Latest News Briefs (Page 2)


Recall of certain mineral water products

Friday, June 05, 2020

The Mayanot company has announced a recall of certain products in its "Mineral water with high mineral content" line, bottles of 1.5 liters.

Any products with a production date of 02/04/2020 and an expiry date of 02/04/2021, or 13/04/2020 expiring in 13/04/2021, or 23/04/2020 expiring on 23/04/2021, are not to be used. Customers are invited to contact the company's customer service at 0523 209363


8 injured in accident on Highway 2

Friday, June 05, 2020

Eight people have been injured in a road accident on Highway 2 near the Yanai interchange.

Their injuries are defined as light.


Motorcyclist injured on Road 40

Friday, June 05, 2020

A 25-year-old motorcycle rider has been injured in a collision with a private vehicle on Road 40 near the Ginaton Junction.

MDA paramedics took the man to Assaf Harofeh hospital, where his condition was defined as moderate, with wounds to his back and limbs.


Inaction re: attacks on property leads to attacks on human lives

Friday, June 05, 2020

A spokesperson for the Jewish community of Hebron, Noam Arnon, has stated that the community of Eshtamoa has been suffering from intrusions into its fields and pasture land for a long time already. Now, local Arabs have set fire to a nearby area and the fire threatens the community's homes as well.

"To our distress, no proper response has been forthcoming to deal with these terrorists, whose identities are known," Arnon said. "Now this has resulted in a life-threatening act of arson. We demand an immediate change of policy and a clear response to these acts of terrorism, these acts of Islamic terror committed against the Jews of the Land of Israel. Dealing effectively with terrorists at an early stage can prevent loss of life if action is delayed."


What connects Kristallnacht to the riots on America?

Friday, June 05, 2020
Kristallnacht as compared to the ongoing riots occurring now in America. Are the dynamics similar for similar reasons?

Gov't to vote on virus regulations next Sunday

Friday, June 05, 2020

The government is due to vote on a bundle of regulations related to the coronavirus epidemic next Sunday.

The draft law was initiated by the Prime Minister's Office by a special team in the Justice Ministry, headed by Deputy Attorney-General Raz Nazri.

It was reported that the changes to the draft law were made with reference to hundreds of comments made by members of the public and discussion of the matter will continue even after approval by the Ministerial Committee on Legislation.

Following are the main points of the draft legislation:

The Knesset - will continue to operate

The Courts - will continue to operate

Demonstrations - the right to protest will continue to apply

Police - will not be permitted to enter private homes without a permit

Emergency orders - will apply for a period of 30 days and can be cancelled by the Knesset at any point

Government regulations - must be brought before the Knesset for approval within a week

Closure orders - on neighborhoods or communities will apply for a week


Bald men more likely to have a severe case of coronavirus?

Friday, June 05, 2020

Are androgens responsible for determining the severity of COVID-19?


As the poor get poorer, the rich...

Friday, June 05, 2020

US billionaires have become collectively richer by half a trillion dollars during the pandemic period, The Guardian reports, quoting a think-tank report.

The US-based Institute for Police Studies calculated that America's richest people got richer by over $565 billion during the 11 weeks from March 18, when the United States began to lock down in response to the pandemic.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon has gained the most, increasing his net worth by $36.2 billion. Close behind is Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, who has increased his net worth by $30.1 billion. Bill Gates, who has donated hugely to a number of vaccine projects, has also seen his wealth increase by $11.8 billion.


Strike at Ben Gurion Airport ends

Friday, June 05, 2020
Transportation Min. Regev intervenes, ending airport strike after just one hour.

2 children on bicycles injured by bus in Rehovot

Friday, June 05, 2020

Two children aged 5 and 11 have been injured, one lightly, the other moderately, when a bus hit them as they rode their bicycles on a street in Rehovot.

They were taken to Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer.


Bald men more likely to have a severe case of coronavirus

Friday, June 05, 2020

A series of studies appears to show that bald men are at greater risk of a more severe response to Covid-19, The Telegraph reports. Professor Carlos Wambier of Brown University told The Telegraph: "We really think that baldness is a perfect predictor of severity."

It was already known that men suffer more severe reactions to coronavirus than women, and now it is being theorized that the difference is due to the presence of male hormones called androgens, which, incidentally, also play a part in hair loss.

If the theory is correct, this raises the possibility of using hormone-suppressing treatment to slow down the progression of the virus, as an Italian study appeared to show. There, men on androgen-deprivation therapy were found to be only a quarter as likely to contract coronavirus as men on other treatments.


Rav Scheinberg saw what was going on, and was appalled

Friday, June 05, 2020
Watch: Rav Simcha Scheinberg releases a moving video this week in support of a family member in crisis.

Huge blaze in Hebron Hills region due to Arab arson

Friday, June 05, 2020

Fire fighters and rescue workers are working to extinguish a huge blaze that has broken out in the Hebron Hills region.

The blaze, near the community of Eshtamoa, appears to have been deliberately set by Arabs, and has begun to spread toward residential homes. A number of families have been evacuated, and the section of Highway 60 near the blaze has been closed in the direction of Be'er Sheva.


Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses colleague's challenger

Friday, June 05, 2020
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorses Jamaal Bowman, primary challenger to 16-term congressman Eliot Engel.

Russia, China, Iran attempting to steal UK research on Covid-19

Friday, June 05, 2020

The head of GCHQ, the UK's cyber spy agency, has confirmed that the agency has been attacked by foreign agents attempting to steal the country's research on health-related issues, The Telegraph reports.

Jeremy Fleming, GCHQ head, said that both states and criminal elements were "going after things which are sensitive to us," adding that, "It's a high priority for us to protect the health sector [and] protect, particularly, the race to acquire a vaccine."

Although Fleming did not specify which "state" agents he thought were responsible, it was understood that he was referring to Russia, China, and Iran.

Several vaccine programs are currently underway in Great Britain, with one of them, led by AstraZeneca and Oxford University, hopeful that it may be able to produce as many as two billion doses by September.


Beit Yannai beach is closed for bathing due to high pollution levels

Friday, June 05, 2020

The beach will remained closed until further notice.


Lanes opened on blocked Highway 1 at Ben Shemen interchange

Friday, June 05, 2020

Traffic police are directing traffic on Highway 1, where the Ben Shemen interchange is still blocked.

Two westbound lanes have now been opened, and one eastbound lane.


MK Hendel: 'Glick's gesture of peace was responded to with violence'

Friday, June 05, 2020

Commenting on the attack on former MK Yehuda Glick that left him hospitalized, Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel (Derekh Eretz) expressed his sorrow that Glick's gesture of compassion was responded to with violence.

"The tragedy of the unnecessary death of Iyad Al-Halak shocked me greatly," Hendel said. "I have spoken with Yehuda Glick, and I have the greatest of admiration for his way, of showing love for his fellow man. Yehuda represented me too in going to pay a condolence call on the family, and to my distress, a hand stretched out in peace was answered with violence. I wish him a full and speedy recovery."


Shabbat times for Parshat Beha'alotchah

Friday, June 05, 2020

Jerusalem: Shabbat begins at 19:07, ends at 20:24

Tel Aviv: Shabbat begins at 19:23, ends at 20:27

Haifa: Shabbat begins at 19:18, ends at 20:28

Tiberias: Shabbat begins at 19:13, ends at 20:26

Ashkelon: Shabbat begins at 19:14, ends at 20:26

Eilat: Shabbat begins at 19:07, ends at 20:18

Ashdod: Shabbat begins at 19:22, ends at 20:26

Modi'in: Shabbat begins at 19:26, ends at 20:25

Petah Tikva: Shabbat begins at 19:04, ends at 20:26

Beit Shemesh: Shabbat begins at 19:12, ends at 20:25

Ra'anana: Shabbat begins at 19:25, ends at 20:27

Shabbat Shalom!


Shas MK appeals to DM: Renew block on transfer of funds to terrorists

Friday, June 05, 2020

MK Moshe Arbel (Shas) has appealed to Defense Minister Benny Gantz, asking him to reconsider his decision to suspend the order preventing transfer of funds to Palestinian security prisoners and the families of terrorists ("martyrs") by Palestinian banks.

In his letter, Arbel wrote: "There is a common consensus that one of the most effective methods of battling terror is to limit the benefits accruing to those who engage in it and their families ... At the beginning of May, we were already informed that the order [preventing transfer of funds] was bearing fruit ... I ask you to please do whatever you can to restore the order as soon as possible."


Using bamboo sheets to improve hygiene during coronavirus

Friday, June 05, 2020
Bamboo sheets are fast becoming the preferred alternative to bedding over cotton – and experts suggest that it could be more hygienic.

Poll: Trump approval rating at record low of 39%

Friday, June 05, 2020

A new poll from ABC News and Ipsos shows approval ratings for US President Donald Trump at a record low, The Guardian reports.

"For the second week since ABC News and Ipsos began polling on the coronavirus in mid-March, Trump’s approval for his stewardship over the nation’s response to the outbreak remains at a record low 39%." ABC reported. "Six in 10 Americans disapprove of the president’s handling of the virus."

Another poll showed that 74% of US adults view the death of George Floyd as symbolic of an underlying racial injustice problem. In 2014, a similar question put to the public after several similar incidents gained a positive reply of just 44%.


'If you were at a protest, go get a test' says NY Governor Cuomo

Friday, June 05, 2020

At his daily briefing, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said that people out on the streets protesting had a "civic duty" to be tested for coronavirus.

“If you were at a protest, go get a test, please,” Cuomo said at his daily briefing. “The protesters have a civic duty here also. Be responsible, get a test.”

Cuomo said that around 20,000 people have been protesting in NYC alone, "the highest number of protesters," the governor said.


High blood pressure doubles risk of dying of Covid-19

Friday, June 05, 2020

A new study published today by Chinese researchers shows that people suffering from high blood pressure are twice as likely to die from coronavirus as those without, The Guardian reports.

The study showed that patients who had stopped taking their blood pressure medication were four times more likely to die.


Astra-Zeneca could have 2 billion vaccine doses by September

Friday, June 05, 2020

British pharma company Astra-Zeneca could be ready to produce two billion doses of a coronavirus vaccine by September, its CEO said today.

Astra-Zeneca is working together with scientists from Oxford University in an effort to produce an effective and safe vaccine, one of a number of projects underway in various countries including the United States and China.

The company's CEO told the BBC: "So far we're still on track ... we will have the data by the end of the summer ... so in September we should know whether we have an effective vaccine or not."


'With five Knesset seats, they offered us three portfolios'

Friday, June 05, 2020
MK Eli Avidar says Yisrael Beytenu chair MK Avigdor Liberman could have been 'minister of whatever he wanted.'

When life gives you wine, make hand sanitizer

Friday, June 05, 2020

What happens to wine when you can't sell it? A unique coronavirus-era solution has been adopted in France, Italy, and Spain, where winemakers are planning to distill unsold wine and turn it into hand sanitizer.

Winemakers have been hit particularly hard by the closures of bars and restaurants, and by a reduction in exports to the United States after US President Trump imposed 25% tariffs on French wine last year, The Guardian reports.

The European Union has approved the measure and will finance the process.


Turkey cancels weekend lockdown due to public protest

Friday, June 05, 2020

Just hours after announcing a weekend lockdown, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has cancelled the measure due to public opposition.

Erdogan warned that a rise in the infection rate is still extremely worrying and will have to be addressed. Turkey has seen the number of confirmed cases rise by nearly 1,000 per day in the last week.


Mexican police beat man to death after arrest for not wearing mask

Friday, June 05, 2020

A man arrested by Mexican police for not wearing a face mask has been found beaten to death, The Guardian reports. Relatives of Giovanni Lopez went to the police station to look for him, but were told that he had been taken to hospital. They found him there dead, with a bullet wound in his foot, but an autopsy revealed that he had died due to a blunt trauma to the head.

Footage from prior to the beating shows police officers armed with assault rifles forcing the 30-year-old man into a police truck, and bystanders pleading with them to release him. A police officer claimed that he had been attacked as he was "resisting."


US unemployment may hit 20% according to forecasts

Friday, June 05, 2020

The latest batch of data on US unemployment is due out today, The Guardian reports, with some economists predicting the rate may shoot up to almost 20%.

Although businesses shut down in the early months of the pandemic have started reopening, people are still being laid off. If economic predictions are correct, total job losses since March will rise to almost 30 million, more than three times the number of people who lost their jobs during the 2007 recession. The Guardian notes that it took the United States' job market a full six years to recover from that recession.


Arab arrested for attack on Yehuda Glick released to house arrest

Friday, June 05, 2020

The Arab resident of East Jerusalem who was arrested this morning on suspicion that he took part in the attack on former MK Yehuda Glick yesterday has been released to house arrest.

Glick had been in East Jerusalem paying a condolence call on the family of Iyad Al-Halak, and was attacked by a group of Arabs as he left, leaving him seriously injured. Glick called the attack a "lynch."


Leading financiers call for greener global economic policies

Friday, June 05, 2020

A group of leading financiers have publicized a letter calling for the world to adopt greener economic policies in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, The Guardian reports.

The letter, signed by current and former governors of the Bank of England and the Banque de France, among others, states that: "This crisis offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy in order to withstand the next shock coming our way: climate breakdown. Unless we act now, the climate crisis will be tomorrow’s central scenario and, unlike Covid-19, no one will be able to self-isolate from it."


Does a Jew feel the pain of other Jews? the joy?

Friday, June 05, 2020
Remembering Hashem in tmes of trouble and rejoicing, remembeing that we are always one nation.

Coronavirus in Bnei Brak: Huge number of stores up for grabs

Friday, June 05, 2020
Over 30% of commercial property on Bnei Brak's main street is up for sale, organization says.

92 schools closed, almost 14 thousand students, staff in quarantine

Friday, June 05, 2020

13,702 students and teaching staff are now in quarantine across the country, following a spike in new coronavirus cases in schools and preschools in many towns and cities.

As of this morning, 304 students and staff have tested positive for coronavirus, and 92 schools and preschools have been forced to close.


Highway 1 closed in both directions at Lod interchange

Friday, June 05, 2020

The Lod interchange on Highway 1 has been closed to traffic in both directions, due to a truck that caught fire on the road.


Ben Gurion strike suspended, Treasury to discuss situation next Monday

Friday, June 05, 2020

The workers' committee of airport staff at Ben Gurion Airport have suspended their strike, following a personal appeal from Transportation Minister Miri Regev.

The committee was informed that Regev will be meeting with senior Treasury officials next Monday to discuss their plight.

Dozens of aircraft were impacted by the few hours of the strike, which prevented flights from taking off and landing.


NY police assault 75-year-old man leaving him seriously injured

Friday, June 05, 2020

Two NY police officers have been suspended without pay after they were caught on film pushing a 75-year-old man to the ground. The video clip shows the man on the ground and bleeding after the assault.

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo said the incident was "wholly unjustified and utterly disgraceful." The man is now in hospital, in stable but serious condition.


UK contact tracing won't be fully functional until September

Friday, June 05, 2020

With Prime Minister Boris Johnson's popularity declining, news that the country's test-and-trace system won't be functioning properly until September or even later won't be welcome for the UK government.

Tony Prestedge, who is running the NHS program has told his staff that for the time being, contact tracing will be "imperfect." The Guardian notes that PM Johnson had previously promised that the system would be up and running by June 1.

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