New York police officer arrested for spray painting hateful remarks against Jews in Borough Park

Michael Setiawan spraying anti-Jewish remarks on Hasidic school 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A New York City police officer was arrested and charged with vandalism as a hate crime after allegedly spray painting hateful remarks against Jews in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn.

The officer spray painted anti-Semitic messages on about 14 cars and several buildings.

Michael Setiawan scrawled the remarks in pink letters across cars and walls where many ultra-Orthodox Jews live. Setiawan, 36, was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and aggravated harassment as a hate crime.

Setiawan of Queens, was a police officer for two years in Canarsie, Brooklyn. The anti-Semitic messages began appearing before 9:00 p.m. on Saturday on 14th Avenue and 50th Street in Brooklyn.

Politicians were quick to denounce the hate messages that included profane attacks on Jews and what appeared to be a square with a cross through it, painted on the door of a Hasidic school.

Digital copy of Israel’s original Declaration of Independence uploaded to the Internet

Israel’s Declaration of Independence 
By: Aryeh Savir

(Scroll down for video) A digital copy of Israel’s Declaration of Independence, was uploaded to the Internet, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
In a joint initiative between the Israel State Archive Land Marks and Google, Israel's Declaration of Independence was photographed in a unique fashion and is accessible to the public on the Internet.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who visited the Independence Hall in Tel Aviv on Thursday, the house where David Ben-Gurion declared the establishment of the State of Israel, was briefed on the initiative.

“This sets as the cornerstone in the life of the state, the national Jewish identity of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu said. “To my great regret, as we have seen recently, there are those who do not recognize this natural right. They seek to undermine the historic, moral and legal justification for the existence of the State of Israel as the nation-state of our people. The State of Israel will always preserve the full equality, in personal and civil rights, of all its citizens, Jewish and non-Jewish alike, in a Jewish and democratic country. In Israel, individual and civil rights are assured for everyone, which sets us apart in the large expanse of the Middle East and even beyond,” Netanyahu added.

The high resolution, quality photograph can be enlarged to enable the viewer to focus on particular details, including the signatures of members of the Jewish People's Council, the stitching between the sheets of parchment, the sheets of parchment themselves, the wax seal and the calligraphy in which it is written.

The original Declaration of Independence is kept in a climate-controlled safe at the Israel State Archive in Jerusalem, and is not exhibited to the public. Therefore, the Archive – with the assistance of the plan to strengthen national heritage infrastructures in the Prime Minister's Office – digitally photographed the document. Google provided the technology which enables the Declaration to be accessible to the public.

The Declaration of Independence is considered one of the most important documents created by the State of Israel and is the first document that reflects Jewish sovereignty since the Hasmonean kingdom in 116 BCE. It is also apparently the first document to reflect the desire for sovereignty via democratic agreement.

The representatives of the various political factions in the pre-state community negotiated over every concept and formulation until they reached an agreed-upon document. The debate continued until close to the actual signing. The Declaration was read when independence was proclaimed on Friday, the 5th of the Hebrew month of Iyar, 5708 (corresponding to May 14th, 1948).

Twenty-five members of the Jewish People's Council signed the document. Twelve additional members who were in besieged Jerusalem signed later. The original document is 117 by 29.7 centimeters, is in three sections and bears a ribbon and a wax seal.

Jewish population of Israel surges past 75% as total population reaches 8.2 million

Thousands of Jews at the Western Wall 
By: Aryeh Savir

The Jewish population of the State of Israel surged past the 75 percent mark as Israel celebrated 66 years of independence, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The Israel Central Bureau of Statistics released its traditional Yom Ha’atzmaut statistical report about the citizens of Israel.

Israel has now 8,180,000 residents, almost ten times more than the 806,000 citizens when Israel was established in 1948.

The Jewish population stands at 6,135,000 or 75 percent of the entire population. Israel’s Arab citizens constitute 20.7 percent of its total population or 1,694,000 citizens. 4.3 percent are listed as “others,” which include non-Arab Christians and adherents of other religions.

Since the last Independence Day, Israel’s population has grown by 157,000, or 2 percent. 178,000 babies were born and 24,000 new immigrants have arrived. 42,000 have passed away.

In 1948, only one city had over 100,000 residents – Tel Aviv-Yafo. Today, 14 cities have over 100,000 residents. Six cities have over 200,000 residents, including Jerusalem, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Haifa, Rishon Lezion, Ashdod and Petah Tikva.

Special monument remembers Holocaust survivors who died in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence

Memorial for the Last of Kin 
By: Anav Silverman

A special monument remembers those Holocaust survivors, who died while fighting in Israel’s War of Independence, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The special monument is located at the end of the trail that connects Israel’s Yad Vashem, the official memorial to Jewish victims of the Holocaust, and Mount Herzl, the national cemetery for Israeli leaders and fallen soldiers.

Known as the “Memorial for the Last of Kin,” it commemorates the Holocaust survivors, who fought and fell during Israel’s 1948 War of Independence.

These soldiers were lone Holocaust survivors, the last of their families, whose members had perished in Europe’s death camps. With no one left to continue their family's legacy, these brave soldiers gave the ultimate sacrifice for the young Jewish state.

One of those was Shalom Tepper of Radom, Poland. He was deported to the Auschwitz and Majdanek concentration camps but survived, escaping to join the Partisans in the Polish forest, where he fought against the Nazis until the end of the war.

Tepper joined Youth Aliyah and immigrated to Israel in 1946 according to a report on the IDF’s official blog. Two years later, he joined the Haganah at the outbreak of the War of Independence and served in Battalion 33 of the Alexander Brigade, which stopped the impending Jordanian and Iraqi armies and had a significant role in repelling the invading Egyptian army.

Tepper fell in a battle with the Egyptians in the Gaza Strip, where 89 Haganah soldiers were also killed in the Fallujah Pocket around the town of al-Fallujah.

On Israel’s Memorial Day, Tepper is remembered among the 23,169 fallen soldiers, who died defending Israel throughout the wars and battles in the Jewish state’s history.

Another Holocaust survivor who fought in the War of Independence and also from Radom, Poland, is Eliezer Ayalon. Ayalon’s story is different from Tepper’s, as he went on to marry and raise a family in the Jewish state following his army service in 1948, where he fought defending Jerusalem.

He was born as Eliezer Hirschenfeis in 1928. Eliezer survived five concentration camps and was liberated by a U.S. army unit. His entire family perished in the Treblinka extermination camp.

In an interview on the Yad Vashem website, Ayalon recalls his past.

“I came here when I was 17 years old, from a different planet, into a different planet. This is the country that my father always said that every Jew had to come. The love of this country that was imbedded within me by my parents from early childhood made me decide that I am going to Eretz Yisrael. The day that the State of Israel was established, in May, 1948, I felt that I was coming back to normal life,” recalled Ayalon.

“So here I am right now, I have two married children, five grandchildren and one great-grandson. Three generations born and raised from the ashes of the Holocaust. Today, I am the happiest man in the world,” Ayalon concluded.

Principal shaves head, kisses pig and jumps into ocean as reward for elementary school students (video)

Principal Kirk Gibbons kissing the pig 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A principal kissed a pig and had his head shaved in front of young students.

Friday was an interesting day at the Marstons Mills elementary school in Massachusetts.

Principal Kirk Gibbons gathered the elementary school children and rewarded them by humiliating himself as a reward for accomplishing their reading goals.

Rather than handing them a treat, Gibbons got his head shaved, kissed the pig and took a polar plunge into the ocean.

Gibbons’ strange behavior came after he made a bet with his students in his annual Read-A-Thon.

The principal told students that if they read over 68,000 minutes combined, then he will shave his head. If they hit 75,000 minutes, he would also kiss a pig and if they surpassed that goal then he would take a plunge in the cold ocean.

According to Gibbons, the children almost doubled their numbers from the previous year, from 73,000 to 132,000.

“I'm proud of them and glad to be able to give them the message that not only is reading good, but setting goals and accomplishing them is exciting,” Gibbons said.

Man falls to his death from hotel balcony after wife refuses to have sex with another couple

Balcony illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) A nice hotel getaway ended in tragedy when a husband fell to his death.

Police in Texas are investigating the death of the man, who fell from the hotel balcony.

The man reportedly plunged to his death from the 18th floor of the hotel after his wife had refused to participate in four-way sex, which included him and another couple.

The victim was identified as Michael Ochoa, 46, a San Antonio based real estate agent.

The 46-year-old woman told police that her husband attacked her when she changed her mind and refused to participate in the love fest.

The woman told police that during the fight her husband left the room, and she was unsure where he went.

At that point, she did not seem to know what happened to him.

The woman was found with scratches on both her arms and one of her nails were ripped off. Her husband's body was recovered by police with visible scratches on his back and hips.

A struggle was evident in the hotel room, but not on the balcony, police said. So far, no charges have been filed.

Woman jailed for 6 years after threatening her former boyfriend with false rape charges

Jail cell illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A Chinese woman will spend the next six years in prison for attempting to extort money from her former boyfriend.

The woman threatened to hand over a sex video of the two to police and report that she was raped unless he paid her off.

The woman of Hunan Province, has been sentenced to six years in prison in the Baoshan District for trying to blackmail her former boyfriend into giving her money.

Yang Fangfang asked her former boyfriend, who is from a rich family, to give her 1.5 million yuan ($240,000) in cash plus an expensive antique item that he had in his possession, or else she will file a rape claim.

The sex video was made after the two had broken up. The two had been dating for a while, but after the two broke up, Fangfang asked the man to meet her at a hotel, the court heard.

The couple ended up having sex at the hotel and Fangfang recorded the act with a hidden video camera that she had set up in advance, according to court documents.

Two days later, she called the man, and informed him about the sex video she made and demanded money.

The man agreed to meet her on a later date. Meanwhile, he contacted the police. Together they came up with a plan to nail the woman for extortion.

After they exchanged money at a restaurant in the Baoshan District, police officers arrested Yang.

Yang told police that she blackmailed the man because her family was poor and needed money.

In addition to her six year prison sentence, she was also ordered to pay a 10,000 yen (about $1,600) fine.

Principal fired for having sex with employees and parent during school hours

Annie Schmutz Seifullah 
By: Hydar Tomar

A school principal in New York City, had sex with people in her office while leaving incriminating evidence on her school computers.

School officials allegedly found photos of Annie Schmutz Seifullah, 35, dressed in sexy underwear while having sex with school employees and a parent.

The incident came to light after her affair with a student's father came to a bitter end. The lover, seeking revenge, told police to review her laptops for the evidence of their affair.

The high school principal has been accused of sleeping with a guard, the assistant principal and the parent on campus while classes were in session.

Seifullah, was principal of the 7th to 12th grades at the Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology, in Long Island City, Queens.

Detectives seized computers and other electronic devices from her office and home.

According to school officials, the school does not have a policy that prohibits workers from dating colleagues or parents of students. However, performing sexual acts inside the school or uploading sexual images on school equipment could bring about misconduct charges.

Rich grandmother nags her way out kidnapper’s grip

Playful grandmother illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

A man wanted to make quick money so he kidnapped a rich elderly woman.

However, the 94-year-old woman was saved from her kidnapper because of her constant nagging.

Taiwan police began searching for the woman went she missing after using a bathroom at a gas station.

The grandmother, who was identified as Chou, was taken into a vehicle in New Taipei City, and was missing for 4 hours.

The kidnapper called the woman’s family and demanded NT $7 million (about $230,000) for her release.

However, his plans were thwarted when the woman kept nagging and annoying the kidnapper.

Chou kept complaining about her illnesses and pains. The suspect stopped at a drugstore to buy pain medicine for her.

“This is not the way to make money,” Chou berated her kidnapper. “You are young and you still have a long way to go, but I do not have much time left,” she added.

When the kidnapper demanded money from Chou’s family they tried to buy time so that police can track the suspect down. They warned the kidnapper to take good care of the elderly woman.

Meanwhile, the 94-year-old woman drove the suspect crazy until he was fed up and told the woman to get out of his car.

Police arrested the suspect, who allegedly told officers that he needed money to pay off a business debt.

New craze: teenagers take cabbage for walks as therapy for depression

Teens walking with cabbages 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) Teenagers are making headlines with their unique form of therapy for depression and loneliness.

Teenagers found a way to meet like minded and equally lonely individuals.

Dogs are known to be man’s best friend, they have helped kids with disabilities and kids who are shy to overcome their disabilities.

However, teenagers of China, were seen walking on the street with leashes attached to a cabbages rather than walking with dogs as a way to overcome depression and loneliness.

Apparently, young people are able to meet others who are in the same situation as them, by pulling the cabbages behind them.

The view of people pulling cabbages on leashes has brought laughs to many people. Most people who see this craze for the first time, grab their cellphones and take photos of the ridiculous acts.

Ja Chen Lui, 17, defended his decision to join the cabbage pulling craze by saying that it had helped him become a more positive person.

He also said that when he sees another teenager dragging a cabbage behind, he knows that the person can understand him.

“If I see someone else with a cabbage it is easy to start a conversation. Cabbages are better than dogs because they do not bark or start fights while you are trying to have a conversation.”

5-year-old boy dies after falling from 19th floor window while imitating Spider-Man

Spider-Man illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A boy who loved Spider-Man, is dead after he fell from his bedroom window.

The 5 year old who was identified as Valentino of Jakarta, Indonesia, reportedly went out his bedroom window.

His distraught mother told police that her son asked her if he can go see the new superhero movie.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released in Indonesia on Wednesday, and has been a hit.

The movie is said to have scored the country's highest opening day box office figures of all time.

However, the 23-year-old mother, identified as Eva, explained that they cannot go see the movie because her one-year-old child was not feeling well.

Valentino became upset, ran into his room and locked the door. The mother then went to a neighbor for help, but after several minutes, she heard a commotion coming from outside. The boy’s body was found on the rooftop of a restaurant below.

Valentino was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. During the initial investigation, police found that the child, who loved Spider-Man, climbed onto his bed, opened the window and somehow fell out.

Two teen girls arrested for plotting to kill their teacher during class

Cwmcarn High School 
By: Aarav Sen

Just several days after a Leeds teacher was murdered during class, two teens of Wales, were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder, police in the United Kingdom said.

The girls, 14 and 15 years old, were arrested by the Gwent Police of South Wales, in the wake of the fatal stabbing of Ann Maguire earlier this week.

Officers arrested the two at the Cwmcarn High School, which is located near Newport, due to concerns about their behavior. Specifically, the 15-year-old girl was arrested for making death threats, possession of a weapon on school property and conspiracy to commit murder.

Police said that a kitchen knife was found in the backpack of the girl and the police were called by a school teacher. The two girls were overheard talking about killing their teacher, Alison Cray.

Meanwhile, the 14-year-old girl was also arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder.

A police spokesperson said that no physical confrontation took place. Both girls have been released on bail. The alleged murder plot came three days after Ann Maguire, 61, was murdered in her classroom at the Corpus Christi Catholic College in Leeds.

Man takes woman hostage at knifepoint so he can eat prison food

Peng Ni holding woman at knifepoint 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man wanted to go to jail in order to get free meals so he grabbed a woman and held her at knifepoint.

Peng Ni, 28, of China, grabbed the woman and waited for people to call the police to arrest him.

Ni was at a train station in Shanghai, when he grabbed the woman and placed his hand around her. He then pulled out a 12 inch knife and held it close to the woman.

Feng Lin, 51, who witnessed the incident, tackled Ni to the ground and held him down until officers arrived.

Ni claimed that he hadn't eaten in two days and he wanted to go to prison to get free meals.

The incident took place around 9:00 p.m., at the Shanghai South Railway Station. The woman was unharmed.

Hopefully, the prison food was worth it as he will be eating it for quite some time.

Large walrus seen on video slapping woman’s behind

Walrus slapping the woman’s behind 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman received a nasty surprise when a large walrus decided to slap her behind, a video uploaded to the Internet showed.

The incident occurred when the curvy woman dressed in a tight fitting dress, bent down to pose for a picture with walrus.

At that point, the walrus couldn’t contain itself and smacked the woman on her behind. The slap was extremely powerful and it sent the woman flying.

The video of the incident was uploaded to YouTube, and it has since gone viral. Some viewers of the video placed the blame on its trainer.

“What a pervy trainer, teaching a walrus to smack backsides,” Scott Strong said in the comments section under the video. Justin Kettel however, placed the blame on the woman who posed for the picture. “Lady wanted a picture and paid the price,” Kettel wrote.

Man seen on video ripping tiles from roof and throwing it to the ground because his benefits were cut

The damaged homes 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A man who became extremely angry that his government benefits were cut, climbed onto a roof, ripped off tiles and threw them to the floor, a video uploaded to the Internet showed.

Police in the United Kingdom, said that the man staged a six-hour standoff with officers after climbing on top of his house and throwing tiles into the street.

Neighbors gathered to watch the drama unfold as officers cordoned off the surrounding streets and surrounded the house in east London. The man stripped to the waist and sat on the roof for more than six hours before finally being talked down and arrested by police.

By then, the roof of the house was almost completely stripped, causing thousands of pounds in damages. Two parked cars were also damaged.

Eyewitnesses at the scene reported that the man was screaming: “they cut my benefits. How am I supposed to live?” The man was arrested and checked into a hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.

Woman’s belly button explodes mid flight while flying home from vacation

Belly button illustration 
By: Anika Rao

A woman was rushed to a hospital after her belly button exploded while flying home from vacation, a court in the United Kingdom was told.

Patricia Jackson was on a flight back to the United Kingdom from Portugal, when her belly exploded and began leaking liquid that had a bad smell.

Now, she has been awarded $36,000 in compensation. Jackson, 68, said that her ordeal began when she decided to undergo a tummy tuck when she turned 60 years old, because she was not happy with the loose skin after losing a lot of weight.

However, after completing the surgery doctors forgot to remove her old belly button. A year later, during a routine checkup by the surgeon, it was discovered that something went wrong during the surgery.

An ultrasound revealed an infection that was treated with antibiotics. Several years later, Jackson went on holiday to Portugal.

Before flying back home she realized blisters on her old belly button. Then, after she boarded the plane, her belly button exploded and it began to leak, causing the passenger beside her to complain about the smell.

A flight attendant dressed the wound and Jackson was taken to a hospital in Halifax. That's when doctors discovered that her old bully button was still inside her.

Jackson said that she had suffered years of pain and embarrassment.

Former Playboy model now homeless and begging in the streets (video)

Christa McKenna performing on television 
By: Devansh Dutt

(Scroll down for video) A woman, who was once on top of the world, is now homeless and begging for money in the streets of Michigan.

The 60-year-old former Playboy model, Christa McKenna, was once known as the “Spider Lady,” for being able to shape her body into a spider.

In an unfortunate fall from grace, the contortionist sits at the corner of Wealthy Street, in Grand Rapids, and uses her flexible limbs that once made ​​her a star to persuade passersby to give her some of their change.

McKenna first became known for her appearance on “The Gong Show” in 1979. She captivated the audience by tying her body into knots.

Later, she also appeared in Playboy magazine. Since then, she has fallen on hard times, going from gracing the pages of Playboy to begging on the streets of Michigan.

McKenna holds a sign saying: “60 years old. Need a job. Please help me.” She said that on good days she earns about $7.

In the video below you can see Christa McKenna performing on television many years ago.

Ghost seen on video throwing man to the ground and dragging him across hallway

Ghost dragging man by his foot 
By: Aarav Sen

(Scroll down for video) People are freaking out after video surveillance footage was released, showing a ghost throwing a man to the ground and dragging him across the hallway by his foot.

Luckily, just when it seemed that the demonic entity is about to drag his victim to another dimension, it let the man go and vanished as mysteriously as it appeared.

The video of the incident, which was uploaded to YouTube, showed how the man, who was wearing a hoodie, calmly walking across the hallway. There were no signs of life in the corridor.

The video clip is silent since the surveillance camera has no microphone. As the man reached near the end of the hallway, a dark shadow materialized before him.

His previous confidence evaporated and he was thrown to the ground by the demon. Before he could react, the demon grabbed his left leg and dragged him along the hallway.

When the demon was about to reach the end of the hallway, it suddenly disappeared. The terrified victim stood up and fled from the scene.

The video has gone viral on the Internet, receiving millions of views.

Man robs two stores using a potato as weapon

Potatoes illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man managed to steal a fake $20 bill using a potato as a weapon, police in Rhode Island said.

Providence Police said that the man, who carried the potato, unsuccessfully tried to rob a convenience store and dry cleaners in the Charles neighborhood on Monday afternoon.

The first incident occurred about 2:00 p.m., when police received a call from the Branch Avenue convenience store, where the store manager chased the suspect with a baseball bat after he shouted “give me the money” at the cashier. The suspect was described as a Hispanic or white male, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans.

Minutes later, an employee at the Charles Street dry cleaners, called police to report that the man held a potato while screaming “I need the money.” The employee handed him a fake $20 bill before he fled from the scene.

The employee described the suspect as in his twenties with “white lips.” She said that he was of medium height and slim.

The convenience store and the dry cleaners have video surveillance of the incidents, but so far, no arrests have been made.

New ‘Hook-Up Truck’ allows couples to have sex on the go

Couple on the Hook-Up Truck 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) Couples who feel uncomfortable with having sex in public like in a park or in the back of a car, can now have sex inside the “Hook-Up Truck.”

The Hook-Up Truck, is a white truck with a private room for sex on the street. It made its debut in Oakland, California.

“Better than some motels that I have been recently,” one woman who had sex in the Hook-Up Truck, said. Artist Spy Emerson designed the Hook-Up Truck.

Andy Kuntz, who offered the truck for the project, said that one day there might be a whole fleet of Hook-Up Trucks. The Hook-Up Truck is part performance art, part social experiment, and part test-run for a real business.

While services were free over the first weekend, Emerson plans to eventually charge people for their time in the truck. He also plans to franchise the sex on wheels idea in other cities.

The rates will range from $75 for 30 minutes to $2,500 for a 5 hour party.