Man sentenced to 2,080 lashes after raping his daughter over seven year period

Saudi religious police 
By: Moses Gold

A man has been arrested, charged and convicted of raping his own daughter over a period of seven years, according to court proceedings in Saudi Arabia.

Now, according to an official Saudi Arabian newspaper, the man accused of raping his daughter has been sentenced to receive 2,080 lashes over the course of a term of imprisonment of 13 years.

The court, in the city of Mecca found the man guilty of raping his teenage daughter over a seven year period while under the influence of drugs.

The newspaper also reported this week that the man will receive the lashes in stages throughout his prison sentence. The man's name was not revealed. The Saudi religious police said the girl's uncle tipped them off to the crime.

“The man committed a terrible crime against his own daughter. The girl is lucky to have an uncle who finally stood up for her. If not for her uncle who knows how long this girl may have suffered from her own father in such a terrible way,” Lucas Federman, 41, a child advocate in Paris, France told YourJewishNews.com.

However, human rights organizations condemned the sentence. “It is one thing to give a man a long prison sentence, but lashes is a form of torture that should be abolished,” Giles Rutherford, 32, a human rights activist in Berlin, Germany told YourJewishNews.com.

Lashes is one of the penalties available to the clerics who serve as judges in Saudi Arabia who issue rulings according to a strict interpretation of Islamic law known as sharia.

Man wins $8,000 after being stuck on Disney ride for several hours

Jose Martinez 
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A man was left traumatized the day he went to Disney to enjoy some rides, according to a lawsuit filed in a court in California.

Now, the lawyer for the man, who is disabled, said that his client received an $8,000 judgement against Disneyland after their "It’s A Small World" ride broke down, leaving him stranded for half an hour, while the songs kept on playing.

Attorney David Geffen, said that Jose Martinez was not medically stabilized for three hours after the ride had broken down. “Martinez suffered tremendously during these 3 hours. He is still suffering from post traumatic stress disorder related to the incident,” a family friend told YourJewishNews.com.

A Disneyland spokesperson, Suzi Brown, said that the Anaheim theme park believed to have provide appropriate assistance during the incident, and regrets that the court did not fully agree.

Geffen said that Martinez uses a wheelchair, suffers from panic attacks and high blood pressure, which was exacerbated by the need to urinate.

Geffen said that half of the award on Friday was ordered for pain and suffering, and the rest was for disability law violations. Brown said that the violations have been addressed.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Married man pawns wedding ring to pay for prostitute

Marvin Holmes 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A married man is in a whole lot of trouble after he pawned a wedding ring to cheat on his wife with a prostitute.

South Carolina police said they arrested Marvin Holmes, 33, after allegedly admitting to pawning his wedding ring to pay for a prostitute.

An officer stopped his vehicle in an area known to be frequented by prostitutes and drug dealers. The female passenger, Rhonda Kelley, 41, was recognized by the police as she has been arrested in the past for prostitution.

The driver, Holmes, allegedly told the officer he decided to pick up a prostitute because he was having problems with his wife.

“If he had marriage issues before, this incident will cause him a whole lot of more trouble,” Murray White, 38, from Charleston, South Carolina told YourJewishNews.com.

According to the police reports, the prostitute told officers that Holmes did not have money with him, so they had gone to the Apache Pawn shop, where he pawned his wedding ring for $20.

Holmes was charged with solicitation of a prostitute and driving with a suspended license.

Kelley was charged with solicitation of prostitution and possession of marijuana.

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Vandals destroy Israeli synagogue in Mitzpe Jericho including Torah scrolls

Some of the damage at the Mitpe Jericho synagogue 
By: Shifra Unger

An Israeli synagogue was severely damaged by vandals who showed no respect for religious articles, according to police in Israel.

The synagogue, located in the city of Mitzpe Jericho was destroyed early Thursday. Vandals destroyed books, objects, doors, furniture and damaged one Torah scroll. The synagogue is located in a gated street that housed among other institutions, the local yeshiva.

Police have launched an investigation and are trying to determine the motive behind the vandalism, criminal, nationalistic, or another unknown reason.

A spokesperson for the city of Mitzpe Jericho, located outside of Ma'aleh Adumim, said it appeared that two vandals smashed the security fence of the city on Wednesday night. "The vandals passed through the yeshiva, created a lot of damage, destruction of books and threw a Torah scroll on the floor. The also destroyed many objects and elements of the yeshiva. it is a miracle that no one was hurt or something worse," the city spokesperson said.

IDF troops and police were searching for evidence, and were looking for suspects in nearby Arab villages.
“The Jewish community in Mitzpe Jericho is nervous after the incident. The city has installed several security measures due to the location of the city but for some reason it has failed. Police need to investigate why the security measures in place did not prevent the incident,” a community activist in Mitzpe Jericho told YourJewishNews.com.

Avi Ro'eh, Yesha Council chairman and chief of Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, said that the incident was a very serious matter, because it was not just vandalism and destruction of a place of worship, but an invasion of a school. He is confident that the police will do everything possible to find those responsible and bring them to justice.

Woman finds missing daughter on adult website being sold as prostitute

Justina Jensen 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A mother was devastated after her daughter went missing. The mother did her own investigation until she found her daughter.

Sadly, the 16-year-old girl was being held by a pimp. The teen’s photo was posted online on an adult website.

According to police, an investigation was launched after the mother reported that she found photos of her teenage daughter who was missing and that her photograph had been posted on a website that advertised adult entertainment.

The mother from Manchester, New Hampshire told investigators that she and a friend posed as customers and negotiated an agreement with the owner of the account, to pay for sex with the young teenager.

After an investigation, 23-year-old Justina Jensen, from New Hampshire was arrested. Jensen is accused of pimping out the 16- year-old girl. The two apparently met at a demonstration at “Occupy New Hampshire ".

“This is a terrible injustice. The young girl befriended the woman who took her under her wings, but instead of helping the girl she tried to use the teen as a cash cow and pimp her out as a prostitute. How awful,” Helen Blackman, 41, from New Hampshire told YourJewishNews.com

Investigators found that the mother was right as the young girl’s photo was on the adult website along with pictures of three other women. The website allegedly advertised "Come and have fun with four beautiful ladies" in Manchester, New Hampshire, according to the arrest report.

An undercover officer, who identified himself as "Mad Mike" negotiated a deal on the telephone with the owner, agreeing to pay $150 for sex with the teen. The owner, who identified herself as "Remy", accepted the deal and set up a time and place to meet for sex with the teenager.

The police arrived at the predetermined place and made ​​contact with "Remy" who was later identified as Jensen. The 16-year-old girl was found living on the third floor of Jensen’s apartment . Both were taken into custody.

The teen told investigators she met Jensen at an Occupy New Hampshire rally, where she took her picture and posted it on the website. Jensen also allegedly told the girl she was going to train her to be a prostitute and "Mad Mike" was to be their first customer.

Jensen was booked into jail on charges of prostitution.

Man kills family dog to retrieve son's finger

Fernando Brignoni  
By: Sarah Weiss

(Scroll down for video) A father was forced to make a tough decision of saving his son’s finger or saving his dog who viciously bit his son.

However, as hard as it was to kill the dog the father from Florida knew he had to do whatever it takes to save his son’s finger.

Luis Brignoni, 41, went into panic when he discovered the family dog bit off his son’s finger.

The Malamute-wolf swallowed 11-year-old Fernando Brignoni's pinky finger.

Knowing that the dog had swallowed the finger, the father grabbed a gun, ran out to the backyard and shot the dog. The concerned father then cut the dog’s stomach open to retrieve the finger.

“It must have been hard for the father to kill his beloved family dog, but any loving father would do whatever it takes to help his son,” animal lover Steve Dickson, 67, from Miami, Florida told YourJewishNews.com.

The father handed the finger over to EMT members who rushed the boy to the hospital. Sadly, inspite of the quick action, the surgeons were unable to reattach the finger, due to extensive nerve damage.

He reportedly had been simply trying to pet the dog when the animal bit him so hard and it would not let the boy go, until the boy’s 13-year-old brother hit the dog in the head with a stick.

After an investigation, the incident has been ruled an accident by the sheriff's office. Fernando is reportedly recovering well, with his friends and family at his hospital bedside.

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Famous Jewish U.S. cook does new series called ‘Joy of Israel’

Jamie Geller featured on the "Good Day New York" show 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A famous Jewish U.S. cook and TV producer of the “Joy of Kosher” show, is now starting a new series called the “Joy of Israel”.

Many teens go to Israel to study for a year or so. A seed is planted and a tree of dreams and hope grows within their heart.

This was the case of young Jamie Geller, who grew up in a traditional Jewish home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While studying in Israel for one year during high school Geller told her mother “I want to live here, because this is home.”

After she graduated college Geller became an accomplished journalist who worked for CNN, she was also a TV producer.

After she became an Orthodox Jew and began keeping a kosher home, she began to focus solely on how to cook great kosher food. She then decided to share her tips for good kosher food with the public. She began a blog about kosher cooking which blossomed into a book and a full-blown business called the “Joy of Kosher”.

Geller married her husband and they settled in Monsey, New York. Now Geller and her husband gave up their nice New York home, to realize their dream of immigrating to Israel. They moved to the city of Beit Shemesh, near Jerusalem.

“I, Jamie Geller, my husband and our children will be realizing a lifelong dream of ours, our parents, our grandparents and the Jewish people for the past 2,000 years,” Geller announced to her fans, family and friends.

When she was asked if she will miss her foods or ingredients in Israel, Geller said: “I like that Israeli foods are so much riper and more flavorful, It’s healthier cooking. It’s farm to table, and I’m not talking in the trendy sense, I mean there’s literally less time from the farm to your plate, it’s that much fresher."

“I am a big fan of Jamie Geller, and her cooking show keeps recipes simple so even the inexperienced cooks can make delicious food for their families,” Esti Greenblatt, 24, from Monsey, New York told YourJewishNews.com.

Now she is doing a mini-series called the “Joy of Israel”.
Geller and her family traveled to the snow covered Mount Hermon in the North of Israel, followed by a stop to ride horses and cook dinner with Israeli cowboys at Kibbutz Merom Golan. To make Poyke, Geller learned to cook traditional Israeli cowboy food then she and her family rode horses as they enjoyed the breathtaking landscape.

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Palestinian man arrested after being caught smuggling $500,000 worth of gold

Gold bars 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A Palestinian man was arrested and charged with smuggling related charges after he was caught smuggling $500,000 in gold bars at an Indian airport, according to customs officials in India.

The desperate man received only $500 in compensation for his entire smuggling trip.
The Air Intelligence Unit Wednesday intercepted the 23-year-old Palestinian man at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for allegedly smuggling 10.5 kilos of gold worth $500,000. This is being touted as a major seizure. The previous record seizure by custom officials was 5 kilos of gold.

The accused, Mohammed Al Sher Rana, had taken an early morning flight with Gulf Air from Bahrain. He expected to return to Bahrain within 24 hours after the shipment was delivered, but was arrested outside the airport, customs officials said.

"The man carried no luggage and had entered the country with only a handbag," a customs official said.
During interrogation, the man claimed ignorance and said he did not know "gold smuggling is illegal in India," the officer said.

“This is another case where a crime boss took advantage of a young ignorant man. The Palestinian smuggled $500,000 worth of gold but received only $500 in compensation for his criminal activity. The man faces many years in jail all for just $500 while his sender enjoys the high life,” ABHA AISHWARYA, 49, an airport worker in India told YourJewishNews.com.

The gold has been packed in 12 identical rectangular bars. "He is a poor man and is studying engineering. He came to India only to smuggle the gold," the officer said.
"The man was promised a meager $500 for the assignment," the officer said.

Officials said there has been an increase in cases of smuggling gold recently. This is the first time however, that a Palestinian man was caught.

First Jewish novel in the Hindi language released

Sheela Rohekar 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A new book was released in the Hindi language by the only Jew speaking the Hindi language, according to press reports in Israel.

By Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

Sheela Rohekar, the only Jewish writer of the Hindi language, has launched her latest novel, Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha, which is her first novel to depict the life of her Bene Israel community in India. The official launch took place on March 30, 2013 at the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi (the Academy of Dance and Drama) in Lucknow. The event was organized by the Lucknow Book Club.

This new book is a significant moment in the history of Indian and Jewish literature, as it was fifty-two years ago, in 1961, that the only other Hindi novel portraying the life of India’s smallest religious minority, the Jewish community, was published. The only other Hindi novel portraying the life of Jewish community got published in the form of Meera Mahadevan’s Apna Ghar .

It never occurred to Rohekar before that the Jewish society in India could be of any interest in a nation where people are hardly aware of the existence of Jews, in spite of their presence in the country for possibly two millennia.

Most of the Indians are either ignorant of Jews or know them only through secondary sources and not as a result of any direct contact because of their small numbers in India. She says, “I felt ashamed and embarrassed when I was asked by Professor Heinz Werner Wessler of Uppsala University in Sweden if I had ever written any story or poem or essay or novel with Jewish characters or a Jewish theme in my literary career in Hindi and Gujarati spanning over a period of forty years.

The question “why?” repeatedly kept echoing within me. Was it my apprehension that nobody would be able to understand the concerns and sensibilities of a community as small as mine in this huge sea of humanity? However this question kept troubling me and now my [latest] novel Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha has the story of a Jewish family as its theme.”

Rohekar began her literary career in 1968 with the publication of a Hindi story in the prestigious Hindi literary journal Dharmayug and a collection of short-stories. Her first Hindi novel, Dinānt (1977), won the prestigious Yashpal Award, named after the great Hindi writer Yashpal. This followed by her second novel, Tavīz, in 2005. It is the story of the developments that take place once Révā, a Hindu woman, marries Anvar, a Muslim, and the saga of the interreligious and inter-communal relations.

Maybe it was Rohekar’s own interfaith marriage with her Hindu writer husband that inspired her to weave a story around a Hindu-Muslim marriage. Interestingly Rohekar’s only child, her son from her Hindu husband is neither Hindu nor Jewish, but a practicing Buddhist, though Rohekar herself continues to be Jewish.

Talking of her marriage, Rohekar says, “I got married to a Hindu Kayastha (a caste). To tell you honestly I felt scared after the marriage. I was well aware how I would be chastised by society. And that is exactly what happened. The elderly lesser educated women in my husband’s extended family accepted me reluctantly but refused to accept even water or food from my hands.”

The Lucknow Book Club was faced with opposition to their endeavor to organize a function to release the Hindi language’s second novel on Indian Jews. This opposition is a testament to the growing anti-Semitism among a section of the city’s Muslim population, a recent example of which was an anti-Semitic illustration printed in The Lucknow Tribune.

The Lucknow Book Club was determined to organize the book release function in the face of this anti-Semitic opposition and despite the lack of appropriate funds. Nitin Prakash, its Secretary, Dr. Manoj Singh, its President and other members like Shinjini Singh, a Cambridge Scholar and Siddhartha Rastogi, a management studies professor, have been bravely countering the opposition on the social networking site Facebook and elsewhere.

Rohekar’s Miss Samuel: Ek Yahudi Gatha comes across as a much bolder novel than Mahadevan’s Apna Ghar as it also indulges in a critique of the Indian attitudes towards Jews, which Apna Ghar does not, though both novels do acknowledge the absence of anti-Semitism in India.

Maybe it is the twenty years of diplomatic relations between India and Israel and the success of Esther David, the best known Indian Jewish novelist who writes in English, that emboldened Rohekar to write the way she did, unlike Mahadevan who published her Apna Ghar in 1961 at a time when there was neither any other Indian Jewish novelist in any language nor any relations between India and Israel, and it was to remain so for the next three decades.

The author is an Indo-Judaic Studies Scholar and a Muslim-Jewish Relations Activist, employed as an Assistant Professor of History at Gautam Buddha University, Greater NOIDA, India.

New cookbook teaches cooking fine meals laced with street drugs

Marijuana cookies 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) If you are a drug lover you can now cook your favorite delicacies laced with all types of street drugs thanks to a new cookbook released recently, according to press reports in Amsterdam.

How about chicken rolls with marijuana, knishes stuffed with hash, and ice cream cake with hashish, followed by a dessert of raspberry marijuana, chocolate coated hashish with morning glory magic truffles.

The new cookbook combines the best foods with Amsterdam’s street-legal drugs, according to a statement from the company.

“If you have lost all understanding after eating chocolate hashish, we get it. Just remember that many of the active ingredients in our cookbook are illegal in the United States,” the company said.

For all those people who are more responsible drug user the book comes with a warning that reads: “Cook responsibly.” “This book should be outlawed. It is bad enough that so many people are addicted to all these dangerous drugs, a cookbook that mixes all of these bad drugs into regular food is way over the line,” Jessica Yellowstone, 29, of Scotland told YourJewishNews.com.

“If the drugs are legal then the cookbook should be legal. If someone has a problem with the book or with drugs in general they don’t have to buy it,” Roger Leventhal, 51, of San Jose, California told YourJewishNews.com.

This is not the first drug cookbook to be released. This latest book joins Stoner's Cookbook and Cookbook of the Cannabis High Times. In the video below you can see an actual advertisement for the Cannabis cookbook.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Police persecute woman after trying to talk to her senator

Senator Orrin Hatch 
By: John Roberts

If you reach out to your senator, police might be looking for you.

Police were called after a woman asked to meet with her Senator to discuss some issues.

Elise Lazar said she was questioned by the police after she called the office of U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, to ask whether the senator would be in town during spring break.

Lazar called the Salt Lake City office of Senator Hatch, R-Utah, to ask if he would be in town during spring break, and if there was going to be any council meetings.

Lazar told the senator’s clerk that she and friends want to discuss issues with Hatch, but was reluctant to reveal the problems, not wanting Hatch to refuse a meeting.

The group wanted to express their opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline project, according to reports. According to Lazar, the clerk said Hatch would be too busy to meet them.

“Senators are public servants, they are elected by the people to serve the people. It is surprising that they would go to the police and file a complaint against a constituent who did nothing more than try to speak to the senator about a legitimate issue,” Jason Pembroke, 40, from Washington D.C. told YourJewishNews.com.

The woman subsequently received a phone call from the U.S. Capitol Police in Washington. She was told that the office of Hatch filed a complaint against her as they felt she could be a suspicious person looking to harm the senator.

The senator’s spokesperson, Heather Barney, said that the clerk was concerned about the lack of Lazar’s clarity on the purpose of her call as she repeatedly asked about senator Hatch’s "comings and goings."

Couple arrested after they had sex with seven-year-old girl

Margaret Ann O'Neill and Christopher Smith 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A man and a woman were both arrested after police found videos of them having sex with a 7-year old-girl.

Margaret Ann O'Neill, 26, from Florida, claims that her boyfriend asked her to perform oral sex on the girl, while he recorded them. In an attempt to prove her love to her boyfriend, O'Neill agreed to fulfil his perverted fantasy.

According to the office of the Orange County Sheriff, O'Neill was arrested after she admitted to molesting the 7-year-old at least three times.

O'Neill told detectives that she performed oral sex on the child in an effort to prove her love to her boyfriend, Christopher Smith, 32, who is married to another woman.

Turns out that Smith was not only cheating on his wife with O'Neill, as he was also cheating on O'Neill, which led to his arrest. While he was having an affair with a third woman, Smith asked the woman to have sex with the same 7-year-old girl. That woman turned Smith into police.

“This guy seems to have a serious problem sleeping around with all these women. It is bad enough that he is running around cheating on his wife, but sexually abusing a child is outrages,” Charles Sanders 43, a resident in Orange County Florida, told YourJewishNews.com.

"As a mother of an 11-year-old girl, I hope these people go to jail so they cannot hurt another child again. There are many ways to show loyalty to a boyfriend without involving child abuse," Alicia Gonzales, 33, From Orlando, Florida told YourJewishNews.com.

Police officers seized Smith's cell phone where they allegedly found two videos. One video allegedly showed Smith having sex with the child, while another video showed O'Neill performing oral sex on the young girl.

O'Neill was booked into the Orange County Jail on five counts of sexual assault and three counts of criminal conspiracy to commit sexual assault.

Smith has been charged with 24 counts of sexual assault and molestation on a child.

Police officer leaves gun in Macy's dressing room

Gun 
By: Eva Fett

A police officer is being punished for leaving his gun in a Macy's dressing room.

Virginia officials said the disciplinary action will be taken against a deputy who forgot his gun inside a Macy's dressing room while trying on clothing.

The Norfolk Sheriff's Office said the deputy, whose name has not yet been released, accidentally left his gun at the Military Circle Macy’s in Norfolk, Virginia.

When he returned home, the officer realized that his gun was missing. He immediately notified Macy’s security department and the Norfolk Sheriff's Office, according to the sheriff’s office.

"The Norfolk Sheriff's Office believes that this is a very serious and unacceptable incident. It has taken immediate and appropriate disciplinary action against the deputy," the office said in a statement.

“I have seen off-duty officers carry their gun. Mistakes do happen as the officer is only human, but this was a mistake the could've been deadly if the gun made its way into the hands of the wrong person,” James Stevenson, 65, from Norfolk, Virginia told YourJewishNews.com.

“The gun was subsequently recovered,” a Sheriff's spokesperson, Paula Miller, said.

Disciplinary actions will be taken against the deputy by the sheriff's office.

Thieves caught on video bombing ATM in order to steal cash

ATM blown up 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Secure ATMs have not stopped these thieves from accessing the cash inside as they just blew it up, according to video uploaded to the internet.

A man, 26-years-old, has been arrested for allegedly blowing up an ATM at a gas station in southern England, this week.

Officers were called to a Texaco service station at 4:00 am after a neighbor reported hearing a loud explosion. When police officers arrived, they found the ATM outside was blown apart and all the money had been withdrawn.

Video security of the explosion shows three men dressed in black picking up handfuls of cash that was scattered on the floor after the blast.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was arrested on suspicion of robbery and causing an explosion likely to endanger life or property.

The exact amount taken is still undetermined. The station owner was, figuratively, struck by the devastation of the bomb.
"You know, I was so surprised and shocked from it, you know, this is incredible," the owner said.

Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Murray said that although no one was injured in the blast, the explosions were similar to a wave of robberies taking place across Europe.

"We are aware that crimes of this nature occur in Europe, who have had serious consequences and our advice to anyone using an ATM is to be extremely vigilant about any suspicious activity," he said.

“I use ATMs all the time in order to quickly get cash and do other transactions. I never thought that the machine can just explode in my face. I am definitely worried now,” Orlando Frontier, 24, of Yorkshire, England told YourJewishNews.com.

Citizens are advised to examine all ATMs before handling and to call authorities if they see any suspicious activity or if any cables or wires are running outside the machine.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman shows off her 55 pound bunny rabbit

Ralph the fat bunny rabbit 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) People from around the world were treated to watch the world’s largest bunny rabbit, according to video uploaded to the internet.

In the video below, you can see that this is just a giant rabbit weighing 55 pounds.

Ralph, a giant 4-year-old rabbit claimed the Guinness World Record title for the world’s largest rabbit, a title taken from a rabbit that was crowned several years ago.

The bodacious bunny eats about $90 worth of food per week. Each meal includes cabbage, broccoli, corn on the cob, half a cucumber, carrot, corn, two slices of bread, two apples, watercress and half a bag of cookies.

"Ralph has matured and now is the heaviest I've ever had seen it," its owner, Pauline Grant, said.
She cares for Ralph at the horse rescue center in East Sussex, and relies on donations from visitors to help feed the monster. She said that Ralph is in perfect health despite his weight.

"Here is a big place and it can go anywhere it wants. It has a great life and not just kept in a hut. Its diet is amazing," she said.

“This is one huge rabbit. I cannot believe it is real, but it is. Ralph is very cute to watch,” Kimberly Cumberland, 19, of Manchester, England told YourJewishNews.com after seeing the bunny.

The bunny comes from a family of rabbit giants. Its mother, Amy, held the record for the biggest bunny until it died of a heart attack four years ago, and the weight of its father also held a previous record.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Police ticket man for kissing his girlfriend on the cheek

Kuber Sarup shows his fine for kissing his girlfriend 
By: Eva Fett

A man was arrested and charged with public indecency related charges after kissing his girlfriend on the cheek, according to police reports in India.

Now, a year after Mumbai police fined a man for a kiss on the cheek as he sent his girlfriend off, he has been acquitted for lack of evidence.

Kuber Sarup, 26 won the battle in court this week. The incident took place last year.

"I escorted her to Carter Road in Bandra where I dropped her off and before leaving, I kissed her," Sarup, who runs a production house, said.

Although the girl did not care, police, charged him under Section 110 of the Bombay Police Act, for "indecent behavior in public."

"A police officer grabbed me and fined me 1,200 rupees. He then gave me a long speech about morals and how not to behave in public," Sarup said.

The next day, according to procedure, the man appeared in court and pleaded not guilty.
"Three witnesses were examined to prove that he inappropriately touched the girl and kissed her. Nevertheless, the police could not prove the case. The amount of the fine was returned.

“Although this man won the case, the disturbing part is that the charges were dismissed for lack of evidence. Had there been sufficient evidence to prove that this man kissed his girlfriend the fine would have been upheld. This is clearly a human rights violation,” Arnold Van Housen, 61, a human rights activist in Berlin, Germany told YourJewishNews.com.

"This case is a stupid waste of time of the court," Sarup said.
Now, he is planning to file a petition in the Bombay High Court that in future, no one is harassed in this way.

Sharia court orders man to be paralyzed as punishment

Saudi King 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A court in Saudi Arabia has ordered a man to be paralyzed after being convicted of assault, according to statements by human rights groups.

The London, England based group, Human Rights, said that Ali al-Khawaher, 24, was reported to have spent 10 years in jail waiting to be surgically paralyzed unless his family paid a million Saudi riyals to his alleged victim.

A local Saudi newspaper reported last week that Khawaher had stabbed a childhood friend in the spine during a dispute over 10 years ago, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Saudi Arabia applies the Islamic sharia law, which allows eye-for-eye-punishment for crimes, but allows victims to forgive those facing charges with so called blood money.

"Paralyze someone as punishment for a crime would be torture,” Ann Harrison, Amnesty International's Middle East and North Africa officer, said. "That kind of punishment that could be applied is absolutely shocking, even in Saudi Arabia,” she added.

An Arabic language newspaper quoted the 60-year-old mother of Khawaher as saying that her son was just a 14-year-old child at the time of the crime. She said the victim had asked for two million riyals to forgive her son and then reduced the request to 1 million.

"Unfortunately, we do not have even have a tenth of that amount," the mother said.
“What will the victim gain if the suspect is tortured and paralyzed. This definitely falls into the category of cruel and inhuman punishment,” Gina Kole, 41, a human rights activist in the Middle East told YourJewishNews.com.

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Armed gang rapes U.S. woman while forcing boyfriend to watch the attack

The three suspects arrested in the case 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was raped by a gang of young men while her boyfriend was tied up and forced to watch the attack while riding a van transporting them to a hotspot for nightlife, according to press reports in Brazil.

The night out around town became a nightmare after the U.S. woman was raped and beaten aboard a public transport van while her French boyfriend was handcuffed, beaten with an iron bar and forced to watch the attack, police said.

The incident raises new questions about safety in Rio, which has earned a reputation for its crackdown on drug violence in preparation to host next year's FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics. The city also will host the World Youth Day, a Catholic pilgrimage which will be attended by Pope Francis and is expected to attract about 2 million people.

Three men aged between 20 and 22 have been arrested in connection with the crime, which took place over six hours from midnight on Saturday, police said. The suspects have been charged with at least one similar attack, against a young Brazilian woman who has come forward to say that she was raped by the same men in the van last week, police said.

"The victims described the attack in great detail, especially the sexual violence," a police officer close to the investigation told a television news station. "Just the way they described the events was surprising. The violence and brutality surprised even us who work in security and are accustomed to hear such things," the police officer said.

Braga said the two foreigners who were in Brazil as students, took a public transport van similar to those often used as a faster alternative to city buses.

Within minutes of the ride, the suspects forced the passengers to get out of the van and then raped the female tourist inside the moving vehicle. The woman was also beaten in the face, and the man was handcuffed and beaten, at one point with a metal bar.

The three suspects took turns at the wheel, driving the van, where they went off on a spending spree with the credit cards of the foreigners.

Once they reached the limit of the two cards, spending about $500 in gas stations and convenience stores, the suspects took the pair back to Rio, where the foreigners were staying, and forced the woman to give them another card credit.

“Tourists need to be extremely careful. Tourists who come to Brazil are seeking to have fun around the country but there are dangerous criminals watching their every step in order to strike,” Alfonso Guerrero, 29, a security guard in Brazil told YourJewishNews.com.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman sues abortion clinic after giving birth to healthy baby

Ariel Knights with her family 
By: Moses Gold

A woman sued an abortion clinic because she gave birth to a healthy baby, according to a new lawsuit filed in an Ohio court.

The Ohio woman, Ariel Knights, 22, is suing the abortion clinic after she said she made ​​the painful decision to terminate her pregnancy because her life was in danger, only to find out she was still pregnant after the procedure was done.

The Ohio clinic in a court filing denied the allegations that doctors were negligent and failed to successfully perform the abortion, which led to the birth of her healthy baby daughter.

The Akron Women’s Medical Group along with two physicians admitted that Knight, of Cuyahoga Falls, sought an abortion last year. However, they deny any negligence and are trying to have the case dismissed.

"I think my client absolutely met the standard of care and that this case has no basis to be in litigation," attorney D. Cheryl Atwell, who represents the physicians and the medical group, said on Monday.

“How can a woman sue for having a healthy baby? She should be extremely happy. If she still doesn't want the healthy baby she can just give it up for adoption,” Christina Adelson, 38, who is a guidance counselor in Cleveland, Ohio told YourJewishNews.com.

An attorney for the woman claimed that she sought the abortion after doctors claimed her life was in danger by the pregnancy, according to press reports in Ohio.


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