Daily Archives: 05/30/2012

NY7 – Dem Candidates Battle Who is More Pro-Israel, in District of Anti-Zionist Satmars

NYDN Reports: In his push to represent New York’s new 7th Congressional District, Dilan said the 10-term incumbent had “the worst voting record on Israel in the New York congressional delegation,” according to one of his campaign handouts (read a pretty blurry copy below).

He bashed Velazquez as one of the few members of Congress who refused to sign a 2010 letter urging President Obama to impose sanctions on Iran to keep it from getting nuclear weapons and threatening Israel. Read more »

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DOCUMENT: Official Notice of Foreign Affairs Sub-Committee Hearing on Ostreicher Case

According to the official Jacob Ostreicher – Notice, a hearing by a House sub-committee on Foreign Affairs will be held in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building on Wednesday June 6 10:00 AM. The official subject of the hearing is “The U.S. State Department’s Inadequate Response to Human Rights Concerns in Bolivia: The Case of American Jacob Ostreicher.”

As of now only the wife and a daughter of Ostreicher in addition to a retired FBI agent working for the family, were invited to testify. However, as the document indicates and as sources close to Congressman Chris Smith say, more people will be invited to testify.

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Ralph Reed’s ‘Faith and Freedom Coalition’ Names Jeff Ballabon Chair of Jewish Outreach

Press Release: The Faith & Freedom Coalition announces the appointment of Jeff Ballabon, a media and telecommunications executive, as the chairman of Jewish outreach at Faith & Freedom Coalition.

A veteran of Bush-Cheney 2000 and 2004, referred to in the press as “the architect” of the campaigns’ national outreach in the Orthodox Jewish community, the Jewish Daily Forward named Ballabon one of the “50 Most Influential Jews in America” for his political impact.  A longtime activist in judicial nominations, he worked closely with the Bush White House on many confirmation battles, including those of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito.

In 2007, Ballabon founded the Coordinating Council on Jerusalem, an international coalition of Jewish organizations coordinating with members of the Knesset and pro-Israel Christian groups to oppose the proposed division of Jerusalem.  He is a graduate of Yale Law School, Yeshiva University and Ner Israel Rabbinical College. He and his wife Rochelle have five children.

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Ben Shapiro, William Daroff Concur with Gestetner on Poles’ Outrage to Obama

In the early morning, our Yossi Gestetner wrote an article outlining that while Obama was factually wrong with naming the Nazi killing machine as the “Polish Death Camps,” the Poles have a lot of Jewish blood on their hands.

Ben Shapiro, the Editor of the Breitbart empire tweeted this afternoon: “Obama was wrong about the “Polish death camps.” But note that the Polish population was hardly blameless with the death camps.”

BuzzFeed reports this afternoon: “Methinks the Poles doth protest too much about this ‘controversy,’” said William Daroff, Vice President for Public Policy of the Jewish Federations of North America. “Hiding behind the crimes of the Nazis does not lessen the fact that Polish anti-Semitism has hundreds of years of murderous history. Pogroms occurred before the Nazis occupied Poland, and they occurred after the Nazis were defeated.”

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Obama Says he Probably Knows About Judaism More than Any Other President

Weekly Standard Reports: In the meeting[with Jewish leaders, Obama reportedly boasted about his knowledge of Judaism, telling the leaders that he thinks he knows more "about Judaism" than all past presidents. He said he gained this knowledge of Judaism from reading.

"Obama ... stressed he probably knows about Judaism more than any other president,  because he read about it," Haaretz reports. "[He] wondered how come no one asks Speaker of  the House of Representatives John Boehner or Senate minority leader  Mitch McConnel [sic] about their support to Israel.”

Similarly, he said to the group, “I [am] not going to tell you again how I even feel about Israel, but why [are] we still talking about it?”

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GRAPH: The Auto Bailout in Context

www.GestetnerUpdates.Com via ChartGo.Com

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Ramapo, NY – Moody’s Downgrades Town by Two Levels

Town of Ramapo Board

LoHud.Com Reports: The millions of dollars in debt guaranteed by  the town to build its controversial baseball stadium continues to play a major role in its financial standing, as evidenced by Moody’s Investors Service, which cited the debt guarantee as part of its rationale to downgrade the town’s credit rating. Read more »

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Mark Zuckerberg (Jewish) Leaves (Jewish) Rome Restaurant Without Tipping

U.K. Telegraph Reports: The owners of the kosher restaurant in Rome’s Jewish Ghetto – a historic   quarter in the centre of the city – were surprised when Mr   Zuckerberg and Priscilla   Chan walked away without leaving a gratuity. Their bill came to just 32 euros after a lunch consisting of deep-fried   artichokes – a Roman Jewish speciality – fried pumpkin flowers and ravioli   stuffed with sea bass and artichokes.

Instead of wine or beer they opted for a bottle of water and a pot of tea.

Read More at the Telegraph

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Business Insider CEO’s Article Asks: ‘Why Do People Hate Jews’

After an outcry, the tittle is now changed to “What Are The Sources Of Anti-Semitism?” but the URL is still the old one. Anyway, here is the original article:

Citizens in Britain were startled recently when a religious-studies exam  featured the question, “why  do some people hate Jews?”

The question was immediately blasted as inappropriate and quickly  withdrawn. But it’s an interesting and important question. Along with many other sites, this site is occasionally visited by people  whose mission in life appears to be to express hatred of Jews. (We delete these  comments as quickly as we can, but they’re always startling in their venom,  meanness, and stupidity.) Read more »

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VP Contender Rob Portman to Meet With Israel PM

Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, will meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Thursday in Israel. An Israeli official confirmed the meeting to ABC News Tuesday. This high-profile meeting with a key foreign leader comes at time when Portman is considered to be among the top-tier candidates of potential running-mates for presumptive republican nominee Mitt Romney. - ABC News

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