“If we want violence in Baltimore to end, we must be smart on crime, not just tough.”
BALTIMORE, MD (February 21, 2020) — Baltimore City Council President Brandon M. Scott released the following statement Friday afternoon regarding Governor Hogan's regressive plan to address violent crime:
“While Governor Hogan and I share a common goal of reducing violence in Baltimore, I cannot support his recent attempts to implement more mandatory minimums and remove judicial discretion in sentencing.
The data is clear: there is no evidence that these policies reduce crime. Passing harsher sentencing policies may allow the Governor to say he is doing something, but it will not make our communities any safer. These policies were wrong and misguided when our former ...
Kuwait Airways is once again facing legal action over its refusal to fly Israeli passengers.
On Thursday, The Lawfare Project — a US-based pro-Israel nonprofit legal group — filed a new complaint against the Kuwaiti flag carrier, on behalf an Israeli woman, Orna Schneider, who was said to have been prohibited from buying a ticket for a London-Bangkok flight due to her nationality.
The Lawfare Project has been targeting Kuwait Airways over its “No Israelis” policy for several years already.
Backlash to the policy — including a US Transportation Department demand that the ban be ended — has led to the airline’s cancellation of its New York-London and inter-European routes.
Brooke Goldstein – executive director of The Lawfare Project –...
U.S. officials have told Sen. Bernie Sanders that Russia is attempting to help his presidential campaign as part of an effort to interfere with the Democratic contest, according to people familiar with the matter.
President Trump and lawmakers on Capitol Hill have also been informed about the Russian assistance to the Vermont senator, according to people familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.
It is not clear what form that Russian assistance has taken. U.S. prosecutors found a Russian effort in 2016 to use social media to boost Sanders’s campaign against Hillary Clinton, part of a broader effort to hurt Clinton, sow dissension in the American electorate and ultimately help elect Donald Trump.
Wells Fargo investors to get $500M civil settlement
Wells Fargo has agreed to a $3 billion settlement to resolve its fake account scandal, the Department of Justice announced Friday.
As part of the settlement, the bank admitted that it wrongly collected millions of dollars in fees and interest, harmed the credit ratings of some customers and illegally used customers’ private information, officials said.
Unrealistic sales goals led to millions of accounts being opened without customers’ knowledge or under false pretenses, Wells Fargo has admitted.
The three-year deferred prosecution agreement will clear Wells Fargo & Company and its subsidiary, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., of their potential criminal and civil liability stemming from the pra...
Blue and White chairman says there's a "political aroma" coming from investigation of former company, but backs law enforcement agencies.
Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz on Friday commented on the decision of Acting State Attorney Dan Eldad to order that a criminal investigation be launched after the March 2 election into the artificial intelligence company Fifth Dimension, of which Gantz was a senior executive.
Speaking to Channel 12 News, Gantz said he "cannot ignore the political aroma that lies behind the timing of the call for this investigation." He stressed, however, that if he is indicted while serving as Prime Minister, he will resign.
Gantz emphasized that he respects “the law enforcement agencies in Israel and I intend to empower them as much a...
Former Republican presidential candidate and Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will attend a Netanyahu election rally aimed at Anglo-Israelis this coming Sunday in Ramat Gan in central Israel.
Huckabee is expected to inject some American flavor into the proceedings by addressing the crowd directly on stage prior to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. The exclusive event is open to Anglos from across Israel that register in advance, although space is limited.
Over the last few weeks Netanyahu has been holding at least two American-style rallies every night across the country. The seventy-year-old premier has shown an abundance of energy drawing large crowds wherever he goes. This is seen as a way to pump his base and ensure that the 300,000 Likud voters that stayed at home during the last el...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday said the United States has reached an “understanding” with the Taliban on a reduction of violence across Afghanistan, paving the way for a peace agreement between both sides to be signed on Feb. 29.
Pompeo said in an early morning statement that after discussions in Doha, Qatar, U.S. and Taliban representatives “have come to an understanding with the Taliban on a significant and nationwide reduction in violence across Afghanistan.”
A deal is expected to be signed if the weeklong agreement to reduce violence holds.
“Upon a successful implementation of this understanding, signing of the U.S.-Taliban agreement is expected to move forward. We are preparing for the signing to take place on February 29,” Pompeo said....
The prime minister of the Palestinian Authority said on Thursday that US President Donald Trump’s peace plan had already failed, and he urged European countries to recognize a Palestinian statehood in order to prevent Israeli annexation of West Bank lands.
Israeli news site N12 reported that, at a meeting with Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh vowed the Palestinians would never negotiate on the basis of the Trump plan and that the US “will not find a partner to implement its plan” among the Arab states or the EU.
Instead, Shtayyeh said, “an international group to support and negotiate peace must be established, based on the Arab Peace Initiative, the principles of the EU, and UN declarations, of which ...
Wix.com, which helps small businesses build and operate websites, reported a smaller-than-expected decline in fourth-quarter net profit and forecast a revenue rise of about 25 percent this year to nearly $1 billion as it expands into the professional web creator market.
Israel-based Wix reported on Thursday a quarterly net profit of 39 cents a share excluding one-time items (adjusted EPS), compared with 42 cents a year earlier. Revenue grew 19 percent to $204.6 million.
Analysts were forecasting adjusted EPS of 31 cents on revenue of $205.6 million, according I/B/E/S data from Refinitiv.
Wix offers free basic features for setting up websites but users must pay for extra services such as shopping carts, individual web addresses and site traffic analysis.
The company added a net 89,000 p...
It is with great sadness that Matzav.com reports the sudden passing of Rabbi Chaim Aaron Wakslak zt”l, rov of the Young Israel of Long Beach in Long Beach, NY.
Rabbi Wakslak was a longtime fixture in the Long Beach community and served as the clinical director of the Hebrew Academy For Special Children (HASC).
Rabbi Wakslak’s dedication to his mispallelim and other community members was extraordinary. There was nothing he wouldn’t do to help others, whether it was in the realm of education, parnassah, shidduchim or other forms of guidance. Rabbi Wakslak left an indelible mark on all his congregants and the broader community.
Rabbi Wakslak had a long and distinguished rabbinic career. He received semichah in 1970 fr...
A descendant of the Rothschild dynasty began a lawsuit against the Vienna city authorities Thursday in a row over the running of a foundation set up by one of his forebears.
American Geoffrey Hoguet, 69, is pressing for a say in the running of the foundation set up by his great-great uncle Nathaniel Freiherr von Rothschild, who left the equivalent of about $110 million when he died in 1905 to provide psychiatric help for the needy. The foundation was dissolved when the Nazis took over Austria in 1938 and was reestablished by the city of Vienna in 1956. Now, the Rothchild descendant is suing to regain controll of the foundation.
“I’m not interested in any financial reward but I want the foundation to be re-established according to the will of my ancestor and to be brought back...
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 21, 2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Yossi Eckhaus on the birth of Ahuva Golda
Mazel Tov grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yanky Lefkovitz and great-grandparents Rabbi & Mrs. Yehuda Lefkovitz
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 21, 2020 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Mr. & Mrs. Yisrael Goodman on the birth of Esther Miriam
יה"ר שיזכו לגדל בתם לתורה, לחופה, ולמעשים טובים. אמן
Baltimore, MD - Feb. 21, 2020 - Mazel Tov to the Kol Torah families celebrating simchas this week; kein yirbu.
George Zimmerman — the neighborhood watch volunteer who killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin — is suing presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg for $265 million for allegedly trashing his reputation, according to a report Wednesday.
The lawsuit references a Feb. 5 tweet by Buttigieg that proclaimed, “Trayvon Martin would have been 25 today. How many 25th birthdays have been stolen from us by white supremacy, gun violence, prejudice, and fear? #BlackLivesMatter.” The post garnered 42,000 likes, 13,300 replies and 6,600 retweets in three days.
On the same day, Warren also tweeted, “My heart goes out to @SybrinaFulton and Trayvon’s family and friends. He should still be with us today. We need to end gun violence and racism. And we ...
It seems that a good part of my youth was spent in a mental asylum without walls.
At least that’s how some mental health professionals might characterize it.
Among the boys in my neighborhood more than a half century ago was one who would today be called obsessive-compulsive, and another was firmly on the autism spectrum. Yet another seemed chronically depressed, and anxiety plagued another. Yet another would have been diagnosed as ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disordered, for anyone unfamiliar with the acronym) – had the diagnosis existed at the time.
I’m not exaggerating. The boys displayed classic symptoms of their respective “disorders.” But the rest of us kids somehow didn’t see the actions or moods or attitudes as emotional disorders, ce...
Alfredo Sanchez, 43, was arrested by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office for threatening to carry out a mass shooting at the Chabad Lubavitch of Southwest Florida in Fort Meyers on Wednesday.
Sanchez faces charges of Possession of a Firearm and Ammunition by a Felon.
He allegedly made a statement saying that he had the ability to carry out a shooting at the center which houses a synagogue and a school.
Rabbi Yitzchok Minkowicz, the center’s director, confirmed that Sanchez and his family were regulars at the center for about a year.
“He comes to the synagogue, prays, he studies, he volunteers, he helps out,” Rabbi Minkowicz said, “so yes absolutely it was a surprise we had no inkling of any of this stuff.”
The rabbi adds that investigators first st...
LAKEWOOD (JNS) — Some 200 people gathered at Congregation Sons of Israel in Lakewood, N.J., on Tuesday night not to pray, but to learn about new security technologies and hear from law-enforcement experts and others about how to stay safe.
The security summit took place as anti-Semitic incidents and vandalism continue to be reported in Ocean County, N.J., particularly in the towns of Lakewood and Jackson.
According to the ADL, Ocean County recorded 21 anti-Semitic incidents in 2018—a number that experts believe is low because of the underreporting of incidents.
Presenters at the event included Lakewood Police Chief Greg Meyer and Michael Geraghty, New Jersey’s chief information security officer, who spoke on protecting businesses and institutions digitally from ransomw...
JERUSALEM (JNS) — For 42 girls who came together at the Hadar Hall in Jerusalem on Monday, the idea of a bat mitzvah celebration had been something difficult to imagine.
The girls were all united; they were orphans who have lost parents to illness or tragedy. The celebration organized by Colel Chabad was therefore specifically designed for these unique emotional challenges.
Shira Livnat-Weiss, a 32-year-old mother from Jerusalem has raised her four children without their father, who was killed in a terror attack at Joseph’s Tomb nine years ago. At the time of the attack, her oldest child was just 4. He will be celebrating his bar mitzvah in several weeks with the organization; on Feb. 17, it was his 12-year-old sister’s turn.
“The truth is that these milestones b...