LIVE BLOG – Operation Protective Edge Day 15: The Start Of The End?

20:29: Former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg said that he will be flying tonight to Tel Aviv with El Al “to show solidarity” with Israeli people & demonstrate that it’s safe to do so. He also called the FAA’s ban a “mistake that hand Hamas an undeserved victory” and called for it to be “lifted immediately.”

20:07: Qatar’s emir flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with King Abdullah to discuss ceasefire efforts. The visit to Saudi Arabia marks the first high-level contact between Qatar’s emir and Saudi King Abdullah since the kingdom. Saudi Arabia is supporting the Egyptian ceasefire, while Qatar wants more agreements for Hamas. Read more »

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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 »

Madeleine Albright: Israel’s Actions in Gaza Are ‘Disproportional’ [Video]

albright Madeleine Albright, former US Secretary of State that served in the Clinton administration during the Kosovo war, causing the deaths of between 1,200 and 5,700 civilian casualties from NATO strikes, on Tuesday harshly criticized Israel’s disproportional actions in Gaza.

Speaking to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, Madeleine Albright said she thinks Israel is “overdoing” it with its offensive in the Gaza Strip and losing some of its “moral authority” in the process. Read more »

NYPD Investigating Flag Switch, Breach of Security At Symbolic Brooklyn Bridge

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

(AP). Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge — one of New York City’s most heavily secured landmarks — were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the wind.

Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. Officers in patrol cars are stationed at both ends of the bridge, which is constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. Read more »

Israel: Airlines Flight Cancellations – ‘Prize For Terror’

ben-gurion-airport(AP). A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip landed near Israel’s main airport Tuesday, wounding one Israeli and prompting U.S. and some European airlines to suspend flights to Tel Aviv in a reflection of high anxiety over air travel after last week’s attack on a Malaysian jet over Ukraine.

It was the latest blow to Israel on a day when it announced that an Israeli soldier went missing following a deadly battle in the Palestinian territory, where the Read more »

Report: TLC Inspectors Routinely Seize Cars Based on False Charges

bloomberg-green-taxi-flickrWhen Kareeal Akins drove his white 2002 Honda Accord from his Sheepshead Bay home to Kensington to pick up his pregnant wife, Natalie, the last thing he expected was to be forcibly pulled over by two Taxi and Limousine Commission inspectors, enforcement agents responsible for policing livery cars and yellow taxis to protect New Yorkers from being drive around by dangerous and uninsured illegal cabbies. Read more »

Judge Not Ready to Dismiss Charges in Pine Bush Anti-Semitism Case

After more than two years of fighting allegations that it ignored repeated incidents of open physical and verbal anti-Semitism, the Pine Bush School District in upstate New York on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss three of the charges, according to a report in the Times Herald.

But United States District Court Judge Kenneth Karas — who reserved decision — seemed doubtful. For instance, the district’s lawyer, Joan Gilbride, argued that because a graphic of a swastika was not originally reported, charges that the district took no action in that incident should be dismissed. Read more »

NYGov- Astorino Suggests Christie Should Consider Stepping Down As RGA Chair

christiecuomoRepublican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Tuesday angrily responded to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s comments that he would not campaign for the Republican in the Empire State due to sluggish poll numbers.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

Dem Senator Says Gaza Casualties Dangerous For US; Suggests Netanyahu Should Be Replaced

murphySen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) said on Tuesday that the substantial number of Palestinian civilians reportedly killed in Gaza could endanger U.S. National Security.

“[T]hat is a problem for Israel,” the Democrat said during interview with MSNBC. “But it’s a problem for the United States, as well, which is why we have to be so concerned about this. This is bulletin board material, stuff for people that are recruiting folks to the fight against Israel but also against the West in general.”

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NYGov – Christie Calls Astorino’s Gubernatorial Campaign A ‘Lost Cause’

bdb christieGov. Chris Christie, campaigning as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said on Monday he’s unlikely to cross the bridge to campaign for Republican Rob Astorino’s gubernatorial campaign.

“I will spend time in places where we have a chance to win, I said that right from the beginning,” Christie told reporters in Connecticut, during a campaign stop for Tom Foley. “We don’t pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes.” Read more »

SHOCK: American Flag on Brooklyn Bridge Replaced by White Flag

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

Photo: Rick Bruner/Gothamist

Two American flags were replaced by a mysterious large white flag atop the Brooklyn Bridge Tuesday morning.

Police were checking surveillance footage from the bridge after images of the white flags hit social media around 7:00 am.

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NY18 – Poll Shows Hayworth With 4 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney

nan hayworthA survey conducted by Gravis Marketing for conservative publication Human Events shows former Republican Rep. Nan Hayworth leading incumbent Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D) by four points. In a rematch in November, Republican Hayworth would garner 44% of the vote compared to Congressman  Maloney’s 40% share of the vote. 16% remain undecided.

Both candidates have positive favorability ratings. Hayworth has a 41/40 favorable  opinion, while Congressman Maloney has a 37/34 favorable opinion. Read more »

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