Jerusalem - Israel’s internal security agency says the murder of a 19-year-old Israeli woman by a Palestinian suspect near Jerusalem last week was politically motivated. The Shin Bet issued a statement Sunday saying that after questioning Palestinian suspect Arafat Erfaiyeh, the agency believed that Ori Ansbacher’s murder was “nationalistic.” Ansbacher was volunteering at a youth center in Jerusalem on Thursday when she disappeared after walking in the woods. Her body was found later that day. Most details of the case remain under police gag order. Israeli forces arrested Erfaiyeh, a resident of the West Bank city of Hebron, in Ramallah on Saturday. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu payed his respects to Ansbacher’s family at their West Bank settle...
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who couldn’t get a beef patty at a favorite New York eatery used a baseball bat in protest. On Saturday, police released surveillance video of the woman in action in the Bronx — smashing a restaurant’s windows after learning the eatery had run out of her favorite food. Police say the woman at the Back Home restaurant in the Morrisania neighborhood came in on the afternoon of Jan. 15 and ordered a patty. She was told they’d run out, and she got upset. Authorities say she left and came back to the Jamaican restaurant with the bat. The video shows a woman bashing in two windows. She fled and police were still searching for her on Saturday. The video shows a woman dressed in a black and white jacket and matching sneakers, swinging a mu...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is set to join the 2020 presidential race Sunday, becoming the most prominent Midwestern candidate as the party tries to win back voters in a region that helped put Donald Trump in the White House. “I’m asking you to join us on this campaign,” she says in remarks released before her afternoon announcement at an event along the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Klobuchar, who already is scheduled to speak Feb. 21 in Iowa, site of the nation’s first caucuses on the nominating calendar, says she doesn’t have “a political machine” and doesn’t “come from money,” but does have “grit.” She is citing the need to “heal the heart of our democracy and ren...
WASHINGTON (AP) — As negotiations over a border security hit a snag, the White House on Sunday would not rule out another federal government shutdown even as it signaled a willingness to obtain funding for President Donald Trump’s proposed wall by other means. Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, in appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and “Fox News Sunday,” said “you absolutely cannot” eliminate the possibility of another shutdown on Friday if a deal is not reached over the wall. The White House had asked for $5.7 billion, a figure rejected by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, and the mood among bargainers has soured, according to people familiar with the negotiations not authorized to speak publicly abo...
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Long before an ex-student opened fire on his former classmates in Parkland, Florida, many school districts conducted regular shooting drills — exercises that sometimes included simulated gunfire and blood and often happened with no warning that the attack wasn’t real. The drills began taking shape after the Columbine High School shooting in 1999. But 20 years later, parents are increasingly questioning elements of the practice, including whether the drills traumatize kids. April Sullivan was pleasantly surprised by an “I love you, Mom” text from her daughter last May, even though she knew the eighth-grader wasn’t supposed to be using her cellphone during school in Short Pump, Virginia. But she did not know that her child sent it wh...
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Jerusalem - The victims of Sunday morning’s fatal bus crash northwest of Jerusalem have been identified as Rachel Chaya Guttman, and Ruchama Rosen. The two women, both residents of the haredi city of Modiin Illit, were killed when a bus from Kavim’s 304 line from Modiin Illit to Jerusalem collided with a private vehicle, flipped over, and crashed into a railing. Forty-one other people were injured in the accident, including two people in serious condition. While the two women killed in the crash were initially identified as sisters, they have since been named as Rachel Chaya Guttman, 24, and Ruchama Rosen, 27. Guttman, an art teacher, had gotten married roughly a year and a half ago. She is survived by her husband and her son, who is roughly half a year old. The second vic...
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline is up a penny a gallon over the past two weeks, to $2.34. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey says Sunday that she expects gas prices to keep rising slightly as retailers pass on increases in wholesale costs to consumers. Lundberg says the price at the pump is 32 cents lower than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the nation is $3.38 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $1.91 in Houston. The average price of diesel fell a penny over the past two weeks, to $3.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Prosecutors on Sunday charged a 26-year-old man in the killing of a Milwaukee police officer. Jordan P. Fricke, of Milwaukee, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the fatal shooting Wednesday of 35-year-old Officer Matthew Rittner, who was serving a search warrant. Authorities arrested Fricke soon after the shooting. Police say Fricke was the target of the warrant and was wanted for the illegal sale of firearms and drugs. Authorities say officers announced themselves as police and Fricke fired several rounds, hitting Rittner. Fricke, who also faces reckless endangerment and drug charges, remained jailed on Sunday with preliminary bail set at $500,000. Court records do not list an attorney who could speak for him. Rittne...
LONDON (AP) — A woman who was injured in a car accident involving Prince Philip says the roads will be safer now that the 97-year-old royal has given up his driver’s license. Buckingham Palace says Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II, has voluntarily surrendered his license “after careful consideration.” Emma Fairweather, who suffered a broken wrist in the Jan. 17 accident, told the Sunday Mirror newspaper that “it’s the right thing to do. Undoubtedly the roads will be safer now.” Philip was behind the wheel of a Land Rover near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in eastern England when he smashed into another car. Fairweather and the woman driving the car were injured but a 9-month-old baby was not. Prosecutors say they will con...
HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS, "very likely" took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland to release the findings even if doing so was "painful and uncomfortable" for Finland. Zuroff called the decision an "example of unique and exemplary civic courage." Finland's government commissioned the independent 248-page investigative report, which was made public Friday. It said 1,408 Finnish volunteers served with the SS Panzer Division Wiking during 1941-43, most of them 17 to 20-years-old. "It is very ...
Baltimore, MD, Feb. 6, 2019 — In questioning judicial nominee Neomi Rao yesterday, Senator Cory Booker asked her repeatedly if she believed homosexual relationships to be sinful, and expressed surprise that she declined to comment on her personal views. Article VI of the US Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States." Inquiring about personal religious beliefs during a nominee hearing implies those would factor into the decision, which would violate that clause.  Rabbi Pesach Lerner, President of the Coalition for Jewish Values, made the following statement: "It is outrageous that Senator Booker would use religion as a weapon with which to exclude an eminently well-qualified candid...
The Democratic presidential field campaigning in advance of the Granite State’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary will be confronted by some uncomfortable questions about Israel, at least if Senator Elizabeth Warren’s appearance here this weekend is any indication. Warren, on her first visit to New Hampshire as a declared Democratic presidential candidate, answered a question from a voter who volunteered that two of his best friends from college were Jewish before pivoting to ask Warren what she thought of Israel’s West Bank settlements and “basically an apartheid situation in Palestine now.” Warren didn’t dispute the “apartheid” characterization, but didn’t endorse it, either. Instead she thanked the voter for his question and...
Palestinian officials have been invited to a US conference on the Middle East hosted by Poland next week, a senior American official said on Friday, but top Palestinian officials said they would not attend. The senior administration official told reporters White House senior adviser Jared Kushner would discuss plans for peace between the Palestinians and Israelis at the event. Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has called on the US to reverse its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel‘s capital and cuts in aid to the Palestinians, saying these had undermined efforts to reach a two-state solution to the longstanding conflict. “As noted we have asked the Palestinian Authority to send representatives to this event,” the US official said. Kushner, who is US Pr...
Justice Minister Ayalet Shaked and former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman are among the high-level Israeli officials calling on Israel to execute Arafat Irfayia, the Arab man believed to have murdered 19-year-old Tekoa resident Ori Ansbacher in a what has been described as a grizzly and gruesome slaying. Ansbacher, who was serving in National Service in Jerusalem until she was reported missing, was discovered unconscious and unresponsive with multiple stab wounds in her chest in the forest of Ein Yael on the outskirt of Jerusalem on Thursday. Additional details have been censored, but authorities said the attack was exceptionally gruesome. Irfayia, who was found near Ramallah on Friday morning and arrested, is from the Abu Sneina neighborhood of Hebron. Local Jewish residents called ...
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The Israel Defense Forces mapped out and prepared the home of 29-year-old Arafat Irfayia for destruction on Sunday morning, following his arrest for murder of 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher. Irfayia, from the Abu Sneinah neighborhood of Hebron, was arrested near Ramallah on Saturday, after forensic evidence at the scene of Ansbacher’s slaying positively identified him as her attacker. The army subsequently entered his home and began to evaluate the best way to demolish it. Irfayia told Shin Bet security services that he left his home in Hebron on Thursday and traveled to Jerusalem with a knife, found Ansbacher walking in the woods of Ein Yael and stabbed her multiple times in the chest. Additional details have been censored, but authorities said the attack was exceptionally gruesome. ...
Iran tried to hack Israel’s missile-alert system more than a year ago, Israel Defense Forces’ Cyber Defense Division Commander Noam Sha’ar told Israel Hayom. In an interview with Israel Hayom’s weekend magazine, Sha’ar says the cyber attack was successfully repelled by his unit, avoiding potentially catastrophic results. The full interview will be published on Friday. The Homefront Command’s missile-alert system is one of the most sensitive parts of Israel’s civilian and military infrastructure. Anyone who gains control over the system can set off sirens at will and even disable the highly important features that provide early warning on incoming rockets and missiles. The attack was detected due to the constant monitoring of an Iranian cyber gr...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas pledged to continue security cooperation with Israel, despite the United States cutting all security assistance to the PA. In front of a gathering of Israeli and Palestinian activists on Wednesday, Abbas said that Ramallah has a “joint agreement to fight terrorism” with Israel and “will not violate it” because were the P.A. to do so, “nothing will remain.” Abbas’s remarks come as the United States officially ceased last week all $60 million in security assistance to the PA in addition to the US Agency for International Development closing its operations in the West Bank and Gaza. The cut-off in such assistance and the USAID closure occurred in accordance with the Anti-Terrorism Clarification Act (ATCA),...
Paris - Police are investigating anti-Semitic graffiti that was found sprayed across a bagel shop in the old Jewish quarter of Paris. Police in the French capital said Sunday the word “Juden”, which is German for Jews, was discovered Saturday as anti-government protesters and police forces clashed in other parts of the city. The French League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism showed a photograph of the bagel shop graffiti alongside a photo of a Berlin shop that was marked in a similar way in 1938 Nazi Germany. The Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, or CRIP, expressed “indignation and anger after the discovery of a revolting anti-Semitic tag on the window of a Bagelstein shop.” The group says it was an “act that recalls the darkest hour...
The Charedi community asked the world to join them in tefila for those injured in a fatal bus accident that killed two and injured 41 passengers on Sunday morning. Specifically the community sent a message on WhatsApp requesting people to say psalms, liturgical hymns often said when Jews find themselves in difficult situations. The message published the name of some of the injured along with the words for Psalms Chapter 121, which is traditionally recited for those who are sick, hoping for a quick recovery. The message urged those to spread the names stating, "Whoever prays for his friend is answered first," a well-known Talmudic saying urging those to pray for others because those are the prayers that are answered. The names of those injured that the community that were r...
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