Baltimore City officials have given an update on their efforts to make repairs after the cyber-attack on the city computer system five weeks ago. The Mayor's office says more than half of the city employees now have their email working once again. Water bills still cannot be sent out or paid online. The backlog of real estate transactions has been cleared, according to the Mayor. Staff have been doing those transactions by hand since the ransomware attack. The city says it should have most of the employees' emails back up and running by the end of next week. The City of Baltimore experienced the cyber-attack on May 7th. Full information on Baltimore City services can be found here.
The country’s worst measles outbreak in over 25 years has spread to two more states in the past week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been 41 new cases of measles in the past week, bringing the total to 1,022 cases as of June 6. For the first time in the current outbreak, cases of measles were confirmed in Virginia and Idaho. There are now confirmed cases in 28 states across the country. The current outbreak through the first five months of this year is already the worst since 1992, and federal health officials have warned the country is at risk of losing its measles elimination status after the measles was declared eliminated in the U.S. in 2000. Read more at The Hill.
A “popular Palestinian uprising” against U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan was announced Sunday following a meeting of PLO faction representatives, Palestinian civil society organizations and private individuals in the West Bank city of el-Bireh. The protests are to coincide with the U.S.-sponsored June 25-26 “Peace to Prosperity” conference in Bahrain, where the United States is expected to reveal the first, economic stage of Trump’s peace plan. According to The Jerusalem Post, PLO Executive Committee member Wasel Abu Yusef said the meeting was the first in a series focusing on “popular activities to confront American-Israeli schemes aimed at eliminating the rights of the Palestinian people.” The Palestinians, he said, need...
President Donald Trump on Monday threatened to impose large tariffs on $300 billion in imports if Chinese leader Xi Jinping did not meet with him in Japan later this month, showing how he plans to immediately pivot from his trade war with Mexico back to Beijing. Trump, in a wide-ranging and apparently impromptu interview with CNBC, said he was “scheduled to have a meeting” with Xi during the Group of 20 summit in Osaka, but Chinese officials have refused to publicly confirm the gathering. “We do not want a trade war, but we are not afraid of fighting one,” said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. “If the U.S. is ready to have equal consultations, our door is wide open. But if it insists on escalating trade frictions, we will...
American Airlines announced Sunday that it will extend flight cancellations through Sept. 3 for Boeing’s embattled 737 Max, a new passenger jet that has been out of commission for almost three months after its flight control software played a role in two deadly crashes. The cancellations will affect about 115 flights a day, the airline said. The move suggests airlines are planning for a 737 Max reentry that will take longer than initially expected. The three U.S. airlines that operate Max jets ― American, Southwest and United ― have been anxiously awaiting a planned software update and pilot-training regimen designed to make the plane safe to fly. An FAA directive issued in March initially called for the software fix to be finished “no later than April,” but the sche...
The UN nuclear watchdog believes Iran has followed through with threats to increase enriched uranium production, IAEA chief Yukiya Amano told a press conference on Monday. The revelation comes as the International Atomic Energy Association said earlier on Monday it was worried about increasing tensions over Iran’s nuclear drive following Tehran’s announcement it would be disengaging in part from the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. Amano declined to elaborate on the rate of Iran’s current uranium enrichment, a key aspect of Iran’s nuclear program. Read more at i24NEWS.
In just a few weeks, tens of thousands of kids will be on the move, leaving home for Jewish overnight camps. This year though they’ll be doing so under the specter of heightened security concerns as anti-Semitism is at a near-record high nationwide and it has been just half a year since two deadly synagogue shootings. According to the Anti-Defamation League’s Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents for 2018, 1,879 attacks were committed against Jews and Jewish institutions across the country last year, including the attack at the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Synagogue in Pittsburgh, where 11 Jewish worshippers were murdered when a gunman entered the building during Shabbat services. Six months later, in April 2019, a 60-year-old woman was murdered when a gunman opened fire inside C...
The New York Times announced on Monday that it would no longer publish daily political cartoons in its international edition and ended its relationship with two contract cartoonists. Two months earlier, The Times had stopped running syndicated political cartoons, after one with anti-Semitic imagery was printed in the Opinion section of the international edition. In a statement, James Bennet, editorial page editor, said The Times was “very grateful for and proud of” the work that the cartoonists, Patrick Chappatte and Heng Kim Song, had done for the international edition over the years. “However,” Mr. Bennet added, “for well over a year we have been considering bringing that edition into line with the domestic paper by ending daily political ca...
 Baltimore, MD - June 11, 2019 - Effective Tuesday, June 11, 2019, all beer in Maryland can be assumed to be from after Pesach and is permitted to be purchased anywhere.
In an interview at his Jerusalem residence last week, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said Israel has the right to annex at least “some” of the West Bank. “Under certain circumstances,” Friedman told The New York Times on Saturday, “I think Israel has the right to retain some, but unlikely all, of the West Bank.” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged just prior to Israel’s April 9 election to extend Israeli law to all West Bank Jewish communities. Friedman did not specify what the American response might look like should Israel annex West Bank land unilaterally. “We really don’t have a view until we understand how much, on what terms, why does it make sense, why is it good for Israel, why is it good for the regi...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer said Monday his client will attend his indictment hearing in October on a series of graft charges, after the attorney general last week rejected his request to postpone it. Netanyahu had petitioned the court to delay the hearing due to the beginning of another campaign season for new elections in September that were called after he won the April elections but proved unable to form a coalition. Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit found no justification for postponing the indictment further already granting the premier an extension of three months from the formerly agreed upon date of July 10. Read more at i24NEWS.
Miami Beach Police Chief Dan Oates who announced his retirement from law enforcement in April, is heading to Baltimore. Oates will be heading a Department of Justice team as a consultant to advise the Maryland city under a new Public Safety Partnership grant, according to Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez. In his new role, Oates, 64, will be working with Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and his staff to coordinate federal resources to reduce crime there. According to a U.S. Department of Justice news release, the program provides a “framework for enhancing federal support of state and local law enforcement officials and prosecutors as they investigate and pursue violent criminals, specifically those involved in gun cr...
Baltimore, MD - June 10, 2019 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Gali & Dovid Wealcatch on the birth of a son Mazel Tov Grandparents Mr. & Mrs. Avraham Rosenblum and Dr. & Mrs. Shmuel Wealcatch יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בנם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
Baltimore, MD – June 10, 2019 - It is with sadness that BaltimoreJewishLife.com informs the community of the petirah  of Rachel Margalit, a’h, mother of Motti Maragalit The levaya was held today in Eretz Yisroel. Motti will be sitting shiva locally on Tuesday only: 3410 Hatton Road, Baltimore, MD, 21208. Shacharis: 6:45 AM   Mincha/Maariv: 8:20 PM The family will be sitting shiva in Eretz Yisroel for the remainder of the time.  Bila HaMaves LaNetzach...     
A Border Patrol database of traveler photos and license plate images was "compromised by a malicious cyber-attack." A US Customs and Border Protection subcontractor suffered a data breach that exposed the photos of tens of thousands of travelers coming in and out of the United States, the agency revealed Monday, in what it described as a "malicious cyber-attack." The database of identifying traveler photos and license plate images had been transferred to a CBP subcontractor's network without the federal agency's authorization or knowledge, CBP explained. The subcontractor's network was then hacked, though CBP said its own systems had not been compromised. The compromised photos were taken of travelers in vehicles coming in and out of the US through specific lanes at a sin...
For the first time in over 1,500 years, the ruins of a synagogue dating back to the 4th century in the Calabria area of southern Italy hosted a Jewish wedding, a historic and emotional event. Dr. Roque Pugliese and Dr. Ivana Pezzoli, both of whom are Bnei Anousim, descendants of Iberian Jews forcibly converted during the 14th and 15th centuries, were married last week in a moving and momentous ceremony at the site of the synagogue, the second-oldest found in Europe. Pugliese’s parents hid their Jewish roots while he grew up in Calabria and Argentina. Upon discovering his heritage, Pugliese decided to formally return to Judaism with assistance from the Shavei Israel organization. Pezzoli was raised with certain Jewish traditions i...
The man accused of robbing multiple SunTrust Bank branches in Rockville was found dead in a Hagerstown hotel room, according to police. ROCKVILLE, MD — The man who sent Montgomery County Police on a months-long hunt after robbing multiple SunTrust Bank locations in Rockville was found dead in a Hagerstown hotel room, authorities said. Authorities believe that 28-year-old Shivi Brian Mohanani-Neil, of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, is behind four SunTrust Bank robberies inside Safeway supermarkets, as well as additional robberies in Northern Virginia. In Rockville, three of the robberies took place at 14939 Shady Grove Road on Jan. 27, Feb. 3, and March 3. The fourth one happened at 15411 New Hampshire Ave. on April 4. Officer Rick Goodale, a Montgomery County Police spoke...
Israel’s Mossad spy agency was responsible for providing British authorities with information that helped foil Hezbollah’s efforts to stockpile explosives in London in 2015, a senior Israeli official told the Kan public broadcaster Monday. The report said that, acting on a tip from an unnamed foreign intelligence agency, MI5 and the Metropolitan Police raided four properties in North West London, discovering thousands of disposable ice packs containing three tons of ammonium nitrate, a common ingredient in homemade bombs. According to a report Sunday by The Daily Telegraph, the Hezbollah plot was part of a wider plan to lay the groundwork for future attacks. It noted foiled Hezbollah operations in Thailand, Cyprus, and New York. All those plots were believed to have targeted ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden is shrugging off criticism that he skipped a weekend campaign event in Iowa attended by most of the 2020 Democratic presidential field, saying family obligations were more important. Speaking at a fundraiser Monday in Washington, Biden said, “I got criticism from one of my competitors because I didn’t show up in Iowa to speak for five minutes with 19 people.” He appeared to be referencing a dig by businessman Andrew Yang, who had knocked Biden for not appearing in Cedar Rapids. Read more at WTOP
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A human rights group said Tuesday it has identified hundreds of spots where witnesses claim North Korea carried out public executions and extrajudicial state killings as part of an arbitrary and aggressive use of the death penalty that is meant to intimidate its citizens. The Seoul-based Transitional Justice Working Group said its research was based on interviews with 610 North Korean defectors conducted over four years who helped locate the sites with satellite imagery. The group didn’t reveal the exact locations of the 323 sites because it’s worried that North Korea will tamper with them, but said 267 of them were located in two northeastern provinces near the border with China, the area where most of the defectors who participated in the stu...
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