Jerusalem - Rumors swirled Sunday night that the remains of legendary Israeli spy Eli Cohen were on their way to Israel from Syria with a Russian delegation just weeks after an IDF soldier missing for close to four decades was brought back for burial. Israeli cabinet ministers have refused to comment on the rumors which were first published by Channel 12 News Sunday night which were also questioned by other news channels as there were no official Syrian opposition reports rather only flimsy social media accounts. Cohen, an Egyptian-born Jew, was a legendary undercover Israeli agent for the Mossad intelligence agency in Syria under the alias Kamal Amin Ta’abet, providing Israel with considerable details on Syrian political and military matters. He was able to build close ties with ...
Baltimore, MD - Apr. 14, 2019 - This past Tuesday, a group of 11th and 12th grade students from Bais Yaakov of Baltimore and Bnos Yisroel and their teachers visited Johns Hopkins University's Whiting School of Engineering as part of their CIJE advanced engineering course.   CIJE is a non-profit organization that promotes STEM education in Jewish day schools.  CIJE has partnered with over 200 schools in 18 states across the country, impacting over 45,000 students annually.  Several Baltimore/Silver Spring Schools currently participate in the CIJE STEM program, including Bais Yaakov, Bnos Yisroel, Talmudical Academy, Torah Institute and Yeshiva Greater Washington.  Joseph Saltzman, CIJE's Maryland Program Manager, arranged the visit and accompanied th...
Rep. Ilhan Omar continues to be an embarrassment and a disgrace for me and other American Muslims with her outrageous, ignorant, anti-Semitic and now anti-American comments. And while Omar, a Minnesota Democrat, holds herself out as a proud Muslim, she repeatedly projects a distorted and patently Islamist interpretation of Islam – a religion that in reality stands for the values of justice, peace and ethical conduct. Sadly, Omar gives millions of Americans a false impression of what Islam is and what we Muslims believe and stand for. While she denounces prejudice against Muslims, her aberrant views on Islam fuel prejudice against me and my coreligionists by distorting who we are while defaming and dishonoring the great monotheism of Islam. PELOSI MOVES TO ENSURE ILH...
BALTIMORE, MD — A tornado watch is in effect for 13 Maryland counties, plus the city of Baltimore, until early Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service. At 6:05 p.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service issued the tornado watch, which runs until 3 a.m. on April 15. Two rounds of showers and scattered thunderstorms are expected Sunday night into Monday that could generate damaging wind gusts and an isolated tornado. Heavy rain in thunderstorms may lead to isolated instances of flooding, the weather service says. "I am asking all Marylanders to pay close attention to the updated weather forecasts for this evening and overnight," said Gov. Larry Hogan Monday evening. "The National Weather Service is predicting severe storms, high wind gusts, and the potential for isol...
At least eight people have died, including two children who were crushed inside a car in Angelina County, Texas, as a result of severe storms that ripped through the South over the weekend, according to The Associated Press. Two people, including a 13-year-old, died in floodwaters Saturday near Ouachita Parish, AP reported. The teen died during flash flooding in the community of Bawcomville, near Monroe, and was pulled from a drainage canal, according to reports. In Alabama, a county employee was struck by a vehicle early Sunday as he was helping to clear downed trees near Birmingham, according to the AP. One person died overnight in Monroe County, Mississippi, as a reported tornado ripped through Hamilton, about 45 miles northeast of the campus of Mississippi State University. In Alto,...
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Jerusalem - The Israeli military says it’s investigating the fatal shooting of a Palestinian man by an Israeli civilian earlier this month near the West Bank city of Nablus. The inquiry comes the same day as Sunday’s announcement by Israeli rights group B’Tselem saying it found inconsistencies in the initial report that the Palestinian man was armed with a knife. On April 3, the Israeli driver shot Mohammed Abdel Fattah, 23, who he said tried to stab him after hurling a stone at his car. Since 2015, Palestinians have killed over 50 Israelis in West Bank attacks, while Israeli forces have killed over 260 Palestinians there in the same period. Israel says most were attackers, but the army also has also used deadly force during clashes between protesters and soldiers.
Budapest - Thousands of Hungarians attended the annual March of the Living in Budapest on Sunday to commemorate victims of the Holocaust, including Jane Haining, a Scottish missionary who refused to abandon her Jewish charges during World War Two. Israel’s Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem estimates that 565,000 Hungarian Jews were killed in the Holocaust, most of them deported to the Auschwitz death camp in Poland between May and July 1944. Haining, who had taught Christian and Jewish girls at a boarding school of the Church of Scotland’s Mission in Budapest, was arrested by the Gestapo in 1944 and later died in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Read more at Reuters
Unconfirmed Syrian reports have claimed that the Russian delegation that just recently left Syria, allegedly departed with an Israeli coffin containing the remains of Israeli spy Eli Cohen.The spy was hanged in Damascus in 1965.The reports have not yet been denied by any Israeli party. The censor has now authorized the publishing of the reports, although it is unclear how reliable they are, according to Yaron Avraham of Channel 2 News. Read more at JPost
Florida - President Donald Trump may have threatened to transport illegal immigrants to so-called sanctuary cities to “make everybody crazy” and generate media attention, Republican U.S. Senator Rick Scott said on Sunday. Trump said on Friday he was considering sending illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities, prompting U.S. mayors to accept such an offer as the battle over border security rages. Sanctuary cities are local jurisdictions that generally give undocumented immigrants safe harbor by refusing to use their resources to help enforce federal immigration laws that could lead to deportations. Many such jurisdictions are Democratic strongholds. Speaking to CNN’s “State of the Union,” Scott said he did not know if transporting immigrants to these jurisdic...
Ambalavao, Madagascar - Babies wail as a nurse tries to reassure mothers who have come to vaccinate their children against a measles outbreak that has killed more than 1,200 people in this island nation where many are desperately poor. Madagascar faces its largest measles outbreak in history, with cases soaring well beyond 115,000, but resistance to vaccinating children is not the driving force behind the rise. Measles cases are rising in the United States and elsewhere, in part because of misinformation that makes some parents balk at receiving a vaccine. New York City is trying to halt an outbreak by ordering mandatory vaccinations in one Brooklyn neighborhood. In Madagascar, many parents want to protect their children but face immense challenges, including the lack of resources. Onl...
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - Far from the din of Washington, Ivanka Trump toured businesses run by women in Ethiopia on Sunday while promoting a White House global economic program for women. President Donald Trump’s daughter and senior adviser visited a coffee shop and textile company in Addis Ababa. It was her first stop in Africa on a four-day trip to Ethiopia and Ivory Coast on behalf of a White House project intended to boost 50 million women in developing countries by 2025. Aiming to offer assistance and learn about the struggles of women in business, she took part in a traditional coffee ceremony, visited with weavers and announced new financial support for businesses. “Investing in women is smart development policy and it’s smart business,” Trump said, sitting...
New York -  At 6 feet, 5 inches tall, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stands out in a crowd. But does he have any shot of standing out in the packed field of potential Democratic candidates for president? A would-be progressive standard bearer, de Blasio has spent the past few months exploring a run, traveling to events in early primary states including New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, and appearing on “The Simpsons” and “The View.” So far, scant evidence of enthusiasm for his candidacy has emerged. He’s drawn sparse crowds — or no crowds at all — at his out-of-state speaking engagements. A recent Quinnipiac University poll found 76% of New York City voters believe their mayor should not run. The headlines chronicling his flirt...
Mayor Pete wants to be President Pete. Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who has seen his poll numbers surge in recent weeks, officially declared on Sunday that he's running for president – in a speech where he highlighted both his progressive values and Midwestern upbringing. "I ran for mayor in 2011 knowing that nothing like Studebaker would ever come back—but believing that we would, our city would, if we had the courage to reimagine our future," Buttigieg said in a speech inside South Bend's Studebaker auto plant. "And now, I can confidently say that South Bend is back." He added: "There’s a long way for us to go. Life here is far from perfect. But, we’ve changed our trajectory, and shown a path forward for communiti...
"From today, we're working on Beresheet 2," Kahn said yesterday. "From today, we're working on Beresheet 2," SpaceIL Chairman Morris Kahn said on Channel 12's "Meet the Press" program yesterday evening. "A moment after a divisive election campaign, Israelis united, the winners and the losers, in the hope that the Beresheet spacecraft would land safely on the Moon. It wasn't a soft landing, but we had a selfie with the Israeli flag there, good reason for pride," program host Rina Mazliah said, "but perhaps there's hope for the future." Kahn said he did not have an empty feeling, but rather very good and positive feelings. "I felt warmth and backing, I felt something wonderful and encouraging" he said. In a statement released by SpaceIL, Kahn said he intended to ...
At the start of the weekly Cabinet meeting,  Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, on Sunday morning,   ט' בניסן  brought for Cabinet approval, the opening of the 'Our IDF' exhibition in Jerusalem at an overall cost of 8 million shekel. The "Our IDF" exhibition was originally shown in Holon during the festivities to mark 70 years of the State of Israel. In light of its success and with the government financial assistance, the exhibition will be reopened in Jerusalem in order for it to be seen by as many visitors as possible. The exhibition will present the technological development of the IDF, its units and its combat heritage, and will do so with the aid of advanced technological means. The exhibit will inclu...
Yesterday, Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, was appointed as chief Rabbi of Morocco with the blessing of the king. He now has a diplomatic and Supreme Court Justice status.The ceremony was held in the Bet El Synagogue in Casablanca, attended by hundreds of people, including Moroccan officials who came under the guidance of the King to honor the Rabbi during his ceremony. A special prayer was also held in honor of the Moroccon King.The Moroccan community made of thousands of Jews provides services to about 100,000 Israelis who visit Morocco every year.
Jerusalem - A delegation from Israel that was due to attend a conference in Bahrain this week has pulled out due to security concerns, the organizers said on Sunday, after Bahrainis held an extensive campaign against the visit. A spokeswoman for Israel’s Economy Ministry said a planned visit to Bahrain this week by Israel’s Economy Minister Eli Cohen had been “delayed because of political issues.” Israel and the Gulf Arab countries are in the midst of a diplomatic push aimed at forging an alliance against their common enemy Iran. Their efforts have become increasingly public after years of mostly covert contact due to strong opposition to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories. The group of around 30 Israeli business executives and government officials...
Berlin - Over 300 tissue samples from people killed by the Nazi regime and kept by a Berlin doctor will be laid to rest in a ceremony in Berlin on May 13, 74 years after the end of World War Two, Bild am Sonntag newspaper reported on Sunday. The tiny samples were discovered in 2016 in the estate of anatomy professor Hermann Stieve from the University of Berlin, who had received the bodies of German anti-Nazi fighters for dissection, sometimes just minutes after they were killed at the Berlin-Ploetzensee prison. Stieve, who died of a stroke in 1952, dissected the bodies of the mostly female victims for his research and then had them cremated and interred, sometimes in mass graves. The samples - most less than a millimeter long - were found in small black boxes, and some were labeled with...
Washington - President Donald Trump did not wish any harm in his Twitter post criticizing Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s comments on the 9/11 attacks, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Sunday. “Certainly President is wishing no ill will, certainly not violence towards anyone,” Sanders told broadcaster ABC News’ “This Week” show. “But the President is absolutely and should be calling out the congresswoman for her, not only one-time, but history of antisemitic comments,” she said. Lawmakers from Trump’s Republican party have accused Omar of minimizing the 9/11 attacks, while critics of the president say he took Omar’s words out of context in order to stoke anti-Muslim sentiment. On Saturday, Trump tweeted a vid...
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