State Department: Nobody Should Expect Israel To Talk With PA-Hamas Gov’t

abbas ramallahState Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki warned Wednesday afternoon that the Palestinian Authority’s move to lock arms with Hamas could demolish the peace talks as well as the United States administration’s relationship with the PA.

“A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people for all of that to be lost,” Psaki told reporters. Read more »

Cuba – Alan Gross Pledges To Return Home This Year ‘Dead or Alive’

Imprisoned Jewish contractor, Alan Gross is vowing to return home within the year “dead or alive,” his attorney said on Wednesday.

“He will return to the United States before his 66th birthday, dead or alive,” Gilbert said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” after meeting with Gross and Cuban officials. “He does not intend to endure another year of this solitary confinement.”
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Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo Announce Sandy Property Tax Relief Legistlation

Appearing at a joint event in Albany on Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced state legislation that would provide vital property tax relief to New York City homeowners who rebuilt or repaired their homes after Hurricane Sandy and who are facing a large increase in their property tax bills in City Fiscal Year (CFY) 2015.

The legislation, which has broad bipartisan support, would lower a homeowner’s property tax liability for CFY 2015 to the pre-storm, CFY 2013 amount.

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Rick Perry Challenges Gov. Cuomo To Debate Tax/Economics Policies

rick_perryTexas Gov. Rick Perry is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate on economic policy. Perry, who’s in New York meeting with business leaders until Thursday, issued the challenge on Albany’s Talk 1300 news radio.

“I think that would be a, not only interesting and fun, but a thoughtful way for us as a country to have a discussion between two of the major states in America, talking about which one of these policies are actually better for our people,” Perry said. Read more »







Israel Cancels Negotiating Team Meeting Following Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Israel cancelled a planned meeting Wednesday night with Palestinian officials over extending the negotiations in an apparent response to the earlier announcement of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, the PMO announced.

The decision to cancel Wednesday’s meeting came after a consultation meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office discussing Israel’s response and measure to be taken following the Hamas-Fatah move.

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NYC Comptroller Report: Rent Is Too Damn High; Skyrocketing in Brooklyn

scott stringerThe rent is too damn high. As a matter of fact, 75% higher than what it was in 2000, according to a report released by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Median rents across the five boroughs skyrocketed 75 percent from $630 per month 2000 to $1,100 per month 2012, even as median real income declined by 4.8 percent over the same time period, the report found. Read more »







UPDATED: Five Hasidic Men Being Questioned by NYPD Hate Crime Unit in Regards to an Assault

Brooklyn, NY – Five Hasidic Jewish men were picked up for questioning by NYPD hate crime detectives in regards to the beat-down of a black man in Williamsburg, law enforcement sources said.

According to sources in the NYPD charges have been filed against four of the suspects, the following are the names of the four suspects who have been charged: Aba Winkler, Joseph Fried, Mayer Hershkowitz and Aron Hollander. The suspects are to be charged with gang assault not as a hate crime.

The suspects, 4 of them in their 20′s and one of them around 40, were picked up about 5:30 am Wednesday morning soon after the conclusion of the 8-day Passover holiday. Read more »

Tony Blair: Solving The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Will Heal ME From Radical Islam

tony blair radical islamFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair called Wednesday for Western nations to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam. “Whatever our differences”, we must work together to fight Islamism – the biggest threat to world peace,” he said.

“The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world,” he said. “It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.” Read more »

Abbas Agrees To Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism On Holocaust Remembrance Day

20140423-013616.jpgAmidst increasing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over stalled peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

In the meeting, Rabbi Schneier urged the PA President to be more vocal in his support for expanding global relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Willie Rapfogel Pleads Guilty In Million Dollars’ Met Council Scheme

willie rapfogelFormer Met Council head, Willaim Rapfogel, 59, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in New York County Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the first degree (a class B felony), money laundering in the second degree (a class C felony), criminal tax fraud in the third degree (a class D felony) and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree (a class E felony), NYS AG Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced. Read more »

Hamas. Fatah Announce Unity Deal In Gaza

via Ma'an News

via Ma’an News

Fatah and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end to more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City, saying that the Hamas and PLO delegations had worked as “one team” throughout the reconciliation dialogue and had stressed the necessity of achieving results in this round of dialogue. Read more »

Council Speaker Mark-Viverito Calling On NYPD To Hire Add. 1000 Cops

melissa mark viveritoCity Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito is breaking ranks with her BFF and calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to hire an extra 1,000 cops, according to a report in Wednsday’s NY Post.

The speaker said the additional beat cops are needed to help the mayor achieve his own goals in the “Vision Zero” plan and to improve policing tactics and community relationships.

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Tottenham, London – Local Shul-Goers, Including ex-IDF Soldier, Rescue Family From Burning Car [Video]

Photo: Courtesy of The Evening Standard

Photo: Courtesy of The Evening Standard

Two Jewish synagogue-goers, including a former IDF soldier, have been hailed as heroes after saving a baby and an elderly man from a car just moments before it was engulfed by flames outside a synagogue in north London, according to The Evening Standard.

The Israeli man, identified as “Shlomo” by locals, and fellow worshipper Moses Kuperman, jumped to the aid of the two after they became trapped in a burning car outside the synagogue on Craven Park Road, Tottenham. Read more »

Netanyahu Rails Against Fatah/Hamas Pact: It’s Us Or Them [Video]

Palestinian factions have reached agreement over the terms of a reconciliation deal and will announce the details later in the day, Palestinian officials told Ma’an News Agency Wednesday.

Presidential and parliamentary elections, the formation of a unity government, and the restructuring of the PLO are three of the key issues to be implemented simultaneously, officials told Ma’an. The parties also agreed that both Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank would release prisoners detained for their political affiliation. Read more »

Viznitzer Rebbe (B”B): Don’t Report To IDF Recruitment Centers

viznitz rebbeThe Rebbe of Vizhnitz, Reb Yisruel Hager shlit”a told his followers Monday night not to report to the IDF recruitment bureau.

“People are walking around in a state of embarrassment and confusion, there are harsh and terrible decrees here in Israel on military affairs,” the rabbi said at a Nelias HaChag tisch, according to Kikar Shabbat. Read more »

Espinal and Barron Call on Cuomo To Call Special Elections In Vacant State Legislature Seats

espinalFormer Assembly Member and current New York City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal, Jr. of Brooklyn is calling on Governor Andrew Cuomo to hold a special election to fill the vacant seats in the State Legislature that leave a large number of Brooklyn residents without representation. Joined by fellow former Assembly Member and now Council Member Inez Barron, Espinal draws attention to the many communities that are currently underrepresented.  Read more »

Bill Clinton Endorses Charlie Rangel In Contested Bronx Primary Fight

Charles RangelThe 82-year-old Democratic congressman from The Bronx, Charlie Rangel, received Tuesday a major boost in his tough primary fight to secure a 23rd term. Former President Bill Clinton endorsed Mr. Rangel in his June primary against state Sen. Adriano Espaillat and the Rev. Michael Walrond, saying the New York congressman is “what his district and our country need now.”

”I’m happy to endorse my good friend Charlie Rangel for Congress,” Clinton said in a statement. “Charlie has been a champion of more good jobs, successful small businesses, and strong families for more than 40 years. That’s what his district and our country need now.” Read more »

Lieberman On Abbas, Bennett Threats: Way Too Many To Be Taken Serious

Avigdor Lieberman StaringForeign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Tuesday that the daily threats by the Palestinians and his right-wing coalition partner are already way too many to be taken seriously.

Lieberman slammed the Palestinians for threatening to dismantle the Palestinian Authority.”You can’t show up every day with new threats. This is not how you run negotiations,” he said at a press conference alongside his Austrian counterpart.

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Newly Elected Mayor Of Marionville Resigns Following Uproar Over Anti-Semitic Comments

clevengerMarionville Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned on Monday following an uproar in the small town of Missouri. The move came after aldermen voted 4-1 to start the impeachment process of the newly elected mayor for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of Kansas City shooter – Frazier Glenn Miller.

In his resignation letter to the board on Tuesday, Clevenger did not explain why he was stepping down, writing only: “I, Daniel R. Clevenger, do hereby resign as mayor of Marionville.” Read more »

NYGov Poll: Left-Wing Challenger To Cuomo Opens Race For Governor

Andrew CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo’s rating among New York voters has slipped for the third straight month, but he still leads his only Republican challenger, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, by 30 points, according to a new Siena College poll released Tuesday.

Cuomo leads Astorino 58-28 percent, a three point drop for the Democratic Governor and a two point increase for Astorino, since March. Read more »

Haredi UKIP Candidate: I’ll Be An Advocate For Jewish Issues In The European Parliament

odzeFor Shneur Odze, the first Haredi/Orthodox Jew to become a member of the Europe Parliament, the hope that he’ll be able to serve as an advocate for Jewish causes, overshadows the fact that he is running as a candidate of the right-wing UK Independence Party.

“I’m standing for all the reasons every UKIP candidate is standing. But of course I have a vested interest in Jewish issues — shechita, brit milah. These are EU-related issues,” the 31-year-old father of four told The Jewish Chronicle, in an extended interview ahead of next month’s election. “In the European Parliament there are very few Jews. We get a poor hearing. I hope to be right in the forefront of the issues.” Read more »

Abbas to Israel: Freeze Settlements, Release Prisoners, Align Borders And Then.. We’ll Talk

angry-abbas1Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas listed Tuesday his final and concrete demands for extending peace talks: A three months freeze in settlement construction during which time talks would focus on delineating the border of the future Palestinian state.

“If Israel believes in the two state solution… let us define the borders – where Israel will be and where Palestine will be,” he said in a special press conference to Israel journalists covering peace talks Tuesday. There must be a total freeze of settlements… The borders between Israel and the state of Palestine must also be defined within a month, two or three.” Read more »

Willie Rapfogel Repotedly Set To Plead Guilty In Met Council Scam

quinn rapfogel met councilWilliam Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and close friend to Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, is expected to accept a plea deal in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, The Daily News reports.

Rapfogel, accused for playing a role in running a $7 million dollar embezzlement scheme, worked out the deal with the state Attorney General’s Office that will put him behind bars for three to 10 years, the sources said. Read more »

Westchester, NY – Fired Jewish Employee Urges GOP Donors To Diss Rob Astorino

rob astorinoBruce Berger, the former head of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission, who was fired by County Executive Rob Astorino ‘an hour before Passover,’ is asking potential Republican donors not to donate to Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign, The Daily News reported Tuesday.

Berger, a Democrat, wrote in a letter sent around to GOP donors that he was not only let go an hour before the Passover holiday began last week, but claims he was replaced by a Republican political crony – former Judge Daniel Angiolillo. Read more »

Holocaust Survivor: Jews Should Leave Ukraine

Photo/ mark Kehoe

Photo/ mark Kehoe

The anti-Semitic pamphlets, attacks and swastikas on Jewish institutions in Eastern Ukraine and the rise of the Kiev opposition movement, has left 86 year-old Sam Pivnik, a holocaust survivor, to suggest Jews to leave Ukraine.

“Jews have no place in Ukraine, because nothing has changed,” Pivnik, who lost his entire family during WWII and now lives in North London, told The Sunday Express. “And as long as Jews remain there, nothing will change. They had no business staying in that country after the atrocities of 1939-1945.” Read more »

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