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Anti-Israel BDS Resolution Fails in CUNY Doctoral Students’ Vote

cuny(JNS). A resolution calling for a boycott of Israeli academic institutions failed Friday in a vote by the Doctoral Students Council (DSC) of the City University of New York (CUNY), garnering 31 out of the 39 votes it needed for passage.

In September, the same resolution was tabled after a vote on the measure had been scheduled for just before the start of Shabbat, leading to the exclusion of a number of pro-Israel individuals who would have otherwise participated in the debate. Read more »

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Lapid Acknowledges US-Israel Relations In ‘Crisis’ After WH Prevented Ya’alon Meeting W/ Top Admin Officials

yaalon hagelThe Obama administration prevented Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon from meeting with key administration officials during his visit to Washington, DC, US sources told Ynet on Friday.

According to the report, the Obama administration declined Ya’alon’s request to meet with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and National Security Advisor Susan Rice, in a payback to Ya’alon for calling US Secretary of State John Kerry’s peace efforts “Messianic and obsessive.” Read more »

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NY04 – Kathleen Rice Pulls Out Of Islamic Event After Radical Imam Was Added To Speakers List

schumer riceNassau County District Attorney and a Long Island Congressional candidate, Kathlee Rice announced on Friday that she is pulling out from her initial intention to attend an event at the Islamic Center of Long Island on November 23, 2014, after it was revealed that she would be speaking alongside a controversial Imam, a co-conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Read more »

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Report: US Consulate In Jerusalem Referred To Terror Attack As ‘Traffic Incident’

chaya ziselHours after a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd waiting at a light rail station in Jerusalem, killing 3-months old Chaya Zisel Braun HY”D, the US consulate in the city issued a memo referring to the attack as a “traffic incident,” Ynet reported Thursday.

The memo was sent to employees of the American consulate, which is based in East Jerusalem. It asks staff to report “any emergency.” Read more »

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Poll: Bennett At Top in Approval Ratings, While Netanyahu Remains Only Candidate for PM

bibi bennettEconomics Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of Bayit Yehudi Party, edged ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for the first time in the approval rating of the government ministers.

According to the Panels poll conducted for the Knesset Channel, 38% of the public expressed satisfaction with minister Bennett’s performance, compared to 36% who expressed satisfaction with Netanyahu’s performance as prime minister. Read more »

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Ukrainian Foreign Minister: No Anti-Semitism in Our Country

Pavlo Klimkin UkrainePavlo Klimkin, Foreign Minister of Ukraine, said that despite the rise of anti-Semitism across the globe in recent months, his country hasn’t seen any significant incidents.

Speaking with Israel’s i24 News ahead of Ukraine’s parliamentary elections set to be held this Sunday, Foreign Minister Klimkin said that anti-Semitism in his country is so low that it doesn’t cause a significant threat to the Jewish community. Read more »

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Sen. Cruz: US Stands Unshakably With Israel, Canada

terror jerusalemIn light of the recent terror attacks in Israel, where a Hamas associate drove his car into pedestrians waiting at a Jerusalem train station, thereby killing a 3-month-old baby and injuring many others, and in Canada where a soldier was gunned down on Wednesday while guarding a war memorial, Sen. Ted Cruz said that the United States stands in solidarity with Israel and Canada. Read more »

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Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Vows To Calm City Amid Recent Arab Violence

terror jerusalem(AP). Jerusalem’s mayor on Thursday called for a crackdown against a wave of Palestinian unrest, as police beefed up security after a Palestinian motorist with a history of anti-Israel violence slammed his car into a crowded light rail train station and killed a baby girl.

The crash Wednesday night escalated already heightened tensions in east Jerusalem, the section of the holy city captured by Israel in 1967 and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital. Read more »

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Israeli Cabinet Approves $34.7M Funding For Settlement Development

Israel settlementsThe Israeli cabinet approved a proposal on Wednesday to allocate $34.7 million to the World Zionist Organization’s settlement division for the purposes of “developing agricultural and rural settlement,” despite the fact that the proposal does not detail how the money would be divided among West Bank settlements and Negev and Galilee towns.

Danny Kritzman, the head of the settlement division, declined to state exactly where the money would be allocated, but he did disclose that the majority of the funds would be disbursed to towns located near conflict zones.

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Abbas Adviser Lauds Arab Murderer of Jewish Baby as ‘Heroic Martyr’

chaya ziselThe adviser to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has glorified the terrorist who murdered a three-month-old infant, Israeli-American Chaya Zissel-Brown, and injured eight others yesterday, when he purposely drove his car into a crowd of people waiting for a train in Jerusalem. Sultan Abu Al-Einein lauded the terrorist, describing him as a “heroic Martyr” on his official Facebook page. Read more »

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Arab Idol Winner Wants To Give Back to Gaza

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(AP). Last year’s feel-good winner of the TV singing contest Arab Idol said Wednesday he wants to give back to Gaza, where he grew up, by setting up an arts center nurturing young musicians, writers and actors.

The center would be funded by Palestinian Americans who have pledged support, Mohammed Assaf, 24, said in an interview in the Gaza City office of The Associated Press. Read more »

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Palestinian Internal Rivalry Slowing Down Gaza Rebuilding

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(AP). Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.

The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah for control in Gaza and what officials say has been a trickle of promised aid. Read more »

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Fatah, Hamas Rivalries Cause Gaza Aid, Reconstruction to Trickle

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(AP) — Several dozen tons of cement bags stored in a warehouse are one of the few tangible achievements so far of a $2.7 billion plan to rebuild war-wrecked Gaza Strip.

The program was launched with high expectations at an international conference in Cairo on Oct. 12, but has run into obstacles, including wrangling between the rival Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah for control in Gaza and what officials say has been a trickle of promised aid. Read more »

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State Dept. Condemns Despicable Terrorist Attack in Jerusalem

terror jerusalemFollowing the news of a terrorist attack in Jerusalem earlier on Wednesday in which a 3-month-old baby was killed, the US State Department released a statement condemning the attack  “in the strongest possible terms.”

The 3-month-old girl, Chaya Zisel Braun hy“d died from her wounds after a Palestinian terrorist drove his car into a crowd of people at a Jerusalem train station.  Read more »

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HEARTRENDING PHOTOS: Jerusalem Mourns Murder Of 3 Months Old Baby, Chaya Zisel Braun HY”D

chaya ziselHundreds attended Wednesday evening the funeral of the 3 month old baby, an American citizen, that was killed earlier in the day by a cold blooded Palestinian terrorist who drove his car into a crowd of people at a Jerusalem train station.

Chaya Zisel Braun hy“d died from her wounds and was laid to rest at Jerusalem’s Har HaMenuchot cemetery at midnight. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Abbas Encouraged Terror Attack In Jerusalem

terror jerusalemIsrael Prime Minister on Wednesday placed the sole responsibility of the fatal terror attack in Jerusalem on the shoulders of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

“This is how Abbas’ partners in government [Hamas] act. This is the same Abbas who, only a few days ago, incited toward a terrorist attack in Jerusalem,” Netanyahu said in a statement. Read more »

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Israel’s Economy Minister Bennett: Gaza War Shows Pointlessness of Two-State Solution

Naftali Bennett - Jewish PressThis past summer’s extended military conflict with Hamas – which witnessed tens of thousands of rockets raining down on Israel from Gaza – has led most Israelis to reject the two-state solution, Israeli Economy Minister Naftali Bennett stated. The politically conservative government official – who is considered by informed observers to be a potential prime minister - said that the time has come to think about “new models” rather than an independent Palestinian state. Read more »

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Israel: Livni & Lapid to Form United Left-Wing Front on Peace, Religion

Tzipi Livni - funeralIsraeli Justice Minister and Hatnua party leader Tzipi Livni revealed on Wednesday that she is planning to establish a united political front with Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party “for the advancement of the peace process.” Livni stated that in the Knesset session about to begin, the left-wing leaders will create a united front in the government and the Knesset in the area of diplomacy. “One bloc, 25 mandates,” she declared. “Together, in favor of a diplomatic arrangement, against Danny Danon-ism and against nationalism.”

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Israeli Defense Minister Ya’alon: Hamas Now Uses Turkey as Terrorist Headquarters

yaalon hagelDuring a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon sharply criticized Turkey for lending substantial support to Hamas. “Turkey is playing a cynical game,” Ya’alon asserted to Hagel. “Hamas is supported by Turkey and Qatar. Hamas has two terror headquarters — in Gaza and in Istanbul.” Read more »

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Surprise: The Beach Boys Suddenly Cancel Tel Aviv Concert

The_Beach_Boys_4Legendary American pop vocal group The Beach Boys has unexpectedly pulled out of its planned concert in Israel next month. The show had been set to take place on November 29 at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena.

Israeli producer Gad Oron was surprised when he was informed of the cancellation by the band’s representatives, who did state that the group members were looking forward to return to the area sometime soon. The reps also promised that those who had already purchased tickets will receive a refund within 14 days.

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UPDATED: Infant Dead, Several Wounded In Terror Attack At Light Rail Station In Jerusalem [VIDEO]

terror jerusalemA suspected terrorist attack at the light rail station in the ‘Givat HaTachmoshet’ neighborhood of Jerusalem by a passing vehicle has caused injuries to several bystanders, Ichud Hatzalah said.

According to Rosy Roth, a member if Ichud Hatzalah, a Palestinian terrorist ran over bystanders that stepped off the light rail train at the Givat Hatachmoshet station. Shot were fired at the terrorist, who was injured but remains conscious. Read more »

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Missile, Fire From Egypt Wounds Two Israeli Soldiers

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(AP). Attackers from the Egyptian side of the border fired an anti-tank missile and gunshots at an Israeli military vehicle on Wednesday, wounding two soldiers in a rare cross-border incident, the military said.

The military said the attack occurred in southern Negev Desert, and that the soldiers were evacuated to a hospital in Israel. Read more »

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American Studies Group Receives Renewed Scrutiny Over Boycott Of Israel

Credit: Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

Credit: Magnus Manske via Wikimedia Commons

(By Alina Dain Sharon/JNS). About a year after the American Studies Association’s (ASA) widely condemned vote to endorse a boycott of Israeli academic institutions, the organization’s policy on Israel is receiving renewed scrutiny over a practical application of that vote.

The ASA’s 2014 annual meeting, to be held Nov. 6-9 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, has garnered criticism for a stated (and subsequently amended) policy of excluding Israeli academics.

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Allegation: US Refused to Help Israel Find Soldier Missing in Gaza

oron shaulUnited States officials have rejected claims that Washington declined to help Israel find a missing soldier killed in Gaza during the war with Hamas in July, calling the accusation “incorrect and misleading.”

An American researcher made the claim on Friday that the FBI and Justice Department refused to provide Israel with any assistance in its search for Staff Sgt. Oron Shaul, one of two soldiers whose bodies are being held by Hamas in Gaza.

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Ya’alon: Palestinians Want To Destroy the Jewish State

bdb yaalon 2The Palestinians have never been interested in a “Two-State solution,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated Tuesday, during a visit to the United States.

“Their goal is not to establish a Palestinian state along ’67 borders, but to destroy the Jewish state,” Ya’alon stated during an interview on PBS. “That is the reason why they have never said the term ‘two states for two peoples’: they don’t want to recognize that a Jewish state [exists].” Read more »

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