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Syria – Grenades Hit Baath Party Building In Damascus: Residents

November 19, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Syria - At least two rocket-propelled grenades hit a ruling Baath Party building in Damascus on Sunday, residents said, in the first insurgent attack reported inside the Syrian capital since an eight-month uprising began against President Bashar al-Assad. The attack occurred hours after an Arab League deadline for Syria to end its crackdown against protesters passed with no sign of violence...

Toronto, Canada – Man Hit And Killed On Way Home From Shul Shabbos Night

November 19, 2011 at 11:13 PM
Toronto, Canada - A Toronto man in his mid sixties was killed in a hit by a car Friday night as he crossed an unlit street last night on his way home from Shul. Michael Friedman was leaving the Maon Noam Synagogue on Rutherford Road near Bathurst Street at approximately 9:50 PM after partaking in a community Shabbos meal Friday night. Witnesses saw a Toyota Yaris hit Friedman as he crossed...

Miami – Occupy Protests Spread To US College Campuses

November 19, 2011 at 10:42 PM
Miami - Mo Tarafa stood before students at a small, outdoor concrete auditorium at Florida International University and called for volunteers to sit in the 10 chairs before her. Each chair, she said, represented 10 percent of the wealth in the United States and 10 percent of the population. The students, mostly in their 20s and wearing jeans and T-shirts on a balmy fall Thursday afternoon in...

Oakland, CA – Showdown With Police: Oakland Protesters Defiantly Set Up New Tent City

November 19, 2011 at 10:40 PM
Oakland , CA - Throngs of anti-Wall Street protesters took over a vacant lot in downtown Oakland on Saturday and began erecting a tent camp to replace one torn down by police, setting the stage for a potential showdown. Protesters, who have also vowed to set up camp in an adjacent park, marched to the lot and tore down a chain-link fence, pitching tents as a light rain started. Police on the...

Manhattan, NY – 3 Chagall Synagogue Paintings Up for Auction Estimate $500,000

November 19, 2011 at 10:27 PM
Manhattan, NY - Three rare oil paintings of synagogue interiors by Marc Chagall are going on the auction block in New York City. Sotheby's auction house said Friday the paintings came to the market for the first time in 66 years from a descendent of art collector and original owner Max Cottin, who acquired them from the 1945 exhibition at the Gallery of Jewish Art in New York. Only six...

Albany, NY – Cuomo: Federal Cuts Threaten NY Hospitals

November 19, 2011 at 09:41 PM
Albany, NY - Gov. Cuomo warned that potential federal spending cuts could close New York health-care institutions and “widen the state budget gap next year and in the future.” Facing $350 million in red ink in the fiscal year ending March 31 and up to $3.5 billion in 2012-13, Cuomo pleaded with New York’s congressional delegation to fight “dramatic” federal cuts being weighed by...

Brooklyn, NY – Williamsburg Chasid Says He Forgives Attacker

November 19, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Brooklyn, NY - My name is Nochum Elek, I am a Torah Jew, and a psychotherapist. Last Friday night I was assaulted on the street I live on, for reasons unknown to me or anyone else to the best of my knowledge. Some people think that it was a hate crime, others a gang initiation and some are spinning tall tales that I’m at fault for being either a slum lord, the owner of a business who...

Israel – Using DNA to Beat Kashrut Fraud

November 19, 2011 at 09:06 PM
Israel - How do you know if the meat you buy in the store is kosher? Of course, a kashrut supervisor – a mashgiach – ensures that the animals used to produce kosher meat is properly prepared, but it's a long way from the slaughterhouse to the store, and lots of things can happen along the way. There are so many cases of false paperwork being filed, phony claims of kashrut, and all sorts of...

Springfield, IL – Feds Investigate Report Of Ill. Water Pump Failure

November 19, 2011 at 09:03 PM
Springfield, IL - Federal authorities say they're investigating the report of a water pump failure in Illinois' capital city. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Peter Boogaard wouldn't comment on media reports that the failure was the result of hacking. But he said in a statement Saturday that his agency and the FBI are gathering information about the failure and there's no data to...

Miami, FL – Miami Mayor: ‘Israeli Settlements’ Is The Wrong Word To Use

November 19, 2011 at 08:48 PM
Miami, FL - Israel should be describing Jewish communities beyond the Green Line as developments, not settlements, Carlos Gimenez, the recently elected mayor of Miami-Dade County, said on Friday. Gimenez, on a six-day visit to Israel with four other mayors of large US cities as part of Project Interchange, an educational institute of the American Jewish Committee, said the reality of the...

New York, NY – Occupy Wall Street Protests Face Challenges

November 19, 2011 at 08:30 PM
New York, NY - With just a few protesters huddled against the cold winds at Zuccotti Park on Friday, city officials are hoping protests which have taken place here for the past two months have run their course. "There are problems in the country," New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on his weekly radio show. "You can make yourself heard, which I think has been done. Now it's time to get back...

Brooklyn, NY – Jewish Groups Push Combat Classes And Weapons Training After Midwood Bias Crimes

November 19, 2011 at 08:14 PM
Brooklyn, NY - The recent hate crimes against Jews across Brooklyn has ignited a movement pushing them to toughen up and learn how to fight back. Groups like the Jewish Defense Organization, based in Midwood, and Bnai Elim, an off-shoot of the infamous Jewish Defense League based in Brighton Beach, are promoting combat classes and weapons training for the Torah reading crowd. “We have...

New York – Lawsuit over Redistricting, Saying ’12 Elections Are in Jeopardy

November 19, 2011 at 07:59 PM
New York - A group of civic leaders has filed a lawsuit asking a federal judge to take over the process of redrawing the boundaries of New York's congressional districts. The plaintiffs say Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers now working on a redistricting plan are engaged in "an exercise in partisan self-dealing and incumbent protection." They say dysfunction in the process could jeopardize...

Tehran – Dead Iran Commander Was Testing Missile

November 19, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Tehran, Iran - A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander killed in an explosion at an ammunition depot west of Tehran last week died while testing an intercontinental missile, his brother was quoted by a government newspaper as saying Saturday. Mohammad Tehrani Moghaddam, himself a Guard officer, also said in an interview published Saturday that his brother Gen. Hasan Tehrani Moghaddam...

Tehran – Iran Army Tests Defenses As Nuclear Tensions Rise

November 19, 2011 at 07:31 PM
Tehran - The Iranian army is conducting a four-day training exercise to test its defenses, state TV reported on Saturday, amid rising international tensions over Iran's nuclear program. Press TV said the war games started on Friday and were taking place over 800,000 square km in the east of the country. "The initial stage of the drills will assess the units' performance in setting up...

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