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Judenrein Jerusalem Watch

Sorry, Arabs, but “Next year in Passaic” just doesn’t have the right ring to it:

Arab rioters hurled Molotov cocktails at an apartment building in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighborhood just hours after Jewish families moved in, police said Tuesday.

No one was injured in the incident in the Kfar Shiloach neighborhood (known as Silwan in Arabic) late on Monday, which saw a group of Palestinians firing flares and throwing petrol bombs at the building, a police statement said.

No serious damage was caused and no arrests were made.

Arrests? What for? Just kids blowing off steam. And smoke.

You don’t need to light a fuse to eliminate Jews from Jerusalem:

Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas has toughened the PA law against selling property to Israeli Jews Tuesday, following recent successful efforts by Jewish NGOs to reclaim parts of Jerusalem where former Jewish communities where expelled.

According to the new legislation, any Palestinian Arabs involved in renting, selling or facilitating real estate transactions with citizens of “hostile countries” in any way would receive life imprisonment and hard-labor, according to Wafa news agency.

The previous law “only” sentenced those found guilty to life imprisonment.

Why would Abbas want a state when he can just change the law on a whim? L’état, c’est lui. Unless he learned that from Obama.

Last, but certainly not least:

Jordan’s King Abdullah II is pressing Israel not to pass a bill allowing Jews to exercise their religious rights and pray on the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, a senior official of the Hashemite kingdom revealed on Tuesday.

Jordanian Ambassador to “Palestine” Khalid al-Shawabka told the Palestinian Arab Ma’an News Agency that a bill proposed by MK Miri Regev (Likud) dividing prayer time at the Mount, as is done in Hevron’s Cave of Machpelah, is “unacceptable,” calling the Al-Aqsa Mosque (often used as a euphemism for the entire Temple Mount) and Jerusalem “red lines.”

Jews can’t buy houses in Jerusalem; they can’t live in them once they do buy them; and they can’t pray at the site of their (razed—twice) holiest shrine in their faith—which happens to be located in, you guessed it, Jerusalem.

And John Kerry blames Israel for “street anger and agitation”. I wonder how he’d feel about street anger in Louisburg Square?

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My Pet Peeve

Here it is:

Why do I have to see this disgusting logo at every sports event I watch?

Emirates has been committed to sponsorship in both the UAE and around the world for over twenty years, beginning with the first powerboat race held in Dubai, in 1987.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline & Group, sees sponsorship as vital in the airline’s marketing strategy. “We believe sponsorships are one of the best ways to connect with our passengers. They allow us to share and support their interests and to build a closer relationship with them,” he said.

Football…Rugby…Tennis…Motor Sports…Horse Racing…Golf…Cricket…Australia Rules Football…Arts & Culture

To be fair, I don’t watch Australian Rules Football.

But why do I say “disgusting”?

Israel – United Arab Emirates relations do not currently exist. The United Arab Emirates does not recognize Israel as a state, and the two countries do not have diplomatic or economic relations.

In February 2010, Israeli tennis player Shahar Pe’er was denied a visa by the UAE, and thus prevented from playing at the Dubai Tennis Championships. A number of players, among them Venus Williams,[1] condemned the visa rejection, and Women’s Tennis Association chief Larry Scott said that he had considered canceling the tournament, but chose not to after consulting Pe’er. Tournament director Salah Tahlak said that Pe’er was refused on the grounds that her appearance could incite anger in the Arab country, after she had already faced protests at the ASB Classic over the Gaza War.[2] The WTA said that it would review future tournaments in Dubai.[3] Due to the action, Tennis Channel decided not to televise the event[4] and The Wall Street Journal dropped its sponsorship.

What, Aryan Nation wouldn’t buy air time?

I wasn’t even fully aware why that logo gave me the creeps. I almost wondered if it was just prejudice against an Arab entity. Good for my instincts. Next time I’m watching an event sponsored by these slugs, I’m switching the channel—to anything else. I hate cooking shows, but I just discovered Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. And it’s On Demand!

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Did The NY Times Cover This?

The US Government is sending social security payments to Nazi concentration camp guards.

Well that’s certainly diversity.

The Associated Press revealed on Monday – following an extensive investigation – that such payments continue to be made to participants in the Nazi genocide who were deported from the US due to their crimes.

According to the investigation, war criminals who immigrated to America and were outed and subsequently expelled have collected millions in state benefits.

The wire service claimed it was able to account for four such beneficiaries who are still collecting Social Security payments. The payments, AP alleged, were used by the government to pressure Nazi suspects to leave the country, by promising them they would continue to receive benefits after leaving.

Most Nazi war criminals and collaborators were never held accountable, Estee Yaari, a spokeswoman for Yad Vashem, told The Jerusalem Post. Asserting that there can be no statute of limitation on Holocaust-related crimes, Yaari called on the US to stop the payments and bring the recipients to justice in their respective countries.

“It’s maddening that some of these criminals who were forced out of the US once their past was uncovered were able to collect Social Security and live free lives,” she said.

Polish Chief Rabbi Michael Schudrich went even further in his criticism of Washington, stating that using government funds “to help war criminals is to desecrate the memory of the victims of the Shoah.”

Are you proud to be an American?

– Aggie

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There Goes the Neighborhood

There are no no-go areas in Jerusalem:

Dozens of Jewish Israelis moved into an apartment complex in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan overnight Sunday to Monday morning, repeating a nighttime operation that had drawn international condemnation.

Ateret Cohanim, an organization that settles Jews in Arab areas of East Jerusalem, said Monday that it facilitated the purchase of two buildings. Spokesman Daniel Lurie said the buildings have nine apartments in all, and will double the Jewish presence in the section of the Silwan neighborhood.

The apartments are near Beit Yonatan, another building inhabited by Jewish residents and owned by Ateret Cohanim.

Ir Amim, a dovish Israeli rights group, said the move would raise tensions.

“The entry of more settlers into Silwan is another step toward closing the window for a diplomatic solution,” Ir Amim policy development director Oshrat Maimon said in a statement.

We’re arguing over nine apartments? Making 18 apartments overall? In buildings that were bought and paid for? And this is a problem?

At most, we’re talking about 1% of the population:

Around 90 settler families, totaling 500 people, live in Silwan among some 50,000 Palestinians. Israeli police protect them.

“This is a government by the settlers for the settlers,” said Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief peace negotiator, calling the move an attempt to erase Palestinian identity.

I would argue—and do, vociferously—that there is no “Palestinian identity” in Jerusalem. Arab, perhaps, “Palestinian”, no. I equally vociferously argue that there is no “Palestinian identity”, period. But that’s for another time.

Arabs like these are uncomfortable living with any Jews, as in any more than none. That’s not true of all Israeli Arabs (20% of the nation’s population), but it’s true of enough.

And then there’s their apologists:

Many centuries before Jerusalem was conquered by King David and became the capital of the united kingdom of Judea and Samaria, Hebron was already deeply embedded in Jewish history. There, according to the biblical narrative, Abraham purchased a burial place for Sarah in the first parcel of land owned by the Jewish people in their promised land. The matriarchs and patriarchs of the Jewish people were buried there. Joseph and his brothers brought the body of their father Jacob from Egypt for burial in the cave of Machpelah. At the beginning of the Common Era, King Herod built its massive stone enclosure that remains the oldest intact structure in the Land of Israel. Jews have returned to pray and to live in Hebron ever since.

But in a recent speech Sir Alan Duncan MP, formerly vice chairman of the Conservative Party and minister for international development, demonstrated his appalling ignorance of Jewish history and his no less reprehensible loathing for Israel. Gliding from accusations of “criminal intent” for its announcement of plans to build 2,600 homes in Jerusalem (for Jews and Arabs), he redirected his fury to the community of 800 Hebron Jews who live in a tiny enclave surrounded by 170,000 Palestinians. “One should not use the word ‘apartheid’ lightly,” Duncan raged, “but as a description of Hebron it is both accurate and undeniable.” There, he asserted, “the rule of international law has been shelved.” He proclaimed: “Over the years we have made a firm stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, and anti-Semitism. It is time now that we added ‘settlement endorsement’ to that list of extreme undemocratic attitudes which we are not prepared to tolerate.” With that outburst Sir Alan elevated himself to the top rank of anti-Semitic bigots.

Some twenty miles to the north of Hebron, in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, Jews are no less welcome. Until recently 500 Jews lived among 50,000 Palestinians in the neighborhood abutting Ir David, captured by King David three thousand years ago. Long before Muhammad tethered his horse Burack to the Western Wall, according to Muslim legend, Jews lived nearby. As in Hebron, they were expelled but eventually returned to reside in their sacred cities. But the dismaying prospect of yet more Jews in Silwan roiled Palestinian residents, who found a sympathetic forum – not surprisingly – in The New York Times. In yet another Times story (October 15) lamenting the arrival of Jews in Silwan, Isabel Kirshner labeled it a “politically delicate neighborhood” located “in territory that Israel conquered from Jordan” in 1967 and then annexed “in a move that was never internationally recognized.”

Back to Silwan:

A “neighborhood activist” explained: “Settlers’ buying houses seems legitimate, but it’s not. . . . We are not living in Tel Aviv, in a normal situation to decide whether to sell or not.” An East Jerusalem lawyer representing Silwan families was vigorously searching for “flaws, illegalities or violations” that could nullify the sale of property to Jews. “The national and religious control for the area,” Kirshner concluded, “is taking place house by house.” Jews, by strong implication, are the pushy intruders. Conspicuously absent from her interviews were Jewish residents of Silwan, who might have expressed contrary views about Jewish newcomers.

These ancient “sister cities,” as David Ben-Gurion identified Hebron and Jerusalem, are more deeply embedded in Jewish history than any others. “We will make a great and awful mistake,” he declared after the Six-Day War, “if we fail to settle Hebron, neighbor and predecessor of Jerusalem, with a large Jewish settlement, constantly growing and expanding.” That is hardly less true for the city whose loss Jews lamented from Babylonian exile in the 6th century BCE: “If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. . . . Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember you not; if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy” (Psalm 137:5-6). Jerusalem includes Silwan.

By the way, Silwan is the place name Arabic; it’s Shiloah in Hebrew. Because it’s Israeli, ancient and modern.

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“Street Anger and Agitation” Watch

Yesterday, the Kurds; today, the Yazidi; tomorrow, the world!

Israeli humanitarian organization IsraAID has sent four Israelis to northern Iraq to join an international effort to assist Christian and Yazidi refugees fleeing the Islamic State group.

“There was a lot of trauma, we provided aid to many families who had their daughters kidnapped or father or son killed by Islamic State. They didn’t even have time to take a small bag with them; I could see the fear in their eyes,” says Navonel (Voni) Glick, a program director at IsraAID.

The four Israelis stayed for a week and a half at a camp with other representatives of international aid organizations, and, they said, didn’t hide the fact that they were Israeli.

“The Kurdish authorities and the UN supply them with just enough food to sustain themselves, but in order to survive they are going to need blankets and warm clothes. These people escaped with nothing but the clothes on their backs and the sandals on their feet,” he says.

“They are in a complete shock. They told us about the horrible violence they suffered. They said that Islamic State militants attack and take over an area in minutes. The refugees are in a complete shock and cannot believe what has happened to them.”

As John Kerry would observe, it’s just this type of behavior that brings “street anger and agitation” upon the Jews. If they just ignored the victims of Islamist brutality and savagery, like the rest of the Arab world, they might fit in better.

PS: Israeli generosity extends even to the families of terrorists sworn to their destruction, as we also reported yesterday. (Scroll down, you’ll find it.)

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“Street Anger” and “Agitation” Watch

I sense a new theme, don’t you, John Kerry?

The daughter of the leader of Gaza’s Hamas terror militia, Ismail Haniyeh, received emergency medical treatment in an Israeli hospital in Tel Aviv earlier this month, according to Reuters news agency.

Ichilov Hospital confirmed the report and said that the daughter had been released over a week ago.

“Ismail Haniyeh’s daughter was indeed hospitalized for medical treatment for several days at the hospital,” Ichilov said. “Over 1,000 patients from Gaza and the Palestinian Authority territories – both adults and children – are hospitalized for treatment at our hospital every year.”

Several of Haniyeh’s relatives have received medical treatment in Israel, including his mother in-law and granddaughter, despite the fact that he has pledged Israel’s utter destruction.

Fine, go to Israel for treatment if you must.

But don’t drink the water!

Last month, official PA TV revived another medieval libel reporting as news that Israel was intentionally “injecting poison” into Palestinian water sources as a “war strategy” during the recent Gaza war:

Official PA TV newsreader: “Water experts have warned of the consequences of the attack by the occupation [Israel] on water wells, as a result of its use of poisonous bombs that threaten public health…”

Official PA TV reporter: “The policy of attacking water wells is a war strategy used by the occupation in its aggression against Gaza. Not only were the people deprived of water, but poison was also injected into main [water] sources, destroying agriculture.” [Official PA TV, Sept. 24, 2014]

That’s enough to make the quietest street angry! And you don’t know from agita.

PS: While we’re on the subject of blood libel, I hope the Israelis siphoned off a pint or two. A matzo isn’t matzo without that special ingredient!

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What Peace With the Arabs Might Look Like

Hey John Kerry! How does this contribute to “street anger” and “agitation”?

Israeli humanitarian workers have joined the effort to provide desperately-needed supplies to displaced victims of the brutal Islamic State terrorist group in northern Iraq and Syria.

IsraAID supplied beds, blankets, and food to over 1,000 families in the Kurdish city of Duhok, in northern Iraq. The Israeli aid agency worked with Canadian ONEXONE to deliver a convoy to a 14,000-strong refugee camp carrying 2,000 blankets and mattresses, as well as enough powdered milk for all the 1,015 babies under one year of age.

The emergency supplies could not have come soon enough. Many of those at the camp arrived with only the clothes on their back and are living in nothing more than tents or makeshift huts. As winter approaches their misery has increased still further, with recent rainstorms and cold weather just a harbinger of worse to come: some parts of the region receive a meter of snow on average amid subzero temperatures.

IsraAID’s Founding Director Shahar Zahavi told Arutz Sheva that the Israeli team were warmly received by the Kurdish residents of the camp.

“They were aware that we were Israel, and they received us very well. The Kurdish people really love Israel,” he said.

Kurds must have no streets, else they’d be “angry”. From Turkey and the Islamists, they get plenty of agitation.

I have to confess that Aggie and I once thought of starting a punk duo called Street Anger and Agitation. (We couldn’t agree on who would be whom.) [Bleep] John Kerry for stealing our name. [Bleep] John Kerry, period.

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Some “Silent Intifada”

If you listen ve-e-e-e-ry carefully, you can just make it out:

Arab terrorists hurling molotov cocktail firebombs at Jewish homes, trying to burn entire families as they sleep – it has become part of a routine of terror in the Israeli capital of Jerusalem, where a “silent intifada” has been raging under the radar of major news outlets.

A new video shows just shocking and potentially lethal the wave of terror has become; the video, uploaded to YouTube on Thursday, shows Arab terrorists from the Al Sawana neighborhood just east of the Old City, between the Mount of Olives and Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus, lobbing firebombs at Jewish homes.

The terrorists can be seen charging the homes in the dead of night clutching their molotov cocktails, before releasing the bombs at the houses in large arcs and then turning tail to flee the scene.

Two of the firebombs are seen catching, setting alight the homes with blazing fires. Miraculously, the inhabitants were able to avoid the urgent danger.

Where would these people—no different from you and me—learn to dehumanize their adversaries so completely? What would cause them to get up from their games of dominos and chemistry homework to bring raw terror to young families? Where were the ice cream cones in their hands rather than Molotov cocktails?

BARF!!!

Because they’re not like you and me, the only chemistry they study is the science of combustion, the only ice cream they have is Rocky Road.

Rather, this is who they are:

Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman called Jews visiting the Temple Mount a “herd of cattle” on Saturday, less than 24 hours after he incited violence against Jews visiting Judaism’s holiest site and called to prevent their access “by all means.”

“The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.

“We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque,” he added, referring to Jews visiting the site as a “herd of cattle.”

On Saturday, Abbas called all Israelis “settlers” for visiting the site, which is besieged by Arab rioters who have forced Israel’s police to close the Mount to Jews over the past several weeks on multiple occasions.

“It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa… and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it,” Abbas said.

The Chairman’s words have already evoked outrage from Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), who called Abbas an “anti-Semite” on Saturday night.

“These words reveal, again, the true face of Mahmoud Abbas, the Holocaust denier who talks about a ‘Palestinian state free of Jews,'” the Foreign Minister fired.

Abbas “was, and remains, an anti-Semite wrapped in a nice suit and pleasantries for the international community,” he added, accusing the Chairman further of “stirring up incitement against Israel and Jews and calling for a religious war.”

I don’t know, Avigdor, our Secretary of State says it’s all your guys’ fault.

He was pretty clear about it:

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation,” Kerry said.

Actually, I’m still not clear what he meant. There is peace between Israel and the Arab occupiers of Judea, Samaria, and Gaza—has been for weeks. Except when the Arabs hurl firebombs at Jewish homes and pelt cars and trains—and preschools—with large rocks. It seems to me if we end the “street anger and “agitation”, we might just have peace. Something closer to it, anyway.

PS: Am I just being sensitive, or is Abbas’s use of the cattle metaphor just a little too close to Holocaust imagery?

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Chicks With Six-Shooters

I’m Bloodthirsty Liberal, and I’m reporting for duty:

Tel Aviv-based fashion firm is launching a calendar whose female models are also Israeli soldiers in an effort to promote its new line.

The calendar features scantly clad women who are, according to the company, “real soldiers” sporting the company’s military inspired apparel line MTKL, an Anglicization of the Hebrew acronym “matkal,” which refers to the IDF’s General Staff unit.

The company launched an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign in order raise its profile and help finance its launch through the sale of the unabashedly racy calendar.

My birthday’s in June, by the way. Just sayin’

PS: If the IDF call of booty is your thing, knock yourself out.

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Shit Happens

Explosion in Iranian nuclear facility

Tough luck.

Two people died in an explosion that ripped through an explosive material production unit at a nuclear facility near Tehran, according to Iranian press reports on Monday.

The incident occurred at the Parchin military compound, not far from the Iranian capital, according to the Iranian Students News Agency.

The BBC said on Monday that a pro-opposition website was also reporting an explosion at the site.

The BBC cited the pro-reform website Sahamnews as saying that the explosion on Sunday evening was “so intense that windows of buildings 15 km (nine miles) away were shattered.”

“The glare from the blast could also be seen from a great distance,” the report said.

ISNA quoted Iran’s defense industries organization as saying that “[u]nfortunately, due to the incident, two workers of this production unit lost their lives.”

Israel in the past has alleged that Iran has used its Parchin military base as the site for secret tests of technology that could be used only for detonating a nuclear weapon.

Work place accident, I guess.

– Aggie

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Other Pogroms You Might Have Missed

Move along. Nothing to see here:

A severe, unpublicized security incident in Bet El, just north of Jerusalem, back in August led the town’s Security Chiefs, in cooperation with the IDF, to rethink defense arrangements.

The incident began when ten Jewish youth hiked in the Wadi, a nature canyon near the town security fence, and were assaulted by 20 Arabs chanting anti-Semitic slogans. Another 20 Arabs appeared and ascended the hills on the sides of the Wadi and began hurling softball-sized rocks.

“It was the most life-threatening situation I have witnessed,” said Yisrael D., watching from his apartment window overlooking the Wadi. “The youth were trapped and threatened by stones coming from all directions,” he said.

An approaching IDF jeep which just happened to be nearby sent the Arabs fleeing.

Boy, it almost seems like Arabs stone Jews on a regular basis, From pre-schoolers to teens to moms. “Seems”, I said. We’d hear more about it if it were actually true.

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Ebola Follies

We’ll lay off Dallas, for the moment. Anyone can send an obvious Ebola patient home for a week with nothing stronger than a Tylenol gel-tab—until the propulsive vomiting set in. Tell me you haven’t done worse.

Now it’s the media’s turn:

A cameraman working for NBC News in Liberia has become the fourth American to contract the deadly Ebola virus.

Freelance journalist Ashoka Mukpo, 33, is being flown privately back to the U.S. for treatment, while the network’s chief medical editor and correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman and the rest of her team are also returning and will be placed in quarantine for 21 days.

Neither Snyderman nor the other members of her team are currently displaying any signs of the disease, said NBC.

The infected journalist was only hired this week to be a second cameraman for Snyderman, who has been reporting on the continuing spread of the deadly virus in the country’s capital Monrovia.

That’s a pretty bad first week on the job. Remind me, some other time, to tell you the time I almost got hypothermia on my first day on a job.

Anyhow, is it just me? Cameramen should be neither seen nor heard:

The cameraman took to Facebook on a number of occasions while in West Africa, describing the desperation of the situation as it unfolded.

‘man oh man i have seen some bad things in the last two weeks of my life. how unpredictable and fraught with danger life can be. how in some parts of the world, basic levels of help and assistance that we take for granted completely don’t exist for many people. the raw coldness of deprivation and the potential for true darkness that exists in the human experience. i hope that humanity can figure out how we can take care of each other and our world. simple, soft aspiration for all my brothers and sisters on this earth who suffer the elements and the cold. may we all be free, loved, and tended to.. ‘

You got your wish, Maypo. You’ll be tended to for a month at least. If you’re lucky. Forgive me for wondering how you got sick so quickly when others managed to stay safe.

Here’s someone who won’t be spreading the disease:

Israel has rejected a special request by the US and UN to send IDF field hospitals to Ebola hit Liberia and Sierra Leone. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who rejected the request, cited the threat of infection to Israeli medical teams in explaining his decision.

[A]fter examining the request and mission details, the Defense Ministry decided against Israel’s participation, saying there was no feasible way to provide for the safety of the Israeli doctors and medical crews, which could then return to Israel and further spread the virus.

Despite the decision – or maybe because of it – the foreign minister decided to up the level of Israeli aid to the Ebola effort.

Understand, Israel sent a medical team to Haiti in the midst of a cholera epidemic. They sent people to Japan after the earthquake, when the nuclear reactor was still in danger of meltdown. They have a field hospital to treat victims of the Syrian civil war. But they won’t go to an Ebola hot zone.

I can’t blame them.

PS: Back to Dallas:

As concerns grow over how many people he may have exposed to the deadly virus, a plan to sanitize the apartment was delayed late Thursday.

Brad Smith of the Cleaning Guys, which was hired to sanitize the apartment, said his company does not have the proper permits to transport hazardous waste on Texas highways. The company specializes in hazmat and biohazard cleaning services.

Smith said authorities sent his crew away late Thursday before they entered the apartment and told them to come back with proper permits. It’s unclear how long that will take.

“The permit is being processed through DOT (the Department of Transportation) because it is a special permit,” Smith said.

“This is a unique situation. Once awarded, our hazmat teams will be allowed back inside to do their jobs.”

You know who’s laughing hardest at this cluster[bleep]?

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