Mar 152019
 

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Tel Aviv is looking out for pedestrians looking down at their smartphones when they walk — and let’s face it, that’s a lot of us.

The municipality has installed “zombie lights” at a major intersection — the special LED lights are deployed on the sidewalk to alert pedestrians when they can and cannot walk.

If the pilot is successful, the city will expand the use of the warning lights to other intersections, The Associated Press reported. The goal is to protect the pedestrians from stepping into traffic.

Similar systems are already in use in Australia, Singapore and the Netherlands, according to AP.

A portrait of Adolf Hitler on a birthday cake in Italy, Jan. 27, 2019. (Simon Wiesenthal Center)

(JTA) — The parents of a 15-year-old boy in Bologna, Italy, gave him two cakes featuring portraits of Adolf Hitler and jokes about ovens for a party they held on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

A bakery that specializes in printing on pastry provided the cakes, including one that read “Hello darling? Turn up the oven, I am coming home!” The other said “Let’s go … Today, we’ll have an a gas of an evening!” according to a report Tuesday in Corriere di Bologna. The private party took place on Jan. 27, according to the report, but did not say where. It said the boy’s entire class was present.

Contacted by the Italian daily, the parents, who were not named, told the reporter that the teen wanted the cakes and “it was a childish joke.” Some of his classmates objected, took pictures of the cakes and posted them online, leading to the newspaper report. The article did not name the bakery that supplied the cakes.

Shimon Samuels, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s director for international relations, wrote to the Italian National Partisans Association to complain and express his “horror” at the display.

In his letter Thursday, Samuels urged the association to “investigate and seek appropriate measures against the parents and the pastry cook, who indeed offended the anti-Nazi resistance and the victims of the Holocaust.”