Washington — The U.S. State Department has approved a possible sale to Israel of 76mm naval guns and technical support worth an estimated $440 million, a Pentagon agency said on Friday. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency said in a statement it had notified Congress of the State Department decision to allow the possible sale of […]
President Trump often has his finger on the button in the Oval Office — but for soda, not nuclear strikes.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Trump revealed the purpose of a “red button” on his desk, which apparently is used to summon a butler with a Coke for the president.
When a reporter asked Trump whether it was the “nuclear button,” he pressed it to order some Cokes, then joked: “Everyone does get a little nervous when I press that button.” Read more at The Hill.
The country’s Jewish community is now taking a firm position against the far-right National Front party candidate for France’s next president.
Jerusalem — Fifty years after Israel conquered east Jerusalem, the city’s mayor says the upcoming anniversary is a time to celebrate, despite the deep rifts and occasional bursts of violence that disrupt daily life in the volatile city. But like other prominent politicians of the hard-line Likud Party, Nir Barkat says Jerusalem must remain united […]
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the passing moments ago of Rav Binyomin Kamenetzky zt”l, founder of Yeshiva Toras Chaim of South Shore and primary pioneer of Yiddishkeit in the Five Towns community
Rav Kamenetzky was the eldest son of Rav Yaakov Kamenetzky zt”l. He was sent by his venerable father, decades ago, to The Five Towns to bring Torah and Yiddishkeit to that part of New York. Rav Binyomin was well-known for his leadership, his courage, his ahavas haTorah and ahavas Hashem, and his warm and endearing personality, making him beloved by all.
A fuller tribute will be posted shortly.
Yehi zichro boruch.
YWN regrets to inform you of the Petira of HaRav Binyomin Kamenetzky ZATZAL, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshiva Toras Chaim of South Shore. Rav Kamenetzky is the oldest son of Hagaon HaRav Yaakov Kamenetzky ZATZAL. The Levaya will be held in the Five Towns on Sunday. Further details to follow. Boruch Dayan HaEmmes…
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Passengers are moving through Newark Airport security checkpoints a lot quicker since the installation of new TSA smart lanes — and similar relief is on the way at JFK, a top Port Authority official said Thursday.
“These screening lanes can move people through more quickly – about a 30 percent improvement in throughput,” Jeanne Olivier, who is in charge of security operations New York’s three regional airports, told The Post.
By the end of May, passengers at John F. Kennedy airport will get 19 of the smart lanes, funded by Delta and American airlines.
The smart lines still require the same number of TSA screeners to operate, she said. It’s not yet clear if passenger confusion about how to use the new screening system is preventing a reduction in manpower.
The smart lanes were an outgrowth of major embarrassing backups at airports during the last spring break. Read more at NY Post.
Jordan — Labeling Israel’s treatment of Palestinians as “apartheid” is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her U.N. agency at the request of 18 Arab member states accused Israel of having established an apartheid […]
Jews Murdered in Holocaust Called ‘Cowards’ at London Protest Outside Israeli Ambassador’s SOAS Lecture
Some 400 demonstrators came out to protest Israeli Ambassador to the UK Mark Regev’s appearance at a prominent London university on Thursday, with one protester recorded saying that the Jews murdered in the Holocaust were “cowards.”
According to footage posted on social media, the demonstrators filled the campus of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), waving Palestinian flags, blaring music and chanting the popular call for the destruction of the Jewish state, “From the River to the Sea, Palestine Will Be Free.”
There were about 100 pro-Israel counter-demonstrators, according to eyewitnesses, some of whom attempted to converse with the other side, but reported being shoved and having abuses lobbed at them in response. According to eyewitness accounts, Israeli flags were ripped out of the hands of individuals in the Zionist camp and smeared with fake blood.
The pro-Israel demonstrators also sang and chanted slogans.
Tamir Oren — the director of public affairs for StandWithUs UK — told The Algemeiner that Hezbollah flags and hats were seen around the quad, which was also papered with fliers from a group called “SOAS United Against Apartheid.”
“The ambassador came to SOAS to answer the most difficult questions about Israel, and so he did,” said Oren, adding that the Q&A session covered issues such as settlements and alleged IDF war crimes.
Khulan Dav, a member of the SOAS Jewish Society and an organizer of the Regev lecture, said the event was a success, featuring an “amazing, absolutely respectful conversation.”
Dav said it was “peaceful” inside the event venue, though at first it was difficult for the audience of some 70 SOAS students to hear the ambassador over the protesters’ loudspeakers, a problem rectified with the help of a mic.
Dav applauded what she called “SOAS management’s shockingly helpful” role throughout the process of organizing Regev’s talk, even arranging for a taxi to transport Dav home after it ended to ensure her safety.
“I was really surprised to learn that SOAS management really is devoted to free speech,” she said. “They were determined that this event should happen.”
The SOAS registrar, Paula Sanderson, made clear that the individual who mocked the Holocaust was not a member of the university’s community and that “hate speech or antisemitism” by anyone who was would be investigated.
“There is no place for hate speech on the SOAS campus and freedom of speech does not permit the expression of racist or antisemitic views,” she said. “We condemn unreservedly the comments that were made by the person shown on the video.”
As The Algemeiner reported last week, the announcement of Regev’s upcoming talk led to an immediate backlash from the SOAS community. A student group that was meant to co-sponsor the event backed out days before the lecture due to the controversy.
Last month, footage was released of SOAS students openly expressing support for Hezbollah and Hamas and calling for the destruction of Israel. Some in the Jewish community wryly said the school’s acronym stands for “School Of Antisemitism.”
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Oswiecim, Poland — Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Bronia Brandman, 86, returned to the death camp yesterday for the first time since her liberation, accompanied by a delegation of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers and 40 Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) supporters from across the United States. Brandman was born in Jaworzno, Poland, and watched two […]