Obama Kicks Off Midterm Election Campaign Appealing to Congress to Raise Minimum Wage

Via/AP

Via/AP

President Obama giving a speech on Labor Day, a day which signals a start to those vying for a win come midterm elections, appealed to Republicans in Congress to give America a raise and approve raising the minimum wage.

“America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. “I just wore her down,” he cracked.  Read more »

Pope Meets Interfaith Soccer Players Participating in March for Peace

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Via/AP

Pope Francis met on Monday with some 50 soccer players from many different faiths including Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Buddhist, prior to a game that will be played in an effort to promote peace.

“Tonight’s sporting event is a highly symbolic gesture to show that it is possible to build a culture of encounter and a world of peace, where believers of different religions — preserving their identities… can live together in harmony and reciprocal respect,” the pope said. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYPD Investigating Attack on 13-Year-Old Yeshiva Student in Boro Park

NYPD investigating attack on 13-year-oldThe New York Police Department is investigating an assault on a teenager on Monday morning in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn, sources told JP.

A 13-year-old Yeshiva student was walking along 53rd Street between 13th and 14th Avenues at around 6:30am when a male suddenly kicked him down to the ground, after which the suspect took off and fled the scene, while laughing at the injured victim. The suspect didn’t say a word or take anything from the teenager. Read more »

Turkey’s New PM Ahmet Davutoglu: We Won’t Normalize Ties With Israel Until It Lifts Gaza Blockade

Ahmet-Davutoglu Turkey PMTurkey’s new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, who just took over the title from recently elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said that he won’t normalize ties with Israel in the near future, unless Israel lifts its blockade of the Gaza Strip.

The position was published on the website of the Prime Minister as part of the 62nd government program. The program also mentioned that Turkey will continue to play a ‘unifying role’ in the Middle East. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Charged for Burglarizing Jewish Homes in Gateshead On Shabbos

Two people were charged for raiding multiple Jewish homes in Gateshead over the course of an hour and a half on a Friday night back in May.

After admitting their roles in the burglary, David Fox and Patrick Chambers both received prison sentences. Fox was sentenced with 12 months, while Chambers received 20 months in prison. Read more »

Cuomo: Hochul Will Not Lose to Wu as Lieutenant Governor

New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo dismissed increasing concerns that lieutenant governor candidate Tim Wu about may be able to pull an upset win over Cuomo running mate Kathy Hochul. “It’s not gonna happen,” Cuomo said Monday when asked what he would do if he was forcibly paired with Wu on his ticket.

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Abbas: PA Will Give Israel Responsibility For West Bank if Talks Fail

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has reportedly informed Israel that if negotiations with the United States intended to establish a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders ultimately fail, he will transfer responsibility of West Bank lands to Prime Minister Netanyahu. ”The peace process failed after 20 years,” Abbas stated, according to an exclusive report by Haaretz, “so our new strategy is that the United States and Israel agree to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital in a limited amount of time, and that both sides immediately begin determining the borders.”

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Mexico Trip Puts NJ Gov Christie Under Foreign Policy Scrutiny

Chris ChristieIn light of potential GOP presidential candidate and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s questionable grasp of foreign policy issues – as epitomized by his notably insubstantial response when queried about the best way to handle Russia’s invasion of Crimea – many observers will be closely watching his trip to Mexico this week to see how he deals with the type of responsibility that most typically tests the mettle of a president of the United States, writes Michael Barbaro in The NY Times. Read more »

Poll: Birthright Youth More Likely to Support Israel in Gaza

bibi taglitA new Brandeis University poll has revealed that previous participants in Taglit-Birthright trips to Israel were more likely to support Israel’s military actions in Gaza targeting Hamas. The survey recorded the views of 1800 youths who applied to participate in Birthright between 2011 and 2013.

In contrast to young Americans aged 18-29, twenty one percent of whom were shown by a recent Pew poll to blame Hamas for the conflict, sixty percent of Birthright participants placed equal blame on the Islamist group.  Read more »

Obama Formally Notifies Congress Of Airstrikes In Iraq

F/A18 Launches aboard USS George HW Bush

F/A18 Launches aboard USS George HW Bush

(AP). President Barack Obama has sent official notification to Congress of his order for last week’s airstrikes and humanitarian aid drops to help Iraqis threatened by Islamic State militants.

The White House on Monday released a letter formally letting Congress’ leaders know that Obama approved the mission that repelled Sunni fighters in the northern Shiite town of Amirli and dropped food, water and medical supplies for civilians. Read more »

Report: Netanyahu Cancelled Housing Plans Under International Pressure

via/ @IsraeliPM

via/ @IsraeliPM

Senior Israeli officials have revealed that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu submitted to international pressure, primarily from the United States, and cancelled a planned announcement to initiate the construction of 2,500 housing units in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

According to the officials, following the June 12 abduction and murder of three teenage yeshiva students, Netanyahu ordered that bids on 2,500 housing units should be published as a response to the murder, which was discovered to have been carried out by Hamas terrorists. Read more »

Schumer Urges Congress To Pass ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ on 13th Anniversary of 9/11

chuck schumerAhead of the 13th anniversary of the devastating 9/11 attacks, Senator Charles Schumer on Monday announced that the long-overdue ‘Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act’ (JASTA) is expected to be passed by Congress by the year’s end.

Schumer, a sponsor of the bill, said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has agreed to consider the legislation next week. The proposed legislation would allow individuals to file civil suits against foreign sponsors of terrorism, such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Read more »

Bnai Brith Canada CEO to Nominate Israel-Supporting PM Harper For Nobel Peace Prize

via Twitter/ @globeandmail

via Twitter/ @globeandmail

The leader of a prominent Canadian Jewish organization has announced that he plans to nominate Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for a Nobel Peace Prize. Harper is well-known for his unequivocal support of Israel, and his statements in that regard have at times marked him as sharply differing with other Western leaders. Bnai  Brith Canada CEO Frank Dimant lauded the Prime Minister’s approach towards major international conflicts, according to the Globe and Mail.

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Poll: Bennett Throws Bibi Off The Throne Among Right-Wing Voters

bibi bennettBibi may be king of Israel, but among the right-wing electorate, Economics Minister Naftali Bennett was officially crowned as their leader, following the Gaza operation, a new poll released Monday showed.

According to the poll conducted for the Knesset Channel, 39% of respondents called Bennett the leader of the “right-wing” in Israel. Netanyahu was for the first time pushed down to 2nd place with 28% support, while 20% picked Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as their right-wing leader of choice. Read more »

Reputed 127-Year-Old Granny Said To Have Outlived 120-year Life Cap

127 year old grannyWhile she currently does not possess a birth certificate to provide absolute documented proof, Leandra Becerra Lumbreras – and her family – maintains that she is an astounding 127 years old, an achievement that would make the woman with the colorful personal history not only the oldest person alive today, but also the oldest person to have ever lived.

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PA Says Budget For Unity Government Currently ‘Below Zero’

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Courtesy of Maan News

Palestinian Authority Social and Prisoners’ Affairs Minister Shawqi al-Ayasa said on Sunday that the unity agreement signed in June between the PA and Hamas was working within a budget that was “below zero,” a sign of profound financial difficulties in the operating of bureaucratic institutions. The budget crisis was generated by a failure among donors to forward funds as scheduled to the Palestinian Authority, which functions primarily on the basis of international monetary aid.

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Hillel The Elder’s Statement Gains New Popularity Via Retail & Activist Marketing

hillel620In an interesting turn of events that has combined contemporary marketing with classic rabbinical wisdom, the Swedish retail giant H&M and the extreme left-wing group Jewish Voice For Peace have both adopted the classic dictum of famed Mishnaic sage Hillel - “If not know, when?”  - as an identifying slogan.

The rhetorical question that appears in Ethics of Our Fathers (Pirkei Avot) has been employed by H&M as a slogan on one of its T-shirts, while the Jewish Voice for Peace is now using it as a hashtag, according to the Jewish Week.

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Netanyahu Meets With Reps Rohrabacher, Meeks In Jerusalem [Video]

netanyahu meeksPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday met with yet another bipartisan congressional delegation, which included US Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Europe, and Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY), who represents a significant Jewish population in Queens and Nassau County.

“I think the UN would do itself a great favor if instead of the automatic Israel bashing, they actually turn their attention and their investigative committees Read more »

Three Americans Detained in North Korea Call For US Help

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(AP). North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day. Read more »

Israeli Leaders Tout ‘Limmud HaTorah’ As Defensive Shield For Future of Israel

Photo by Sasson Tiram

Photo by Sasson Tiram

Israeli leaders – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin stressed on Monday that studying Torah and clinging to the Jewish heritage is key to Israel’s future as a peaceful and secured Jewish state.

As Israeli children returned to school, the Prime Minister and Education Minister Shay Piron welcomed the new school year with students in Israel’s south. Netanyahu and Piron began their visit at a new religious elementary school in Sderot, and later continued to a school at the Merhavim Regional Council. Read more »

Williamsburg – Hatzolah Member Becomes Latest Victim Of Ongiong Mass Tires’ Theft

600005802ee718e1e84c8dcefe8d8e55The plague of stealing tires from parked cars overnight, did not pass over a well known Hatzolah member in Williamsburg, JP has learned.

Last month, we reported that the NYPD  has launched an investigation to discover who has been stealing tires from vehicles in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Willamsburg. At the time, at least 11 people had the tires stolen from their vehicle, prompting the police to follow up on all leads to determine the identity of the culprit. Read more »

British Foreign Minister Hammond: UK ‘Deplores’ Israel’s Decision To Annex West Bank Land

British FM HammondThe British government said Monday that it strongly disapproved Israel’s decision on Sunday to appropriate 998 acres of land inside the West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel’s international reputation.

“The UK deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation of 988 acres of land around the settlement of Etzion,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, echoing U.S. calls to reverse the decision. Read more »

Israeli Children Return To School After A Hellish Summer In Bomb Shelters

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(AP). Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.

The start of school brought a sense of joy and excitement to rocket-scarred communities in southern Israel, but the signs of the fighting remained fresh. In the southern city of Ashdod, employees at the “Pashosh” kindergarten, which was struck by a rocket, removed shrapnel marks off the walls and slides ahead of the students’ arrival. Read more »

NYGov – Cuomo Eyeing Jewish Vote In Bid To Overcome Teachout/WU Challenge

2014-08-21 16.33.42The insurgence of Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachouut and her running mate Tim Wu is causing some headaches in the campaign offices of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

While hoping (or rather praying) Teachout doesn’t garner more than 30% on Election Day, the growing momentum in support of her running mate Tim Wu, who’s challenging Kathy Hochul for lieutenant, is raising the possibility of the rather unknown progressive candidate beating the governor’s running mate in the primaries. Read more »

Bennett: Building on Palestinian Land is The Zionist Answer To Murder of 3 Teens

Naftali Bennett - Jewish PressEconomy Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday praised Israel’s decision on Sunday to to appropriate 4,000 dunams (998 acres) from the West Bank in Gush Etzion state land, paving the way for a new building project in the disputed settlements.

“What we did yesterday was a display of Zionism,” Bennett said during a visit to the Makor Hayim yeshiva in Gush Etzion, where Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad Shaer HY”D learnt. “Building is our answer to murder.” Read more »

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