JERUSALEM (JTA) — Natan Meir, whose wife Dafna was killed in a terror attack in their home, announced that he is engaged to be married.
Meir announced Monday evening on social media that he is engaged to Jerusalem native Zohar Morgenstern. The announcement comes over a year after the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Otniel.
Dafna Meir, 38, a mother of four and foster mother of two young children, was stabbed to death in January at the entrance of her home by a teenage Palestinian attacker. She was fighting off her attacker in what is believed to have been an attempt to save three of her children who were in the house.
The couple’s oldest daughter, Renana, 18, who witnessed the attack, became engaged earlier this month.
In a post on Facebook Tuesday morning, Meir thanked his children for their support and for sharing in his happiness. Without them, he wrote, “I could not open my heart to love again.”
The election of a real estate tycoon to the nation’s highest office has inspired Democrats to look at scores of other businessmen including the outgoing CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz.
The New York Times reports that Schultz, who is stepping down next month, is being courted by Democrats to run. David Gergen, an adviser to four presidents and co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School told The Times the public is “longing for a strongman, or woman” and Schultz is “definitely being pursued.”
“He has a powerful social conscience,” Gergen added. “He comes from a very different place than the kind of chief executive with a big ego who wants the trappings of presidential power.”
Schultz did not respond to questions from The Times about his run.
The coffee mogul is 63 years old and is worth an estimated $3 billion, according to Forbes. He has stood by his pledge to hire refugees at a time of “America First” rhetoric from the White House.
Schultz endorsed Hillary Clinton for president last year and was reportedly on a list of potential cabinet officials.
(JTA) — The government of Paraguay will move to require more humane ways of kosher slaughter following a Forward expose about questionable practices.
Slaughterhouses will have to stop using the shackle-and-hoist method of slaughter and instead use the method of rotating pens, which is seen as more humane, The Jerusalem Post reported.
The international organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, and the Israeli group Anonymous for Animal Rights have claimed victory over the decision, which was made months after the Forward exclusively reported on an undercover investigation by activists from the two groups that exposes the cruelty of the shackle-and-hoist method in one of Paraguay’s largest slaughterhouses.
Forty percent of the beef consumed in Israel comes from Paraguay, which does not export beef to the United States. The practice is not permitted in Israel, which has limited kosher beef slaughter.
The shackle-and-hoist method is common in slaughter houses in Argentina and Uruguay, which do export to the United States.
A petition by animal rights groups was filed with Israel’s Supreme Court after the investigative report went public, calling on the court to require foreign slaughterhouses to prohibit the use of the shackle-and-hoist method.
A new survey shows that over the past decade support for Israel leaving the West Bank as part of a potential peace deal with the Palestinians has fallen precipitously over the past decade.
According to the poll, conducted by the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, only 36% of Israelis would now back withdrawal from the entire West Bank and Jewish settlements there as part of a negotiated accord. That compares to the 60% support that such a proposition had in 2005.
The survey registered a similar drop in backing for the “Clinton parameters,” former President Bill Clinton’s proposal for a Palestinian state, in which Palestinians would have a capital in east Jerusalem, control the Temple Mount and maintain their own security force on the West Bank. Israel would keep its settlement blocs under that plan. Enjoying 55% backing in 2005, that number has today sunk to 29%.
Dore Gold, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, wrote the result showed “the Israeli public implicitly understands that the Middle East remains a very dangerous and chaotic region.”
The white nationalist who fatally stabbed a black man in New York said he cultivated his worldview online, where he frequented websites like the “alt-right” neo-Nazi hub the Daily Stormer.
In a Sunday interview with the Daily News, 28-year-old white nationalist James Jackson said he hoped his killing of a black man would discourage interracial mixing and that he believed whites are under attack and forgotten in this country.
“The white race is being eroded,” Jackson said. “No one cares about you. The Chinese don’t care about you, the blacks don’t care about you.”
Jackson said his childhood home was liberal and Democratic. He graduated from a Quaker school in Baltimore. Jackson said he only shared his views with “like-minded people” online and mentioned the website Daily Stormer by name.
The Daily Stormer takes its name from the Nazi propaganda sheet Der Stürmer and is now considered by the Southern Poverty Law Center as the country’s “top hate site.”
In a March 23 article on the Daily Stormer, the website’s editor Andrew Anglin called last week’s attack “a horrible incident.”
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