At Community Forum, Yeshivas, Religious Schools Voice Frustration Over Pre-K Program

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pre k meetingRepresentatives of more than 30 New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivas apparently voiced their frustration over the City’s universal pre-K program, during a community forum sponsored by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS this week.

Participating schools represented a wide cross-section of the city’s Jewish schools, including Solomon Schechters, modern Orthodox schools and yeshivas. Sitting aside OU-Advocacy Teach NYS leaders were Council Members David Greenfield and Mark Levine. Read more »

Mayor De Blasio, PC Bratton Hail Chief Banks’ Service Amid Surprise Departure

department_coNYC Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday hailed the service of NYPD chief Philip Banks, after it was reported that Banks resigned from the department following a dispute with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton.

According to Police sources, chief Banks had some serious disputes over his promotion to Deputy Commissioner post, requesting additional powers. The dispute led chief Banks to walk out of the meeting and announce his sudden departure from the NYPD.

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EXCLUSIVE: Both Satmar Factions Endorse AG Eric Schneiderman For Reelection

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For the second time in this election cycle, the two rival factions of the Satmar Hasidic community have united in an unprecedented manner to endorse a candidate for Statewide office. On Friday, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman received the united backing of both Satmar factions in Williamsburg and Kiryas Joel, JP has learned.

“Our community will show strong support for Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on Election Day,” Rabbi David Niederman, representing the Zalis Satmar community, told JP. Read more »

Poll: 53% Of Israelis Think Obama Administration Favors Palestinians Over Israel

Obama... Oy Vey!A significant majority of Israelis think that President Barack Obama’s administration is biased against Israel, compared to only 16 percent who believe that the administration is more pro-Israel than pro-Palestinian, a new Smith Research poll, conducted for The Jerusalem Post, showed.

The poll was taken following a report in The Atlantic in which senior administration officials close to Obama were quoted criticizing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calling him “chickens**t.” Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Euronaval Conference, Israel Presents Maritime Version Of ‘Iron Dome’

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(AP). Israel’s “Iron Dome” is heading to the seas, the maker of the rocket-blocking defense system says.

State-owned defense contractor Rafael wants to leverage the system’s much-vaunted success in protecting Israeli civilians in this summer’s Gaza war, hoping to draw navies as buyers for a new maritime version seen as especially useful in protecting national economic resources at sea like oil and gas platforms. Read more »

Clashes Erupt in East Jerusalem, West Bank After Friday Prayers And Hamas March

jerusalem_sightseeingClashes broke out between Palestinians and Israeli security forces following Friday prayers, after the Temple Mount reopened with a heavy police presence and tight age restrictions, Ynet reports.

At the Qalandia crossing between the West Bank and Jerusalem, clashes erupted following a march organized by Hamas. According to Palestinian reports, several youths were wounded as riot police used tear gas to disperse dozens of rock-throwing Palestinians. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Essay: Hundreds Attend GOTV Rally For Dov Hikind in Borough Park

IMG_2834On Thursday night, Assemblyman Dov Hikind rallied hundreds of supporters in Borough Park, in an effort to win his reelection bid next Tuesday, amid a challenge by Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller.

Mr. Hikind, a 32-year incumbent, touted the programs he managed to get approved that benefited the community. He also promised to get the Education Investment Tax Credit bill passed in the 2015 legislative year, not before endorsing a Republican controlled State Senate.

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R’ Nachman Caller to Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Promise To Serve As A Committee Member If Elected

dov_hikind_ap_imgOn Thursday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for the State Assembly demanded that Assemblyman Dov Hikind publicly commits himself to serve as a committee member in the State Assembly, if reelected on Tuesday.

In a statement on Thursday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind shamelessly claimed that a representative elected by voters in the district would be ineffective in Albany. He, however, did not disclose that he has not served as a member of a single committee since elected 3 decades ago. Not to mention him not showing up 47% of the time during the legislative session and voting to increase taxes 539 times. Read more »

BREAKING: NYPD Chief Banks Is Stepping Down: Sources

department_coNYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks who was supposed to be promoted on Monday to first deputy commissioner has abruptly resigned, law enforcement sources told JP.

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Hillary Clinton Praises Possible Primary Rival Martin O’Malley

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(AP). When it comes to potential Democratic primary rivals, Hillary Rodham Clinton is displaying a light touch.

Heading into Tuesday’s midterm elections, Clinton has crossed paths with two possible presidential competitors in the past week: Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. By all accounts, the back-and-forth of a debate stage remains a long way off. Read more »

Op-Ed By Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz: Don’t Be Fooled by Claims of ‘Anti-Zionism’

IMG_1207(By NY Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz). This week an anonymous U.S. official used a vulgar and disrespectful term to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Even though the White House distanced itself from this utterance (which I won’t repeat here) and re-emphasized the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, the damage was already done.

In a world where anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise and relations between the Obama Administration and Israel are perceived as being not quite as unshakable as during previous administrations, a misstep of this nature cannot be written off as merely salty. Read more »

Hezbollah Operative Held in Peru Over Suspected Planning of Terror Attack

nasrallah&ahmedinijad(JNS). A Hezbollah operative was arrested in Peru earlier this week over suspicion that he was planning a terror attack.

According to the Peruvian Interior Ministry, Lebanese citizen Mohammed Hamden was in possession of explosives and other materials when he was arrested. Police found traces of TNT, detonators, and other explosive devices in his apartment, Haaretz reported. Read more »

Latvian Musical on Nazi Collaborator Stirs Anger

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(AP). A famous Latvian aviator who joined a Nazi killing squad during World War II is being brought to life in a musical that has outraged Jews in the Baltic country and beyond.

Critics say the show, touring theaters across Latvia until February, is an attempt to whitewash the legacy of Herbert Cukurs, who was assassinated by Israeli agents in South America for his role in the Holocaust. Read more »

Haaretz Facing Criticism for Cartoon Likening Netanyahu to Terrorist

Haaretz cartoonThe far-left Israeli news organization Haaretz published a cartoon on Thursday depicting Israel’s Prime Minister to an Al-Qaeda terrorist piloting a plane in to the World Trade Center.

The carton tried to explain the chikensh-t comment that a senior Obama administration official made towards Netanyahu. Amos Biderman, the man behind the cartoon, explained to the Times of Israel that the cartoon showed that “Netanyahu was leading to a disaster in Israel-US relations on the scale of 9/11.” Read more »

Cruz: If GOP Elects Another Moderate Republican in 2016 Hillary Will Win

Cruz CPAC 2014A firebrand conservative Senator said that if the Republican party will elect a moderate Republican to be their nominee for the presidential election in 2016, as they did in 2008 with McCain and 2012 with Romney, the GOP will lose the White House in 2016.

In an interview with CNBC, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said that the Republican party needs to learn from history, “If Republicans run another candidate in the mold of a Bob Dole or a John McCain or a Mitt Romney, we will end up with the same result, which is millions of people will stay home on Election Day, which is what happened for all three of them.” Read more »

Felder: Hikind Is Running Unopposed; Suggests Caller’s Supporters To Move Away

simcha hikind endorsementIn what seemed to be a full fledged endorsement of Assemblyman Dov Hikind in his tough reelection bid in the 48th Assembly District, State Senator Simcha Felder on Thursday dismissed the candidacy of Republican candidate R’ Nachman Caller as illegitimate.

During an interview on the Dov Hikind 2014 campaign radio program on 620AM, Mr. Felder told the 32-year incumbent that there’s no choice in this election, thus endorsing his reelection bid. Read more »

Obama Campaigns in Maine, Avoids Spat Over Ebola

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(AP) — In a final-week burst of campaigning, President Barack Obama sought to mobilize Democratic voters Thursday in the race for governor in Maine while keeping his distance from the state’s bubbling controversy over its Ebola policies and the nurse who has defied them.

Obama was headlining a rally in Portland for Mike Michaud, a six-term congressman who is running to unseat Republican Gov. Paul LePage in a neck-and-neck race. Independent candidate Eliot Cutler is running a distant third. Read more »

Outremont Residents Debate Accommodations for Jewish Sukkoths During Holiday

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Residents from the wealthy neighborhood Outremont in Montreal, Canada are debating on time restrictions as to how long temporary Sukkoths — built during the Jewish holiday of Sukkoth — should be allowed to be built on properties. Outremont is home to a large Hasidic community.

Current zoning restrictions limit temporary buildings to 15 days. The Sukkoth holiday takes course during a span of 9 days — and sometimes 10, if the last day is followed by Shabbos — which leaves just 2-3 days before the holiday to construct the hut and another 2-3 days after, to remove it. Read more »

Kerry: Reported Comment Toward Netanyahu is ‘Disgraceful and Damaging’

Kerry Bibi NetanyahuSecretary of State John Kerry said that the profane language used by a senior Obama administration official to describe Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is ‘disgraceful and damaging.’

Speaking at the annual Washington Ideas Forum, Kerry said that “We condemn anybody who uses language such as was used in this article.” Read more »

Cuomo Leads Astorino Nearly Two to One in New Poll

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A majority of New Yorkers agree with Gov. Cuomo on his handling with the deadly Ebola virus, and his 21-day quarantine for any individual that may have had contact with an Ebola patient, a new poll shows.

A WSJ/NBC New York poll shows that 82 percent of New Yorkers support the 21-day quarantine, even if the person that has come in contact with the virus doesn’t show any symptoms, while 15 percent oppose the policy. Read more »

First Presidential Debate Set for Republicans

GOP debate 2012 CNN(AP) — The 2014 midterm elections are days away, but preparation are already underway for the first debate of the 2016 presidential primary contest.

The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation announced on Thursday that it will invite GOP presidential candidates to attend a televised debate at California’s Reagan Library in September 2015. Read more »

England: Jewish Actress Rips Miliband For Anti-Israel Moves, Renounces Lifelong Support For Labour

Maureen LipmanBritish actress and comedienne Maureen Lipman announced on Thursday that she will not be voting for Labour in the next election, as she has traditionally done. “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse,” the star wrote, “just when the anti-Semitism in France, Denmark, Norway, Hungary is mounting savagely, just when our cemeteries and synagogues and shops are once again under threat. Just when the virulence against a country defending itself, against 4,000 rockets and 32 tunnels inside its borders, as it has every right to do under the Geneva Convention, had been swept aside by the real pestilence of IS, in steps Mr. Miliband to demand that the government recognize the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel.”

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Canada: Prime Minister Harper to Announce New Family Benefits

Canada HarperCanadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper was set to unveil a package of measures aimed at benefiting families on Thursday. The most fundamental part of the package is expected to be an enhancement to the $2.5-billion universal child care benefit. The Canadian government is reportedly expanding the program, with the options to either double the existing amount or make the $100 per child benefit available to parents with children older than six.

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Democratic House Incumbent in Iowa Shows Strong Lead With Early Voters

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A poll released on Wednesday shows Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley maintaining a commanding lead with early voters in Iowa’s open United States Senate race, over his Republican opponent, Joni Ernst. While the poll shows the race to be a dead heat overall, Braley holds a hard-to-beat 15-point lead with those who have already voted. The poll also shows him with a 10-point lead with independent voters.

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Boiling Point in Jerusalem: Palestinian Government Urges ‘Day of Rage’ Against Israel Tomorrow

Mideast Israel PalestiniansIn an unsettling new development amidst the ever-escalating tensions emanating from the Arabs of East Jerusalem, the Palestinian government has urged its “fighters” to launch a “day of rage” against Israel on Friday that would include armed attacks in Jerusalem, a move that has brought serious worries that widespread riots could wreak havoc on the holy city.

Israeli authorities barred access to the Temple Mount and the Moslem Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem late Wednesday following the attempted assassination of a Jewish activist by a Palestinian terrorist. Israel’s call to deny entry to the Temple Mount area — the first such closure since 1967 — led the Palestinian government to call for armed resistance and accuse Israel of effectively declaring war.

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