Three Americans Detained in North Korea Call For US Help



(AP). North Korea gave foreign media access on Monday to three detained Americans who said they have been able to contact their families and — watched by officials as they spoke — called for Washington to send a high-ranking representative to negotiate for their freedom.

Jeffrey Fowle and Mathew Miller said they expect to face trial within a month. But they said they do not know what punishment they could face or what the specific charges against them are. Kenneth Bae, who already is serving a 15-year term, said his health has deteriorated at the labor camp where he works eight hours a day. Read more »

Israeli Leaders Tout ‘Limmud HaTorah’ As Defensive Shield For Future of Israel

Photo by Sasson Tiram

Photo by Sasson Tiram

Israeli leaders – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin stressed on Monday that studying Torah and clinging to the Jewish heritage is key to Israel’s future as a peaceful and secured Jewish state.

As Israeli children returned to school, the Prime Minister and Education Minister Shay Piron welcomed the new school year with students in Israel’s south. Netanyahu and Piron began their visit at a new religious elementary school in Sderot, and later continued to a school at the Merhavim Regional Council. Read more »







Williamsburg – Hatzolah Member Becomes Latest Victim Of Ongiong Mass Tires’ Theft

600005802ee718e1e84c8dcefe8d8e55The plague of stealing tires from parked cars overnight, did not pass over a well known Hatzolah member in Williamsburg, JP has learned.

Last month, we reported that the NYPD  has launched an investigation to discover who has been stealing tires from vehicles in the Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Willamsburg. At the time, at least 11 people had the tires stolen from their vehicle, prompting the police to follow up on all leads to determine the identity of the culprit. Read more »

British Foreign Minister Hammond: UK ‘Deplores’ Israel’s Decision To Annex West Bank Land

British FM HammondThe British government said Monday that it strongly disapproved Israel’s decision on Sunday to appropriate 998 acres of land inside the West Bank, saying the move would seriously damage Israel’s international reputation.

“The UK deplores the Israeli government’s expropriation of 988 acres of land around the settlement of Etzion,” British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said in a statement, echoing U.S. calls to reverse the decision. Read more »







Israeli Children Return To School After A Hellish Summer In Bomb Shelters



(AP). Thousands of Israeli children in areas near the Gaza Strip went back to school Monday after spending the summer in bomb shelters as rockets and mortars rained on their communities during the 50-day Israel-Hamas war, while schools in Gaza remained shuttered as the territory recovered from the fighting.

The start of school brought a sense of joy and excitement to rocket-scarred communities in southern Israel, but the signs of the fighting remained fresh. In the southern city of Ashdod, employees at the “Pashosh” kindergarten, which was struck by a rocket, removed shrapnel marks off the walls and slides ahead of the students’ arrival. Read more »

NYGov – Cuomo Eyeing Jewish Vote In Bid To Overcome Teachout/WU Challenge

2014-08-21 16.33.42The insurgence of Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachouut and her running mate Tim Wu is causing some headaches in the campaign offices of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo.

While hoping (or rather praying) Teachout doesn’t garner more than 30% on Election Day, the growing momentum in support of her running mate Tim Wu, who’s challenging Kathy Hochul for lieutenant, is raising the possibility of the rather unknown progressive candidate beating the governor’s running mate in the primaries. Read more »







Bennett: Building on Palestinian Land is The Zionist Answer To Murder of 3 Teens

Naftali Bennett - Jewish PressEconomy Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday praised Israel’s decision on Sunday to to appropriate 4,000 dunams (998 acres) from the West Bank in Gush Etzion state land, paving the way for a new building project in the disputed settlements.

“What we did yesterday was a display of Zionism,” Bennett said during a visit to the Makor Hayim yeshiva in Gush Etzion, where Naftali Fraenkel and Gil-Ad Shaer HY”D learnt. “Building is our answer to murder.” Read more »

Report: Kerry Cancelled Scheduled Visit To The Region Following Phone Call With Netanyahu

bibi netanyahu john kerryUS Secretary of State John Kerry cancelled his scheduled visit to the region next week after a strained phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Palestinian media reported on Monday.

According to the report in the London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi, Kerry phoned Netanyahu over the weekend to discuss the possibility of restarting peace talks with the Palestinians and a fourth prisoner release. However, Netanyahu did not respond positively during the conversation, and therefore Kerry told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that he is canceling his visit. Read more »

Syrian Rebels, Assad Forces Clash On Golan Heights



(AP). Syrian rebels clashed with government troops on Monday in the Golan Heights, where al-Qaida-linked insurgents abducted U.N. peacekeepers last week, activist said.

The fighting was focused around the town of Hamidiyeh in Quneitra province near the disputed frontier with Israel, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The Observatory said there were casualties on both sides but did not have exact figures. Read more »

British MP Galloway Violently Attacked in Response to Anti-Israel Comments: Spokesman

George Galloway follwoing the attack

Galloway following the attack

The widely known vocal critic of Israel, a member of the British Respect Party, George Galloway, was attacked on Friday night while posing with people for photographs in response to his recent anti-Israel comments, according to his spokesman.

Police arrested a 39-year-old man who carried out the attack. Neil Masterson, of Camden Hill, London, was charged on Saturday with “assault by beating, which is religiously aggravated, on a male in his 60s.” Read more »

KKK Recruitment Effort Seen in NY, Other States, Past Six Months



The Ku Klux Klan is apparently doing a recruitment spree over the past few months across many big cities. Carlos Enrique Londoño, a Long Island resident, recently noticed a flier on his driveway for the group.

Londoño, who says he’s Columbian and dark-skinned, claims the group wouldn’t accept him anyway, but they still left him a membership application, tucked into a bag with the flyer, he told CNN. Read more »

Severe Thunderstorms Delays Flights, Shuts Down Labor Day Concerts



(AP). Severe thunderstorms across the Northeast on Sunday slowed operations at airports, wreaked havoc at outdoor sporting and musical events in New York and Philadelphia and sent people scurrying from a beach after three men were struck by lightning.

The men were injured at Orchard Beach on Pelham Bay in the Bronx on Sunday evening as bad storms rolled through the area, the Fire Department of New York said. The men were being treated at a hospital, and the extent of their injuries was unknown. Read more »

Rep. King: I Wish Obama Would Show Same Leadership as UK’s Prime Minister Cameron

Rep. Peter King CBS Face the NationCongressman Peter King (R-NY) on Sunday said that he think the United States needs to face the growing threat of the Islamic State militant group as much as the British do.

Agreeing that there are more British fighters alongside the ISIS or ISIL group, King told CBS’ Major Garrett that all of those fighters, by many accounts as much as 500, “they all have European passports and they can all come to the United States.” Read more »

Jackie Mason: Media Coverage of Rivers’ Condition ‘Ghoulish’ And ‘Sadistic’



Jewish comic legend Jackie Mason declared on Sunday that his colleague Joan Rivers has “a hundred more years ahead of her,” even though reports were out that the 80-year-old comedian is on life support.

In a radio interview, for “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer, expected to be broadcast tonight, Mason slammed what he claimed was the media’s “ghoulish” and “sadistic” coverage surrounding Rivers’ condition. Read more »

Knesset Delegation Visits Kharkov To Discuss Fate Of Ukrainian Jewish Refugees

Courtesy of FJC

Courtesy of FJC

Three Knesset Members arrived last Thursday in the city of Kharkov, Ukraine, as part of a former Soviet Union delegation to discuss welfare of the many Jewish refugees who have fled the cities of Lugansk and Donentsk to Kharkov and other cities in Ukraine due to unrest in the region.

Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, MK Zeev Elkin (Likud), as well as MKs Alex Miller and Fania Kirshenbaum from Yisrael Beteynu Party, met with leaders of the Jewish community and representatives of the Jewish Agency and local Jewish schools to discuss the current situation in Ukraine and how to help the hundreds of Jewish refugees. Read more »

Carter At Islamic Conference: ‘The Principles of Allah’ Are The Key To Peace

carter-mashaal-HamasPeace between Israel and the Arab world in the Middle East region is still a dream that can be achieved, Former President Jimmy Carter told attendees at the Islamic Society of North America conference in Detriot on Satudary, adding that “the principles of Allah” are key to peace.

“You can’t bring peace to the Middle East without justice and human rights for the Palestinians,” Carter told a packed hall at Cobo Center, according to The Detroit News. “When my prayers are answered and we have peace in that Holy Land then the Israelis and all their neighbors will be blessed to live in peace and prosperity.” Read more »

US Urges Israel To Reverse Decision On Annexation Of West Bank Land

The United States on Sunday called Israel’s announcement of a 400 hectares appropriation of land in the West Bank as “counterproductive” to peace efforts and urged the government to reverse the controversial decision, a State Department official said.

Earlier in the day, Israel announced plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area.

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Obama Attends Wedding Of Jewish Personal Chef With MSNBC’s Host Alex Wagner



US President Barack Obama on Saturday temporarily set aside the pressures of trying to calm the world’s trouble spots and assumed the role of spectator for something more joyous: the wedding of his family’s longtime chef and friend.

Chef Sam Kass, who grew up in a Jewish family, and MSNBC host Alex Wagner were tying the knot at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table restaurant, just north of New York City. Read more »

Iraqi Forces Break IS Militant Siege of Shiite Town of Amirli



(AP). Iraqi security forces and Shiite militiamen on Sunday broke a six-week siege imposed by the Islamic State extremist group on the northern Shiite Turkmen town of Amirli, as a suicide bombing killed 14 people in Anbar western province, officials said.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the operation started at dawn Sunday and the forces entered the town shortly after midday. Read more »

Jewish Comedian Joan Rivers’ Daughter: I’m Keeping Fingers Crossed



(AP). Joan Rivers’ loved ones said Sunday that they remain hopeful about her recovery three days after she went into cardiac arrest at a doctor’s office.

“We are keeping our fingers crossed,” her daughter, Melissa Rivers, said in a statement, thanking people who have expressed support for the 81-year-old comedian. Rivers on Friday described her mother’s condition as serious. Read more »

Lieberman On CNN: Gov’t Must Be More Deliberate In Toppling Hamas Regime in Gaza [Video]

Avigdor Lieberman StaringThe goal of toppling the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip in order to pave the way for a more moderate government should be deliberate, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Sunday.

Speaking to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, the hawkish top diplomat reiterated his criticism of the cease-fire that his government implemented last week, calling the truce “a really bad choice for the State of Israel.”

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Lapid Calls On Regional Powers To Rebuild, Disarm Gaza



(AP). Israel’s finance minister says his country and other regional powers should work together to rebuild the Gaza Strip and disarm Hamas militants that rule the territory.

Yair Lapid made the remarks Sunday, about a week after Israel and Hamas militants reached a truce after almost two months of fighting that devastated parts of Gaza. Read more »

Islamist Militants Take Over US Embassy In Libya

USEmbassyTripoli(AP). The Islamist-allied militia group in control of Libya’s capital has “secured” a U.S. Embassy residential compound there, more than a month after American personnel evacuated from the country over ongoing fighting, one of its commanders said Sunday.

The Islamist militia’s move likely will reinvigorate debate in the U.S. over its role in Libya, more than three years after supporting rebels who toppled dictator Moammar Gadhafi. It also comes near the two-year anniversary of the slaying of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in Libya’s second-largest city of Benghazi. Read more »

London, UK – Police investigating Swastika Found At Same Location Of Previous As Hate Crime

58cb86867b48780a6037e3e5dd851da4The Jewish community in Stamford Hill, London is outraged after a swastika was found scribbled at the same location where swastikas were discovered just one month ago.

Hackney Police and Shomrim responded Moitze Shabbos to Mount Pleasant lane, where residents reported that a swastika was scribbled on a brick wall around Saturday afternoon. Police investigators at the scene said it seems to be the same handwriting of the swastikas painted there a month ago. Read more »

Thousands Rally In London Demanding Greater Action Against Antisemitism

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A few thousand people of the Jewish community in London rallied Sunday afternoon to demand greater action by the police and the Government to combat growing hostilities towards the Jewish community across the UK.

The rally was organized by the newly-formed Campaign Against Anti-Semitism (CAAS) and headlined by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis. Demonstrators carried banners reading: “Prosecute hate before it’s too late”, and “Zero tolerance for anti-Semites”. Read more »

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