Cuomo Allies Form New Women’s Equality Party

As reported by Capital NY, political allies of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo will set a record Tuesday by officially filing more than 90,000 signatures to create a new Women’s Equality Party, a source involved in the campaign effort disclosed. Kathy Hochul, a former Erie County congresswoman who is Cuomo’s designated running mate for lieutenant governor, announced the formation of the party in conjunction with several abortion rights groups. New York State’s fusion voting system allows major-party candidates to appear on (and create) minor party lines, to identify with specific issues or simply to have their name appear in multiple places.

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PA’s Erekat: US At Fault For Peace Talks Impasse

According to a report by AI Monitor, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has flatly rejected former United States Middle East peace envoy Martin Indyk’s repeated criticism of the Palestinian side throughout the nine-month talks with Israel. While Indyk has consistently suggested that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas “shut down” near the end of the negotiating period, Erekat pointed to the Obama administration’s refusal to offer any written proposal as undermining any possibility of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Body of Missing American-Israeli Lone Soldier Found With Gunshot Wounds

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Israeli police said Tuesday afternoon they’ve located the body of missing IDF Dave Gordon with gunshot wounds, Channel 10 reported moments ago. IDF confirmed the report at 8:20 pm local time.

Police are investigating the incident.

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NYGov – Teachout Dodges Two Questions On Israel, Calls Cuomo’s Trip ‘Symbolic’ [Video]

20140819-110938.jpgWhile stressing her commitment to represent all New Yorkers in her bid to outseat Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Party primaries, Zephyr Teachout on Tuesday refused to address an issue important to 1.7 million Jews residing in the state of New York.

Speaking to reporters outside the NY Supreme Court, Appellate Division, in Brooklyn, Teachout dodged two questions directed at her to publicly state her where she stands on Israel and New York connection to the Jewish State.

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Poll: Majority of Israelis Say No to Hamas Demands

A fully documented news report by the Jerusalem Post is revealing that only a tiny percentage of Israeli Jews –  four tenths of a percent – feel that Israel should accept Hamas’s demands in order to put an end to the recurring rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. This finding was documented by the monthly Peace Index poll sponsored by the Israel Democracy Institute and Tel Aviv University, the results of which were unveiled on Tuesday.

The poll of 600 respondents who constitute a representative sample of the Jewish state’s adult population was taken last Monday and Tuesday and has a margin of error of 4.1 percent. It found that 58% of Israeli Jews are of the opinion that Israel does not have to meet any Hamas demands and should continue to fight the terrorist organization until it surrenders, and 41% of that population think Israel should respond positively to Hamas’s demands that can be considered reasonable in terms of Israel’s national security.

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LIVE BLOG: Israel Targets Mohammed Deif In Airstrike, Wife and Daughter Killed.

19:42: Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk: Israel targeted Hamas’ armed wing leader Mohammed Deif in one of its air strikes on Gaza on Tuesday. His fate is unclear but wife and daughter are dead. Read more »







Cease-Fire Breached 9 Hours Ahead of Possible Truce Deal

Three rockets land in open area near the southern Israeli city of Beersheba; no alarm was sounded.

The prime minister and the defense minister have instructed the IDF to resume attacking targets in the Gaza Strip, in response to the breaking of the temporary truce by Hamas, official sources said.

Israeli Police Searching For American Lone Soldier Missing Since Sunday

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Israeli police is requesting public assistance in finding a US-born IDF lone soldier, who’s been missing since Sunday evening.

David Menachem Gordon, 21, was last seen Sunday noon near the Medical Corps building in the Tzrifin Base. He has not been seen since. Read more »

De Blasio: NYPD Will Up Presence In Neighborhoods of Increased Shootings

mayor de blasio 100 daysFollowing a weekend of gun violence that killed two people and injured 21 others, Mayor de Blasio on Monday vowed increased police activity in the 10 communities affected by the shootings.

“I don’t take any additional shootings lightly,” de Blasio told reporters during an unrelated press conference at City Hall. “I don’t take any additional crime lightly. We’re going to address it aggressively in each and every case.” Read more »

Crown Heights Jewish Community Slam De Blasio For Not Taking Jewish Concerns Seriously

crown heights presserMayor Bill de Blasio was placed on the chopping block on Monday for not showing greater sensitivity to the Orthodox Jewish community in the city, amid recent anti-Semitic attacks and his cozy relationship with Rev. Al Sharpton.

Standing on the spot in which a Jewish student – 24-year-old Avrohom Wolosow – was beaten last week in an apparent hate crime, leader of the Jewish community urged the Police Department and the city government to take action and combat the rise of anti-Semitic attacks against the Jewish community in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.  Read more »

Germany: Looted Painting Belongs to Jewish Family

(AP). Investigators say they have determined a second painting that was part of a massive trove of art found in the Munich apartment of late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was stolen by the Nazis from its Jewish owner.

Experts said in a release late Monday that Max Liebermann’s “Two Riders on the Beach” was “with high probability” seized from businessman David Friedmann and rightfully belongs to his descendants. Read more »

Cairo Talks Goes Into Final 12 Hours Of Negotiations



(AP). Palestinian and Israeli negotiators in Cairo resumed indirect talks on Tuesday, trying to hammer out a roadmap for the war-torn Gaza Strip after Egypt announced a 24-hour extension of the cease-fire to allow more time for negotiations.

The extension of the truce fanned hopes of an emerging deal, however vague, though wide gaps remain on key issues, including Israel’s blockade of Gaza, its demands for disarmament of the Islamic militant group Hamas and Palestinian demands for a Gaza seaport and an airport. Read more »

90-Year-Old Holocaust Survivor Arrested During St. Louis Protest



A 90-year-old holocaust survivor was arrested on Monday afternoon in downtown St. Louis during a march to protest the decision by Missouri’s Governor to activate the National Guard in response to the ongoing protests following the shooting of an unarmed teen by local police in Ferguson Missouri.

Hedy Epstein, a renowned activist, was marching along with hundreds of other people towards the Gov. Jay Nixon’s office in St. Louis, while chanting that “National Guard has got to go” when they were told by police to disperse but failed to do so. Police arrested eight protestors and all but one have been released. Read more »

Obama: Time to Review Local Police Militarization

Gaza border(AP) - Calling for a sharp separation between the nation’s armed forces and local police, President Barack Obama on Monday urged a re-examination of programs that have equipped civilian law enforcement departments with military gear from the Pentagon.

The transfers have come under public scrutiny after the forceful police response to racially charged unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Read more »

Britain’s Cameron Highlights ISIS’ Threat at Home with Brussels Shooting

David Cameron UK Prime Minister ISIS IRAQUK’s Prime Minister David Cameron defended his country’s action against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) saying that Britain will “use all the assets that we have,” including “military prowess” and other aid to defeat the “monstrous” group.

He stressed that troops will not enter Iraq on the ground. But added that limited actions is necessary to prevent violence from spreading to British streets. Read more »

Member of Rodeph Shalom Synagogue in Philly Beaten to Death: Police

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A 65-year-old lifelong member of the Rodeph Shalom reform synagogue in Philadelphia, has been beaten to death, authorities said on Monday.

The man identified as Lee Stanley, was found dead on the floor of his house, by contractors who were scheduled to do work there on Friday. Police ruled the death suspicious on Friday, but an autopsy revealed that the cause of death was blunt force trauma to the chest.

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UN Says Gaza Requires Unprecedented Reconstruction



(AP) - The top U.N. official in the Mideast said Monday that Gaza will require massive reconstruction and proposed expanding a U.N.-Israeli system to import construction materials into the Palestinian territory.

Robert Serry told the U.N. Security Council that ending the blockade of Gaza and addressing Israel’s legitimate security needs have become even more urgent given “the unprecedented amount of destruction … and the corresponding unprecedented level of humanitarian needs” suffered during the latest fighting between Israel and Hamas. Read more »

Jewish Damage Response Team ‘Nechama’ Helps Repair Flooded Homes in Detroit



Following what has come to be one of the wettest days in Detroit in the last decade, thousands of houses have been destroyed, with costs of repairing the damaged properties estimated to be at around $350 million, a Jewish damage response team is assisting in the aftermath of the flood.

Nechama, a voluntary nonprofit organization, based in Minnesota, that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services nationwide, has volunteers in the area. Nechama has also assisted residents in NY last year following Hurricane Sandy. Read more »

America Divided on Race Issues with Ferguson Shooting



With protests in Ferguson, Missouri, still ongoing in reaction to the shooting of an unarmed teen by a police officer, America is largely divided if race is playing too much of a factor, or whether the case raises important issues about race, a new Pew Research Center poll finds.

The poll conducted among 1,000 adults, between August 14 to 17, finds that the general public is divided, with 44% saying that the case raises important race issues, and 40% saying race getting too much attention. Read more »

Report: Netanyahu, Kerry Reach Cease-Fire Deal Over US-Israel Rift

A report on Ynet reveals that US Secretary of State John Kerry is expected to arrive in Israel next week in a show of support for Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in what seems to be a agreement on solving the Gaza problem and put an end to the weeks long rift with the administration.

The report quoted unnamed sources that Israel and the US have secretly decided that Israel will agree to a gradual lifting of the blockade on Gaza Strip, starting with the land crossings and eventually opening up sea traffic.

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No Arrest for Gov. Perry but Mug Shot to Be Taken

rick_perry(AP) - A Texas judge opted Monday not to issue an arrest warrant against Gov. Rick Perry, but the Republican still faces the unflattering prospect of being booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken — and has assembled a team of high-powered attorneys to fight the two felony counts of abuse of power against him.

Leading conservatives around the country have mostly lined up to support the longest-serving governor in Texas history, and Perry’s aides said the case won’t derail his busy travel schedule, which includes visits to several key presidential battleground states as he continues to eye a second run for the White House in 2016. Read more »

MK Sheetrit: Interior Minister Made Illicit Deal With Chareidim to Keep Me From Presidency

According to an article in Ha’aretz, Knesset Member Meir Sheetrit (Hatnuah), who lost the runoff election for the presidency in the Knesset to Reuven Rivlin, has accused Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar (Likud) of making a political deal with the Chareidi parties to prevent a possible victory by Meir Sheetrit. Sheetrit claims that Sa’ar apparently informed the fervently Orthodox representatives that he would shutter stores in Tel Aviv on Shabbat in return for switching their support from Sheetrit to Rivlin in the second round of voting, in June.

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Large Crowd Rallies for Israel in South Carolina Synagogue

As reported in detail by The Post and Courier, community and state leaders gathered Sunday at Synagogue Emanu-El in West Ashley, South Carolina to declare their support for Israel as officials from the Jewish state travel to Cairo for talks for a lasting peace with Hamas and the Palestinian people. More than 120 people attended the event, which featured such prominent speakers as South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson and Rep. Alan Clemmons, R-Myrtle Beach.

“It’s not an international or a national issue,” Wilson proclaimed. “It’s a personal issue. It’s personal because if the United States turns its back on Israel, it will no longer be the great nation that it is.”

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4th Term as PM in Jeopardy? Netanyahu to Delay Likud Chairmanship Elections

According to a report in the Jerusalem Post, Likud sources claimed on Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is unlikely to advance the next leadership race within his Likud party as a result of frustration among the public about his handling of the conclusion of Operation Protective Edge and its aftermath.

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Ferndale, NY – Orthodox Jewish Man Struck By Speeding Driver Airlifted To Westchester Hospital

A 30-year-old Man from Lakewood, New Jersey, was airlifted earlier today to Westchester Hospital after being struck by a vehicle that was speeding on Stanton Corners Road, New York State Police told JP.

Hatzolah responded to a call of a pedestrian struck at 482 Stanton Corners Road at 8:37 AM and found the man lying on the road between the car and a mail box, police said. Hatzolah requested a chopper to transport the victim to Westchester hospital, where he was listed in serious but stable condition.

The New York State Police also responded to the scene. After an investigation, the police revealed that the Man was standing by his mini-van and putting in his children, when the second vehicle – which was traveling at an extremely high speed – knocked down the 30-year-old, causing him serious injuries to his face and head.

NYSP later issued three tickets to the 28-year-old driver.

The family is asking the public to daven for Moshe Shmuel ben Chaya.

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