13:59: Newly appointed British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond arrived in Tel Aviv on a visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
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In a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote that the Department of Defense “has reviewed and supports this urgent request.”
(AP). An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect has died, the night before a judge ruled that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, attorney Dennis Boyle said Wednesday, the same day that U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request. The ruling would still have been subject to a final U.S. government review.
(AP). The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the more than 600 Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip reviewed by the global body, three-quarters were civilians. At least 147 were children and 74 women, she said.
A copy of the Bible that is said to be “ancient” has become the focus of a heated dispute between two Jewish families that has led to a $60 million lawsuit, The Daily news reports. The heirs of a Brooklyn man who apparently passed the sacred tome on to them have filed the legal suit against a Florida couple who claim to have found the priceless heirloom in a suitcase and are adamantly claiming the right to keep it.
Focusing on one of the related unfortunate effects of the ongoing military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the New York Times has reported about those who have been negatively impacted by the unprecedented cancellation of major airline flights from the United States and Europe into the Jewish state due to the prevalent danger of incoming rockets.
Most U.S. voters oppose more direct U.S. involvement to end the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza but favor cutting some or all U.S. funding to the two sides to force a peace (or rather a cease-fire) settlement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, published Wednesday.
The poll shows that just 30% of likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should get more directly involved if the violence continues between Israel and Hamas, while 57% say the United States should leave the two sides solve the situation on their own. This includes 38% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats and 30% of Independent voters.
The longtime executive director the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York was sentenced on Wednesday to three and a half years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the organization.
The sentence is part of a plea deal, in which Rapfogal was promised a 3 1/2 year prison term on the condition that he pay back the $3 million he personally netted – which he did.
A physical fight broke out in the Ukrainian parliament after a presidential decree was approved to call up more reserves to defend the country against the growing numbers of Russian troops on the country’s eastern border.
Following the decision, footage shows politicians from Ukraine’s nationalist parties and members of the Party of Regions, formerly run by pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, pushing and shoving one another in disagreement over the decree, according to The Independent.
El Al spiked prices on Wednesday by as much as 33 percent in reaction to the cancellation of all foreign flights in or out of Israel, Israeli financial Globes website reported.
Globes cited a report written by ISSTA Lines which indicated “vast hikes, of hundreds of dollars, between airfares yesterday, before the wave of cancellations, and this morning.”
U.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday. The bill also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.
“Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement.
Religious leaders and elected officials gathered on Tuesday at the Islamic Society Center in Bay Ridge to condemn what they called two hate incidents at Muslim worshippers outside Brooklyn mosques over the weekend.
According to organizers, a car with blaring lights and sirens circled the Bay Ridge mosque early Sunday morning waving Israeli flags and yelling anti-Islamic slurs. A similar incident happened Friday on Coney Island Avenue, when several passengers threw eggs from a passing by car at elderly worshipers outside the Thayba Islamic Center.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged the country’s Jewish community Wednesday her unwavering support amid recent anti-Semitic attacks during pro-Palestinian demonstrations, a government spokesman said.
“The chancellor and the entire German government condemn the anti-Semitic remarks made at pro-Palestinian and anti-Israeli demonstrations in Germany in the strongest terms,” Merkel’s spokesperson George Streiter told reporters.
In an exclusive news story, the Forward is reporting that the Walton Family Foundation – operated by the Arkansas-based religious Christian family of legendary entrepreneur Sam Walton, who founded the highly successful Wal-Mart store chain – has become the largest donor to the fervently Orthodox umbrella organization Agudath Israel.
While Agudah generally receives a great deal of funds from wealthy Jewish developers and health care magnates, it has received more money in the past six years from the Wal-Mart owners than from any other single giver.
As outlined in detail by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, shortly before their synagogue was covered in tear gas and smoke, 100 Jews brandishing baseball bats and clubs were singing the French national anthem in front of the religious building’s heavy metal gate.
They had gathered outside the main synagogue in the Parisian suburb of Sarcelles on Sunday to defend it against a primarily Arab mob of 200 men who had massed nearby with sticks and stones, setting garbage cans on fire and chanting “Slaughter the Jews.” The Jewish defenders were singing “La Marseillaise” as an expression of of gratitude toward the 100 police officers that prevented the mob from approaching.
CEO Richard Parsons testified at a trial to determine whether Sterling’s wife, Shelly, can sell the team for $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer as the NBA looks to force Donald Sterling from the league over racist statements.
In a glaring example of New York City’s alleged prevalence of income inequality, gawker.com has disclosed the shocking practice being planned for a new high-rise apartment building set to open at 40 Riverside Boulevard.
The residential structure will feature separate doors for wealthy individuals and lower-income people who rent affordable housing. Extell Development Company, the firm developing the new high-rise, generated outrage when it announced last year its intentions to segregate the rich and poor in this manner.
A pro-Palestinian protest at Calgary’s City Hall in Canada turned violent when they came across some pro-Israel protestors who staged their own march.
Hundreds of people attended the pro-Palestinian protest, which started as a peaceful march, calling for a ceasefire and condemning Israel for the current attacks in Gaza. But when both opposing views met, it turned violent.
Breanna Mitchell, tweeted an image of her standing at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp last month, but recently the picture made the rounds on the Internet, causing a storm over the girl’s apparent insensitivity.
Bloomberg, the first recipient of the Jewish Genesis Prize, will give up on his luxury private jet and fly with El-Al in order to express his solidarity with Israel in a time of crisis.
A crowd of about 800 people packed the Whippany headquarters of the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey on Monday to express unequivocal support of Israel, as the Jewish state’s military conflict with Hamas in Gaza entered its third week.
Participants waved Israeli flags and erupted in cheers as dignitaries, including Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Leonard Lance (D-Dist. 7) and State Sen. Thomas H. Kean Jr. (R-Dist. 21), supported Israel’s right to defend itself, highlighted the success of the Iron Dome defense system, and mourned the soldiers who have lost their lives in the latest battles.
Although Hamas as fired over 2,000 rockets in recent weeks on the Israeli population, very few seem to land in residential areas, Israel claims that it’s thanks to the Iron Dome Missile Defense System, but experts question this claim.
Physicist Theodore Postol, a professor of science technology and national security policy at MIT, wrote an analysis where he claims that the Iron Dome has a success rate of less than 5 percent, and the primary reasons for fewer casualties in Israel are the many shelters provided and the Code Red siren warning, which alerts them to run from an incoming rocket.
About a dozen protesters reportedly stormed FIDF’s New York office on Tuesday, reading aloud the names of the Palestinian civilians killed in Gaza. The protest was organized by Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews Say NO against Israel’s campaign in the Gaza Strip.