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Newark, NJ – NYPD Asks For Dismissal Of Lawsuit By NJ Muslims

December 8, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Newark, NJ - Lawyers for New York City on Friday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by New Jersey Muslims over its police-run surveillance program. The lawsuit doesn't prove its claims that the New York Police Department's intelligence-gathering activities were unconstitutional, that they harmed the plaintiffs or that they focused on people based on religion, national origin or...

Egypt – President Morsi Cancels Constitutional Decree That Sparked Deadly Protests

December 8, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Cairo - Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi on Saturday annulled a controversial constitutional decree he issued last month granting him sweeping powers, which led to deadly protests across the country over the past week. A referendum on an Egyptian draft constitution would still go ahead as planned on December 15, Islamist politician Mohamed Selim al-Awa said after a meeting between the...

Jerusalem – Coalition Chairman Suggests Charedim Won’t Be In Next Government

December 8, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Jerusalem - Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's next government could end up being more colorful and feature less people who wear black, coalition chairman Ze'ev Elkin suggested recently in a panel discussion at Jerusalem's Shalom Hartman Institute. Elkin spoke at a forum that dealt with the possibility of a coalition without haredim. The event was closed to the press but in a tape of the...

Cairo – Egypt Nabs Suspected Terror Ringleader Linked To Benghazi Attack

December 8, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Cairo - Egyptian authorities are holding a man whose militant group is suspected of links to an attack in Libya in which the American ambassador was killed, U.S. officials in Washington and a security source in Cairo said on Saturday. "They arrested Mohamed Gamal," said one U.S. official. The security source in Cairo, giving the man's full name as Mohamed Gamal Abu Ahmed, said the suspect...

Jerusalem – Israel’s Olmert Says Country Facing Unprecedented Isolation

December 8, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Jerusalem - Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said on Saturday that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu was taking Israel into unprecedented isolation with its policy on Jewish settlements. He singled out Israel's recent announcement that it would build new settlement homes in the E1 corridor near Jerusalem. The plan has sparked international protest. Olmert said such plans had been around...

United Nations – UN Approves Israeli Entrepreneurship Resolution

December 8, 2012 at 09:12 PM
United Nations - The United Nations on Friday approved an Israel-initiated resolution in which the international body affirmed for the first time that entrepreneurship was a critical development tool. The UN Second Committee adopted the “Entrepreneurship for Development” resolution by a 129-31 vote. In response to the vote, Israeli Ambassador to the UN in New York Ron Prosor said the...

France – 2 Arrested on Suspicion of Links to Toulouse Killings Released

December 8, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Toulouse, France - A man and woman have been released from custody without being charged after days of questioning by French authorities investigating killings in southern France by a radical Islamist. Seven people were killed in the attacks in March - Jewish schoolchildren, a rabbi and French paratroopers. Gunman Mohamed Merah was later killed in a shootout with police. A man and woman...

Gaza – Hamas Leader: We Would Never Recognize Israel

December 8, 2012 at 08:15 PM
Gaza - Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, in a defiant speech during his first ever visit to Gaza, told a mass rally on Saturday he would never recognize Israel and pledged to "free the land of Palestine inch by inch". A sea of flag-waving supporters poured into the city centre for celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Islamist group, which has ruled the Gaza Strip - a...

Brooklyn, NY – Weberman Case Goes To Jury; Jurors Reportedly Split

December 8, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Brooklyn, NY - As deliberations began yesterday in the Weberman trial, alternate jurors who were excused from the case report that the remaining twelve jurors appear to be evenly divided on the subject of Weberman's guilt in the highly watched case. Two of the alternate jurors told the New York Post (http://goo.gl/bhZiw) yesterday that they would have only been able to convict Weberman guilty...

Washington – US Supreme Court to Rule on Gay Marriage, Prop. 8

December 8, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Washington - The Supreme Court will take up California's ban on same-sex marriage, a case that could give the justices the chance to rule on whether gay Americans have the same constitutional right to marry as heterosexuals. The justices said Friday they will review a federal appeals court ruling that struck down the state's gay marriage ban, though on narrow grounds. The San Francisco-based...

Jerusalem – Chanukkah Festivities Begin With Candle Lighting

December 8, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Jerusalem - Jews around the world ushered in the eight-day Hanukkah festival Saturday evening, lighting the first candles of ceremonial lamps that symbolize triumph over oppression. In Israel, families gathered after sundown for the lighting, eating traditional snacks of potato pancakes and doughnuts and exchanging gifts. Local officials lit candles set up in public places, while families...

New York, NY – City To Celebrate Chanukah With Lighting Of 32-Foot-Tall Menorah

December 8, 2012 at 06:13 PM
New York, NY - New York City is celebrating the start of Hanukkah with the ceremonial lighting of a 32-foot-tall menorah at the edge of Central Park. Dignitaries, rabbis and a big crowd are expected Saturday for the 8:30 p.m. ceremony, held on a plaza on 5th Avenue near the park's southeast corner. The steel menorah weighs 4,000 pounds and stands tall enough that organizers will need an...

Washington – Obama Wishes Jewish Community Happy Hanukkah

December 8, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Washington - The Obama family wished the global Jewish community a “chag sameach” for the start of Hanukkah, which begins Saturday night. In addition to his Hebrew happy holiday wishes, US President Barack Obama also spoke of Hanukkah’s historic and religious significance in a statement sent out Friday evening. “This Hanukkah season we remember the powerful story of the Maccabees...

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