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Anti-Semitism a ‘Recurrent Problem’ in Dutch Schools

February 9, 2016, by

From the JTA: Anti-Semitism is a persistent problem in some Dutch schools and especially among Muslim pupils, according to a new government-commissioned report on discrimination in education. The findings appeared in a 55-page report titled “Two Worlds, Two Realities – How Do You Deal with It as a Teacher,” which was published last week by

Israeli Boy, 11, Stabbed in the Back

February 9, 2016, by

From the JTA: An 11-year-old boy was stabbed several times in the back with scissors in the central Israeli city of Ramle. The boy told police the attacker in the Monday afternoon incident was an Arab man. He was taken to a nearby hospital in moderate condition, police said. The attacker fled the scene. A

Orthodox Man Killed in Crane Collapse

February 8, 2016, by

David Wichs z’l was killed on Feb. 5 when a crane collapsed in New York City. Wichs, a graduate of the Yeshiva of Flatbush and Harvard University, emigrated to the United States with his family from Czechoslovakia. He and his wife davened at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in the Upper East Side. “We honor a very unique man

The Pirate Rabbi

February 8, 2016, by

On February 6, Jewdayo, the daily history blog of Jewishcurrents.org, posted this entry about Samuel Pallache, known as the “Pirate Rabbi.” Reprinted with permission. Samuel Pallache, known as the “Pirate Rabbi,” died on this date in 1616 (some sources say February 4) in Amsterdam, the city where he had founded a community of Sephardicconversos in

In College ‘Safe Spaces’ No Jews Allowed

February 5, 2016, by

From The Tower: When Arielle Mokhtarzadeh and Ben Rosenberg arrived at University of California, Berkeley on November 6 to attend the annual Students of Color Conference, they had no way of knowing that they would be leaving as victims of anti-Semitism. The University of California Student Association’s “oldest and largest conference,” the Students of Color Conference (SOCC)

Hundreds Attend Funeral of Slain Border Patrol Officer

February 5, 2016, by

From The Jerusalem Post: Hundreds of mourners gathered Thursday in Yehud ahead of the funeral procession for slain Border Police officer Hadar Cohen, who was killed in a terror attack the day before at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. The 19-year-old was buried in the central Israeli city’s military cemetery. Among those who paid t heir last

The Storm After the Calm

February 4, 2016, by

In its seventh season of competition, the Orthodox Union’s Team Yachad faced a new challenge:  how to return to New York when a historic blizzard shut down the airport and the roads.  Many of the advisors had to resume college classes, so the thought of an extended stay in Florida, while appealing, was impossible.  Already

Border Police Officer, 19, Dies After Jerusalem Terror Attack

February 3, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: A border Police officer succumbed to wounds suffered during a shooting and stabbing attack near Jerusalem’s Old City Wednesday, after efforts to save her life at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus failed.  The woman was identified as Hadar Cohen, 19, from Or Yehuda. Cohen was rushed to hospital in critical

Could the Murder in Beit Horon Have Been Prevented?

February 2, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Last week’s fatal stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon, which left a 23-year-old woman dead and a 58-year-old woman injured, was carried out just a few feet from the local kindergarten — which one week later remains largely unguarded. Though most reports on the terror attack

Furious Netanyahu Slams Ban Ki-moon for ‘Stoking’ Palestinian Terrorism

February 2, 2016, by

From the Times of Israel: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday accused the United Nations chief of “stoking terror” after Ban Ki-moon said, in connection with the wave of Palestinian deadly terror attacks, that it was “human nature to react to occupation.” “There is no justification for terrorism,” Netanyahu said. “The Palestinian terrorists don’t want

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