In this issue

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 26, 2011 / 21 Shevat , 5771

Caught Miami man in court for attempting to arm West Bank terrorists

By Jay Weaver

JewishWorldReview.com |

mIAMI — (MCT) Cuban migrant Yanny Aguila Urbay had been in the United States for six years when authorities say he met with an undercover police officer to discuss buying hundreds of stolen high-powered rifles, grenades and explosives to ship to the West Bank.

During a May 2009 meeting at Miami Jai-Alai, Aguila negotiated with the officer on behalf of a Hialeah, Fla., man who wanted to supply the weapons to the Palestinian Authority, prosecutors say.

"If this is good, this could happen monthly," Aguila told the undercover officer, Pete Perez, a police sergeant in North Miami Beach, as FBI investigators secretly taped him. "I could get a shipment like this once a month."

The sting operation against Aguila, 24, took center stage in Miami federal court Tuesday as Perez testified about his negotiations involving Aguila's alleged partner, Abdalaziz Aziz Hamayel, 23, a Palestinian national who pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in December.

That left Aguila standing trial on a charge of collaborating with Hamayel to possess and send the weapons — including remote-control detonators — overseas.

A jury verdict may come by week's end.

During the May meeting, Aguila told the undercover officer that Hamayel had a buyer interested in purchasing 300 M-16 rifles for up to $1,300 each. He said the buyer lived in a "big, expensive house in Coral Gables."

To set up the deal, Aguila said on tape, he would be "happy with $100 on each piece."

Aguila also discussed buying grenades and improvised explosive devices for Hamayel's Palestinian contacts, according to the recording. He and Perez used code words such as "balloons" for grenades and "chairs" for IEDs.

"I'm sure he's going to bite and continue doing business," Aguila said, referring to Hamayel's buyer. "We want him to come around once in a while."

On the witness stand, Perez explained to the 12 jurors that, during the negotiations, he emphasized that the firearms were from New York and that the transaction would be illicit because the weapons were stolen.

But it also was clear from Perez's testimony and the recordings that he dealt more with Hamayel than Aguila.

During another meeting in May 2009, Hamayel met with the officer in Perez's pickup truck in Hialeah. They discussed a purchase of 300 M-16s with silencers, 200 grenades and 200 IEDs, according to the recording. The total deal would cost $380,000, but Hamayel said his buyer wanted to pay $120,000 less than that.

Hamayel also expressed interest in buying cell-phone and remote-control detonators.

He pressured the undercover officer to provide a sample of the weapons.

They agreed to meet again the following month in Hialeah, where Perez would show Hamayel a sampling, or "weapons flash." Perez arranged to have the sample driven over in a second vehicle by another person involved in the sting operation.

On Tuesday, federal prosecutors played a video showing Hamayel inside the vehicle, handling two M-16s, one AK-47, two grenades, three silencers and two remote detonators.

Hamayel told Perez that he was interested in buying the cache for his people "over there," referring to the Palestinian Authority, which governs parts of the West Bank.

After the video was shown, federal prosecutor Karen Gilbert displayed the weapons for the jurors.

On the day after the "weapons flash," Hamayel told Perez that he wanted a photo of the sample so he could provide proof to his buyer. Perez gave him the photo at a Burger King — but then lost touch with him.

More than a year passed before Perez and federal agents located Hamayel. In late August, Hamayel left Jordan for Chicago and then Miami, where he was arrested.

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