Senator Proposes Legislation Authorizing Military Force Against Militants

Tim Kaine(AP) — Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine has drawn up legislation to authorize U.S. military force against Islamic extremists that would strictly limit the engagement of American ground forces.

The Virginia senator, who is a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees, proposes repealing the 2002 authorization that two presidents have cited as their authority for military operations in Iraq. Read more »

Houston Race for Cure, Named After Jew, Scheduled for Yom Kippur

Komen-Houston-Race-For-The-Cure-2011-45--6aea3The Jewish community in Houston, Texas were left in disbelief when they found out that an annual Race for the Cure — a cancer fundraising race — is scheduled to take place on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

The Susan G. Komen Race, named after an observant Jew, takes place on the first Saturday in October, and this years race is scheduled for Saturday, October 4, which is also the Jewish day of atonement, Yom Kippur. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio To Headline UK’s Labour Party Conference

mayor de blasio 100 daysNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will be the International Speaker at UK’s Labour Party’s Annual Conference in Manchester, England on Wednesday, September 24th.

The Labour Party invited the Mayor to speak to discuss “the twin challenges of rising inequality and declining standards of living,” drawing from his “work in New York and his commitment to tackling the ‘affordability crisis’ affecting ordinary New Yorkers.” Read more »

UN Brokers Agreement Between Israel and PA for Gaza Rebuilding

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The United Nations has brokered an agreement to enable the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip, giving a lead role to the Palestinian Authority while involving the private sector, the UN’s top Mideast envoy said Tuesday.

The agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the United Nations includes UN monitoring to ensure that construction materials will not be diverted from helping civilians to Hamas using them to build tunnels or other  terror facilities. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

ADL Deems Biden’s Use of ‘Shylock’ Term As ‘Offensive’

Joe BidenVice President Biden, known for his gaffes, is being criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for using a stereotype that has been described as anti-Semitic.

In a speech at the Legal Services Corporation conference, Biden was trying to describe bankers that target servicemen and servicewomen deployed overseas as “Shylocks,” a term that some see as offensive to Jews. Read more »

Williamsburg – Several Apartments Damaged In Fast Moving Fire

willi fire 1At least four families have lost a ceiling over their heads, as their apartments were damaged by a fast moving fire a short while in Williamsburg.

Hatzolah and FDNY responded at 7:02 p.m. to 583 Flushing avenue for a reported fire in an apartment Upon arrival, they discovered the entire building burning. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pope Francis Targeted for Assassination by ISIS Says Iraqi Ambassador

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Ahead of Pope Francis’ first visit to a Muslim-dominated country, the Iraqi ambassador to the Vatican warned that the extremist militant group known as the Islamic State, is setting its eyes on assassinating the pope.

The pope, scheduled to visit Albania on Sunday for a single-day trip, will be traveling in his regular open-topped jeep despite the threats, a spokesman said, adding that security officials are calm ahead of the visit. Read more »

NY11 – Poll: Grimm Leads Recchia By 4 Points, Recchia Leads 55-33 Among Jewish Voters

Grimm GrimEmbattled Republican congressman Michael Grimm is behind the 50 percent mark with just seven weeks away from Election Day, yet he still leads his Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia by four points, according to a new NY1/Capital NY/Siena Research poll published Tuesday evening.

Grimm, who was recently indicted voter tax fraud, leads Recchia 44-40 percent, with four percent for Green Party candidate Henry Bardel and 12 percent undecided, according to the poll of likely voters in the 11th congressional district. Grimm has a negative 39/49 favorability to Recchia’s 32/23 positives. Read more »

New Jersey Legislators Introduce Resolution in Support of Israel

NJ support IsraelA bipartisan group of New Jersey legislators pledged their support for the State of Israel and condemned Hamas for using civilians as human shields during its recent war with Israel.

The group of more than 30 lawmakers pledged their support to a resolution that was introduced in the state assembly and state senate. Read more »

Local Barbecue Master Set To Open Unique Kosher Smokehouse in Crown Heights

A local barbecue hobbyist is about to turn his passion into an actual restaurant, as the creator of “Izzy’s BBQ Addiction” gets ready to open a smokehouse in Crown Heights next month.

As Rachel Holliday Smith of DNA Info reveals, Brooklyn native Sruly “Izzy” Eidelman, 27, learned how to properly smoke kosher meats with a wood-fired grill in the backyard of his parents’ Boro Park home. The budding entrepreneur used the home as a base to sell his unique barbecue via delivery and catering last year.

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NYGov – Pro-Astorino Independent TV Ad Hits Cuomo For Going Negative Against Astorino

pro astorino adAn independent committee supporting Rob Astorino for governor released Tuesday their first TV ad in the general election.

The ad titled “Hope” was  released by Rescue New York, an independent expenditure committee formed to support the candidacy of Astorino for Governor. Read more »

Rambam Medical Center Head to Florida Audience: We Treated Israelis While Rockets Fell

Dr. Rafael Beyar, who serves as Director General and CEO of the Rambam Health Care Campus — the largest medical center in northern Israel — addressed an audience of approximately 50 at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, Florida this past Friday. The Haifa-based Rambam medical center cares for two million Israeli citizens and has the special role of regional hospital for the Israel Defense Forces.

Beyar fascinated his audience by telling them how Rambam established a fortified underground hospital in a former parking lot to treat patients during the recent military conflict in the Middle East. He noted that physicians and hospital staff face numerous dilemmas when tasked with providing medical care to patients while rockets may be inundating them.

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Madoff Beneficiary’s Widow Awards $104M in Grants Through New Foundation

bernie-madoff-Barbara Picower, whose late husband Jeffry Picower was the largest beneficiary of convicted swindler Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme, has awarded $104 million in grants to a variety of humanitarian causes over a two-year period through a new foundation. The grants from the Manhattan-based JPB Foundation, of which Ms. Picower is president, are focused on medical research, poverty and the environment, according to tax returns filed with the Internal Revenue Service. Read more »

Dershowitz: Obama’s Support of Arab Spring Was a ‘Big Mistake’

Obama-and-DershowitzHarvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz – who actually supported Barack Obama’s re-election as president in 2012, has come out with harsh criticism of Obama’s Middle East policy, suggesting it brought on the ISIS crisis and broad instability in the region.

“It was a big mistake to jump on the Arab Spring enthusiastically, without realizing it was soon going to turn into an ‘Arab Winter,’” Dershowitz contended to WND. Read more »

Borough Park – Hikind Celebrates Installation Of Security Cameras

dov hikind security cameraAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) on Tuesday celebrated the installation of the 320 surveillance cameras designed to protect residents of Borough Park and Midwood. At the launch, in Febuary, Hikind called the 80 units containing 4 (four) cameras each  “my babies.”

In a press release, the assemblyman said he has recently met with SecureWatch24, the company that designed and installed the cameras, to receive an update, and that some footage has already been useful to law enforcement. Read more »

Report: European Jews Fearful of Revealing Identity Due to Anti-Semitism

Approximately 40 percent of European Jews purposely hide their identity, the Rabbinical Center of Europe and the European Jewish Association claimed on Monday. The organizations, both directed by Brussels-located Chabad Rabbi Menachem Margolin, stated that they had collected data from over 800 rabbis and RCE members across the continent.

Margolin said that a half-million Jews will attend prayer services on Rosh Hashana this year at 1,353 synagogues throughout Europe. “Half-a-million Jews will participate in prayers, but 1.5 million Jews hide their Jewishness,” the RCE and EJA commented, according to the Jerusalem Post, adding that “there is 80% intermarriage among Europe’s Jewish communities, when compared with the total number of Jews.” At the same time, though, “the number of visitors in the synagogues increased by 17% compared to the same period last year.” Read more »

Actor Leonardo DiCaprio Named UN Messenger of Peace

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(AP). Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Leonardo DiCaprio as a United Nations Messenger of Peace to help promote global action on climate change.

Ban told a news conference Tuesday that the American actor “is not just one of the world’s leading actors” but he has “a longstanding commitment to environmental causes.” Read more »

Ceasefire Breached With Firing Of Mortar At Eshkol

Map of Israel, Map of GazaFor the first time since Operation Protective Edge, a rocket was fired from Gaza Strip east to the security fence. The rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol region. No injuries or damage were reported.

Mortar from Gaza hit Israel; first since end of Operation Protective Edge. #StandWithIsrael,” the iDF spokesperson tweeted. Read more »

Israel: US CEO’s New Education Center Seeks to Help Poor of All Faiths in Akko

bill-stricklandIsrael’s mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko is set to become the first place outside the United States where Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, will open an affiliate of his successful nonprofit arts, education and job training centers, according to The Huffington Post.

During his initial visit to Israel this week, Strickland came with a message of hope to the city on the coast of northern Israel in the Galilee, including Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze. Read more »

Lawrence, NY – Dem Congressional Hopeful Kathleen Rice Attends ‘Shuk’ for Southern Israel

rice shuk 2On Sunday, Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04) attended the ‘Shuk’ (marketplace) for Southern Israel at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence.

The Shuk brought in vendors and merchants from Israel who are struggling because of the crisis in the south and the lack of tourism associated with it, which gave local residents the opportunity to support the Israeli economy from right here at home. Rice, who traveled to Israel in July, was in Tel Aviv when the FAA banned American flights from flying to Ben Gurion Airport. Read more »

AG Race – Cahill Leaks Internal Poll That Shows Schneiderman With 7 Point Lead

john cahillIn an effort to rally donors and support ahead of the general election, Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill’s campaign sent donors a memo citing internal polling that shows the race against incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman a dead heat, The Daily News reported.

According to the internal poll, not released to the press,  Schneiderman leads Cahill by a 7 point margin (36.8-29.7). Read more »

NYGov – Ralph Nader Supports Anti-Israel Green Party Candidate For Governor

nader hawkinsVeteran consumer advocate and previous longshot candidate for president Ralph Nader – who is also known for having foreign policy views that are unfavorable to Israel – is making public appearances to back up his endorsement of the Green Party’s candidate for governor of New York State (who just recently condemned the Jewish state) along with one of the party’s congressional candidates. Read more »

House Speaker Boehner ‘Monkeys Around’ to Enhance Social Media Presence

House Minority Leader John BoehnerIn an apparent attempt to broaden his appeal as a regular, “fun” guy, House Speaker John Boehner’s office has put out a YouTube video — straightforwardly titled “The Monkey in the Room” — that presents the Ohio Republican playing with a small mechanical monkey.

Seemingly devoid of any political agenda, the 42-second video consists of Boehner and Rep. Devin Nunes’ young children playing around with the toy. The video’s primary power appears to be its ability to go viral, to quickly spread across social media.  Read more »

Dempsey: Ground Troops Possible If Airstrikes Fail To Defeat ISIS

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(AP). The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the goal for American advisers is to help Iraqi forces with planning, logistics and coordinating military efforts by coalition partners to take out members of the Islamic State group. Read more »

Scotland’s Jewish Community Worried About Ramifications of Independence Ahead of Thursday Vote

Emotions have become heated in Scotland as its residents prepare to vote Thursday on a referendum that will determine whether or not Scotland becomes independent of the United Kingdom. As often happens in these situations, the country’s Jewish population is concerned about how such a change might affect their well-being.

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