Dem Backers of Iran Bill Object GOP Push Before March 24 Deadline

bob menendez(Reuters). While Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to the U.S. Congress generated loud applause and worldwide headlines, it is unlikely to lead to new legislation or a shift in U.S. policy toward Iran.

Although Netanyahu won praise from the Republicans who invited him to speak on Tuesday and who control the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he faced fierce criticism from Democrats including Barack Obama whose support is crucial to pushing new legislation through, U.S. lawmakers said. Read more »

Dallas Shul Target for Ongoing Series of Spurious Legal Attacks

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Dallas city attorneys filed suit in district court against the owners of the house and Congregation Toras Chaim, claiming it is operating without a certificate of occupancy that allows for the nonresidential use. This is the second legal case of its kind the congregation has faced, and seems to contradict a Federal Law that protects the right to use a private residence for religious purposes. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

UK Launches Program to Assist Orthodox Jews With Special Needs

Iain_Duncan_Smith,_June_2007Iain Duncan Smith met with young Orthodox Jewish people with learning disabilities who are participating in a new educational program that will assist them to become more independent by equipping them with valuable new life skills.

The UK Secretary of State for Work and Pensions was guest of honor at the launch of the high-needs further education partnership for 16-24 year olds between Hackney Community College and Jewish charity Kisharon, according to Hackney Gazatte.

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Kerry Tries to Reassure Iran’s Gulf Rivals on Nuclear Talks

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(Reuters). U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told Gulf Arab states on Thursday Washington was not seeking a “grand bargain” with Iran, and said a nuclear deal with Tehran would be in their interests.

The United State’s Gulf allies, particularly the Sunni Muslim kingdom of Saudi Arabia, are concerned that Shi’ite Iran will gain from any agreement to end years of dispute over its nuclear ambitions. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel Resuming Some Gaza Produce Imports Halted in 2007

Gaza border(Reuters). Israel will start buying some fruit and vegetables from the Gaza Strip next week, a partial resumption of imports halted when the Islamist group Hamas took over the Palestinian territory in 2007, Israeli officials said on Thursday.

They said the measure was designed to help a Gaza economy devastated by last year’s war with Israel, and to make up for a shortfall in produce from Israeli farmlands left fallow during the current Jewish lunar calendar year in accordance with biblical law. Read more »

De Blasio Defends Hillary Clinton’s Use of Personal Email For Government Purposes

Lizza-Hillary-Clinton-1200After the New York Times reported that Hillary Clinton had used her personal email to conduct government business, instead of the government-issues email as required by federal law, suspicion arose.

However Mayor de Blasio has stepped out and defended Mrs. Clinton, praising her integrity. De Blasio managed Clinton’s Senate campaign in 2000 and has said he has “immense respect” for Clinton, stating it was clear she had followed the law.

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Knife-Wielding Attacker Slashes Face Of U.S. ambassador In South Korea

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(Reuters). U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippertunderwent two-and-a-half hours of surgery after he was slashed in the face by a Korean nationalist in an attack at a breakfast forum in Seoul on Thursday to discuss Korean reunification.

Lippert, 42, was bleeding from deep wounds to his face and wrist but was able to walk after the attack. Doctors said later his condition was stable after “very successful” surgery that required 80 stitches in his face. Read more »

Shots Fired At 3 NYPD Officers In Brooklyn

Shots were fired Wednesday Night at 3 Police Officers assigned to NYPD Housing bureau in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, a police source told JP.

The officers were conducting vertical patrols in the Bayview Houses located at 1610 East 102 Street and went up to the rooftop, while all 3 officers were on the rooftop several  shots were fired at the officers from a opposite rooftop. Read more »

Montreal Police Arrested Suspect In Anti-Semitic Graffiti Incident

Montreal Police  Are questioning a 20-year-old man who is believed to be responsible of vandalizing several cars on feb 23 in the Notre-Dame-de-Grace section of Montreal.

As reported The cars were parked in an indoor garage of a building at the corner of Cote-St-Luc Rd. and Hampton Ave. Most residents in the area are Jewish. 3 of the vehicles had Jewish owners
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Iran Foreign Minister Zarif: ‘We Are Very Close’ to Nuclear Deal

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(Reuters). Iran’s foreign minister said in a U.S. television interview on Wednesday he believed “we are very close” to a nuclear arms deal with six major world powers, but cautioned there were details that needed to be worked out.

“We are prepared to work round the clock in order to reach an agreement,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told NBC News in an interview excerpt released by the network. Read more »

In NY11, Gentile and Donovan Both Praise Netanyahu For Coming to the US

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonDemocrat Vincent Gentile and Republican Daniel Donovan, the two candidates vying for the 11th Congressional District seat in a special election, praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for coming to the U.S. to speak, according to Capital New York.

Boehner invited Netanyahu to address Congress about Iran’s nuclear ambitions without receiving permission from the White House. Read more »

Rubio Prepares for Presidential Run; Dines with Adelson

rubio-marcoAlthough Marco Rubio is preparing for the 2016 presidential elections, he has yet to announce that he will running for president.

“I think that’s reflected in both our travel and some of the staffing decisions that we’ve made,” Rubio told The Associated Press. “We — if in fact I make that final decision on a run — want those elements to be in place.”

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Community Takes Affirmative Action Against 13 Avenue Banks

bank12The banking industry has been booming for the last few years in Borough Park, but not everyone seems to be a supporter of the new businesses.

Local activist Joe Gross is urging the community to boycott the opening of a new bank set to open on Sunday along 13th Avenue, while other companies have already put out of advertisements against the banking industry.

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UNESCO Chief Condemns Iranian Holocaust Cartoon Contest

UNESCO ChiefWorld Jewish Congress CEO Robert Singer met yesterday with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova in Paris to discuss the importance of addressing anti-Semitism through UNESCO and building a stronger partnership between the two organizations.

The meeting followed Bokova’s recent veto of the inclusion of a collection of Palestine-themed posters into UNESCO’s world heritage register on the grounds that the documents could fuel anti-Semitism.

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United Hatzalah Accepts AIPAC Award in an Alarming Manner

eli beer aipacAn interesting episode captured the eyes of 16,000 pro-Israel delegates at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference in Washington, DC. Among the many organizations and innovative entrepreneurship who were honored at the annual conference, was Israel United Hatzalah.

Normally, the recipient of such an award would go up to the stage, make a little thank-you speech, and sit back down. Read more »

Livni Courts the Haredi Vote: ‘My Grandfather Was Religious’

Tzipi LivniLabor leader Isaac Herzog seemed to have burned his bridges with the Haredi political parties when a video was released recently in which he pledged to help the Conservative and Reform movements in Israel. On Tuesday, his partner Tzipi Livni seems bent on trying to win back the Haredi public.

In an interview on Radio Kol Chai, Zionist Union co-leader Tzipi Livni stated that she has an alternative suggestion for the draft law, that would address the situation before it reaches the stage requiring criminal sanctions against yeshiva students. Read more »

Cruz: When Iran Says They Want to Kill You, Believe Them

Ted CruzJoining Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, on the sidelines of the AIPAC Policy Conference in DC, was Republican Senator Ted Cruz, who sided with Israel’s policy on Iran.

“There is one threat on the face of the planet right now that poses a meaningful possibility of once again exterminating six million Jews, and that is a nuclear Iran,” Cruz said Monday on Capitol Hill. Read more »

NYPD In Training for Months To Combat Potential ISIS Attack

NYCoverage_HagenAs the terrorist attacks by ISIS become more elaborate and inhuman, countries throughout the globe are preparing to combat the barbaric group. Though, the threat has become real right here on U.S. Soil.

The NYPD has quietly spent the last six months training and preparing for a possible ISIS assault in Manhattan, which police fear could be similar to the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India, according to the NY Post.

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Despite Corruption Charges, Shelly Silver Receives Champion Award

silverDespite Sheldon Silver’s career taking a turn for the worst after resigning due to corruption charges, some people still hold the ex-Assembly Speaker in high-esteem.

Even through his recent indictment, Silver has been presented with the Coalition for Community Service’s Champion Award Tuesday, as reported by the Daily News.

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Sen. Corker: No Committee Vote Set on Iran Bill

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(Reuters). The chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday that no committee vote had yet been scheduled on a bill that would require President Barack Obama to submit any final Iran nuclear agreement for approval by Congress.

Republican Senator Bob Corker, the committee chairman, and Senator Robert Menendez introduced the bill last week. Read more »

Mayor De Blasio Includes Muslim Holidays Into Public School Calendar

de blasio muslimNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced that New York City will become the largest school district in the nation to recognize Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha as holidays on the official school calendar.

In the coming 2015-16 school year, schools will close on September 24 for the Eid al-Adha, ensuring hundreds of thousands of Muslim families can observe the day.

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Post-Speech Polls: Support For Likud Increases By 2 Seats

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu waves prior to addressing a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in WashingtonIsraeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu received a mild electoral boost after his speech to a joint session of Congress Tuesday morning, two polls published Wednesday evening show.

According to a snap poll conducted for Channel 1, the Likud Party and the Zionist Union are deadlocked at 23 projected seats, a 2-seat increase for the ruling party, if elections were held today. Read more »

Kerry: Demanding Iran’s ‘Capitulation’ is No Way to Secure Nuclear Deal

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(Reuters). Simply demanding Iran’s capitulation is no way to get a nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday as he wrapped up three days of talks with a veiled dig at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Kerry said he and Iranian counterpart Mohammad Jawad Zarif made some progress in their negotiations in the Swiss lakeside town of Montreux and would resume them on March 15. Read more »

Miriam Adelson’s Purse Nearly Hits Rep. Ashford’s Head

American billionaire businessman Sheldon Gary Adelson (L), attends the Israeli Presidential Conference at the International Conference Centre in JerusalemThe casino powerhouse Sheldon Adelson and his wife Miriam were in attendance at the House galley for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress Tuesday when her purse fell from above and nearly missed Rep. Ashford’s (D-Neb.) head.

After the speech Ashford was notified it was Miriam Adelson’s purse that hit him. Ashford joked to Omaha World-Herald’s Joseph Morton, “I wish I’d opened the purse. Do you think she carries cash?”

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Kosher Pantries and Soup Kitchens Praise HRA Commissioner’s Intervention

12kosher.enlargeSatisfaction and appreciation was the theme of the high level meeting held last week in the office of New York City’s Human Resources Administration at the recently completed World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

The meeting was convened after HRA Commissioner Steven Banks responded swiftly and positively to a letter sent to the Commissioner by Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz, Vice President for Community Affairs for Agudath Israel of America. Read more »

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