NYPD Investigating Swastika Inscribed On Wall Of Borough Park Shul As Hate Crime

20140921-230321.jpgThe NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating an alleged bias incident, in which a swastika was discovered inscribed on the wall of a synagogue in Borough Park, sources told JP.

Borough Park Shomrim Patrol responded to a call on Sunday evening at around 7:00p.m. of a reported swastika inside Yoka Shul, located at 1243 55th street in Brooklyn, NY. The coordinator who arrived at the scene immediately alerted the NYPD.

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Rep. King: We Can’t Wait for Other Countries to Join US in Fighting ISIS

Peter KingWith Congress giving president Obama bipartisan support to fight ISIS by arming and training the Syrian rebels, some members of Congress are still reluctant in the current plan in defeating the terrorist group.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-NY) stated his opinion that the United States needs to get the support of regional allies, saying that it’s “very important.” Read more »







Israeli President Rivlin Will Inaugurate Jewish Museum in Poland in First Trip Abroad

Israeli president rubi RivlinIsrael’s President Reuven Rivlin has been invited to visit Poland by his Polish counterpart, President   Bronislaw Komorowski, adding that he’s offering up  a presidential plane to carry Rivlin and his delegation.

During the trip, President Rivlin, who recently replaced Shimon Peres, will inaugurate the Museum of History of Polish Jews on October 28th. Read more »

US Secretary of State Kerry Meets Iran’s Zarif



(AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from talks Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif, saying Washington was intent on advancing negotiations focused on reducing Iran’s atomic activities in exchange for an end to nuclear-related sanctions.

The talks have been stalled for months over Iran’s opposition to sharply reducing the size and output of centrifuges that can enrich uranium both to levels needed for reactor fuel or the core of nuclear warheads. Iran says its enrichment program is only for peaceful purposes, but Washington fears it could be used to make a bomb. Iran says any deal must put an end to the sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. Read more »







Miami Dade Police Closing In On Suspects In Murder Of Rabbi Raksin HY”D

Courtesy of Crown Heights Info

Courtesy of Crown Heights Info

Miami Dade Police detectives believe they have identified “some of the people involved” in Rabbi Joseph Raksin’s murder last month, but asserting it was not a hate crime, local CBS affiliate reported.

“We’re trying to build a case,” Miami-Dade Police Director JD Patterson told CBS4 News on Sunday. “We do think we have some sense of some of the people involved, I’ll just put it that way. But we still have to build a case before we can actually formally charge anybody. And we won’t do that in isolation, we’ll do that in cooperation [with the State Attorney’s Office].” Read more »

Melissa Rivers Received Condolence Letter from Obama After Joan’s Death



Speaking out publicly for the first time since her mother’s passing, Melissa Rivers appeared on the show her mother was most known for, Fashion Police.

In a special tribute episode for Joan Rivers that aired on Friday, the late comedian’s daughter revealed that despite Joan’s constant comedy some of them aimed at the president and the first lady, Obama has written a condolence letter to the Rivers family. Read more »







Perry: Joan Rivers’ Death – Reason for Tough Regulations at Medical Facilities

rick_perryExplaining his backing of the tough regulations that requires abortion clinics to meet hospital-level operating standards in Texas, Governor Rick Perry invoked Joan Rivers’ unexpected death. Perry’s signed law was partly blocked by a federal judge. Had the law passed as is, only seven facilities would remain in Texas — down from more than 40 in 2012.

“It was interesting that Joan Rivers and the procedure that she had done, where she died, that was a clinic,” Perry said. “It’s a curious thought, that if they had that type of regulations in place whether or not that individual would be still alive.” Read more »

Turkey’s President Erdogan Will Meet With Jewish Leaders in NY



With the 69th United Nations annual General Assembly session kicking off, officials from many countries are set to participate in this years meetings which will take place in New York City between September 22 and October 1.

Turkey’s newly elected President Recap Erdogan is stated to appear and will meet with Jewish leaders during his time in New York. Read more »

Israeli Who Joined Pro-Russian Separatist Fighters in Ukraine Released

An Israeli citizen who traveled to the Ukraine to fight alongside the region’s pro-Russian separatist rebels, and was subsequently captured, was released on Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange deal in Donetsk.

Thirty-nine year-old Pavel Vetko was set free as part of an agreement in which 38 separatist militants were released in exchange for 35 Ukrainian government soldiers. Vatko is said to be a resident of Rehovot, and is married with one child, according to Ynet. He also has relatives who reside in Petah Tikva.

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Poll: Likud Supporters, Majority of Israelis Favor Two-State Agreement

MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICSA majority of Israeli voters who supported Likud Beytenu feel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should launch a diplomatic initiative that would ultimately produce a Palestinian state alongside Israel, a new poll commissioned by the Geneva Initiative has revealed.

The survey learned that 53 percent of Israelis who cast their votes for the ruling party, as well as a majority of the general public (58 percent), believe that the government should engage in a renewed effort to reach a settlement with the Palestinians in the aftermath of the summer-long military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

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Reports: Arrested Islamist Fighters Were Targeting European Commission in Brussels

brussels shooterReports on Saturday disclosed that the European Commission was one of a number of possible targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, as authorities in Belgium reinforced their efforts to prevent terrorist attacks in their country.

According to a Dutch media outlet, at least two people from the group that was arrested in the Belgian operations came from The Hague. Belgian police reportedly discovered guns and bulletproof vests in the suspects’ possession, while Dutch police found jihadist literature. Read more »

Jewish 99-Year-Old Astounds With Resurgent Film & TV Acting Career

At the rather advanced age of 99, Max Bendich is having an unexpected resurgence as an actor, making a cameo appearance with Stephen Baldwin in the upcoming film “Tapestry,” and getting acting roles on television – including two cable series – and commercials.

“I don’t know the first thing about show business, but they say I’m a natural,” the feisty senior citizen told the Daily News in an interview conducted at Jewish Home Lifecare’s Kittay House, an independent senior residence in Kingsbridge, where he now resides. The World War II veteran, who worked as a laundryman in Mott Haven during his younger years, originally got into acting when he served as an extra on “Cagney and Lacey,” a 1980s police drama on which his son Alan was an associate producer.

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UK Labour Party Suspends Anti-Israel Candidate Over Hateful Tweets

Courtesty of the Daily Mirror

Courtesty of the Daily Mirror

The British Labor Party has suspended a candidate who questioned why the ISIS had not attacked “the real oppressors, Israel.”

Vicki Kirby, 34, who was chosen earlier this month as the Labor candidate in the Woking constituency, on the southwestern edge of London, slammed Israel with a series of tweets, that ultimately let to the suspension of her candidacy, The Sunday Times reported. Read more »

JP Business: Benenson Buys Former Madoff NYC Penthouse For $14.5M

bernie-madoff-Infamous convicted mass swindler Bernard Madoff’s Upper East Side penthouse apartment, where he resided while under house arrest before before he was sent to a federal maximum security prison, has been sold for $14.5 million. The upscale penthouse’s new owner is Lawrence Benenson, whose family operates Benenson Capital Partners.

The penthouse was seized by the federal government, together with all of Madoff’s other assets, and sold in 2010. However, a fire on the premises shortly after its new owners moved in prompted them to leave and re-list the residence.

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NYPD’s 101st Precinct Honors Far Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol at Annual Medal Day Event

IMG_0624The New York Police Department’s 101st Precinct, which encompasses the Jewish community of Far Rockaway, honored the Rockaway Citizens Safety Patrol on Thursday night at the precinct’s Medal Day event.

On an annual basis, each police precinct confers a medal honoring the finest officers of the year. This year the NYPD decided to honor the Far Rockaway Shomrim, for the group’s outstanding assistance to the local police on a daily basis. Read more »

Un Head: War On ISIS Will Be Theme Of UN General Assembly



(AP). A brutal terrorist organization that calls itself a state but lacks recognition from any government will take center stage when more than 140 heads of state and government convene for the annual ministerial meeting of the U.N. General Assembly this week.

The head of the so-called Islamic State, a man called Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has not been invited. But the danger posed by his jihadi army will be the overriding theme for an international community horrified by its atrocities in Iraq and Syria, along with a growing concern about random beheadings or larger terror attacks at home inspired by militants abroad. Read more »

Quartet Envoy Tony Blair: Obama Doing Right In Dealing With ISIS

tony blair radical islamFormer British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Sunday he agrees with President Barack Obama’s strategy is dealing with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

“The president is absolutely right to take on [ISIL] and to build the broadest possible coalition. He and Secretary [of State John] Kerry have put together about 50 countries now in this coalition,” Blair said on CNN’ s “State of the Union” program. “We’ve got absolutely no choice but to do this and not just in order to destroy the onward march of [ISIL] but to send a very strong signal to the other terrorist groups operating in the region. We intend to take action and see it though.” Read more »

South Africa Prez: ‘We Are Committed to Fighting Anti-Semitism’

The president of South Africa declared late last week that his government is committed to fighting anti-Semitism. Jacob Zuma’s comments came during a meeting with the leadership of the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) on Thursday night.

The purpose of the meeting was to address the rise in anti-Semitism in South Africa as a result of this summer’s sustained military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza.

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‘Hipster Hitler’ Comic Book Sparks Jewish Outrage

hipsterhitler.com_Jewish activists are strongly condemning a satirical comic book strip called “Hipster Hitler” for its portrayal of the Holocaust-perpetrating Nazi leader as a trendy geek. The outraged activists have pledged to purchase and shred all copies of the book, which they call anti-Semitic and “sick.”

Currently being sold worldwide on Amazon, the comic strip outlines the life of a ‘trendy Hitler’, playing the Pac-Man video game and riding a bicycle with a basket on the handlebars. Read more »

British MPs to Vote on Establishment of Palestinian State

cameron parliamentMembers of the British Parliament will have an unprecedented opportunity to cast a vote regarding the establishment of a Palestinian state when the United Kingdom’s House of Commons gets back in session after its current party conference break concludes on October 13.

A group of MPs from the entire spectrum of major political parties, led by Labor’s Grahame Morris, have arranged for a debate under a relatively new procedure for an entire day’s debate in the Commons chamber.

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Coney Island JCC Gets $500K In FEMA Funding For Sandy Damages

coney island jccThe Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island was awarded additional funding that amounts to almost $500,000 in federal funding to repair damages that occurred during Superstorm Sandy.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) originally allocated $1,860 to the council for the devastation its buildings received during Hurricane Sandy in 2012. The damage to the council’s two facilities were estimated at $1.5 million. Read more »

Right and Left Criticize Finance Minister Lapid For Calling 90-Second Presser On Shabbos

Lapid Election DayBacklash against Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s desecration of Shabbos included MKs from religious parties in the coalition and opposition to the left-wing Meretz Party.

The Knesset Members all criticized Lapid for holding a press conference about non-urgent budget-related matter on Saturday afternoon. Zehava Gal-on, chairwoman of Meretz, said the finance minister’s decision was “a demonstration of insensitivity.” Read more »

French Prime Minister Reassures Jewish Leaders: Fighting Antisemitism Is ‘A National Cause’

Valls_Toulouse_2012French Prime Minister Manuel Valls assured more than a thousand representatives of the French Jewish community that the fight against anti-Semitism is a national cause.

“The fight against racism and anti-Semitism is a great national cause,’’ Valls declared at a ceremony held Thursday at the Great Synagogue of rue de la Victoire in Paris, according to the Europen Jewish Press. “When you’re French, you defend this cause, you are mobilized and you go out in the street,’’ he said.

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Israel/Hamas Talks Over Permanent Cease-Fire deal To Kick Off On Tuesday



(AP). A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.

Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Palestinian radio Sunday that talks will be held Tuesday in Cairo. Read more »

Stamford Hill, London – Segregation Sign Ahead of Hachnosas Sefer Torah Causes Uproar

Courtesy of The Hackney Gazette

Courtesy of The Hackney Gazette

The Hackney Council has removed posters in Stamford Hill advising segregation of men and women while walking on the street, after residents complained to the Hackney Council, local media reported.

The posters, in Yiddish and English, read: “Women should please walk along this side of the road only.” Read more »

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