogue is located less than three miles away from Congregation Rodfei Sholom, located near Northwest Military Drive and Huebner Road. A driver’s side window was smashed on the car of a worshiper at the synagogue, and swastikas, “KKK” and vicious racial slurs were spray-painted on dozens of homes, cars, walls and other surfaces in the area around the synagogue.

Rabbi Arye Scheinberg told reporters, “Our citizens feel alert, but safe. They feel they are surrounded by love of this community.” Security in the area has been beefed up, he added, but did not go into details. Last week the FBI said they had identified “a person of interest” in connection with the attacks but no arrests have been made. On Monday, police said they are pursuing multiple suspects.

“I was already disgusted by what happened at Rodfei Sholom last week,” Rabbi Jeffrey Abraham told MySanAntonio.com . “This hits a little closer to home because it’s at my synagogue. I am just saddened that people would stoop to this level to try to break our community.”

Congregation Agudas Achim was founded in 1889 and serves some 550 families on the north side of San Antonio. It is the second-largest synagogue in the city, after Temple Beth El.

In a statement issued Monday, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called the vandalism an “offensive and disturbing attack on people of all faiths. Religious discrimination has no place in the State of Texas and I have faith that law enforcement spearheading this investigation will redouble their efforts to swiftly bring those responsible to justice.”

Hana Levi Julian

Suspect Identified in San Antonio Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes

Sunday, August 16th, 2015

At least one suspect has been identified as a  “person of interest” in the anti-Semitic crime spree that terrorized a Texas Jewish neighborhood in San Antonio last week, but authorities have declined to release a name.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) says the attacks have been classified as a series of hate crimes but thus far no formal charges have been filed.

The FBI will pay $5,000 for information leading to the identification and arrest of the individual responsible for the vandalism, Special Agent Michelle Lee announced late Thursday.

Dozens of homes and cars were vandalized on August 12 in the neighborhood surrounding the Orthodox synagogue, Congregation Rodfei Sholom, which serves some 300 families. Most live nearby so they can walk to synagogue on the Sabbath and holidays.

Rabbi Arye Scheinberg expressed shock over the attacks. “We’ve never had any problems in the past,” he said.

The word “Jew” was spray-painted on an SUV, swastikas were spray-painted on Jewish memorials, the letters “KKK” and other slogans were scrawled on 30 targets – across cars, walls, fences and memorials on Sholom Drive and Sholom Place near the synagogue. Other graffiti was found in the Oak Meadow subdivision across Northwest Military.

“This is not just graffiti, this is an orchestrated effort to try to intimidate an entire community of people based on their religious beliefs and we cannot stand for it,” State Sen. Jose Menedez said in a prepared statement to MySanAntonio.com.

Pastor John Hagee, whose world-renowned ministry is based in San Antonio, told media he met with Scheinberg at the synagogue.

“I came over immediately because in this city Christians and Jews are united like no other city in the United States of America,” Hagee told the San Antonio Express. “An attack on the synagogue is an attack on every Christian church in this city.”

Rabbi Scheinberg said he was grateful for Pastor Hagee’s friendship and the support of Christians United For Israel (CUFI), which the pastor heads.

“They have been a global source of inspiration and encouragement to the Jewish people,” the rabbi said. “To imagine that a world leader like John Hagee would stop his busy schedule to be with us and to give support…”

Scheinberg said members of the congregation first noticed a car appeared to have been broken into after morning prayers. Then they noticed the swastikas. At least one vehicle had a large rock hurled through the driver’s side window.

Congressman Joaquin Castro, (D-San Antonio), also promptly responded to support the congregation.

“The ugly vandalism targeting San Antonio’s Jewish community is saddening and disgraceful,” Castro said. “This intolerance has no place in our city. San Antonio’s diversity is what makes our community so vibrant and special. Our differences should be celebrated, not attacked.”

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also echoed Castro’s comments. “This criminal and cowardice act has no place in any Texas community,” Patrick said.

“I denounce the religious persecution that has taken place and I am confident the San Antonio Police Department will find those responsible for the delinquency and hold them accountable.

 

Hana Levi Julian

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