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Wesley Hills, NY – Accident on Shabbas Leaves Boy, 9, With Broken Leg

December 3, 2011 at 11:58 PM
Wesley Hills, NY - A 9-year-old Wesley Hills boy suffered a broken leg and a head injury when he was struck by a car while trying to cross Route 306 this afternoon. The boy was attempting to cross the road in front of 419 Route 306 to join his father when he was struck by a 2008 Honda Accord. The accident occurred shortly before 1 p.m., police said, when there were a large number of...

New York, NY – Facebook Plans Big NYC Engineering Office

December 3, 2011 at 11:48 PM
New York, NY - Facebook will open an engineering center in New York City early next year, its first such office outside the West Coast. Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg joined elected officials for the announcement Friday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said West Coast tech companies "are finding that New York is the place they need to be." Facebook is based in Palo Alto, Calif., and...

Washington – Gingrich: Obama Should Fire U.S. Ambassador To Belgium For Linking Surge In Anti-Semitism To Israel

December 3, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Washington - Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is calling on President Obama to fire U.S. Ambassador To Belgium Howard Gutman, in reaction to the reported statement by Ambassador Gutman who told his stunned Jewish conference attendants in Brussels earlier this week, that "a distinction should be made between traditional anti-Semitism, which should be condemned and Muslim hatred for...

Jerusalem – Western Jewish Women Fight Back Billboard Vandals

December 3, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Jerusalem - Jewish women in the Britain and the US are being urged to send photographs of themselves holding signs saying "women should be seen and heard" in a campaign against efforts by the ultra-orthodox to remove female images from advertising billboards in Jerusalem. The New Israel Fund (NIF) is planning to compile the photographs into posters to display in Jerusalem. Similar posters...

Manhattan, NY – Occupy Wall Street Protesters Call for Renewed Occupations

December 3, 2011 at 10:45 PM
Manhattan, NY - Occupy Wall Street activists said Saturday they aren't giving up their fight to use public spaces despite police raids in the past week that cleared out encampments in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. "The occupy movement is more powerful than ever, despite a violent and systematic wave of evictions enacted by mayors who fear the power of open and visible dissent," said Laura...

Winnipeg, Canada – Police: Jewish Girl’s Hair Set On Fire In Anti-Semitic Attack

December 3, 2011 at 10:29 PM
Winnipeg, Canada - People in the quiet community of Charleswood say they are disturbed by an alleged racially-driven attack at a local high school. A student is facing charges after he used anti-Semitic slurs against a Jewish girl and then lit her hair on fire. "When you add that there were racist overtones in the confrontation, it's got to be a very significant incident," explained...

Morocco – Moroccan Jews Lose Community Leader

December 3, 2011 at 09:46 PM
Morocco - Shimon Levy, director of Casablanca's Museum of Moroccan Judaism, died on Friday at the age of 77, the pan-Arab newspaper Asharq Al Awsat reported yesterday. His is the only Jewish-themed museum in the Arab world. Born in the ancient Moroccan city of Fez, Mr Levy breathed his last in an intensive care unit in the capital Rabat. "Mr Levy led a politically eventful life. Barely 20...

Des Moines, IA – Gingrich Opens Strong Lead In Iowa Poll

December 3, 2011 at 09:27 PM
Des Moines, IA - Newt Gingrich has taken the lead in a poll of Republican voters in Iowa, followed by Ron Paul and Mitt Romney. Former House Speaker Gingrich received support from 25 percent of likely voters in the leadoff Iowa caucus, while Texas congressman Paul had 18 percent and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney had 16 percent in the Des Moines Register's Iowa Poll released...

Holywood, FL – Police Investigating ‘Judaica’ Store Fire As Possible Hate Crime

December 3, 2011 at 09:14 PM
Holywood, FL - Police are investigating a suspected case of arson at a South Florida bookstore. The fire broke out inside the Holyland Judaica store near 56th Avenue and Stirling Road, early Thursday morning. Hollywood Fire Rescue responded to the scene of the fire. Smoke seeped into neighboring businesses, but crews were able to extinguish the flames before they could spread to the...

Berlin – City Evacuates 45,000 To Defuse Massive WWII Bomb

December 3, 2011 at 08:56 PM
Berlin - Officials in Germany's western city of Koblenz say some 45,000 residents have to be evacuated as officials try to defuse a World War II era bomb discovered in the Rhine river. City officials said Saturday the massive British 1.8 ton bomb will be defused early Sunday, requiring all residents within a radius of about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) from the bomb site to leave their homes for...

Lebanon – Hezbollah: We Foiled Israeli Spy Operation

December 3, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Lebanon - Hezbollah said that an explosion in south Lebanon Friday resulted from Israel’s detonation of a spying device the group had discovered on its private telecoms network. The explosion occurred between the southern towns of Srifa and Deir Kifa, the second suspicious blast to hit south Lebanon in as many weeks. “Hezbollah thwarted an Israeli spying operation in the area between...

Jerusalem – Israel: Egyptian Election Results ‘Disturbing’

December 3, 2011 at 08:22 PM
Jerusalem - Israel's defense minister said Saturday that initial results from Egypt's parliamentary elections are "very, very disturbing." Few official results have been released from the first round vote, but leaked counts point to a clear majority for Islamist parties led by the Muslim Brotherhood. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he hopes Egypt's first parliament to be seated after the...

Israel – Inauguration of First Mikveh on Military Base Called Off

December 3, 2011 at 08:13 PM
Israel - Ministers, Knesset members and Israel's chief rabbis were already invited to the inauguration of the first military mikveh (ritual bath), but a day before the planned ceremony, the Israel Defense Forces decided to call off the festive event at its southern Ovda base. As reported this week by Yedioth Ahronoth, the ritual bath was built at the request of women living on-base, who...

New York – 85-Year-Old Grandmother to Sue TSA After Strip Search at JFK

December 3, 2011 at 07:43 PM
New York - An 85-year-old New York grandmother said Saturday she was injured and humiliated when she was strip searched at an airport after she asked to be patted down instead of going through a body scanner. Lenore Zimmerman said she was taken to a private room and made to take off her pants and other clothes after she asked to forgo the screening because she worried it would interfere with...

Queens, NY – 1 Charged In Fatal Shooting On NYC Bus

December 3, 2011 at 07:32 PM
Queens, NY - A 34-year-old man accused of opening fire on a crowded city bus has been charged with murder. Prosecutors say Damel Burton was also charged with attempted murder. He's being held Saturday and there wasn't any information on his attorney. Passengers on the Q111 bus were screaming and surging toward the front doors after a man opened fire Friday, killing one and wounding...

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