Ben’s Kosher Deli is coming under attack for allegedly firing workers who stayed away from work last week to observe the nationwide #DayWithoutImmigrants protest.
Telemundo reported that the Long Island Jewish eatery dumped 25 workers after they took part in the anti-Trump protest.
But the deli fired back insisting that it only fired an unspecified number of protesting workers who sought to intimidate colleagues for working on the day.
The company asserted that any workers who simply joined the protest are free to return to work.
The deli was one of a handful of companies that took action against workers related to the pro-immigration protests.
Anti-Trump activists have vowed to boycott firms that retaliate against protesters. It remains to be seen if Long Island pastrami-lovers will shun Ben’s.
The company operates 7 outlets in Long Island, New York City and Florida.
President Trump’s election is having a direct effect on the ground in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, as evidenced by an uptick in Palestinian home demolitions in East Jerusalem.
According to a report in Haaretz, a source in the Jerusalem municipality’s office linked the demolitions to a change in government restrictions with the arrival of the new U.S. administration.
The structures are built without permits, though Palestinian residents say that they tried to receive a permit before building or to get retroactive approval, which is almost never approved.
Since the beginning of January, 40 housing units in East Jerusalem have been demolished, compared with 203 in all of 2016.
In addition to the rise in home demolitions, President Trump’s inauguration was followed by the rapid approval of around 6,000 settlement units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.
In the past, such policies were met with U.S. condemnation, but Trump has not commented on the specific building approvals and demolitions.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — The personal collection of Holocaust documentation of survivor and historian Prof. Yaffa Eliach was dedicated at the Yad Vashem memorial and museum in Jerusalem.
Eliach dedicated her life to documenting the events and victims of the Holocaust, particularly the pre-World War II life in her birthplace, the Lithuanian town of Eishishok. Eliach died in November 2016 at the age of 79.
Her personal collection, The Yaffa Eliach Shtetl Collection, was dedicated on Monday.
The collection was shipped to Yad Vashem in more than 500 archival containers weighing over a ton and is being cataloged as an independent archival division, available to both researchers and the greater public, according to Yad Vashem.
The collection is carefully organized and spans a half-century of recorded testimonies, transcripts, diaries, authentic memoirs and original documents in English, Hebrew, Polish, German, Russian and Yiddish; individual photographs and photo albums; and articles she composed regarding the history of Eastern European Jews in general and in Eishishok .
Eliach published several books about the Holocaust, but is most famous for her work “The Tower of Faces,” an exhibit featured at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum that features 1,500 photographs of the approximately 3,500 Jews murdered in her hometown.
(JTA) — At least 10 Jewish community centers across the United States were targeted with bomb threats on Monday, for the fourth time in five weeks.
The threats have been called in to JCCs across the country, according to Paul Goldenberg, the director of Secure Community Network — an affiliate of the Jewish Federations of North America that advises Jewish groups and institutions on security.
News reports indicated that threats were received by JCCs in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin; St. Paul, Minnesota; Houston, Texas; Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Birmingham, Alabama.
The threats were called in on Monday morning. It is not known if they were live calls or recorded.
“It appears to be the same serial caller” as inthe prior incidents, Goldenberg told JTA.
Goldenberg said that some of the JCCs were evacuated and others were not.
“The JCCs are very well equipped to handle this,” he said.
Goldenberg said the fact that the threats were made on Presidents Day, when more people might be in the buildings during the daytime, does not appear to be a factor in the threats.
Adolf Hitler’s personal phone has sold at auction for a whopping $243,000.
The “weapon of mass destruction,” which the Nazi Fuhrer used to order invasions and direct the war effort, was sold on behalf the son of an American general.
“I certainly won’t miss it,” the seller Ranulf Rayner, 82, told CNN. “It’s a fairly sinister bit of kit and I’ve always lived in fear of someone trying to steal it. I’ve also been told it’ll bring me bad luck.”
According to a report by the Associated Press, the auction houe was expecting it to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.
The phone, a red rotary dial “with a Nazi party symbol and Hitler’s name engraved on the back,” was given to Brigadier Sir Ralph Rayner by Russian officers in Hitler’s Berlin Bunker. Rayner gave the phone to his son, who in turn put it up for auction.
Bill Panagopulos, an employee of the auction house selling the phone, told the AP that he “considers the phone a ‘weapon of mass destruction,’ noting that the orders Hitler gave over the phone took many lives.”
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