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London – Mayor’s Bid to Keep Charedim Fitter

December 1, 2011 at 11:29 PM
London - Strictly Orthodox Jews are being encouraged to take up kayaking, football and a range of fitness activities as part of a new scheme aimed at making the community healthier. Charedi communities have set up sports groups and exercise sessions through the Maccabi GB Enable Project, which uses funding from Mayor of London Boris Johnson. Around £12,000 has been awarded so far, with 500...

Washington – Poll Shows Israeli Approval for Obama Is Up

December 1, 2011 at 10:36 PM
Washington - Although Israeli Jews might not be the best bet for electoral college votes in the upcoming US presidential elections, President Barack Obama’s popularity is on the rise in Israel. In a survey conducted in mid-November by Dr. Shibley Telhami, a nonresident senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, Jews and Arabs alike expressed...

Mountain View, CA – Wall Street Journal: Google In Talks To Take On Amazon In Retail

December 1, 2011 at 09:23 PM
Mountain View, CA - Google Inc is pondering an Internet service to help consumers shop online and take advantage of same-day delivery, hoping to stanch the loss of Web traffic to Amazon.com Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The Internet search leader is in talks with major retailers and shippers, including Macy's, Gap Inc and OfficeMax, to set up the service, the newspaper...

Houston, TX – Romney Visits Former President George H.W. Bush

December 1, 2011 at 08:47 PM
Houston, TX - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney met with former President George H.W. Bush Thursday, but Romney aides say no endorsement is coming. The former Massachusetts governor ventured onto the turf of a rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, to meet with Bush and his wife, Barbara, in the living room of their Houston home. Romney spokeswoman Gail Gitcho said Romney and the...

New York – Disturbing Ads Tell Israelis Not To Marry Americans

December 1, 2011 at 07:03 PM
New York - There is outrage over commercials telling Israelis in this country not to marry Americans. Ads paid for by the Israeli government have outraged some people in the United States and prompted one to demand that the Israeli consulate get involved. One of the ads shows an American boyfriend finding his Israeli girlfriend staring somberly at her computer. She is, in fact, according...

Highland Park, NJ – Bias Crime Charges Added Against Man Accused Of Vandalizing Jewish Businesses

December 1, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Highland Park, NJ - A New Brunswick man was charged with three counts of third-degree bias intimidation arising from a series of window-smashing incidents at Jewish businesses in Highland Park, and Jewish businesses and a school in New Brunswick and a Chabad, Hilell religious center at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan said late Thursday. The...

Manhattan, NY – Broker for Would Be Times Square Bomber Gets Probation

December 1, 2011 at 06:43 PM
Manhattan, NY - A man unwittingly swept up in a failed terror plot to bomb Times Square last year was sentenced on Thursday to three years’ probation. Mohammad Younis had pleaded guilty to charges he arranged an illegal transfer of $7,000 to Faisal Shazad — money Shazad claimed that the Pakistani Taliban provided to fund his one-man strike against New York City. Younis and his brother in...

Los Angeles, CA – Strong Winds Down Trees And Power Lines In West

December 1, 2011 at 05:32 PM
Los Angeles, CA - Some of the worst winds in years blasted the West on Thursday, toppling trees and trucks, kicking up blinding dust across highways and bringing hurricane-force gusts of more than 100 mph in the mountains. "It was like being in a hurricane. I thought I was going to blow away," said Bill Patzert of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, who lives in the Southern California city of...

New York – Soros: World Financial System on Brink of Collapse

December 1, 2011 at 05:00 PM
New York - The world financial system not only isn’t functioning, it’s on the brink of collapse, according to investor George Soros. The Hungarian-born philanthropist, who recently spent time in countries where his charities are active, such as Africa, said he sees a growing bifurcation between emerging and developed countries – and he’s more confident about prospects for the emerging...

Islamabad – Al-Qaida Says It Is Holding Jewish American Hostage In Pakistan

December 1, 2011 at 04:04 PM
Islamabad - Al-Qaida claimed responsibility Thursday for the kidnapping of a 70-year-old American aid worker in Pakistan in August, and issued a series of demands for his release. In a video message posted on militant websites, al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri said Warren Weinstein would be released if the United States stopped airstrikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen. He also...

Czech Republic – Collector Ordered to Take Down ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ Sign

December 1, 2011 at 03:56 PM
Czech Republic - A collector of World War II memorabilia has been ordered to remove a replica of an infamous Auschwitz sign from his garden. The man had decorated a gate with the banner reading Arbeit macht frei — Work sets you free. Town hall officials have told the owner, a historian from Rychvald, Czech Republic, to take down the sign following hundreds of complaints. Mayor...

San Francisco, CA – Court: Some Bone Marrow Donors Can Be Paid

December 1, 2011 at 02:34 PM
San Francisco, CA - A federal appeals court says some bone marrow donors can be paid, overturning a decades-old law that made such compensation a crime. In its ruling Thursday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said a recent technological breakthrough in donating bone marrow is akin to blood-plasma donation. Therefore, the court ruled, it should be exempt from a law making it a felony to...

Boston, MA – Romney: Obama’s Remark On His Support Of Israel Would Be Great News, If It Were True

December 1, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Boston, MA - President Obama, in New York to raise campaign cash, told a group of prospective donors that ‘We don’t compromise when it comes to Israel’s security.’ That would be great news, if it were true. Unfortunately, under the Obama Administration, U.S.-Israeli relations have hit a low not seen since the Jimmy Carter years. It is not merely the way that President Obama has...

Washington – Rep. Engel Demands The Release Of Alan Gross From Cuban Prison

December 1, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Washington - Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY-17) today demanded the Cuban government release Alan Gross from his wrongful imprisonment on what is the second anniversary of his incarceration. Rep. Engel is the Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. “The Cuban government needs to release Alan Gross. This is beyond politics, beyond...

Washington – New Poll: Gingrich In Commnading Lead Over Romney

December 1, 2011 at 01:03 PM
Washington - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has surged to the largest national lead held by any candidate so far in the race for the Republican Presidential Nomination. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Gingrich on top with 38% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a distant second at 17%. No other candidate...

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