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New York, NY – Ambivalence over NYPD Spying on Muslim and Arab Neighborhoods

November 13, 2011 at 11:01 PM
New York, NY - Vicki Grouzis shook her head in disbelief. Police are watching Arabs and Muslims in New York City? Often with no evidence of wrongdoing? She frowned and dismissively waved a hand in the air. "It's a free country. This is not supposed to happen in America," said Grouzis, who came here from Greece 35 years ago. And yet ... "I say yes, and I say no. It's good for the United...

Geneva – 522 Million People Could Have Diabetes By 2030

November 13, 2011 at 10:34 PM
Geneva - The International Diabetes Federation predicts that one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to their latest statistics. In a report issued on Monday, the advocacy group estimated that 522 million people would have diabetes in the next two decades, based on things like aging and demographic changes. The figure includes both types of diabetes. The group expects the...

Ashdod – Firecracker Thrown at Rabbi Pinto’s Home

November 13, 2011 at 09:35 PM
Ashdod - Vandals threw a firecracker on Sunday night at the home of Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto in Ashdod. The firecracker exploded in the rabbi's yard. No one was hurt in the incident, but damage was caused to a table. Ashdod Police have launched an investigation, and Chief Superintendent Doron Benamo, a spokesman for the police’s Southern District, said that all possibilities are being examined...

New York – Report: Royal Caribbean Passengers Exposed to Cancer Causing Water

November 13, 2011 at 08:23 PM
New York - Thousands of New Yorkers may have been exposed to cancer-causing drinking water aboard a flotilla of luxury cruise liners, according to a bombshell report. A defective paint was used inside water tanks on as many as 50 ships owned by Royal Caribbean, Norwegian Cruise Line and other companies in 2004, according to the Sunday Times of London. The paint, manufactured by...

Tehran – Time Magazine: Intel Source Say Israel Behind Deadly Explosion at Iran Missile Base

November 13, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Tehran - Israeli newspapers on Sunday were thick with innuendo, the front pages of the three largest dailies dominated by variations on the headline "Mysterious Explosion in Iranian Missile Base." Turn the page, and the mystery is answered with a wink. "Who is Responsible for Attacks on the Iranian Army?" asks Ma'ariv, and the paper lists without further comment a half-dozen other violent...

Detroit, MI – Vice President Biden Gives Keynote at Yeshiva Fundraiser

November 13, 2011 at 06:25 PM
Detroit, MI - Vice President Joe Biden was in Detroit on Sunday to speak at fundraisers for an Orthodox Jewish day school and Democratic U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow. Vice President Joe Biden told the crowd gathered for the Jewish Orthodox fundraiser on Sunday that the United States' relationship with Israel is not an act of friendship, but a fundamental act of self-interest. "It is a key...

Brooklyn, NY – Politicians: Torched Cars, Violent Mugging Require Increased Police To Protect Jews

November 13, 2011 at 05:06 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn elected officials and Jewish community leaders demanded aggressive police action on Sunday after two attacks targeting Jews left residents on edge. A Hasidic man was attacked in Williamsburg and cars were burned in Midwood on Friday. Both brash, anti-Semitic acts require more cops, City Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn...

Brooklyn, NY – Sen. Schumer Condemns Midwood Anti-Semitic Attack; 100 Protest (video)

November 13, 2011 at 04:52 PM
Brooklyn, NY - Dozens of residents marched through a Brooklyn neighborhood on Sunday to protest against vandals who torched three cars and scrawled Nazi swastikas in an area populated by Orthodox Jews. Protesters said they were stunned after unknown vandals set the cars ablaze, spray-painted the letters "KKK" on a van, defaced four public benches with 16 swastikas and left other anti-Semitic...

Wawarsing, NY – Homes Over Leaky NYC Aqueduct To Get Buyout Offers

November 13, 2011 at 03:20 PM
Wawarsing, NY - The same tunnel that delivers water to millions of faucets in New York City is blamed for leaving homes in this upstate town in soggy misery. Residents say the leaky aqueduct running below their neighborhood creates flooding in their basements during even routine rain storms. They are plagued with heaving floors, moldy walls and sinkholes in their lawns. "There's just...

Jerusalem – Thousands Attend Memorial Concert For Shlomo Carlebach 17th Yahrzeit (video)

November 13, 2011 at 02:09 PM
Jerusalem - A top line-up of Jewish musicians, including Israeli pop star, Shlomo Bar, marked the 17th anniversary of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach’s passing at Binyanei Ha’Uma, the Jerusalem International Convention Center this Saturday evening. More than 5,000 people attended the annual event, including Rabbi Israel Meir Lau, the Chief Rabbi of Tel Aviv/ Jaffa. The crowd predominantly made up...

Tehran – Iran: Guard Commander Killed Was Missile Expert

November 13, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Tehran - Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard says a commander killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot west of Tehran was a key figure in Iran's missile program. Gen. Hasan Moghaddam was killed together with 16 other Guard members Saturday at a military site outside Bidganeh village, 25 miles (40 kilometers) southwest of Tehran. The Guard says the accidental explosion occurred while...

Reim Military Base, Israel – Israeli Official: Military Could Topple Hamas

November 13, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Reim Military Base, Israel - Weeks after a new round of fighting with Gaza militants subsided, a senior Israeli military official said Sunday that Israel is ready and able to topple the territory's Hamas government, though it has no immediate plans to do so. The official also said Gaza militants have steadily built up an already formidable arsenal, in part with weapons smuggled out of Libya...

Havana – Cuba Pol Cool To Talk Of Release, Swap For Jewish US Man

November 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM
Havana - The president of Cuba's parliament said Friday no one should expect the island to unilaterally free an imprisoned American aid contractor and threw cold water on hopes he could be swapped for five Cuban agents held for more than a decade in the U.S. Ricardo Alarcon's comments, similar to ones he has expressed in the past, maintained Havana's firm line in a case that has been a thorn...

Washington – Herman Cain Leads As Top GOP Contender

November 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM
Washington - It might be time to stop laughing at Herman Cain. His presidential campaign, once considered a vanity project designed to sell copies of his new book, continues to chug along the tracks, refusing to be derailed by scandal or the lack of a well-organized staff. Cain has a lead in a handful of national polls over the heavily favored Mitt Romney — and some political observers...

Brooklyn, NY – Community To March In Unity Following Midwood Hate Crime

November 13, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Brooklyn, NY - After a Brooklyn community witnessed four cars torched to a crisp with hate messages and symbols scrawled across the streets, community members and politicians are marching on Sunday in a “Walk for Tolerance.” State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, state Sen. Eric Adams and civil rights attorney Normal Siegal all plan to join local New Yorkers at the march, which starts at 12:30...

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