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Washington – Watchdog Clears Park Service In Inauguration Crowd Size Disputes

Washington — An internal watchdog has found no wrongdoing by the National Park Service in a dispute over crowd size at President Donald Trump’s inauguration. An unidentified person complained that a senior park service official had instructed employees to alter records related to crowd size for the inauguration. A separate complaint alleged that officials leaked […]


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New Jersey – More Welfare Arrests Expected Wednesday As Feds Warn Lakewood: The Party Is Over

Lakewood, NJ — One day after four Lakewood couples were arrested for fraudulently underreporting their incomes in order to illegally take advantage of more than $1 million in state and federal benefits, township phones have been ringing off the hook, with hundreds of area residents requesting advice on how to avoid being arrested for public […]


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Jewish Agency Chairman Warns Of Ramifications Of Cabinet Kosel Decision

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is one of the audible voice of prominence opposing the cabinet decision to freeze the Kosel status. The decision brings an abrupt end to plans to develop an egalitarian prayer area near the Kosel, at Robinson’s Arch. Sharansky explained that while he believes PM Netanyahu cares about all “streams of Judaism”, he feels he is weak when it comes to standing up to pressure from within the coalition. Members of Federations who were present in Israel when the cabinet decision was announced signaled their disgust, some announcing they would cut donations while others signaling they do not plan to come again. Sharansky called on them not to withdraw donations nonetheless. Sharansky told reporters that in essence, there is nothing special in this case for anytime there is a decision pertaining to the Kosel, one donor cancels his pledge while another adds to his. He feels however, that in this case, it is more than money but it sends a message to Reform and Conservative that they are unwanted and that the Kosel is not theirs. It is even worse in this case because the decision to establish the egalitarian prayer area was made, and now, the cabinet is reversing its own decision. Sharansky adds that a growing number of rabbis in the Diaspora avoid mentioning “Israel” in their weekly sermons and this latest decision is not going to help the situation. The Jewish Agency leader adds that he is however confident that most Israeli do not agree with the decision any more than he does. Sharansky concluded he is aware that PM Netanyahu favors the egalitarian area and he does not hide his personal feelings, but he is unable to implement it with the current coalition makeup. Hence, he explains that since he cannot implement it, he prevented it from being canceled by freezing it instead. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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Photos: Seret Viznitz Rebbe Davening At The Beis Hachaim In Tzfas (JDN)

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Photo Essay: Chaverim Of Rockland Kids Safety Day & Fun Fair (Photos by JDN)

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Tel Aviv – Israel’s Mossad Sets Up Fund To Acquire New Spy Techniques

Tel Aviv — Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency has set up an investment fund to help development of new cloak-and-dagger know-how and is offering grants of up to 2 million shekels per project to bring in new ideas. A government statement on Tuesday said Mossad was seeking technologies in various fields, including robotics, miniaturization and encryption […]


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U.S. Brands China As Among Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

The U.S. State Department on Tuesday placed China on its global list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labor, a step that could aggravate tensions with Beijing that had eased under President Donald Trump.

Myanmar was upgraded to the Tier 2 Watch List of nations making significant efforts to meet minimum U.S. standards, from Tier 3, those countries not complying and making no significant effort to do so. Afghanistan, Malaysia and Qatar were each upgraded to Tier 2, a list of nations making significant efforts to comply, from the Tier 2 Watch List.

Tier 1 designates nations that meet minimum U.S. standards.

The report said China convicted even less labor traffickers in the 12 months ended on March 31 than in the previous year, forcibly repatriated North Koreans without screening them for indicators of trafficking, and handled most forced labor cases as administrative issues rather than criminal prosecutions.

For the previous three years, China was on the Tier 2 Watch List. China was last in the lowest ranking, or Tier 3, in 2013.

A Tier 3 rating can trigger sanctions limiting access to U.S. and international aid, but U.S. presidents frequently waive such action. Read more at REUTERS.

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Amsterdam – This 400-year-old Jewish Library Survived Hitler And The Inquisition

Amsterdam — Livraria Ets Haim is the world’s oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic persecution in Spain and Portugal, the three-room library is adjacent to Amsterdam’s majestic Portuguese Synagogue in the Dutch capital’s center. The 30,000-volume collection […]


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Cabinet Secretary Adds Clarity To Cabinet Kosel Decision

Following the outcry against the Sunday cabinet decision to freeze the Kosel decision to establish an egalitarian prayer area at the Kosel, Cabinet Secretary Tzachi Braverman explained the details of the most recent decision. Many are angered over the decision in the Reform and Conservative communities, so much so that Braverman has issued the following clarification vis-à-vis the cabinet decision. “It is important to Prime Minister Netanyahu that every Jew is able to pray at the Western Wall. Therefore, alongside yesterday’s decision he issued three directives that have gone unnoticed: “First, the Prime Minister instructed that work to prepare the southern plaza be expedited so that Jews from all streams may pray at the Kosel. “Second, that Jews from all streams be able to continue praying there – as they are able to do today. “Third, the Prime Minister instructed Minister Tzachi Hanegbi and me to continue dialogue in order to try and reach a solution. I recommend that those trying to exploit this issue be precise with the facts.” When Braverman refers to the “Southern Plaza”, he refers to the area that was established by Naftali Bennet during his tenure as Minister of Jerusalem Affairs. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)

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Israel to Introduce New Security Measures at Shaar Shechem in Yerushalayim

Itsik Saban and Shlomi Diaz report for Yisroel Hayom that the growing number of terrorist attacks near Shaar Shechem in the Old City of Yerushalayim has prompted the Public Security Ministry to present a new plan to revolutionize counterterrorism measures in the area.

Shaar Shechem has been the scene of 32 terrorist attacks over the past two and a half years.

The plan includes the deployment of license plate capture cameras; a network of “smart” closed-circuit TV cameras equipped with facial recognition software to identify suspects in real time; placing fortified security posts in strategic locations; and setting up a lighting system to simulate daylight. The plan includes metal detectors and fences to direct pedestrian traffic. “The goal is to minimize terrorist attacks in the area as much as possible, while also minimizing any interference with the fabric of life,” a senior officer with the Yerushalayim District Police said.

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