JNO: Prominent Muslims and Islamic groups have declared their emphatic condemnation for the killing of a British soldier by two radical Islam converts. The two suspects in the case were said to have been British of Nigerian descent and raised as Christians before converting. UK Muslim leaders stressed that there could be no religious justification for such acts of violence. – See Video
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JOT Reports: Yesterday, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver in a letter to Gov. Chris Christie wrote, “For the Administration to suggest to the Legislature and the public that the manner in which these funds were allocated is not information we are entitled to have is as bewildering as it is unacceptable.” Besides transparency, what concerns these Democrats is that a yeshiva in Lakewood was awarded $10.6 million and Princeton Theological Seminary got $645,000, raising questions about separation of church and state. – See Video
DFP: U.S. Rep. John Conyers Wednesday condemned the anti-Semitic comments Minister Louis Farrakhan made at a Detroit church last week, according to the Detroit Free Press. Conyers, a Detroit Democrat, and other local black leaders, including City Council Member JoAnn Watson, were there when Farrakhan delivered the speech that included the phrases “Satanic Jews” and “Synagogue of Satan.” He also said President Barack Obama “surrounded himself with Satan . . . members of the Jewish community.
The Jewish Press Reports: The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed deep disappointment with the members of Detroit City Council and local clergy who met with and embraced the antisemitic and racist leader of the Nation of Islam, Louis Farrakhan, during his visit to the city last week.
During his visit to Detroit, Farrakhan was invited by Rev. Wendell Anthony, President of the Detroit Branch of the NAACP, to address the Fellowship Chapel on May 17. His speech, which was attended by U.S. Rep. John Conyers and Detroit City Councilmember JoAnn Watson, among other prominent city leaders, invoked hateful antisemitic canards and open racism.
Ross Barkan Reports: “Likud Jews, as I call them, they are conservative hawks on issues like Israel–Weiner was very popular with them,” Jerry Skurnik, a veteran political consultant who focuses extensively on the city’s demographics, told Politicker. “Jews are a big segment of the vote. It’s not like the old days, when they would be 40 percent in a primary, but they’re still a significant vote. The question is, does Weiner have too much baggage? The fact that he’s Jewish does help.”
Oren Yaniv reports: Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten ordered CBS to turn over all communications it had with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office about the production and promotion of its upcoming documentary “Brooklyn DA,” said Abe George, the Hynes primary challenger who filed the suit.
The judge demanded the correspondence come in by Friday morning and indicated he will subpoena two producers of the six-part primetime show that’s set to debut next week.
First the Brooklyn Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church began running ads suggesting that Jesus was “the original hipster.” Now a group of Hasidic Jews have seized upon the beards – metaphorically, anyway – of the hip, young demographic as a way of reaching out to them.
The Lubavitcher movement has released a “Unite the Beards” video built around the hopeful premise that the two groups have more in common than just facial hair. And on Tuesday night, at Chabad of North Brooklyn, the Lubavitcher outpost on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg, there was a forum, advertised on fliers up and down the boutique-lined strip, on the theme “Hasid and hipster, not as different as you think.”
Chabad via Jewish Press: Showing its gratitude for the immediate and ongoing support and assistance offered by Jewish groups and individuals from around the country, the Oklahoma House of Representatives gave a standing ovation Thursday to Rabbi Ovadia Goldman, co-director of The Chabad Community Center of Southern Oklahoma, and New York State Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder.
Introduced by Oklahoma Legislator Paul Wesselhoft, Goldman and Goldfeder were called to the podium and thanked for the collective efforts, which are continuing daily.
LoHud.Com: East Ramapo school officials will ask voters to decide on a $209.5 million budget with a 2.8 percent tax increase next month following a narrow defeat of slightly higher spending proposal earlier this week.
Until the second election on June 18, officials said they’ll use the next three and a half weeks to ramp up efforts to get out the vote, especially in the public school community, which sends about 9,000 students to East Ramapo.
JNO Reports: Senior Fatah diplomat Saeb Erekat has told a UN committee in New York that a settlement freeze and the release of Palestinian prisoners — long sticking points in the Israel-Palestine peace process — are not pre-conditions for returning to negotiations, but rather obligations that Israel must fulfill, and that Fatah wants to restart talks with Israel “without conditions”. See Video
Newsday Reports: Once again, East Ramapo stands alone as the only Rockland County school district to vote down its proposed budget. The vote tallies for East Ramapo were released early Wednesday morning, hours after the seven other districts finished counting.
JNO: The Globes 2013 Capital Markets Conference is bringing together some of the financial leaders in Israel from both the private and public sector to discuss Israel’s economic future. See Video
NYMag Reports: Joe Biden spoke last night in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month. Biden has long, deep ties to the Jewish community — Obama actually picked him in 2008 in part to reassure skittish Jewish Democrats. Biden indeed offered fulsome, heartfelt praise in his remarks, before wandering into highly uncomfortable terrain and delivering a speech that is likely to be quoted by anti-Semites for years and decades to come. (It’s already the subject of excited discussion among the white supremacist community.)
Ann Coulter explains all:
Well, they can’t back Weiner due to hisscandal but they can’t back someone else either which by default would hurt Huma because her Husband… Anthony Weiner will lose. Hillary cares very much for Huma and would not want to see her in pain. Huma Abedin lives with Weiner and is featured in his kick-off video too, leaving the Clinton’s with only the option of publically staying out.
Voters in the East Ramapo Central School District decided on a $209.9 million Budget proposal which would mean a 3.13% property Tax Hike. In addition, the election decided three seats on the Board of Education.
10:52: As of now it seems the Jewish Community produced about 6,500-7,000 votes vs 4,500-5,000 for the other communities.
10:57: Tax Payers candidates seem to have won the election. Neither of them are Jewish but they had strong support among Private School parents, tax payers and also among the Jewish Community.
Crew of 42 picked this up From Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-FL): Congressman Alcee Hastings (D-Miramar), along with Representatives Henry Waxman, John Lewis, Eliot Engel, Ted Deutch, and Terri Sewell will host an important breakfast for Black and Jewish Members of Congress on Wednesday, May 22nd from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM in HVC-200 of the Capitol Visitors Center.
The breakfast will include a discussion of the history of Black and Jewish relations, as well as how to increase engagement between these two communities.
LoHud Reports: A developer’s plan to build nearly 500 houses on Patrick Farm faces another roadblock, in addition to lawsuits challenging the town’s approval of the project. The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a letter saying it intends to evaluate the extent of environmentally protected wetlands amid the 206 acres along the route 202-306 corridor outside Pomona.
“Based on our latest review … it appears that (builder) Scenic Development has proposed work in wetlands and/or waters … that may require a Department of the Army permit,” the agency said in a May 16 letter.
Former President Jimmy Carter met with Bolivian President Evo Morales and former President Eduardo Rodriguez in Georgia yesterday to discuss numerous topics, including Bolivia’s continued detainment of Brooklyn businessman Jacob Ostreicher. President Carter expressed his concern about Ostreicher’s five month house arrest in Bolivia during a discussion about U.S. – Bolivian relations and the inter American human rights system. – VINNews
JNO: Muslim religious leaders from the Middle East, US, Africa and Europe have joined Jewish scholars and rabbis on a visit to a former Nazi concentration camp in Germany. The tour group, led by US rabbi and Holocaust refugee Jack Bemporad, visited Dachau camp as part of an educational tour of concentration camps in Germany and Poland. See Video
NPR: After destructive tornados ripped through Oklahoma towns, President Barack Obama made a statement Tuesday regarding the federal government’s commitment to recovery efforts. He said, “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma and we will back up those prayers with deeds as long as it takes.” See Video