“Hamas is a non-state, non-uniform belligerent terrorist organization,” Lt. Colonel West said. “Why would anyone want to side with an Islamic terrorist organization against a sovereign nation state?”
The Israeli company SodaStream – which has made a name for itself for its purportedly harmonious blend of Jewish and Arab factory staff – reportedly fired 60 Palestinian employees from its West Bank plant as the result of a dispute related to their breaking of the Ramadan fast.
The workers were fired earlier this month, according to the WAC-MAAN trade union representing them. The evening shift employees apparently were given dismissal notices a day after they complained that the food they received at the plant to end the daily sunrise to sundown fast during the Ramadan holy month was not sufficient.
Some 18,000 attended late Monday night the funeral of fallen American-Israeli soldier, Sean Carmeli, in Haifa. Carmeli, 21, born in Texas, was killed early Sunday morning by Hamas militant’ fire in Gaza.
Sean’s parents, who live in South Padre Island, Texas, were on their way to Israel and are expected to arrive later in the night.
A new published article reveals that Vice President Joe Biden brazenly told Vladimir Putin that the Russian leader has no soul. The comment came when the two met at the Kremlin in 2011, according to an article in the New Yorker published online Monday.
Biden told the magazine about his visit with Putin, who at the time was prime minister, and said he found himself physically very close to the Russian leader. “I said, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, I’m looking into your eyes, and I don’t think you have a soul,’” Biden recalled. “He looked back at me, and he smiled, and he said, ‘We understand one another.’”
A clear majority of Americans believe Israel’s military actions in Gaza are justified, with only a third saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday.
According to the poll, 57% of the US public said the Israeli actions against Hamas in the Gaza Strip are justified, with 34% saying they are unjustified.
A detailed news report in the Times of Israel has outlined unsettling details about the latest unabashed public resurgence of anti-Semitism in Germany, apparently in response to Israel’s attack on the terrorist Hamas organization in Gaza.
Draped in Palestinian flags and shaking their fists, an angry mob gathered on a major Berlin avenue on Thursday, chanting “Jew, Jew, cowardly swine, come out and fight on your own!” (translated from German). Earlier last week in Dortmund and Frankfurt, anti-Israel protesters shockingly chanted, “Hamas Hamas, Jews to the gas!”.
(AP). The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution Monday demanding international access to the site of the plane downed over eastern Ukraine and an end to military activities around the area, following intense pressure on a reluctant Russia to support the measure.
The resolution calls for a “full, thorough and independent international investigation” into the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 carrying 298 people in Hrabove. It calls for pro-Russia separatists to allow access to the site of the crash. And it demands that armed groups who control the crash site do not disturb debris, belongings or victims’ remains.
Around 1000 members of the Jewish community gathered Sunday night at a community solidarity event dubbed “Come Together” at the 92Y in Manhattan.
“Come Together” was spearheaded by the Israeli American Council and co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, UJA-Federation of New York, and the Israeliness program of the 92Y.
The highly aggressive Israeli military operation currently underway in Gaza has engendered an unprecedented wave of hateful expressions on media websites and social networks in France that moderators say they are struggling to control, according to a report in the Times of Israel.
The bombardment by land, sea and air that has reportedly killed over 500 Palestinians, undertaken in an attempt by Israel to neutralize Hamas rockets and attack tunnels, has inflamed tensions far away from the Middle East, especially in France with its large Muslim and Jewish communities.
While several high-profile personalities – notably Sean Hannity, the popular radio and cable TV host; golfing legend Tiger Woods; and actor Gerard Depardieu – have moved from their longstanding cities of residence to escape high taxation and live in so-called tax havens, a new study – as reported in the New York Times – has shown that the majority of the wealthy class living in New York State has not abandoned their home base.
In a lengthy profile of Sen, Rand Paul’s charm offensive in the Jewish community over the past year, gearing up for a WH run, the National Journal reports of Paul’s political operation capitalizing on his recent pro-Israel speech on the Senate, e-mailing copies of it to a host of influential Jewish and pro-Israel Republicans across the United States.
This entire episode serves as a prime example of Paul’s aggressive outreach efforts to the Jewish community
Gov. Cuomo’s campaign operatives are being accused of dirty tricks for allegedly sponsoring a biased “push poll’’ to convince voters that Rob Astorino, the governor’s Republican opponent, holds politically unacceptable views, Fred Dicker writes in the New York Post.
Astorino’s spokeswoman Jessica Proud said push-poll calls claiming to be emanating from a legitimate polling firm but actually intended to plant false information to “push’’ voters away from Astorino were received last week by Republican voters who reside in Suffolk County.
New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is urging New York State to legally require improved Internet service, particularly for low-income New Yorkers, in exchange for its approval for a merger of Comcast and Time Warner.
Stringer submitted written testimony to the New York State Public Service Commission on Monday to encourage it to influence Comcast to expand and improve its broadband service, according to a five-page draft that was provided ahead of time to Capital New York.
British Prime Minister David Cameron on Monday served as one of Israel’s public relations advocates when he explained to the House of Commons why, in his view, Israel should get the support needed for its right to defend itself.
“I’ve been clear throughout this crisis that Israel has the right to defend itself. Those criticizing Israel’s response must ask themselves how they would expect their own government to react if hundreds of rockets were raining down on British cities today,” said Cameron.
“I have to say that I’m somewhat surprised,” Yellen said regarding the unexpectedly weak housing market in a hearing in the House last week. “Frankly, it continues to be sluggish. And I can’t give you a precise reason why that’s occurred.”
As reported by Ha’aretz, a new study analyzing anti-Semitism in England has revealed that approximately 80 percent of British Jews express the belief that non-Jews blame them for the actions taken by the Israeli government.
According to the study, conducted by Dr. Laura Staetsky and Dr. Jonathan Boyd for the Institute for Jewish Policy Research, anti-Semitism is regularly connected to particular developments in Israel, as Jews feel they are held responsible for military and political decisions of the Israeli government.
United Nations officials handed the 20 Hamas missiles found last week in a U.N.-run school in Gaza to the Palestinian government, according to a Western diplomat familiar with the case who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.
Israeli officials claimed on Sunday that the weapons were given back to Hamas, but a diplomat familiar with the case say that they were turned over to “local authorities” working under the Palestinian unity government.
Imagine your country, any country in the world, would have a terrorist organization that’s sole purpose is to wipe you off the map, and it’s capable of doing it. It’s proven that it can do it. Imagine those terrorists are bombarding you with rockets and mortars. They’re seeking to destroy you in every way possible, building underground tunnels to transfer weapons — and their carriers — into your country. Sending suicide bombers to your bus stations to kill the largest amount of civilians possible.
At the same, “if Hamas does not stop targeting Israel, we will consider all options – all options are on the table,” Livni told Jewish leaders in a conference call organized by The Israel Project.
French interior minister on Monday slammed the “intolerable” acts of anti-Semitism after a rally against Israel’s Gaza offensive descended into violence pitting an angry pro-Palestinian crowd against local Jewish businesses on Sunday.
“When you head for the synagogue, when you burn a corner shop because it is Jewish-owned, you are committing an anti-Semitic act,” Bernard Cazeneuve told reporters outside the Sarcelles synagogue.
(AP). New York City’s mayor has paid a call on Pope Francis’ top aide to discuss migration issues. During his holiday in Rome, Mayor Bill de Blasio met Monday with Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state.
Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said the two explored approaches to migration. Parolin recently returned from a meeting in Mexico dedicated to migration issues and human rights.
A majority of voters are unimpressed with Hillary Clinton’s performance as secretary of state, a new poll conducted by Politico shows. Just 14 percent described her time at the State Department as “excellent.”
The rest defined it as “poor (32%) “good” (28%) and “fair” (21%). Six percent weren’t sure or declined to answer.
The website North Jersey is reporting that billionaire casino mogul – and prominent supporter of both Israel- and Republican-related causes – Sheldon Adelson has apparently not been affected permanently by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s somewhat controversial omission of any mention of the Jewish state in his Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala speech in May.
The following is a statement from Robert Akleh, Managing Partner for Patch In Strategies, in response to Former Koppell Staffer Fired Over Anti-Israel Views Consulting For Teachout’s Campaign:
For weeks, I have sat by and allowed organizations and politicians to speak about my character and my opinions without responding. Articles in the New York Post and on JP Updates have claimed that that I was fired from Oliver Koppell’s campaign for New York State Senate.
Fifteen weeks until Election Day, Governor Andrew Cuomo maintains an undefeatable 37-point lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino (60-23), according to the latest Siena College Poll of likely voters. 59 percent say Cuomo has made New York a better place to live, compared to 15 percent who say he’s made it worse and 21 percent who say it has remained the same as it was four years ago.