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On January 16, 2022, Mendy Mirocznik, president, Staten Island Council of Jewish Organizations joined Inspector Bruce Ceperano, commanding officer, Pct.121, together with Sgt. Vasile Dubovici, Officer Vito Ingrassia, Officer Anthony Solitario, Officer Vincenzo Trabolse and Community Affairs Officer John Sibal on visiting several Synagogues in Staten Island. Besides the ordinary routine patrols by NYPD in checking up on houses of worship and community organizations, these extra patrols and Synagogue visits by NYPD was the result of the January 15, 2022, incident at Congregation Beth Israel, Colleyville, Texas when a gunman disrupted religious services, held five people including the rabbi hostage, and began a standoff with police that lasted for more than ten hours. Thanks to the efforts of law enforcement, all the hostages were safely released on Saturday night.


Mendy Mirocznik, remarked that,“[a]fter visiting several Staten Island Synagogues, I am proud to say that I witnessed firsthand and am proud to report that the NYPD is diligent and that they truly care about the community. We are fortunate to live in a city and have a great police department with dedicated police officers who truly are devoted and consider public safety their number one priority. Sadly, antisemitic incidents and hate crimes appear to be on the rise. We at COJO appreciate the efforts of the NYPD especially in light after Johnathan A. Greenblatt, the CEO and national director of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), called for vigilance in securing synagogues and Jewish institutions across the United States following the hostage situation in Texas.

As Greenblatt remarked, “[t]his situation is a painful reminder of the fact that synagogues in America continue to be at risk for terrorist attacks,” and he added  that the organization urged “continued vigilance in securing synagogues and all Jewish institutions.” “The risks remain high in light of the historic level of antisemitism across the country and the proliferation of anti-Jewish hate online,” he said.

Mirocznik added, “COJO’s partnership with the NYPD is rock solid. I truly appreciated the warm heartfelt reassurances of the NYPD that they take the threat to public safety serious and are there for us in our time of need.

Yesterday before the conclusion of the Shabbat, the NYPD began to beef up monitoring the Borough’s Synagogues by placing police cars outside watching them. It was meaningful to me to receive a phone call from Inspector Ceparano who advised me, “we are taking all necessary precautions and want to advise COJO that I am just a phone call away,” and then the Inspector invited me to join him as he, “personally will be accompanying the officers as they watch and protect the Staten Island Synagogues.” This truly is leadership by example, when a high-ranking police officer, a precinct commander takes the lead and invites the community leadership to observe first hand. I dare say the actions of Inspector Ceparano helps to fortify community trust and COJO is proud to be part of this important bonding experience.”

Inspector Ceparano remarked, “that dealing with COJO is a pleasure. Their leadership team, Mendy Mirocznik, Scott Maurer, Ari Weiss and Iva Reuven are always available. They are just a phone call away and a pleasure to work with. It is just natural to utilize this relationship when advising the community that the NYPD cares and is ready, able and prepared to take all steps in relieving any security threat they face as a community. This partnership is crucial to the NYPD and by disseminating helpful information we calm the public knowing the NYPD is there to help.”

Rabbi Aharon Zeev, Spiritual Leader of the Aur Torah Sephardic Minyan took time from his schedule and  joined up with the NYPD and to thank them for their “Heroic actions.” Rabbi Zeev added, that the best deterrent is when the potential wrong doers and copycats understand that the NYPD means business and will apprehend them if a hate crime occurs. Facing accountability keeps many away from toying with the idea of engaging in criminal actions.

As a Staten Island Rabbi, I thank COJO for working hand in hand with the NYPD. I thank Inspector Ceparano and his wonderful officers for accepting the extra burden of policing caused by the reality we currently face. But these extra actions do not go unnoticed, they are appreciated and it helps me as a Rabbi relay to my colleagues and congregants that our safety is in the good hands of the NYPD and because of them we will get through this ordeal safely.”


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KURT ZINDULKA The brother of Malik Faisal Akram, the UK citizen who was shot and killed after an 11-hour hostage standoff at a synagogue in Texas, has claimed that his brother had a previous criminal record.

Gulbar Akram, the brother of terrorist Malik Faisal Akram, who took four hostages at the Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, Texas on Saturday, has revealed that his brother had a criminal record in comments to UK media, raising questions about how he was allowed into the United States.

According to Inzamam Rashid, North of England correspondent or Sky News, Gulbar Akram said of his brother: “He’s known to police. Got a criminal record. How was he allowed to get a visa and acquire a gun?”

Malik Faisal Akram, formerly of the Blackburn area of Lancashire, is reported to have travelled to the U.S. around two weeks ago into New York’s JFK International Airport before travelling to Texas.

In a previous statement, Gulbar claimed that his brother suffered from “mental health issues.”

Akram was shot dead after an 11-hour standoff following the release of four hostages taken in the Texas synagogue. During the hostage situation, he was heard calling for the release of al Qaeda linked Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistani national who was convicted of attempting to kill American military officers while being detained in Afghanistan.

The Greater Manchester Police announced on Sunday that the Counter Terror Policing division in North West England is currently assisting in the investigation being led by the US Authorities.

Late Sunday evening, the police force announced that they detained two teenagers in South Manchester in connection to the Texas synagogue attack. The two teens remain in custody, their identities have not been made public at the time of this reporting.


Responding to the attack, UK Foreign Secretary Liz Truss wrote: “My thoughts are with the Jewish community and all those affected by the appalling act in Texas. We condemn this act of terrorism and antisemitism.

“We stand with US in defending the rights and freedoms of our citizens against those who spread hate.”

Following the revealing of Malik Faisal Akram as the attacker, his once-local ‘Blackburn Muslim Community’ group page wrote on Facebook in a now-deleted post, according to local media: “Faisal Akram has sadly departed from this temporary world and returned to his Creator.”

“May the Almighty forgive all his sins and bless him with the highest ranks of Paradise. May Allah give strength and patience to his loved ones in dealing with their loss.”

Apologizing for the post, the page followed up on Monday morning,  writing: “We posted about the death of a local individual yesterday and utilized a standard template with generic wording that is used on all of our death announcements. After learning about the full circumstances surrounding his death, the post was removed.”

“We apologize for any upset or offense caused to those directly and indirectly affected by the incident especially the Jewish community in Texas. This was unintentional and our thoughts are with them all.”

The group went on to say that they “totally condemn any threats or attacks on innocent people” and that they stand in “solidarity with people of all faiths”.

“We have always promoted peace, love, and harmony between people of all faiths and none.”

The Blackburn Muslim Community said that they will not be commenting further on the matter as they are currently in contact with relevant authorities in terms of an investigation into Akram.


The Muslim Council of Britain also condemned the attack on Monday morning, saying the actions were “completely unacceptable and we condemn the action in the strongest possible terms.”

“We understand that the perpetrator is reported to be of British origin and a Muslim. His actions fall way short of what is expected of a Muslim. His family and local community in Blackburn have also condemned the perpetrator’s action and are shocked and saddened to learn of this incident. We are in touch with our regional affiliate, the Lancashire Council of Mosques, and are ready to support them and local Muslim communities during this difficult time.”

The Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Zara Mohammed added: “The act is all the more reprehensible since it was instigated at a place of worship where Jews were targeted. This was, quite simply, a hate crime and an act of antisemitism.

“We are thankful that the hostages are unharmed. Though some may seek to exploit such incidents for divisive ends, we must double our resolve to remain united against such hatred.” (Breitbart News)

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  1. Israeli trial, world’s first, finds 4th dose ‘not good enough’ against Omicron  The Times of Israel
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Airline CEOs warn 5G could ground some planes, wreak havoc

WASHINGTON (Reuters) — The chief executives of major U.S. passenger and cargo carriers on Monday warned of an impending "catastrophic" aviation crisis on Wednesday when AT&T and Verizon are set to deploy new 5G service.

The airlines warned the new C-Band 5G service could potentially make a significant number of widebody aircraft unusable and "could potentially strand tens of thousands of Americans overseas."

"Unless our major hubs are cleared to fly, the vast majority of the traveling and shipping public will essentially be grounded," wrote the chief executives of American Airlines , Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, Southwest Airlines and others.

The FAA has warned that potential interference could affect sensitive airplane instruments such as altimeters and impact on low-visibility operations.

"This means that on a day like yesterday, more than 1,100 flights and 100,000 passengers would be subjected to cancellations, diversions or delays," it cautioned.

Action is urgent, they added in the letter also signed by UPS Airlines, Atlas Air, JetBlue Airways and FedEx Express. "To be blunt, the nation’s commerce will grind to a halt."

The letter, which was seen by Reuters, went to White House National Economic Council director Brian Deese, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Steve Dickson and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel.

Airlines for America, the group that organized the letter, declined to comment. The government agencies did not immediately comment.

AT&T and Verizon, which won nearly all of the C-Band spectrum in an $80 billion auction last year, on Jan. 3 agreed to buffer zones around 50 airports to reduce interference risks and take other steps to cut potential interference for six months. They also agreed to delay deployment for two weeks until Wednesday, temporarily averting an aviation safety standoff.

The CEOs of major airlines and Boeing Chief Executive Dave Calhoun held a lengthy call with Buttigieg and Dickson on Sunday to warn of the looming crisis, officials told Reuters.

The airlines ask "that 5G be implemented everywhere in the country except within the approximate 2 miles of airport runways" at some key airports.

"Immediate intervention is needed to avoid significant operational disruption to air passengers, shippers, supply chain and delivery of needed medical supplies."

The airlines added that flight restrictions will not be limited to poor weather operations. "Multiple modern safety systems on aircraft will be deemed unusable causing a much larger problem than what we knew... Airplane manufacturers have informed us that there are huge swaths of the operating fleet that may need to be indefinitely grounded." The carriers added they urge action to ensure "5G is deployed except when towers are too close to airport runways until the FAA can determine how that can be safely accomplished without catastrophic disruption."

The FAA said on Sunday it had cleared an estimated 45% of the U.S. commercial airplane fleet to perform low-visibility landings at many airports where 5G C-band will be deployed starting on Wednesday. The airlines noted on Monday that the list did not include many large airports.

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MOSCOW — Russia's top diplomat angrily rejected U.S. allegations that Moscow was preparing a pretext to invade Ukraine, as Russian troops that are amassed near the Ukraine border launched more drills Monday.

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Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley has tested positive for COVID-19 and is experiencing very minor symptoms, a spokesperson said Monday. The Marine Corps said its commandant, Gen. David Berger, also has COVID-19.

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CIA Director Visited Moscow to Discuss Syria

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U.S. Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan visited Moscow at the beginning of March, it was revealed Monday. News of the CIA chiefs visit to the Russian capital was first made public on Monday by a Russian foreign ministry spokesman and subsequently confirmed by the CIA. Its no secret that Brennan was here, the Interfax news agency quoted foreign ministry spokesman Oleg Syromolotov as telling journalists in Moscow. He added that the visit was not linked to Moscows...