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Beheading In France: Pro-Hamas Islamist Known For Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel Views Is Arrested

The head of an Islamic pro-Hamas group and the father of a student incited the grisly murder of a French teacher who was beheaded last week in a Paris suburb after showing his class Mohammed caricatures. One suspect was named as Abdelhakim Sefrioui, the Moroccan-born head of a pro-Hamas group called the Collective Cheikh Yassine, named after Sheikh Ahmad Yassin, the founder of the Hamas terror group who was killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip in 2004. According to a report by the French media reports, Sefrioui has been well-known to French intelligence for his virulent anti-Semitism and pro-Palestinian activities for almost 20 years. He reportedly condemned the teacher on social media several days before the beheading. In 2011, an iman in a Paris suburb, Hassen Chalghoumi, was placed under police protection after Sefrioui slammed him as a “pawn of the Zionists.” In 2014, Sefrioui was the main organizer of protests in Paris against Israel during Operation Protective Edge. Chalghoumi told French media that Sefrioui was “dangerous because he seduces the youth. He is more dangerous than [Islamist academic] Tariq Ramadan because he seduces the base, the parents.” “They apparently launched a fatwa against the teacher,” French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin told Europe 1 radio about the two men who were arrested following the attack. Nine other suspects have also been arrested. French President Emmanuel Macron said that Collective Cheikh Yassine will be dissolved at Wednesday’s Cabinet meeting as well as a mosque that also denounced the teacher. Speaking in the Seine-St.-Denis region, northeast of Paris, Macron stressed that he wants “tangible results” to combat an ideology of destruction of the (French) Republic. Macron has asked for quick, concrete action in the case. The French president is waging war on what he calls “separatism,” referring to Islamist extremism that authorities say has created a parallel world in the country that counters French values. Speaking after a meeting with regional officials working to counter radical Islamists, Macron added that other associations and individuals are on the radar to be shut or silenced. A mosque in the northeast Paris suburb of Pantin is being closed for six months starting Wednesday night. A sign posted by the regional prefecture at the mosque entrance said the house of worship would be closed for six months — with a six-month prison sentence for violators. The Pantin mosque is being punished for relaying the angry father’s message on social media that called for mobilization against the teacher. The father quoted his 13-year-old daughter as saying the teacher had asked Muslims to leave the classroom — a version that was contested by Paty himself, according to press reports. Authorities say the mosque has long had an imam following the Salafist path, a rigorous interpretation of the Muslim holy book. Pantin was also the home of an 18-year-old Pakistani refugee who three weeks earlier attacked and injured two people with a meat cleaver. The beheading resonated far beyond France with the grand imam of Al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim seat of learning in Cairo, dissociating himself and all Muslims from the attack in a message read to faith leaders at an interfaith prayer service Tuesday in Rome. Calling the beheading “sinful and criminal,” he also said that intellectual integrity is compromised by “insulting religions and abusing sacred […]

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Kensington: Shots Fired At Shul On 18th Avenue & East 9th Street [PHOTOS]

Police were investigating a possible hate crime in Kensington, Wednesday night. Sources tell YWN that shots were reportedly fired at the Lev Avraham Shul, located on 18th Avenue and East 9th Street – between Flatbush and Boro Park. The NYPD and Boro Park Shomrim were called to the scene at around 10:45PM. An investigation revealed some type of bullet casings on the floor. It was unknown where the shots originated from, and Detectives were on the scene investigating. The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force was notified. JOIN THE TENS OF THOUSANDS WHO ALREADY ARE ALERTED OF BREAKING NEWS LIKE THIS IN LIVE TIME: YWN WHATSAPP STATUS UPDATES: CLICK HERE to join the YWN WhatsApp Status. YWN WHATSAPP GROUPS: CLICK HERE to be added to an official YWN WhatsApp Group. PHOTOS BY HESHY RUBENSTEIN: (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Petira of Hagaon HaRav Yehoshua Heschel Brim ZATZAL, Rosh Yeshiva in Bohush, From COVID-19

Hagaon HaRav Yehoshua Heschel Brim, the Rosh Yeshiva of the Bohush Chassidus Yeshiva was Niftar on Wednesday in Laniado hospital in Netanya due to complications from COVID-19. He was 84. The Niftar was born in Yerushalayim to HaRav Moshe Brim, and served for many years as a maggid Shiur and then Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshivas Tiferes Yisroel of the Boyan Chassidus then in Bohush, where he taught many Talmidim there. He was well known to be a great talmid chacham, who kept himself with much Anivus and connected with every person on their own level based on where they were coming from, without any derision. HaRav Yehoshua became ill a month ago when he tested positive with COVID-19. Since that time, his health took a sharp downward turn and he was hospitalized in Laniado hospital. Many people across the globe were Davening for him and saying Tehillim, but he returned his soul to Hashem earlier this evening. He left a large family behind him, including a sister who was already sitting shiva for her late husband and will now need to sit shiva for her brother as well. Boruch Dayan HaEmmes… (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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Naftali Bennett: Telling Chareidim Not To Learn Torah, Like Telling Them Not To Breathe

On Tuesday, the head of the Yamina party, Naftali Bennett spoke about the incitement against the Chareidi community for opening their schools this week in accordance with the instructions of their Rabbinic leaders. Bennett told reporters that telling the Chareidi community not to learn Torah is like telling them not to breathe. A new wave of anti-Chareidi incitement flowed across Israeli media earlier this week following the decision of Hagaon HaRav Chaim Kanievsky on Sunday to instruct Chareidi Mosdos to open their doors to students as of Monday. The ruling went against the expressed instructions of the government and the Health Ministry. In an interview on IDF radio on Tuesday, Bennett set out to defend the decision and the Chareidim and said that the entire situation could have been handled differently. “This whole situation with the Chareidim should have been handled differently and did not need to progress to the point where it is today, neither in terms of morbidity rate nor in terms of the hatred that they now face. one cannot tell this community ‘do not learn Torah.’ It is like telling them not to breathe air. You have to come to some sort of agreement with them.” Bennett also spoke about the recent lockdown and the decreasing morbidity rate. “Lockdowns are the tools of the lazy. Of course it will work if you simply lock everyone in a prison. But the damage that was caused is immense. The tweezer method is more pin-point and requires a much longer commitment on behalf of the population, it requires reworking technological data and equipment on a daily basis, in-depth follow-up on the operational level, the training of workers, changes, adaptations, and updates as things develop and a lot of testing for the virus. Counties such as South Korea, Estonia, Cyprus, Taiwan, and others have chosen to use this method and have succeeded. Many other countries, Israel among them, got lazy and did not come up with a plan to finish off the virus and are therefore left with using the lockdown method.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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‘So Much Work To Do’: How Biden Is Planning For Transition

If Joe Biden defeats President Donald Trump next month, he’ll quickly face a new challenge: standing up a new administration to lead a divided nation through a series of historic crises. After making Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic a centerpiece of his campaign, Biden will have to show that his team can better handle the public health calamity. He will also have to contend with what Democrats say is the damage the Trump administration has done to the bureaucratic machinery in Washington, as well as low morale throughout the civil service. And he’ll face pressure from liberals to deliver early wins with personnel and Cabinet picks to ensure their buy-in for his big policy fights to come. With the election less than two weeks away, Biden and his aides are most focused on maintaining his advantage in polls against Trump. “No decisions, from personnel to policy, will be made until after the election,” Biden transition spokesman Cameron French said Wednesday. Still, some Democrats are beginning to prepare for the challenges that may swiftly unfold once the campaign is over. “This will be one of the most important, most difficult and yes most costly transitions in modern American history,” Chris Korge, the Democratic National Committee’s finance chair, warned donors in a recent letter obtained by The Associated Press. “There is so much work to do.” According to the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit organization that advises presidential candidates on the transition, Biden will have to name more than 4,000 political appointees to fill out his administration, including more than 1,200 requiring Senate confirmation. There are 700 key executive branch nominations that must go through Senate confirmation, 153 of which are currently vacant. Chris Lu, executive director of President Barack Obama’s 2008 transition, said there are vacancies in some of the departments that will be key to addressing the country’s standing globally and the climate crisis. “There’s a lot of expertise that’s just gone now — in particular, when you look at places like the State Department and the gutting of the Foreign Service or, you know, in climate agencies like EPA or Interior,” he said. Chief among Biden’s priorities would be moving quickly to address the pandemic. He is considering swift announcements of Cabinet picks that would be key in the response, according to people involved in transition planning who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations. Those roles include leaders of the treasury and health and human services departments and the director of the National Economic Council. Delaware Sen. Chris Coons, a longtime Biden ally and friend, is seen as a top contender for secretary of state, and he has been increasingly vocal about foreign policy in recent weeks. He wrote an essay in Foreign Affairs and participated in a recent panel discussion on the future of U.S. foreign policy. Biden is also expected to look to some of his former opponents and those he vetted as his potential running mate for top Cabinet positions. Rep. Karen Bass of California, whom Biden considered for vice president, is seen as a potential housing and urban development secretary. Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who was also included in Biden’s vice presidential shortlist, and former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a former primary opponent, are discussed for secretary […]

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Midwife At Mayanei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak Is Niftar From COVID-19

A midwife who works at Mayanei Hayeshua Hospital in Bnei Brak was Niftar on Wednesday after she contracted COVID-19. Family members of the deceased claim that she contracted the virus while working in the hospital. According to the report which was published by IDF radio, the Charedi midwife protected herself adequately during every shift, but she was likely infected by one of the other staff members at the hospital. The midwife was 64-years-old and contracted the disease a few weeks ago. She was intubated and sedated and was in very serious condition until today when she passed away. According to the hospital, there is no way to tell for certain where she contracted the virus, but they do not discount the possibility that she got it while working at the hospital. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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Swiss Fear Rise In COVID-19 Cases Could Overburden Hospitals

The Swiss health minister said coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations were doubling every week, warning of the prospect of overburdened hospitals as Switzerland has gone from one of the least-affected countries in Europe to one of the worst-hit in just three weeks. Alain Berset made the comments after the country of 8.5 million tallied on Wednesday a record 5,583 new cases over the latest 24 hours, obliterating the previous one-day record — set two days earlier — by about 14%. He said the government will act again if new restrictive measures announced over the weekend don’t help lower the count. “The situation is worsening, and worsening fast,” Berset told a news conference in Bern, the capital. “Three weeks ago, we had a situation that was among the best on the European continent,” he said. “Three weeks later, we have one of the worst situations as far as Europe goes.” Europe has faced a punishing second wave in recent weeks and has again become one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. It tallied a record 927,000 confirmed cases over the last week. Based on a 14-day moving average, Switzerland now counts about 394 cases per 100,000 people, he said. “A month ago, it was less than 60,” Berset said, alluding to a previous level at which Swiss authorities had set as a warning threshold. He said the Swiss government would wait until next Wednesday to see if new measures can stem the spread, because it will take 10 days to determine their effect, and would tighten them if necessary. Those measures, announced Sunday, include a requirement for people to wear face and nose coverings in all publicly accessible indoor areas, such as railway stations, airports, schools, shopping malls, stores, places of worship, libraries and hotels. Gatherings of more than 15 people aren’t permitted in public, and new regulations were put on private events of more than 15 people. People were urged to work from home if possible. (AP)

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Fatah Warns J-m Arabs About “Emirati Money Dipped In Palestinian Blood”

The ruling Fatah party in the Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, slammed the United Arab Emirates on Sunday for its peace deal with Israel. Fatah warned the residents of east Jerusalem of benefitting from “Emirati money dipped in Palestinian blood,” perhaps referring to the UAE’s plans to invest in projects in Jerusalem. In fact, during the visit of the UAE delegation on Tuesday, the UAE, Israel, and the US announced plans for the creation of the “Abraham Fund” – a $3 billion investment fund to “promote regional economic cooperation and prosperity in the Middle East and beyond.” A statement by the three countries said that a development office will be opened in Israel as part of the fund. “The fund will enable its members to launch people-focused investments, providing opportunity and hope for the region and its youth by enabling them to build a future that serves them and their communities,” the statement said. The Emirati Foreign Minister also told his Israeli counterpart during the visit that the UAE wants to establish an embassy in Tel Aviv as soon as possible. Following the UAE delegation’s visit to Israel, PLO official Wasel Abu Youssef told Reuters that the visit was “shameful.” “The bilateral agreements that were announced today and the delegations that come and go, all of that offers the occupation a strength to escalate its aggression and its crimes against the Palestinian people and increases its intransigence and arrogance.” (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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WATCH IT: Flatbush: Kosher Cafe In “Red Zone” Ticketed By Inspectors Interviewed By Tucker Carlson

Mixed Greens Cafe, a Kosher restaurant in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, was one of the hundreds of businesses in the “Red Zone” visited by inspectors this week. But Mixed Greens received a citation for having their doors open, and doing takeout ONLY – as required by regulations. A viral video tweeted by NYC Councilman Chaim Deutsch showed the manager of the restaurant arguing with the inspector over why he was being issues a summons if his doors were open. Online viewers quickly came to the restaurant’s defense, asserting that the inspector had wrongfully issued the summons. On Wednesday night, the owner of Mixed Greens, Jacob Green, was interviewed on Fox News by Tucker Carlson. Green says the outpouring of support was overwhelming, with many people ordering online and patronizing the store. Green thanked Councilman Deutsch for being instrumental in having the summons rescinded. WATCH THE INTERVIEW BELOW: Very pleased to report that the summons that had been issued to @Mixed_Greens_NY has been REMOVED. Thank you to all the supporters, to @Pinnyringel, & to the owners of Mixed Greens for their courage. We have shown that as a community, we can and will stand up against injustice! pic.twitter.com/IwmpMk06nH — Councilman Deutsch (@ChaimDeutsch) October 21, 2020 The outpouring of support has been tremendous!!! We really appreciate it!!! — Mixed Greens Cafe (@Mixed_Greens_NY) October 21, 2020 Thank you so much!! We hope we can turn this in to a blessing. Business has been rough since the start of the pandemic and what happened today was really just heartbreaking but the support has been awesome!! — Mixed Greens Cafe (@Mixed_Greens_NY) October 21, 2020 (YWN World Headquarters – NYC)

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Rav Chaim Soloveitchik zt”l versus Governor Cuomo

  By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for 5tjt.com Who could have ever imagined that the challenges of handling a very cruel modern day executive order by the governor of New York State – were addressed over 120 years ago – by the greatest of modern Talmudists  – Rabbi Chaim Soloveitchik of the town of Brisk? THE CHALLENGE But we jump ahead of ourselves.  We will start with the challenge: You are a Nursing Home Administrator in New York State.  You make $128,000 per year (and almost another $6000 per year in overtime). You worked hard to get there, getting your bachelors decree, taking course work specific to your field, and doing 12 months of internship.  You studied hard for the licensing examination and passed.  You are deemed to be both of moral character and suitable for the position. You are finally making a living and can put food on the table.  Your wife and children were getting worried there.  For years and years there was no money.  It even approached the level of Pikuach Nefesh for you.  You couldn’t pay for food and heat in the tiny, dinky apartment in which the five of you lived. Yes, finally, you are generally and genuinely happy.  You also have job satisfaction.  People trust you with their parents.  Their grandparents.  Their uncles and aunts.  They trust you to keep them safe.   You also have a wonderful team of employees that look at you as their leader.  You are warm, kind, and you look out for them.  They trust you as well. But it is March 25th, 2020.  You are now faced with the greatest moral challenge of your life.  The moral challenge will last for 46 days. THE LETTER It is an executive order from the top leadership in the state – and it is addressed primarily to you.   It states: “COVID-19 has been detected in multiple communities throughout New York State. There is an urgent need to expand hospital capacity in New York State to be able to meet the demand for patients with COVID-19 requiring acute care. As a result, this directive is being issued to clarify expectations for nursing homes (NHs) receiving residents returning from hospitalization and for NHs accepting new admissions. Hospital discharge planning staff and NHs should carefully review this guidance with all staff directly involved in resident admission, transfer, and discharges. During this global health emergency, all NHs must comply with the expedited receipt of residents returning from hospitals to NHs. Residents are deemed appropriate for return to a NH upon a determination by the hospital physician or designee that the resident is medically stable for return.  Hospital discharge planners must confirm to the NH, by telephone, that the resident is medically stable for discharge. Comprehensive discharge instructions must be provided by the hospital prior to the transport of a resident to the NH.  No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission. Information for healthcare providers on COVID-19 is readily available on the New York State Department of Health public website at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/information-healthcareproviders. As always, standard precautions must be maintained, and environmental […]

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Greece Finalizes Plan For Border Wall To Thwart Mass Migrant Crossings

Greece’s government says it has finalized plans to build a wall along its northeast border with Turkey, over concerns that migrants may try to stage mass crossings into the European Union country. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said Monday that 26 kilometers (16 miles) of wall would be added to an existing 10-kilometer (six-mile) section of fence in a 63-million-euro ($74 million) project due to be completed by the end of April. A standoff occurred at the border earlier this year after Turkey said it would no longer prevent migrants trying to reach the EU, and tens of thousands tried to cross into Greece. The two countries are also at odds over energy rights in the eastern Mediterranean in a dispute that has triggered a dangerous military buildup in the region and fears of conflict. Four Greek construction companies have been selected to build the new wall and upgrade the existing section of fencing, running along or close to the Evros River, which forms much of the border between the two countries. The five-meter (15-foot) wall will be made using galvanized square steel tubes and concrete foundations, according to Greece’s public order ministry. Police officials on Monday told The Associated Press that a surveillance camera network was also planned to cover the entire 192-kilometer (120-mile) Greek-Turkish border, while police have already started trials with high-powered mobile sirens, aimed at deterring migrants as they attempt to cross. “The cameras will be a vital resource for us,” Ilias Akidis, head of the police officers’ association in the Greek border region, told the AP. “We have been asking for them for five years and we think they will be very effective.” The number of migrants and refugees traveling from Turkey to Greece fell sharply this year during the pandemic and after the border standoff prompted tougher border policing. Turkey has accused Greece of illegally pushing back migrants reaching its islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, a charge that Athens denies. Turkey hosts the largest number of refugees worldwide, at nearly 4 million people, mostly from Syria, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency. Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis visited the border region on Saturday after a test installation of a section of the new wall. (AP)

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The New Family In The Neighborhood Has A Tragic Secret

Moishy Feinberg was an active, happy kid for the first 11 years of his life. That’s why his mother became so concerned when he began losing weight, and acting weak. Test after test, doctors were unable to determine what was going on. In just six months, the boy lost a shocking 65 pounds. That’s when doctors were finally able to diagnose Moishy with an extremely rare joint disease. Like any loving parents would, they committed themselves fully to Moishy’s recovery: Mr. and Mrs. Feinberg moved their family, including their other 5 children, to a new neighborhood so that they could be closer to the hospital. Every week for nearly two years they accompanied their son to his treatments, doing all they could to make him comfortable as he lay in his hospital bed. Treatments were relatively expensive, $1,500/month. It put strain on them but, with much effort, they made it work.  Then, COVID came. The emergency response to the virus meant that many other medical treatments were cut from the insurance. Unfortunately, this included Moishy’s meds. The treatments needed to keep Moishy Feinberg alive now cost over $25,000/month. This is far more than his family could ever possibly afford. They hope that after the pandemic passes, costs will return to normal. In the meantime, they have been left with a terrifying ultimatum: Find an inconceivable amount of money, or lose their son. Moishy’s bar mitzvah is next month and unlike his peers, he does not have tefillin, a hat, or a jacket. His family is so focused on his survival, they have gone without many such ‘basics.’ The Feinbergs have started an emergency fund to save Moishy’s life. Their need could not be more urgent: He cannot afford his upcoming treatments. And they cannot afford not to get them. CLICK HERE TO HELP CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FULL CAMPAIGN

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Neturei Karta Participate in Parade Supporting Palestinian Prisoner and Suspected Terrorist [PHOTOS]

The Committee for Palestinian Prisoners organized a parade in support of Palestinian Prisoner Maher al-Akhras who is on the 87th day of his hunger strike and has called for solidarity with sick prisoners in Israeli prisons. Maher, who is currently in Kaplan hospital in Rehovot, was arrested in late July under the accusation that he is a member of a violent terror group. For over two and a half months,  Maher has been on a hunger strike in protest of his detention without trial by Israel.  Authorities have indicated that Maher will most likely be freed by the end of November when his administrative detention period ends. The parade was organized in partnership with the Prisoners Club, the Committee for Families of Prisoners in the Hebron region. During the parade, Palestinian flags were waved and photos of Maher and other sick prisoners were displayed and waved. Calls for their release were chanted as were slurs against the military rule of the state. Head of the Palestinian Authority in the Hevron district place full responsibility on Israel for the health and life of Maher and the other ill prisoners, claiming that the hunger strike has ruined his health. Additional supporters of the protest parade joined in an “eiruv rav” fashion as members of the Neturei Karta movement joined the parade in solidarity with Maher. Members of the movement held signs supporting Maher and in solidarity with the Palestinian cause against Israel. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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BREAKING: FBI Says Russia And Iran Have Obtained Voter Info

Iran is responsible for emails meant to intimidate American voters and sow unrest in multiple states, and Tehran and Moscow have also obtained voter registration with the goal of interfering in the election, U.S. officials said at a rare news conference Tuesday night just two weeks before the vote. John Ratcliffe, the intelligence director, and FBI Director Chris Wray said the U.S. will impose costs on any foreign countries interfering in the 2020 U.S. election. Despite the Iranian and Russian actions, they said Americans can be confident that their vote will be counted. “These actions are desperate attempts by desperate adversaries,” Ractliffe said. The news conference was held as Democratic voters in at least four battleground states, including Florida and Pennsylvania, have received threatening emails, falsely purporting to be from the far-right group Proud Boys, that warned “we will come after you” if the recipients didn’t vote for President Donald Trump. The voter-intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Those addresses were then used in an apparently widespread targeted spamming operation. The senders claimed they would know which candidate the recipient was voting for in the Nov. 3 election, for which early voting is ongoing. (AP)

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Jewish Group Condemns Auction Of Hitler Speeches In Germany

A prominent European Jewish organization slammed a Munich auction house’s decision to sell several of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler’s handwritten speech notes, saying Tuesday it “defies logic, decency and humanity” to put them on the market. Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the head of the Brussels-based European Jewish Association, said the upcoming sale of the manuscripts is particularly worrisome amid recent figures showing rising anti-Semitism in Germany, and could encourage neo-Nazis. “I cannot get my head around the sheer irresponsibility and insensitivity, in such a febrile climate, of selling items such as the ramblings of the world’s biggest killer of Jews to the highest bidder,” he said in a statement. “What auctions like this do help legitimize Hitler enthusiasts who thrive on this sort of stuff.” The speech notes being offered, all dated before World War II, are directed to Nazi-party organizations and contributors at various functions, and make reference to preparing Germany for war and the “Jewish problem,” said Bernhard Pacher, the managing director of the Hermann Historica auction house where they go on sale Friday. He defended the sale, saying the papers belong in a museum or in the hands of researchers as historical documents. “These are handwritten notes from Adolf Hitler, where if you analyze what he wrote … you can prove he was publicly speaking about going to war, about ‘resolving the Jewish problem,’” Pacher told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “If we destroy these things and they do not go into a museum for experts to work on them, you will leave the interpretation of what was happening to the right-wing Nazi apologists, who will say Hitler never said that. The man was preparing the Germans that there would be a war and those who didn’t want to see that must have been totally blind — it’s in there.” The auction house has come under fire in the past for its sale of Nazi-era items, and maintains it goes to great lengths to ensure that they are not being sold to neo-Nazis, and are usually bought by museums and research facilities. In 2016, it auctioned off one of Hitler’s uniforms for 275,000 euros ($325,000) and previously sold a typewriter and dozens of other items owned by the Nazi leader, among other things. Perhaps most famously, last year a Lebanese-born Swiss real estate mogul purchased Hitler’s top hat, a silver-plated edition of “Mein Kampf” and other items the auction house offered in order to keep them out of the hands of neo-Nazis, and donated them to a Jewish group. The auction house has also dealt in many other items owned by famous historical figures, including Napoleon Bonaparte’s silver and gold-plated toothbrush, a sabre that belonged to British naval hero Adm. Horatio Nelson, and a sword that once belonged to famed Italian seducer Giacomo Casanova. Margolin called the businessman’s intervention to purchase the items last year “a miracle,” but said “we cannot rely on miracles going forwards” and urged the auction house to pull the speeches from the upcoming sale. “It defies logic, decency and humanity for the very same auction house that came under fire less than a year ago for selling disgusting lots of Nazi memorabilia that they should do so again,” he said. Starting prices for the speech notes range between 2,500 euros and […]

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Heard Any Biden Jokes? Study Of Late-Night Comics Finds Few

From the perspective of late-night joke writers, there’s really only one person running for president. A staggering 97% of the jokes Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon told about the candidates in September targeted President Donald Trump, a study released Monday found. That’s 455 jokes about Trump and 14 about Democrat Joe Biden, according to the Center for Media and Public Affairs at George Mason University. That doesn’t even count 64 jokes made about Trump’s family or administration, the study said. “When Trump’s onstage, everyone else is blacked out,” said Robert Lichter, a communication professor at George Mason. He’s been studying late-night humor and politics since 1992. Republicans are usually targeted more than Democrats by the comedy writers, but the difference has never been this stark. The closest was the 2016 campaign, when Trump was the punchline for 78% of the jokes to Hillary Clinton’s 22%, the center said. That’s good news if, like Biden, your goal is to essentially make Trump the central issue in the campaign. It may present a real challenge for the comics if Biden defeats Trump in next month’s election, however. What will they have to poke fun at? “I think they will find a way to keep making jokes about Trump, even after he leaves office,” Lichter said. There’s precedent for that. In 2001, late-night comedians made former President Bill Clinton the subject of more jokes than his successor, George W. Bush, Lichter said. (AP)

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A 17 year old boy named Shaye, who has undergone a liver transplant, is begging for your help.

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After Years Grappling With Google, Europe Has Tips For US

The U.S. antitrust crackdown on Google might seem like deja vu for European Union regulators. By U.S. standards, the Justice Department’s move to sue Google this week for abusing its dominance in online search and advertising was a bold move. But it treads on ground already broken years before by EU officials in Brussels. Veterans of Europe’s antitrust tech battles welcomed the U.S. investigation and said American authorities should learn from the bloc’s experience. “We hope U.S. authorities have paid attention to two major drawbacks of the EU investigations: the long-drawn-out process and Google’s tactics to use any loophole to avoid changing its business model,” said BEUC, a European consumer group that was a complainant to one of the EU’s Google cases, involving its shopping service. The EU’s competition commissioner, Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, has slapped Google with multibillion dollar penalties in three separate competition cases in recent years. The eye-popping fines put Vestager at the forefront of the global movement to rein in Big Tech companies. But critics say – and Vestager has acknowledged – that they haven’t done much to change the company’s behavior and have taken too long to be enforced. As a result, EU officials in Brussels are weighing up new rules and tools. U.S. officials indicated in their lawsuit filed Tuesday that they wanted to go beyond EU-style headline-grabbing fines, which Google can easily afford, and mandating deeper changes to company practices. They asked a court to consider structural relief to remedy any competitive harm – language that suggests a possible break-up of the company. One key takeaway from the EU’s experience is that the slow pace of antitrust investigations, lawsuits and enforcement means a company like Google has time to find ways to maintain its dominance. The first fine on Google, for example, was imposed only after seven years of investigations and negotiations. To prevent big tech companies from digging deeper moats against competitors during such drawn-out antitrust investigations, the EU Commission has started using “interim measures” as a speedy way to halt anti-competitive behavior. Last year U.S. chipmaker Broadcom was given such an order, requiring it to halt competition-restricting exclusive contracts with customers. This month the company formally committed to the EU that it would stop its practices. “If you have taken out a tool of the tool box and you’ve got some experience in using it, it’s more likely you will use it again,” Vestager said when asked in a press briefing whether she would use the measures in future investigations. The EU’s executive Commission has also been drawing up proposals for a package of sweeping new regulations aimed at digital companies. It’s “essentially a list of dos and don’t which would apply to a small set of large gatekeepers,” Vestager said in a speech last month. They would, for example, require digital platforms to make some data accessible to other users. They would also prohibit companies from directing users to their own products or services. Google is appealing its three EU antitrust penalties. The first came in 2017, when officials fined it 2.42 billion euros (currently $3 billion) for unfairly favoring its own online shopping recommendations in its search results. The investigation found that Google unfairly directed visitors to its comparison shopping service, Google Shopping, to the detriment of its […]

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Woman Struck And Killed By Motorcycle In Or Yehuda

A pedestrian in her 60s was killed on Tuesday night after she was hit by a motorcycle on Yehezkel Kazaz Street in Or Yehuda. Medical personnel from United Hatzalah and Magen David Adom were dispatched to the scene and attempted to save the woman’s life. They performed CPR on her and transported her to Sheba Hospital in Tel Hashomer. Upon arrival at the hospital, the doctors and nurses there continued the CPR efforts but were unable to resuscitate the woman and she was pronounced dead. The motorcyclist was also injured in the collision and was listed as being in light-to-moderate condition. Police investigators have opened an inquiry in an effort to discover what caused the accident.

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“Morid HaGeshem”- Israel’s 1st Surprise Rainstorm Causes Popular Weather Website To Crash

Following the hottest September in Israel’s recorded history, with hot weather continuing into most of October, Jerusalem children were unexpectedly able to sing “Mashiv HaRuach U’Morid HaGeshem” on Tuesday afternoon when the first raindrops of the season showered the capital city. The brief rainstorm was a complete surprise since weather forecasts for Tuesday predicted unseasonably warm weather rather than rain. With Israel’s first rain being an exciting event for children and adults alike, the uber-popular Yerushamayim weather website crashed following the storm. כן, ירושלמים, יורד גשם! pic.twitter.com/iFo3PxJi4U — Suleiman Maswadeh סולימאן מסוודה (@SuleimanMas1) October 20, 2020 הגשם חזר: ממטרים ראשונים בירושלים pic.twitter.com/pBBH7Ym5us — כאן חדשות (@kann_news) October 20, 2020 גשם!!! Now get video of the kids dancing singing mashiv haruach ,in the rain https://t.co/PTRvyp6oxQ — Ayilbasvach (@ayilbasvach) October 20, 2020 However, the surprise rainstorm doesn’t seem to be a harbinger of the start of the rainy season as weather forecasts predict clear skies over the next week. (YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)

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