Daughter of Famed Lawyer Nat Lewin to Plead Hard-Fought Passport Case Before Supreme Court

Nat Lewin and Daughter This coming Monday – for her very fist time – Alyza Lewin will do what her famous father, 78-year-old attorney Nathan Lewin, has done many times before; she will argue before the United States Supreme Court in the landmark case of Zivotofsky v. Kerry. “I had to decide whether I was ready to step into some enormous shoes,” Alyza Lewin reflected on Wednesday. “And I decided I was.”

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Study: Israeli Air Force is World’s Greatest; IDF Most Powerful in Middle East

IAFA new study that was conducted by military experts has demonstrated that Israel’s military is the most powerful in the Middle East, while its air force comes out on top by worldwide comparison.

The study ranked the 15 strongest armies in the Middle East while noting the size of the countries’ respective defense budgets, along with the latest geopolitical turmoil and its impact on military strength.

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NJ Gov. Christie to Visit 19 States in Intense Push For GOP Gubernatorial Candidates

Chris ChristieNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie – regarded by many as a potentially leading candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination – will make appearances in 19 states over the next five days as he engages in a strenuous effort to get out the vote for GOP candidates ahead of the Nov. 4 election.

Christie has been aggressively fundraising and campaigning this year – visiting 36 states and Washington, D.C. – in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. The group announced Thursday that under Christie’s leadership it has raised an impressive total of $102 million, surpassing its goal of $100 million.

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NYPD: Attack on Jewish Woman in Williamsburg Was Apparently Hate Crime

NYPD patchA Jewish woman was hit in the head with a milk crate by an unknown group of attackers this past Saturday afternoon in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The incident is being investigated as a hate crime by the New York Police Department.

The 29-year-old victim was sitting on a bench in De Hostos Playground, located at the corner of Walton Street and Harrison Avenue, at around 4:00 PM on Saturday when she was hit, according to police.

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Senator Lieberman at Yeshiva University: Orthodox Should Be More Involved in Public Service

Joe LiebermanFormer United States Senator Joseph Lieberman – who made history both as the first religiously observant Jewish member of the Senate and as the first Jewish major party candidate for vice-president – addressed hundreds of students and faculty members on Tuesday at Yeshiva University’s Wilf Campus.

The Connecticut Democrat-turned-Independent lectured on the topic of “Judaism and Public Service.” As the first of a three-part series, the lecture inaugurated Lieberman’s role as the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service at the flagship Modern Orthodox educational institution.

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry Recalls Ambassador From Sweden



Israel’s Foreign Ministry has recalled its ambassador to Sweden, Isaac Bachman, from Stockholm for consultations in protest of Sweden’s recognition of a Palestinian state, Ha’arez reports.

According to a Foreign Ministry official, Bachman will remain in Jerusalem until further notice. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is considering permanently removing Bachman from Stockholm, downgrading Israeli diplomatic relations with Sweden after Sweden announced its support for the unilateral creation of Palestine. Read more »







EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn DA Thompson To Visit Israel next Year

DSC08319Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is planning a trip to Israel next year, JP has learned.

During a fundraiser in Borough Park on Monday, Mr. Thompson announced that he’s expecting to travel to Israel some time next year, according to two attendees, who wished to remain anonymous. Read more »

IDF: ‘Hezbollah Probably Dug Tunnels to Enter Israel, But No Conclusive Evidence’



The Israeli government believes that the terrorist group Hezbollah has quite likely dug a number of tunnels across the border from Lebanon in preparation for any future war, although the Jewish state has no conclusive evidence of such a development, an Israeli army general stated on Wednesday.

Israel’s vulnerability to tunnels that could be used for infiltration into its homeland came to glaring light during its war against Hamas in Gaza this past summer. Read more »

AD48 – Caller, Hikind Debate Housing Crisis In Borough Park

2014-10-13 17.46.51It’s is crunch time in Borough Park. The two candidates seeking to represent the Orthodox Jewish community in the 48th Assembly District, took it to the presses on Thursday, touting their plans to solve the housing and tuition crisis in the next few years.

The first indirect public debate between Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his Republican challenger R’ Nachman Caller took place on Wednesday over the latter’s plan to build 2,000 housing units in Borough Park in 4 years.

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Israeli UN Ambassador to Security Council: Building Homes in Jerusalem ‘No Threat to Middle East’



Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations defended his country’s construction of new homes in areas of Jerusalem that are technically beyond the Green Line on Wednesday, declaring to the Security Council that “the people of Israel are not occupiers and we are not settlers.” Ron Prosor asserted, “Israel is our home and Jerusalem is our eternal capital.”

Prosor stated these comments at an emergency Security Council session that had been called to address the escalating tensions between Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem. Read more »

Sweden Recognizes Unilateral Palestinian State



(AP). Sweden’s new left-leaning government on Thursday recognized a Palestinian state — a move that comes during increased tensions between Arabs and Jews over Israel’s plans to build about 1,000 housing units in east Jerusalem.

The EU member became the third Western European nation, after Malta and Cyprus, to do so, reflecting growing international impatience with Israel’s nearly half-century control of the West Bank, east Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip. Read more »

Obama Administration Engages in ‘Damage Control’ After Disclosure of Insult to Netanyahu – But Doesn’t Deny It

The White House on Wednesday engaged in attempted “damage control” after an unsettling controversy broke out regarding a magazine article that outlined deep tensions between the United States and Israel – and quoted an unnamed senior Obama administration official as calling the Israeli Prime Minister the derisive epithet “chickens–t.”

Officials of the Obama administration, including White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, did not issue any denial of the offensive quote, nor did they convey in any fashion that they would seek to discover which official said it.

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UPDATED: AD20 – Assembly Candidate Todd Kaminsky Says He’s Opposed To Education Tax Credit Bill

kaminsky goldfederA proposal to ease the burden of Yeshiva parents and lower the high tuition costs has met the emphatic opposition of the Democratic candidate running for the open seat in New York’s 20th Assembly District in Long Island, that includes the 5 Towns, JP has learned.

The past Monday evening, during a political debate in Long Beach, Assembly candidate Todd Kaminsky said he would not support tuition tax credits for yeshivas, private and parochial school parents, despite the fact that many Democrats, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, have expressed their support of the bill. Read more »

OU Advocacy To NY City Council Education Committee: Support DOE Special Ed Reform

OU AdvocacyIn his testimony before the New York City Council Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, Jake Adler, OU Advocacy’s New York City Director of Political Affairs, urged the City Council to consider even greater reforms for New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) in how it manages its special education services than those included in Proposed Intro 435. Read more »

DCCC Head, Rep. Steve Israel: ‘We’re In Trench Warfare. I’m Not Going To Sugarcoat it’



(AP). Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections.

The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state of Illinois all now pose stiff challenges to Democrats who are determined to limit their losses next Tuesday. Both parties agree the GOP will hold its House majority; the question is whether Republicans can gain enough seats to rival their post-World War II high water mark of 246. Read more »

‘Rumored’ Prez Hopeful Jeb Bush Takes A Swipe At Hillary Clinton In Colorado

jeb bush nyc(AP). In a possible preview of a 2016 presidential race, former Florida governor Jeb Bush took a swipe at Hillary Clinton on Wednesday evening as he stumped for Republican candidates in the vital swing state of Colorado.

Bush was in Colorado one day after former President Bill Clinton departed the state and a little more than a week after Hillary Clinton was last there — an indication of both the intensity of the state’s top race pitting Democratic Sen Mark Udall against his Republican challenger, Rep. Cory Gardner, as well as Colorado’s oversized role in recent presidential elections. Read more »

Palestinian Shooter Of Yehuda Glick Killed In Gun Battle With Israeli Police

pal killed glick(AP). Israeli police have shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of a brazen assassination attempt of a hard-line Jewish activist in Jerusalem.

Thursday’s shooting comes just hours after a gunman on a motorcycle shot and wounded Yehuda Glick late Wednesday. Glick is still hospitalized in serious condition.

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UN Says Syria’s Neighbors at ‘Breaking Point’

(AP) — The director of the United Nations’ humanitarian operations is warning that some of Syria’s neighbors are at their “breaking point,” caught between a sense of duty to keep their borders open to refugees and a responsibility to their own citizens.

John Ging said Wednesday that Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan likely will have the refugees “for many years to come.” About 3.3 million people have fled Syria. Read more »

Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty for Suspect in Kansas Jewish Shootings

Frazier Glenn Cross-MillerDefense attorneys for a Missouri man accused of killing three people outside of two Jewish centers in Kansas City say prosecutors are planning to seek the death penalty against him.

Kansas Death Penalty Defense Unit attorney Ron Evans says in a motion for a continuance filed Tuesday that Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe recently told him of his decision to seek the death penalty against 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller Jr. Read more »

Israeli Company SodaStream to Move Factory from West Bank in 2015

sodastream-genesis-red-300The Israeli-based company, SodaStream, that has been boycotted by anti-Israel activists due to the company having a factory in the West Bank, said it will move the facility to Lehavim in Israel’s southern Negev region, but not due to the pressure, rather for “purely commercial” reasons.

Anti-Israel activists participating in the Boycott, Divest and Sanction movement (BDS) target businesses that operate in the West Bank, saying they benefit from Israel’s occupation of the territory, which was captured in 1967 and is claimed by the Palestinians. Read more »

Michelle Levy’s Parents: Jewish Community’s Response Brought Tears to My Eyes

Australia missing teen Michelle LevyMore than 1,000 people participated in the search for an 11-year-old girl that went missing last Saturday evening from her eastern suburbs home in Sydney, New South Wales in Australia. After an extensive search Michelle Levy was found on Monday morning.

Her mother, Anne, told the Australian Jewish News that she was overwhelmed by how much the community devoted from their time to help her find her missing daughter. Read more »

Speaker Boehner to Obama: Condone Profanity and Get Your House in Order

Obama-BoehnerSpeaker Boehner added his name to the list of officials calling on the president to apologize for the profane statement that a senior administration official made in regards to Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Boehner said that “The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not.” Read more »

At Borough Park Event, Simcha Felder Says Gov. Cuomo ‘Has A Heart That Is Mush’

cuomo boro park 1NY Governor Andrew Cuomo got Wednesday a resounding endorsement by the three Statewide elected officials that represent the Orthodox Jewish community in Brooklyn – Councilman David Greenfield, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Just six days before Election Day, Governor Cuomo held a roundtable with some 60 Orthodox Jewish leaders at the Beth Yaakov of Boro Park school in the Borough Park section of Borough Park. His speech was often interrupted by thundering applause and standing ovations, especially when he promised to push for passage of the Education Investment Tax Credit Bill “as a matter of justice.” Read more »

Pentagon Orders 21-Day Ebola Quarantine for Troops



(AP) — Ordering firm restrictions for U.S. troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Wednesday that the military men and women helping fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines upon their return — longer than required for many civilian health care workers.

In Maine, meanwhile, a civilian nurse was vigorously resisting the quarantine she was told to undergo. Kaci Hickox, who had treated Ebola patients in West Africa, said she planned to stop quarantining herself in her home, signaling a potential showdown on Thursday with state police monitoring her movements and Maine officials preparing to legally enforce the order. Read more »

Jewish Activist Shot in Suspected Assassination Attempt in Jerusalem

Israel shooting assasinationA Jewish activist is in serious condition after being shot in Jerusalem in an apparent assassination attempt outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center.

MK Moshe Feiglin who witnessed the shooting, said the suspect appeared to be an Arab and deliberately targeted 50-year-old activist Yehuda Glick. “The attempted murderer turned to him and confirmed in Hebrew, in a heavy Arabic accent, that it was Yehuda,” Feiglin told reporters. Read more »

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