LIVE BLOG – Operation Protective Edge Day 21: UN, Obama Push For An Immediate Cease-Fire

00:16: Hamas violates own cease-fire once again: Siren in Ashkelon.

00:03: Update: No IDF injuries or rocket fire on Israel were reported overnight. IDF is in a standstill mode in the Gaza Strip. As of now, quiet is met with quiet. The cabinet has not yet decided whether to expand the ground operation. Read more »

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UN Agrees On Statement That Calls For ‘Unconditional’ Cease-Fire

Un-flag-square_onlineThe U.N. Security Council agreed Sunday night on a statement calling for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza fighting. The council planned to meet at midnight to adopt the resolution.

The wording echoes President Barack Obama’s call “of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now” during a phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

California Lightning Hits 14 People, 2 Critically Injured

lightning(AP) - Lightning struck 14 people, leaving two critically injured, as rare summer thunderstorms swept through Southern California on Sunday, authorities said.

Thirteen people, including a 15-year-old, were treated at Venice Beach in Los Angeles after lightning hit the area around 2:30 p.m., and at least one required CPR, city fire spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

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Israeli Discount Bank (IDB) on 5th Ave Vandalized by Pro-Palestinian Protesters

Israel Discount Bank, located on 511 5th Avenue in Manhattan was vandalized on Friday and its windows were defaced with fake blood as pro-Hamas demonstrators staged a “die-in” protest on the sidewalk in front of the bank, the NY Observer reported.

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Pelosi Praises Obama’s ‘Strong Leadership’ on Foreign Policy

Nancy PelosiAppearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked if it’s bad optics for the president to attend fundraisers while part of the world is in turmoil.

“The president’s leadership has been very strong,’ Pelosi told Candy Crowley, not directly addressing the fundraising. Read more »

Rogers Warns Against Easing Iran Sanctions: ‘Money is Used to Aid Hamas’

Mike RogersHouse Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, criticized the Obama administration for extending the nuclear talks with Iran, which freed up $2.8 billion in frozen oil export revenues for Tehran, which is aiding Hamas in its war against Israel.

“Iran is publicly, in their own newspapers, touting the fact that they’re helping militarize Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the Michigan Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mumbai Police Receive Letter Threatening to Bomb Synagogue

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMumbai police have heightened security around the city and specifically at Jewish institutions and synagogues following a bomb threat letter received by Mumbai’s police commissioner.

The letter, received on Friday, June 25 was written in english and Hindi and threatened attacks on Jewish synagogues between Friday morning and Friday night in retaliation to Israel’s attacks in Gaza, the commissioner said. Read more »

Jewish Museums in Norway Remain Closed due to Terror Threat

Oslo Airport security NOrwayFollowing intelligence reports last week of an ‘imminent terror attack’ in Norway, Jewish Museums have remain closed over the weekend. The Jewish museum in Trondheim has been closed indefinitely and the museum in Oslo will remain closed until at least Tuesday.

“It’s a preventive measure we’re taking in light of the shooting in Brussels,” Vidar Paulsen, head of the Oslo Jewish Museum education told AFP. He added that the museum is expected to open on Tuesday, but the final decision will be made later on. Read more »

U.S. Official: Criticism Of Kerry’s Cease-Fire Draft ‘Extremely Offensive’

John KerryA senior U.S. official on Sunday responded to criticism against Secretary of State John Kerry’s cease-fire proposal rejected on Friday by the Israeli Security cabinet, calling it “offensive.”

“Some of the reports contained overheated assertions that mischaracterized Kerry’s work and motivations. The criticism was extremely offensive. Mainly the charges that he betrayed our closest ally in the region – Israel,” the official told Israeli journalists during a conference call. Read more »

IDF Inquiry: Shelling At UN School Was Done When Clear of Civilians [Video]

gaza attackThe IDF inquiry into the deadly incident at the UN school in Beit Hanoun on Thursday, found that IDF mortars did not target the 16 people reportedly killed in the school courtyard. “A single errant mortar landed in the school courtyard, injuring no one ” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told reporters during a conference call.

“Since Thursday, July 24, 2014, the IDF has conducted a comprehensive inquiry regarding the incident in which the UNRWA school was fired upon,” the iDF said in a statement.” Read more »

CNN Poll: Romney Would Trounce Obama, Get Crushed By Clinton

Romney-Israel_Horo2-195x110If a rematch of the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would have trounced President Barack Obama by 9 points, according to a new CNN national survey. The poll also indicates, however, that if Romney changes his mind and runs again for the White House, Hillary Clinton would best him by double digits.

According to the CNN/ORC poll, if the 2012 election were somehow held again, Romney would garner 53% of the popular vote, with the President at 44%. Obama beat Romney 51%-47% in the popular vote in the 2012 contest. If he runs in 2016 against Hillary as the Dem nominee, 55% of Americans would support Clinton to Romney’s 42%. Read more »

Obama to Netanyahu: Cease-Fire Now, Hamas Disarmament Later

Obama Foot on Table IsraelU.S President Barack Obama stressed the need for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza” in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday afternoon, the WH said.

Obama told the Israeli Prime Minister that any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must secure the disarmament of military groups and the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip. Read more »

Miami, Florida – Jewish Reporter Assaulted At CAIR Anti-Israeli Protest [Video]

Palestinian protester miamiA Jewish reporter was verbally and physically attacked while covering an anti-Israel protest sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Biscyne blvd in downtown Miami, Florida, last Sunday.

Protesters chanted “we are Hamas” and “we are jihad.” The reporter, serving as cameraman for ‘The united West’ program on Breitbart TV, was working the protest as undercover until he was identified as a Jew. Read more »

Hundreds Gather At Pro-Israel Rally In Brussels

brussels rally for israelFollowing weeks of anti-Israeli protests, some thousand people gathered on Sunday for a rare rally of solidarity and support for Israel outside of the Israeli embassy in Brussels, the European Jewish Press website reported. Candles were lit in memory of the fallen IDF soldiers and the crowd chanted ‘Am Israel Chai’ and ‘’Hevenu Shalom Aleichem,’’ while waving Israeli flags. Read more »

Fighting Between Ukrainian Troops & Pro-Russian Separatists Intensifies Near MH17 Crash Site

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(AP). Ukrainian armed forces mounted a major onslaught against pro-Russian separatist fighters Sunday in an attempt to gain control over the area where a Malaysia Airlines plane was downed earlier this month.

Reports of the intensifying unrest prompted a postponement of a trip to the site by a team of Dutch and Australian police officers who had planned to started searching for evidence and the remaining bodies. Read more »

Schumer, Israel Call on DHS, FAA To Consider Anti-Missile Protection For US Airliners

Photo: Courtesy of Bloomberg

Photo: Courtesy of Bloomberg

Following the downing of a Malaysian airlines plane and the FAA ban on Tel Aviv-bound flights, Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel on Sunday urged the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Department of Defense (DoD), and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to swiftly study whether American passenger planes should be equipped with anti-missile devices, such as onboard lasers, warning systems, flares, or infrared countermeasure systems, to protect against both man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) and surface-to-air missiles. Read more »

Miami Beach, FL – Police Investigating Hate Crime Incidents At Passing Cars

Miami Beach Police are investigating an apparent hate crime that took place early Saturday morning.

At around 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, two vehicles were damaged by a cream cheese bar and eggs thrown at them at 4275 Meridian Avenue in Miami Beach, Florida, cops said. Read more »

Day Of Solidarity With Israel Rallies In New York and DC

Israel ProtestSome 2,500 people have already confirmed their attendance at a planned ‘New York Stands with Israel’ rally in Midtown Manhattan on Monday afternoon. Over 24,000 people have been invited through the official Facebook invite and many more Jewish organizations have sent out advisories.

The rally - at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47st street, between 1st and 2nd avenue – is being organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Read more »

Report: Dramatic Spike In Anti-Semitic Incidents In Britain

london anti israel protestAs many as 100 anti-Semitic attacks have been reported in Britain in the month of July, amid a growing chorus of criticism of Israel’s military actions in Gaza, The Sunday Times reported.

One of the most severe incidents happened in Gateshead where four teenagers have been charged with racially aggravated common assault after a rabbi was reportedly attacked near a Jewish boarding school in Gateshead on  July 18th. Read more »

NY01 – Romney Endroses Jewish Republican Lee Zeldin For Congress

Romney-Israel_Horo2-195x110The Former Massachusetts Governor and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Friday endorsed Senator Lee Zeldin’s campaign in NY’s First Congressional District. Zeldin is running to unseat Democratic incumbent Rep. Tim Bishop.

“Senator and Army Reserve Major Lee Zeldin is exactly the type of new blood Washington so desperately needs. He will help stop the fiscal insanity and partisan politics that have brought our government to its knees under the Obama Administration,” Gov. Romney said in a statement released by the Zeldin campaign. Read more »

Hillary Clinton Bashes Israel’s Settlement Activity, Highlights Yelling Sessions W/ Netanyahu

Hillary And Suha Credit UnknownFormer Seceraty of State and potential presidential candidate in 2016, Hillary Clinton on Sunday criticized Israel’s continued settlement activity while preaching for a two-state solution.

Speaking to Fareed Zakaria on CNN Sunday morning, Hillary said that the continued settlement activity is “my biggest complaint with the Israeli government.” Read more »

JetBlue Israeli/Palestinian Spat Was Friendly Fire, Says ‘Palestinian’ Passanger

lisarosenbergNew developments in the story of a Jewish New York doctor kicked off a JetBlue flight earlier this month and billed as a fiery exchange between herself a Palestinian passenger, now appears to have been friendly fire, a difference of opinion between left and right of Israel.

Dr. Lisa Rosenberg was ejected on July 7 from a JetBlue flight bound for JFK Airport in New York after she was said to have ranted at a Palestinian passenger, Read more »

Poll: 86% of Israelis Object To Cease-Fire On Current Terms

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Photo/EPA

A whopping majority of Israel object an end to Operation Protective Edge before the IDF has achieved all its goals in ending the rocket fire on Israel and removing the tunnel threat, a new poll conducted by respected pollster Mina Tzemach shows.

86.5 percent said Israel cannot accept a cease-fire because “Hamas continues firing missiles on Israel, not all the tunnels have been found, and Hamas has not surrendered.” Read more »

Pope Francis Pleas For Stop To Fighting: ‘Please Stop! It’s Time To Stop. Stop, Please!’

Pope FrancisPope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday, emotionotionaly calling on all parties in the middle East to put an end to the fighting.

“Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it’s time to stop. Stop, please!” he said. “Brothers and sisters, never war, never war! I am thinking above all of children, who are deprived of the hope of a worthwhile life, of a future.” Read more »

Report: Kerry’s Cease-Fire Draft Prohibited Israeli Action on Tunnels But Let Hamas Keep Rockets

2009-09-01-johnkerrybeardThe cease-fire draft U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry presented to Israel on Friday evening contained no mention of Israel’s security needs or of demilitarizing the Gaza Strip of rockets,” Haaretz reported Sunday. The draft, rejected by Israel’s security cabinet, also forbade Israel from demolishing terror tunnels running from Gaza into Israe Hli territory during the seven day humanitarian cease-fire, according to a draft of the document obtained by Haaretz. Read more »

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