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A Greek doctor, 57-year-old Costas Kastaniotis was convicted to a 16-month prison term and a 3 year suspension because he violated the anti-racism law, The Greek Reporter reported. In particular, he was accused of putting a sign up outside his office that read “Jews not welcome.”
Mr. Kastaniotis was also convicted of unlawful possession of weapons and the court fined him 2,500 euros.
Frank Fisher, an FBI Albuquerque Division spokesman, says 58-year-old John W. Ng will appear in U.S. District Court on Monday.
Fisher says Ng was arrested in connection with the notes found at Nosh Deli.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s third government will face this week one of its most serious tests as the Knesset locks up to vote on three flagship bills that will define the future of Israel – the electoral governance bill, the sharing the burden bill on drafting ultra-Orthodox students to the army, and the rightwing’s referendum bill.
All Knesset members were asked to clear their week schedule in order to attend the 65-hour marathon session to vote on the second and third readings on all three bills. The last vote is scheduled for Thursday morning 2am. However Knesset members will take a break to listen British Prime Minister address the Knesset on Wednesday afternoon.
Thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews, including one Satmar/anti-Zionist faction, will attend a mass rally in Manhattan today to decry the Israeli government’s attempt to draft Yeshiva students to the military.
The solidarity event has been organized by the Agudath Israel of America umbrella organization, including hard-line Satmar sect from Kiryas Yoel. “Whoever is pained by this law knows they must attend this rally,” Satmar head Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum instructed his followers Friday, according to BeHadrei Haredim.
The New York asifa will take place on Water Street in lower Manhattan – between Fulton Street and Broad Street – this Sunday, 7 Adar Sheni (March 9) at 2:00 p.m. It will begin with Mincha and followed by Tehillim and tefillos b’Tzibbur, led by Gedolei Yisroel. A special area for women is also being arranged.
The Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing somewhere over east Asia over the weekend had one Jewish passenger. Nikolai Brotzky, a 43 year old father of two from Siberia, was on the plane that many believe has crashed.
Brotzky is a resident of the Siberian town of Irkutsk, where he is a member of the Jewish community. According to reports, Rabbi Aharon Cohen Wagner, who is Irkutsk’s Chief Rabbi and a Chabad rabbi for the region, has been in constant touch with Brotzky’s family since the plane was reported missing.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said Sunday a final accord on Iran’s nuclear program cannot be guaranteed. She spoke in Tehran during a landmark visit, the first of a EU official since 2008.
“This interim agreement is really important but not as important as a comprehensive agreement (which is)… difficult, challenging, and there is no guarantee that we will succeed,” Ashton told a joint news conference in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.
Emergency teams expanded their search early Sunday for a Malaysia Airlines flight that is presumed to have crashed in the Gulf of Thailand off Vietnam with 239 people aboard, including four that the Malaysian government said may have boarded with false documents, according to reports.
In a search operation involving at least a half-dozen nations that’s now lasted for more than a day, authorities have turned up no clear signs of wreckage, but Malaysia Airlines said it was “fearing the worst.”
German President Joachim Gauck has visited a synagogue and Holocaust survivors in the north-western city of Ioannina as part of a three-day visit to Greece. Ioannina had a large Jewish community during World War II, numbering thousands, most of whom were taken in March 1944 and sent to concentration camps such as Auschwitz. Gauck apologised and expressed sorrow and shame to the victims’ families. He laid a wreath at a village memorial and spoke of reconciliation between Greece and Germany. – Euro News
Losing to ‘Hope and Change’ in 2008, the former U.S. vice presidential candidate and Alaska governor offered Saturday her own version of hope and change. “This is the stirring of a great awakening. The age of Obama is almost over. The end of an ‘error.’ He is the lamest of lame ducks,” Sarah Palin told Conservative Republicans at CPAC.
As the closing speaker at CPAC, the annual convention of conservatives outside of Washington, Palin offered a dazzling array of one-liners.
State Sen. Lee Zeldin, one of two Republicans seeking to challenge Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) in NY’s 1st Congressional district, was honored this year as one of American Conservative Union’s “Top 10 Conservatives Under 40″ for CPAC 2014 – a celebration of 50 years of the ACU and America’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and activists in DC .
“Our focus at CPAC has always been to showcase rising stars in the conservative movement,” said ACU Chairman Al Cardenas. “The depth and diversity of these young leaders provides hope for America’s future as we face tough challenges ahead.”
NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has hired former councilman Lew Fidler to join the City Council as a part-time counsel, a spokesman for Ms. Mark-Viverito confirmed to Politicker. Mr. Fidler is working in the office of the general counsel, where he helps represent the entire council body, not just the speaker.
Mr. Fidler declined to elaborate on his position and a council spokesman declined to comment further. Politicker first reported that Mr. Fidler was in line to join Ms. Mark-Viverito’s council in December.
Rev. Erick Salgado, the colorful socially conservative Democratic mayoral candidate is considering challenging Staten Island congressman Michael Grimm, and Democrat Dominic Recchia in a democratic primary, according to Politicker’s Colin Campbell.
“I might! I might! I might strike back, it’s true,” Mr. Salgado told Politicker when asked whether he in the running, adding that he would soon register a fund-raising committee. “We are putting together the committee, the exploratory committee, and we are going to start to pick up the signatures.”
Representative Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) joined with Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), and 17 other Members of Congress, in introducing a resolution (H.Res. 505) this week to return the Iraqi Jewish Archives to Iraqi Jews and their descendants. The Iraqi Jewish Archives include thousands of books, historical documents, religious materials and other items seized from the Iraqi Jewish community that were found in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters by U.S. forces.
Mayor Bill de Blasio hosted Friday a first roundtable for bloggers at City Hall. Approximately 19 parent bloggers sat in a roundtable in the blue room to discuss pre-k and the administrations policies with the mayor and his wife, First Lady (FLO Nyc-e). According to a pool report, Deputy mayors Richard Buery and Lilliam Barrios-Paoli, as well as DOE Chief Strategy Officer Josh Wallack, were present. The moderator for the roundtable was Rebecca Levy, who runs the blog KidzVuz.com.
Below are the mayor’s and his wife’s remarks, as well as the Q&A roundtable discussion, provided by the mayor’s office:
The Jewish Agency for Israel has seen a spike in Ukrainians looking to immigrate to Israel as turmoil roils their country, The Jewish Daily Forward reports. Marina Steiman, a Jewish Agency official in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, declined to give numbers, but she said the agency is receiving “more calls then usual.”
Steinman, the agency’s director of community relations in Kiev, said most of the calls come from people who were already considering immigration and who now wanted to speed up the process. “People are worried because they are uncertain of their future in this country,” she said.
A yingerman pumping gas at a BP station today was rushed to the hospital in critical condition after a car backed into him.
The 26-year-old victim suffered a seizure after the vehicle, driven by 48 year old man, knocked him over at a gas station at 65th street and 18th avenue in Bay Ridge shortly before 9 AM.
Some pro-Israel activists are planning a counter rally to the Orthodox Jewish mass rally in Downtown Manhattan on Sunday. Calling it “Occupy the Massive Chillul Hashem” and announced on Facebook, the organizers labeled the ‘Atzeres Tefilah’ called by New York rabbanim and backed by the 3 Haredi Moetzes’ in Israel as a massive “Chilul HaShem” (desecration of the name of God).
“On Sunday, March 9th, tens of thousands of Ultra-Orthodox Jews are expected to gather in lower Manhattan, to protest the plan that will require ultra-Orthodox Jews to serve alongside their fellow Israelis in the army. While they consider this worthy of their outrage, the ultra-Orthodox in Israel have long taken advantage of the sacrifices of their fellow citizens,” the organizers wrote Friday in a Facebook post. “Instead of paying taxes and fully participating in Israeli society, they are happy to reap the benefits without contributing themselves.”
A broad spectrum of American Kehillos are participating in the Atzeres Tefillah which will take place on the streets of Lower Manhattan this Sunday.
The gathering will echo last week’s huge atzeres tefilla in Yerushalyim, which brought out hundreds of thousands of Jews in response to the Israeli government’s ongoing attempt at social engineering of the charedi community, including wholesale conscription of bnei yeshiva.
Republican Senator of Kentucky and possible presidential candidate in 2016, Rand Paul met Thursday morning with a handful of Jewish leaders at his Senate office in DC. The senator spoke foreign policy and about his position on Israel among many other things, according to a source who was present at the meeting.
When asked specifically about the current situation in Crimea, Senator Paul said no military option should even be considered. There’s really no reason why we should go to war with Russia over this, said Paul according to the source. They have the geographical overhand and it’s simply not worth starting World War III with Russia.
A group of Orthodox Jewish rabbis and community leaders of Brooklyn are among a diverse group of rabbis that have signed an endorsement of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to expand Universal pre-K by increasing taxes on wealthy New Yorkers.
“As faith leaders, our faith calls on us to speak on the moral obligation that our city has to provide every child, and every family, an equal opportunity for success,” reads the letter released Thursday by UPKNYC and signed by 250 Jewish, Christian and Muslim clergy members.
The Jewish Daily Forward editors are not happy: The Internal Revenue Service is an easy target for anger and disdain, especially now, as the deadline to file income taxes approaches and the IRS hasn’t quite recovered from the public battering it is receiving over questionable audits of politicized organizations. We don’t mean to pile on. But the startling story reported by our Nathan Guttman raises too many questions for us to stay silent.
Tax accountants working in Israel told Guttman that any American expat living there who files for a child tax credit in an annual return can expect to be audited. “I’ve seen more audits in the past year or two than I’ve seen in the previous 30 years combined,” one accountant said.
The president-elect of the British Veterinary Association called for a ban on slaughtering cattle without first stunning it, which in effect would outlaw traditional kosher slaughter. In an interview with the Times, John Blackwell called for prohibiting kosher and halal slaughter because it causes pain to the animal for “five or six seconds,” according to reports.
“They will feel the massive injury of the tissues of the neck,” Blackwell said in the interview. “They will perceive the aspiration of blood. They will breathe in before they lose consciousness.”
Two leaders of the youth division of the Dutch ruling party called for a ban on non-medical circumcision of boys. Tom Leijte, the vice president of the JOVD youth movement of the VVD ruling party, and JOVD senior board member Matthijs van de Burgwal made the plea in an op-ed Wednesday in the Trouw daily newspaper.
The article, “High Time to Ban Circumcision of Underage Boys,” cites the 1993 banning of female genital mutilation.