Bulgaria Awards ADL’s Foxman With Nation’s Highest Honor

Foxman-Plevneliev_380Abraham Foxman, National Director of the Anti Defamation League, was awarded Bulgaria’s highest honor by the nation’s president Rosen Plevneliev.

The Honorary Sign of the Bulgarian Head of State award and a formal dinner hosted at the Presidency in Sofia, highlighted a three-day visit by ADL leaders to Bulgaria, at the invitation of President Plevneliev. Read more »

78-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Reunited with Rescuer

Mira Wexler and Weglowska meet after years HolocaustA 78-year-old Holocaust survivor was reunited with her rescuer on Wednesday, nearly 70 years after they’ve last seen each other.

Mira Wexler came to the United States from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she now lives with her family, to meet Helena Weglowska, the woman that sheltered and secretly fed Wexler during World War Two. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ferguson Residents Clean up, Hope for Calm Night

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(AP) — Business owners and residents boarded up windows and cleared away debris Wednesday as Ferguson sought a tentative return to normal after two nights of unrest over the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case.

Protesters continued to hold scattered demonstrations, including a group that rushed into St. Louis City Hall screaming “Shame, shame.” Police locked down the building and called in more than a hundred extra officers. Three people were arrested. Read more »

Hillary to Host Fundraiser for Sen. Landrieu in NYC

AP SENATE LOUISIANA A ELN USA LAAlthough the 2014 campaign trail was set to end with the midterm elections, one Senate seat is headed to a a runoff, and Hillary Clinton is set to host a fundraiser for the Democratic incumbent senator.

The former Secretary of State will host a fundraiser in NYC for Louisiana’s Sen. Mary Landrieu who’s fighting off a tough competition with her Republican opponent Rep. Bill Cassidy. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portman on 2016: ‘Let’s Legislate for A While’

Rob portmanWith Senator Rob Portman’s name being mentioned as a possible Republican contender in the 2016 presidential elections, he says that he’s not ready to talk yet about the next election.

No Republican potential contender has announced any plans to run, but several high profile officials have formed teams clearly readying a run. Read more »

Toronto Jews Raise Funds for Israeli-Canadian Severely Injured in Jerusalem Massacre

howie-rothman-home32_resize990__1_The UJA Federation of Greater Toronto has launched a fundraising effort to help out with the medical expenses to heal the Israeli-Canadian that was severely injured in last weeks terror attack in a Jerusalem attack that killed five and injured many others.

Howie Rothman, 54, known in Israel by his hebrew name Chaim Rotman, is in a medially-induced coma following the attack. He was attacked with a meat cleaver during morning prayers.

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ADL Says Reggie Bush ‘Should Stick To Football,’ Not Compare Ferguson To Palestinians

reggie bushThe Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said an Instagram post by Detroit Lions running back Reggie Bush equating the situation in Ferguson with the Palestinian people, “demonstrates a severe lack of understanding of both issues.”

Bush posted a photo on his account yesterday of a man holding up a sign which read, “The Palestinian people know what mean to be shot while unarmed because of your ethnicity #Ferguson #Justice.”
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Australian Candidates Make Last-Ditch Appeals to Jewish Voters

As the state of Victoria in Australia prepares to hold another election, Premier Denis Napthine and the opposition leader Daniel Andrews have made a final outreach effort to gain support from Jewish voters. The Liberal and ALP leaders have both stressed their pro-Israel records and pledged financial support for Jewish community institutions if they are electorally approved to form the state’s next government. They address more general issues as well.

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Swedish Legislators Defeat Bill Requiring Parental Payment For Non-Medical Circumcision

Lawmakers in Sweden have voted down a bill that would have required parents to pay for non-medical circumcision of their male children.

The right-wing Sweden Democrats party brought the bill to a vote on Tuesday at the regional council of Blekinge County in the southern region of Sweden. The party claimed that the procedure should not be covered by the healthcare system because it is “barbaric” and similar to the widely reviled practice of female genital mutilation.

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Despite Thanksgiving, Israel Tops U.S. In Turkey Meat Production

thanksgiving turkey(JNS). As the U.S. prepares for the Thanksgiving holiday and the annual tradition of eating turkey, statistics from Israel’s turkey industry, Agriculture Ministry, and Foreign Ministry show that Israel is actually the world leader in per capita consumption of turkey.

The average Israeli consumes on average more 13 kilos (about 28 pounds) of turkey a year, which is double the 16.7 pounds eaten by the average American annually. Read more »

2015 Congress Likely to Thwart Obama & Impose Tough Iran Sanctions

Congressional pressure to place tough new sanctions on Iran has built up to the point where even a presidential veto probably won’t block such a move, as talks on curbing its nuclear program are extended for yet another lengthy period.

A bipartisan group of legislators, apprehensive that Tehran is stretching out the negotiations so that it can gain time to advance its efforts to build a nuclear weapon, plans to move legislation leveling new sanctions after Congress comes back to work in January from its holiday recess. The effort may have sufficient backing to hand President Obama his second major defeat on the contentious issue.

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Twitter Now Tracks Other Installed Apps on Phone For Ad Targeting Purposes

Twitter-followers(AP). Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better.

Twitter Inc. said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on and can opt out using settings on their phones. On iPhones, this setting is called “limit ad tracking.” On Android phones, it’s “opt out of interest-based ads.” Read more »

Study: US Drone Strikes Overseas Overwhelmingly Killed Civilians

us droneThe ongoing United States-led campaign of drone strikes in the Middle East has killed an unprecedented number of civilians, new data on the strikes revealed on Wednesday.

Terrorists actually comprise just 3.5% of the people who have died from “targeted killings,” the data, which was compiled by human rights group Reprieve, demonstrates. Out of the total of 1,147 people killed in targeted airstrikes, only 41 were targets.

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Israel: Proposed New 8-Step Plan to Stem Wave of Terror

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A Likud Party leader proposed in the Knesset on Wednesday an eight-step plan to handle the recent wave of terror and turmoil in Israel in the form of temporary legislation. The plan’s purpose is to enable the Jewish state to enforce a crackdown on terrorists, along with their families and supporters.

MK Yariv Levin’s plan, which he said he formulated at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will provide the police and security establishment the tools with the tools they need to create “real deterrence.”

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New Surveillance Air Balloons Over Jerusalem Help Israeli Police Monitor Unrest

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(AP). Israeli police are watching from above in their attempts to keep control in Jerusalem in the face of the city’s worst wave of violence in nearly a decade.

Police have been flying surveillance balloons over the city’s eastern sector and Old City — the location of its most sensitive holy sites — to monitor protests and move in on them quickly. They say the puffy white balloons, which carry a rotating spherical camera pod, have greatly helped quell the unrest. But the eyes in the sky are unnerving Palestinians. Read more »

Ferguson Protesters Storm St. Louis City Hall

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(AP). Authorities have arrested at least two people at a protest over the Ferguson grand jury decision in which several demonstrators stormed City Hall in St. Louis.

An undetermined number of protesters made it into the building Wednesday while shouting “Shame, shame.” Read more »

Dutch Foreign Minister: We Won’t Vote to Recognize Palestine

dutch foreign ministerDutch citizens who are in favor of recognizing Palestinian statehood were disappointed last week when their newly appointed foreign minister, Bert Koenders, declared that the Netherlands would not vote for recognition.

Koenders is a Labor politician with a record of supporting pro-Palestinian arguments — calling on Israel to compensate the Netherlands for destroying the Dutch-financed Gaza port; calling Israel’s blockade of Gaza a collective punishment and blasting the West Bank security barrier as a violation of international law.

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Leaked: SJP Plans Illegal Activity Against Jewish Students And Israel

campuses(Tammi Rossman-Benjamin) recently uncovered internal document of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) at Binghamton University SUNY sheds new light on the anti-Semitic bigotry of SJP groups across the country, as well as SJP’s ties to international campaigns to harm the Jewish state and the Jewish people.

Entitled “Declaration of Principles and Strategies,” the document specifically outlines strategies for targeting, ostracizing, harassing, and silencing students on campus who oppose the boycott of Israel or who simply attend a pro-Israel event. Read more »

Netanyahu Scolds Opposition With Hardline Election-Style Speech [Video]

netanyahu knessetIf there was any indication that Israel is headed for early Knesset elections, it was most evident on Wednesday, as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scolded the opposition for overlooking his government’s achievements simply for the fact that he refused to concede land to the Palestinians.

During a heated Knesset session, called for by 40 MKs over the high cost of living, Netanyahu defended his proposed Jewish Nationality bill and slammed the opposition for being obsessed with giving up territory to the Palestinians, and not recognizing his accomplishments as prime minister for nine years. Read more »

Searchers For Missing Malaysian Flight ‘Confident’ Will Find Plane

Malaysia AirlinesA deep-sea sonar search for the still missing Malaysia Airlines (MAS) Flight 370 will definitely find the airplane’s wreckage, the lead investigator maintained after 263 days of scouring the seas yielded no genuine results. Searchers for the aircraft, which disappeared last March 8 with 239 people on board, are “very confident” they will find the plane along an arc in the southern Indian Ocean that matches the last transmission from the flight, stated Peter Foley, director of the MH370 search at the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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Ex-HP CEO Carly Fiorina Makes Waves As Potential 2016 GOP Contender

carly fiorinaCarly Fiorina sees herself as making a totally singular impression should she become the only woman and CEO to join the roster of politicians expected to become Republican presidential contenders for 2016.

The former head of Hewlett-Packard is actively exploring a run for the White House. Fiorina has been meeting with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting activists in early caucus and primary states, and even planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week.

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THANKSGIVING SNOWSTORM: Cuomo Activates State Emergency Operations Center

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday directed activation of New York State’s Emergency Operations Center in preparation for heavy and blowing snow of up to 16 inches that is expected throughout the New York City area, the Hudson Valley, the Capital Region, and the Mohawk Valley.

The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Watches and Warnings in and around these areas, with the storm predicted to move south to north beginning early today and continue through Thanksgiving on Thursday. Read more »

Businesses Disappointed By Obama’s Executive Actions On Immigration

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(AP). President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration left out some of the business community’s top priorities, disappointing business leaders who might have stepped up to defend his policies in the face of Republican attacks.

Months of lobbying by high-tech businesses failed to persuade the administration to make allotted but unused green cards available for foreign workers — probably the top item on the executive action agenda for business. Read more »

UN Resolution Against Nazism Embroiled in Russia – Ukraine Anti-Semitism Charges

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The bitter verbal exchanges between Russia and Ukraine regarding the issue of anti-Semitism heated up this past weekend, with Moscow issuing a denunciation of the former Soviet republic, as well as the United States and Canada, for voting against an annual United Nations resolution condemning Nazism.

The draft of the UN resolution, which was approved by a vote of 115 to 3 in the world body’s Third (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) Committee on Friday, condemned the “glorification” of Nazism, neo-Nazism and “other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.”

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Palestinian President Abbas Against Jewish Nationality Bill

Abbas(AP). Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday that he supports Israeli members of parliament who oppose the plan to formalize Israel’s status as a Jewish state.

Speaking in the South African capital, Pretoria, Abbas said it is important that Israel consider what the proposed law may mean for the region. Read more »

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