LIVE BLOG – RJC: “The facts laid out by Netanyahu are undeniable”

3:33pm: The Republican Jewish Coalition’s Executive Director Matt Brooks: “This was an historic speech. It’s clear through its substance that all concerns about this being a political speech were put to rest. Prime Minister Netanyahu was both substantive and convincing. Read more »

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In NYC, Thousands Protest Netanyahu for Claiming to Speak for All Jews

IMG_9517Some 3,000 followers of the Satmar Rebbe in Williamsburg took it to the streets of Manhattan Tuesday evening to protest Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his speech to Congress and his claim that he’s an emissary on behalf of world Jewry to warn of a nuclear Iran.

The protest, held outside the Israeli Consulate on 2nd avenue and 42nd street in Midtown Manhattan, was organized by the Central Rabbinical Congress of the USA and Canada and attended by the Satmar Rebbe, Rabbi Zalman Teitelbaum. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Must Investigate Civilian Killings In Gaza War: U.N. Envoy

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(Reuters). A United Nations envoy called on Israel on Tuesday to investigate the killing of more than 1,500 Palestinian civilians, one third of them children, during the 2014 Gaza war, and to make the findings public.

Makarim Wibisono, a former Indonesian ambassador, issued his first report to the U.N. Human Rights Council since becoming its special rapporteur on human rights in the Palestinian territories last June. Read more »

Justice Department Finds Racial Bias In Ferguson Police Practices

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(Reuters). The U.S. Justice Department has concluded that theFerguson, Missouri, police department routinely engages in racially biased practices, a law enforcement official familiar with the department’s findings said on Tuesday.

The investigation into the police department began in August after the shooting of unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown by a white police officer in Ferguson sparked national protests. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fugitive Ex-NSA Contractor Snowden Seeks To Come Home: Lawyer

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(Reuters). A Russian lawyer for Edward Snowden said on Tuesday the fugitive former U.S. spy agency contractor who leaked details of the government’s mass surveillance programs was working with American and German lawyers to return home.

In Washington, U.S. officials said they would welcome Snowden’s return to theUnited States but he would have to face criminal charges which have been filed against him. Read more »

Judge Orders Killer of Kansas Jewish Center Victims To Stand Trial

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(Reuters). A Kansas judge on Tuesday ordered a Missouri white supremacist to stand trial on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of three people outside two Jewish centers in a Kansas City suburb last April.

Johnson County District Court Judge Thomas Kelly Ryan found probable cause to believe that Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 74, committed the murders as well as three attempted murders, following 1-1/2 days of sometimes harrowing testimony. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two NYPD Auxiliary Officers Who Assaulted And Robbed Delivery Man Arrested

2 cops arrestedThe NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau has arrested and charged two young NYPD Auxiliary Officers for assaulting and robbing a delivery man in Manhattan, NYPD officials said.

According to the police, the two robbed the 48-year-old delivery man last Wednesday at around 12:38am while he was delivering food to an apartment inside 220 East 102nd Street. The two displayed police shields and accompanied the victim into the elevator to the 14th floor. Read more »

U.S. To Respond To Venezuela’s Demand To Cut U.S. Embassy Staff

israeli embassy athens(Reuters). The United States said on Tuesday it would respond through diplomatic channels to Venezuela’s demand for a cut in U.S. Embassy staff in Caracas, but added that Caracas had drastically underestimated its own diplomatic presence in the United States.

Venezuela on Monday ordered the U.S. Embassy in Caracas to come up with a plan within 15 days to reduce staff to 17 from 100 amid the worst diplomatic flare-up between the two ideological foes since socialist President Nicolas Maduro was elected in 2013. Read more »

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach Makes Waves at AIPAC Conference

120619071331-boteach-custom-1Although the focus was on Congress and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach also made waves this week at the AIPAC conference, being condemned by both sides.

Boteach’s organization’s attack ad in the New York Times last week that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide and depicted her against a backdrop of skulls, received negative reactions from all major Jewish groups, the Obama administration and AIPAC.

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Police Investigate Report Of Shots Near U.S. Spy Agency Headquarters

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(Reuters). Authorities are investigating a report of shots fired on Tuesday near the National Security Agency headquarters in Maryland and damage to an NSA building, a U.S. Park Police spokeswoman said.

Shots were reported near an exit along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway leading to Fort Meade, site of the spy agency, spokeswoman Sergeant Lelani Woods said. Read more »

Democrats Scramble To Defend Hillary Clinton Over Email Flap

Clinton Foundation(Reuters). Democrats scrambled on Tuesday to contain the fallout for Hillary Clinton, their favored 2016 presidential candidate, after allegations she inappropriately used her personal email for work while secretary of state.

The Clinton camp quickly sought to discredit a New York Times report published late Monday that said her exclusive use of a personal email account from 2009 through 2013 and a lack of email preservation may have run afoul of the Federal Records Act. Read more »

Williamsburg Warehouse Fire Destroyed Files From 1 Million Court Cases

de blasio williamburg fire(Reuters). A massive fire that recently tore through a Brooklyn warehouse destroyed documents from more than 1 million court cases, a New York state court official said Tuesday.

The fire on Jan. 31 ruined about 85,000 boxes of case files, said Ron Younkins, the state Office of Court Administration’s executive director. Some of them predate the Civil War, while others were as recent as 2011, he said, adding that all the cases were closed. Read more »

Ya’alon Defends Netanyahu Amid Obama’s Criticism, Attacks Bennett

yaalon watching iran vessel siezureDefense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, in an interview on Tuesday with IDF Radio, dismissed President Obama’s comments Monday that Netanyahu’s speech draws attention away from the important thing – preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

“The last six years we said ‘no’ to the pressures from America, and our relations were not damaged,” said Yaalon. Read more »

Commissioner Bratton Concerned Law Enforcement is a Step Behind ISIS

ISIS-Jihad-School-665x385The terrorist group ISIS is becoming more powerful with each passing day, recruiting members from various countries throughout the world and reaching out to the younger generation through modern technology.

On Monday Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he believes that law enforcement agencies are a step behind ISIS, unable to stop the terrorist group’s outreach to young people through social media and violent video games.

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Study Shows Increase of Jewish Population in St. Louis

Star-of-David-photo-credit-Dariusz-Bargiel--300x248The Jewish population of St. Louis increased 14 percent, to 61,000, in the last 20 years, says a new study.

In 1995, one out of every 10 people in Jewish households was not Jewish. Today that number is one in three, according to the survey. Read more »

Memorial for Slain Israeli Munich Athletes Planned for Rio Olympics

Olympics rings (symbol)Over forty years have passed since eleven Israeli athletes and one German police officer were killed at the summer Olympics in Munich, Germany by the Palestinian group, Black September.

At the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, the International Olympic Committee will remedy this by erecting a place to mourn family and friends at the, including the murdered Israeli athletes. Read more »

Livni Burning Bridges With Haredim on the Trail: UTJ

Tzipi Livni - funeralTzipi Livni, co-leader of the Zionist Union, issued a harsh attack on some of her potential partners if she and her partner Isaac Herzog intend to outseat Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after the March 17 elections.

B’Hadrei Haredim reported that during a campaign even Monday night, Livni said that “the government of Bibi-Bennett-Haredi, will return us to the days of darkness.” Read more »

Netanyahu’s Speech to Congress Gets Mixed Reception in Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington(Reuters). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may have made an argument that many Israelis support in warning Congress on Tuesday about a potential nuclear deal with Iran, but critics asked whether it was worth the widening rift with the White House.

The address was broadcast live on Israeli television and radio, and came at a politically sensitive time — just two weeks before a closely contested election in which Netanyahu is seeking a fourth term. Read more »

Former Minister Gideon Sa’ar Joins Likud Campaign

Gideon Saar Nexto to BibiIt was publicly announced Monday night that the former interior minister, Gideon Sa’ar, has joined up with the Likud campaign for the upcoming elections for the first time since his retirement. He is a strong figure in the Likud movement and this was seen as bringing great strength to the campaign. Read more »

Oil Up as Netanyahu Blasts Iran in Speech; Libyan Forces Fight

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(Reuters). Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation.

Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia for its crude buyers in Asia, the United States and northwest Europe were another positive development, traders said, although some had expected benchmark Brent and U.S. oil futures to rally even more on that. Read more »

Billionaire John Catsimatidis Negotiating Buy of Daily News

John-Catsimatidis-After Mort Zukerman’s announcement last week to sell the Daily News, it has been discovered that John Catsimatidis is among the mystery man trying to purchase the struggling news publication.

Catsimatidis, the 66-year-old billionaire confirmed that he has been negotiating with Zuckerman for a month now, according the NY Post.

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House Foreign Affairs Committee Want Say in Iranian Nuclear Deal

Obama RacineAs President Obama eliminates democracy and takes an authoritative stance, congress and leaders of the house struggle to demand a say in the talks with Iran.

The leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are disseminating a letter among their colleagues that stresses the need for congressional involvement if a deal is struck with Iran, according to The Hill.

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Obama Castigates Netanyahu: ‘Nothing New; No Viable Alternatives’

obama netanyahu(AFP). US President Barack Obama said there was “nothing new” in Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial speech to Congress Tuesday, insisting the Israeli Prime Minister did not offer a better option than negotiations.

Netanyahu “did not offer any viable alternatives,” Obama said speaking from the Oval Office. Read more »

William Davidson Foundation Offers Jewish Nonprofit $2M to Advance Jewish Education

ShalomLearningLogoWith modern technology gripping our society, Jewish families who practice the traditions and teach their children about the religion is declining.

This has posed organizations such as the Michigan-based William Davidson Foundation to offer a $2 million grant to a nonprofit that advances Jewish education through technology.

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Ambassador Dermer Under Fire Again for Helping Netanyahu’s Campaign

ron dermerIsraeli Ambassador Ron Dermer is under fire again for spending time in Israel to help his boss’s reelection campaign, weeks after he was accused of handling the invitation by House Speaker John Boehner that landed Bibi in his present situation.

It is unclear how much time Dermer has spent in Israel in the last month. He has kept a low profile, but senior sources said he stayed at a Jerusalem hotel at least ten days before joining the prime minister’s flight to the United States. Read more »

State Dept. Official: US Will ‘Confront Aggressively’ Iran’s Regional Expansion

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(AFP). The United States will “confront aggressively” Iran’s bid to expand its influence across the Middle East even if a nuclear deal is reached, a State Department official said Tuesday.

The official’s comments came as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a controversial address to the US Congress, sought to highlight Iran’s expansionist hopes as one reason to halt the nuclear talks. Read more »

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