UPDATED: Second Suspect Arrested In Brooklyn Bridge Assault on Two Cops

bratton nypd 3The NYPD has a second person of interest in custody in connection with the Brooklyn bridge assaults on two NYPD Lieutenants, police said Thursday morning.

Robert Murray, 43, from Brooklyn surrendered to the police Thursday morning.

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White supremacist Charged in Kansas Jewish Center Shootings To Appear For Competency Hearing

Frazier Glenn Cross-Miller(AP). A white supremacist who admits killing three people outside two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites is set to appear in court for a hearing on whether he’s mentally competent to stand trial.

Seventy-three-year-old Frazier Glenn Cross, of Aurora, Missouri, is charged with capital murder in the April 13 shooting deaths of 69-year-old Dr. William Lewis Corporon, 14-year-old Reat Griffin Underwood and 53-year-old Terri LaManno. Read more »







Israel Elections – Bennett: Israel Should Stop ‘Stuttering’ And Apologizing

bennett hipsterBayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennet on Thursday said that he would not apologize for his “no apologies” campaign, rather push forward with a theme relevant in these days.

“When Israel says clearly, without stuttering and without apologizing, that we do not agree to committing suicide and building a Palestinian state on Israeli land, the world will eventually understand,” Bennett said during a speech at the Herzliya Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Read more »

Hanukkah Miracle: Levi Rosenblatt Released From Hospital 9 Days After Chabad770 Stabbing Attack

levi rosenblattThe 22-year-old Israeli Yeshiva student was released from the hospital Wednesday, nine days after being stabbed in the head in the early morning hours at the Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights.

Levi Rosenblatt was released from Bellevue Hospital Center Wednesday afternoon at around 3:00pm, after being treated successfully for a stab wound to the head, a family member told JP. Read more »







Thompson, NY – Local Residents Rejoice Plan To Bring Casinos To The Catskills



(AP). Residents of this faded corner of the New York’s Catskills Mountains fist-pumped, cheered and hugged as they closed in on landing a casino. Finally.

The recommendation to license a casino in the heart of the once-bustling “Borscht Belt” resort region will test the premise that blackjack and craps can breathe new life in an old summer haven known in its heyday for families, mostly Jewish, arriving packed in station wagons to enjoy fast-talking comedians and other entertainment…  Read more »

Not Much Chance of Congress Stopping New US Policy on Cuba

obama_raul_castro(AP). Opponents of President Barack Obama’s sudden move to re-establish ties with Cuba have little chance of scuttling his effort in Congress.

His initiative faces some strong resistance among lawmakers and opened fissures in both parties. Criticism came mostly from Republicans, who say the new policy rewards Cuba’s decades-long policies of repression, human rights abuses and aggression, but some prominent Democrats voiced opposition, too. Read more »







Canada, Australia Boycott Geneva Convention Conference Over Concerns Of Anti-Israel Bias

Geneva Iran talks(JNS). Canada and Australia on Wednesday boycotted a conference in Switzerland discussing the Fourth Geneva Convention and the situation in the Palestinian territories due to concerns about the conference’s anti-Israel bias.

“Canada has conveyed its deep concerns and has communicated clearly that it will neither attend this conference nor lend it any credibility,” Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement earlier this week. Read more »

#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Smell Good For Kahlon; Feiglin Drops Out Of Likud Chairmanship Race

kahlon party logoPOLL SHOWS UNLIKELY KAHLON-LAPID MERGER A GAME CHANGER: A poll released by Haaretz on Wednesday shows that a hypothetical joint ticket between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s socioeconomic Kulanu parties would become the largest Knesset list. According to themProf. Camil Fuchs poll, while running separately Yesh Atid would win 12 seats and Kulans would win 11 seats, a combined list would receive 24 seats. Read more »

Obama At WH Hanukkah Reception: Light Of Hope Must Outlast Fire Of Hate [Photos]

obama menorahFlanked by two students of the Jewish-Arab coexistence school in Jerusalem was attacked last month by extreme right-wing activists at the annual WH Hanukkah reception, President Barack Obama on Wednesday stated that Hanukkah teaches that one act of faith can make a miracle.

The menorah, made of wood and painted in different colors, was designed by students of the Max Rayne Hand in Hand Arab-Jewish Bilingual School in Jerusalem that was attacked and badly damaged in an arson attack last month.  Read more »

Suspect In Brooklyn Tires’ Slashing Offered $10K Bail; Police Rule Out Bias

tire slashing flatbush21-year-old Eduard Ivashcenko, who was arrested on Monday for slashing tires of some 100 vehicles in Flatbush, was arraigned on Wednesday in Brooklyn criminal court. He was offered $10,000 bail until his next appearance in court scheduled for Friday morning.

As previously reported, Ivashcenko told detectives when he was in custody that he went out on the vandal spree because he was upset at his mother after having an argument earlier that day. Read more »

Harvard Suspends Purchases From SodaStream After Anti-Israel Pressure

sodastream-genesis-red-300(JNS). After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria.

HUDS made the decision in the wake of complaints by two pro-Palestinian student groups, the College Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Harvard Islamic Society. Read more »

Putin Accuses West Of Trying To Sideline Russia

Putin(AP). Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia’s economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia’s gas-dependent economy.

Speaking with strong emotion and looking confident, Putin also displayed a defiant stance toward the West, which he insisted was still trying to destroy Russia. Read more »

Abbas Says he’s Willing To Continue Negotiations over UN Bid



(AP). Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.

Abbas told a Palestinian leadership meeting Thursday that “we will continue in our consultations with the brothers and friends through deliberations, which will take place at the United Nations.” Read more »

Effort to Draft Warren Into ’16 Race Lands in Iowa

Sen. Warren(AP). Liberal activists eager to draft Sen. Elizabeth Warren into a run for president are working the ground in Iowa, the pivotal early-voting state where an organizing effort is already in place — for Hillary Rodham Clinton.

MoveOn.org held a meeting Wednesday evening in Des Moines as part of its new “Run Warren Run” campaign. The group is trying to persuade Warren to seek the Democratic nomination in 2016, even though the Massachusetts senator has repeatedly said she is not running. Read more »

Hanukkah Gathering Brings Together Jewish, Christian Teens

Hanukkah Gathering Brings Together Jewish, Christian TeensAround 75 teens gathered on Tuesday at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus, Ohio, to mark the start of the Jewish holiday Hanukkah.

The event brought together students from the South High School and the Columbus Jewish community. The teens lit the first candle, played the traditional Dreidel game and danced to Israeli music. Read more »

North Korea Behind Cyber Attack on Sony; Lawmakers, Stars React



After Sony pulled the release of ‘The Interview’ movie that was stated to be released on Christmas, a senior US official said that North Korea is behind the cyber attack against Sony Pictures.

In a statement Wednesday, Sony said it was canceling “The Interview” release “in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.” The studio, which has been shaken by hacker leaks over the past several weeks, said it respected and shared in the exhibitors’ concerns. The hackers threatened terrorists attacks against any theater that will show the film. Read more »

Republicans and Democrats Voice Opposition to Normalize Relations With Cuba

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio addresses delegates as he introduces Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney during the final session of the Republican National Convention in TampaThe release of Alan Gross, an American who’s been stuck in a Cuban prison for the past five years, has made the start of Hanukkah a celebration for many across the political spectrum who’ve worked tirelessly for his release.

Along with announcing Gross’ release, President Obama announced that the United States will seek to normalize its relations with the dictatorial country Cuba. Read more »

Executives at American Apparel Call for Return of Ousted CEO Dov Charney

dov-charneyAfter clothing retailer American Apparel fired its founder and former CEO on Tuesday, around 30 executives voiced their opposition and asked the company’s board to reconsider the firing of Dov Charney.

Charney was previously suspended in June after being accused of alleged harassment of an intimate nature committed against female employees, and paying for family travel expenses with company funds. His lawyer called the allegations “baseless.” Read more »

Sony Cancels ‘The Interview’ Dec. 25 Release



(AP). Sony Pictures has canceled the Dec. 25 release of “The Interview” after hackers threatened terrorists attacks and the largest multiplex chains in North America pulled the film from its screens.

In a statement Wednesday, Sony said it was cancelling “The Interview” release “in light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film.” The studio, which has been shaken by hacker leaks over the past several weeks, said it respected and shared in the exhibitors’ concerns. Read more »

BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ in Last-Ditch Effort



(AP). BlackBerry is returning to its roots with a new phone that features a traditional keyboard at a time when rival Apple and Android phones — and most smartphone customers — have embraced touch screens.

With the Classic, BlackBerry is courting its core customer, the business user. The physical keyboard is something traditional BlackBerry users prefer because they find it easier than touch screens to type with. The company is also emphasizing battery life and security. Read more »

‘Jewish Santa’ Participates in Nationwide Trend of Paying Off Layaways

‘Jewish Santa’ Participates in Nationwide Trend of Paying Off LayawaysIn the spirit of the holidays, which sees many shoppers buying toys and gifts for the young and old, many ‘layaway angels’ as they’re called, help out those that can’t afford the full price of the items.

In many retail stores across the country, customers can have the store reserve the gift for them, and the customer pays for the item with payments plan, which has them pay an initial amount, around 10% of the item price, and the store reserves the item until it’s paid off. Read more »

PHOTOS: Jeb Bush Hosts Menorah lighting, Eats Jelly Donut On First Day Of Hanukkah

JEB hanukkah 1Continuing the tradition of lighting the Chanukah Menorah by prominent public officials, presidential hopeful Jeb Bush, who announced an exploratory committee yesterday, invited Jason Lyons to light the Menorah on the first night of Chanukah.

Mr. Lyons chaired the US-Israel Security Alliance Congressional Tribute last month on Capitol Hill. Read more »

WATCH LIVE: President Obama Hosts First Of WH Hanukkah Receptions

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Move To Prohibit Fracking



(AP). Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration will move to prevent fracking in the state, citing unresolved health issues and dubious economic benefits of the widely used gas-drilling technique.

Environmental Commissioner Joe Martens said Wednesday that he was recommending a ban, and Cuomo said he would defer to Martens and Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker in making the decision. Read more »

Democrats’ Neutrality With Israeli-Palestinian Issue May Influence Party’s Future Leaders



‘Israel is America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East.’ That’s something Americans hear often from American leaders, who are vocal in their support of the State of Israel. Politicians running for office tend to talk about Israel, some are criticized for being too weak in favor of the Jewish State, while the more vocal ones are highly praised.

Among the general public, Republicans tend to be more supportive of Israel, compared to Democrats along with Independents who lean more neutral, but will that change with some demographics in the Democratic party rising? Read more »

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