AP Via The Blaze: Once again, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) finds itself at the center of controversy over a potential anti-Israeli move the church may plan to make. The denomination, the largest Presbyterian group in the United States, is considering divesting from three companies over the Israeli military use of their products in the Palestinian territories.
The proposal before the PC(USA) has outraged many Jewish groups who sent representatives to the church’s national assembly in Pittsburgh this week to lobby against the measure. Divestment supporters say the targeted companies – Caterpillar Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co. and Motorola – are profiting from Palestinian suffering. The American Jewish Committee, a public policy group, has said the proposal demonizes Israel and threatens Christian-Jewish relations. Read more »
“The Chinese are more successful [in building infrastructure] because in their country, only three people make the decision. In our country, 3,000 people do,” LaHood said in a short interview with The Cable on the sidelines of the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival on June 30. “In a country where only three people make the decision, they can decide where to put their rail line, get the money, and do it. We don’t do it that way in America.” – FP.Com
RJC Flags this: Emails sent in 2011 by Evelyn Garcia that were made public after they were passed on this week to South Florida Democrats included the claim that “Slavery was ended, apartheid was ended and so this occupation must end.” In another email, Garcia said the Palestinians were made to suffer a “guilt trip” for the Holocaust. “I deeply resent U.S. taxpayer funds being used to continue Israeli aggression,” she said.
It was not clear to whom the emails were sent, the Palm Beach Post reported Monday. Garcia, a Haitian-American elected to the DNC in 2008, resigned the post and apologized in separate statements to the Post and to the DNC.
The NJDC mentions this JTA news: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an Independence Day message that he “appreciate(s) deeply all that America has done for Israel.”
The taped video message was played Tuesday night at the Independence Day celebration at the U.S. Ambassador’s residence in Herzliya. Netanyahu did not attend the event, due to a leg injury sustained while playing soccer with Jewish and Arab children last month. Read more »
Jewish Exponent Reports: Pennsylvania’s $27.66 billion budget, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett minutes before the deadline on June 30, includes a huge boost to an educational funding initiative championed by some Jewish groups. But in terms of funding for critical services, say advocates for the disadvantaged, the same budget, while not quite registering as the worst of times, comes pretty close. Read more »
The judge overseeing George Zimmerman‘s second bond hearing has released him on a $1 million bail. Zimmerman had previously been released from jail on a $150,000 bond, but was called back after it was discovered that he and his wife had withheld information about their finances, specifically concerning an online fund set up for his defense. – Mediaiate
The.JC Reports: The International Olympic Committee could be poised for a major turnaround on a memorial for Israeli Olympic athletes killed in Munich, the JC has learned. A source told the JC that Lord Coe, chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, had told staff at London’s City Hall that a memorial was being considered for inclusion in the opening ceremony.
The form of the memorial is unclear, and is not believed to be the minute’s silence campaigned for by Jewish leaders, an 80,000 strong petition and Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered fencing coach Andrei Spitzer. Read more »
Earlier today I posted an article that Indiana University Professor Leslie Lenkowsky blames Hasidic lifestyle in part for the poverty level among Hasidim. I wondered if people would have the guts to blame African Americasn for the problems in their communities. The Professor responded quite eloquently: Read more »
On July 14, Secretary Clinton will travel to Egypt to express the United States’ support for Egypt’s democratic transition and economic development. From July 15-16, she will meet with senior government officials, civil society, and business leaders, and inaugurate the U.S. Consulate General in Alexandria. This will be followed by a stop in Israel on July 16-17, where she will be meeting with the Israeli leadership to discuss peace efforts and a range of regional and bilateral issues of mutual concern. - Politico
Got Questions.Org tries to explain:
The “God particle” is the nickname of a subatomic particle called the Higgs boson. In layman’s terms, different subatomic particles are responsible for giving matter different properties. One of the most mysterious and important properties is mass. Some particles, like protons and neutrons, have mass. Others, like photons, do not. The Higgs boson, or “God particle,” is believed to be the particle which gives mass to matter. The “God particle” nickname grew out of the long, drawn-out struggles of physicists to find this elusive piece of the cosmic puzzle. What follows is a very brief, very simplified explanation of how the Higgs boson fits into modern physics, and how science is attempting to study it.
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[UPDATED] The overall poverty level in the United States is at about fifteen percent; meaning 15% of the Unites States population is considered poor. This number rises to above 25% for Hispanics and African Americans, and is above 40% for Ultra Orthodox (Hasidim).
Strange to me is that politicians and writers will blame Bush, Government and society for the plight of the Blacks and Hispanics, but when it comes to poverty among Hasidim, it’s the fault of the community themselves, according to many. Read more »
Barclays director Mark Gilbert is an Obama fundraiser whose daughter Dani, a DNC employee, recently raised controversy for a series of highly charged comments on her Facebook page. Gilbert and his wife Nancy have raised at least $500,000 for the Obama campaign. Mark and Nancy Gilbert have visited the White House “numerous times” during the Obama administration. Obama bundler M. Ernest Green retired from Barclays in 2009, and the president has accepted $26,800 from Barclays employees this election cycle and took $129,605 from Barclays workers in 2008. – Free Beacon
Kadima leader Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz is giving Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu until Monday, to announce his acceptance of MK Yochanan Plesner’s recommendations for a chareidi draft law or he will break away from the coalition government, MK (Kadima) Meir Sheetrit told Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) on Thursday morning. – YWN
Maggie Haberman Writes: Boston hopes to get a bounce from the VP selection, as well as a week or two of good headlines about the pick, which can help Romney ride into the August convention on a high note.
They’re hoping for the same response from his first overseas trip as the nominee, which will include a London visit in honor of the Olympics, and a visit to Israel, where he will meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as well as others across the ideological spectrum in the Jewish state. His team has not said if there will be other stops. Read more »
Politico Reports: Alec Baldwin’s flirtation with a possible run for New York mayor may not be just for show. That’s according to his little brother Billy, who said in an interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on Tuesday night that the “30 Rock” star’s on-and-off political aspirations could actually be “very real.” Read more »
Ann Romney says in an interview, “We’ve been looking at that and I love that option as well.” She tells CBS News she thinks the person selected for the No. 2 spot should be “someone that obviously can do the job but will be able to carry through with some of the other responsibilities.” – CBSDC H/T Drudge