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Washington – State Dept: US Teen Held In Israel After Arrest At Protest

July 28, 2014 at 06:07 PM
Washington - The U.S. is confirming that a 15-year-old American citizen is being held by Israeli authorities for his alleged role in protests earlier this month in East Jerusalem. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday that considering his age, the U.S. is calling for a speedy resolution to the case of Mohamed Abu Nie. Psaki (SAH'-kee) says he's been held since being arrested on...

New York, NY – Thousands Of NYC Residents Join Pro-Israel Rally

July 28, 2014 at 06:00 PM
New York, NY – Thousands of pro-Israel New York City residents joined the “New York Stands With Israel” rally co-sponsored by the World Jewish Congress at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the United Nations. Speakers included New York Senator Charles Schumer; the chair of the International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians, Congress Member Eliot Engel of New York; the Consul General of...

New York – Sarah Palin Launches Online Subscription Channel

July 28, 2014 at 05:45 PM
New York - Sarah Palin has started her own subscription-based online network. The Sarah Palin Channel, which went live on Sunday, bills itself as a "direct connection" for the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate with her supporters, with "no need to please the powers-that-be," Palin says in a video mission statement on her channel's home page. "Are you tired of the...

Washington – U.S. Officials Defend Kerry From Israeli Criticism

July 28, 2014 at 05:25 PM
Washington - Obama administration officials rallied to the defense of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday after withering criticism in Israel of Kerry's failed attempt to secure a ceasefire between Israelis and Palestinians. The critiques of Kerry centered around ideas that U.S. officials say were sent to Israeli officials, based on an Egyptian draft ceasefire proposal, that would...

Gaza City – Hamas, Israel Trade Blame For Deaths Of 9 Children

July 28, 2014 at 05:21 PM
Gaza City - Hamas and Israel blamed each other for an explosion at a Gaza park Monday that killed at least 10 Palestinians — including nine children playing on a swing — in a horrific scene that underscored the heavy price civilians are paying in the conflict. Israel's military said rockets misfired by Gaza militants were responsible, while Gaza officials blamed Israeli airstrikes. The...

Washington – Cruz Ends Hold On Nominees Over FAA Flight Ban To Israel

July 28, 2014 at 05:13 PM
Washington - Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is no longer blocking confirmation of a series of ambassadorial and other diplomatic nominees over the Federal Aviation Administration's 36-hour ban on U.S. airline flights to Israel. Cruz said in a statement Monday that he received a briefing from FAA officials, who responded to his questions about the prohibition. The FAA banned flights after a rocket...

Albany, NY – Cuomo Defends Handling Of Corruption Panel

July 28, 2014 at 04:36 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo is defending his handling of an anti-corruption commission, dismissing reports that his administration interfered with its work. The Democrat's comments Monday in Buffalo were his first since The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured commissioners to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm Cuomo used and to a real estate organization...

Brooklyn, NY – Signs In Crown Heights Ask Residents To ‘Cover Up’ In Jewish Community

July 28, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Brooklyn, NY -  Signs in the Crown Heights area of Brooklyn have been showing up asking citizens to “show some respect” and dress moderately, stating that the area is a Jewish community. Pix 11 News reports (http://bit.ly/1uAuuKA) some agree with the signs, while others are offended. “A woman should cover up, she doesn’t have to display what she’s got,” one rabbi told the news...

New York – De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A Worry

July 28, 2014 at 03:45 PM
New York - New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH'-zee-oh) says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is "a wake-up call." De Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city's bridges. Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge's two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones. The...

Washington – Boehner Urges US Solidarity With Israel

July 28, 2014 at 03:23 PM
Washington - House Speaker John Boehner said Monday that support for Israel must be the United States' main focus and not peace mediation in a subtle jab at the Obama administration. "At times like this, people try to isolate Israel - but we are here to stand with Israel," Boehner said in remarks at the National Press Club. "Not just as a broker or observer — but as a strong partner and a...

Jerusalem – Five IDF Soldiers Killed In Gaza As Army Death Toll Rises To 48

July 28, 2014 at 02:51 PM
Jerusalem - Five IDF soldiers were killed Monday on the 21st day of Operation Protective Edge, bringing the total military death toll to 48. The IDF released the name of Stf.-Sgt. Moshe Davino, 20, from Jerusalem as one of the soldiers killed in action Monday afternoon in the Gaza Strip. He was posthumously promoted following his death. The military announced that the four other Israeli...

Ankara – Turkish PM Promises Safety Of Jewish People Living In Turkey

July 28, 2014 at 02:38 PM
Ankara - Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has promised the safety of Jewish people living in Turkey, saying they are citizens too and the government is responsible for their lives and their property. In an interview with the Daily Sabah (http://bit.ly/1pwdOvN) on July 24, Erdoğan stated, “we will never let Jewish people in Turkey get hurt.” The prime minister said he...

Milwaukee, WI – VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran’s Grave After NY Rabbis Intervenes

July 28, 2014 at 02:36 PM
Milwaukee, WI – A Jewish veteran’s headstone now holds the Star of David instead of a cross after a rabbi from Queen’s discovered the headstone of his distant relative was incorrectly marked with the Christian symbol. Rabbi Avrohom Richter of Queens, who is the director of Chabad of Howard Beach, discovered the grave of his grandmother’s first cousin – Henry Dienstein – during...

New York – Fugitive Profiled By John Walsh, Dead In Shootout With U.S. Marshals In NYC

July 28, 2014 at 02:06 PM
New York - A California man who skipped town after being accused of molesting a child was killed and three law enforcement officers trying to arrest him were wounded in a daytime shootout inside a New York City smoke shop, officials said Monday. Officials didn't disclose details of the injuries sustained by the two U.S. Marshals and a New York City detective, but Police Commissioner William...

Jerusalem – Netanyahu Speaks Of ‘Prolonged’ Campaign In Gaza

July 28, 2014 at 01:36 PM
Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that Israel must be ready for a "prolonged" military operation in the Gaza Strip and will "act aggressively and responsibly" until the mission is completed. Israel launched the operation against Gaza's Hamas rulers three weeks ago, initially from the air and then on the ground. Israel has said it wants to decimate Hamas' ability...