LIVE BLOG #IsraelunderFire: Palestinians: Israeli Jets Dropped 20K Tons Of Explosives On Gaza Since Start Of Operation

16:25: Palestinian police in Gaza claim that Israel had dropped the equivalent of six nuclear bombs on the coastal enclave of Gaza over the course of it’s now six-week operation. Read more »

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NYC Jewish Caucus Chair Mark Levine Calls For Swift Arrest Of Activists Behind Pro-BDS Flag Bridge Incident

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The chairman of NYC’s Council Jewish Caucus, Councilman Mark Levine on Friday condemned the recent incident in which pro-Palestinian protesters, marching in solidarity with Hamas and the people in Gaza, dropped a huge pro-BDS banner down the Manhattan Bridge. The banner read, “Gaza. Boycott Divestment Sanctions.”

“The Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions campaign against Israel is a wrongheaded, one-sided, and destructive movement, which jeopardizes prospects for a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict,” Levine said in a statement.

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Prominent Jewish Couple Stabbed to Death In Istanbul

A prominent Jewish couple was stabbed to death in their Istanbul home on Friday, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.

Police found the bodies of Jak Karako, 77, and his wife, Georgia Karako, 69, – founders of Ören Bayan, a leading Turkish textile company – at their apartment in Istanbul’s Ortaköy neighborhood on Aug. 22. Read more »

Obama’s Adviser Accuses China For Conducting ‘Dangerous’ Intercept Of US Aircraft

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(AP). The Obama administration on Friday accused a Chinese fighter jet of conducting a “dangerous intercept” of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China in international airspace — the fourth such incident since March.

The Pentagon press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, said Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot’s actions “unsafe and unprofessional.” And U.S. officials said this is at least the second formal complaint American diplomats have filed with the Chinese over these military actions in recent months. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

New York – State Police Investigate Suspicious Device On The NYS Thruway

Ulster, NY – On Friday, August 22, at approximately 11:00 a.m., State Police received reports of a suspicious device located in the Sunoco Mart in the Ulster Service Area on I-87 southbound. State Police who responded to the area observed a device which appeared to be incendiary.

Troopers immediately secured the scene and evacuated the area. Read more »

Israel: Heroic Father Saves 30 Kindergarten Children From Mortar Attack

A report by the Algemeiner describes in detail how approximately 30 Israeli kindergarten children at Kibbutz Nir Oz were saved from serious physical harm Thursday morning as Hamas terrorists in Gaza fired 11 mortar shells into their village. Jan Berman, who is a father of one of the children, was wounded during the attack, as he bravely led the youngsters to safety. According to Ynet, Berman “was at the kibbutz children’s house with his wife” and he “pushed one of the nursery teachers and a child into the safe room, saving their lives.”

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New Fear: Online Images Imply ISIS Threat to Chicago

WGN-TV in Chicago has discovered a photo that appears to contain an alarming warning about radical Islamic terrorists threatening the safety of a major city building. The revelation comes on the heels of another connection between Chicago and the dangerous fundamentalists, namely the videotaped beheading of an American journalist who had graduated from Northwestern University.

The implied threat shows up amidst online arguments on Facebook and Twitter over the battle between the United States and ISIS. In reaction to a tweet that showed the ISIS flag waving in front of the White House, some Americans posted Photoshopped images of Islamic religious leaders engaged in disgusting acts and portrayals of U.S. firepower. When one scrolls down, an image appears of the landmark Old Republic Building on Michigan Avenue in Chicago, along with a statement in Arabic. The message in the photo, which is dated June 20, 2014, is “soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon.”

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New Poll Shows GOP’s Brown Very Close to Shaheen in New Hampshire

Scott-BrownAn article on Politico offers a fascinating update on the race for the Senate in New Hampshire, which – according to a brand new poll sponsored by radio station WMUR – appears to have tightened considerably, with Republican Scott Brown now within two points of incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, who leads by just 46-44 percent. The same poll last month was much different, with Shaheen ahead by 12 points. The University of New Hampshire surveyed 609 likely voters over the phone from Aug. 7-17. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 4 percent.

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Anti-Israel Protesters Occupy Oregon Offices of World’s Largest Security Co.

According to a news report by Ha’aretz, a group of pro-Palestinian activists briefly occupied the offices of global security company G4S in Portland, Oregon Thursday, to protest the firm’s affiliation with the Israeli prison system. According to the International Middle East Media Center, activists managed to occupy the company’s office for a brief period in an effort to force its closure for the day, before they were removed from the premises by security.

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UPDATED: Video + Photos Of Deadly Mortar Attack On Sha’ar Hanegev

shaar henegev gaza 1Israel claimed its first victim since the collapse of the cease-fire talks in Cairo and the withdrawal of IDF troops from Gaza. A 4-year-old boy was killed Friday by a mortar launched from Gaza, which landed near the Sha’ar Hanegev Regional Council.

According to preliminary reports, the boy was critically wounded when the mortar hot the grounds outside their home in the kibbutz. Read more »

Poll: Israeli Jews More Opposed to Intermarriage Than Israeli Arabs

A new poll taken by Ha’aretz has shown that Israeli Jews are more opposed to intermarriage than Israeli Arabs, with a significant majority of 75 percent of the country’s Jews saying they would refuse to marry someone from a different religion. Among Israel’s Arab population, a smaller majority of 65 percent said they would never be willing to marry someone of a different religion.

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Former Council Member Moskowitz Open to Challenging de Blasio in 2017

eva moskowitzAs revealed by the New York Observer, Eva Moskowitz, a former member of the City Council and the founder of Success Academy Charter Schools, indicated in an interview Thursday that she might consider making a primary challenge against Mayor de Blasio. “It’s possible. I have always been very open about my respect for public service. My hope is though that we can really move this city forward,” Moskowitz stated on NY1’s Inside City Hall in response to a question about her rumored mayoral aspirations.

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NYGov – Cuomo’s Running Mate Kathy Hochul Tours Crown Heights Jewish Community [Photos]

2014-08-21 16.47.28Governor Andrew Cuomo’s running mate and candidate for lieutenant governor in the upcoming 2014 elections, Former congresswoman Kathy Hochul on Thursday visited the Jewish community in the Crown Heights sections of Brooklyn.

Accompanied by the governor’s Jewish liaison Dovid Lobl and Assemblyman Karim Camara, Ms. Hochul strolled the streets in the Jewish neighborhood, stopped to greet bypassing residents and visited the home of the late Lubavitcher Rebbe Z”L, known as 770. Read more »

Video: Mayor De Blasio Ignores Protesters At City Hall Rally In Support Of Rockaway Ferry

bdb ferry protestAs detailed in a report by John Kenny on New York True, passionate supporters of the Rockaway ferry service came to City Hall Thursday evening to call on Mayor de Blasio to continue operating the service beyond its scheduled October termination.

Launched in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy as a response to the newly out-of-service A train, the ferry has been subsidized by the city at an annual cost of approximately $6 million. Read more »

PHOTOS: Synagogue In Ashdod Hit By Rocket From Gaza

unnamed (2)A rocket fired from Gaza directly hit a synagogue in Ashdod Friday afternoon, causing damage to the structure. Several people were treated for shrapnel injuries and shock by emergency services. Medical sources described two of the victims as males, aged 25 and 26, who suffered shrapnel injuries to their extremities. They have been evacuated to the Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot. Read more »

2nd Oldest School in Denmark Defaced With Anti-Israel Graffiti

denmark anti semitismA Jewish school in Copenhagen had its windows smashed and anti-Jewish graffiti spray-painted on its walls, AFP reported on Friday. The messages included “no peace in Gaza” and “no peace to you Zionist pigs.”

The school, which includes a nursery, describes itself as the world’s second oldest still functioning Jewish school in Denmark. Read more »

In First Joint Appearence, Romney and Ryan Agree On Obama, Disagree on 2016 Run

Romney Ryan(AP). U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan said Thursday he would love to see Mitt Romney run again for president and teased the GOP’s former nominee at one point that the “third time’s the charm.”

Appearing with Mr. Ryan at a public event for the first time since their ticket lost two years ago, Mr. Romney offered his own good-humored praise by saying that Ryan “wouldn’t be a bad president” himself. Read more »

Watch Mitt Romney’s Robotic Reaction To Ice Bucket Challenge By Paul Ryan

romney ice bucketMitt Romney on Thursday took the ice bucket challenge in a suit by his former running mate rep. Paul Ryan.

In a video posted on Facebook moments ago, the former presidential candidate is seen with a suit and a tie taking on the ice bucket challenge and reacting to the cold water poured on him with a robotic “it is cold” comment. Read more »

NYC Comptroller Stringer Reveals DOE Failed To Secure $310M Fed Funds For Special Education

scott stringerThe New York City Department of Education (DOE) failed to recoup $356 million in federal Medicaid funds for special education services for the past two years and is projected to lose out on $310 million more in reimbursement through 2018, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer revealed in a new analysis released on Friday.

The current FY2014 budget adjusted Medicaid reimbursements downward from FY15 through FY18 by a cumulative $310 million. If that stands, the City would lose out $666 million in total federal funding over a seven-year span. Read more »

Poll: Netanyahu’s Approval Rating Down To 55%

bibi bennettPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s approval rating continued to drop with operation Protective Edge in its 2nd month, according to the poll to just 55%, down from 82% on July 23 and 63% when ground forces left Gaza, a new poll published by Channel 2, on Thursday, showed.

The poll, conducted by Shiluv Millward Brown Market Research, also found that 56% agreed with Netanyahu’s statement on Wednesday that it was wrong of security cabinet ministers to publicly criticize him while Israel was under fire. Read more »

Abbas to Mashal: ‘Your Stubbornness Is Costing Palestinian Lives’

abbas mashaalAbbas’s meeting in Doha on Thursday with Hamas leader Mashal was extremely tense and involved some yelling, a senior Palestinian source close to Abbas told Israel Hayom on Friday.

Mashaal was outraged that Abbas has not condemned the attempted assassination of [Hamas military commander] Mohammed Deif and the murder of his family, or the assassination in Rafah of three senior Hamas military leaders,” the source said. Read more »

Death Toll in Gaza Rises As Hamas Executes More Collaborators

(AP). A witness and Hamas media say that masked gunmen have killed seven suspected informants for Israel near a Gaza City mosque as worshippers were ending midday prayers.

The shootings brought the number of alleged collaborators killed in the coastal strip on Friday to 18.

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Netanyahu Tells Rep. Issa: ‘Hamas is ISIS’; Thanks America for Support

Netanyahu Darrell IssaRep. Darrell Issa who’s currently visiting Israel, met on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu told Issa that it’s time to realize that Radical Islamist terrorism threatens the entire world.

“It threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, it threatens the moderate Arab regimes, it threatens Europe, everybody,” Netanyahu told the California Congressman. “I think we face the same Islamist terrorist network, I think we have to fight it together.” Read more »

Jewish Group Urges NYC Leaders to Condemn Anti-Israel Bridge Flag

20140820-225754.jpg(AP) - A prominent Jewish group wants city leaders to condemn a politically charged banner that showed up on the Manhattan Bridge during a Pro-Palestinian march.

The Anti-Defamation League denounced Wednesday’s demonstration and the giant “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” banner as an attempt to “delegitimize Israel.” Read more »

Two Broadcast Networks Fail to Mention Hamas’ Admitting in Teens Kidnapping

ABC NBC CBSAfter weeks of multiple reports claiming that Israel’s blaming of Hamas for kidnapping and killing the three teens weeks ago, was false, a big revelation was made on Wednesday when a senior Hamas leader admitted that the terrorist organization was behind the kidnapping.

It would seem to everyone reading the news about the current conflict that this revelation would be broadcasted across the globe, but two of America’s morning broadcast shows refused to mention it. Read more »

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