US, China Vow To Manage Rifts Ahead of Obama Visit

Obama ISIS speech(AP). The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combatting terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the Chinese capital next month.

Meeting in Boston, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest. Read more »

Man Suspected Of Punching Jewish Leader Outside Barclays Center Arrested

barclays center suspectThe man suspected of attacking a leader of Jewish organization outside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn has been arrested.

Police in St. Louis, Missouri picked up 25-year-old Shawn Schraeder on Thursday. He is now back in Brooklyn awaiting arraignment, according to ABC News. Read more »







Listen To A Special JP Updates 2014 Election Radio Program On WMCA at 12:15AM

JP election coverageJP UPDATES will broadcast a special election coverage radio program on WMCA 570 AM & at 12:15 am. Read more »

Anti-Semitic Drawings Left On Wall During Jewish Home Robbery In Miami Beach

miami beach swastikasMiami Beach Police are investigating a home invasion and robbery in Miami Beach, Florida, last week, where the perpetrators left anti-Semitic graffiti painted on the walls.

Miami Beach police responding to a silent alarm triggered by robbers in a private residence, owned by Orthodox Jews, reportedly found that swastikas surrounded by Stars of David painted on the home’s interior walls. Read more »







Giuliani To Headline Press Conference At Opening of ‘The Death of Klinghoffer’

Rudy GiulianiFormer New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani is expected to headline a  press conference the at Lincoln Center on Monday evening to protest the first evening that “The Death of Klinghoffer” will be shown at the Metropolitan Opera.

Additional confirmed participants include Congressman Peter King, Former NY Governor David Paterson, Criminal Defense Attorney Ben Brafman, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, and Rabbi Joseph Potasnik. Read more »

Putin Snubs Merkel At ASEM Summit In Milan

Putin(AP). Russian President Vladimir Putin’s diplomatic blitz on Ukraine got off to a rocky start Thursday when he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting then showed up in the middle of a dinner with European and Asian leaders.

Putin is looking to get relief from Western economic sanctions imposed since Russia’s annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and its support for a pro-Russia insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Read more »







NY18 – Hayworth Jumps To 11 Point Lead Over Rep. Maloney In New Siena Poll

nan hayworthRepublican congressional hopeful, Dr. Nan Hayworth’s has jumped to a whopping 11 point lead against incumbent Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (52-41) in a new Siena College survey released on Wednesday. A poll published last month by the same pollster found Maloney leading Hayworth 50 percent to 42 percent.

A similar sample of voters that were polled by Siena College last month were recontacted, according to Don Levy, a Siena College pollster. Read more »

NY11- Grimm, Recchia Square Off In Fiery Televised Debate



(AP). Republican Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia engaged in a combative debate Friday in their race to represent Staten Island and part of Brooklyn, with Recchia repeatedly bringing up Grimm’s federal indictment and Grimm insisting he is the best choice for the district.

Grimm, a former Marine and FBI agent, is accused of evading taxes by allegedly hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages, while running a small Manhattan restaurant. He has pleaded not guilty to 20 counts and has a December court date. Read more »

Exodus Campaign To Berlin Sparks Outrage in Israel



(AP). A group of young Israeli expats have unleashed controversy back home by encouraging others to join them in Berlin, touching on two of the most sensitive issues in Israel: the country’s high cost of living and Jews’ tortured history with Germany.

While Israelis have been angered after learning that food prices are much lower in Germany, they are also outraged that the youngsters’ form of protest has been to give up on the Zionist dream by leaving the Jewish state, and relocate to the birthplace of the Nazi Party to boot. Read more »

Defense Minister Ya’alon To Meet With De Blasio, Tour Ground Zero Before Heading To DC

yaalon hagelIsraeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon is expected to meet with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and attend a ceremony at Ground Zero on Sunday, at the start of his US visit.

Ya’alon will also meet with US Ambassador Samantha Power, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, attend a meeting with US Jewish leaders, before heading to DC to meet with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and attend a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington, DC, NRG reported Saturday. Read more »

Kerry Links Israel/Palestinian Conflict To Fight Against ISIS

John Kerry, Sabah Al-Khalid al-SabahUS Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday reportedly linked the lack of progress in peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians to the growth of the radical Islamic State group.

“There wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt,” Kerry said Thursday night at a State Department ceremony marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Read more »

Abbas Calls Settlers ‘Herd of Cattle’ After Calling To Ban Jews From Visiting Temple Mount

Temple Mount Riots(AP). The Palestinian president says his people should guard a Jerusalem holy site revered by both Jews and Muslims against visiting Jews, who he referred to as a “herd of cattle.”

Mahmoud Abbas’ fiery rhetoric Saturday follows comments he made the previous day that Jews should be banned from visiting the site, known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary. Read more »

Queens, NY – Five Firefighters Injured In Far Rockaway 2-Alarm House Fire

fire far rockawayA two-alarm fire broke out in a Far Rockaway Jewish residence Wednesday morning, causing damage to the structure and injuring five firefighters, an FDNY spokesman told JP.

Firefighters went to 28-18 Mott avenue after a report of a fire that broke out at 12:34pm, fire officials said. RCSP member who arrived first at the scene quickly removed all the residents inside the house. No one was injured. Read more »

Egypt Warplanes Strike Islamic Militias In Libya



(AP). Egypt deepened its involvement in the fight against Islamist militias who have taken over key parts of Libya on Wednesday, with officials saying Egyptian warplanes have bombed their positions in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The two officials, who have firsthand knowledge of the operation, said the use of the aircraft was part of an Egyptian-led campaign against the militiamen that will eventually involve Libyan ground troops recently trained by Egyptian forces. Read more »

Young Israel Calls On British Government To Nullify Anti-Israel Resolution

cameron parliamentThe National Council of Young Israel (NCYI) on Wednesday sent a letter to Sir Peter Westmacott, the British Ambassador to the United States, in which it issued a sharp rebuke to Britain’s Parliament after it voted overwhelmingly on Monday to give recognition to a Palestinian state.

“By voting to recognize a Palestinian state, the British Parliament inexplicably engaged in a shameless attempt to empower the Palestinian Authority to circumvent peace talks with Israel,” wrote NCYI President Farley Weiss, Chairman of the Board Robert Levi, and 1st Vice President Yosef Poplack. Read more »

NY18 – Hayworth Touts Internal Poll Showing Her Trailing Maloney By 4 Points

nan hayworthAn internal poll conducted for Nan Hayworth’s congressional campaign in NY’s 18th District reveal that the former Republicans congresswoman is closing fast on her Democratic opponent, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, and now trails him by a mere 4 percentage points.

The poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, shows Maloney leading Hayworth 39-43, with a third party candidate, Scott Smith, receiving 2 percent of the vote. Read more »

NYGov – Astorino Offers Cuomo A Swap Deal Over Tax Returns

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Bombarded with demands to release more of his tax returns, Republican gubernatorial hopeful Rob Astroni on Wednesday offered Governor Andrew Cuomo a swap deal: release more tax returns in return for a one-on-one televised debate.

“How about this: I agree to release four more years of tax returns, redundantly I might add — the information is already available on my financial disclosure forms — and you agree to one of the five one-on-one televised debates I agreed to a month ago,” Astorino said in a letter sent to Gov. Cuomo. Read more »

Brooklyn DA Thompson Dismisses Another Wrongful Conviction Case

Convictions Questioned(AP). They were 16 when they confessed to kidnapping and killing a stranger and taking a joyride in his car. They quickly recanted but were convicted of murder.

Now, almost 30 years later, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson plans to ask a judge Wednesday to throw out the convictions of David McCallum and the late Willie Stuckey, saying their convictions hinged on made-up confessions peppered with details seemingly supplied by police. Their cause was championed by one of the nation’s most famous exonerees, former prizefighter Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Read more »

NY11 – Grimm Focuses On Obama, De Blasio As Recchia Skips Out On Another Debate

grimm debateThe third debate for the NY-11 congressional seat saw a repetitive attitude of Democrat candidate Domenic Recchia with his refusal to attend yet another debate. The debate organized by Dyker Heights Civic Association didn’t hear why Recchia would not attend, other than citing a scheduling conflict.

Recchia’s camp stated the refusal to attend the debate due to the fact the person who is running the debate is President Frances Vella-Marrone, a staffer to Congressman Michael Grimm, and that the event will be a Republican get together. Recchia camp said there are four more other debates and he is ready to match the record of Grimm’s record of failed and embarrassing leadership. Read more »

Israeli Police Clash With Palestinians In Jerusalem

jerusalem_sightseeing(AP). Israeli police in riot gear have fired stun grenades to break up a group of Palestinians throwing rocks near sensitive holy sites in Jerusalem’s old city ahead of a Jewish festival.

Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the Palestinians injured three officers in the clashes, which began after Muslim prayers Wednesday at a gate to the Old City, where tensions have been high in recent months. Read more »

Orthodox Jewish Community Surprised by Bizzare False Claims Regarding Kiryas Joel

BecommingUnorthodoxIn an interview published in the New Republic with Kansas University Jewish Studies Professor Lynn Davidman, the interviewer – Alice Robb, a staff writer for the New Republic – quotes some bizarre, outrageous, and easily refutable claims about the upstate New York Orthodox Jewish village of Kiryas Joel.

Among the ridiculous claims there is the following charge: “The Satmar Hasidic group lives in a place called Kiryas Joel in [Orange County] New York. There is only one entrance to the community, and it’s also the exit. On Saturday [the Sabbath], it’s locked: Nobody gets in or out.” Read more »

Sears Apologizes For Selling Offensive ‘Swastika Ring’ For Men

sears swastika profileSears offered Tuesday an apology and pulled a sideways swastika ring for men  that was placed on Sears’ “marketplace” website, after coming under fire via Social Media.

The description for the ring reads: “This gothic jewelry item in particular features a Swastika ring that’s made of .925 Thai silver. Not for Neo Nazi or any Nazi implication. These jewelry items are going to make you look beautiful at your next dinner date.” Read more »

2016 Questions Abound As Jeb Bush Stumps for Son

Jeb Bush and son George P AP(AP) — Jeb Bush headed deep into the plains of West Texas on Tuesday, eager to campaign for his favored candidate for the office of state land commissioner. That would be his son, George P. Bush.

But amid the cattle auctions, smokehouse barbecue and fried pies, the voters the former Florida governor was trying to win over were already sold. They’re eager to vote for a Bush, and not just for land commissioner. For president, too. Read more »

Cable TV Host Chris Matthews Accuses GOP of Targeting Blacks With Voter ID Laws

chris-matthewsDuring an interview with Senator Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) on Monday night, Chris Matthews, the popular – and often combative – host of the cable television news discussion show Hardball, harped on the charge that Republicans continue to engage in the suppression of minority voters through their advocacy of strict voter identification laws.

Matthews pointedly asked Senator Hagan, “Why are they trying to screw the black voter, to put it bluntly? Is it because they don`t like blacks or because they don`t like Democrats?”

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Breaking: Popular Washington Rabbi Arrested on Charge of ‘Voyeurism’

Popular Modern Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel – whose Washington-area shul includes such prominent attendees as Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and former Sen. Joseph Lieberman – was arrested at his home Tuesday morning by Metropolitan Police Department officers following a reportedly major investigation.

After Rabbi Freundel, who serves as spiritual leader at Congregation Kesher Israel in Georgetown, was led away in handcuffs, police officers carted off computers and other items from the residence, according to the Washingtonian.

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