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Netanyahu Tells Rep. Issa: ‘Hamas is ISIS’; Thanks America for Support

Netanyahu Darrell IssaRep. Darrell Issa who’s currently visiting Israel, met on Thursday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Prior to the meeting, Netanyahu told Issa that it’s time to realize that Radical Islamist terrorism threatens the entire world.

“It threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, it threatens the moderate Arab regimes, it threatens Europe, everybody,” Netanyahu told the California Congressman. “I think we face the same Islamist terrorist network, I think we have to fight it together.” Read more »

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Jewish Group Urges NYC Leaders to Condemn Anti-Israel Bridge Flag

20140820-225754.jpg(AP) - A prominent Jewish group wants city leaders to condemn a politically charged banner that showed up on the Manhattan Bridge during a Pro-Palestinian march.

The Anti-Defamation League denounced Wednesday’s demonstration and the giant “Boycott, Divest, Sanction” banner as an attempt to “delegitimize Israel.” Read more »

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Two Broadcast Networks Fail to Mention Hamas’ Admitting in Teens Kidnapping

ABC NBC CBSAfter weeks of multiple reports claiming that Israel’s blaming of Hamas for kidnapping and killing the three teens weeks ago, was false, a big revelation was made on Wednesday when a senior Hamas leader admitted that the terrorist organization was behind the kidnapping.

It would seem to everyone reading the news about the current conflict that this revelation would be broadcasted across the globe, but two of America’s morning broadcast shows refused to mention it. Read more »

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US ‘Concerned’ by Arrest of American in Israel

(AP) - The U.S. government has raised concerns about Israel’s arrest of a Palestinian teenager with American citizenship whose cousin was burned to death by Israeli extremists earlier this summer.

The State Department says it was never notified by Israel after Mohammed Abu Khdeir was arrested at his home in east Jerusalem on July 28. It also says Israel appears to be targeting members of the Abu Khdeir family for arrest. Read more »

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2012 GOP Presidential Ticket Reunite for First Time

Romney RyanThe Republican party’s 2012 presidential ticket is reuniting for the first time in public since they’ve lost the 2012 election.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan will appear together at a book signing event for Rep. Ryan’s newly released book “The Way Forward.” Read more »

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Thousands Participate in Toronto Rally Against Anti-Semitism

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Over 4,000 people participated at a rally against the recent rise of anti-Semitism, that took place on Wednesday evening in the Jewish neighborhood in Toronto, Canada. The event was organized by the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto in sponsorship with many other leading Jewish organizations.

The attendees, waving Israeli and Canadian flags and wearing t-shirts that proclaimed “we will not be silenced,” sang Hebrew songs along the way, starting at the Holy Blossom Temple and marching towards their gathering point at the Bialik Hebrew Day School where the crowd was addressed by Israel’s Consul General to Toronto, DJ Schneeweiss, and a few other key figures. Read more »

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Some US Colleges Calling Students Back From Israel

Israeli-flag(AP) - Some U.S. colleges are pulling students from overseas study programs in Israel as the Gaza war rages, though the relative calm beyond the immediate battle areas is raising questions in some quarters about why they had to leave.

Colleges say security was the top concern, citing advisories about hazardous travel from the U.S. State Department and from insurance companies that cover students for health, accidents, security and even the cost of evacuation. Read more »

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Left-Wing Vermont Senator Heckled Over Israel-Hamas Conflict

As chronicled in a report in the Washington Post, Independent Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders – who describes himself as a “socialist” – got into a verbal tiff with some constituents at a town hall meeting in Cabot, VT, when the topic of Israel and the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza came up.

The confrontation began when Sanders attempted to answer a question about the conflict, in which the questioner expressed concern for the Palestinian deaths. Sen. Sanders claimed that Israel had “overreacted,” but that Hamas was shooting rockets into Israel from “populated areas” and constructing tunnels to send terrorist infiltrators into the Jewish state. The senator later said that Hamas did not want Israel to exist.

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Outrage: Georgetown U. Professor Compares Israel to ISIS

As outlined in great detail by the Washington Free Beacon, a  Georgetown University professor whose father pled guilty to terrorism charges has come under heavy criticism for comparing Israel to the terrorrist group Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL or ISIS) on Twitter. Georgetown University History Professor Abdullah Al-Arian, who is the son of Sami Al-Arian, a controversial critic of Israel, tweeted his mocking version of a common nursery rhyme that lumped Israel into the same murderous category as ISIS, which just released a video showing its apparent beheading of an American journalist.

The junior Al-Arian’s exact Tweet was, “Israel and ISIS sitting in a tree, K-I-L-L-I-N-G, First come the bombs, then come the savages, then come the U.N. to survey the damages.”

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Israeli Cargo Ship Defies Protesters, Unloads in Oakland

According to a report by jweekly, an Israeli-operated cargo ship that had been blocked from unloading its goods for four days in Oakland by virulent anti-Israel protesters managed to outwit its tormentors by signaling a return to sea before doubling back secretly to port. The standoff began Saturday when the Piraeus, operated by Zim Integrated Shipping Services, Israel’s largest shipping company, was supposed to dock at Oakland Port. A crowd of hundreds of protesters, organized by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center in San Francisco, blocked the entrance to the port to prevent any longshoremen from being able to enter, ostensibly to attract greater attention to Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

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Perry Calls For Greater Force In Iraq; Suggests ISIS Might Have Crossed Mexican-US Border

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(AP). Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.

“We need to have all of our options open,” Perry told a standing-room-only crowd at the conservative Heritage Foundation. Read more »

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Hamas Admits Kidnapping, Murdering The Three Israeli Teens

eyal gilad naftali(AP). A senior Hamas leader has said the group carried out the kidnapping and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June — the first time anyone from the Islamic militant group has said it was behind an attack that helped spark the current war in the Gaza Strip.

Saleh Arouri told a conference in Turkey on Wednesday that Hamas’s military wing, the al-Qassam Brigades, carried out what he described as a “heroic operation” with the broader goal of sparking a new Palestinian uprising. Read more »

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British Supermarket Chain: “Kosher Items Will Never Again Be Withheld”

According to an article in the Jewish Chronicle, British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has pledged to never again remove kosher products from its shelves. The statement was issued after Jewish customers had reacted with anger to the kosher food being hidden by the manager of a central London branch in anticipation of reprisals from anti-Israel activists.

At first, the company said it would not institute a national policy instructing managers on how to handle protesters. However, after being contacted by the Jewish Chronicle, Sainsbury’s altered its position and claimed it wanted to reassure its Jewish customers. “This will not happen again,” corporate affairs director Trevor Datsun stated. “Managers will be told not to move kosher food because of some perceived threat. It should not have happened and, explicitly, it cannot happen again.”

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OECD Report: Israel 4th Best Country For Foreign Investment

According to a news item in Israel Hayom, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has named Israel the fourth most attractive target for foreign investments among its 34 member nations. The citation is particularly notable given the difficult security situation at present in the Jewish state as well as the threats of European boycotts. Overall, the OECD reports that foreign investments in Israel amounted to $11.8 billion in 2013.

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Cuomo Grants $43K To Anti-Hasidic Bloomingburg Dissolution Activists

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While staying mum on the ongoing tension between residents, outside activists and the new Hasidic Jewish community in the small village of Bloomingburg in Upstate NY, governor Andrew Cuomo’s administration granted as much as $42,750 to Bloomingburg activists to aid its process of dissolving itself into the Town of Mamakating.

According to the Governor’s office, the Sullivan County village was one of three municipalities in the entire state to be awarded money under the state Local Government Citizen Re-Organization Empowerment Grant program.

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Despite Renewed Gaza Fighting, UK Allows British Companies to Continue Exporting to Israel

As reported by the Times of Israel, British companies are still being allowed to export arms and weapons components to Israel, despite the United Kingdom’s announcement last week that it was going to suspend export licenses in regard to the Jewish state if military hostilities would start up again between Israel and Hamas in Gaza. “We said we would suspend licenses if there was a significant resumption of hostilities,” a spokesperson for the British government stated. “We are closely monitoring the situation. Our assessment so far is that the resumption of hostilities has been limited.”

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Poll: Less Than Half of Americans Satisfied With Obama Response to Ferguson

A CBS News / NY Times poll has shown that in the aftermath of the fatal shooting of an African-American teenager by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri and the consequent area unrest, less than half of Americans are satisfied with President Obama’s response, but overall assessments are more positive than negative.

According to the poll results, forty-one percent of Americans say they are satisfied with how the president has been responding to the racially charged situation in Ferguson, while 34 percent report feeling dissatisfied with his response. Twenty-five percent of poll respondents said they did not have an opinion on the matter.

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State Department Prohibits Diplomats From Participating In Ice Bucket Challenge

(AP). The charity stunt has lured athletes, celebrities, politicians and rock stars and gone viral on the Internet, but don’t look for any more U.S. diplomats getting in on the fun.

Lawyers at the State Department have banned American ambassadors and other high-profile foreign service officers from participating in the ice-bucket challenge to raise money and awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS.

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Jewish Student Assaulted By Palestinian Supporters at Temple University

A Jewish student was viciously assaulted on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia on Wednesday – while receiving a verbal onslaught of such insults as “kike” and “baby killer” – by members of the openly anti-Semitic student group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP). Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow who is also a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by an SJP member during “Templefest,” an event which gives the college’s students the opportunity to obtain new information about campus clubs a week before the onset of the new semester. Vessal is majoring in the study of managing information systems at Temple’s Fox School of Business.

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JCRC’s Michael Miller Urges Respect Of Religion, Law Enforcement At Mayoral Interfaith Summit

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted on Wednesday a meeting between religious and law enforcement leaders  to call for calm and collaboration, following weeks long tension over the police-involved death of Eric Garner.

“Religion in this great city is a cause of bringing people together,” Dolan said. “It’s a bridge. It’s a source of reconciliation and peace and unity.” Read more »

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Palestinians Blame Qatar For Collapse Of Truce Talks In Cairo

Hamas spox on CNN(AP). The explosions rocking the Gaza Strip may seem far removed from the flashy cars and skyscrapers of ultra-rich Qatar, but efforts to end fighting between Hamas and Israel could hinge on how the tiny Gulf Arab state wields its influence over a Palestinian militant group with few friends left.

Qatar has been home to Hamas chief-in-exile Khaled Mashaal since 2012 and has carved out a role as a key financial patron for Gaza, buying influence while shoring up an economy overseen by Hamas. Read more »

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COJO of West Side Solidarity Mission Concludes Israel Trip With Series Of Security/Economic Briefings

cojo dore goldOn Tuesday night the tranquility which enabled the group to travel around the country free of worries about Hamas rockets, was suddenly shattered before the end of the cease-fire. Sirens were heard all over the country and members of the group were sent scrambling for bomb shelters as rockets were detected heading for Jerusalem shortly before midnight.

With the help of Hashem, there were no casualties and the tired COJOers were able to head for bed before 1:00 a.m. Read more »

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Politico: Ousted ‘Meet The Press’ Host, David Gregory Writing Book On Jewish Faith

NBC Meet the Press David GregoryRecently ousted “Meet the Press” host David Gregory is writing a book on his Jewish faith, Politico’s Mike Allen reports. The book will apparently focus on “the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives.”

Gregory was raised Jewish by his Jewish father, even though his mother was non-Jewish. In an interview to The Daily Beast in 2011, Gregory spoke about his Jewishness and his practice of the Jewish religion. Read more »

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Report: Met Council Head David Frankel To Step Down

Mark-Viverito masbia 020The embattled Met Council organization is going through another earthquake. David Frankel, head of the organization since the arrest of his predecessor, William Rapfogel, will leave the Met Council before the end of the year, according to a report in the Jewish Daily Forward.

According to unnamed sources, Frankel will either leave the Met Council in September or at the end of December. Read more »

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Palestinian Site Posts Photo Of Mohammed Deif’s Body Taken Out Of Rumbles

mohammed deifA Palestinian website – the Saham News – claims that Hamas leader Muhammad Deif was killed by an Israeli airstrike, but Hamas’s armed wing covered up the incident by erasing hospital files.

The website featured a picture that it said is of Deif’s body. The article was taken down shortly after it posted yesterday. But Globes managed to screenshot the article before it was removed. Read more »

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