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Israel election: Polls open and body cameras deployed

Haaretz - 54 min 55 sec ago
Over 6 million voters will be able to cast ballots at thousands of polling stations ? Party leaders ramp up last-ditch efforts to gain voters ? 3,000 election monitors deployed to prevent fraud

Israel Votes to Decide on Netanyahu's Fate - Asharq Al-awsat English

ISIS Watch - 1 hour 31 min ago
Israel Votes to Decide on Netanyahu's Fate  Asharq Al-awsat English

Israel began voting in its second election in five months Tuesday to decide whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will stay in power. Polls opened at 7:00 ...

Netanyahu will need all of his skills as a magician to pull off this election

Haaretz - 2 hours 35 min ago
A victory that ends with the establishment of a right-wing-ultra-Orthodox coalition will give him the authority – as far as he is concerned – to break Israeli democracy

A vote to buy time

Haaretz - 3 hours 13 min ago

The day after Netanyahu

Haaretz - 3 hours 44 min ago

Abdulrahman Al-Rashed - Iran is an Evil State that Threatens Everyone - Asharq Al-awsat English

ISIS Watch - 3 hours 53 min ago
Abdulrahman Al-Rashed - Iran is an Evil State that Threatens Everyone  Asharq Al-awsat English

Talk during the past two decades about Iran's plan to control the region and threaten the sovereignty of all its states has not been just an exaggeration inspired ...

Time to replace Netanyahu

Haaretz - 4 hours 44 min ago

With body cameras and special phone lines, this Israeli election aims for unprecedented transparency

Haaretz - 5 hours 4 min ago
New measures to monitor the voting process will be expensive and delay the results, but Central Election Committee members believe the pros outweigh the cons

New Women’s March board member has called Israel a ‘racist’ state that ‘engages in terrorism’

Haaretz - 5 hours 51 min ago
Lawyer Zahra Billoo has said on Twitter that 'Israel commits war crimes and terrorism as a hobby' and called country a 'settler colonial nation'

Airstrike targets Iran-backed militias near Iraq-Syria border, media reports say

Haaretz - 6 hours 55 min ago
Iraqi channel attributes strike to Israel

An indictment is no match for a Netanyahu victory

Haaretz - 7 hours 14 min ago
His pre-indictment hearing is less than a month away, but it’s not the only legal event awaiting him after the election – yet another case could be reopened

Administrator at NY Jewish day school arrested for ‘production of child pornography’

JTA - 7 hours 19 min ago

NEW YORK (JTA) — An administrator at a prestigious Modern Orthodox Jewish middle school in New York City was arrested for production of child pornography.

In an email to the school community on Monday, the principal of Salanter Akiba Riverdale Academy in the Bronx, known as SAR, informed parents that Rabbi Jonathan Skolnick, the middle school associate principal of Judaic studies, was arrested late Friday night. The email said that the school had reason to believe that SAR students may have been victims of Skolnick.

“I know that this is an extremely difficult message to read and process on many levels,” wrote the principal, Rabbi Binyamin Krauss. “It is shocking to know that someone who we have trusted with our children has been accused of harming them. Despite the practices in place to protect our children, we are not immune to breaches such as the one that seems to have taken place at SAR.”

SAR has fired Skolnick, who was at the school for 14 months. The school is cooperating fully with the FBI. Beyond the claim of “production of pornography” and a mention of “inappropriate photos,” the email did not contain more detail.

Last year, the school commissioned a report about its previous employment of a teacher who abused at least a dozen students at the school, according to the report. Stanley Rosenfeld, now 84, who has admitted to abusing hundreds of boys throughout his lifetime, worked as an assistant principal at SAR in the 1970s and also taught English there a decade later. The school commissioned the investigation in January, soon after learning of allegations against Rosenfeld.

“We strive to create a learning environment in which students feel comfortable coming forward with concerns or reports of misbehavior of any kind,” Krauss wrote to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency last year following the release of the report. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our students. If we were to learn of a report of abuse, we would work quickly to begin an investigation and ensure, throughout the process, that students are safe.”

Krauss wrote in his email Monday that the school’s administration will be discussing the arrest with students in the middle school on Tuesday, as well as students now in ninth grade who were under Skolnick’s authority last year. The school also encouraged parents to discuss the situation with their kids, and administrators are making themselves available to speak with parents on Tuesday and in the coming days as well.

The school instituted a sexual harassment policy in 2014. The policy requires reporting credible allegations of sexual misconduct to law enforcement, as well as guidelines for reporting allegations within the school and investigating them.

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Report: Islamic State leader issues message urging redoubling of efforts - Axios

ISIS Watch - 7 hours 48 min ago
Report: Islamic State leader issues message urging redoubling of efforts  Axios

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, leader of the Islamic State, has issued an audio message to followers urging them to redouble efforts to further the group's mission, per ...

Top Israeli marijuana firm to be bought out as owner faces legal battle

Haaretz - 7 hours 53 min ago
Cannabit signs principle of agreement with competitor Tikun Olam, whose founder has been barred from working in the medical marijuana industry by authorities

Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11 - The Daily Beast

9/11 News From Google News - 8 hours 30 min ago
Team Trump: Saudis See This Attack as Their 9/11  The Daily Beast

It seems like a trivialization of the tragedy of 9/11, but from a Saudi point of view it is a way of explaining their shock to Americans,” one expert says.

Iranian provocation in Persian Gulf hasn’t deterred Trump yet

Haaretz - Mon, 2019-09-16 23:57
It looks like Tehran is raising the stakes, but so far the Americans have not given any sign that the latest attack will lead to a policy change on their part

On Election Day, it’s the Prince of Darkness vs. Israel’s very soul

Haaretz - Mon, 2019-09-16 23:40
Netanyahu’s unbridled and untethered election campaign outlined the shape of things to come if he wins: The slow and agonizing death of Israeli democracy

Decomposing Bodies Lead To Investigation At Worcester Funeral Home - On Air With Ryan Seacrest

Boston Bombing - Mon, 2019-09-16 23:36
Decomposing Bodies Lead To Investigation At Worcester Funeral Home  On Air With Ryan Seacrest

He's made a name for himself for taking the abandoned and unclaimed bodies nobody else wants—but now, a Worcester funeral home director is under ...

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