LIVE BLOG: Israel under Fire – Report: Qatar Pushed Hamas To Resume Rocket Fire

1:30: A senior Fatah member was quoted in the Arabic Al-Hayat that Hamas’ choice to breach the cease-fire was due to Qatari pressure. Read more »

NYPD Investigating Anti-Semitic Hate Graffiti In Flatbush

20140820-010444.jpgThe Jewish community in Flatbush was shocked to discover on Tuesday anti-Jewish hate graffiti scribbled on a post in one of the streets of the Jewish populated neighborhoods in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

The graffiti, scribbled on a lamppost – City property – at the corner Ave L and New York avenue, read, “Gaza deserves more than you so fu….ng Jews.”
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Christie: Too Soon to Draw Conclusions on Ferguson

(AP) -christie presser Republican Gov. Chris Christie said it’s too soon to draw conclusions about the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and the subsequent unrest there and criticized other politicians who have weighed in.

Christie was asked at a town hall event Tuesday whether the protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, gave him pause about the militarization of police in New Jersey. Read more »

Report: 6,000 Fighters Join IS in Past Month

ISIS IraqThe Islamic Militant group, formerly known as ISIS or ISIL, has recruited over 6,000 new fighters in the month of July, a  monitoring group said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said   that most of the new fighters, roughly 5,000, are Syrians, with the others coming from other countries. They joined the group at the training camps in Syria’s northern provinces of al-Raqqa and Aleppo. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

British MP Galloway Questioned by Police for Declaring Bradford ‘Israel Free’

Galloway Palestinian flag MP BritishWest Yorkshire police have questioned a Member of the british parliament for suspicion of inciting racial hatred, after he gave a speech declaring Bradford an ‘Israel free zone.’

The 59-year-old Respect Party member, George Galloway, spoke to detectives voluntarily. Police said that once their inquiry concludes, the matter will be sent to the Crown Prosecution Service.  Read more »

Santorum: US Acting as Sideline in Israeli/Hamas Negotiations ‘Shows How Far We’ve Fallen’

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Rick Santorum, the runner up for the Republican nomination in 2012, said that although no one in Israel openly criticize President Obama and his administration, they still know that the US isn’t their best ally.

”No one wants to criticize the president. No one wants to criticize the secretary of state. But the average Israeli knows whose side that John Kerry and Barack Obama are on, and it’s not to protect the security of Israel,” Santorum said on Tuesday. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Trying to Verify Killing of American Journalist by Islamic State Militants

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(AP) - A video by Islamic State militants Tuesday purported to show the cold-blooded execution of American journalist James Foley as retribution for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq. The White House, his family and employer said they could not determine the video’s authenticity and were attempting to confirm if he had been killed.

Foley, a 40-year-old freelance journalist from Rochester, New Hampshire, went missing nearly two years ago in northern Syria while on assignment for Agence France-Press and the Boston-based media company GlobalPost. The car he was riding in was stopped by four militants in a contested battle zone that both Sunni rebel fighters and government forces were trying to control. He had not been heard from since. Read more »

Bklyn Boro Pres Adams Leads Interfaith Rally Against Hate Attacks On Religious Communities

2014-08-18 17.21.49Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams on Monday led an interfaith gathering between leaders of the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim communities as a gesture of spiritual solidarity in light of recent religiously-motivated assaults on Brooklyn residents.

Standing with Assembly Members Dov Hikind and Karim Camara, Public Advocate Letitia James, Council Members Laurie Cumbo and Mathieu Eugene, and religious leaders in front of 339 Albany Avenue in Crown Heights, the site where Avrohom Wolosow was attacked as a part of the “knockout game” on August 13th, Read more »

Former Pittsburgh Jewish Mayor Laid to Rest

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Family and friends gathered on Tuesday to say their final goodbye to the former Jewish mayor of Pittsburgh, Sophie Masloff, who died on Sunday at the age of 96.

At a funeral service at Temple Sinai in Squirrel Hills, Masloff, a self described ‘old Jewish grandmother,’ was remembered for her love to the city. Read more »

VIDEO: Gov. Perry Turns Himself In, Slams Indictment In Pre-Mugshot Statement

GOP Senator Graham Reaffirms US-Israel Relationship, Calls UN Gaza Probe “A Joke”

In an exclusive interview with Israel Hayom, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham emphasized that Israel and the United States not only share the same values, but the two countries are also fighting the same threats. Graham also described the United Nations Human Rights Council’s investigation of Operation Protective Edge as “a joke.” Not pulling any verbal punches, Graham also called President Obama “the king of indecision” and derided Secretary of State John Kerry as “delusional.” At the same time, the senator is convinced that they have a genuine commitment to Israel. He further insists that Israel is not alone, since its fate is inexorably tied to that of the U.S.

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Romney Hits Campaign Trail Hard as New ‘Elder Statesman’ of GOP

CNN’s Political Ticker blog has taken a fascinating look at the current status of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who has become an elder statesman within the national Republican Party. This is being borne out at present by Romney’s appearance on the campaign trail in West Virginia, North Carolina, and Arkansas over the next three days, as he works to help a number of Republicans who running for office this year.

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England: Attacks on Stores With Jewish Connections Ignite Shock & Outrage

As reported by the Daily Mail, Jewish community leaders in Britain warned Monday that the  targeting of supermarkets due to their sale of kosher foods risks importing Middle Eastern violence to England. The Board of Deputies of British Jews and the Jewish Leadership Council (JLC), which encompasses the heads of Britain’s main Jewish organisations, condemned boycotts and intimidation as ‘especially troubling’ for British Jews.

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NYS GOP Leader Skelos Issues Dire Warning If Dems Take Senate

dean_skelos_edit--300x300As reported by NY State of Politics, New York State Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos on Tuesday published an “open letter” to New Yorkers that warns of the consequences of a State Sentate controlled entirely by Democrats.

Skelos highlighted the GOP conference’s record from when it regained control of the chamber in 2011 stretching through to 2014, which included a partial repeal of the MTA payroll tax and the state’s cap on property tax increases. The Republican leader also took note of the Democratic conference’s notoriously problem-plagued two-year stint in the majority that was shaken by chaos, dysfunction and legislative gridlock.

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Op-Ed: Amidst Grief and Tears, Gratitude To Law Enforcement & Public Servants

OPED logo(By Rabbi Abe Friedman). The last 36 hours have been exceptionally trying for the Jewish community as word came of two separate situations, each one of which could qualify as are every parent’s worst nightmare.

Almost simultaneously, we heard of the horrific blaze that decimated a Sullivan County bungalow and of five teenage boys who were reported missing in Ulster County. In the first case, the results were heartbreaking, as we learned of the death of a three year old in the fatal bungalow fire.

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600 Americans Tell Glasgow City Council: You Flew Palestinian Flag? Cancel Our Trip

A decision by the City Council of Glasgow in Scotland to fly the Palestinian flag outside City Hall has prompted 600 Americans to cancel their planned visit to the city. Glasgow had been planning to host a major six-day event to reward American salespeople, which would have been a significant financial boost to the local economy.

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Manhattan Boro Prez Gale Brewer Joins COJO Of West Side Mission To Israel – Day 1

gale brewer israelThe 2014 West Side COJO solidarity mission to Israel brought a group of prominent rabbis and lay leaders and elected officials from Manhattan to see the southern towns and kibbutzim which have lived under a barrage of rockets for months and in the shadow of hostilities during Operation Protective Edge.

The Face of Israel, a public diplomacy-advocacy entity, and a a new project in partnership with the Foreign Ministry. The aim is to help boost understanding and awareness of Israel among key groups and individuals. The Face of Israel helped coordinate the ground operations and VIP briefings. Read more »

CNN: Gov. Perry To Surrender At 4:45 PM

rick_perryTexas Governor Rick Perry will turn himself in around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, his legal team confirmed to KENS5‘s local CNN affiliate. Sheriff’s deputies will take the governor’s mugshot and fingerprints.

Perry’s lead attorney, Tony Buzbee, said the governor will speak to the press before he goes in to the criminal justice center, and again after he comes out. Read more »

National Arab American Network Condemns Ferguson Police’ Use of Force

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The following is a statement from the The National Network for Arab American Communities on Michael Brown’s shooting and the ongoing situation in Ferguson, MO:

“The National Network for Arab American Communities (NNAAC) condemns the use of military-style tactics by Ferguson, Missouri police against local residents who have expressed public outcry over the homicide of Michael Brown. He was shot six times by a police officer last week over an alleged minor offense, despite being unarmed. Read more »

Obama to Chair Security Council Meeting on Foreign Fighters Threat

As reported by the Times of Israel, President Obama is set to chair a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council next month that will address the surge of foreign fighters in Iraq and Syria, US officials disclosed on Monday. This will mark the second time that Obama chairs a meeting of the top world body. In 2009, he led a meeting on nuclear non-proliferation.

Separately, the president is scheduled to speak at a session of the UN General Assembly on September 24 and to attend a UN climate summit hosted by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon the day before. “The problem of terrorists traveling to foreign countries is not new, but the threat has become even more acute,” an official from the US mission to the UN commented.

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State Department Puts Gaza-Based Islamic Terror Group On US Terrorist List

Mujahideen_Shura_Council-260x190An Islamist Palestinian group based in Gaza has been placed on the US terrorist blacklist, the State Department announced Tuesday.

Since its founding in 2012, the “Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem” has claimed responsibility for a number of rocket attacks on Israel and a cross-border attack with explosives that killed a civilian at an Israeli construction site, according to the State Department. Read more »

Outrage: UK Consul General’s Scarf Advocates Israel’s Destruction

A report by Ynet discloses that a photograph has come to the public’s attention of UK Consul General to Jerusalem Alastair McPhail wearing an Arabic keffiyeh scarf that displays the image of a Palestinian flag covering a map of Israel, West Bank and Gaza, with the words “Free Palestine” emblazoned next to it.

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Report: Anti-Semitic Incidents In the UK Up 500% Since Gaza Operation Began

london anti israel protestAnti-Semitic incidents in the United Kingdom rose 500 percent in the month of July alone compared to the previous five months collectively, according to the Community Security Trust (CST).

“The rise that we’ve seen in July and in August is a direct result of what’s going on in the Middle East, and we’ve seen it before. For example in January 2009, we recorded 289 incidents, which is the highest since we started recording,” CST spokesperson Jonny Newton told BuzzFeed on Tuesday.

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De Blasio Avoids Visiting Boro Park, South Brooklyn – Because They Voted for Lhota

DE BLASIO JEWISHAs reported exclusively by the New York Observer, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio clearly appears to be avoiding making any personal appearances in the neighborhood of Southern Brooklyn, whose residents overwhelmingly voted for his opponent, Republican Joe Lhota, in last fall’s mayoral election.

The proud Democrat, who has never hidden his disdain for the political right wing, has rarely held public events in Lhota-supporting neighborhoods, an Observer review of de Blasio’s public schedules has revealed. Read more »

Iraqi Military Forces Clash With IS Militants in Tikrit

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(AP). Skirmishes broke out Tuesday between Iraqi security forces and militants on the outskirts of Tikrit, a local official and a resident said, a day after the Iraqi and Kurdish troops backed by U.S. airstrikes dislodged Islamic militants from a strategic dam in the country’s north.

The United Nations refugee agency, meanwhile, said it is launching one of its largest aid pushes aimed at helping close to a half million people who have been forced to flee their homes by the violence in Iraq. Read more »

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