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Jerusalem – Israel to Name Salvadoran to ‘Righteous’ List

May 13, 2010 at 11:06 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's ambassador to El Salvador says a Salvadoran diplomat will be named as one of the "Righteous Among the Nations" for helping save Jews during World War II. Ambassador Mattanya Cohen says the distinction will be awarded posthumously to Jose Arturo Castellanos, who gave citizenship certificates to as many as 40,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The "Righteous Among the...

New York – Ex-Justice Department Official Working To bar Goldstone From U.S.

May 13, 2010 at 09:33 PM
New York - well-known American Jewish attorney who worked to deport former Nazis from the US is urging American officials to bar former judge Richard Goldstone from entering the country over his rulings during South Africa’s apartheid regime. In a letter sent to US officials, Neal Sher, a former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, said that recently disclosed...

New York – Rabbis: Fertility Egg Donor Determines Child’s Religion

May 13, 2010 at 09:12 PM
New York - What does a Jewish child need most from a mother? Forget about the chicken soup—it's all about the eggs, say a growing number of prominent rabbis. Several recent rabbinic rulings on fertility treatment dictate that a child conceived in vitro is Jewish only if the egg came from a Jewish woman. The issue is most pressing in Israel, in part because tight restrictions on egg donation...

Trenton, NJ – 800 Lakewood Students Come Out to Support Scholarships For Private Schools [video]

May 13, 2010 at 08:30 PM
Trenton, NJ - A bill that would use taxpayer money to send low income students to private, charter or better performing public schools statewide drew a crowd of supporters and opponents so big in Trenton that lawmakers had to move their tables outside to conduct their hearing. "It's an utter disgrace," shouted one opponent, "We can't hear anything." "Every student is entitled to a thorough...

Pakistan – Suspect Who Says He Was Accomplice To Times Square Bomber Was Arrested

May 13, 2010 at 07:43 PM
Pakistan - The Pakistani government has arrested a suspect with connections to a Pakistani militant group who said he acted as an accomplice to the accused Times Square bomber, U.S. officials said. The suspect, whose arrest has not been previously disclosed, provided an "independent stream" of evidence that the Pakistani Taliban was behind the attack, including admitting helping Faisal...

New York – In NYC, Obama Praises Times Square Bomb Responders

May 13, 2010 at 06:49 PM
New York - President Barack Obama is thanking the New York City police officers who responded to the May 1 attempted bombing of Times Square. White House spokesman Bill Burton says Obama told the officers Thursday that the city's anti-terrorism efforts are a model for the rest of the country. A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen is accused of trying to detonate a bomb-laden vehicle in Times...

Jerusalem – 23 Headstones Smashed at Har Hazasim Cemetery

May 13, 2010 at 06:16 PM
Jerusalem - In the shadow of harsh criticism from the state comptroller on the neglect of the Mount of Olives, 23 smashed headstones were discovered in the ancient cemetery. "It is simply outrageous," said Yehezkel, whose sister S. is buried in the cemetery, to Ynet. The police said that a number of cases of vandalism and damage to be headstones have been incurred in recent months. As part...

Czech Republic – Court Gives Ownership Rights to ‘Golem of Prague’ Image

May 13, 2010 at 05:06 PM
Czech Republic - Visitors to the Czech capital will likely have come across the legend of the Prague Golem – the famous man-like creature - created by Rabbi Yehuda Loew in the 16th century. The most popular depiction of the character is as a burly clay giant, designed by the late sculptor Jaroslav Horejc for the 1950s film The Emperor’s Baker/The Baker’s Emperor. A Prague court...

New York – Walgreens Backs Off: Halts Sale of Genetic Test Kit After FDA Criticism

May 13, 2010 at 04:12 PM
New York - The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., said Wednesday it will hold off selling what was poised to be the first over-the-counter genetic test, after the Food and Drug Administration said the kit has not been proven effective. Pathway Genomics announced Tuesday that its saliva swab would be on Walgreen's shelves later this month, offering millions of Americans the chance peek...

Sana’a – Yemeni Rabbi Criticizes Potential Transfer of Yemeni Jews to Britain

May 13, 2010 at 04:06 PM
Sana’a - A Yemeni Jewish rabbi demanded the British government not give asylum to Yemeni Jews who want to leave their country because of alleged persecution. “The attempts to take the Jews from Yemen are attempts to damage the reputation of Yemen as a country without tolerance,” said Rabbi Yahya Yousif. “I do not agree with my brothers the Jews, who allow others to distort Yemen, our...

Washington – Israel’s Iron Dome Defense System Gets New Backer: Barack Obama

May 13, 2010 at 03:41 PM
Washington - The budgetary difficulty that has been delaying Israel's armament with the anti-missile defense system Iron Dome has apparently been resolved. The Pentagon has issued a message to Israel's Defense Ministry that U.S. President Barack Obama has approved the transfer of special assistance totaling $205 million for the purchase of more than ten Iron Dome batteries. The Iron Dome...

Jackson, NY – Town Asked To Rescind English-only Law

May 13, 2010 at 03:27 PM
Jackson, NY - The American Civil Liberties Union says it has asked Jackson, N.Y., to rescind an ordinance requiring all town business to be conducted in English. The law prohibits constitutionally protected speech and discriminates against people with limited English skills, ACLU spokeswoman Melanie Trimble told The New York Times in a story published Thursday. Town leaders passed the...

Manhattan, NY – Obama, Bloomberg to Meet at ’1 Police Plaza’

May 13, 2010 at 03:07 PM
Manhattan, NY - President Obama will meet today with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg after New York officials used his visit to criticize cuts to some planned homeland security spending. Bloomberg declined to ding the White House or DHS over cuts to planned anti-terror funding last night, and the topic — among others — is expected to be a topic at the meeting. Bloomberg told reporters...

New York City – TLC Investigating: Manhattan Doormen Demanding Bribes From Taxis

May 13, 2010 at 02:39 PM
New York City - Hotel doormen across Manhattan are shaking down yellow cabbies for bribes of up to $15 before allowing them to transport guests to local airports, taxi officials told The Post. Drivers who refuse to pay are blacklisted. The rampant practice has sparked a Taxi and Limousine Commission investigation — and earned the ire of furious drivers. "This stuff goes on day in and...

Baghdad – Iraq Strikes Deal With US for Return of Jewish Archives

May 13, 2010 at 02:10 PM
Baghdad, Iraq - The United States has agreed to return millions of documents to Iraq, including Baghdad's Jewish archives, that were seized by the US military after the 2003 invasion, a minister said on Thursday. The documents, which fill 48,000 containers, are currently being held by the US State Department, the National Archives and the Hoover Institute, a think-tank. "We have reached an...

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