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‘Too Many Muslims’ — Ukrainian Refugees Fleeing War Scared of Living in Multicultural England

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Ukrainian refugees displaced from their war-torn homeland have said that they feel scared in England as there are “too many Muslims” in multicultural cities like Birmingham.

An exposé report released this week from the British state-owned Channel 4 broadcaster on the status of the integration of Ukrainian refugees in the UK revealed that some of those forced to flee their country as a result of the war with Russia were shocked and even frightened by the ethnic makeup of the parts of England they found themselves living in, namely the paucity of native English people.

“Just over a hundred thousand Ukrainians have sought refuge in the UK – the vast majority of them women and children. But not all of them have found it easy to settle into a country where the ethnic diversity and cultural values are very different from what they’ve been used to back home,” the broadcaster reported.

Speaking to Channel 4’s communities editor Darshna Soni, a Birmingham woman who opened her house to a refugee under the Homes for Ukraine scheme, said that the refugee mother told her that she wanted to leave the area as it was dangerous because there were “too many Muslims and too many people with different skin colours”.

The Ukrainian mother also was fearful of sending her son to the local school in which the “majority of children happened to be black and Asian” and because there were “not enough white kids”.

“We hadn’t necessarily taken into consideration the cultural differences,” the Birmingham homeowner said.

“The majority of my neighbours are Muslims. A lot of them are Kashmiris or Pakistanis, Indians and they’re wonderful people and you just felt, if you just would sort of give them the time perhaps we’d come to the same conclusion,” the woman added.

The public broadcaster then interviewed Oksana, a refugee who said that she had come from the “best part of Kyiv (Kiev) to the worst area of Birmingham,” and that she was concerned over potential Islamic terrorism.

Channel 4’s Darshna Soni told the refugee that “lots of people here would feel very offended” because she was implying that Birmingham was not safe because it was racially “mixed”.

Oksana bluntly replied that her view was not from a position of ignorance, and that she had in fact “read police statistics”, had read news reports in English, and had heard “so many dangerous stories” from locals about Islamic terrorism and violence.

Over the past half-century, but particularly in the past 25 years, England as a whole and specifically urban hubs such as Birmingham, the nation’s second-largest city, have seen radical changes to the demographic makeup of the population. Much of this followed former Labour Party Prime Minister Tony Blair’s decision to open up the country to mass migration,a policy which was said by a former Blair advisor to be intended to “rub the Right’s nose in diversity”.

Despite that, the policy of basically totally open borders has been continued by successive Conservative governments, notwithstanding repeated promises — lies, as it transpired — to cut immigration.

According to the once-in-a-decade Census conducted in 2021, Birmingham joined the likes of London, Manchester, Leicester, and Luton in becoming a minority-majority city, with ethnic minorities making up 51.4 per cent of its population. The white population in the city, meanwhile, fell from 78.5 per cent in 1991 — the last census conducted before Blair — to just 48.6 per cent in 2021.

The city has also become steadily more Muslim, with the latest census finding that 29.9 per cent of Birmingham residents described themselves as Muslim, compared to 21.8 per cent in 2011. In September, the city saw an outbreak of sectarian violence on its streets between groups of Muslims and Hindus following similar clashes in the multicultural city of Leicester.

The Ukrainian refugees are not alone in feeling unsafe in Birmingham, with a poll in 2018 ranking the city as the most dangerous in the UK, with 42 per cent of residents expressing fear of walking its streets, even during the day time.

That same year, a local man told The Guardian newspaper: “Stabbings happen unfortunately all the time”, adding: “Nowadays Birmingham is dangerous, especially the city centre.”

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In Jerusalem, Blinken pushes two-state solution, ‘equal measure of freedom’ for Israelis, Palestinians

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken (Evelyn Hockstein/Pool via AP)

By Adina Katz, World Israel News

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, who began his three-day visit to the Middle East in Cairo, landed in Israel at noon on Monday.

After meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the two gave a joint press conference in Jerusalem, where the Israeli leader stated that “Israel will remain a strong and prosperous democracy” and pledged that Israel would do everything in its power to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.

“Your visit comes at an important time,” the prime minister said. “It’s a time where many in the international community, I would say most of the international community, have seen the true face of Iran. They’ve seen the barbarism of this regime against its own people. They’ve seen how it exports aggression beyond its border and beyond the Middle East. And I think there’s a common consensus that this regime must not acquire nuclear weapons. We’ve had very good discussions on forging a common policy, on trying to work together to thwart the danger.

“I can repeat again something that you’ve heard me say many times, our policy and my policy is to do everything within Israel’s power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them and that will remain so. But obviously the fact that we and the United States are working together is something that is important for this common goal as well.

“In addition to thwarting the danger, we also see an opportunity to seize opportunities,” he added. “The opportunities of expanding the circle of peace. We intend to deepen the peace that we’ve already made in the Abraham Accords. We’ve discussed some of the initiatives that we are considering doing together but also perhaps to achieve dramatic breakthroughs that I think could be both historic and enormously significant in our common efforts to bring prosperity, security and peace to this part of the world and beyond.”

Blinken stated America’s commitment to the security of Israel and to preventing nuclear weapons from Iran, as well as stressing Washington’s policy of maintaining the status quo in the holy sites in Jerusalem and leaving the door open for a the two-state solution.

“We’re urging all sides now to take urgent steps to restore calm, to de-escalate,” Blinken said . “We want to make sure that there’s an environment in which we can, I hope at some point, create conditions where we can start to restore a sense of security for Israelis and Palestinians alike, which of course is sorely lacking…

“Our goal is to bring about equality between the Israeli and Palestinian citizens, who will both enjoy the same freedoms. Anything that takes us away from a two-state solution is harmful to Israel’s long-term security.”

Upon landing in Israel, Blinken condemned the Friday night massacre outside a Jerusalem synagogue and called for “calming the tensions” between Israelis and Palestinians, “instead of inflaming them.”

President Trump Calls for Canceling AT&T DirecTV After Newsmax Dropped

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By Sandy Fitzgerald

(NewsMax) Former President Donald Trump Wednesday night joined the outcry against AT&T DirecTV’s removal of Newsmax from its satellite and cable systems, calling it “disgusting” and saying that the move was a “big blow to the Republican Party and to America itself.”

In a post on his Truth Social, Trump wrote:

“WOW. AT&T DIRECTV REMOVES NEWSMAX FROM ITS CHANNEL LINEUP. This disgusting move comes after “deplatforming” OAN last year. The Radical Left seems to have taken over the mind and soul of AT&T. This is a big blow to the Republican Party, and to America itself.”

Trump continued: “For DIRECTV to drop very popular NEWSMAX, without explanation, will not be accepted. I, for one, will be dropping all association with AT&T and DIRECTV, and I have plenty. This is just one of many reasons why we must WIN IN 2024!!!”

Trump’s statement came after AT&T’s DirecTV cut Newsmax’s signal at midnight Tuesday, stopping its delivery to more than 13 million customers on the satellite service, DirecTV Stream, and U-Verse.

The move is the second time in the past year that AT&T has canceled a conservative channel. It deplatformed the One America News Network (OAN) last April.

AT&T’s decision to deplatform OAN came soon after House Democrats under Nancy Pelosi wrote to major cable and satellite companies, including DirecTV, demanding OAN, Newsmax and Fox News be removed for spreading “misinformation.”

This week DirecTV deplatformed Newsmax, the 4th highest-rated cable news channel in the nation, a top 16 channel for daytime among all cable channels and watched by 25 million Americans, according to Nielsen ratings.

Last year Trump also called for a boycott of AT&T and DirecTV after the satellite provider announced last January that it would not be renewing OAN’s contract.

“Conservatives/Republicans should boycott [AT&T] DirecTV . . . These are Radical Left Lunatics who are destroying our nation!” Trump said.

Also, at a rally last year Trump added, “If they shut down OAN, you should boycott AT&T and DirecTV,” he said. “People love it, and it’s got a big audience. It’s purely political.”

DirecTV says it removed OAN and Newsmax from its channel lineup as a “cost-cutting” measure.

Newsmax was seeking a small cable license fee, the primary way networks pay for their news coverage, of about $1 a year per cable subscriber. DirecTV pays CNN about $12 a year and MSNBC $8.

DirecTV pays cable license fees to all top 75 cable channels and to all 22 liberal news and information channels it carries, with rates that are significantly more than Newsmax was seeking. Most of these channels have much lower ratings than Newsmax. The company has told the press and Congress it would never pay a license fee to Newsmax.

Company CEO Christopher Ruddy called the cancellation a “blatant act of political discrimination and censorship against Newsmax.”

“The most extreme liberal channels, even with tiny ratings, get fees from AT&T’s DirecTV, but Newsmax and OAN need to be deplatformed,” Ruddy added.

The former president’s call for a renewed boycott was joined Wednesday by his son, Donald Trump Jr.

“Outrageous: ATT just dropped Newsmax!” former President Donald Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted Wednesday night. “It’s time for Americans to return the favor and drop ATT.”

Actions to Take Now

1. DirecTV customers: Call them toll free at 877-763-9762 and demand they bring NEWSMAX back on air. President Trump urges you CANCEL!

  • Important: If DirecTV tells you we’re still negotiating, that is a lie! They have told NEWSMAX we will never be on a regular cable channel. DirecTV also replaced NEWSMAX with a channel that has no news and no ratings. Also, NEWSMAX’s livestream is ending soon on other platforms, so unless you get it on DirecTV you will have to cancel their service.

2. AT&T customers: Call toll free at 888-855-2338, for any of their cellphones, wireless products, or services, and demand they end their censorship of NEWSMAX. President Trump has urged you to cancel their services.

3. Call your congressman or senator at 202-224-3121 and demand they stop AT&T/DirecTV’s censorship of NEWSMAX — ask them to give you a date on the hearings!

4. Go to the online petition and get more info at: iWantNewsmax.com.

NY Parole Officer is Now Whistleblower; Says Agency Botched Sex Offender Cases

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By:  Serach Nissim

A former veteran parole officer has become a whistleblower alleging that her agency purposely mishandled the cases of high-risk sex offenders in order to comply with the governor’s mandate to reduce New York State’s prison population.

As reported by the NY Post, Rita Flynn, 67, has turned on her agency after working for the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for 42 years.  She spent eight of those years, from 2007 through 2016, specifically managing cases of criminals convicted of perverted sex crimes.  She is now speaking up, claiming that the DOCCS intentionally botched cases — including cases in which convicted pedophiles were released from supervision despite warnings, to get arrested for new sex crimes, as well as colleagues who were promoted for turning a blind eye and dropping a case, as per Flynn’s explosive claims.  Flynn says the agency was obsessed with making the state’s sex offender supervision program seem successful, by having less people imprisoned and/or under state supervision. She says her supervisors even discouraged her from reporting signs of abuse, so as to keep up appearances.

“They’re covering up criminal activity on the part of high-risk violent offenders just to push it out there and appease Albany and discharge people to appease the governor’s office” Flynn told the Post.  Flynn has two ongoing lawsuits against the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.  One is a federal lawsuit alleging free speech and due process violations, and the other is an open whistleblower retaliation case in the NY Court of Claims.

She has now written a letter to the Inspector General’s office, requesting that her claims be investigated.  Flynn, who worked as a parole officer out of DOCCS offices in Westchester and Dutchess Counties, specifies at least four cases in her letter.  Per the Post, among them, is a disturbing case of a convicted pedophile jailed for child pornography, for whom the agency approved a move to North Carolina.  There he was arrested twice last year and charged again with multiple child exploitation offenses. Flynn claims he was again granted transfer to another state, despite being under investigation, which under state law, should have barred him from moving.  Flynn cited another case, in which her colleague got a promotion after recommending that a Westchester grammar school teacher convicted of child sex abuse be discharged from the recommended sentence of lifetime supervision. “The [officer] covering this case had clearly played along with our administration’s tawdry agenda … and was rewarded when she was politically appointed to a top agency position,” Flynn wrote.

“They deliberately mishandled the supervision of sex offender cases,” Fynn wrote in the letter to the IG. “The agency now functioned as a mule to push the governor’s new agenda that called for emptying out the prison system based on the theory that ‘less is more.’”   Flynn told the Post that she was forced to resign in February 2020 after repeatedly speaking out against agency corruption which she claims started under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo and has continued through Gov. Hochul’s term.

“I could have saved my job, but I wouldn’t be able to put my head down at night. I’m a disgraced officer. That weighs heavy on my heart, but in my head I tried to do the right thing,” Flynn told the Post.

Oversight Chair James Comer Ready to Investigate ‘Anyone’ in Business with the Bidens

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President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden leave Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Johns Island, S.C., after attending a Mass, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2022. Biden is in Kiawah Island with his family on vacation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-KY) said on Monday that he is prepared to investigate “anyone that was in business with the Bidens,” as the committee prepares to hold its first public hearing relating to its investigation of President Joe Biden.

Speaking with reporters at the National Press Club, Comer said he expects Hunter Biden’s “bank records,” to shed light on the Biden family’s possible unlawful business practices.

“Anyone that was in business with the Bidens, that were on these accounts, that were partners in these LLCs, they need to tell everyone exactly what the business was,” Comer said. “You got a two-, three-million-dollar wire from this company that’s affiliated with the Chinese Communist Party, what service were you providing? Because it wasn’t real estate. They weren’t manufacturing anything. What were they doing?”

Comer’s remarks came just days after the Treasury Department denied the Oversight Committee’s “request to disclose 150 suspicious reports flagged by U.S. banks concerning Biden family business transactions,” as Breitbart News reported.

Financial institutions flag for review suspicious wire transfers over $10,000, and wire transfers above that threshold are also reported to the Internal Revenue Services.

As Breitbart News’s Wendell Husebø explained:

The suspicious records will provide details about how the family business operates and desired transparency on Hunter’s anonymous art sales and foreign business transactions, along with knowledge of whether Joe Biden remains compromised by foreign governments through his family’s business.

Comer has already raised concerns about Hunter Biden being “the recipient of anonymous, high-dollar transactions — potentially from foreign buyers” in a letter sent to George Berges, Hunter Biden’s New York art dealer.

Despite Comer’s inquiries, Comer told reporters at the National Press Club that he has no plans to bring Hunter Biden before the Oversight Committee to testify.

“Right now, we just want the bank records,” Comer said of Hunter Biden.

Flanked by House Republicans, U.S. Rep. James Comer (R-KY) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol on November 17, 2022, in Washington, DC. House Republicans held a news conference to discuss “the Biden family’s business dealings.” (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

“We’re investigating the president,” Comer said. “[This] isn’t a Hunter Biden investigation. This is an investigation of the president.”

Comer criticized the Treasury for failing to comply with the committee’s request for the banks’ suspicious activity reports relating to the Biden family.

“If they’re no big deal, then why won’t they let us have access to them?” Comer said. “I would find it very surprising that a bank would file a suspicious activity report on the son of a sitting vice president of the United States unless there had been some type of major violation.”

Comer also highlighted the Biden family’s business dealing with China.

“This family has made millions of dollars from China,” Mr. Comer said. “If China or anyone pays you billions of dollars, they expect to get a return on that investment. I don’t know what that return was. We want to find out.”

“The administration has had every opportunity to say, ‘look, this is legitimate work.’ If they would explain that then I think a lot of these problems would subside a little bit,” Comer added.

The Oversight Committee’s first hearing on its investigation into the Biden family’s business dealings is scheduled for February 8.

Comer also told attendees at the National Press Club event that he hopes to work with Oversight Committee Ranking Member Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to create a “bipartisan legislative fix” on the issue of classified documents during presidential transitions in light of controversies surrounding President Biden, former President Donald Trump, and former Vice President Mike Pence.

Comer said:

Jamie Raskin and I both just said that we’re going to work together in a bipartisan way to try to come up with a legislative fix, prior to this administration leaving and the next administration coming into office, on how — what role those Archives play. Somebody needs to oversee all the documents that are going into boxes to make sure that they’re not classified. And if there’s a problem, then they need to iron it out before that document is put into that box and loaded onto the truck.

Comer reiterated that this fix needs to happen “prior to this administration going out of office and before the next administration comes into office.”

Jordan Dixon-Hamilton is a reporter for Breitbart News. Write to him at jdixonhamilton@breitbart.com or follow him on Twitter.

Court Rejects Johnson & Johnson Bankruptcy Strategy For 1000s Of Baby-Powder Lawsuits

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Johnson & Johnson is raising its 2021 profit forecast again after growing sales of the cancer treatment Darzalex and other drugs pushed it past Wall Street’s third-quarter earnings expectations. The health care giant also said Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021 that sales of its single-shot COVID-19 vaccine started to pick up in the quarter. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, file)

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times

A U.S. court on Monday rejected pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson’s bankruptcy strategy to resolve billions of dollars in lawsuits that alleged the firm’s talc products cause cancer.

A decision handed down by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia dismissed a Chapter 11 petition filed by a recently created J&J subsidiary LTL Management in October to address more than 38,000 lawsuits from plaintiffs alleging the company’s baby powder and other talc products caused cancer.

Before the bankruptcy filing, J&J faced costs from $3.5 billion in verdicts and settlements, including one in which 22 women were eventually awarded a judgment of more than $2 billion, according to court records.

“Applied here, while LTL faces substantial future talc liability, its funding backstop plainly mitigates any financial distress foreseen on its petition date,” wrote a three-judge panel on Monday.

They noted that “good intentions” like protecting the “J&J brand or comprehensively resolve litigation … do not suffice alone,” they wrote.

A spokesperson for the company, which manufactures Tylenol as well as a widely used COVID-19 vaccine, said J&J will appeal the decision. The spokesperson maintained that the company’s talc products are safe and don’t cause cancer.

“As we have said from the beginning of this process, resolving this matter as quickly and efficiently as possible is in the best interests of claimants and all stakeholders,” J&J spokeswoman Allison Fennell told news outlets in response to Monday’s ruling.

“We continue to stand behind the safety of Johnson’s Baby Powder, which is safe, does not contain asbestos, and does not cause cancer.”

The decision throws into doubt J&J’s long-planned strategy for disposing of talc litigation after it lost a bid to reverse a watershed verdict that eventually awarded more than $2 billion to 22 women who blamed their ovarian cancer on baby powder and other talc products.

Attorneys for people who claim J&J’s products caused their cancers welcomed Monday’s ruling.

“The Third Circuit’s decision is a point-by-point rejection of J&J’s attempt to pervert the bankruptcy system and trample the constitutional right to a jury trial of all Americans harmed by deadly products,” Jon Ruckdeschel, a lawyer representing victims of mesothelioma, said in a statement to the Financial Times.

“Bankruptcy courts are for honest companies in financial distress, not billionaire mega-corporations like J&J, 3M, and Koch Industries that seek to close courthouse doors to their victims.”

Last September, attorneys representing some 7,000 talc personal-injury claimants wrote (pdf) that “bankruptcy court relied on unsupported speculation and improper evidence” and “used unfounded estimates.”

A legal scholar with the University of Richmond told the paper that J&J will now have to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. “The only prospect left for J&J is an appeal to the Supreme Court,” Carl Tobias said, “which grants review in a minuscule percentage of appeals.”

A jury in Missouri ordered the New Jersey-based company to pay some $4.7 billion in damages to dozens of women who asserted their cancer was caused by the company’s talc products. The company appealed to cut the payout in half, but it has still paid more than $2 billion in damages.

More than 1,500 talc lawsuits have been dismissed without J&J having to pay anything, and the majority of cases that have gone to trial have resulted in defense verdicts, mistrials, or judgments for the company on appeal, according to the J&J subsidiary’s court filings.

Since the lawsuits prevailed, J&J has stopped selling its talc baby powder in the United States and Canada. It will phase out sales of those products around the world in 2023.

As of Monday’s close, J&J’s stock price was down nearly 4 percent on extremely high volume…

 

…it’s largest drop since June 2020.

 

Trio of Developers Get $45M in Financing for Affordable Housing Project on Rockaway Peninsula

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Trio of Developers Get $45M in Financing for Affordable Housing Project on Rockaway Peninsula

Trio of Developers Get $45M in Financing for Affordable Housing Project on Rockaway Peninsula

By:  Hadassa Kalatizadeh

L&M Development Partners, Bluestone Organization and Triangle Equities inked a deal to receive $45 million in funding from the city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development.

As reported by Crain’s NY, the three developers received the funding to create an affordable housing project, in the roughly half-mile stretch of Edgemere Avenue between Beach 32nd and Beach 38th streets on the Rockaway Peninsula, in the Queens neighborhoods.  The developers are working to rebuild the area, creating Arverne East, located on a 116-acre vacant oceanfront site.  The project is slated to include 1,650 apartments.  The first phase of the project will also include a 35-acre public nature preserve “designed to restore and promote native ecology”, located between Beach 44th Street and Beach 56th.

In order to undertake the project, the developers will be on the hook to improve the neighborhood’s infrastructure, so that it will be able to support the new Arverne East.  Outdated infrastructure will need to be updated—including demolishing and removing old sewers and water mains, and installing green replacements including storm water swales and rain gardens.  Gas and electric work will also be done, along with adding street lights and trees. There will be extensive roadwork required along Edgemere Avenue to minimize flood risks and safeguard against climate change.

As per Crains, Arverne East will include a mix of 80 percent affordable housing units and 20 percent market-rate homes. The homes will range between townhouses, bungalows and apartments, and the affordable units will serve a wide range including formerly homeless persons up to middle-income families. The project will also include a retail corridor, which will conveniently connect the A train station at 36th Street to the beach.  The ten-year phased project also includes: about 180,000 square feet of commercial and office space; a roughly 10,000 – 15,000 square foot brewery and tap house; an estimated 60,000 square foot boutique hotel; and roughly22,000 square feet of multipurpose community space.

“In moving forward with this long-envisioned plan for Arverne East, we are ushering in a more resilient and inclusive future for the Rockaways community,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll.  “More than 1,300 affordable homes will follow this nature preserve, breathing new life into a site that has gone undeveloped and unused for decades. We’re proud of the hard work and ingenuity from our development partners and staff that went into making this possible.”

“As committed members of the Arverne and Edgemere communities for over a decade, we are proud to bring this site to life through a project that will set a new standard for sustainable and resilient development,” said Sara Levenson, Senior Director at L+M Development Partners. “Arverne East will provide a host of long-awaited neighborhood resources and further support the economic revitalization of the central and eastern sections of the Rockaway Peninsula. This project exemplifies how much can be accomplished for New Yorkers through thoughtful public-private, and community partnerships. We appreciate the unwavering efforts of our partners in helping us achieve this important milestone for Arverne, Edgemere, and the Rockaways”.

L+M, Bluestone and Triangle also recently received $95.7 million in city funding for work on Beach Green Dunes III, which is another Rockaway project at 331 Beach 35th St., on the peninsula’s Edgemere neighborhood.  That project will offer 146 units of affordable housing, set aside for people earning between 30% and 80% of the area median income—which amounts to between $40,020 to $106,720 for a family of four.  As per Crain’s, the eight-story building will also include roughly 2,100 square feet of commercial and retail space, as well as 1,160 square feet of community space.

 

Torah Life and Living Legacy

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The Shabbos Challenge. Torah Life and Living. Anyone who knows our father will recognize the innovative programs he developed with one goal in mind: to bring Jews closer to Judaism. For over 40 years, Rabbi Aaron Schwarzbaum has dedicated his life to sharing the beauty of Torah. Like many others who work in kiruv, he wasn’t in it for the money or the accolades. Our father has a deep love for all Jews and developed a career around bringing them closer to Hashem.

Unfortunately, in the last ten years, there have been some medical curveballs including diabetic complications, congestive heart failure and multiple TIA’s (mini strokes). As with everything, our father has met the challenges with his motto, “Hashem runs the world.” Over the last few months, the challenges have grown and his health has been deteriorating quite rapidly.

Just last month, Rabbi Aaron Schwarzbaum was diagnosed with Stage 4 bladder cancer. With the many other medical issues that have been compounding for years, he is, sadly, not eligible for any treatment and the doctors have recommended that he be transferred to hospice. Our father has always held a strong belief that every moment of life matters and has expressed his intention to fight. Yet, at the same time, we must recognize that b’derech ha’teva, by the natural order of things, his time is very limited.

We are now faced with the reality of planning for end of life, including any final care and funeral costs. Born in Eretz Yisrael, our father has shared his sincere desire to be buried there when the time comes. As his children, it is our greatest wish to fulfill this desire, just as Yoseph did for Yaakov Avinu so many years ago. Of course, the price tag associated with this is quite high.

We are therefore turning to our friends, family and members of our community to help us grant our father this last request. Our father always modeled the importance of giving to others and is a person who would gladly give the shirt off his back to help another. This is a value he instilled in each of his children. It is with great humility that we are asking anyone who may have benefitted from or even witnessed his dedication to helping others, to assist in giving him the end of life and final resting place that he deserves.

With tremendous gratitude,

Rivka, Chanee, Mayeer, Pinchas, Yitzi, Malka and Bracha

NYC Council Set to Rename Harlem Street in Honor of Controversial Islam Leader Elijah Muhammad

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By: Serach Nissim

New York’s City Council is set to rename a Harlem street after Nation of Islam leader Elijah Muhammad.

As reported by the NY Post, the corner of West 127th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard would be named “The Most Honorable Elijah Muhammad Way.” A self-proclaimed Messenger of Allah, who established and led the Nation of Islam (NOI) from 1934 until his death in 1975 at age 77, Elijah Muhammad is a controversial choice. Many civil rights activists consider him a bigot who advocated black separatism.  The renaming will be discussed on Tuesday in a public hearing. It would be part of a list of 128 street re-namings , which the City Council will vote on all together, as a list.

The honoring of Elijah Muhammad was proposed by Harlem democratic socialist Councilwoman Kristin Richardson Jordan.  Councilwoman Richardson Jordan’s proposal lauds Muhammad, saying he “served as the inspiration and mentor to many, by preaching a new form of Islam tailored to the needs and problems of African Americans, such as economic self-reliance, clean living and the promise of a future in which African Americans would no longer be oppressed by racial discrimination.”

Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens) was among those who said his name should be dropped from the list of streets for renaming.  “I’m going to oppose Elijah Muhammad. He was a black supremacist. He was a bad guy,” Holden said. “It’s an insult to Malcolm X Boulevard.”  Councilman Kalman Yeger (D-Brooklyn) also said it would be “highly embarrassing for the Council to pass… [the Elijah Muhammad street renaming]. Streets renaming should be reserved for principled and respected individuals.”

The boulevard proposed for renaming intersects along a section of Malcolm X Street.  Malcolm X had been a protege of Elijah Muhammad, but the two had later parted ways, in the 1960s when Malcolm X grew disillusioned with and subsequently split from the Nation of Islam. Later when Malcolm X was assassinated by members of the black religious and nationalist organization in Feb. 1965, some even speculated that Elijah Muhammad may allegedly have had a say in the hit.  Muhammad had denied any involvement but days later had commented on the killing, saying that “Malcolm X got just what he preached.”

As per the Post, the proposed street for renaming houses the Mosque Temple No. 7 — the Eastern regional headquarters of the Nation of Islam. The Temple is also controversial because, Mosque No. 7’sprevious location on 116th street, was where NYPD Patrolman Phillip Cardillo was killed by Nation of Islam radicals in 1972.  The officer had come in response to a fake emergency call. No one was ever convicted in the slaying.

The Anti-Defamation League criticized the renaming proposal, saying the Nation of Islam has “maintained a consistent record of anti-Semitism and bigotry since its founding in the 1930s.”  “The Nation of Islam opposes racial integration and advocates for the creation of a separate nation for Black people,” the ADL said, in a statement. “Anti-white doctrines are incorporated into NOI ideology. Unlike many civil rights activists who critique whiteness with regard to power structures and systemic racism, the NOI engages in the demonization of and conspiracy theories about the biological nature of all white people, portraying white people as satanic, sub-human, and inherently inferior to Black people.”

 

What Winter? NYC Goes Without Any Measurable Snowfall So Far

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(AP) — It’s winter, so where’s the white stuff? It’s not covering the ground in New York City.

Since the start of winter in December, there hasn’t been any measurable snowfall in the city, meaning at least one-tenth of an inch accumulating on the ground, according to the National Weather Service.

Reaching Jan. 30 without seeing more than a trace of flakes has set a new record – the last time it took this long to get some snow lingering on the ground in the wintertime was 1973, when New Yorkers had to wait until Jan. 29. Last year around this time, a heavy snowstorm dumped several inches of snow in the city.

This year, there’s been plenty of precipitation, said James Tomasini, a meteorologist with the NWS, but it’s been in the form of rain because it hasn’t been cold enough for snow.

“Storm tracks and cold air have been remaining to the north and west of the area,” he said.

New York City is also set to break a second record, for the longest period of time without snow. It’s currently at 327 days, and needs to pass the 332 days marked in December 2020 to be a new record, Tomasini said.

He said it appeared likely that the city would get to that point, with no signs of serious snowfall in the short-term forecast for the week.

When looking at snowfall totals and temperature records for the region over time, “we’re starting to see in the last 20 years a consistent warming that tells us that there is a climate issue here,” New York state climatologist Mark Wysocki said.

He said of the top ten list of lowest snowfall totals measured in Central Park, five of them have been in the 2000s, as have four of the warmest winter temperatures.

But a snowless December and January carry no guarantees for February, which traditionally has the highest potential for severe snow, he pointed out.

“We could make up for the lack of snow we’re having now with just one or two big blizzards,” he said.

 

NYS’s Legalized Cannabis Market Opens with Plenty of Uncertainties Creeping In

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The cannabis industry was in line to sell over $2 billion over the next few years alone. Photo Credit: anchor.fm

NYS’s Legalized Cannabis Market Opens with Plenty of Uncertainties Creeping In

By:  Hadassa Kalatizadeh

New York state’s legal cannabis market was slated to be fully operation by now.

As reported by Crain’s NY, the industry was in line to sell over $2 billion over the next few years alone— making it the biggest legalized market in the world.  A slow start, delays in licensing and uncertain regulation, however, have led many uncertainties to creep in.   Industry experts are worried that the smaller distributors still waiting for licenses may be in for a tough ride, in competing with larger distributors as well as unlicensed dealers.  “This is a very optimistic time, but the business owner in me is very stressed out every single day on how I’m actually going to make this work,” said Brittany Carbone, a board member of the Cannabis Association of NY and CEO of Tricolla Farms, close to Ithaca. “There could be thousands of millionaires rather than a few billionaires created through the New York market, and the first step is getting more people licensed.”

The state has not officially set a limit to how many licenses they will award.  It is estimated that in the first round, a total of 175 retail permits will be awarded– including 150 to individuals previously convicted in Marijuana-related crimes, as well as an extra 25 licenses for nonprofits.  As per Crain’s, 903 applications were filed for the first round of retail licenses last year alone.  So far, as of early January, the NY Office of Cannabis Management has given out a total of 354 conditional licenses—including to 279 growers, 39 processors ,10 registered organizations (ROs which are allowed to sell medical cannabis), and just 36 retailers.  Those retailers include 26 new adult-use retail licenses for four boroughs of NYC and Long Island– each of which can open a maximum of three stores.  Brooklyn retails stores are stalled due to litigation.

As per Crain’s, the later the licensees become operational, the harder it will be for them to compete in the market.  This is especially true because in early 2025, the multi-state ROs will be allowed to sell in the retail market.  The ROs, who currently sell wholesale, will have a major upper hand, because they will be permitted to brand their own product lines and have their own in-house supply chains. “That is not good, because the only way we can level the playing field is for the smaller players like myself … to be able to support each other and be able to have each others’ products. The way the regulations are set up, I don’t think we could do that,” said Vladimir Bautista, CEO of New York City–based cannabis lifestyle brand Happy Munkey, which has applied for a retail license.

In addition, the small number of legal cannabis retailers will need to sell at a significantly higher price than the many illegal dealers, because of the high potency tax and 13% excise taxes and the costs of licensing.  The smaller mom-and-pop retailers are left in doubt of whether they will even be able to maintain solvency.  The state has yet to announce if there will be legal penalties for those selling without a license, and for that matter, what the rules are for consumption lounges and scores of other guidelines still up in the air.  “The illicit market has always had cheaper cannabis. The people who really go to dispensaries are tourists, super-wealthy people and people who just don’t know better,” Joe Lustberg, managing partner at Upwise Capital, said.

Analysis: Mahomes, Hurts set for historic Super Bowl matchup

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Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts, center, reacts while speaking toTerry Bradshaw, left, after the NFC Championship NFL football game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2023, in Philadelphia. The Eagles won 31-7. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(AP) — Black quarterbacks have come a long way in the NFL since Fritz Pollard became the first to play in the league in 1923 and Doug Williams was the first to start and win a Super Bowl following the 1987 season.

Now, Patrick Mahomes and Jalen Hurts will be the first Black QBs to face off in a Super Bowl.

It’s fitting that a season which began with 11 Black QBs starting in Week 1 will end with a historic matchup.

Mahomes can become the first two-time winner if he leads the Kansas City Chiefs to victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Feb. 12. Hurts aims to become the fourth Black QB to win the Super Bowl, joining Williams, Mahomes and Russell Wilson.

Steve McNair, Colin Kaepernick, Cam Newton and Wilson also started in the Super Bowl and lost.

Michael Vick was the first Black QB selected No. 1 overall in the draft in 2001. McNair became the first Black QB to win MVP in 2003. Mahomes and Lamar Jackson won it back-to-back years.

They all had to overcome stereotypes to get to this point.

Jackson said a scout from the Los Angeles Chargers asked him to run routes at the NFL combine in 2018. The Baltimore Ravens ended up selecting him with the 32nd pick in the first round and he was MVP in his second season.

Donovan McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowl QB who started five NFC championship games for the Eagles, was told by some college scouts that he had to play running back or wide receiver. He wouldn’t switch positions, went to Syracuse to play quarterback and was drafted No. 2 overall in 1999 by Philadelphia.

Hurts began his NFL career in 2020 as an all-purpose QB after the Eagles took him in the second round. Playing behind Carson Wentz, Hurts had 12 rushing attempts, one catch and threw just three passes in his first nine games before taking over as Philadelphia’s QB.

He clearly has not forgotten that the decision to draft him in the second round of the 2020 draft was widely criticized by reporters and fans.

“My first year here, (people) probably didn’t even want to draft me here,” Hurts said Sunday. “It was probably one of those things. But it always handles itself.”

Neither Hurts nor Mahomes celebrated their conference championship wins too much. The main goal remains ahead. They each want one more win.

Hurts puffed a victory cigar after the Eagles routed the San Francisco 49ers 31-7 but he showed little emotion, per usual, in his postgame news conference.

“I don’t really know how to feel to be honest. You work really hard to put yourself in this position and I’m forever grateful,” Hurts said. “Only God knows the things that each individual on this team has been able to overcome for us to come together as a team and do something special as a group. That’s what means the most. I always want to go out there and give my best regardless of what’s going on because I don’t want to let down the guy next to me. That makes us all go harder.”

Hurts, a finalist along with Mahomes for AP NFL MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, missed two games late in the season with a shoulder injury. The Eagles haven’t had to lean on him in two lopsided playoff wins. He has only 275 yards passing and two TDs along with 73 yards rushing and two scores.

“I know I’ve been through a lot personally, but I don’t want to steer away from the direction of how good this team has been at playing together, being together, and challenging one another,” Hurts said. “When we experience some painful times and some tough times, we always found a way to overcome. You want to be going into a situation like this, and we have a chance to go out there and win it all, so we want to prepare to go do that.”

Mahomes battled through an ankle injury to help the Chiefs beat the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20 to advance to their third Super Bowl appearance in four years.

He had no intention of lighting up a victory cigar after a hard-fought win.

“I don’t think we have any cigars, but we’ll be ready to go at the Super Bowl,” Mahomes said, poking fun at Joe Burrow’s penchant for puffing those after big wins.

 

Only one QB can win the Super Bowl. Whether it’s Hurts or Mahomes, it’s another victory for the Black QBs who were overlooked throughout the years.

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BBC asks whether US will sanction Israel over settlements

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That pathology is on regular display at the BBC, which has been doubling down on its apparently baseless report last month that orthodox Jewish teenagers set upon by Muslim men in an anti-Semitic attack in the center of London themselves voiced an anti-Muslim slur. Photo Credit: AP

by Lev Tsitrin(New English Review)

The question came up towards the end of the interview with Frank Lowenstein, US Special Envoy for Middle East Peace in the Obama administration — the interview that was occasioned by Secretary Blinken’s long-planned visit to Israel that coincided with yet another spasm of Israeli-Palestinian violence, causing the agenda to focus — at least in public — on the Israeli-Palestinian situation, rather than on infinitely more important discussion of Iran.

Mr. Lowenstein’s assessments were rather frank (though it was interesting to observe how partisanship colors one’s interpretation of history — at 8:20 he observed that “Trump administration had no interest in hearing Palestinian perspective” while, as I recall, precisely the opposite happened: Trump tried to coax Abbas into finally deciding to have peace with Israel, and Palestinians, who did not want to end the conflict with Israel left in place, announced their boycott of the Trump administration, Trump responding in a logical (rather than political) fashion — by cutting huge monetary and diplomatic perks unquestioningly provided under previous administrations just to create an illusion of preserving a political horizon. Thus, Mr. Lowenstein candidly questioned (at 9:40) whether “anybody really believes that two-state solution is viable; a whole bunch of different governments around the world promoting a policy they no longer believe in.” In response to a question (at 11:20) on whether Mr. Blinken will “broach the issue of settlements that are illegal under international law,” Mr. Lowenstein replied that “Israelis don’t listen. The question is, what are you going to do?” BBC’s Razia Iqbal coyly offered a solution (at 11:55): “sanctioning Israel; is that an option if US really does believe that Israel is acting illegally?” Mr. Lowenstein shrugged this off as a non-starter: “No, we are not gonna be sanctioning Israel over this — politically it is very difficult for us to do this here in the US.”

The interview ends right there — but it would have been nice to learn why sanctioning Israel to advance Palestinian cause is nuts. So, let’s take up the challenge — by examining Palestinian goals.

We are being told — and are trying to convince the Palestinians — that what they want is the state in 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital. Somehow it does not occur to those promoting this version of Palestinian dreams, that this is exactly what they had for twenty years, from 1948 when the War of Independence ended, until the 1967 Six-Day war — but did not like. Why weren’t they happy then? Why did they form the PLO — of which Mr. Abbas is the current chairman — in 1964 if there was no “occupation” back then? What were they trying to “liberate?” The state in 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem — which they already had? Obviously not; it is no secret that the PLO was formed to destroy Israel.

Now, what should make us believe that this goal changed? The fact that after the Oslo accords, at the height of Israeli bromance with Arafat who they hoped would lead Palestinians to peace, Palestinians embarked on a campaign of suicide bombings, blowing up Israeli buses? Or that all Israeli peace offers (encouraged and backed by Americans), were declined one after another, in 2000 (starting the murderous intifada), and continuing till 2009, with no realistic counter-offer for ending the conflict ever presented — Arafat claiming that his own people would kill him if he accepted, and Abbas following the same rejectionist track?

Nor is it clear that settlements are illegal under the international law, given that the presumably-occupied Palestinian state never existed –since Palestinians themselves rejected that idea during UN partition debate, as it would have implied recognition of Israel. The American view of the legality of settlements was, in fact, formally stated by the Trump administration, whose own legal analysis concluded that settlements were not necessarily illegal — which, incidentally, renders the assertion that underpinned Ms. Iqbal’s question factually inaccurate.

I understand that BBC has a pro-Palestinian agenda and editorial policy (though I do not understand why) — but at the very least, its hosts should know basic facts when interviewing guests. This isn’t much to ask for — it is a mere professional journalistic prerequisite, a prerequisite that is constantly violated to judge by the frequency with which the false mantra of “Israeli settlements are illegal under international law” is parroted. If BBC aims to be a reputable — that is, impartial — news organization, it should prioritize factual accuracy over un-journalistic (and in fact anti-journalistic) ideological bias and political advocacy, Please do not treat us to lies, BBC — no matter how high-minded the editors’ and presenters’ goals are.

Jerusalem: Young terrorist’s textbook teaches to ‘die as a martyr’

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Twitter Muhammad Aliwat, 13, who attacked Jews in Jerusalem

(i24 News) Muhammad Aliwat, 13, shot two Israelis in Jerusalem on Saturday. His schoolbooks glorify suicide attacks.

After two terror attacks carried out by young Palestinians against Jews in Jerusalem over the weekend, researchers find disturbing messages of incitement to violence against Israelis and Jews in textbooks used by the school frequented by one of the terrorists.

Muhammad Aliwat, 13, a resident of the predominantly Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan in east Jerusalem, opened fire on an Israeli father and son on Saturday, in the middle of the street, at the entrance to Jerusalem’s City of David, before being neutralized by an Israeli soldier.

Before leaving home to carry out his attack, Aliwat left a note in a class notebook, in which he expressed his desire to die in an attack on Jews. He also apologized to his mother, but said she was going to be proud of him. “God, or Victory or Martyrdom,” the boy wrote in the note.

Researchers from the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) examined the textbooks used by the student’s school and found disturbing elements: some books of mathematics and science used by the Al-Furqan School, located in the Shuafat neighborhood of east Jerusalem, which teaches a Palestinian Authority-approved curriculum, glorifies violence and calls on students to sacrifice themselves.

Students learn to read from an Arabic textbook that glorifies violent descriptions of suicide bombings in which Palestinians “cut the throats of enemy soldiers” and “don explosive belts.” The graphic descriptions are accompanied by illustrations of Israeli soldiers shot dead by a Palestinian gunman.

In a book on Islamic education, published last September by the Palestinian Ministry of Education in Ramallah, an entire chapter is devoted to “martyrdom,” which brings honor and glory and guarantees entry into paradise. The book teaches that those who do not sacrifice themselves are weak. It also includes an exercise in which students are asked to write an essay on terrorist attacks carried out by Palestinians.

NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees Responds To City Council Decision to Table Healthcare Privatization

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Marianna Pizzitola, President of The New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees. Photo Credit: LinkedIn

NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees Responds To City Council Decision to Table Healthcare Privatization

Edited by: TJVNews.com

On Thursday, January 19th, the New York City Council opted not to vote on the Mayor’s proposed legislation that would have authorized him to force elderly and disabled retirees into a Medicare Advantage plan by withdrawing funding for their existing health insurance.  The New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees is extremely grateful to Speaker Adams, Civil Service and Labor Committee Chair Carmen De La Rosa, the Common Sense Caucus, and the Progressive Caucus.

Marianna Pizzitola, President of The New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees, released the following statement : “Retirees presented testimony for almost six hours at City Hall on Monday, January 9th explaining why Medicare Advantage poses a serious threat to their health. They also reminded the Council that this issue was already won in the courts and that retirees are not cash cows for the City. The recommendations made by Martin Scheinman are just that – recommendations. They are not legally binding, and the City is free to reject them.

I want to offer my thanks to all the members of the City Council who recognized that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had failed to provide them with the facts necessary to take an informed vote. I also want to take a moment to recognize the hundreds of retirees who attended the public hearing, provided testimony, and fought tirelessly to defeat this program.

The Mayor must now decide whether he will continue to try to force retirees into Medicare Advantage through the more extreme—and unprecedented—step of taking away all of their other healthcare options. In the coming days, the New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees will be requesting meetings with the Mayor’s office and City Council to present alternative ways to achieve significant savings that do not involve denying retirees access to traditional Medicare and to pass our bill that will protect retirees from having to live in fear of their hard earned benefits being stripped away from them when needed most.  The City Council sent a clear message, they were concerned what would happen to retirees if the Mayor took away their our healthcare choices. Passing a bill to truly give retirees that choice and protection will be consistent with their goals.”

Jake Gardener, counsel for the New York City Organization of Public Service Retirees, added: “If the City responds by denying retirees access to traditional Medicare—which no administration has ever done in the 56-year history of Medicare—retirees will once again seek judicial intervention to vindicate their healthcare rights.”

Ben-Gvir Calls for Death Penalty for Arab Terrorists; Says “Electric Chair” Should be Used in Cases of Civilian Massacres

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Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir demanded that laws be applied equally to Israelis and Palestinians in Judea and Samaria. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Edited by: Fern Sidman

Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir addressed the deadly Shabbat shooting attack at a synagogue in the Neve Yaakov neighborhood of Jerusalem during the weekly Otzma Yehudit faction meeting on Monday, Israel National News reported.

“The attack happened on my watch. The responsibility is mine and I do not intend for a moment to run from it,” Ben-Gvir began.

INN reported that he added that subsequent to the deadly attack in which 7 Jews lost their lives when a Palestinian gunman shot them dead in cold blood during Shabbat services, he ordered the demolition of illegal Arab buildings in eastern Jerusalem. “We are destroying houses, we will go from neighborhood to neighborhood. Governance starts with these things. I demanded the imposition a curfew in the neighborhood from which the danger came and to go from house to house and confiscate the weapons. I issued orders to scan the social networks, and to identify and arrest anyone who is carrying a weapon,” Ben Gvir said.

“Due to differences of opinion with the professional authorities, we are still in discussion but are not exhausting this ability, but I have instructed the police to act decisively,” Ben-Gvir added.

INN reported that he further stated that “soon we will introduce the death penalty law for terrorists, those who massacre civilians should get the electric chair.”

According to The Times of Israel, the Otzma Yehudit Knesset member made the announcement following a security cabinet meeting held late on Saturday night, a day after the synagogue attack in which three were also seriously wounded.  The terror attack came a day after an Israeli military raid in the town of Jenin in which 9 Palestinians who were plotting deadly terrorist attacks targeting Israelis were killed by IDF forces in the region.

“I hope we will pass it with a big majority,” Ben-Gvir said in a statement, adding that the security cabinet’s newly announced measures are “important”.

He also said he wanted “a lot more and I will continue and will strive for more and more decisions for combating terror.”

Yeshiva World News reported that Ben Gvir requested the police to compile a list of targets and gather intelligence with the aim of collecting weapons from neighborhood to neighborhood. If that isn’t possible, they will create a list of targets and intelligence.

TOI also reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also said the security cabinet had decided on a series of steps to “combat terror and exact a price from terrorists and their supporters”.

Without providing further details, he added that steps will be taken to “strengthen settlements” in response to the attacks.

In November, Ben-Gvir made the introduction of capital punishment against Palestinians found guilty of killing Israelis a condition for his faction to join Netanyahu’s coalition government.

YWN also reported that videos and photos of Arabs in Jenin, Ramallah and Shuafat are circulating in which they can be seen celebrating terror attacks in Israel that have become all too ubiquitous.

A smaller but somehow almost more evil celebration took place in the heart of Jerusalem on Motzei Shabbos, when a group of Arabs expressed their glee over the terror attack in front of the lone Jew in an elevator in Shaare Tzedek Hospital – a Chareidi man.

As Chareidi reporter Ariel Elharar succinctly wrote: “The face of evil.”

On Friday, minutes after word spread of the horrific attack, YWN published the following:

“Hordes of animals celebrated the deaths of more than half a dozen Jews killed by a machine-gun wielding terrorist at a shul in Neve Yaakov near Yerushalayim on Friday night.

Footage coming out of Palestinian strongholds and villages show dozens of twisted, terrorist-loving sickos singing, dancing, and handing out sweets, celebrating the demise of Jews and the martyrdom of the Arab terrorist.

These animals – who want all Jews dead – are the ones that Israel is being blamed for hurting.”

Also on Monday, the AP reported that Secretary of State Antony Blinken urged Israel and the Palestinians to ease tensions following a spike in violence that has put the region on edge. The bloodshed has alarmed the Biden administration as it attempts to find common ground with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new right-wing government.

Yet aside from appeals for de-escalation and restraint, Blinken did not publicly offer any particular ideas for calming the situation and it was not immediately clear from his meeting with Netanyahu that the administration would be proposing any, the AP reported. Blinken will meet Tuesday with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“We’re urging all sides now to take urgent steps to restore calm, to de-escalate,” Blinken said after meeting Netanyahu, as was reported by the AP. “We want to make sure that there’s an environment in which we can, I hope at some point, create conditions where we can start to restore a sense of security for Israelis and Palestinians alike, which of course is sorely lacking.”

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