Thursday, July 25, 2013

New Items the HP Doesn't Cover: Attack and Trains

Two news items of interest to our readers the Huffington Post did not cover (yet):
"A Russian Chabad rabbi was gunned down Wednesday night near his home in what police speculated was an anti-Semitic attack.Artur (Ovadia) Isakov, 40, the chief rabbi of Derbent, in the Republic of Dagestan, was taken to the hospital in serious condition, according toRIA Novosti, the Russian state news agency.Initial reports indicated that Isakov was returning from performing ritual slaughter for kosher meat when the gunman opened fire on him. Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement that Isakov’s overt Jewish identity “is among the possible motives investigators are considering for the attack.”Ramazan Abdulatipov, the acting head of Dagestan, a majority Muslim territory bordering Azerbaijan, condemned the attack, blaming it on “extremists and terrorists,” the Russian state news agency reported."
I'm not a detective, but I know that this attack wasn't caused by his "overt Jewish identity" because anti-Semitism doesn't exist anymore, and even if it did, it's only because of Israel's policies, and this man had nothing to do with Israel's policies. Elsewhere:
"The IDF’s Civil Administration revealed on Wednesday plans for a fast train network throughout the West Bank. The network will connect all major Palestinian cities with Israeli population centers, the Gaza Strip and the border crossings into Jordan and Syria, and will serve both Palestinians and Israelis.
Construction on the new rail system won’t begin for several years, according to the Transportation Ministry, but the existence of the plans could prevent Palestinian development of lands slated for the tracks.
Since the planned routes of the network extend throughout the West Bank, including into areas A and B, which are governed by the Palestinian Authority, construction cannot begin without Palestinian cooperation, a Transportation Ministry official told The Times of Israel Thursday.
Palestinian officials have refused to cooperate publicly with the proposal, but the official insisted that Palestinian Authority officials quietly acknowledge that the plans, if implemented, would bring enormous economic benefits to PA-controlled areas."

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