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Jerusalem – Israel Preparing To Extradite Man Wanted For Murder In US

Jerusalem — Israel is preparing to extradite a 63-year-old citizen to the United States, where he is wanted on suspicion of killing his mother. The state prosecution says Monday it has asked the court to declare Thomas Joseph Gross fit for extradition. The American extradition request says Gross travelled to Florida in 2012 to visit […]


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Rouhani: Ready To Restore Ties With Saudi Arabia

In a speech broadcast Sunday, President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is ready to restore ties with Saudi Arabia if it stops bombing Yemen and cuts its alleged ties with Israel.

Saudi Arabia severed diplomatic relations with Iran in January 2016 after Iranian demonstrators attacked Saudi diplomatic missions in response to the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite dissident leader. Read more here.

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TERROR IN NYC: Explosion At Port Authority Bus Terminal, 1 Person in Custody (Videos, Photos)

An improvised pipe bomb device exploded during this morning’s rush near the Port Authority Bus Terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue in Manhattan.

The incident took place at about 7:30 a.m.

The bomb was apparently being carried by a suspect when it exploded prematurely, CBS and NBC report.

The suspect has been identified as a man in his 20s and he is in official police custody.

The streets of Manhattan are currently flooded with NYPD officers, who can be seen directing traffic and canvassing the area.

At the scene, the police are accompanied by bomb-sniffing K-9 units and counterterrorism experts.

The Port Authority Bus Terminal has officially been shut down. Expect gridlock in the city this morning.

The A, C and E lines of the NYC Subway have been evacuated at this time.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office said on Twitter that the mayor has been briefed on the incident

As a result of the incident, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E, N, Q, R, W and 7 trains are bypassing 42nd Street.

Expect traffic and transit delays near West 42nd Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.

NJ Transit bus service to and from the Port Authority Bus Terminal may experience delays.

The NY Post reports that the would-be suicide bomber had wires attached to him and that his pipe bomb and a battery pack partially detonated inside the passageway to the N, Q and R trains. The Post reports that the bomber was taken to Bellevue Hospital.

The bus terminal is the nation’s largest and handles about 230,000 passengers every weekday, according to the Port Authority.

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Peleg Switches Stance, Sets Up Committee To Establish Kosher Internet for Members

The Jerusalem Peleg faction is utilizing a new tactic in order to achieve the goal. The group who gained notoriety following their continuing protests which have blocked city streets in Jerusalem, as well as other cities across Israel in protest of Charedim being drafted into IDF service, has opened a new committee aimed at giving a hechsher to censored internet usage. Over the past few days, representatives from the Peleg met with various companies in order to arrange a partnership in which the group could arrange for kosher internet and smartphones that would be permitted by the rabbinical leadership of the group for its members. This is a surprising change of position for the Peleg group, who until know has castigated other forms of censored of kosher internet. Peleg leader Hagaon HaRav Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach has previously attacked, in a very aggressive manner, internet providers such as Natib, who provide kosher internet options for Charedim. He said that due to such companies, Charedim who use the internet have become completely secular people. (YWN Israel Desk — Jerusalem)
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New York – Official: Man Had Explosive Device Strapped On Before NYC Subway Blast

New York — A pipe bomb that was strapped to a man went off in the New York City subway near the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday, injuring the suspect and another four people on the platform at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said. The person on the […]


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Cairo – Palestinian Leader Abbas In Cairo, Istanbul To Rally Region Over Jerusalem

Cairo — Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday intensified efforts to rally Middle Eastern countries against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, setting up talks with Arab leaders beginning in Cairo. Abbas will meet President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, which has been a key broker in past peace talks with Israel and between […]


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BOTCHED ISIS TERROR IN MANHATTAN: Explosion At Port Authority Bus Terminal

A pipe bomb that was strapped to a man went off in the New York City subway near the Times Square area of Manhattan on Monday, injuring the suspect and another person on the platform at the height of the morning rush hour, law enforcement officials said. The person on the platform was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Another person on the platform sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the incident. The explosion, which happened around 7:30 a.m., triggered a massive emergency response by New York police and fire both above and below ground, tangling subway and bus service at the nearby Port Authority bus terminal. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders has tweeted that President Trump has been briefed on the explosion. Video from above the “Crossroads of the World” showed lines of police and emergency vehicles, their lights flashing, lining the streets and no other vehicle traffic moving. Everything around the Port Authority in the 42nd Street area was shut down — a surreal scene of still at what would ordinarily be a bustling rush hour. New Jersey Transit buses headed to the Port Authority were diverting to other locations following the explosion. NJ Transit says buses are taking passengers to Secaucus and Hoboken. From there, they can take trains or PATH into the city. Trains, PATH, light rail and ferries are honoring bus tickets into New York. VIDEO BELOW IS MOMENT OF EXPLOSION: The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 DEVELOPING STORY — REFRESH FOR UPDATES
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DEVELOPING: Suspicious Devices & Possible Explosion At Port Authority Bus Terminal

There is a massive NYPD response at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in Manhattan on Monday morning, after reports of an explosion and secondary devices. Police and firefighters have responded to the scene, where the bomb squad also has been deployed. The entire area has been evacuated. There are reports of a suspect on the subway tracks with a device and possibly in custody. Multiple NYPD Bomb Squad units are on the scene. The A, C and E lines are being evacuated at this time. What police sources describe as a possible pipe bomb detonated in a passageway below ground at Port Authority. One person is in custody. Only a few injuries have been reported. It happened in an MTA passageway at the terminal at 42nd Street and 8th Avenue. The NYPD is responding to reports of an explosion of unknown origin at 42nd Street and 8th Ave, #Manhattan. The A, C and E line are being evacuated at this time. Info is preliminary, more when available. pic.twitter.com/7vpNT97iLC — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 11, 2017 DEVELOPING STORY — REFRESH FOR UPDATES
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Rav Chaim Markowitz: Army Unfit For Religious Girls

Rav Chaim Markowitz, former army rabbi in an induction center from 2011 to 2015, told the Basheva magazine that the Army is unfit for religious girls, yet does everything possible to force them to recruit, even bending regulations.

He spoke of a religious girl who joined the mixed gender Caracole Brigade and regretted it. The Army did everything possible, legal or illegal, to prevent her from leaving. Anxious to get “quality” religious girls who are exempt from army service, the army exaggerates the number of such girls serving in uniform to encourage other religious girls to volunteer, scrutinizes girls’ Facebook pages for signs of non-religiosity in order to force them to enlist, and even phones them on Shabbos to see if they answer, he said. Religious girls who volunteer to enlist but change their minds ninety days before the enlistment date, when they can still do so, are subjected to endless interviews and difficulties.

Rav Markowitz dismissed claims of religious enlistment organizations such as Aluma that the army provides a religious environment for such girls.

“There are obvious difficulties,” he said. “The Army is not yet ready to integrate religious girls.”

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