Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his wife, Sarah, and sons, Yair and Avner, on a Chol HaMoed Pesach holiday trip to the Galilee. The Netanyahus visited the Manara Cliffs near the Lebanese border and overlooked the Hula Valley.
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The Israeli-Palestinian conflict played out on Metrobuses in Washington D.C. during the annual Cherry Blossom Festival — one ad campaign displaying anti-Israel messaging and other displaying anti-Palestine messaging.
Stand With Us bought 4-week ads urging America to stop sending U.S. aid to the Palestinians starting April 11, just before the anti-Israel campaign ended.
The 2013 mayoral candidate who was never a candidate, yet obsessed with former Mayor Michale Bloomberg, Ceceilia Berkowitz, was hauled off to Bellevue on Wednesday after showing up at the ex-mayor’s office and acting irrationally, police sources told The Daily News.
Ceceilia Berkowitz, 35, was placed under psychiatric observation at the hospital after Bloomberg’s security detail spotted her at Bloomberg LP headquarters in Midtown, the sources said.Bloomberg’s security detail was on the lookout for Berkowitz after she posted three messages — minutes apart — on Twitter Tuesday evening announcing her “great plans” to visit Bloomberg at his company headquarters.
A flyer bearing the stamps of the self-proclaimed People’s Republic of Donetsk has allegedly ordered all Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city to register with the pro-Russian separatists – or face deportation. It orders all Jews aged over 16 years old to register before the government building, which has been occupied by pro-Russian insurgents.
The leaflet described which documents Jews should provide: “ID and passport are required to register your Jewish religion, religious documents of family members, as well as documents establishing the rights to all real estate property that belongs to you, including vehicles.”
Nearly 100 members of the ancient Jewish community of Kaifeng, China, attended a first-of-its-kind traditional Passover Seder on Monday evening. The Seder was conducted by 28-year-old Tzuri (Heng) Shi, who made Aliyah (moved to Israel) from Kaifeng a few years ago with the help of Jerusalem-based Shavei Israel organization and completed his formal return to Judaism last year.
The Seder was led by Boaz and Ram, the Chazan (cantor) of the community.
The famous 6-year-old ‘Raphael Elisha Meir Ben Devorah’ Cohen from Texas, who was battling cancer for two years, passed away on the 1st day of Chol HaMoed pesach.
“Our beautiful son Rafael Elisha Meir HaCohen passed away this morning,” his mother Devorah announced on Facebook.
The levaya (funeral) is now taking place at LaGuardia Airport en route to Israel. The levaya in Israel will be held on Firday afternoon.
The NYPD has ended its controversial Muslim surveillance program, which began in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The NYPD’s Demographics Unit (Zone Assessment Unit) has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region.
“The Zone Assessment Unit, previously referred to as the demographics unit, has been largely inactive since January,” the department said in a statement Tuesday. “Recently, as part of an ongoing assessment of Intelligence Bureau operations, personnel assigned to the Zone Assessment Unit were reassigned to other duties within the Intelligence Bureau.”
A holiday phone call between President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, apparently turned into a boxing match over immigration reform, Politico reports.
According to the White House, President Obama was just trying to wish Cantor, who is Jewish, a happy Passover. However, a statement by Cantor following the phone call said the conversation was about immigration. “The president called me hours after he issued a partisan statement which attacked me and my fellow House Republicans and which indicated no sincere desire to work together,” Cantor said in the statement.
On Wednesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the New York State Police will conduct a week-long enforcement initiative targeting speeding and aggressive drivers across the state. The “Speed Week” campaign runs from April 17 through April 24, 2014. Fines for speeding and aggressive driving can reach nearly $1,000 and add up to 11 points on a driver’s license.
Suspicious ‘Pretending’ Hasidic Jew Detained By Australian Police After Coming Close To Royal Couple
Australia – Police stopped and searched two suspects who were ‘acting suspiciously’ and ‘causing a disturbance’ just meters from where the UK Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling during their visit to Australia’s Blue Mountains, The Daily Mail online reported.
One of the men was wearing a Chabad hat and frak on top of what looked like a bullet-proof vest, talking on a headset. However, the vest was in fact made of mesh, with pro-Israel stickers attached. The men were searched completely and had to take off ‘all their clothes including their socks,’ according to a witness on the scene.
The newly elected mayor of Marionville, Missouri, hometown of the suspect in the killing of three outside two Jewish sites in Kansas City, said this week that he agreed with some of Frazier Miller’s views on Jews but not of his actions.
“He was always nice and friendly and respectful of elder people. He respected his elders greatly, a long as they were the same color as him,” Mayor Daniel Clevenger told KSPR news. “Very fair and honest and never had a bit of problems out of him.”
Former mayor Mike Bloomberg believes he’s headed straight to ‘Gan Eden’ (paradise), when his day to depart of the world arrives, after a 3-term tenure as mayor of New York City and investing over $50 Million advocating for gun control.
In a lengthy interview with The New York Times, Mr. Bloomberg said he is so proud of himself and ready for Judgment Day.
Frazier Glenn Miller, the 73-year-old white supremacist leader and lifelong anti-Semite, made his first court appearance via video conference on Tuesday in a wheelchair and wearing only what appeared to be a padded smock with his arms and legs exposed.
A spokesman for the Johnson County jail said the knee-length black garment worn by Miller was a “suicide prevention smock.”
In the wake of the Kansas City-area shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center on April 13, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a high-level security briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
“I want to wish a zissen Pesach, or happy Passover, to the Jewish community of Brooklyn, New York City and beyond. As families gather for seder tonight, we recall the values of determination, faith and freedom that the Haggadah teaches.
“We stand united, as One Brooklyn, in a repudiation of acts of hate, be they enslavement of times olden and modern or be they expressions of prejudice. Instead, we join together in celebration of our diversity and to care for one another.”
Tonight, across our state and around the world, people of the Jewish faith will gather in love and warmth to remember an important night in their long struggle against oppression. The story of Passover is a powerful reminder of the strength of faith, an enduring belief in better days ahead, and a reminder of the importance of communities sticking together to overcome adversity. And it is a day when families and friends gather to join in a ceremony that honors the Jewish community’s great victories, and prepares the next generation to carry on this faithful tradition.
I wish all of my friends a joyous Passover celebration.
[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A fight broke out Monday morning between Klausenberger Hasidim and FDNY officers over a Chametz burning site. The brawl broke out on 14th ave and 50th street in Borough Park after the Fire Department wanted to extinguish the fire at the time agreed upon with local agencies and elected officials.
Secretary of State John Kerry will celebrate the holiday of Passover this year, not at the negotiation table in the Middle East but at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer. Mr. Kerry will also speak with Israeli Prime Minister on the phone to personally extend his best wishes to him and his family and the people of Israel.
The following is Secretary Kerry’s Passover greetings:
Michelle and I send our warmest greetings to all those celebrating Passover in the United States, in Israel, and around the world.
On Tuesday, just as we have every year of my presidency, my family will join the millions taking part in the ancient tradition of the Seder. We will enjoy the company of friends and loved ones, retell a timeless story, and give thanks for the freedom we are so blessed to enjoy.
Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield spent the morning visiting bread burning sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood and thanking FDNY, Shomrim and Chaverim members for their participation in the annual bread burning ritual.
Prior to visiting several burning sites, Councilman Greenfield stopped by the firehouse at 4210 12th Avenue, which is home to Engine 282 and Ladder 148, where he thanked FDNY officials and firefighters for their hard work throughout the day to make sure the bread burning ran smoothly and safely this year.
The Justice Department will investigate whether federal hate crimes were committed in the Kansas City terror attack that left three people dead Sunday, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
“Justice Department prosecutors will work with their state and local counterparts to provide all available support and to determine whether the federal hate crimes statute is implicated in this case,” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement released Monday.
“No matter what, we will do everything in our power to ensure justice is served in this case on behalf of the victims and their families. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by these heinous acts,” he said.
“Tonight, Jews across the five boroughs will be gathering together with their families, friends and loved ones at the seder table to celebrate the first night of Passover. Passover, or Pesach, commemorates the Jewish people’s exodus from Egypt and is a story of freedom from slavery and oppression full of meaning that resonates to this day. I’d like to wish all New Yorkers who are celebrating a happy and meaningful holiday. Chag kasher v’sameach!”