Gov. Cuomo: New Yorkers Stand In Solidarity W/ Kansas Jewish Community

CuomoThe following is a statement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo following the horrific murder of 3 at two Jewish facilities in Kansas City:

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of the shootings that took place earlier today at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City and Village Shalom. On the eve of Passover, New Yorkers stand in solidarity with the Jewish community in Kansas City, mourning those who were lost and wishing a speedy recovery to those who were injured as a result of today’s tragic events.”

OPPD Chief John Douglass Updates Media on Overland Park Shootings [Video]

“Today is a sad and very tragic day,” Overland Park Police Chief John Douglass said at a news conference. “As you might imagine we are only three hours into this investigation. There’s a lot of innuendo and a lot of assertions going around. There is really very little hardcore information.”

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British Abu Hamza Goes On Trial in New York On Monday

abu_hamza_prayingBritish hate preacher Abu Hamza goes on trial in New York on Monday, facing the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the 9/11 attacks, AFP reports. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza Al-Masri, is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.

This marks the second high-profile terror trial to be heard by a Manhattan jury since Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on March 26. Read more »

World Jewish Congress President: Fighting Anti-Israel BDS Is ‘An Honor’

Ronald LauderIn a keynote speech in London last week, World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder called on Jewish community and organizational leaders to step up the battle against the anti-Israel Boycott, Sanctions, and Divestment (BDS) movement, saying that this was perhaps the most important thing they would ever do. Read more »







Report: U.S. Administration ‘Angry’ At Israel’s Neutrality In US-Russia Crisis Over Crimea

bb putinIsrael’s policy of “noninterference” in relation to Russia’s annexation of Crimea has angered the American administration, Haaretz reported on Sunday.

Members of the White House and State Department said they were very disappointed that Israel had not backed the US’s position on the crisis in Ukraine. Israel was absent from the recent UN General Assembly vote in which a motion to not recognize Crimea’s new status was passed by a wide margin (100 votes in favor, 11 against, and 58 abstentions). Read more »

7-Year-Old Girl Sacrifices Health By Sending Passover Packages To Jewish Soldiers Overseas



Wynnewood, Pennsylvania – Seven-year-old Freida Atkins has spent days in her Wynnewood home packaging macaroons to send to Jewish soldiers overseas in time for Passover, though she’s allergic to them herself, according to The Philly Inquirer.

Freida is also plagued by idiopathic anaphylaxis, a rare, life-threatening disease in which a wide range of substances can trigger severe allergic reactions. Read more »







3 Dead In Shootings At Two Jewish Locations in Overland Park, Kansas City [Video]

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UPDATED 9:58 PM: Overland Park, Kansas City – Three fatalities have been reported in multiple shootings at two Jewish-related locations in Kansas City, according to sources in the Overland Park Police Department. Law enforcement sources identified suspect as 73-year-old Frasier Glenn Cross, Jr. from Missouri.

The first shooting was reported at around 1:00p.m. at the Jewish Community Center in Overland Park, Kansas. Overland Park Police confirmed multiple shots were fired at the center, which is located at 5801 W 115th St.

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GOP Donor Ken Langone: Jeb Has More Baggage Than Christie

b4901_jebandmittHome Depot co-founder and prominent Republican donor Ken Langone is standing by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his choice for President in 2016, despite the recent buzz surrounding former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

“Jeb would be a superb president, but I think Christie would connect better — we desperately need a president to connect to the people,” Langone told Buzzfeed on Friday. Read more »

GOP Darling, Rand Paul: US Shouldn’t Rule Out ‘Containment’ Of Nuclear Iran [Video]

Sen. Rand Paul (R) Kentucky told ABC News’ Jon Karl on Sunday that when it comes to the Iranian nuclear program, “all options should be on the table” and the United States shouldn’t rule out containment of a nuclear Iran.

“They said containment will never ever, ever be our policy. We woke up one day and Pakistan had nuclear weapons. If that would have been our policy toward Pakistan, we would be at war with Pakistan. We woke up one day and China had nuclear weapons. We woke up one day and Russia had them,” Paul told ABC News. Read more »

Coalition Crisis? Bennett: Pollard Swap Deal = Elections; ‘The Ball’s In Bibi’s Court’

bibi bennettNetanyahu’s coalition partner is threatening to bolt the government and drag Israel into elections if 14 Israeli-Palestinian terrorists are released in a swap deal brokered by the US administration.

Last week, Economy Minister and Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett announced that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the Palestinians. The crisis intensified Sunday evening as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a scheduled meeting with Bennett. Read more »

Obama To Host WH Seder On 2nd Night of Passover

obama sederPresident Barack Obama will continue his tradition of celebrating the Jewish holiday of Passover next week when he hosts a seder for family, friends and staff on Tuesday evening, April 15th, the White House announced today.

“On Tuesday, the President and the First Lady will mark the beginning of Passover with a Seder at the White House with friends and staff,” the White House said. Read more »

Rabbi: Frescada Lettuce ‘Too Sweet’ For Maror (Bitter Herbs)

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Alex Rapaport, never shy of innovative projects, took his kids on a mission in the snowy winter months to discover whether the new ‘Frescada’ romaine lettuce is kosher for ‘maror’ (bitter herbs) at the seder.

The lettuce – a combination of romaine and iceburg – was first invented by Monsanto organic company by novel strains of familiar food crops. “The lettuce is sweeter and crunchier than romaine and has the stay-fresh quality of iceberg,” the company took pride of the new lettuce invented in 2012. Read more »

Oh My! Credit Agency Refuses To Recognize Brooklyn Jew With First Name ‘God’

omgA Brooklyn businessman is ­suing the credit-reporting agency Equifax for falsely reporting him as having no financial history ­because their system rejects his first name — God, The NY Post reported Friday.

God Gazarov, a Russian native, claims that the company has stubbornly refused to correct the glitch after more than two years of anguished calls and correspondence, according to a Brooklyn federal lawsuit to be filed Friday. Read more »

Israel – Haredi Sponsored Poll Of Secular Jews Shows No Antipathy Toward Haredi Community

Photo/Dov Lenchevsky, Courtesy of Ah Blick.

Photo/Dov Lenchevsky, Courtesy of Ah Blick.

It might be shocking to some, but a poll sponsored by a Haredi newspapers shows that the talk about hatred against Haredim and personal angst against the community by Secular Jews in Israel are at most exaggerated and overblown. Mishpacha, a Haredi weekly magazine and newspaper, sponsored a poll to determine the attitudes of secular Israelis towards Haredim.

The results are somewhat astonishing. Read more »

Florida – Jewish Inmates Served With ‘Unappealing’ Kosher Cold Kosher Food

KosherPrison_6__800x1000_q100_Florida prison inmates whose kosher meals are comprised primarily of peanut butter, sardines and cabbage, claim they are served with cold food daily by the Florida Department of Corrections to discourage inmates from signing up for the kosher meals or to punish inmates if they do.

“I would say that peanut butter, sardines and cabbage every day looks a lot like punishment,” Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty which sued the state on behalf of Bruce Rich, an Orthodox Jew who was denied a kosher diet, told Palm Beach Post. Read more »

Israeli and Palestinian Negotiators To Meet Today Without US Presence

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are to convene on Sunday without the US presence in the latest attempt to save teetering peace talks, a Palestinian official told AFP.

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erakat will meet his Israeli counterpart, Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s special envoy Yitzhak Molcho, during the afternoon, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. The head of Palestinian intelligence Majid Faraj will also attend the meeting.

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Palestinians, Israeli Police Clash On Temple Mount

Palestinians and Israeli police clashed at the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday, AFP reported.

Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said that violence erupted when police opened one of the walled compound’s gates to non-Muslim visitors, according to the regular visiting hours. “Stones and a number of Molotov cocktails were thrown at police,” he told AFP.

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‘Don’t Forget About G-d,’ Says Republican Rob Astorino In Passover Greetings [Audio]

rob astorino“Deepen your relationship with G-d,” was Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino’s message to the Jewish community celebrating the holiday of Passover, starting Monday evening.

“My message to anybody is: don’t forget about G-d. What is happening in our society today, G-d is being washed away from the public square or really from our lives,” Mr. Astorino said in his passover greetings on the Zev Brenner radio program. “Part of this is this generation, maybe, is not as religious as the previous, which is a shame. But just the whole secularism that is creeping in .. not even creeping in anymore but marching in quickly in our society. And that’s a frightening thought to me, and it should be a frightening though to Jews and Christians alike.” Read more »

‘A Zissen Pesach,’ Mayor de Blasio Says In Passover Greeting [Audio]

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio extended his greetings to the million and more Jewish residents in the city of New York celebrating Monday evening the Jewish holiday of Passover (Pesach), in a recorded message broadcast on the iconic Zev Brenner Saturday night radio program.

“I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone, on behalf of myself, Chirlane and the entire City of New York, a Happy Passover holiday, or as we say in Italian: ‘A Zisen Pesach,’” mayor de Blasio said in the recorded greetings. Read more »

Israel – Bus Driver Calls Holocaust Survivors, Speaking Dutch, ‘Nazis’

metropoline2A Holocaust survivor has accused a Metropoline bus driver of calling him and his wife Nazis when they spoke Dutch on the bus, Ynet website reports.

The incident occurred last Friday on a bus from Raanana to Tel Aviv, according to Martin Leeda, who survived three Nazi concentration camps and today divides his time between Israel and Holland, where he works as a guide in the Jewish Historical Museum in Amsterdam. Read more »

Jonathan Pollard Won’t Be Home For The Seder

PollardIsraeli agent Jonathan Pollard will not arrive in Jerusalem for Monday night’s Passover Seder. Yet the talks around his release might have broken the taboo, an Israeli Knesset member said over the weekend.

Pollard’s release was brought up as a gesture on behalf of President Barack Obama if Israel and the Palestinians were to move forward and extend the peace talks for another year. Read more »

Miliband, Who Aspires To Become UK’s First Jewish Prime Minister: ‘I Don’t Believe In G-d’

ed miliband meets NetanyahuBritain may soon have the first Jewish Prime Minister, but the guy to claim that title doesn’t believe in God. During a visit to Israel over the weekend, United Kingdom’s opposition leader and Labour Party chairman, Ed Miliband spoke  about his religious beliefs in detail for the first time, according to British media. But he said his Jewish ethnicity doesn’t contradict with his belief that G-d doesn’t exist.

“I have a particular faith. I describe myself as a Jewish atheist. I’m Jewish by birth origin and it’s a part of who I am,” said Miliband. “I don’t believe in God, but I think faith is a really, really important thing to a lot of people. It provides nourishment for lots of people.” Read more »

Cuba – Alan Gross Ends Hunger Strike At Mom’s Request

alan gross cuba prisonImprisoned Alan Gross suspended his hunger strike after a week at the behest of his elderly mother, JTA reports.

“Alan’s mother asked him to stop the fast,” Jill Zuckman, the spokeswoman of the family of the State Department subcontractor imprisoned in Cuba, told JTA. “He agreed to do that today.” Read more »

Secret Lev Tahor Court Docs, Ordering Protective Custody For All Children, Revealed

lev_tahor-3A Quebec Provincial Court has issued apprehension orders for all 128 Lev Tahor children, documents revealed on Thursday shows. The secret Quebec court orders against the children were revealed by Denis Baraby, whose office initiated the child protection case against the Jewish group.

Apparently, Baraby sent all of the judicial orders to his counterparts in Ontario hoping they would carry out the warrant. Read more »

Report: Mayor De Blasio ‘Screening’ All City Agencies’ Top-to-Bottom Hires

Bill DeBlasioMayor Bill de Blasio is known for his micromanaging style. But apparently he’s taking it a step further,  demanding total control over the hiring process in his new administration — including direct oversight of deputy commissioners, chiefs of staff and press secretaries, DNA Info’s Colby Hamilton first reported Friday.

“After you select a candidate…you must submit requests for approval to hire the candidate from your Deputy Mayor and for final approval from the Mayor’s Chief of Staff prior to appointment,” de Blasio’s Chief of Staff Laura Santucci wrote to all agency heads, in a memo obtained by DNAinfo, on March 31. “All approvals are subject to City Hall background integrity screening of the candidate.” Read more »

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