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Scarborough Explains his Comments, Says he ‘Remains a Strong Supporter of Israel’

joe_scarborough MSNBC morning joeMSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Joe Scarborough came under fire earlier on Thursday for suggesting that Israel’s actions in Gaza are indiscriminate. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine,” the former Republican congressman said on his show.

Following those harsh words, Scarborough explained to Politico that he’s still a strong supporter for Israel, but he thinks that this current conflict is just hurting Israel’s ‘long-term security.’ Read more »

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First Jewish President? Media Mogul Mark Cuban Urged To Run in 2016

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Conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp is promoting the out-of-the-box idea of having media mogul and reality television show star Mark Cuban run for president of the United States in 2016.

Cuban – who is Jewish – is said to be worth well over $2 billion, the result of his ownership of the Dallas Mavericks, Magnolia Pictures and Landmark Theaters; chairmanship of HDTV Network AXS TV; sale of his first company, MicroSolutions, for $6 million, and the sale of his second company, broadcast.com, to yahoo for $5.7 billion; and starring role in ABC’s investor competition show “Shark Tank”. Read more »

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Kerry, Ban Ki-Moon Announce 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-fire and Cairo Talks

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Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour unconditional ceasefire in Gaza, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Thursday evening during a visit to New Delhi.

Kerry said that the two sides would begin the truce at 8 am local time and that Israelis and Palestinians would start negotiations in Cairo over a final settlement.

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Queens, NY – Police Looking For Suspect In Mysterious Synagogue Break-In

queens shul burglaryThe NYPD is asking the public to help them identify a man who stole charity money from the Adas Yereim Synagogue in Kew Gardens Hills, Queens, last Friday, July 25th, 2014.

The man is described as a white male and approximately 5’10 tall.  Read more »

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Must Watch Video Footage: $30,000 Stolen in Violent Borough Park Store Robbery

suspects bp storeThe NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance to help identify the three men who stole $30,000 from the ECT CCV store located at 810 60th Street in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn.

According to the police, three black men – one of whom displayed a gun – entered the store on Wednesday at 8:30 PM and knocked the salesperson to the ground, while the other two men removed a safe containing the money and fled the premises. Read more »

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Rep. Steve Israel ‘Concerned’ About Kerry’s Statements on Israel

2014-07-28 12.57.17Democratic Congressman Steve Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on Thursday that he’s troubled by Secretary of State John Kerry’s handling of Israel during the operation against Hamas in Gaza.

“I do get concerned with statements from Secretary Kerry, as I was concerned with statements in the Bush administration about the need to, for Israel to show sensitivity or demonstrate greater attempts with respect to civilians in Gaza,” Israel said during an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing Friday. “When Israel in fact goes further than most any other country, I know to do that.” Read more »

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Rep. Roskam In Letter to Kerry: Stop Running After Qatar

peter roskamRep. Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Thursday challenged Sec. of State John Kerry and the State Department to reassess the U.S. close relationship with Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifesaver.

Roskam, the Republicans chief deputy whip and co-chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, wrote in a letter to Kerry that Qatar’s massive financial support for Hamas—which has topped $400 million in recent years—should raise red flags in the White House. Read more »

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Sharansky: ‘Beginning of End of Jewish History in Europe’

sharanskyAn article in Ha’aretz discloses that Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky – who personally endured extensive anti-Semitism as an imprisoned dissident in the former Soviet Union – warned last week that “we are seeing the beginning of the end of Jewish history in Europe.”

Sharansky’s dire statement came in an op-ed that was published in the Jewish Chronicle. Read more »

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EXCLUSIVE JP INTERVIEW [Part 1]: Rob Astorino on Gov. Cuomo’s Morelandgate

2014-07-30 15.46.54On Wednesday we sat down for a one-on-one interview with Weschester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial hopeful, Rob Astorino to discuss the state of the race, his views on the issues that are driving the campaign, as well as his first trip to Israel in 2012 and his relationship with the Jewish community.

A full profile of the relatively unknown candidate for governor and the entire interview will be published over the weekend. Read more »

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Before and After: UN Releases Satellite Images of Gaza Destruction

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The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) has released satellite images showing the extent of destruction in Gaza following weeks of ongoing conflict.

Pictured below are a series of images detailing how many buildings have been destroyed in each area as well as the number of visible craters. Read more »

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Marijuana Activist: ‘Hoisting White Flags on Bklyn Bridge Was My Nonviolent Protest’

white flag brooklyn bridge 2A bearded marijuana activist who goes by the name of Rev. Bud Green has claimed responsibility for hoisting white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge earlier this month.

The bleached American flags flying above one of New York’s most well-known landmarks drew national attention, in the process causing serious concern for city authorities who argue that – given the security precautions that are supposedly in place – the vandals should never have been able to climb up the towers of the bridge without being noticed. Read more »

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Jewish GOP Majority Leader, Eric Cantor Bids Farewell On The House Floor [Video]

eric cantor steps downEric Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress, gave his final speech as majority leader Thursday morning on the House floor, as his colleagues looked on and Speaker Boehner wiped tears strolling down his face.

“Walking into this building and walking on this floor is something that excited me every day since I was first elected to Congress,” Cantor told a packed room. This is a privilege of a lifetime.” Read more »

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Hakoras Hatov: United Hatzalah Gives ‘Silver Dome’ Yarmulkas to Donors

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Photo: United Hatzolah

As everyone following the current military conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza is surely aware, the Iron Dome anti-missile system has intercepted enemy rockets aimed at Israeli civilians more than 1,000 times thus far.

In an act that is symbolic of this reality, the Jerusalem Post reports, American donors to United Hatzalah – whose generous funds provide protection for the relief organization’s volunteers as they offer first aid to injured civilians – are being given silver-colored Iron Dome yarmulkes (“kippas“) as a token of United Hatzalah president Eli Beer’s gratitude. Read more »

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Anti-Israel Jewish Professor, Norman Finkelstein Arrested During Pro-Palestinian Protest

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Photo: : Eamon Murphy

Anti-Israel Jewish writer and professor Norman Finkelstein was arrested on Tuesday during a protest he organized outside the Israeli Consulate in New York, The World Bulletin website reported.

On Monday, Prof. Finkelstein called for civil disobedience on his website, saying “It’s got to be a collective action. If one hundred people either sign up to get arrested or to be there in solidarity, I’ll be there too.” Read more »

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UNRWA Head In Gaza To UN Sec. Council: Situation In Gaza Intolerable, Hamas Rocket Fire ‘Unacceptable’

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The UN Security Council convened on Thursday to discuss Israel’s military offensive in Gaza which has entered its 24th day.

UNRWA head Pierre Krahenbuhl, speaking via phone from Gaza, called on the sides in the fighting in Gaza to respect the sanctity of UN premises. “If we are not safe in an UNRWA school we are not safe anywhere,” he said.  UNRWA now has 225,178 displaced in 86 shelters. across Gaza. Read more »

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Brooklyn DA Thompson Calls Wrongfully Imprisoned Collins ‘Innocent’ In Rabbi Pollack Murder

Ken ThompsonBrooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson declared a man who wrongfully served nearly 16 years in prison for killing Rabbi Abraham Pollack in Brooklyn in 1995 “innocent” — a statement that could seal the deal on a lawsuit settlement pending, The Daily News reported Thursday.

During the 2013 campaign, Thompson made the Collins case a central issue in his challenge to incumbent Charles “Joe” Hynes but only referred to him as “likely wrongfully imprisoned.” Read more »

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UN Human Rights Commissioner: Israel, Hamas Committing War Crimes

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(AP). The U.N.’s top human rights official accused both Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the lateest Gaza war, but reserved her harshest words for the Israeli government, which she said Thursday was deliberately defying international law.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said that by placing and firing rockets within heavily populated areas both sides are committing “a violation of international humanitarian law, therefore a war crime.” Read more »

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Former Prez Peres: No Gov’t Can Stop The Fighting Until Rockets, Tunnel Attacks Stop

netanyahu peresFormer Israeli president Shimon Peres on Thursday sided with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the ground operation in Gaza, defying calls for an immediate cease-fire.

“I mean, first of all, we have to get rid of the problem of the tunnels. No government, I mean outside government, can stop the fighting before every mother this country will be sure that, at the night, somebody won’t jump out of the earth and kill her and her children. That’s impossible,” Peres told CNN’s Blitzer in a lengthy interview. Read more »

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Antwerp – Belgian Physician To Patient: ‘Go To Gaza’

jewish-museum-of-belgium-in-brussels-2A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain, the local Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reported Thursday.

According to the report, the woman, Bertha Klein, had her son, an American citizen, call the medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, on Wednesday at 11 p.m. to schedule an appointment.  Read more »

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Morning Joe’s Host, Joe Scarborough: Israel’s Actions In Gaza Are ‘Indiscriminate’

Morning_Joe_posterMSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough on Thursday had harsh words for Israel’s actions in Gaza, saying the Jewish State was engaging in “indiscriminate” killing of Palestinian civilians.

“This is asinine,” the former Republican congressman said during the show. “This continued killing of women and children in a way that appears to be indiscriminate is asinine.” Read more »

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Williamsburg – Police: Mezuzah Ripped, Stolen From Jewish Residence In Bias Incident

20140731-090824.jpgThe NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is investigating an incident where a Mezuzah was ripped down from a Jewish residential home in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, NY.

A 30-year-old Williamsburg resident that lives at the 75 Wilson Street project realized Wednesday evening, at around 8:00 p.m., that his Mezuzah was ripped of the door of his apartment. He immediately called the Williamsburg Shomrim, who responded to the scene and called the NYPD to investigate the incident.

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Saudi Official: Hamas Is Responsible for Civilian Deaths in Gaza

Mideast Israeli PalestiniansThe former head of Saudi intelligence services, Turki al Faisal said on Sunday that Hamas was responsible for “the crimes Israel has committed in the Gaza Strip,” according to a report by the daily Maariv newspaper.

In an interview quoted Sunday from Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab newspaper based in London, Faisal said that “Hamas is responsible for the slaughter in the Gaza Strip following its bad decisions in the past, and the haughtiness it shows by firing useless rockets at Israel, which contribute nothing to the Palestinian interest. The Hamas rockets pose no threat to the Israeli occupation, even when they reach Tel Aviv.” Read more »

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US Attorney Warns Gov. Cuomo Of Possible Investigation In Morelandgate

cuomo-moreland-commissionAs Gov.Andrew Cuomo brushed off the attacks on him in the moreland case as ‘entertaining,’ United States attorney in Manhattan Preet Bharara has reportedly threatened to investigate the Cuomo administration for possible obstruction of justice or witness tampering.

The warning, first reported by the NY times, came in a sharply worded letter from Mr. Bharara’s office after several members of the panel issued public statements defending the governor’s handling of the anti-corruption panel, which Cuomo created last year with promises of cleaning up corruption in Albany. Read more »

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Poll: Support For Likud, Right Soars

MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICSSupport for the Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s fractured ruling party has soared over the last few weeks, as the Israeli leader continues to ride on high popularity numbers, a new poll conducted for the Knesset Channel shows.

According to the poll, the Likud Party – without the Yisrael Beteynu faction – would garner as much as 30  seats in the 120-member Knesset if elections were held today. Naftali Bennet’s right-wing Bayit Yehudi party would get 18 seats and Avigdor Lieberman a mere 8 projected seats. Read more »

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French Gov’t Seeks To Disband Radical Jewish Defense League

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The French government is seeking to disband a radical Jewish group involved in recent clashes with pro-Palestinian activists during rallies against the Gaza offensive, AFP reported Thursday.

The presence of fired-up Jewish Defense League (LDJ) activists on the sidelines of recent pro-Palestinian rallies were seen as one of the reasons they turned violent, with clashes outside a synagogue on July 13 leading to a ban on pro-Palestinian protests, according to a report by French newspaper Liberation.

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