Khashoggi’s Final Words – The Right To Speak Freely – Uninformed or Misinformed – Free Expression

Dear LostMessiah Readers:

We are going to begin the weekend with this final blog for Friday, a reprint of the latest New Yorker article” Jamal Khashoggi’s Final Words – For Other Journalists Like Him.” 

This article is particularly relevant because he spoke for the voice of oppressed Middle Easterners. We can only aspire to the eloquence that he possessed. While we are trying to speak for the accountability of the Jewish world for our own, those who write to us daily ARE THE OPPRESSED. The abused children, the defrauded, the insular and uneducated are, in Khashoggi’s words: the “uninformed or the misinformed.” As the headline of his last published words asserted, “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.”  The ultra-Orthodox Jewish world is really no different.

FUNDAMENTALISM whether Jewish, Arab, or anything else is in no uncertain terms still FUNDAMENTALISM. Denial of someone’s free speech, in whatever form instituted, is still suppression.

Khashoggi’s death, from what we have been told, was accomplished by dismemberment while he was still alive. He was then carried out of the embassy in pieces. This was more than simply murdering someone. This was making a very public statement to others: “Look what will happen to you.”

LostMessiah’s online blogger believed that anonymity was necessary because she feared that she would meet an untimely death for speaking out. In the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world of setting examples, however,  instead of using a bone-saw to dismember a voice of scrutiny, the Plaintiff’s weapon of choice in this case is the King’s County Courthouse. Instead of 20 different people carrying the pieces of a body out of an embassy to set an example, the Plaintiffs are using a law firm with nearly unrivaled and intimate knowledge of the inner workings of the King’s County Judiciary -family in high places to delay, to suppress, to confuse and to accuse. 

Similar to censorship commonplace in the countries within the Middle East, the Soviet Union, China and other countries, the Court in the Kestenbaum and Fortis v. Globus case has sealed the documents of the case pending a hearing, thereby effectively judicially censoring the documents. Any analysis of their details, the activity of the Court, the allegations is all censured pending a now extended deadline.

To the family of Jamal Khashoggi, we cannot begin to express how deeply saddened we are by the loss of your family member and how deeply disturbed we are by the forces of evil that must have been involved to so precisely carry out an unthinkable act of violence. We can’t begin to offer you words that would provide any peace. We can say that we believe wholeheartedly in what he was doing. His death means something. It will hopefully be the voice of change in areas that he so desperately wanted to influence.

 

Jamal Khashoggi’s Final Words—for Other Journalists Like Him

On October 3rd, the day after Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, the Washington Post received a final column left behind with his assistant when he went off to Turkey to get married. It was, in seven hundred words, poignant and personal and epically appropriate, considering his fate. “The Arab world was ripe with hope during the spring of 2011. Journalists, academics and the general population were brimming with expectations of a bright and free Arab society within their respective countries,” he opined. “They expected to be emancipated from the hegemony of their governments and the consistent interventions and censorship of information.” Instead, rulers grew ever more repressive after the short-lived Arab Spring.

Today, hundreds of millions of people across the Middle East “are unable to adequately address, much less publicly discuss, matters that affect the region and their day-to-day lives,” Khashoggi wrote. They are either “uninformed or misinformed” by draconian censorship and fake state narratives. As the headline of his last published words asserted, “What the Arab world needs most is free expression.”

In his death, Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and former government supporter who became a vocal and fearless critic of the current Saudi crown prince, has galvanized global attention far more than he was able to do during his life. The horrific details of his murder and dismemberment have had an effect he would never have imagined—putting into serious question the fate of a Saudi leader, the state of U.S.-Saudi relations, American foreign-policy goals in the world’s most volatile region, and even policies that have kept dictators in power. The repercussions are only beginning.

But Khashoggi was hardly a lone voice decrying political repression in the Middle East, as he acknowledged in his final Post column. Saudi Arabia may be the most cruel and ruthless government in the region, but it uses tactics embraced by dictators, sheikhs, and Presidents across twenty-two countries.

In 2014, Egypt’s military-dominated government seized all print copies of the newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm, whose name means “The Egyptian Today.” Al-Masry Al-Youm is that rare private newspaper in the Arab world where young reporters once dared to question government policies in hard-hitting editorials and groundbreaking journalism. “The Egyptian government’s seizure of the entire print run of a newspaper, al-Masry al Youm, did not enrage or provoke a reaction from colleagues. These actions no longer carry the consequence of a backlash from the international community,” Khashoggi wrote. “Instead, these actions may trigger condemnation quickly followed by silence.”

The world, particularly the West, is partly culpable for looking the other way, he wrote. It is a tragic irony that the world is paying attention to Khashoggi’s death, yet still not making an issue of a sweeping problem that could determine the future of a region of twenty-two countries and four hundred million people. On Thursday, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, announced that he would not attend the Saudi investment conference known as “Davos in the Desert,” which is pivotal to the crown prince’s plans to modernize the kingdom’s oil-reliant economy. The British trade minister, the French and Dutch finance ministers, and the president of the International Monetary Fund also backed out after Khashoggi’s disappearance. But no foreign government is addressing the broader political practices in any other country, or any other case, in the region.

In his column, Khashoggi drew attention to imprisoned colleagues who receive no coverage. “My dear friend, the prominent Saudi writer Saleh al-Shehi, wrote one of the most famous columns ever published in the Saudi press,” Khashoggi noted. “He unfortunately is now serving an unwarranted five-year prison sentence for supposed comments contrary to the Saudi establishment.” Shehi, who had more than a million followers on Twitter, was charged with “insulting the royal court” for his statements about widespread government corruption in his columns for the newspaper Al Watan and on a local television program.

Michael Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House and a former national editor at the Washington Post, told me that Khashoggi rightly identified the broader stakes. “Khashoggi’s final column accurately pinpointed the appalling lack of political rights and civil liberties in much of the Arab world, especially the right to freely express oneself,” he said. Khashoggi began his last piece by citing Freedom House’s 2018 report—and the fact that only one Arab country, Tunisia, is ranked as “free.” Abramowitz told me, “What is especially sad is that, while we are properly focussed on the outrageous actions by the Saudi government to silence one critic, we must also remember that countless other bloggers, journalists, and writers have been jailed, censored, physically threatened, and even murdered—with little notice from the rest of the world. And, in some cases, notably Egypt, conditions have deteriorated.”

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NY State Dept. of Health Warns of Measles Exposure in Rockland County, NY

MEASLES IN NEW YORK STATE – SHOULD THOSE VACCINATED BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE WHO AREN’T?

A measles outbreak has it New York State putting both religious and non-religious at risk. It has been linked to International travelers, traveling between Israel and the United States. Israel has a strict policy regarding vaccinating children. With socialized medicine largely the norm, there is a requirement before attending school that children be vaccinated and their regimen is stricter than that of the United States. They include vaccinations that we do not have on our protocols. But within the ultra-Orthodox communities, both in Israel and the United States, the requirements for entering schools (religious Yeshivas) is different. Likely – the policy of vaccinations is not enforced.

But if you take this to its logical conclusion, what’s next? A Polio Outbreak? Or… Whooping cough… or any number of other possible diseases that are preventable.

LostMessiah is well aware that there is a movement of people who do not believe in vaccinating their children either because of the dangers of Autism, or other disorders allegedly associated with vaccines. While we may not agree, we are not having that debate.

But, a vaccine only works if a statistical percentage of people within a community are vaccinated. Therefore, for each one person that does not vaccinate, a statistical number of people must be willing to “sacrifice” their kids for the better good. Otherwise, no one is safe. In other words, people who choose to not vaccinate are relying on those who choose to vaccinate to keep their own children safe. That is the problem, whether by conscientious objector or ignorance we find not vaccinating children to be reprehensible. A parent choosing not to vaccinate his or her child is forcing that obligation on others to keep everyone safe. We have a problem with that.

Within the ultra-Orthodox community, failure to vaccinate appears to be borne of ignorance not some fundamental ideological belief against vaccinations and the policy of enforcing vaccinations by State guidelines is largely ingored in the yeshiva system. Moreover, when the problem needs to be resolved, those uneducated must rely on those educated and outside of their community to control the damage. If you are not going to educate yourselves and your children and teach the importance of vaccinations, we almost think you should shut your gates, quarantine your residents and figure out how to fix the problem yourselves, without State financial assistance and without state intervention.

 

New York State Department of Health Warns More Potential New Measles Exposures in Rockland County

New Cases Linked to International Travelers

State Working with County and Community to Identify Potential Exposures, Provide Vaccine, Prevent Further Spread

ALBANY, N.Y. (October 16, 2018) – The New York State Department of Health today announced that additional measles cases linked to international travelers returning from Israel have been confirmed in Rockland County.

Like many European countries and parts of the world, Israel is currently experiencing a high number of measles cases. In the most recent data compiled by the World Health Organization (WHO), 339 cases have been reported in Israel from March through August of 2018.

To help prevent secondary cases of measles, the state Department of Health is working with the Rockland County Department of Health and Refuah Health Center to identify those potentially exposed and provide information on the importance of vaccination.

A measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine clinic for those who are not immune to measles will be held on Thursday, October 18, from 4:30 p.m. 6:30 at the Community Outreach Center located 21 Remsen Avenue in Monsey.

In addition to supporting the county by providing MMR vaccine, the state Department of Health is testing samples at its Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany, and assisting with community outreach and contact investigations. This includes working with the Rockland County Department of Health to identify unvaccinated students at any impacted schools, and taking the appropriate actions to minimize the risk to other students.

For those who believe they may have been exposed and have further questions, a toll-free hotline has been established: 1-888-364-4837. The hotline is available Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if they were born before 1957, have received two doses of MMR vaccine, have had measles, or have a laboratory test result confirming immunity. Individuals who are not immune to measles and were exposed are at risk for developing measles. Preventive treatment for measles is recommended for those without evidence of immunity as follows: MMR vaccine can be given to eligible exposed individuals within 72 hours of exposure OR immune globulin can be administered within 6 days of exposure.

All individuals who think they may have been exposed to measles, particularly those without immunity or who are not sure if they have been vaccinated, should contact their health care provider if they develop measles symptoms. Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose. Symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure but may appear as early as 7 days and as late as 21 days after exposure.

To prevent the spread of illness, the Department is advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care. This will help to prevent others at these facilities from being exposed to the illness.

Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus that is spread by direct contact with nasal or throat secretions of infected people. People first develop a fever, then may have a cough, runny nose and watery eyes, followed by appearance of a rash. People are considered infectious from four days before to four days after the appearance of the rash.

The single best way to prevent measles is to be vaccinated. Individuals should receive two doses of MMR vaccine to be fully protected. If a person is unsure if they are immune they should contact their healthcare provider. Typically, the first dose of MMR vaccine should be given at 12-15 months of age and the second dose should be given at four to six years of age (age of school entry), although individuals may also be vaccinated later in life. In New York State, measles immunization is required of children enrolled in schools, daycare, and pre-kindergarten. Since August 1990, college students have also been required to demonstrate immunity against measles.

More information about measles can be found at https://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2170.pdf.

To Have Free Speech in the United States or to be Denied Free Speech in the Unites States? – Kestenbaum and Fortis v. Globus Update

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FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE UNITED STATES IS NOT GUARANTEED. ANYONE WHO TELLS YOU OTHERWISE IS MISTAKEN.

Records were submitted provisionally under seal and as of today, absent an adjudication of any case between Plaintiffs and Defendant, are remaining under seal.

In fact, the Court decided to push any discussion on the merits of the matter until December 5, 2018.

 

CASE UPDATE:

At 10:00am today, August 17, 2018, there was a hearing which was, ostensibly to argue, amongst other things, Plaintiff’s motion to seal the record. Please keep in mind, the documents were submitted provisionally under seal and the Court must decide of a permanent seal is consistent with the First Amendment. 

At 9:45 Defendant arrived at the court and was told that the Plaintiffs had requested an adjournment to the case, which procedurally in the Kings County Court, they are entitled to request and to receive.

The documents are under currently sealed even though there has never been an adjudication as between Plaintiff and Defendant, in direct violation of Defendant’s rights to Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Press.

 

Kestenbaum v. Globus – GoFundMe Account – Fight the Attack on Free Speech, Free Press, Privacy and the Right To be Anonymous

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We are working on our Twitter Account.

 

To the readers of this blog:

I would like to thank you for your encouragement, your support and for getting in touch with words of  praise. Someone mentioned to me that with over 1200 articles covering world events, we have been asked (politely) to remove or fix an article or opinion, which may have better odds than many major news organizations. I hadn’t considered that as I pondered the future of the site.

Over the next week, we will be focusing on a number of stories:

  1. Property issues in the New York area
  2. Nobel-Delek and the Leviathan well deal
  3. Sentosa Care and the Current Lawsuit pending in Kings County
  4. 199 Lee Avenue and a number of other related topics.

Anyone with any information should kindly send to findinglostmessiah@gmail.com

Anyone with a topic of interest that you would like to see covered, please send along.

This is and continues to be a collaborative effort. We really cannot thank you enough.

 

 

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Lost Messiah and Kestenbaum, et.al. v. Globus – Using the Judicial System to Chill Free Speech

Louis Kestenbaum, Joel Kestenbaum and Fortis Property Group v. Julie Globus – Using the Courts to Chill Free Speech

Hello. I am the person behind LostMessiah. My name is Julie Globus.

I am an attorney, a triathlete, a mom, a writer, a journalist, a blogger, a fraud investigator, a wife, a friend, an activist and someone for whom integrity is, full stop – a line in the sand that I will not cross. I am also the Defendant in a lawsuit intended to chill free speech.

On Saturday, August 25, 2018 I was served with a lawsuit claiming alleged defamation against Louis Kestenbaum, Joel Kestenbaum and Fortis Property Group, LLC. The Plaintiffs are represented by Anthony Genovesi, Esq. of Abrams, Fensterman, Fensterman, Eisman, Formato, Farrara, Wolf & Carone LLP.   The Index Number of the Case is 516803/2018, received on August 17, 2018.

As a human being I am far from perfect. I am flawed. Like many others, I am human and fallible. But I am through, accurate, honest and passionate and believe in the difference between right and wrong, ethical and unethical, moral and immoral and I hold myself to standards that sometimes I cannot attain. I am my own worst critic. But I have taken stock in knowing that anytime I have been contacted, through the gmail address (findinglostmessiah@gmail.com) by someone demonstrating that I had offended either their sensibilities or erred in an article, I either corrected or removed. My integrity depends upon it and sometimes the battle is not worth fighting.

On August 7, 2018, the first time I knew that my identity had been breached, and the first time I heard anything from the Plaintiff’s, Plaintiff’s attorney Mr. Genovesi contacted me at my office demanding that I remove an allegedly offending article. Without debating the article or its contents, I took it down – in good faith. Why? At the time my anonymity was important, and I expected that would be the end of the story. 

When I asked Mr. Genovesi how he found me, he told me quite simply “Google.” He was disingenuous, to say the least. I had not intended to start posting. I assumed that he had “Googled” my name. 

If you “Google” my name in full, you will find accusations that I am a murderer, accusations placed online in the early days of this blog when there were many people trying to uncover the identity of the blogger and sully my name, both because I was writing publicly on Rockland County based websites and because of this site. Someone took the time to painstakingly go through everything I have ever written to make an affirmative identification. I give him or her credit, not only for the analysis but for being a driving force behind various changes I made to my writing style in the time since. I am not a murderer, though the genesis of those comments do elicit some interesting discussions when I meet new clients who do thorough research. It would be nice if those comments were removed from the internet; but I have no intention of bullying someone or suing them into compelling removal.

I take great pride in LostMessiah. It cannot be pride of ownership or authorship because, as I have said on many pages contained on this site, this has been a great collaboration. I take pride in the nearly 1.6 Million views the site has achieved in two and one/half years and in the nearly 800K unique visitors to the site, a number that is constantly growing. I value the worldwide audience, our readership. I am glad we are reaching you. I am amazed by the site’s ability to join people together toward a common good, making the world a better place for all who live in it.  I am humbled, to no end, by the contributions, the comments, and the perseverance of those who have kept in touch. I am a far better person for it and for you.

I am a Jew, something that runs through my veins, both culturally and to some extent religiously. I was raised in a secular home, lighting candles on Shabbat not because it was a religious expectation but a cultural one. I grew up listening to conversations in Yiddish, and speaking to some small degree, because it was the common language of all of my grandparents. I attended the Yiddish Culture Congress meetings as a child and I heard the great Elie Wiesel (z”l) speak in Yiddish. I was introduced as the grand-daughter, the great-niece and niece of Yiddish professors and writers. I was introduced as family of some of the early founders of the Jewish Forward and Jewish Standard, though I am not exactly sure what the correct names were at the time. Writing and the ability to express oneself has been an integral part of my upbringing and I believe that I am obligated as a Jew and as a person, to use it in my professional and personal life to leave the world better having me walk it. 

Religiously I identify most closely with the Conservative community, though I do travel on Shabbat, I don’t keep a Kosher home and I will eat in non-Kosher restaurants. I spent several months identifying with the ultra-Orthodox community during that period when, as young adults we are finding ourselves. I discovered within that community a great beauty. People were inviting and kind. They showed love and compassion. I was welcomed into families as one of their own. I spent holidays within the different communities. That was a lifetime ago.

My decision to leave the community was borne of the darkness that I saw at the time. I was called a non-Jew by someone who had invited me for Shabbat because I grew up not observant. I was told that I was dirty because I wore skirts just below the knee and showed my ankles. I was called a whore because I wore open-toed sandals and stones were thrown at me in a Mea Shearim neighborhood because I was not wearing a high necked shirt on a sweltering day. I have seen far greater darkness since, much of it the impetus for this site.  

My defense is being led by New York First Amendment and media attorney, Henry R. Kaufman. Mr. Kaufman has been active in this field for more than 40 years. He served as Vice President and General Counsel of the Association of American Publishers. Later he was one of the co-founders, and served for 16 years as General Counsel, of the Libel Defense Resource Center (now known as the Media Law Resource Center), a national coalition of almost every major US media company, journalism organizations and journalists and of attorneys in all 50 states specializing in defamation and media defense issues. Since 2000, Mr. Kaufman has been the head of his own boutique firm, again specializing in defamation, First Amendment and other media and intellectual property issues and litigation.

Mr. Kaufman has agreed, in light of my lack of liquid resources, to reduce his normal commercial litigation rates by one third, from $750/hour to $500/hour. If you would like to assist, both in paying for the litigation, any necessary security for my safety, and, if there is money remaining to build LostMessiah into something bigger, more insightful and staffed, please send checks to Henry R. Kaufman, attorney escrow account, for friends of LostMessiah or in Defendant’s name “Julie Globus.” They can be sent to 60 East 42nd Street 47th Floor, New York, NY 10165. GoFundMe information will follow.

Shavuah Tov.

 

Suppression of Free Speech and Press – By Murder or Lawsuit?

Free Speech Should Not Be Allowed to Die, Neither by Murder nor by Lawsuit, A Segue into the Death of Seven Journalists

A funny thing happened in August. After months of not blogging, we got back in the saddle and started posting articles again. Why? Because journalistic integrity came into question. We were threatened and that has to mean something. 
Despite being asked to remove an article and doing so, one of two that had been published in 2016, LostMessiah’s name, along with that of an online blogger, was unceremoniously dragged into a lawsuit. The subject of the lawsuit? Hard to tell. It appears to be the remaining article.
The blogger had facilitated the takedown in good faith at the request of the attorneys representing the subjects of that blog. Why? Because, well… there seemed to be more important fish to fry and a single article’s removal at the behest of an allegedly prominent family did not seem like it was worth a fight. If we took it down, however disheartening that would be, the situation would be resolved. Who really has the time? Or the money?  
It didn’t go away. It might have been worth the fight on that day in August.
To resurrect what would otherwise be a problem with the Statute of Limitations, (one year from date of publication in New York) the Complaint in the lawsuit appears to allege that the subject article was taken down by WordPress and that the alleged blogger republished. It was neither taken down by WordPress, nor was it then republished by LostMessiah. The complaint also alleges, both unequivocally and incorrectly we must add, that the blogger is LostMessiah AND another website, WebActivism.
Anonymity in this space, blogging about oligarchs and diamond dealers, Congo miners and allegedly corrupt police officers can be a dangerous thing. We valued and continue to value our anonymity for that reason. Our absence worried our readers. To our readers, it was borne of time constraints not of safety, fear or reprisals nor payment. We will be asking for financial assistance from our readers. For that we apologize in advance.

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The Leviathan of a Natural Gas Deal and the Potential for Ignoble Use

A LEVIATHAN OF A DEAL, NOT-SO-NOBLE, AS WE SEE IT WITH POTENTIAL FOR FINANCIAL, POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ABUSE…

Rebublished from http://www.bridgesforpeace.com

Note to reader: This article is being directly republished from the above-referenced site. We have kept a PDF which you can obtain on the same site or contact us. We do not presume any endorsement by the site nor are we publishing “with permission” so if asked to remove,  we will oblige.

While we see a “bridge for peace” with this pipeline we also see a huge opportunity for Israel’s citizens to be financially harmed by deals that involve large conglomerates of businesses and investors (Noble-Delek). We see the potential for a natural gas monopoly, the direct road to corruption (not uncommon in Israel’s already precariously balanced political regime) and the potential for all citizens to whom natural gas is supplied by this deal (whether Israeli, Egyptian or otherwise) to be held hostage to the financial whims of the interested investors.

And, we are particularly focused on trying to figure out exactly who are the interested investors. Despite claims of transparency, the dots are not easy to follow, and they should be.

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Israel’s Delek, Partners Buy Stake in Egyptian Gas Pipeline for $518 Million

 

Thursday, 4 October 2018 | Delek, the Israeli energy giant, and its partners have announced that they will buy the EMG Egypt-Israel gas pipeline for [US] $518 million, Globes reported.

Delek and the American company Noble Energy will each pay $158 million for the pipeline. The balance will be paid by the Egyptian company East. The deal will allow Delek and Noble to lease and operate the pipeline, which extends from Ashkelon in Israel to El Arish in the Sinai.

The pipeline will allow Delek and Noble to provide the 64 billion cubic meters [17 trillion gallons] of natural gas to Egypt, which the companies sold to Egypt’s Dolphinus Holding Ltd. for $15 billion in a deal concluded in February of this year.

Delek and Noble are slated to provide Egypt with natural gas from the Leviathan natural gas field starting next year. In the meantime, they will sell gas from the Tamar field.

“The Leviathan field is becoming the central energy anchor in the Mediterranean basin with customers in Israel, Egypt and Jordan,” Delek drilling CEO Yossi Abu said.

“Today’s announcements mark significant steps forward in supplying natural gas from the world-class Tamar and Leviathan fields to regional customers through existing infrastructure. They also represent another major milestone toward Egypt’s goal to become a regional energy hub, providing access to both growing domestic markets and existing LNG [liquid natural gas] export facilities,” Keith Elliott, a senior vice-president with Noble Energy said. “With these agreements, we are securing the capacity to deliver on our firm gas sales agreement with Dolphinus for Leviathan while also allowing for interruptible sales from Tamar into Egypt. This further solidifies the strong cash flow growth anticipated from our Eastern Mediterranean assets.”

The discovery of natural gas fields in the Mediterranean has positioned Israel as an energy exporter and boosted its diplomatic standing in the region.

The discovery of the Tamar and Leviathan fields has also led to closer diplomatic cooperation between Israel and both Greece and Cyprus. Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has met four times with Cypriot president Nicos Anastasiades and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras in the past three years. Cooperation in exporting natural gas has been one of the major topics of their discussions.

Late last year, the three countries reached an agreement to supply natural gas to the European Union.

Posted on October 4, 2018

Source: (This article was originally published by The Israel Project, in its publication The Tower on September 28, 2018. Time related language has been modified to reflect our republication today. See the original article at this link.)

 

 

 

Delek, Noble, Tamar, Leviathan, Dolphinus – Who’s Gas is this Anyway?

Delek, Noble sign accords for $15b in sales of Israeli natural gas to Egypt

Partners in the offshore Tamar and Leviathan fields ink deals with Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings Ltd. for the sale of some 64 billion cubic meters over coming decade

 

Illustrative photo of a natural gas field in the Mediterranean Sea (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

 

The partners in Israel’s Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields, including a unit of US Noble Energy Inc and Delek Drilling LP, have signed $15 billion in deals to export natural gas to Egypt over 10 years.

In a filing to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange on Monday, Delek Drilling LP, a partner in the Tamar and Leviathan fields offshore Israel, said Noble Energy Mediterranean and its partners in the fields have signed accords with Egypt’s Dolphinus Holdings Ltd. for the sale of some 64 billion cubic meters of natural gas from the two fields.

One accord calls for the sale of 3.5 BCM of natural gas annually from the Leviathan field, for a total of 32 BCM, the filing said, with the partners estimating the total revenues from the sale from the Leviathan field to reach $7.5 billion.

In addition, the partners said they signed an additional accord for the sale of natural gas from the Tamar field, for a total of 32 BCM and some $7.5 billion.

Delek said the partners were considering various options for the supply of the gas to Egypt, including via a Jordanian-Israeli pipeline that is currently being built or the use of the existing East Mediterranean Gas pipeline. Delek Drilling and Noble plan to start negotiations with EMG for the use of the pipeline to Egypt, the companies said in a separate, emailed statement.

Another option is to transport the gas to Egypt by connecting the Israeli transmission system to its Egyptian counterpart, the statement said.

Supply from Tamar will start as soon as the infrastructure for its transport is in place, the companies said, while that from Leviathan will start as soon as production starts from the well. Supply will continue until the amounts agreed upon are supplied or until December 2030, whichever comes first, the companies said.

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“We are at an important milestone on the road to realizing our collective vision and dream of making Israel a significant exporter of gas to countries in the region,” said Yitzhak Tshuva, the controlling shareholder of Delek Group, which controls Delek Drilling. “The agreement will strengthen the relationships between Israel and its neighbors and increase economic cooperation between them.”

Dolphinus is a natural gas trade company which is planning to supply gas to large industrial and commercial consumers in Egypt.

Noble Energy holds 39.66 percent of Leviathan and a 32.5% stake in Tamar. Delek Drilling holds 45.34% stake in Leviathan and 22% stake in Tamar. Ratio Oil Exploration (1992) Ltd. Partnership holds a 15% stake in Leviathan. Isramco Negev 2 LP holds a 28.75% stake in Tamar.

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Delek-Noble Energy – Israel, A Leviathan of a Profiteering Venture…

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Delek-Noble Energy announces $500m deal to allow Israeli gas exports to Egypt

US-Israeli consortium and Egyptian gas company buy 39% of disused underwater gas pipeline connecting Ashkelon to northern Sinai

 

A US-Israeli consortium leading the development of Israel’s offshore gas reserves announced Thursday a deal that would enable the export of natural gas to Egypt.

Noble Energy and its Israeli partner Delek, along with Egyptian East Gas Company, bought 39 percent of a disused pipeline connecting the Israeli coastal city of Ashkelon with the north Sinai.

The consortium paid $518 million for the interest in the East Mediterranean Gas Company pipeline.

The mainly undersea pipeline will be used to transport natural gas from the Tamar and Leviathan reservoirs to Egypt from as early as 2019, allowing a 10-year $15 billion deal signed in February with Egypt’s Dolphinus to move forward, Delek said in a statement.

It will be the first time Egypt, which in 1979 became the first Arab country to sign a peace treaty with Israel, imports gas from its neighbor.

Israel had bought gas from Egypt but land sections of the pipeline were repeatedly targeted by Sinai jihadists in 2011 and 2012, and soaring demand meant Egypt could use the gas domestically.

Israel had bought gas from Egypt but land sections of the pipeline were repeatedly targeted by Sinai jihadists in 2011 and 2012, and soaring demand meant Egypt could use the gas domestically.

Delek CEO Yossi Abu called the pipeline purchase “the most significant milestone for the Israeli gas market since the discoveries” of the reservoirs.

“The Leviathan reservoir is becoming the Mediterranean basin’s primary energy anchor, with customers in Israel, Egypt and Jordan,” he said.

In September 2016, Jordan struck a deal to buy 300 million cubic feet (8.5 million cubic meters) of Israeli gas per day over 15 years, an agreement estimated to be worth $10 billion.

Israel has limited natural resources but in the past few years it has discovered major gas fields off its coast and is building the infrastructure needed to tap them.

Tamar, which began production in 2013, has estimated reserves of up to 238 billion cubic meters (8.4 trillion cubic feet).

Leviathan, discovered in 2010 and set to begin production in 2019, is estimated to hold 535 billion cubic meters (18.9 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas, along with 34.1 million barrels of condensate.

Israel hopes its gas reserves will give the country energy independence and the prospect of becoming a supplier for Europe as well as forging strategic ties within the region.

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Haredi Serial Sexual Abuser, After 11 Years of Abuse is Finally Charged – Israel

CHARGES FILED AGAINST HAREDI MAN WHO SYSTEMATICALLY ABUSED CHILDREN OVER 11 YEARS

After years of abusing young boys and girls in Bnai Brak, Modi’in Elit and Jerusalem, a 32-year-old Kollel student has been charged for his crimes, according to the ‘Bchedri Charedim’ news site. The case was built on various types of evidence, including security footage, DNA tests, and the testimony of witnesses and victims, as well as confessions by the suspect to several of the accusations. He also confessed to additional crimes other than those mentioned in the indictment, but no further evidence has been found to corroborate those events.

The investigation began after an attack on an eight-year-old girl in Bnei Brak around last Purim. After the attack, the girl told her parents, and her father tracked down security footage of the suspect, who was taken in for questioning. However, as it was impossible to identify the suspect conclusively from the tape, he was released after giving a DNA sample and fingerprints. It can take months for DNA kits to be tested at the police lab, but when the sample was finally checked, it matched two other open abuse cases: the sexual abuse of a five-year-old boy in April 2007 and abuse of a six-year-old girl in May 2014. In July 2017, the suspect was brought in for further questioning, where he confessed to three more crimes. However, evidence was found for only two of the incidents; one in Modi’in Elit in September 2007 and one in Bnei Brak in May 2014.

Two weeks later, Tel Aviv District Attorney Sarit Aronov filed an indictment against the accused for three of the allegations. She also requested that the man be kept in custody until the end of the proceedings, on the grounds that he continued to pose a danger to the public because he operated systematically and, according to his own testimony, continued to abuse children even after seeking treatment.

The incident in April 2007 took place in Jerusalem. A five-year-old boy went outside to play on a Shabbat afternoon. The suspect caught the boy in the stairwell of his apartment building where he abused the boy and left behind DNA evidence. He warned the boy not to tell anyone about what had happened and disappeared from the scene. The boy’s parents filed charges and the boy gave police a detailed description of the suspect.

Five months later, the suspect abused a six-year-old girl in Modi’in Elit. The girl was playing outside of her apartment building when the suspect found her and led her to the building’s storage units, where he savagely abused her. Again, the girl’s parents filed a complaint with the police. The mother told officers that the suspect had returned to the building several days after the attack with a flimsy cover story at which point the girl identified the man to her parents. Her father then followed the suspect and was able to identify him as M from Bnei Brak. The police then followed up with a member of the local “Tznius police”, who was able to confirm the suspect’s identity and told police he had sent the man to seek treatment. The suspect confirmed that he had been ordered by one of the city’s Rabbis to seek treatment at the “Shalom Banechah” organization and to write an apology letter to the victim.

In May 2014, the suspect attacked a seven-year-old girl in Bnei Brak. The girl was walking home when the suspect saw her and began to follow her. The girl went up to her third-floor apartment to find the house empty. She walked down the stairs, where the suspect waiting for her. He asked her name, told her that she smelled nice and inquired about the shampoo that she used. He then took her behind the building and abused her, and told her not to tell anyone before fleeing. The girl’s mother told investigators that she had seen the man leaving the building. The father successfully identified the man, confronted him, and told him to seek treatment. The suspect said that he then approached a Rabbi in the city who ordered him to start drug therapy, which was confirmed by medical documents. When the case reached police years later, the Rabbi gave testimony which was crucial to the indictment.

Four days later, the man abused another six-year-old girl outside her apartment building, after which he dressed her and gave her a one shekel coin as a reparation. DNA taken from the girl’s clothes confirmed the man’s identity, and her parents told investigators that the girl had told them immediately about the attack, and had shown them the coin.

The last attack took place in 2018. A girl and her younger sister were waiting for their mother at the entrance to their building when the man approached the older sister and told her she was sweet. He then began abusing her, but she cried loudly and resisted being undressed. When the man heard the girl’s mother coming down the stairs, he told the girl he was sorry and ran away. The mother found security footage of the man, from which her daughters were able to identify him. A family member of the suspect also confirmed his identity from the footage and told investigators that he had indeed been in Bnei Brak at the time of the attack. The suspect also confessed to the last allegations.

Off with Their Heads – The Chickens, a Lawsuit and Animal Rights Activists

The Legal Chicken Arguments, Mouse, Mosquito, Sport fishing… not so fast…

The Arguments:

Without giving a position one way or the other or this rite (did we say we think it’s a bit horrifying?), it is being argued by comparison by religious rights activists to arresting people who set mousetraps, swat mosquitos or sport fish. However, we see a difference.

The chickens are actually transported to neighborhoods, left in cages on the streets for days at a time, shaken over heads and then their heads are summary lobbed off. To make matters worse, the streets become makeshift slaughterhouses, there is no regulation that might cover such houses and feathers, blood and various chicken parts litter the streets after the 3-day long ritual event.

To make this a criminal enterprise, doesn’t really seem like such a stretch.

Religious rights activists are arguing a number of comparisons and think it is a slippery slope to start arresting people engaged in this ritual. As we see it, comparing this to setting mousetraps is not necessarily the same, particularly since the mice are not transported to the City left waiting to die, simply to have them get trapped; mosquitos are not set free in vast number to have them swatted (or zapped by electric zappers) and while fish are set free to have them fished, they are not fished, swung over people’s heads and then summarily killed. Usually they are set free or taken home to be eaten.

As we see it, this practice is closer to “cock fighting” which is not legal, has already been deemed cruel and is (in most of the world) outlawed.

Moreover, and perhaps this is a judgment call, comparing chickens to fish is also a disingenuous comparison considering the Jewish religious rabbinical writings, which put chicken in the same category as meat in terms both of how they must be slaughtered and in terms of how they must be eaten, places the chickens themselves on a higher legal footing (in terms of kashrut) than fish. Yes… .we know… that sounds absurd but it is worth noting, though someone better versed in this religious ritual might be better apt to comment.

We find the case more interesting because it pits religious rites against animal rights, for which there is precedent in other religious rights and rituals cases, like Santeria and other religions.

LM

Effort to save chickens from rite heads to state’s top court

ALBANY – Save the chickens!

That’s the message a nonprofit organization will share with the state’s highest court Wednesday when it tries to compel the city of New York to ban a religious ritual in Brooklyn that involves the mass sacrificing of chickens – an act the group calls savage.

Attorneys for the chicken advocates and New York City will spar at the Court of Appeals over the ultra-Orthodox Jewish religious ritual of Kaporos, which is practiced just before Yom Kippur.

Participants in the ritual take a live chicken, swing it overhead by its wings while reciting a prayer intended to transfer their sins to the chicken. A rabbi then slashes the fowl’s throat.

A group called The Alliance to End Chickens as Koporos sued the city as well as its police and health departments, calling the tradition cruel, unsanitary and in violation of 15 known laws. They want the Court of Appeals to overturn two lower court rulings and issue a writ of mandamus, in which a court orders a municipality to take action required by law.

In court papers, the alliance said 60,000 chickens are trucked into residential neighborhoods in Brooklyn for the three-day event. The advocates say the birds are “stacked in crates and left on the street for days, without food or water, in the elements, waiting for their death, as they will be sacrificed in the ritual.”

The advocates say makeshift slaughterhouses are erected in the streets. They say Kaporos leaves dead chickens, blood, feathers, toxins, bird waste and an unbearable stench.

“All citizens must obey the law, regardless of religious belief,” Nora Constance Marino, the Long Island-based attorney for the group, said in a brief. “Should that not be the case, then men practicing Sharia Law could stone women to death, and Mormons could have multiple wives, in the name of ‘religious freedom.’ Existing laws cannot be violated in the name of religion; rather, laws can be deemed unconstitutional if they infringe upon one’s religious beliefs or if they ‘target’ a religious sect.”

In turn, Elina Druker, an assistant corporation counsel for New York City, said in a brief that longstanding precedent shows the group should not dictate how the city carries out its policies.

“Individual citizens cannot dictate how a city of 8.5 million diverse people sets its enforcement priorities, assesses whether laws have been violated, and allocates its limited resources,” Druker stated. “So, to give a few examples, citizens cannot sue to force officials to cite every jaywalker, arrest suspected adulterers, or arrest people with small quantities of marijuana. Nor may appellants obtain an order compelling the city to arrest or fine people of faith for participating in a once-a-year religious ritual that’s alleged to be unlawful.”

 

Yeshivas Meeting with Health Officials to Stem Spread of Measles, Will Miracles Ever Cease?

Williamsburg Yeshivos Meet With NYC Health Department To Stem Spread of Measles

Leaders and school administrators from the Orthodox Jewish community in Williamsburg met today at the UJO of Williamsburg with NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a representatives of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit and representatives of the elected officials of the area, to collaborate on efforts to stem the spread of measles infection in the community.

As per the last Department of Health figures, 6 children are confirmed to have contracted the measles infection and more are awaiting lab results to determine if they have the infection. Measles is extremely contagious, and unvaccinated individuals are susceptible to transmit the infection, even if they don’t exhibit symptoms. Measles can be very dangerous and even fatal, especially for those with a compromised immune.

On Wednesday, YWN published a story about a measles outbreak in New York, with 6 residents of Williamsburg and seven residents of Rockland County confirmed to have the disease. An additional eight suspected cases in Rockland County were being investigated involving a mix of adults and children. Many are linked to recent travel to Israel which has been dealing with the disease for months.

  • In order to stem this outbreak, parents must ensure that their children received the recommended vaccination doses, at age 1 and a second one at age 4.
  • Measles infections are far more prevalent in Israel and Europe. Hence, before travelling with children overseas, parents should make sure that their children from six months and older are vaccinated.
  • Measles symptoms include fever, and a rash starting on the fact, trickling down the body and occasionally also appearing on the palms and soles. 
  • Children exhibiting such symptoms should not attend school, and the parents should contact their doctor to arrange for an appointment privately, in order not to transmit the infection to other patients.
  • Thos contacted that they or their child have been at a place with a measles patient, shall make sure to follow their doctor’s advice.
  • Schools where a student was diagnosed with measles, are required by the department of health to exclude all non-vaccinated students until 21 days of the last measles case in the neighborhood.

Dr. Jane  Jane R. Zucker, MD, Assistant Commissioner of the NYC-DOHMH Bureau of Immunization, updated community leaders and school administrators, on the outbreak, and discussed how to ensure that the entire community follows all tips, to stop this outbreak before it results in many more sufferings. The meeting was also attended DOHMH Associate Commissioner Sam Miller and a number of DOHMH representatives, Mr. Pinny Ringel, Senior member of the Mayor’s Community Assistance Unit, and representatives from the offices of Assemblyman Joe Lentol, State Senator Kavanagh and Councilman Steve Levin also participated at the meeting and committed their support in the effort to stop the outbreak.

“For decades, the UJO worked with the NYC Department of Health and the local schools and community leaders to stop outbreaks of infectious diseases. This collaboration is vital for the health of the community. We will continue efforts to ensure that everybody follows the above instructions,” said Rabbi David Niederman, president of the UJO of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn. “We are thankful for the Department of Health for the early detection, alert of this outbreak, and we pray that with everyone’s cooperation we will be able to stop the spread of this disease.”

On Thursday, the Visnitz Monsey Girls School announced that any child who is not immunized, can’t return to school for 21 days. No “religious exemption” is accepted. A religious exemption does not work when there is a measles outbreak.

Hush, Hush Lakewood, money paid for silence regarding municipal affairs…

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Lakewood paid township manager ‘hush money’ to stay silent, lawsuit alleges

Lakewood’s former township manager, who got a $327,000 severance package when he resigned in September, received illegal “hush money” to stay quiet about municipal affairs, a group claims in a lawsuit filed Monday.

The lawsuit alleges Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles “engaged in a conspiracy” with the former township manager, Thomas Henshaw, and other township officials, to reach Henshaw’s separation agreement.

Resident Larry S. Loigman, and a group called Lakewood Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, claim in the suit that the agreement violated state and local measures limiting the amount of money Henshaw should have received.

Henshaw’s separation agreement provided for $327,000 in payments, which includes his salary through the end of 2019. The suit claims Henshaw should have received far less money — just a few months’ salary.

“Such extraordinary payment was intended as ‘hush money’ to buy Defendant Henshaw’s silence as to municipal affairs,” the lawsuit stated.

The lawsuit was filed in Superior Court in Toms River by Lakewood Citizens for Fiscal Integrity, a group of residents who are not individually named, and Loigman, a former fire commissioner and lawyer known as a watchdog of local government. The township, Coles and Henshaw are defendants in the lawsuit.

Henshaw declined to comment on the lawsuit, but township officials quickly rebuffed Loigman’s claims. Coles and Lakewood Township attorney Steven Secare said Monday the lawsuit was frivolous.

“This is another frivolous attempt by Mr. Loigman to muddy waters that are absolutely clear,” Secare said. “The agreement with Mr. Henshaw was negotiated in good faith by the township and Mr. Henshaw. His resignation was amicable to both sides.”

Coles said negotiations over Henshaw’s severance were approved by Secare and the entire township committee.

“I really don’t know what he’s basing this on,” Coles said of the lawsuit.

RESIGNATION: Lakewood town manager quits suddenly after possible email dispute

SEVERANCE: Lakewood pays $327,000 severance to former administrator

Henshaw resigned abruptly in September after three years with the township. His separation agreement included a payment of $327,000, which included about $276,000 of salary through the end of this year and 2019.

The agreement says Henshaw cannot sue the township or talk to the press or others in a way that would “adversely effect” the township’s business or reputation.

Henshaw’s contract and state law say that the municipal manager must be removed by a two-thirds vote of the five-member township committee. It also called for two weeks’ notice if Henshaw chose to resign.

The lawsuit says the required removal vote never happened and Henshaw never submitted his resignation.

But Henshaw’s contract with the township says if he is removed, his salary must be paid for six months “unless other arrangements are made and agreed upon by both parties.” Lakewood Township code says if the committee voted to fire Henshaw, he’s entitled to three months of his salary as payment.

“This three-month provision shall not apply in the event the Municipal Manager voluntarily terminates employment by resigning the office or position,” the code reads. “In such event the Manager shall be paid only to the date of actual termination of duties.”

The lawsuit asks a judge to declare the separation agreement invalid and issue an order stopping any township money from going to Henshaw. The separation agreement says Henshaw will continue to be paid bi-weekly. The judge should also hold Coles personally liable for any money the township owes, the lawsuit says.

READ: Lakewood baby case: ‘It was an accident,’ caretaker says

BREAKING NEWS: Lakewood BMG student missing, cops say

Township officials and Henshaw have declined to comment on the reason for his resignation.

However, a township source, who was not authorized to speak to the media, said the resignation stemmed from a misunderstanding.

Henshaw said he thought township staff was being asked to improperly delete emails, according to the source.

Coles confirmed a recent discussion among township staff about email retention policies that occurred after the township received a records request for 10 years worth of emails, but said he did not ask anyone to delete messages.

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Finally Yeshivas Are Cooperating, Measles and the Vishnitz Girls School

FIGHTING THE OUTBREAK: Vishnitz Girls School in Monsey Not Allowing Unnvaccinated Children After Students Diagnosed With Measles

An Orthodox Jewish School has taken a hard stance against the anti-vaxxers who refuse to vaccinate their children.

YWN has confirmed that the Visnitz Monsey Girls School made the bold announcement on Thursday afternoon. The decision was made after 2 childen were confirmed to have Measles. One child is in preschool and one in elementary school.

Any child who is not immunized, can’t return to school for 21 days. No “religious exemption” is accepted. A religious exemption does not work when there is a measles outbreak.

If the school identifies another measles case, the 21 days will start over.

On Wednesday, YWN published a story about a measles outbreak in New York, with 6 residents of Williamsburg and seven residents of Rockland County confirmed to have the disease. An additional eight suspected cases in Rockland County were being investigated involving a mix of adults and children. Many are linked to recent travel to Israel which has been dealing with the disease for months.

Two weeks ago, YWN reported about the Menahel of Breslov Mosdos in Tzefas having been infected with the measles. He was listed in critical condition at the time of the news story.

There have been dozens of stories published by YWN in the past few months of measles alerts issued by authorities involving Frum people who have not been vaccinated.

Health officials have said anyone at the following locations in Rockland, Westchester and Bergen counties may have been exposed to the measles:

  • Congregation Bais Elazer in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Mia’s Reflexology in New City, N.Y. on Oct. 4
  • Lifetime Gym in Montvale, N.J. on Oct. 5
  • Wesley Kosher in Monsey N.Y. on Oct. 5
  • Congregation Borov in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 5 and Oct. 6
  • Costco in Nanuet, N.Y. on Oct. 7
  • Care 365 in Monsey, N.Y. on Oct. 8
  • Westchester Medical Center’s Emergency Room in Valhalla, N.Y. on Oct. 11

Lack of immunizations have been blamed for outbreaks within other Orthodox Jewish communities. In 2013, the largest measles outbreak in the United States in 17 years spread through Orthodox families in two Brooklyn neighborhoods.

For those who believe they may have been exposed and have further questions, a toll-free hotline has been established: 1-888-364-4837. The hotline is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Measles is highly contagious, so anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting the disease.

People who are unvaccinated risk getting infected with measles and spreading it to others, and they may spread measles to people who cannot get vaccinated because they are too young or have specific health conditions.

Individuals are considered protected or immune to measles if:

• they were born before 1957

• have received two doses of measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) vaccine

• have had measles confirmed by a health care provider

• or have a lab test confirming immunity

Symptoms include a fever, rash, cough, conjunctivitis or runny nose, and they could appear 10 to 12 days after exposure.

The virus can remain in the air or on surfaces for up to two hours.

To prevent the spread of illness, health officials are advising individuals who may have been exposed and who have symptoms consistent with measles to contact their health care provider, a local clinic, or a local emergency department before going for care.

(Charles Gross – YWN)

 

 

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