Ceasefire Breached With Firing Of Mortar At Eshkol

Map of Israel, Map of GazaFor the first time since Operation Protective Edge, a rocket was fired from Gaza Strip east to the security fence. The rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol region. No injuries or damage were reported.

Mortar from Gaza hit Israel; first since end of Operation Protective Edge. #StandWithIsrael,” the iDF spokesperson tweeted. Read more »

Israel: US CEO’s New Education Center Seeks to Help Poor of All Faiths in Akko

bill-stricklandIsrael’s mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko is set to become the first place outside the United States where Bill Strickland, president and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, will open an affiliate of his successful nonprofit arts, education and job training centers, according to The Huffington Post.

During his initial visit to Israel this week, Strickland came with a message of hope to the city on the coast of northern Israel in the Galilee, including Jews, Muslims, Christians and Druze. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence, NY – Dem Congressional Hopeful Kathleen Rice Attends ‘Shuk’ for Southern Israel

rice shuk 2On Sunday, Democratic congressional candidate Kathleen Rice (NY-04) attended the ‘Shuk’ (marketplace) for Southern Israel at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway in Lawrence.

The Shuk brought in vendors and merchants from Israel who are struggling because of the crisis in the south and the lack of tourism associated with it, which gave local residents the opportunity to support the Israeli economy from right here at home. Rice, who traveled to Israel in July, was in Tel Aviv when the FAA banned American flights from flying to Ben Gurion Airport. Read more »

AG Race – Cahill Leaks Internal Poll That Shows Schneiderman With 7 Point Lead

john cahillIn an effort to rally donors and support ahead of the general election, Republican Attorney General candidate John Cahill’s campaign sent donors a memo citing internal polling that shows the race against incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman a dead heat, The Daily News reported.

According to the internal poll, not released to the press,  Schneiderman leads Cahill by a 7 point margin (36.8-29.7). Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

NYGov – Ralph Nader Supports Anti-Israel Green Party Candidate For Governor

nader hawkinsVeteran consumer advocate and previous longshot candidate for president Ralph Nader – who is also known for having foreign policy views that are unfavorable to Israel – is making public appearances to back up his endorsement of the Green Party’s candidate for governor of New York State (who just recently condemned the Jewish state) along with one of the party’s congressional candidates. Read more »

House Speaker Boehner ‘Monkeys Around’ to Enhance Social Media Presence

House Minority Leader John BoehnerIn an apparent attempt to broaden his appeal as a regular, “fun” guy, House Speaker John Boehner’s office has put out a YouTube video — straightforwardly titled “The Monkey in the Room” — that presents the Ohio Republican playing with a small mechanical monkey.

Seemingly devoid of any political agenda, the 42-second video consists of Boehner and Rep. Devin Nunes’ young children playing around with the toy. The video’s primary power appears to be its ability to go viral, to quickly spread across social media.  Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dempsey: Ground Troops Possible If Airstrikes Fail To Defeat ISIS

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(AP). The nation’s top military leader told Congress on Tuesday that if President Barack Obama’s expanded military campaign to destroy Islamic extremists fails, he would recommend that the United States consider deploying American ground forces to Iraq.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the goal for American advisers is to help Iraqi forces with planning, logistics and coordinating military efforts by coalition partners to take out members of the Islamic State group. Read more »

Scotland’s Jewish Community Worried About Ramifications of Independence Ahead of Thursday Vote

Emotions have become heated in Scotland as its residents prepare to vote Thursday on a referendum that will determine whether or not Scotland becomes independent of the United Kingdom. As often happens in these situations, the country’s Jewish population is concerned about how such a change might affect their well-being.

Three Injured In Arson Attack At Brussels Synagogue

brussels arsonThree people were injured Tuesday morning by inhaling smoke from a fire at a Brussels synagogue, in what Belgian authorities suspect was a result of arson, Belga news agency reported.

The fire broke out on the second floor of the synagogue in the eastern suburb of Anderlecht and was first reported at around 6:30 am (0430 GMT), Belga wrote. Read more »

Viral Video Of Hasidic Jew From Crown Heights High-Fiving NYer’s Hailing Cabs

NYGov – Astorino’s Dante? Rob Astorino’s Son Sean Takes Cuomo To Task Over Doctored Photo

sean astorinoRepublican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astorino on Tuesday deployed his son Sean for a web ad after Governor Andrew Cuomo allegedly doctored an Astorino family photo last weekend for use in a negative TV ad run in the name of a local Democratic Party. Read more »

Hagel, Dempsey Defend Obama’s ISIS Plan At Senate Hearing

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(AP). The nation’s top military leader says strikes against Islamic extremists in Syria will be persistent and sustainable as President Barack Obama expands the military campaign to combat the terrorist threat.

Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel on Tuesday that the airstrikes will not resemble the “shock and awe” bombardment of the Iraq war that began in March 2003. Read more »

Report: US-Israel Accord Supports Coordinated Airstrikes On Syria

IAFA US-Israeli defense agreement will support coordinated air power in Syria if and when the Israel Air Force (IAF) is tasked to operate in close proximity to American-led coalition air forces against ISIS, the Defense News publication reported.

The bilateral accord was reportedly signed more than a year ago as part of Pentagon planning for prospective air strikes against chemical weapon-related sites then serving the Syrian regime. Read more »

Avi Schick To Mayor De Blasio: Back Off On Metzitzah B’Peh

avi schickIn an Op-Ed in the Daily News, Avi Schick, an Orthodox Jewish influential, calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to back off from enacting former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s regulation on Metzitzah B’Peh.

“As public advocate, Bill de Blasio criticized the adoption of this regulation — but he has yet to do anything about it as mayor,” Schick, who served as deputy attorney general from 1999 and as president of the Empire State Development Corporation in the Spitzer administration, writes.

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Feud Between Lithuanian Factions Lead To Late-Night Raid And Arrests At Ponevezh Yeshiva

Hewlett-PackardThe Dan District Police raided the Ponevezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak Monday night and arrested several students in connection with an ongoing investigation over the destruction of the yeshiva’s library last week, Arutz 7 reported.

Three people were reportedly arrested and are currently being questioned in the police station. Read more »

Israel – Settlers Boast 2% Growth In The West Bank

West Bank - Telegraph(AP). The main organization representing West Bank settlers says the population of Jewish Israelis living in the West Bank experienced strong growth during the first half of this year.

Dani Dayan, the chief foreign envoy of the Yesha council, says the figures are a sign that the settler population is “a thriving community that is here to stay.” Read more »

NYGov – Analysis: Cuomo Fared Best Among Orthodox Jewish Voters in Last Week’s Primary

vote cuomoGovernor Andrew Cuomo’s outreach to Orthodox Jewish voters seems to have paid off, according to post primary analysis.

In a lengthy review of primary night rerun data by Capital New York, Stephen Romalewski, director of the Mapping Center at the CUNY Graduate Center, remarked that the governor performed better in election districts with significant Orthodox Jewish populations than in non-Jewish neighborhoods of New York City.

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Updated: Fliers With Swastika Found On Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg

20140916-001239.jpgNYPD’s Hate Crime Task Force detectives are currently patrolling the streets in Williamsburg, investigating the distribution of hateful fliers as a possible bias incident, sources told JP.

A Williamsburg Shomrim member, out on patrol, found Monday night – at around 9:00 p.m. – multiple fliers with a swastika and the word ‘UBER’ printed on it, along Bedford avenue in the Jewish neighborhood in Williamsburg. He immediately alerted a Shomrim dispatcher and the NYPD, who responded to the scene.

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Christie, Cuomo, de Blasio Meet to Discuss Terror Threats

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(AP) - New York and New Jersey are facing a daunting domestic terror threat fueled by mounting hostilities between the United States and Islamic State extremists, federal and state officials warned Monday.

“We would be in a state of denial if we did not say with what’s going on internationally that the risk of a threat to us has increased,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters following the hourlong meeting in midtown Manhattan with Gov. Chris Christie, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. Read more »

City Council Scraps Vote to Change Florida Bridge Name After Noted Anti-Semite

A supposed name-change on a local bridge in Fort Myers, Florida, was scrapped from a city council vote after an uproar by many locals stated that the person behind the bridge’s new name was an avowed anti-Semite.

What was once known as he Caloosahatchee Bridge was changed to the Henry Ford Bridge, after a legislative bill took effect on July 1, naming the bridge after American industrialist Henry Ford.

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British Retailer ‘Sports Direct’ Apologizes After Guard Refused Entry to Jewish Students

sports directA large British retailer, Sports Direct apologized after one of its hired security guards told two 11-year-old Jewish boys that they may not enter the store, saying “no Jews, no Jews”.

A parent of one of the children, who is a student at Yeshivas Yavne, David Rosen, posted the story on social media which caused a large uproar and after reaching the company, they sincerely apologized. Read more »

Borough Park – Suspect Caught on Surveillance Attempting to Steal ATM Machine

ATM Berkshire bank robberyThe New York Police Department is seeking information to identify the suspect who was trying to steal an ATM machine from the Berkshire Bank located at 5010 13th Avenue in the Borough Park section of Brooklyn. The attempted robbery was caught on surveillance camera, police told JP.

Authorities said the suspect can be seen on the footage entering the bank on Sunday night. He entered through the front door while wearing plastic gloves on both hands.

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NYGov – Cuomo Meets Agudath Israel Board Ahead Of Jewish Fundraiser in Flatbush

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Governor Andrew Cuomo was back in Brooklyn on Monday trying to secure a super majority in his reelection bid, by courting the Orthodox Jewish community’s support at the early stages of the general election.

The governor attended a fundraiser Monday evening at the home of Sol Werdiger, chairman of Agudath Israel of America’s board of trustees, in Flatbush.

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Female-Only Taxi Service Delays Launch, Seeks More Drivers

NYC taxi(AP) – Sometimes a woman can be hard to find — if you’re looking for one behind the wheel of a taxi in New York City.

Less than 3 percent of the city’s about 115,000 licensed taxi, livery and limousine drivers are women, and that can be a problem for women who are reluctant to get into a cab alone with a male driver because of safety concerns or religious and social mores. Read more »

Man Denied Bail After Pleading Guilty In Attacking British MP Galloway

George Galloway follwoing the attackWhile pleading guilty for violently attacking the left-wing British MP George Galloway, 39-year-old Neil Masterson denied that the attack was carried out as a religiously aggravated assault.

Masterson attacked the notoriously anti-Israel member of the British Respect Party on August 29 when Galloway was posing for pictures with people on a London street. Read more »

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