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Tensions in Israel: Shas Spiritual Leader Rules Valid Gun Owners Should Carry Weapon on Shabbat

Jewish Gun Owner - Credit UnknownA member of the Council of Torah Sages of the Sephardic Shas party stated on Thursday that any Jewish resident of Israel who has a valid gun license is obligated to carry his weapon this Shabbat in the context of the heightened security threat facing Jerusalem and other parts of the country as of late.

Rabbi David Yosef further said that synagogue administrators should make sure that there is a charged cell phone available in their house of worship throughout the holy day of rest in case of an emergency.

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Belgium: Jewish Official Demands Govt Coverage of Jewish Community’s Security Costs

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Courtesy of rovenko.com

Following the stabbing of an Orthodox Jew in Antwerp, a Belgian Jewish politician has demanded that the government pay for the community’s security costs of $1 million a year. Claude Marinower, Antwerp’s alderman for education, expressed the demand on Thursday – several days after 31-year-old Yehosha Malik was knifed in the neck by an unknown assailant while he was walking to synagogue to attend Shabbos prayer services. Read more »

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Suggestion to Build Moat Around White House Highlights Security Lapses at House Hearing

Via/AP

Via/AP

Rep. Steve Cohen, Tennessee’s first Jewish Congressman, offered a truly unique idea on Wednesday to greatly heighten security for President Obama – namely, to build a moat around the White House.

‘Would a moat – water, six feet around, be kind of attractive and effective?” Cohen posited at a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Joseph Clancy, the acting director of the Secret Service. Read more »

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US Synagogues Heighten Security Measures Following J’lem Massacre

NYPD officer guarding Bobover shul (48) in Borough Park

NYPD officer guarding Bobover shul (48) in Borough Park

The images of Jerusalem’s massacre on Tuesday prompted many communities in the United States and across the world to beef up security at Jewish institutions in fear of similar lone-wolf attacks on US soil.

“Certainly, at our synagogues there really is a sense, when seeing the reports of the attack, and seeing pools of blood on the floor, that it’s not just the synagogue in Jerusalem, but we in our synagogues felt attacked as well,” Nathan Diament, director of public policy for the Orthodox Union, was quoted as saying by USA Today. Read more »

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Public Advocate James and Hate Crime Task Force Condemn Anti-Semitic Williamsburg Attack

Photo credit: CBS2

Photo credit: CBS2

As police continue to investigate Monday’s hate crime against an Israeli tourist in Williamsburg, Public Advocate Letitia James and the Public Advocate’s Hate Crime Task Force, launched earlier this year by her office, came out on Wednesday in full force, to condem the rise in bias-related crime against the Jewish community in New York City.

As first reported by JP, on Monday, an Israeli tourist was attacked by a violent group at the Queens-bound platform at the Marcy Avenue J-M-Z station in Williamsburg.

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British Jewry Advised to Ramp Up Institutional Security Following Jerusalem Attack

Jerusalem terror attackIn the wake of the deadly attack on a Jerusalem synagogue and the stabbing of a Jewish man in Belgium, the security organization of British Jewry has advised the adoption of extra vigilance around Jewish institutions.

The Community Security Trust issued the warning on Tuesday in a security bulletin that outlined nine instructions to Jewish institutions, including a call to “ensure visible external security patrols take place to deter and detect hostile activity” and immediate reporting to police officials of any suspicious behavior.

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French Jewish Brooklyn Bridge Climber: I Got Carried Away By Passion For Photography

Brooklyn_Bridge_PostdlfThe French Jewish tourist who was arrested after climbing on the Brooklyn Bridge on Sunday says he got carried away by his love for photography and regrets his actions.

“My goal was never to be famous or anything like that,” 23-year-old Yonathan Souid, told DNAinfo New York on Monday. “I just wanted to take great photos and I got carried away by my passion. I take full responsibility for what happened, and of course I regret what I’ve done.” Read more »

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NYPD Officers Honored For Helping Elderly Woman Cross Borough Park Intersection

hikind nypd 66 #3Two NYPD officers from Brooklyn’s 66th Police Precinct were honored Tuesday by Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) for helping an elderly woman to cross the street in Borough Park on November 2, 2014.

The two officers, Igor Smolyakov and Joseph Droge, were recently seen stopping traffic and exiting their vehicle to personally escort an elderly woman across the street who was fearful because of traffic. Read more »

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Nassau County Police Department: No Known Threats To Jewish Institutions

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

The following is a statement by Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano following the horrific terror attack at a Jerusalem synagogue:

“Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano along with Acting Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter would like to assure the residents of Nassau County that the Police Department is aware of the recent Synagogue attack in Israel and are continuously monitoring world events.” Read more »

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New NY City Council Bill Would Require Clear Consent From Suspects For Police Search

Photo: Courtesy of InTouch

Photo: Courtesy of InTouch

Members of New York’s City Council are preparing to make life more complicated for the city’s Police Department by introducing a bill that would legally require police officers to obtain written or audio permission from a suspect before they could conduct a search. Under legislation that will be introduced Thursday, police officers would have to get stated consent for searches when they don’t have a warrant, are not actually making an arrest or do not have probable cause. West Virginia and Colorado are the only two states to have laws with similarly strict requirements.

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Father Of MVA Victim Sets Roadside Speedometer To Assist Motorists With 25MPH Speed Limit

20141111-004500.jpgAn Orthodox Jewish business owner has stepped up to the plate to alert his fellow New Yorkers about the new 25MPH speed limit currently in effect across the City of New York, by placing a roadside speedometer on several busy streets in Brooklyn, where motorists are used to pick up speed.

Mr. Moshe Lemmer – who is quite familiar with safety issues, being the owner of A Plus (A-1) Fire Control which services our New York City with fire protection and safety for over 35 years‎ – told JP on Monday that he launched the initiative in memory of his daughter Tzippy OB”M, who herself was the victim of a fatal motor vehicle accident.
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NYPD Dept Chief O’Neill: Precinct Commanders Will Be Held Accountable For All Operations

chief james oniellOn Thursday morning, the local TV news channel NY1 was granted a rare look inside the crime and counterterrorism meetings conducted by the New York Police Department. Those discussions are generally held away from the public eye.

The first such gathering was a CompStat meeting, part of a program that takes a close look at crime statistics in specific neighborhoods across the city. Read more »

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Chief Banks: Disagreement Over New Assignments Led To Departure Of The NYPD

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On Sunday, Chief of Department Philip Banks first commented on his surprise departure of the New York Police Department on Friday.

Banks reportedly resigned from the department following a dispute with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton over his new assignment to Deputy Commissioner post, requesting additional powers. The dispute led chief Banks to walk out of the meeting and announce his sudden departure from the NYPD. Read more »

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Argentina: Wife of Jewish Community Leader Shot During Robbery

daiaThe wife of Dr. Julio Schlosser, the president of an umbrella Jewish community organization in Argentina known as DAIA, was shot by an unknown assailant on Saturday during a robbery in Buenos Aires. Mrs. Schlosser was wounded by the gunfire and is currently hospitalized in intensive care. The intruder reportedly shot at the couple while they were visiting friends in Buenos Aires’ Flores neighborhood.

Two individuals who were riding a motorcycle attacked the Schlossers and fired gunshots at them. The police stated that the couple had not attempted to resist the robbers, who escaped from the scene with Mrs. Schlosser’s purse, YNet reported.

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BREAKING: NYPD Chief Banks Is Stepping Down: Sources

department_coNYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks who was supposed to be promoted on Monday to first deputy commissioner has abruptly resigned, law enforcement sources told JP.

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Kiryas Joel, NY – NYSP Arrests Two Youths After Finding Drugs In Their Vehicle

Two teenagers were arrested Monday night in the village of Kiryas Joel after the New York State Police discovered a large amount of drugs in their vehicle during a routine traffic stop, a Police source told JP.

The 2 teenagers, whom one of them was identified as Lucas Kolakowski, 20 years old, from Highland Mills, NY, were driving on Acres road when they were stopped by cops for conducting a traffic violation, cops said. The identity of the second boy is being withheld since he is under the age of 18. Read more »

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Borough Park – Two Serial Burglars Arrested After Breaking Into Cars

20140506-123514.jpgTwo serial criminals were arrested once again by the NYPD after they were caught breaking into multiple vehicles early Sunday morning.

Sean Ryan, 29 years old, started his break-in spree shortly before 4:00 am by breaking into a vehicle parked at 1373 47the street in Borough Park. He was watched and followed by Borough Park Shomrim members. He then walked to 1421 53rd street where he broke into a second vehicle and took off with a GPS, MP3 Player and some cash. Read more »

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Dismisses Another Wrongful Conviction Case

Convictions Questioned(AP). They were 16 when they confessed to kidnapping and killing a stranger and taking a joyride in his car. They quickly recanted but were convicted of murder.

Now, almost 30 years later, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson plans to ask a judge Wednesday to throw out the convictions of David McCallum and the late Willie Stuckey, saying their convictions hinged on made-up confessions peppered with details seemingly supplied by police. Their cause was championed by one of the nation’s most famous exonerees, former prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Read more »

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High-Speed Chase On GWB Bridge Ends After Crash Into Law Enforcement Chaplain

gold SUVA 38-year-old woman was arrested Saturday night by NY/NJ Port Authority Poilce, following a car chase that ended with crashing into an SUV driven by a law enforcement chaplain, JP has learned.

Joel Gold, a law enforcement chaplain, was driving with his family in the car on the upper level of the George Washington Bridge East bound at around 9:50p.m., when a car speeding crashed into his car. The driver lost control and crashed into the divider. Read more »

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UPDATED: Upstate NY GOP Operative Breaks Law By Jamming Opposition Campaign’s Phone Lines

IMG_0268Following the footsteps of other Republican operatives who were convicted and ended up in prison for jamming opposition phone lines, Ramapo Republican Committee treasurer Bill Weber pulled the same dirty tricks in the recent Town of Ramapo referendum elections.

On September 30th elections were held in Rockland county’s town of Ramapo on two referendums, whether to increase the number of Town Board members from four to six, and whether to separate the town into geographical districts (wards) and elect a Town Board member from each district.

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North Miami – Intensive Security Measures Conducted by Law Enforcement During High Holidays [Photos+Video]

DO8A8347As previously reported by JP, Florida Law enforcement agencies have pledged to provide the Jewish neighborhoods with extra security and Police visibility during the high holiday season, in the wake of the recent uptick in anti-Semitic crime and the killing of Rabbi Raksin on a Shabbos morning.

The unprecedented joint effort by Florida Highway Patrol, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the North Miami Police Department. Read more »

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Brooklyn Council Members Split On Revenue-Producing Speeding Camera On Ocean Pkwy

NYPD security cameraA ticket blitz by a single NYPD speeding camera produces as many as 1,551 tickets, amounting to a total of $77,550 that went to the City’s revenue, the NY post reported Sunday.

The camera, located near Ocean Parkway in Brooklyn, issued speed violations to anyone going more than 10 mph over the posted speed limit, which is 30 mph, according to the Department of Transportation. Read more »

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Spring Valley, NY – Toddler Dead After Being Struck By Vehicle

An 18 months old toddler died from her injuries in Westchester Hospital, after she was struck by moving vehicle Friday afternoon in the Chestnut Ridge area of Spring Valley, NY, cops said.

Monsey Hatzolah said they responded to a call of a pedestrian struck outside Becketts Court, Friday afternoon at around 1:25 pm, and found a child laying unresponsive on the road. They treated the child at the scene and transported her to the hospital.

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NYPD Steps Up Security Ahead Of High Holiday Season

nypd surveillanceThe New York City Police Department has stepped up  security in Times Square, Wall Street, subways and rail stations, as well as outside Jewish institutions, before the start of the Jewish New Year, Bloomberg news reports.

According to Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis, while there was no evidence of a specific threat, the NYPD had a duty to respond to concerns stemming from warnings on social media by the Islamic State terrorist group. Read more »

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Antwerp Jewish Community Leaders Host Pre Holiday Meeting with Law Enforcement [Photos]

1Some 100 members of the Jewish community on Wednesday gathered for an informational hearing between local community leaders, heads of Jewish organizations and institutions and local Police leaders in Antwerp, Belgium, in the run up to the Jewish High Holidays. The meeting was organized by the local CKJGA – Shmira group.

The Chief Rabbis of Machzike and Shomrei Hadas communities, as well as Rabbi Pollack, the designated coordinator with the Shmira together; the Corps Chef of Antwerp; heads of DIA and ISRA and the Info coordinator with Brussels, were in attendance. Read more »

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