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Israel – French Government Seeking Jews who Lost Wartime Property

May 20, 2009 at 11:07 PM
Israel - If you or your relative lost property to anti-Jewish legislation in France during World War II, the French government wants to know about it. On tomorrow and Friday, the French Embassy is hosting a delegation of the Commission for Compensation of Victims of Spoliation Resulting from the Anti-Semitic Legislation in Force during the Occupation. Also known as the Drai Commission, the...

New York, NY – Four Men Arrested in Plot to Bomb Synagogue

May 20, 2009 at 09:23 PM
New York, NY - The FBI busted a homegrown terror cell late Wednesday night as the men sneaked around a Jewish temple in Riverdale planting what they thought was packages of C-4 explosives, sources told the Daily News. The four African American men, three of whom were said to be jailhouse converts to Islam, also allegedly had what they believed was a working Stinger missile in their...

Williamsburg, NY – Affordable Apartments on Waterfront Still Far on Horizon

May 20, 2009 at 09:18 PM
Williamsburg, NY - Four years after agreeing to let private developers build luxury condos on the Williamsburg/Greenpoint waterfront, the city has yet to deliver promised affordable housing there. None of the 1,345 low- and middle-income apartments that were pledged by the city have been completed - and construction has begun on just one apartment building, with a mere 14 units, officials...

Jerusalem – Finance Committee Chair: Reform Movement A Bunch of Treacherous Backstabbers to Judaism

May 20, 2009 at 08:59 PM
Jerusalem - Knesset Finance Committee chairman Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) said Wednesday that he will block any attempt to transfer state funds to non-Orthodox institutions involved in preparing converts to Judaism. "The Reform Movement is not a legitimate form of Judaism," Gafni said in a telephone interview. "The Reform are a bunch of treacherous backstabbers to Judaism. They are...

Jerusalem – Conservative Jews Decry Bias in IDF

May 20, 2009 at 08:07 PM
Jerusalem - When Gabrielle Pollack sought to say kaddish for her recently deceased grandmother, the young female soldier found that in the Israeli Army, it can be daunting to be a Conservative Jew. And the army, for its part, found it can be daunting to accommodate one as non-Orthodox Jewish movements increasingly jockey to break the Orthodox monopoly over official religion in...

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Arrest Warrant for Colombian Man for 1994 Terror Strike

May 20, 2009 at 07:12 PM
Buenos Aires, Argentina - Argentina today issued an international arrest warrant for a Colombian man in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities building in Buenos Aires that killed 85 and injured 300. Samuel Salman El Reda, a Colombian of Lebanese descent who formerly lived in Buenos Aires, was the top local connection in the attack, Prosecutor Alberto Nisman told a press...

New York, NY – After Closing Broadway Whats Next on Bloomberg’s Outlook for City Streets?

May 20, 2009 at 06:43 PM
New York, NY - Imagine narrow European-style roadways shared by pedestrians, cyclists and cars, all traveling at low speeds. Sidewalks made of recycled rubber in different colors under sleek energy-efficient lamps. Mini-islands jutting into the street, topped by trees and landscaping, designed to further slow traffic and add a dash of green. This is what New York City streets could look like...

Paris, France – Judge Orderes Magazine off Newsstands For Torture Photo Of Jewish Man

May 20, 2009 at 05:52 PM
Paris, France - A French judge has ordered off newsstands a magazine that published a cover photo of a Jewish man who was allegedly tortured by a group of people now on trial for their role in his death. that is according to the Associated Press Youssouf Fofana and 26 others are suspected of being involved in the abduction and death of Ilan Halimi. The mother of Ilan Halimi sued 'CHOC'...

New York – ‘Tzum Gezunt’: How A Sneeze Can Spread An Epidemic

May 20, 2009 at 04:47 PM
New York - According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the sneeze travels at 103 miles an hour. With every sneeze, thousands of germ-filled droplets are released, which spread farther than most of us would imagine. Knowing how a sneeze works can prevent you from getting sick. It may seem silly, but as a 1948 health film shows, the simple sneeze is how world epidemics spread. Maybe it's...

New York – Bill Would Extend Shield Law to Cover Bloggers

May 20, 2009 at 04:34 PM
New York - New York State’s shield law, which protects the right of news reporters to refuse to testify about information obtained through newsgathering, would be extended to “journalist bloggers” under a bill introduced by State Senator Thomas K. Duane and Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal, two Manhattan Democrats. The law protects journalists from being compelled to disclose...

New York – State Has Nation’s Worst Drivers

May 20, 2009 at 04:08 PM
New York - State drivers might just be the worst in the country. Insurance company GMAC released today the results of its annual poll examining drivers in all 50 states and Washington D.C., on questions used in Department of Motor Vehicle exams. New York State finished dead last, with an average test score of 70.5. Idaho and Wisconsin tied for the best scores at 80.6, followed by...

San Antonio, TX – Before You Fly Know This: FAA Mechanics Can’t Read English

May 20, 2009 at 03:34 PM
San Antonio, TX - A television investigative report has recently revealed serious flaws in the way the FAA licenses mechanics who fix planes. There is evidence of years of problems in testing these mechanics. There is also evidence that hundreds of mechanics with questionable licenses are working on aircraft in Texas. Now there is evidence of repair facilities hiring low-wage mechanics who...

Washington – US to Fund Israeli Arrow 3 Missile Program

May 20, 2009 at 03:32 PM
Washington - Israeli Defense Ministry officials who met with Pentagon officials in Washington announced Wednesday that an agreement had been reached securing US funding for Israel's new Arrow 3 missile interception device. The annual meeting was preceded by Israeli fears that the US would decrease its funding for the defense system, which is destined to secure Israel against ballistic...

Lviv, Ukraine – Holocaust Film and Jewish Organization Banned from Schools

May 20, 2009 at 02:44 PM
Lviv, Ukraine - A documentary film about the Holocaust has incited the wrath of the Ukrainian nationalist organization Freedom. The film, an amateur production entitled Two Tangos, was shown once in Lvov to older Polish-speaking school children at a state school at the end of last year. The showing was sponsored by the Jewish NGO Chesed Aryeh as part of a program in the local schools to...

Albany, NY – Governor Extends Unemployment Benefits

May 20, 2009 at 02:34 PM
Albany, NY - Further relief is in the works for unemployed New Yorkers as Governor David Paterson announces that he is extending the unemployment Insurance Benefit Bill. The Senate has passed legislation that will provide an additional 13 weeks of extended benefits to almost 120,000 unemployed New Yorkers. This week alone, 56,000 New Yorkers faced receiving their last unemployment...

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