LIVE BLOG – Operation Protective Edge Day 16

9:04: Secretary of State John Kerry began a round of intensive meetings in Israel on Wednesday as he sought to forge a cease-fire. Kerry began by meeting in Jerusalem with Ban Ki-moon, and with Mahmoud Abbas. He’s expected to meet PM Netanyahu this evening. Read more »

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Senate Dems Add $225M For Iron Dome In Obama’s Spending Bill

iron domeU.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. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taiwanese News Agency: Plane Crashes In Emergency Landing, Killing 51 People

(AP). Taiwanese news agency: Plane crashes in an emergency landing, killing 51 people, injuring 7.

BuzzFeed: TransAsia Flight GE222 took off from the Kaohsiung Siaogang Airport around 5 p.m. local time. It was scheduled to land in Penghu’s Magong Airport at 5:30 pm. Read more »

Brooklyn, NY – Elected Officials, Interfaith Leaders Condemn Hate Attacks Against Muslim Worshipers

douglas jablonReligious 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. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chancellor Merkel Pledges To Protect Jewish Community in Germany

MerkelGerman 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. Read more »

Strange Bedfellows? Agudath Israel Unites With Christian Walton Family

agudath israelIn 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. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Support For Jewish Self-Defense Group Rises Amidst French Attacks

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

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. Read more »

CEO: Clippers Coach Threaten To Quit If Sterling Stays

Donald Sterling(AP). The interim CEO of the Los Angeles Clippers testified Tuesday that coach Doc Rivers told him he will quit if Donald Sterling remains the owner of the team.

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. Read more »

New NYC High-Rise to Feature Separate Entrances for Rich & Poor

nyc high riserIn 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. Read more »

Pro-Palestinian Protest in Canada Turns Violent, Organizers Apologize

Via/@bcbluecon

Via/@bcbluecon

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. Read more »

Teen Faces Backlash for Posting Smiling Selfie at Nazi Death Camp

Nazi selfie AuschwitzAn innocent teenager is facing some tough responses after posting a selfie on twitter, a photo of herself smiling happily on a visit to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

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. Read more »

Mike Bloomberg Takes El-Al Flight To Israel To Combat FAA Ban

mike bloomberg awardFormer Mayor of New York City Mike Bloomberg announced Tuesday evening he’ll fly to Israel in response to the FAA flight ban that was issued to US airlines earlier in the day.

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. Read more »

Bumbling Bureaucracy: Inmate Mistakenly Released From Prison

Disciplinary action is likely to be implemented after a prisoner was released from Rikers Island by mistake. Police on Monday issued a bulletin, announcing a manhunt for 23-year-old Kimmanie Waisome, who is described as a black male 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 185 pounds. Read more »

800 Pack Metrowest NJ Rally to Declare Solidarity With Israel

Israel ProtestA 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. Read more »

MIT Expert Puts Israel’s Iron Dome Success Rate at 5%

Iron Dome IsraelAlthough 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. Read more »

9 Protesters Arrested In ‘Die-In’ Demonstration Inside NYC’s Friends of IDF Office

FIDF protestNine pro-Palestinian protesters are in NYPD custody after staging a “die-in” demonstration inside the Manhattan offices of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

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. Read more »

Hamas Spox Won’t Deny Targeting of Ben Gurion Airport, Likens Netanyahu to Hitler

Hamas spox on CNNFollowing multiple rockets being shot in the direction of Israel’s Ben-Gurion international airport, the FAA banned all US airways from operating airlines between the United States and Tel Aviv for a 24 hour period.

Appearing on CNN on Tuesday, Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan, refused to deny that Hamas is deliberately targeting Israel’s airport. He also likened Israel’s Netanyahu to Hitler. Read more »

France Permits Pro-Palestinian Protest in Paris

paris palestiniansFollowing violent clashes between pro-Palestinian protestors and Jewish institutions, French authorities last week banned protests in some cities. But on Tuesday police said that following consultation with organizers, they have given the green light for a pro-Palestine demonstration to be held in Paris on Wednesday.

Organizers said that they changed the route from the protest so no Jewish institutions should be along the way. Protesters will march from Denfert-Rochereau in the south of Paris to Invalides in the center of the French capital from around 6:30pm (Paris time). Read more »

Upstate NY Casino Bidders Request Property Tax Breaks

casinoSeveral casino bidders who claim that their proposed projects would help revitalize upstate New York communities are also seeking tens of millions of dollars in local property tax breaks, Capital NY reports.

Nevele, the company bidding to build a $640 million resort in the Ulster County village of Ellenville, is seeking $100 million in tax breaks over the next 15 years, including $87.5 million worth of property tax relief from the Ulster County Industrial Development Agency. Read more »

London, UK – British Parliament Member Says He Would’ve Fired Rockets At Israel

wardBritish Liberal Democrat MP David Ward tweeted Tuesday afternoon that he would “probably” fire a rocket into Israel if he lived in the Gaza Strip.

“The big question is – if I lived in Gaza would I fire a rocket? probably yes,” Ward tweeted on 19:36 GMT. Read more »

NYPD: No Terror or Politics Connection To Brooklyn Bridge White Flag Incident

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

The NYPD has ruled out that the motives behind the white flag incident on the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning was terror or politics related.

John Miller, Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence for the New York City Police Department, told reporters at Police Plaza that the NYPD is searching video surveillance and monitoring social media to see if any certain group had taken responsibility for the incident. Nonetheless, the police had concluded that there’s no nexus of terror or politics. Read more »

Agudath Israel Sends Delegation To Lobby Lawmakers On Anti-Semitism and Israel

agudath israelAmid growing concerns of anti-Semitic attacks across the U.S. and in Europe and the escalation in Israel, Agudath Israel of America on Tuesday announced they were sending an emergency delegation to Capitol Hill to meet with members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and House Foreign Affairs Committee.

The meetings, which will take place  on Wednesday will provide an opportunity to express appreciation for America’s strong support of Israel and its right to defend Read more »

Mir Yeshivah Students Preparing Tzitzis For IDF Soldiers Entering Gaza [Photos]

_____1752As the IDF ground forces battle it out against Hamas militants in Gaza, Chabad-Lubavitch representatives around the world, as well as many Haredi Jews, have launched initiatives, galvanizing spiritual, moral and material, support for Israeli soldiers in combat. Read more »

230 American Migrants, Including 100 Children & Kallah, Welcomed As Heroes

Photo/Shahar Azran.

Photo/Shahar Azran.

Despite the tense security situation in Israel, 228 new Olim from the United States and Canada arrived at Tel Aviv’s Ben-Gurion Airport on Tuesday as new citizens, on a Nefesh B’Nefesh Aliyah charter flight, in collaboration with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael and JNF-USA.

The children included 39 girls and 61 boys. Altogether, 29 families and 54 singles joined the landmark flight, which included Olim planning to live in Israel’s south and north, as part of a joint project to settle Olim in the Negev and the Galilee. Read more »

Jewish Late Night Satirist Stewart Relentlessly Critical of Israeli Defensive Actions

Photo/AP

Photo/AP

While late night cable television host and comedian Jon Stewart may be Jewish – he was born Jonathan Leibowitz – the unabashed liberal appears to have no problem using his faux news / satire program to relentlessly castigate Israel when it takes vigorous action to defend itself against incessant rocket fire from Hamas-run Gaza, as it is doing with its current military operation. Read more »

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