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New York, NY – Centuries-Old Torture Devices to be Sold Proceeds Will Go to Charities

May 11, 2009 at 11:47 PM
New York, NY - A collection of torture devices used in the 16th and 17th centuries will be sold in New York City with some of the proceeds going to charities campaigning for a ban on torture. Arlan Ettinger, president of Guernsey's Auctions, said 252 devices, hundreds of torture engravings and a library of rare books devoted to torture would either be sold as a collection or auctioned...

Israel – Vatican Upset Over Function Where Muslim Cleric Attacked Israel In Pope’s Presence

May 11, 2009 at 11:19 PM
Israel - Pope Benedict XVI walked out of an interfaith conference in Jerusalem after a Muslim cleric accused Israel of "slaughtering" women and children. Speaking at a conference, the head of the Palestinian Sharia court, Sheikh Taysir al-Tamimi, denounced Israeli policy and appealed to the pope to help end what he called the "crimes of the Jewish state." Specifically, he accused Israel of...

Wisconsin – Court Allows Police to Use GPS to Track Anyone Even Without a Warrant

May 11, 2009 at 10:03 PM
Wisconsin - An appeals court in Wisconsin decided that police can stick a GPS-tracking device on anyone they want without getting a search warrant. Even if that person is not suspected of anything more than living, breathing and expectorating. The court ruled that police were within their constitutional authority when they placed a GPS tracking device on a vehicle belonging to a man accused of...

Syracuse, NY – Nurse At Jewish Center Admits Stealing Patients Pain Medication

May 11, 2009 at 09:50 PM
Syracuse, NY - A licensed practical nurse admitted in court today to ingesting pain medication she falsely logged as being given to people under her care at the Jewish Home of Central New York. Kelly Radford, 31, of Roxboro Road, Salina, pleaded guilty before County Judge Joseph Fahey to a single felony count of first-degree falsifying business records. She admitted that from Sept. 5 through...

Postville, IA – Identity-Theft Charges Against Rubashkin Dropped

May 11, 2009 at 09:04 PM
Postville, IA - Federal prosecutors have agreed to drop identity-theft charges against a former Postville slaughterhouse executive in a light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision. Prosecutors this afternoon asked a federal judge to dismiss seven counts of aiding and abetting aggravated identity theft, in response to a motion filed last week by Sholom Rubashkin’s lawyer. Defense lawyer Guy...

London – Diplomat Charged for Race Crime Against Jews

May 11, 2009 at 07:18 PM
London - Foreign Office diplomat Rowan Laxton has been charged with racially aggravated harassment after allegations that he launched a foul-mouthed anti-Jew tirade at a gym, it has been confirmed. Middle East expert Mr Laxton, 48, will appear in court accused of racially aggravated harassment after being formally charged when he answered his police bail. It is understood he was watching TV...

New York – American Airlines To Offer One Way Mileage Bookings

May 11, 2009 at 05:56 PM
New York - American Airlines is set to make changes in their frequent flyer policies. As reported by the Associated Press, the airline will begin to allow customers to redeem frequent flyer miles on one-way trips, using half of the miles required for use on round trip flights. As noted in the report the changes will go into effect immediately. The new policies will reportedly make American...

Washington – Jewish Org. Applaud President Obama For Proposing $15 Million To Fund Security Grants

May 11, 2009 at 04:39 PM
Washington - Leading Jewish nonprofits today commended President Obama for including $15 million to fund the Urban Area Security Initiative Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP) in his fiscal year 2010 budget to Congress. UJC/Jewish Federations of North America, the Orthodox Union, Agudath Israel, UJA-Federation New York, and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago joined together to...

Seven Hills, OH – Ex-Nazi Guard Demjanjuk Loaded Into Ambulance Deported from U.S. [video]

May 11, 2009 at 03:33 PM
Seven Hills, OH - Former Nazi guard John Demjanjuk is scheduled to be deported from the United States on a late Monday flight to face trial in Germany. The Munich-bound air ambulance flight was scheduled to leave Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport around 7:20 pm, said two sources who declined to be named. Two medical jets could be seen waiting with their doors open on the runway of the airport...

New York – NY Times Trying To Make Up With Orthodox Jews?

May 11, 2009 at 03:23 PM
New York - From the earliest days of Nazi Germany through the present time, the New York Times has been continuously assailed in books by prominent scholars such as Prof. Laurel Leff, articles by respected politicians such as Ed Koch, watchdog organizations such as CAMERA, huge numbers of pundits and columnists such as Mark Silverberg, and editorials in high-circulation newspapers and...

Abha, Saudi Arabia – Judge: It’s OK for Husband to Slap Wives

May 11, 2009 at 03:18 PM
Abha, Saudi Arabia - A Jeddah court judge’s approval of husbands slapping their wives on the face if they spend money lavishly on unnecessary things triggered a hue and cry during a seminar on domestic violence here recently. Judge Hamad Al-Razine said that "if a person gives $320 to his wife and she spends $240 to purchase an abaya (a black gown) from a brand shop and if her husband slaps...

Clifton, NJ – Residents Fight Fire Captain Promotion Over Remarks Hostile to Jews

May 11, 2009 at 02:50 PM
Clifton, NJ - Some residents say the city shouldn't promote a captain in the Fire Department because of past behavior. But Norman Tahan disputes their assertions, saying he should be judged on his career as a fireman. "My performance as a firefighter has been nothing but exemplary," he said Saturday. Tahan and seven others will take the oath of office today to fill supervisory vacancies...

New York – Launch Of New Kosher Ethical Seal ‘Tav HaYosher’

May 11, 2009 at 02:43 PM
New York - One year after revelations of exploitative and abusive work practices at the nation’s largest kosher meatpacking plant made national headlines and shook the consciousness of the Jewish community, Uri L’Tzedek (Awaken to Justice), an Orthodox social justice movement, is publicly launching an ethical seal for kosher eating establishments. “After seeing the pain and suffering...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Lau: Pope Holocaust Speech Offered No Empathy

May 11, 2009 at 02:30 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's Holocaust memorial chairman expressed disappointment at a speech by Pope Benedict on Monday in which he strove to repair relations between Jews and the Catholic Church, damaged by a Holocaust-denying bishop. "There certainly was no apology expressed here," Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, chairman of the Yad Vashem council, told Israeli television on the first day of the papal...

Live from Meron

May 11, 2009 at 01:26 PM
Meron - Hundreds of thousands of people from around the globe are on their way to the Galilee town of Meron, where the “Divine Tannaitic Sage” Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai is buried, for Lag BaOmer commemorations. The minor holiday of Lag BaOmer begins this evening (Monday) and lasts until Tuesday at sundown. Its name comes from the fact that it is the 33rd day of the Omer counting period...

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