Horse meat for sale in Europe found laced with illegal drugs

Horse meat for sale illustration 
By: Moses Gold

The horse meat scandal across Europe continues to widen.

At first, other meats were found to contain horse meat and now horse meat was found to be laced with an illegal and dangerous drug, according to press reports in the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic Veterinary Authority announced that horse meat imported from Poland tested positive for phenylbutazone, a drug given to the horse that is extremely dangerous to humans.

The horse meat from animals treated with this drug was prohibited from being sold in the European Union.
A spokesperson for the Czech Republic veterinary authority said that so far 650 pounds of tainted horse meat was found on store shelves. The spokesperson also said that all horse meat will be tested for the drug.

“After this latest scandal with horse meat consumers will probably stay away from the meat market in general in the near future until the situation clears up,” Ron Dupree, 40, a commodity analyst in the Czech Republic told YourJewishNews.com.

In other horse meat related news, Burger King has become the latest company to be involved in the horse meat selling scandal. Their burgers were tested and found to contain horse meat.

For two weeks, Burger King has denied the allegations that their burgers contain horse meat, but now, they have admitted that after further testing, horse meat was found in its burgers, in the United Kingdom.

The fast food chain, which has more than 500 restaurants in the U.K., had given a series of "absolute guarantees” that its products were not involved in the horse meat scandal. However, new testing has revealed that these guarantees were incorrect in a revelation that threatens to destroy the confidence of its customers.

It also raises serious questions about whether the food company, which sells about a million burgers a week, has an idea of ​​what goes into their products.

The contaminated hamburgers were made by the processing company called Silvercrest, which is based in Ireland, and is part of ABP Foods Group.

After one of its suppliers was being investigated for the sale of beef products potentially contaminated by horse meat, Burger King, concluded that none of its products were affected. But two weeks later they announced that their product did in fact contain horse meat.

Burger king, said it has stopped buying its burgers from Silvercrest, as a result, some menu items from Burger King were "temporarily unavailable", the chain said, apologizing to customers for the inconvenience.

"While the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, has stated that this is not a food safety issue, we are deeply concerned by the results of our investigation and apologize to our customers who trust us to serve the highest quality 100 percent beef burgers," Diego Beamonte, Burger King global vice president of quality, said in a statement. “Our supplier has failed us and in turn we have failed you. We are committed to ensuring that this never happens again," he added.

Several other major food retailers allegedly bought meat from Silvercrest.
Earlier this month, the supermarket giant Tesco, has apologized to customers after learning that some of their beef products contained horse meat. Tesco took all affected meat off the shelf and offered a full refund to customers.

Woman arrested after blackmailing man with nude photos

Stephanie Starling 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Be careful who you meet online as an innocent online fling can end up ruining your life.

A 26-year-old single-mom blackmailed a man into wiring her thousands of dollars after she threatened to send his nude photos to his family and other acquaintances, according to FBI agents.

Stephanie Starling, 26, posed as a 21-year-old struggling college student on the dating site SugarDaddyforMe.com. She used a fake profile picture, the picture was of a blonde porn star, which got her the attention she was looking for. The police said that the single mother manipulated the man into sending her nude photos of himself in return for nude photos of herself. The woman then sent him images of the porn star.

Starling used the man as her “Sugar Daddy”. The man sent her a total of $7,000 to cover "various expenses for college and living expenses." When the man wanted to end the online relationship, which was purely virtual as the couple never met, things turned ugly, especially when the man refused to send more money.

Starling allegedly began threatening to send his nude photos to his wife and co-workers. The man was blackmailed into sending her more money. The man agreed to pay a final $1,200, with the agreement that she would never contact him again. Three weeks later, however, she demanded more money, sending him messages saying: “I will never stop until I get my money or you die.” The man contacted the FBI, who tracked Starling down, and she was arrested in Jacksonville, Florida.

“When dealing with a person online one can never know who really is behind that screen. Never send anything that you do not want the world to see as you don't know who will get their hands on your personal photos once you send it,” Peter Stevens, 46, from Baltimore, Maryland told yourJewishnews.com.

In her confession, Starling said she was in university and she wants to become a dentist. Starling also apologized and said she was "sorry for the stress and pain she caused," according to local press reports. Starling also revealed that she had been "seeing" five other men at the same time all from the website who pairs up wealthy men and young women for a fee of $53 per month.

Starling, faces 20 years in prison if convicted of extortion.

Teen crushed to death after hiding in garbage container

Garbage truck 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A teen was crushed to death after hiding inside a garbage container, according to emergency workers in France.
The French teenager who had been hiding inside the trash bin was crushed in a garbage truck in Luxembourg on Saturday, police said.
Garbage collectors discovered the 17-year-old boy when he yelled while they were emptying the container into the back of the truck early Saturday morning, but by then he was already caught up into his end.
"He screamed, but it was too late," a police spokesperson in Luxembourg said on Monday.
The boy, whose name was not released, died at the scene, in the city of Luxembourg.
Police have opened an investigation.
“Parents need to educate their children to stay away from garbage containers, first of all because they stink and also because it is extremely dangerous, as this story has shown,” Amy Peterson, 21, a mother of a newborn girl in Paris, France told YourJewishNews.com, after reading about the incident.
This is not the first time a man got in trouble inside a garbage container.
Justin Gilpatrick, 27, from Portland Oregon, was drinking at a bar called “Club 205” early one morning.

When he was ready to leave he realized that he was too drunk to drive, so he made a smart decision not to drive home by himself.

Instead he decided to sleep in a dumpster filled with cardboard boxes until he sobered up, but he didn't realize that it was the night the trash was to be picked up.

At 1:00 AM the Waste Management recycling truck arrived to empty the dumpster. Gilpatrick who was sleeping inside was dumped into the truck's recycling compactor along with the cardboard boxes. The driver had no idea the drunken man was trapped in the back of his truck.

The driver compacted the load of recyclables twice with Gilpatrick inside. After a quarter of a mile, the driver stopped the truck when he heard Gilpatrick screaming, said Waste Management spokesperson Jackie Lang. Gilpatrick was bruised but he was not killed since the compactor was still relatively empty.

The driver was shaken up by the sight of a man lying in the back of his garbage truck. The driver took Gilpatrick out of the truck and called emergency services. Around 2:45 AM he was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Sgt. Pete Simpson of the Portland Police Bureau commended Gilpatrick for not driving drunk, “He knew he's too drunk to drive so he decides not to drive, which is a great decision. But it was followed by a really bad decision, going to sleep in a dumpster that gets dumped into a truck," Simpson said.

The Portland Police Bureau does not expect any charges to be filed in this incident.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Samoa to start selling dog meat from killed stray dogs

Stray dogs 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A pacific state has announced its intention to fight its stray dog problem by selling dog meat from killed stray dogs, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

The Pacific state of Samoa is considering exporting canned dog meat as well, as a way to deal with stray dogs.
The controversial plan was proposed by the Deputy Minister of the country, Tole'afoa Apulu Fa'afisi, and received strong support from his fellow politicians.

"Instead of spending money on dogs, how about using their flesh for money?" He said. "Put them in cans and export them. Caring for other farm animals are too expensive, so maybe we can grind their meat and sell them as well?" He added.

The proposal was endorsed by the Minister of Finance, Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, who said: "there is no difference between a pig and a dog."

The opposition has rejected the plan for dog meat, saying that stray dogs should be left alone.
“I hope that the government does not approve this new measure. There are other ways that we can deal with stray dogs. We don't’ have to just kill them all. I am sure that there would be people willing to adopt them,” Laura Sanders, 19, a dog lover in Brooklyn, New York told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the new government plan.

However, not everyone agreed. “It just depends on what people are used to. Just like people in the U.S. have no problem with killing pigs for their meat people in Samoa have no problem with killing dogs for their meat, Karolyn Young, 22, of Samoa told YourJewishNews.com.

The police minister, Sala Fata Pinati, said it would be "inhumane" to start shooting stray dogs without obtaining a warrant.
"We cannot just walk to the area where there are a lot of stray dogs and start using a gun to shoot them," Pinati said.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Man arrested for having two families, spending weekdays with one and weekends with the other

Germain Gardea 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested for bigamy after he deceived two women. The man was married to both women and had a son with one of them.

Flight attendant Germain Gardea, 38, deceived the two women by being married to both of them without them knowing the other one existed.

Gardea spent weekdays with Jennifer Saldivar and their son in Arlington, Texas, and on the weekends he spent time with Leslie Gardea, in the nearby city of Grapevine, Texas. The flight attendant was married to both women who lived about 20 miles from each other and they knew nothing of each other for over three years.

Gardea created fake online divorce papers and filed Saldivar’s taxes for her as a single woman.

His secret double life came to light when his second wife found him paying bills for his first wife Saldivar, whom she thought was his former wife. She contacted his “former wife” and they were both devastated when they learned the truth, according to local press reports.

“How can a man play women like that? It is just so wrong. Both women loved him, and they believed he was out working as a flight attendant, instead he lived a double life behind their back. It is outright nasty,” Martha McCann, 52, a happily married woman and mother of three from Houston, Texas told YourJewishNews.com.

Gardea, lost his job when the scandal broke, and was arrested for bigamy. However, a grand jury decided not to indict him, because it fell outside the statute of limitations.

"He does not deny it," his attorney Robert Bush said. "He apologized to everyone who was hurt, not just because he got caught, he knew it would come to an end, common sense tells you that this can only last for so long," Bush added.

After the scandal broke Gardea divorced his first wife Jennifer Saldivar, who had his son. He was ordered to pay $6,000 in lawyer's fees and child support. The divorce was finalized on Thursday on grounds of adultery. Germain remained married to his second wife Leslie Gardea and is living together with her in Grapevine, Texas.

Woman arrested after viciously hanging dog and watching it struggle until it died

Sheena Cornwell 
By: John Roberts

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested after she hung the family dog and watched it struggle until it died.

Sheena Cornwell, 28, who lived with her boyfriend, Joshua VanDyke, in Iowa, was jailed after she allegedly hung their dog because she was fed up with the dog’s barking.

Officers were dispatched to the couple's residence after receiving a police call from Cornwell's boyfriend, VanDyke.

VanDyke told investigators that he had just returned home from work, when he realized that Cornwell was angry with the dog because it would not stop barking.

Cornwell claimed that placed the dog in the garage to so his girlfriend should hear the barking. She became very angry, when she could still hear the barking.

Cornwell allegedly went to the garage and hung the dog from a beam using its collar and leash. Cornwell allegedly watched the dog kick and struggle for a period of ten minutes, until she saw that it was dead.
She then returned home and announced that she had dealt with the barking. VanDyke called police after going to the garage and saw what Cornwell had done.

“As an animal lover it makes me sick to my stomach to think how the dog suffered. It is beyond me how a human being can be so cruel,” Robert Chesterfield, 50, from Des Moines, Iowa told YourJewishNews.com.

"She did not seem sorry. She said she saw nothing wrong with her actions," Des Moines police spokesperson, Greg Catron said. "She did not think there was anything wrong with the way she put a dog to death. This is the first time I've seen a dog hanging like that," he added.

Cornwell was booked into jail on charges of animal torture.

VanDyke ended his 4 year relationship Cornwell.

Woman drives drunk with three children in car on her way to bail out their father from jail

Kimberly Noelle Martin 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was stopped by a Good Samaritan for drunk driving, but when police arrived she blamed her mother-in-law for driving drunk.

The Florida woman was charged with a DUI and possession of oxycodone, but claims it was all her mother-in-law’s fault.

Kimberly Noelle Martin, 26, was charged with driving under the influence with three young children in the car, according to the Marion County sheriff's office.

A gas station employee took her keys away and called police. the gas station employee told deputies that the woman was speeding in the parking lot and slammed on the brakes in front of the gas pumps. The employee said he was able to smell alcohol coming from the car, and after he saw the young children inside, he grabbed the car keys away from Martin.

Deputies arrested Martin after she allegedly failed the field sobriety tests. Martin was charged with a DUI, possession of oxycodone and tampering with evidence. "I was not driving," Martin claimed. She admitted that she had been drinking, but claimed that her mother-in-law was behind the wheel when they drove into the gas station.

“This woman saw no problem driving drunk with her three young children in the car. She obviously has a drug or alcohol problem and she blames her mother-in-law for her problems. I believe that the children should be removed from her care,” Kelly Peters, 29, from Orlando, Florida told YourJewishNews.com.

According to Martin, she, her mother-in-law and her three children ages 9, 6, and six-months-old, were heading to prison to bail out her husband. She and her mother-in-law argued in the car, and when they reached the gas station, her mother-in-law got out and walked away. Deputies did not did not believe her story and arrested her.

Officers found oxycodone pills on her. Martin said she had oxycodone pills because her husband had a legal prescription for them, and she brought it along to give the drugs to him.

Cookie Monster arrested for pushing 2-year-old boy to the ground

Cookie Monster in Times Square, Manhattan 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) Cookie Monster is known to be child friendly, but not this one. This Cookie Monster has a temper.

A man was dressed in a Cookie Monster costume and posed for pictures with kids in Times Square, Manhattan, but after getting into an argument with a mother, the Cookie Monster pushed her 2-year-old to the ground.

Cookie Monster, whose real name is Osvaldo Lopez, 33, was arrested after he pushed the toddler to the floor. The argument started when Cookie Monster, a Mexican native, demanded a tip from the little boy's mother after posing for a photo with her son.

When the Connecticut mother refused to give him some money, Cookie Monster aka Lopez, allegedly cursed at her and pushed the boy to the ground, according to police.

“Kids love the Sesame Street characters. It’s a shame that this child had a bad experience with one of the characters,” Anita Diaz, 31, from New York City, told YourJewishNews.com.

Lopez has reportedly been Cookie Monster posing with kids for three years, and has never been in trouble before.

“Every person is innocent until proven guilty, let’s not jump to conclusions before Lopez has his day in court,” Jonathan Wallace, 28, from Brooklyn, New York told YourJewishNews.com.

Lopez was jailed and charged with assault and endangering the welfare of a child. His bail was set at $1,000.

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Muslim clerics seen on video bowing to Allah Akbar at the home of Israeli ambassador

Muslim imams praying at the home of Israeli ambassador 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A group of religious Muslims from Israel visited France and prayed inside the home of the Israeli ambassador to France, according to video uploaded to the internet.

The delegation of imams visiting France, was sponsored by the Embassy of Israel. The Muslims were meeting with leaders of the Jewish and Muslim communities, and held prayers in mosques across the country.

The imams were sent to France by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Interior. The imams that made up the delegation were religious leaders from Haifa, Jadeidi, Majd al-Kurum, Jaffa and Rahat.

The visit served as a reciprocal visit to French imams who visited Israel last year, led by the imam of Drancy, Hassen Chalghoumi. He has been active for several years in promoting cooperation between Jews and Muslims, and in promoting the integration of Muslims into French society. Because of their unconventional activities, Chalghoumi receives frequent death threats and is protected by a French police unit for personal safety.

The visit of the imams included meetings with Muslim leaders in Paris, Toulouse and Marseille, a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, a reception at the French National Assembly, and a meeting with leaders of the Jewish communities in several cities. They also met with representatives of Muslim communities and participated in prayer services at mosques around the country.

During the visit, imams joined their French counterparts at the home of French Ambassador Yossi Gal, and prayed for peace. This was the first time a Muslim prayer was held at the ambassador's house.

A video that showed the prayer was published online and created a storm of controversy in the Muslim community in France. A website associated with the Muslim Brotherhood attacked the religious leaders who visiting the home of the Israeli ambassador. On the other hand, another imam that had been against Chalghoumi activities was so moved by the encounter that he set out to visit the Israeli ambassador.

“It is very nice to see that there are some Muslim religious leaders who are still working hard to promote peace between Muslims and Jews despite the action of extremeist who seek to end all diolouge and progress between the Muslim and Jewish coimmunities,” Joe Price, 40, a peace acitivist in Paris, France told YourJewishNews.com after seeing the video of the prayer session at the home of the Israeli ambassador.

Israeli Ambassador Yossi Gal in Paris said during a reception at his residence: "This is a meeting between the leaders of the Muslim community in Israel, and French imams, who are loyal to their country, citizens who are proud of France, and promote a worldview that is based on the values ​​of peace, patience and understanding. It's our duty to continue to work together against extremism, violence and hatred."Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

U.S. State Department: Funding Palestinian groups is not aiding terrorism

Palestinian terrorists showing off their weapons 
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) The U.S. State Department has stated in court that funding the Palestinian Authority is not in any way funding terror activities, therefore, a lawsuit brought in court to stop U.S. funding of the PA should be dismissed, according to court proceedings in Washington D.C.

The U.S. State Department recently filed a motion to dismiss the claims of a group of Americans who allege that U.S. aid money to the Palestinian Authority (PA) funds terrorism.


The lawsuit, filed by 24 Americans living in Israel last November in the United States District Court for Washington DC, contends that the State Department has ignored congressional safeguards and transparency requirements which govern financial assistance to the PA.

The attorneys for the US government, who have asked the court not to allow the case to continue, claim that the plaintiffs lack standing to bring this civil action and that the case raises "political questions."

To view memo: http://tinyurl.com/cydcdme

To view lawsuit: http://tinyurl.com/cbyxztm

"Rather than defend the government's foreign aid policy on its merits and provide proof that it truly knows where taxpayer money to the PA is going, the government's lawyers are trying to dismiss the lawsuit on legal technicalities. They are saying that it is pure speculation that Americans can be injured by terrorism in Israel and that the issue of funding is a foreign policy power reserved to the US President and cannot be reviewed by the courts," explained Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, one of the attorneys for the plaintiffs and director of the Tel Aviv-based Shurat HaDin – Israel Law Center.

The plaintiffs, some of whom are victims of terror themselves, claim that as a result of White House non-compliance with federal regulations, funds have been flowing to terror groups like Hamas. The plaintiffs call on the US government to stop all funds to the Palestinians until the latter "fully comply with federal prohibitions against support for terrorism."

"This lawsuit does not challenge the President and the State Dept's right to conduct foreign policy nor fund the Palestinians. These plaintiffs simply object to the executive branch's funding of the PA without oversight. It is a legitimate objection by two dozen Americans, who are the class of individuals Congress sought to protect through their safeguards. US funds are being utilized by the Palestinians for terrorism which threatens Americans and the plaintiffs will be responding to this motion and asking that the case be allowed to go forward," Darshan-Leitner stressed.

It is estimated that since the signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993 the United States State Department, via USAID, has given over $4 billion to Palestinians. During the last four fiscal years, average aid has been roughly $600 million per year. Additionally, the United States gives approximately $200 million to the United Nations body UNRWA, each year, and during the fiscal years 2008 and 2009, UNRWA gave roughly $500 million of their funding to recipients in the West Bank and Gaza.

Under the Palestinian Anti-Terrorism Act, the State Department is required to certify that the Palestinian government is committed to a peace co-existence with Israel before distributing funds, and ensure that no part of funding is used for terrorism.

Shurat HaDin—Israel Law Center is an Israeli based civil rights organization and world leader in combating terrorist organizations through lawsuits litigated in courtrooms around the world. Shurat HaDin seeks to bankrupt the terror groups and grind their criminal activities to a halt.

In the video below you can see how the Palestinian Authority TV channel glorifies terror activities against Israel.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Large Protest Marks 10,000 Days of Pollard Imprisonment

Pro Pollard protest 
By: David Ross

(Scroll down for video) A large protest was held to express the extreme disappointment about the Pollard imprisonment which now reached 10,000 days, according to video uploaded to the internet.

By Aryeh Savir

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

A demonstration for Jonathan Pollard was held on Monday evening (Apr. 9) in front of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is staying during his visit to Israel.

The event marked 10,000 of Pollard's incarceration in an American prison. The protesters called on Kerry to act for Pollard's release. Pollard's wife, Esther, stated: "We can't comprehend the meaning of 10,000 days in prison. I request that he be showed compassion and mercy. It is impossible to fathom the remorse and soul searching that cuts Jonathan's heart."

There is a rising awareness throughout the Israeli public regarding Pollard's prolonged imprisonment. Tensions grew especially around US President Obama's visit to Israel at the end of March. Hopes were high that he would bring Pollard with him to Israel as a goodwill gesture to the Israeli people, and in honor of the pending Passover holiday.

A few hours before President Obama landed in Israel thousands of people demonstrated in front of the Jerusalem residence of President Shimon Peres, calling on the U.S. president to release Pollard. An online petition calling on Obama to release Pollard was signed by more than 200,000 people and was presented to him by President Peres.

Obama stated he would consider the issue. Freed IDF soldier Gilad Shalit signed the petition and called on everyone to do so as well: "Freedom is a gift and a prerogative… please help save Pollard", he wrote in a Facebook post.

Before Passover, Housing Minister Uri Ariel and Bayit Yehudi MK Ayelet Shaked held a “model Seder” in honor of Pollard, calling on Israelis and Jews all over the world to place an empty chair at the Seder table in honor of Pollard. Shaked, who heads the Knesset lobby for the release of Pollard, said during the event that she was very moved by the support of members of Knesset from across the political spectrum for the cause of Pollard's freedom.

“I believe that Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Peres must look at the people in this room and realize that there is no time to waste, not even a day. The issue of Pollard's freedom is in their hands,” said Shaked. “I also ask that American Jewry do what they can to free Pollard, and for President Obama not to harden his heart and free Jonathan.”Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Mezuzahs burned on Williamsburg Brooklyn New York on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Burned mezuzahs in Williamsburg Brooklyn New York 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A severe anti-semitic attack was reported in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York that occurred during the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Vandals burned numerous mezuzahs, or a scroll place at every Jewish door, according to police reports in Brooklyn, New York.

At least 12 mezuzahs were burned at a Williamsburg apartment building Monday afternoon in a possible anti-Semitic hate crime on Holocaust Remembrance Day, police said.

The Hate Crimes Unit of the New York Police Department was investigating after the 12 mezuzahs were discovered burned at 85 Taylor Street, at the Taylor-Wythe housing complex, about 4:45 pm, police said.

Mezuzahs are Jewish ritual objects containing parchment inscribed with Hebrew Biblical verses and hung on the frame of doors.
“I was shocked to see the vandalism. This is a terrible hate crime against the Jewish community especially on a day the Jewish world mourns the 6 million Jews that were killed during World War 2,” Menachem Fishman, 30, a resident of the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the incident.

"Nothing but hatred can explain why a person burns mezuzahs on Yom Hashoah, the day we remember the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust," Public Advocate Bill de Blasio said in a statement. "This is a disgusting act of prejudice affecting the essence of who we are as a city. Make no mistake: we will find those responsible."

The Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, New York is home to thousands of Satmar Chasidim.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

A Rock is a Bullet: The Consequences of Palestinian Rock-Throwing

Baby hit by Palestinian rock attack 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Palestinians continue throwing rocks at Jewish cars despite the deadly consequences, according to video uploaded to the internet.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

For over 25 years, Palestinian rock-throwing has become a part of routine life for Jewish residents living in Judea and Samaria. On the roads to the settlement communities, many of the 300,000 residents living in the scenic region, have experienced some kind of rock attack on their vehicle. While there has been much debate about the political significance of a Palestinian rock thrower by outside media observers and political commentators – for residents impacted by such rock attacks, the rock is simply seen as lethal.

For Ahikam Simantov from Ofra, a community established in 1975 on the main road between Jerusalem and Nablus, a rock thrown at his family’s car forever changed his life 23 years ago. On May 1990, after celebrating Jerusalem Day in the country’s capital, the Simantov family was driving back home to Ofra when rocks began pelting their car along the way. One rock smashed through the car window, hitting Ahikam’s head, who was seven-months-old at the time.

“It was a period when you couldn’t drive home without getting hit [by rocks],” said Edna Simantov, Ahikam’s mother to Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview. “My husband’s car had been hit the week before - this was the height of the first intifada - the roads were dangerous and everyone was getting protective shielding for their cars.”

“Ahikam began crying, his head hadn’t opened but it had begun to swell. At home, we washed him and removed all the pieces of shattered glass,” Simantov recalls. There were three other siblings in the car at the time.
Because there were no ambulances available, the Simantovs drove back to Jerusalem that night, and checked Ahikam into a hospital. The baby lost consciousness during the ride.

“There was a lot of internal bleeding and the doctors weren’t sure that Ahikam would even survive,” said his mother.
Ahikam did survive but suffered permanent brain damage as a result of the rock crushing his skull, which later led to heavy epileptic seizures. When medication could no longer control his seizures, Ahikam’s parents began exploring options for surgery.

Although the Simantovs eventually located, with the help of family and friends, the Montreal Neurological Institute, where Ahikam underwent successful surgery at age 16 that stopped the epilepsy attacks, the 23-year-old feels that he got the hard end of the deal.

“I can't read or write, I will never be able to serve in the army, or get my driving license,” Ahikam recounts sadly. “I will always have to depend on others to help me even with something as simple as sending an SMS. There are many days when I think to myself, why me?”

Ahikam’s mother still keeps the rock that changed the trajectory of her son’s life and that of her family. “We always knew that rocks were weapons and we’ve been suffering from this rock for decades,” says Edna, holding the giant rock in her hand. “Because of this, one-third of my son’s brain is missing. He walks with a limp, has back problems, cannot feel with his right hand and suffers from a weaker right side. I take him to physiotherapy three times a week. I had so much hope for him when he was born, there was so much potential.”

“This is an ongoing tragedy not only for Ahikam, but for our entire family,” concludes Edna. Ahikam’s older sister, Yael, 25, adds that “our entire family has lived in the shadow of this rock. My childhood changed, I feel as though I never really had one.”

Despite all this, Ahikam completed his National Service, a year of volunteer work for the state, where he says he gained more confidence taking care of horses, an activity that he continues to do today. He also gives talks and presentations about his life experience to Israeli police, soldiers, and students, which have been well-received.

“I speak to groups about what a rock thrown at you can do to your life. You have to treat a rock like a bullet - there is no difference between the two,” stresses Ahikam. “I share this dark story to make people aware, but not so that they should pity me.”

The Simantovs, whose families originally come from Iran, have been living in Ofra for 35 years and now have grandchildren who also live in the community. “Without my family, I never could have survived this ordeal - my dad, my mom and my siblings have been beyond supportive of me,” says Ahikam.

The only other worry that Ahikam’s mother has is that her son should find love. “I want him to be happy, to find a girlfriend,” she says.

The most recent Palestinian rock-throwing incident that left a child critically injured took place three weeks ago in Samaria near Ariel. Palestinian teens threw rocks at a vehicle driven by 32-year-old mother, Adva Biton, whose three-year-old girl, Adele was critically injured, and her two older sisters, moderately injured, when a stone struck their vehicle in Samaria on Thursday night, March 14. Adele, who is still unconscious, has been fighting for her life in an Israeli hospital for the past three weeks. Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Facebook starts charging users as much as $100 to send a private message

Facebook website 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) Facebook is fast becoming anything but a free service these days with all types of charges, including promoting your post to your own followers and now with a new fee to send a private message, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.

Facebook is starting to charge users up to $100 to send messages to people outside their network of friends.

The social networking website will use a sliding fee scale for the private message service.
The amount you pay will depend on your number of followers and how many other users are paying to contact them.

According to the a British newspaper, fans wishing to send messages to Olympic diver Tom Daley could be charged as much as $15, while it will cost $15.25 to contact the author Salman Rushie.
It is believed that by charging users to contact strangers it will stop people from being bombarded with spam messages.

“I don't think that I will continue using facebook after this is implemented. It is becoming more difficult to use this social networking site by the day. I will begin looking elsewhere for connecting with my firends, perhaps Google +,” Pamela Reed, 18, a facebook user in London, England told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the new charges.

A Facebook spokesperson said: "The new system of charging people to send messages was designed to prevent spam, but we recognize that sometimes you may want to hear from people outside your immediate social circle.
We are testing a variety of price points in the U.K. and other countries, in order to establish the optimal rate. Part of this test is to charge higher amounts for public figures, based on the number of followers they have.
This is still a test and these prices are not what the final price me be."Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

2 North Carolina children found dead in a pile of dirt

James Levi Caldwell and Chloe Jade Arwood 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) 2 little children were found dead in a pile of dirt at a construction site, according to police reports in North Carolina.

Authorities have recovered the bodies of two young cousins ​​who were trapped when a wall of earth fell on them while playing in a hole at a construction site in North Carolina.

Lincoln County Emergency Services spokesperson Dion Burleson said the bodies of a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old, were recovered on Monday from a well, 24 feet deep, in the city of Stanley, on the outskirts of Charlotte.

"This is terrible circumstances," Burleson told press organizations which were gathered near a rural two-lane road.
The emergency teams had been looking for the children from Sunday afternoon, when one of their parents called police to report the collapse. Officials were on the scene within minutes, but could not reach children.

The father had been digging with an excavator on the site earlier in the day, Sheriff David Carpenter said. He did not say what was being built, or if the man was doing it alone or had professional help.

Burleson described the hole as 20 feet by 20 feet with a sloped entry that led to a depth of 24 feet.
One of the children's father was identified as Jordan Caldwell. “This is a terrible tragedy. The incident struck two families.

People should learn from this that a construction site is dangerous and should be properly secured. It is very troublesome that these children were allowed to play at the site on a regular basis,” Jack Cooper, 50, of Charlette North Carolina told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the incedent.

Carpenter told the newspaper that "there were several thousand pounds of soil on top of the children."
The children were identified as James Levi Caldwell, 7 and Chloe Jade Arwood, 6.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Man robs excavator and uses it to steal ATM

Excavator destroying gas station 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Police are looking to arrest and charge a man with theft related charges after stealing a large excavator in order to use it to carry away an ATM, according to police reports in North Carolina.

Police in North Carolina are looking for the man who they say stole the excavator from a construction site and used it to carry away the 2000-pound ATM.

According to Winston-Salem police, someone stole the excavator Monday morning and drove about 200 feet to the ATM. He said the suspect used the claw of the excavator to demolish the ATM kiosk located at a credit union, then picked up the machine and placed it into a van. It is believed that a second vehicle was involved in the robbery.

Police said video surveillance revealed that a black Crown Victoria with tinted windows was involved, and that the suspect may be shorter in stature because of the way he had to reach for the steering wheel.

“This was quite a brazen robbery. The man behind the robbery did not even care to the attention this will draw to his act with stealing a large excavator. I hope that the public will help police quickly track down the suspect and get him off the street,” Willie Baker, 26, of Winston-Salem, North Carolina told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the incident.

The suspect remained at large Monday night.This is not the first time a construction machine was stolen in order to use it to steal an ATM.

Police in Lexington, South Carolina said that thieves stole a forklift from a nearby construction site and used it to steal an ATM from outside a bank, loading it into a pickup truck that was stolen from a nearby apartment. In the video below, you can see how the forklift picks up the ATM.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Woman, 91, arrested after assaulting two men with broom stick

Eleanor Beatrice Boshers 
By: Eva Fett

An elderly woman was arrested and charged with assault related charges after attacking several men who were allegedly mowing her lawn, with a broom stick, according to police reports in Tennessee.

Police identified the woman as 91-year-old Eleanor Beatrice Boshers of Maury County. She was under arrest for five hours Saturday after she was accused of using a broom and a weapon to assault two men.

Boshers was charged with two counts of aggravated assault after she allegedly used a broom to hit the two men who were allegedly mowing part of her property on Highway 166 in North Mount Pleasant.

When the broom did not scare away the men, Boshers reportedly came back with her gun.
Boshers shouted "I'll put you in the morgue!" Then began shooting at the two men.
Boshers said she had no clear recollection of what happened.

"I've never been arrested before," Boshers said according to the police report. "I'm sorry about what happened," she also said.

“This woman showed that she should not be allowed to own a gun. She used her gun in order to settle a ridiculous dispute and she can't even remember what exactly happened. She is a clear danger to the community,” Justin Jones, 21, of Maury County, Tennessee told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the incident.

The two men were not injured, according to police reports.

4-year-old boy shoots and kills wife of police officer

Josephine Fanning 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A terrible gun related tragedy happened during a family cookout in Tennessee, as a woman, who was the wife of a police officer was killed from a gunshot wound, according to press reports in Tennessee.

A 4-year-old Tennessee boy grabbed a loaded gun and fired it, killing the wife of a deputy sheriff at a family cookout, the state police said.

Josephine Fanning, 48, and her husband, Wilson County Sheriff Deputy Daniel Fanning, were entertaining friends and family at their Lebanon, Tennessee home Saturday night, Tennessee police spokesperson Kristin Helm said.

When Daniel Fanning began to show his guns to a friend in his room, a 4-year-old child, entered the room along with Josephine Fanning and grabbed a loaded gun that was on the bed and fired it, Helm said.
Authorities believe the shooting was an accident, but prosecutors are investigating the case to decide if they can press charges.

"It's a sad, sad set of circumstances,” Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan told a local television news station. "No one is immune to this, nobody, does not matter if you're a police officer. These things can happen in seconds," the sheriff added.

“After this story, police officer should really think about securing their guns at home. If these guns were secured this tragedy would not have happened,” Denise Lee, 29, who has law enforcement family members in Memphis Tennesee told YourJewishnews.com after reading about the story.

About 600 people die each year in accidental shootings, according to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control statistics, and 31,000 U.S. residents die each year from gunshot wounds.

Woman gets 50 year jail sentence after freezing her newborn

Katie Stockton 
By: Moses Gold

(Scroll down for video) A woman was arrested, charged and convicted of murder related charges after she let her newborn freeze to death outside in the cold, according to court proceedings in Illinois.

Now, the northern Illinois woman who admitted leaving her newborn daughter to freeze to death along a rural road in 2004 was sentenced to 50 years in prison.

Katie Stockton, 32, faced up to 60 years in prison for the death of the child. The child became known as Baby Crystal among law enforcement after being found at the Rock River Valley. The Winnebago County prosecutors dropped 11 other counts of murder in exchange for her guilty plea in February to one count of first-degree murder.

Before sentencing, Judge John Truitt of Winnebago County allowed testimony about the skeletal remains of two other infants found years later in the trunk of Stockton.

Stockton hid her pregnancy and gave birth to the baby in secret on December 17, 2004. Then she put the baby in a laundry bag and placed it on a dead end street near the house of her parents.
She was questioned in the death of the baby at the time, but denied that she was the mother and refused to provide a DNA sample.

Detectives investigating the death years later gathered the evidence from a cigarette butt discarded by Stockton, and authorities said saliva found on the cigarette butt matched the blood on Crystal Baby’s clothes. Stockton was arrested in 2009 after tests showed she was the baby's mother with a 99.96 percent certainty.

“This woman is even worse than an animal. An animal would not let its offspring freeze to death. I’m glad that she will be locked away for life,” Ashley Nelson, 24, who is a mother of a 1-year-old girl in Chicago, Illinois told YourJewishNews.com after reading about the case.

After her arrest, investigators discovered that her car had been sitting in an impound lot for a year. That's when they found the skeletal remains of two other babies wrapped in a cloth and put it in plastic bags and buried beneath a spare wheel, chain saws and iron bar.

Forensic pathologists were unable to determine if the babies were born dead or alive. No charges have been filed in connection with those remains.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view