Israel Wants More Christians to Join Military Service

IDF - Israel Defense ForcesIsrael is reaching out to its Christian Arab citizens and encouraging them to enlist and join the Israeli military service. Currently there are some 160,000 Christian Arabs living in Israel, roughly around two percent of the eight million people living in Israel and about 100 are enlisted in the military, but that number is expected to rise, a senior military officer told Reuters.

“We intend to appeal to the Christian population of conscription age (17 and 18) and will send them call-up notices to volunteer for service,” Lieutenant-Colonel Amir Hai told reporters in a telephone briefing on Tuesday. Read more »

Proceeds of Manhattan Skyscraper Linked to Iran to Benefit Terror Victims

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The U.S. government has agreed to distribute the proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed last week, Israel Hayom reported.

The settlement between the Justice Department and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the building and Iran. Read more »







Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D-IL) Campaign Wonders if ‘Black Republicans Are Like Jewish-Nazis’

Gov. Pat QuinnReaders of the Chicago Sun Times were shocked last week when they found an article that compared black supporters of Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their fellow Jews.

“As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit,” Neil Steinberg wrote in his column, which claimed that Rauner is buying off the black community and its leaders. “It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.” Read more »

Palestinian Official Criticized for Calling Jewish Blood ‘Precious’

Baruch Mizrachi - Victim of the attack

Baruch Mizrachi

In response to a shooting attack that killed an Israeli Jewish policeman and wounded his wife and son last week, Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Al Habbash said that Palestinians “reject all forms of violence, whether they be directed against Israelis or Palestinians. Palestinians blood is like Israel blood. It is human blood and precious and no one wants anyone killed.”

The Jewish policeman Baruch Mizrachi, his wife, and 9-year-old son were driving in an area on the outskirts of Hebron on the way to a Passover seder. He was killed. His wife and son were wounded. Read more »







State Dept. Unable to Name A Single Hillary Achievement

On Tuesday, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked the State Dept.’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki to “identify one tangible achievement” from a key project executed under Clinton’s leadership – the first audit of the State Department.

“I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one,” Psaki responded. Read more »

Williamsburg Shomrim: ‘Not All’ Gang Defendants Are Associated With Organization

The following is a statement by Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol, following the indictment of five Hasidic men from Williamsburg for their participation in the brutal gang assault of Taj Patterson, a 23-year-old Fort Greene resident on December 1, 2013.

Two of the defendants are associated with the Williamsburg Shomrim Safety.

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Lapid: Palestinian Leadership Violated Israel’s Trust By Negotiating Deal With Hamas

14627_i_yair-lapidYesh Atid leader and Israel’s Finance Minister, Yair Lapid accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday of tricking Israel and the United States by negotiating a unity agreement with Hamas at the same time. Lapid said that the move Hamas is “a game-changer” and that Abbas had violated Israel’s trust by reaching the agreement with Hamas.

“We transferred some of the most vicious killers to the Palestinian Authority, only to find that they have this agreement or they were working on this agreement with Hamas without telling anybody,” Lapid told members of the European Jewish Congress executive Wednesday night. Read more »

Israeli-American Journalist Captured By Pro-Russian Militants in Ukraine

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(JNS). The Israeli embassy in Kiev is communicating with Ukrainian authorities in the eastern city of Slovyansk regarding an American-Israeli journalist being held by pro-Russia separatists. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for global news channel Vice News, holds dual Israeli-American citizenship and was abducted Tuesday, according to Ukrainian media reports. Read more »

NYPD Looking For Suspect In Arson Attack On 24-Hr Mini Mart In Boro Park [Video]

arson attack boro parkThe NYPD is asking the public to help them identify a Hispanic male who throw a cocktail into a 24-hour mini mart located at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.

According to the NYPD’s 66th precinct detectives, on Wednesday, April 23, at approximately 12:55a.m., an unknown Hispanic male walked into the mini-mart and started an argument with the clerk. After a short argument, he walked out. He later returned at 1:55 a.m. and threw a molotov cocktail into the store.The firebomb set the mini-mart on fire. Read more »

NYGov – Perry, Cuomo And Astorino Eye New York Businesses In Pitch Over Jobs

rick_perryTexas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders about the State he has held for 14 years. But in the process, he was proud to get in between Governor Cuomo and Rob Astorino over the state of New York’s economic policies, and tout his accomplishments ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” Mr. Perry told reporters after a lunch with business owners in the City.

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Brooklyn Boro Prez Adams, Toronto Mayor Ford Buddy It Out Over Music/Sports

rob-ford-1200Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are playing it all out in defending their respected City, but no crack or alcohol is involved.

Mr. Adams first brought up the idea of a playoff bet in a statement Saturday night responding to Raptors General Manager Masai Ujuri shouting an inappropriate word about Brooklyn at a rally Saturday. Read more »

Jeb Bush Confesses: ‘Thinking’ About Running For President

After trying to run around the bushes, Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush admitted Wednesday that he’s considering a presidential run in 2016.

Speaking to a crowd of about 200 people at a Catholic Charities fundraiser in New York, Mr. Bush said that he is “thinking about running for president,” according to an attendee.

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Brooklyn DA Announces Indictment Of 5 Hasidim Involved In Gang Attack On Black Student

Brooklyn, NY. Kings County District Attorney Ken Thompson announced Wednesday afternoon the indictment of five Hasidic men from Williamsburg for their participation in the brutal gang assault of Taj Patterson, a 23-year-old Fort Greene resident on December 1, 2013. The defendants, who are associated with the Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol Unit face multiple charges and could end up serving 25 years in jail if found guilty.

The District Attorney said that a Kings County grand jury has indicted the following defendants: Pinchas Braver, 19; Joseph Freid, 25; Mayer Herskovic, 21; Aharon Hollander, 28; and Abraham Winkler, 39, for acting in concert to commit Gang Assault in the First Degree, and other related charges. If convicted, the defendants each face up to 25 years in prison.

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NYPD Twitter Campaign Goes Sour; PC Bratton Says ‘Tweet Us, Good or Bad’

bill brattonA social media campaign by the NYPD – an attempt to ease relations with the various communities – went sour on Tuesday. The NYPD Twitter account (@NYPDNews) encouraged people to share photographs of themselves with local police officers, saying some of the photographs “may be featured on our Facebook [page].”

But the unusual request prompted many tweeps tweeting images of contentious and sometimes violent interactions with officers.

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State Department: Nobody Should Expect Israel To Talk With PA-Hamas Gov’t

abbas ramallahState Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki warned Wednesday afternoon that the Palestinian Authority’s move to lock arms with Hamas could demolish the peace talks as well as the United States administration’s relationship with the PA.

“A great deal of effort has gone into building Palestinian institutions by Palestinians as well as the international community, and it would certainly not be in the interests of the Palestinian people for all of that to be lost,” Psaki told reporters. Read more »

Cuba – Alan Gross Pledges To Return Home This Year ‘Dead or Alive’

Imprisoned Jewish contractor, Alan Gross is vowing to return home within the year “dead or alive,” his attorney said on Wednesday.

“He will return to the United States before his 66th birthday, dead or alive,” Gilbert said on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports” after meeting with Gross and Cuban officials. “He does not intend to endure another year of this solitary confinement.”
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Mayor de Blasio, Gov. Cuomo Announce Sandy Property Tax Relief Legistlation

Appearing at a joint event in Albany on Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio and Governor Andrew Cuomo announced state legislation that would provide vital property tax relief to New York City homeowners who rebuilt or repaired their homes after Hurricane Sandy and who are facing a large increase in their property tax bills in City Fiscal Year (CFY) 2015.

The legislation, which has broad bipartisan support, would lower a homeowner’s property tax liability for CFY 2015 to the pre-storm, CFY 2013 amount.

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Rick Perry Challenges Gov. Cuomo To Debate Tax/Economics Policies

rick_perryTexas Gov. Rick Perry is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to a debate on economic policy. Perry, who’s in New York meeting with business leaders until Thursday, issued the challenge on Albany’s Talk 1300 news radio.

“I think that would be a, not only interesting and fun, but a thoughtful way for us as a country to have a discussion between two of the major states in America, talking about which one of these policies are actually better for our people,” Perry said. Read more »

Israel Cancels Negotiating Team Meeting Following Fatah-Hamas Unity Deal

Israel cancelled a planned meeting Wednesday night with Palestinian officials over extending the negotiations in an apparent response to the earlier announcement of a Fatah-Hamas reconciliation, the PMO announced.

The decision to cancel Wednesday’s meeting came after a consultation meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office discussing Israel’s response and measure to be taken following the Hamas-Fatah move.

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NYC Comptroller Report: Rent Is Too Damn High; Skyrocketing in Brooklyn

scott stringerThe rent is too damn high. As a matter of fact, 75% higher than what it was in 2000, according to a report released by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Median rents across the five boroughs skyrocketed 75 percent from $630 per month 2000 to $1,100 per month 2012, even as median real income declined by 4.8 percent over the same time period, the report found. Read more »

UPDATED II: Williamsburg – Five Men Arrested in Regards to Assault On Black Student

Brooklyn, NY – Five Hasidic Jewish men were picked up for questioning by NYPD hate crime detectives in regards to the beat-down of a black man in Williamsburg, law enforcement sources said.

According to sources in the NYPD charges have been filed against four of the suspects, the following are the names of the four suspects who have been charged: Aba Winkler, Joseph Fried, Mayer Hershkowitz and Aron Hollander. The suspects are to be charged with gang assault not as a hate crime.

The suspects, 4 of them in their 20′s and one of them around 40, were picked up about 5:30 am Wednesday morning soon after the conclusion of the 8-day Passover holiday. Read more »

Tony Blair: Solving The Israeli/Palestinian Conflict Will Heal ME From Radical Islam

tony blair radical islamFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair called Wednesday for Western nations to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the fight against radical Islam. “Whatever our differences”, we must work together to fight Islamism – the biggest threat to world peace,” he said.

“The threat of this radical Islam is not abating. It is growing. It is spreading across the world,” he said. “It is destabilizing communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence in an era of globalization. And in the face of this threat we seem curiously reluctant to acknowledge it and powerless to counter it effectively.” Read more »

Abbas Agrees To Speak Out Against Anti-Semitism On Holocaust Remembrance Day

20140423-013616.jpgAmidst increasing tensions between Israel and the Palestinian Authority over stalled peace negotiations, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met on Sunday with Rabbi Marc Schneier, President of the New York based Foundation for Ethnic Understanding (FFEU).

In the meeting, Rabbi Schneier urged the PA President to be more vocal in his support for expanding global relations between the Muslim and Jewish communities.

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Willie Rapfogel Pleads Guilty In Million Dollars’ Met Council Scheme

willie rapfogelFormer Met Council head, Willaim Rapfogel, 59, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning in New York County Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the first degree (a class B felony), money laundering in the second degree (a class C felony), criminal tax fraud in the third degree (a class D felony) and offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree (a class E felony), NYS AG Eric Schneiderman and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced. Read more »

Hamas. Fatah Announce Unity Deal In Gaza

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Fatah and Hamas representatives announced an historic unity deal on Wednesday to bring to an end to more than seven years of political division between the main Palestinian political parties, Ma’an News Agency reported.

Gaza Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh announced the end of years of Palestinian political division in a press conference in Gaza City, saying that the Hamas and PLO delegations had worked as “one team” throughout the reconciliation dialogue and had stressed the necessity of achieving results in this round of dialogue. Read more »

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