LIVE BLOG – Operation Protective Edge Day 16

16:20: 73 people were killed and 526 people were injured today in IDF air raids and ground operations in the Gaza Strip today, according to Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra. Read more »

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Rockets Found at UN Gaza School Have Gone Missing

UNRWA(AP) - The U.N. secretary-general on Wednesday said he was “alarmed” to hear that rockets were placed in a U.N.-run school in Gaza and now “have gone missing,” and he demanded a full review of such incidents.

A statement by the spokesman for Ban Ki-moon expressed the U.N. chief’s “outrage and regret” at the placement of weapons at a site run by the global organization. The U.N. says that has happened at least twice so far in the current fighting. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel: We Tracked Rocket that Caused Ban, ‘It Wasn’t Going to Hit Inside the Airport’

ben-gurion-airportAdding some pressure to the FAA’s decision to ban flights by US carriers to Israel, the spokesman of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said that Israel knew where that rocket that caused the ban was heading, and therefore didn’t take it down.

“We knew about that rocket,” Mark Regev told CNN. “We were tracking it for about three minutes, our Air Force. We could have taken it down, but because we saw that it wasn’t going to hit inside the airport, we let it through.” Read more »

France’s Highest Court Upholds Extradition for Brussels Shooting Suspect

Brussels shooting jewishThe final decision on the extradition of the suspect in the Brussels Jewish museum shooting has been handed down by French’s highest court on wednesday.

France’s highest court upheld the decision from a lower court that ordered Mehdi Nemmouche, the man suspected of killing four people at the Museum, to be extradited to Belgium. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anti-Israel Protestors Attack Maccabi Haifa Players During Game in Austria

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Israel’s Maccabi Haifa’s pre-season match against Lille in Austria came to an early end when anti-Israel protestors stormed the field and attacked the Maccabi Haifa players.

With Lille leading 2-0 in the friendly match, the violent protestors invaded the pitch and turned the field from a football field into something more of a fight club. Read more »

Days After Price-Tag Incident, Anti-Semitic Graffiti Sprayed in Thornhill

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Just days after York Regional Police found hateful anti-Muslim messages at an Islamic center north of Toronto, anti-Semitic graffiti has been sprayed in the same area, this time at a bus shelter.

Authorities say that between midnight and 7am on Tuesday, hateful graffiti against the State of Israel and a Nazi symbol were spray-painted in an act of vandalism. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Schumer, Graham in Letter to Obama: Ceasefire Must Include Disarmament of Hamas

hamas-2U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-New York), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and Ben Cardin (D-Maryland) today wrote to President Obama about the negotiation of a cease-fire agreement in Israel.

“Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks,” said the senators. “Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June.  While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Israelis live in fear of incoming rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza. Twenty-eight tunnels have been discovered by the IDF since the ground operation in Gaza began.  Israel has an absolute right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel.  Read more »

Sarah Palin Ticketed For Speed In Hometown of Alaska

Sarah Palin Today Show(AP). Sarah Palin is facing a $154 ticket for speeding in her hometown of Wasilla.

The former Alaska governor was pulled over July 16 and cited for driving between 10 and 19 mph over the speed limit. Read more »

Birthright Continues Israeli Youth Trips Despite Turmoil

ben-gurion-airportTaglit-Birthright, the organization that has gained widespread recognition for the free 10-day trips to Israel it regularly organizes for young Jewish adults, has not allowed the incessant rocket attacks from Hamas-controlled Gaza to prevent it from continuing to send tours to Israel.

“We are not canceling any trips at this point,” Noa Bauer, Birthright’s international vice president for communication and marketing, stated to BuzzFeed. “We will find alternative flights if needed.” Birthright’s free trips to Israel have become a virtual tradition for many American Jews seeking to explore their Jewish identity and connection to Israel. Read more »

Cruz Charges FAA’s Ban Is An Economic Boycott of Israel By Obama

Ted CruzU.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Wednesday questioned the FAA’s decision to ban flights to Israel on behalf of the Obama Administration while, at the same time, announcing continuing aid that will be funneled to Hamas.

“Aiding Hamas while simultaneously isolating Israel does two things. One, it helps our enemy. Two, it hurts our ally,” said Sen. Cruz. Read more »

Kerry To Bereaved Parents Of Fallen Max Steingberg: ‘How’s Your Day?’

Photo:  Simone Wilson/JJ

Photo: Simone Wilson/JJ

Secretary of State John Kerry on Wednesday paid a shiva call to the parents of Max Steinberg, a Los Angeles native IDF soldier who was killed Sunday in Gaza, at the Crowne Palza hotel in Jerusalem.

“It’s just a huge statement about a young guy finding a place that he was so passionate about, and giving his all, putting himself on the line,” Kerry told the Steinbergs. “It’s an amazing story.” Read more »

NYS Leaders Fail to Appoint Monitor for State Ethics Commission

NYS-AssemblyDespite a legal requirement, New York State authorities have failed to appoint a monitor to oversee the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics.

When Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature created the commission three years ago, the legislation stated that by June 1, 2014, an eight-member review panel should be established to “study, review and evaluate” the activities and performance of the commission. Read more »

Bloomberg, Welcomed by Netanyahu, Says It’s Safe To Fly To Israel [Video]

bloomy el alPrime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed the former mayor of New York City, Mike Bloomberg, who came in an emergency solidarity flight in response to the FAA flight ban on Tuesday.

Bloomberg landed at Ben Gurion International Airport today at approximately 5:00 PM local time on an El Al flight, where he was greeted by Prime Minister Netanyahu as he walked down the steps. Read more »

Rivals Call Cuomo a ‘Crook’ and ‘Corrupt’ In Response To Report Of Involvement In Moreland Comiss.

CuomoA day after he took off the gloves, accusing Governor Andrew Cuomo of engaging in unethical behavior, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino called the incumbent a ‘crook’ in response to Wednesday’s NY Times report of Cuomo’s interference in the Moreland Commission.

“Governor Cuomo is in big trouble. Today’s bombshell New York Times investigative report reveals clear obstruction of justice and calculated public Read more »

NYGov – Shocking Revelation: Gov. Cuomo’s Office Hampered Commission’s Ethics Probe

cuomo-moreland-commissionAn extensive investigative report by the New York Times has offered extraordinary detail about the turmoil that afflicted the activities of the Moreland Commission, a panel that was specially appointed by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to root out corruption from the state government – and yet ultimately was the target of interference by the governor, and finally shut down by him altogether. Read more »

Filing Shows Wife Of Successor To Fired Westchester County Jewish Employee Donated to Astorino’s Campaign

rob astorino govA story long forgotten about a Jewish employee at the office of the Weschester County Executive fired days before the holiday of Passover, seems to have been more of a planned mission on behalf of Executive Rob Astorino.

Bruce Berger, former executive director of Westchester’s Solid Waste Commission, charged that he was fired on April 10, 2014, by Astorino moments before the start of the Jewish holiday “solely for reasons of political cronyism.” Read more »

Hagel Urges Congress To Approve Israel’s Request of Add. $225M For Iron Dome

Hagel FlagIsrael has requested an additional $225 million in funding for the production of Iron Dome batteries, in light of the wide-scale use of the system during Operation Protective Edge.

In a letter to the leaders of both houses of Congress on Wednesday, U. S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote that the Department of Defense “has reviewed and supports this urgent request.” Read more »

Lawyer: Nazi War Suspect Dies Day Before Extradition To German OK’d

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(AP). An 89-year-old Nazi war crimes suspect has died, the night before a judge ruled that he should be extradited to Germany to face trial, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Johann Breyer died Tuesday night at a Philadelphia hospital, attorney Dennis Boyle said Wednesday, the same day that U.S. Magistrate Timothy Rice approved the extradition request. The ruling would still have been subject to a final U.S. government review. Read more »

UN Rights Chief Warns of Possible Gaza War Crimes

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(AP). The U.N.’s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday that of the more than 600 Palestinian deaths in the Gaza Strip reviewed by the global body, three-quarters were civilians. At least 147 were children and 74 women, she said. Read more »

Ancient Bible Focus of Lawsuit Between Contentious Jewish Families

bibleA copy of the Bible that is said to be “ancient” has become the focus of a heated dispute between two Jewish families that has led to a $60 million lawsuit, The Daily news reports. The heirs of a Brooklyn man who apparently passed the sacred tome on to them have filed the legal suit against a Florida couple who claim to have found the priceless heirloom in a suitcase and are adamantly claiming the right to keep it. Read more »

Canceled Flights Force American Jewish Youth to Remain in Israel

ben-gurion-airportFocusing on one of the related unfortunate effects of the ongoing military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, the New York Times has reported about those who have been negatively impacted by the unprecedented cancellation of major airline flights from the United States and Europe into the Jewish state due to the prevalent danger of incoming rockets. Read more »

Poll: Most Americans Favor US Cutting Aid Toi Israel, Palestinians To Force Cease-fire

bibi netanyahu john kerryMost U.S. voters oppose more direct U.S. involvement to end the war between Israel and Hamas in Gaza but favor cutting some or all U.S. funding to the two sides to force a peace (or rather a cease-fire) settlement, according to a new Rasmussen Reports poll, published Wednesday.

The poll shows that just 30% of likely U.S. Voters believe the United States should get more directly involved if the violence continues between Israel and Hamas, while  57% say the United States should leave the two sides solve the situation on their own. This includes 38% of Republicans, 23% of Democrats and 30% of Independent voters. Read more »

Former Met Council Head, William Rapfogal Sentenced To 3 1/2 Years In Jail

willie rapfogelThe longtime executive director the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty in New York was sentenced on Wednesday to three and a half years in prison for stealing more than $1 million from the organization.

The sentence is part of a plea deal, in which Rapfogal was promised a 3 1/2 year prison term on the condition that he pay back the $3 million he personally netted – which he did. Read more »

Ukraine MPs Break Out Into Fight Following Vote To Call Up Additional Border Troops [Video]

ukraine parliamentA physical fight broke out in the Ukrainian parliament after a presidential decree was approved to call up more reserves to defend the country against the growing numbers of Russian troops on the country’s eastern border.

Following the decision, footage shows politicians from Ukraine’s nationalist parties and members of the Party of Regions, formerly run by pro-Russian president Viktor Yanukovich, pushing and shoving one another in disagreement over the decree, according to The Independent. Read more »

El Al Fares Jump 33% Amid Mass Flight Cancellations

ben gurion airportEl Al spiked prices on Wednesday by as much as 33 percent in reaction to the cancellation of all foreign flights in or out of Israel, Israeli financial Globes website reported.

Globes cited a report written by ISSTA Lines which indicated “vast hikes, of hundreds of dollars, between airfares yesterday, before the wave of cancellations, and this morning.” Read more »

Senate Dems Add $225M For Iron Dome In Obama’s Spending Bill

iron domeU.S. Senate Democrats included $225 million for Israel’s Iron Dome rocket interception system in an emergency funding bill on Tuesday. The bill also cut $1 billion from President Barack Obama’s request for $3.7 billion to deal with thousands of undocumented child immigrants.

“Israel is an essential American ally and needs these assets to defend itself,” Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chairwoman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said in a statement. Read more »

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