The following are Kerry’s remarks re: the matter, at the beginning of speech presenting the 2013 International Religious Freedom Report:
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“I have not yet set a plan to visit, but it’s not out of the question,” Cuomo told reporters at an unrelated news conference in Buffalo, NY. “I have been corresponding with Israeli officials on the current situation that is going on in the Middle East.”
Since political candidates are not called to address pro-Israel rallies, John Cahill, Republican candidate for New York State Attorney General, released Monday a strong statement in support of Israel’s self defense war in Gaza.
“Today, I stand with the Jewish community in support of Israel during its unending struggle with terrorism. What is happening in Gaza is a tragedy of the greatest magnitude and my heart goes out to those innocent families and individuals living in constant fear for their lives,” Cahill said in a written statement, as 10,000 New yorker gathered in Manhattan to stand in solidarity with Israel.
(AP). House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States’ main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration.
“At times like this, people try to isolate Israel – but we are here to stand with Israel,” Boehner said in remarks at the National Press Club. “Not just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and a trusted ally.”
A fascinating article on Algemeiner reports on a bizarre manifestation of economic inequality in the Gaza Strip, wherein the leading officials of Hamas have become super-wealthy – living in extremely luxurious surroundings – while the Palestinians they govern reside in utmost poverty and squalor.
According to Dr. Moshe Elad, a Middle East expert from the Western Galilee Academic College, the majority of Hamas’ founders were refugees or direct descendants of refugees. “Some of them were born of intermarriages between Egyptians and Gazans, with no money at all,” Elad explains.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz and New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand teamed up on Monday to introduce a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas for targeting Israeli civilians and for using “innocent civilians as human shields” in their war against Israel.
“Hamas is undoubtedly guilty of violating international humanitarian law through its deliberate, repeated, and consistent use of civilians as human shields,” Cruz said in a statement. “The United States of America, along with the entire international community must expose and denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense.”
Support for Israel in the United States is still strong, yet a deep partisan and racial divide between Democrats and Republicans, White, Black and Hispanic Americans are recorded in regards to Israel’s ground operation in Gaza, a new PEW Research poll shows.
40% of American adults say Hamas is responsible for the current violence in Gaza, while 19% blame the escalation on Israel. Just 25% believe that Israel has gone too far in responding to the Hamas terror activities. 35% believe Israel’s response has been about right, while 15% think Israel has not gone far enough to crush Hamas.
“It’s simply not the way partners and allies treat each other,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday during a press briefing at the State Department.
As reported by JTA, the annual meeting between Democratic senators and Jewish organizational leaders, held this past Wednesday, was greatly focused on the rising tide of anti-Semitism in Europe.
The recurring theme, broached both by the 24 senators who attended and the Jewish leaders, reflected the anxiety generated by recent reports of attacks on European Jews.
The New York Congressional delegation, as well as NYC elected officials, joined Monday afternoon 10 thousand New Yorkers gathered at a mass ‘New York Stands with Israel’ rally at the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Midtown Manhattan.
The rally was organized by the UJA-Federation of New York and the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC) and co-sponsored by The New York Board of Rabbis, Conference of Presidents, Orthodox Union, Union for Reform Judaism, The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the National Council Young Israel.
Three firebombs were hurled on Saturday at a Jewish community center in Toulouse, following an anti-Israel protest, the AFP news agency reported.
The man, later arrested by the Police, threw two firebombs over the center’s fence and a third at the security officers guarding the Jewish center, but none of the bombs successfully ignited fire. He also hurled stones at the Espace du Judaisme center, which contains a synagogue, a library and a lecture room, among other facilities.
Nassau District Attorney and Democratic Congressional candidate Kathleen Rice just returned from an uplifting 3-day visit to Israel, a tradition for many congressional and gubernatorial candidates, especially those vying to represent a large Jewish constituency.
Rice, running in NY’s 4th congressional district that includes the Five Towns with a prominent Jewish population, said she initiated the visit before the recent escalation between Israel and Hamas. “After I won the primary, I said, if and when I win the primary I’m going to plan a trip to Israel,” she told JP.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor early Monday morning criticized the UN Security Council presidential statement that called for an immediate and unconditional ceasefire, noting the absence of any reference to Hamas’ rocket fire in the statement.
“The presidential statement miraculously managed to not mention the Hamas or rockets or Israel’s right to defend its citizens,” Prosor told reporters at the media stakeout.
Satellite footage published by Ynet showed the destruction Hamas rocket fire brought upon them in the so far 21 days of Israel’s operation in the Gaza neighborhood of Sajaiyeh and the Nuseirat refugee camp.
The photos, taken by the Pleiades satellite for the United Nations, capture the areas before and after the operation, focusing on Sajaiyeh – nicknamed the “Dahieh of Gaza.” An overall look at the picture shows the damage in Sajaiyeh is greater than that caused by the Israeli Air Force strikes in Beirut’s Dahieh suburb during the Second Lebanon War.
17:50: Several foreign journalists currently reporting from Gaza have been harassed and threatened by Hamas for documenting cases of the terrorist group’s involvement of civilians in warfare against Israel, Israeli officials said, expressing outrage that some in the international media apparently allow themselves to be intimidated and do not report on such incidents. [Times of Israel]
The U.N. Security Council agreed Sunday night on a statement calling for “an immediate and unconditional humanitarian cease-fire” in the Gaza fighting. The council planned to meet at midnight to adopt the resolution.
The wording echoes President Barack Obama’s call “of instituting an immediate, unconditional humanitarian ceasefire that ends hostilities now” during a phone call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier today.
Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) was asked if it’s bad optics for the president to attend fundraisers while part of the world is in turmoil.
“The president’s leadership has been very strong,’ Pelosi told Candy Crowley, not directly addressing the fundraising.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, criticized the Obama administration for extending the nuclear talks with Iran, which freed up $2.8 billion in frozen oil export revenues for Tehran, which is aiding Hamas in its war against Israel.
“Iran is publicly, in their own newspapers, touting the fact that they’re helping militarize Hamas in the Gaza Strip,” the Michigan Republican said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
The letter, received on Friday, June 25 was written in english and Hindi and threatened attacks on Jewish synagogues between Friday morning and Friday night in retaliation to Israel’s attacks in Gaza, the commissioner said.
“Some of the reports contained overheated assertions that mischaracterized Kerry’s work and motivations. The criticism was extremely offensive. Mainly the charges that he betrayed our closest ally in the region – Israel,” the official told Israeli journalists during a conference call.
The IDF inquiry into the deadly incident at the UN school in Beit Hanoun on Thursday, found that IDF mortars did not target the 16 people reportedly killed in the school courtyard. “A single errant mortar landed in the school courtyard, injuring no one ” Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told reporters during a conference call.
“Since Thursday, July 24, 2014, the IDF has conducted a comprehensive inquiry regarding the incident in which the UNRWA school was fired upon,” the iDF said in a statement.”
U.S President Barack Obama stressed the need for an “immediate and unconditional humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza” in a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday afternoon, the WH said.
Obama told the Israeli Prime Minister that any lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict must secure the disarmament of military groups and the demilitarisation of the Gaza Strip.
A Jewish reporter was verbally and physically attacked while covering an anti-Israel protest sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Biscyne blvd in downtown Miami, Florida, last Sunday.
Protesters chanted “we are Hamas” and “we are jihad.” The reporter, serving as cameraman for ‘The united West’ program on Breitbart TV, was working the protest as undercover until he was identified as a Jew.
Following weeks of anti-Israeli protests, some thousand people gathered on Sunday for a rare rally of solidarity and support for Israel outside of the Israeli embassy in Brussels, the European Jewish Press website reported. Candles were lit in memory of the fallen IDF soldiers and the crowd chanted ‘Am Israel Chai’ and ‘’Hevenu Shalom Aleichem,’’ while waving Israeli flags.