Tuesday, December 09, 2014


The Appalling Ignorance of YNet

YNetnews.com, aka Israel’s Yediot Achronot newspaper (translation: The Last Source or The Knowledge Source), reports the following about the stabbing attack inside Chabad’s world headquarters, 770, synagogue…


It says, “Stabbing at NY Chabad house”.  It also reports the WRONG health status for both the attacker and the victim.

Calling at stabbing inside Chabad World Headquarters and one of New York’s largest synagogues a stabbing at a Chabad house is like me reporting on Israeli elections (their top news headline) as “some parliamentary stuff going on inside Israel”.

This is the newspaper that is pushing through a law in Israel to BAN their competitor IsraelHaYom (Israel Today) because IsraelHaYom has a free distribution model, besides less biased and more knowledgeable reporting, and is crushing YNet in the marketplace.  Therefore it must be unfair!!!

Now, let’s see what they have to say.  Remember, a rabbinical student was STABBED IN THE HEAD/NECK…

A young haredi man was stabbed and wounded early Tuesday morning in a Chabad house in the Crown Heights neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York.

Not a young man, not a STUDENT RABBI, a “haredi man” – the Israeli term for orthodox Jews who wear hats and are very strict in their religious observance.  Rabbi, who cares?

Not in the world headquarters of Chabad, it’s just a Chabad house.  Like any other of the over 1,000 around the world.  No big deal.  It’s not the HEADQUARTERS or anything (it is).

The victim was an Israeli haredi, who is among the hundreds of yeshiva students at the school. 

Do these reporters actually check ANY of their information?  The attack was in the middle of one of New York’s largest synagogues, and the World Headquarters of Chabad.  Yes, the victim was Israeli (note the focus on haredi – it’s not so bad if it’s a haredi who’s attacked), and yes he is associated with a rabbinical training program of Chabad – which indeed has hundreds of students.  But the relevance is a small group were learning Torah in the 770 synagogue late at night and were attacked with intent to kill by knife.

Witnesses told Ynet that the attacker was dark-skinned and entered the Chabad house armed with a knife, before stabbing the young man in the neck.

Dark skinned?  Nice euphemism, more likely lack of knowledge.  He was African American in appearance (just look at the pictures Mr. Reporter!)

Although the circumstances were unclear, some tied the incident to recent anti-Semitic attacks.

Man, not associated with synagogue or community that uses synagogue, enters synagogue with knife and stabs someone.  I guess he could have just been needing some random knifing practice, perhaps before going out on a mercenary job.  Or maybe, oh I don’t know, he was looking to stab some Jews?

Ynet, your reporting on Jewish religious issues is PATHETIC, DISGUSTING, INACCURATE, INCOMPETANT, AND SEVERELY BIASED.


  1. We do not know that it was an anti-Semitic attack.
    The assailant was described as homeless, who have a higher incidenc of mental illness and alchohol/drugs abuse than housed people.

    It might have just been a crazy guy.

  2. Further to my earlier post, Arutz Sheva now report that the assailant shouted "I will kill the Jew".
    So it was anti-Semitic.
    But this information was not disclosed earlier.

  3. These are some of the basic facts: The man came in at 1:40 am and asked for a Bible and the students told him to please leave and the next thing is he took out his knife and stabbed the student (Israeli) Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel in the neck/head area. In the meantime, police arrived and asked that he drop his knife. He said he wants to kill Jews and he tried to fight off the police and didn't want to drop the knife; thus he was shot and killed. Apparently, he is known to have mental problems and was in his forties. A Refuah Shleimah to Levi Yitzchak ben Raizel.

  4. There's a reason why I call that paper the "Idiot Achronot". It's not worth reading.

  5. J. Eric AndreasenDecember 10, 2014 6:49 PM

    Sadly, even Arutz Sheva is lending credence to the “Just a Nutcase … Not Terror-Related” spin. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/188458#.VIh3q8ncBD0 To which I replied:
    “Oh, I’m so glad we got that all cleared up. So terrorists and madmen are two utterly discrete groups. Whew! And that worry about a hate-crime? Overblown. The fact that the guy drove all the way to Lubavitch World Headquarters, cased the joint, and returned at 1:30 in the morning with a kitchen knife? Just a fluke. That he sunk that knife into the head of a yeshiva bochur while yelling “I want to kill a Jew!” and “I’m going to kill all of you!” is merely an expression of this unfortunate visitor’s general cultural ennui. Nope. Nothing to see here. Move along. Remain calm. Everything is under control.”


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