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Istanbul – Turkish Minister Threatens Military Raid Into Northern Iraq

September 18, 2011 at 11:16 PM
Istanbul - A Turkish military incursion into northern Iraq against bases operated by the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) is an option, Turkish Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin told the Anatolian state news agency. But a ministry official told the German Press Agency dpa that any such move would only be taken after consulation with Baghdad and the semi-autonomous regional government...

Jerusalem – Charedim Launch War on ‘Taliban Women’

September 18, 2011 at 10:09 PM
Jerusalem - An internal haredi battle is taking place these days against "Taliban women", a radical sect of women wearing cloaks and observing strict modesty rules. Ads posted in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods in Jerusalem and Beit Shemesh are announcing the establishment of a special committee against the sect's members. The ads claim that the sect members torture their children for...

Washington – Obama Proposing $1.5 Trillion in New Tax Revenue

September 18, 2011 at 09:59 PM
Washington - Drawing a bright line with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama is proposing $1.5 trillion in new tax revenue as part of his long-term deficit reduction plan, according to senior administration officials. The president on Monday will announce a proposal that includes the new taxes, nearly $250 billion in reductions in Medicare spending, $330 billion in cuts in other...

New York, NY – FDNY Considering New Blaze Blaster to Fight Fires

September 18, 2011 at 08:20 PM
New York, NY - There’s a new hero coming to town -- a remote-controlled device that lets firefighters in high-rise blazes pour water on flames from the safety of another floor. The lightweight pipe system can be attached to a windowsill on the floor beneath the source of the fire, and then telescope upward so large amounts of water can be dumped directly onto the flames. Firefighters...

Greenwich, CT – Town Democrat Files Lawsuit over Bar Mitzvah at Town Hall

September 18, 2011 at 07:10 PM
Greenwich, CT - A perennial candidate for public office and outspoken critic of Israel's alliance with the U.S. is suing the town of Greenwich on the grounds that it breached the constitutional barrier between church and state when it allowed a bar mitzvah to take place at Town Hall. Democrat Lee Whitnum, a 2012 and 2010 Senate hopeful from Greenwich, filed a lawsuit in Bridgeport federal...

Manchester, UK – Salmonella Link Unproven Caused Outbreak at Jewish Wedding

September 18, 2011 at 06:37 PM
Manchester, UK - A year-long investigation into a salmonella outbreak following a Jewish wedding which may have led to the death of the bride's great-aunt has not proved a link to the kosher caterers. Scientific tests last October suggested a teriyaki salmon and bean sprout dish from Manchester's Shefa Mehadrin caterers caused the outbreak, which saw 10 guests fall ill with a rare strain of...

Jerusalem – 3 Injured as Bus Crashes Into Several Cars

September 18, 2011 at 05:29 PM
Jerusalem - An accident between a bus and several cars in the Arnon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem left three people injured on Sunday night, one critically. During the accident, one car was forced under the wheels of the bus, and it took several minutes for emergency crews of paramedics, firefighters, and police to rescue the two people trapped in the car. Magen David Adom took all of...

Washington – Schumer Gets in on Apple Juice Arsenic Levels Debate

September 18, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Washington - A new proposal would set the first maximum standard for arsenic in apple juice as the Food and Drug Administration continues to test for the substance. Although no one says the juice is unsafe, the issue drew attention last week when TV's Dr. Mehmet Oz said lab testing found what he suggested were troubling levels of arsenic. The FDA, however, found no raised levels even in the...

Jerusalem – Yeshiva Set On Fire, Flammable Liquid Poured at Study Hall

September 18, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Jerusalem - A synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ramot Bet was set alight on Sunday in a case of suspected arson. An initial police investigation found that a flammable liquid had been poured at three separate spots at the Hanichei Hayeshivot study hall and then set on fire. A student studying at the institute entered the burning building and helped fight the flames until...

New York, NY – NYC Islamic Center Opens Community Space Near Ground Zero

September 18, 2011 at 02:50 PM
New York, NY - The organizers of an Islamic community center and mosque near ground zero are opening a temporary space at the site. The newly remodeled community space on the ground floor of the building owned by Park51 is scheduled for a grand opening on Wednesday. A photo exhibition will be the first public program. The rest of the Park Place building has yet to be renovated. The...

New York – Hatzalah to Add Ezras Nashim?

September 18, 2011 at 01:19 PM
New York - A revolutionary new initiative that would have Hatzalah of Borough Park and Williamsburg adding a women’s division to assist with labor, delivery and other emergency women’s situations is currently underway, according to an announcement made by B’Derech founder and attorney Ruchy Freier on NY Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s radio program last night. The division, called Ezras...

Manhattan, NY – Rick Perry Goes Kosher to Win Jewish Vote

September 18, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Manhattan, NY - US presidential hopeful Rick Perry is hoping to cook up some Jewish support with a kosher reception this week. According to the Politico website, the Texas governor's campaign team has organized an £1,600-a-head event for donors at a Manhattan hotel which will include a kosher menu. Mr Perry is an ardent supporter of Israel but comes from an evangelical branch of...

Jerusalem – Rav Ovadia Yosef: Leftists Are Angels of Destruction

September 18, 2011 at 12:20 PM
Jerusalem - Shas spiritual leader Rav Ovadia Yosef criticized the Left and secular Right in his weekly Torah class on Saturday night. "We have leftists, they are all angels of destruction. The rightists - they are God-fearing people, who follow the Torah," he explained. "So everyone needs to secure for himself right angels, not Likud, but those with the rightist values of the...

Israel – Defense Ministry Favors Shofars Made in China $8 Per Shofar

September 18, 2011 at 11:05 AM
Israel - The Defense Ministry has no problem purchasing foreign goods: The socks, uniform and even symbols worn by the IDF soldiers are all made abroad. Now it turns out that even the shofar (ram's horn) blown on the High Holidays is being imported from China and Morocco – all in order to save NIS 4,500 (about $1,215). Ahead of the Jewish New Year and Yom Kippur, the Defense Ministry...

New York – Noted Political Hack Sheinkopf Becomes A Rabbi

September 18, 2011 at 11:04 AM
New York - For 30 years, Hank Sheinkopf has been offering his advice to candidates and his analysis of the political landscape to the media. Now, he’s also fielding questions about halacha and offering comfort to the spiritually afflicted – as a newly ordained Orthodox rabbi. Rabbi Sheinkopf was granted smicha on July 5 from Rabbi Yitzchak Yehuda Yaroslavsky of Kfar Chabad, the Lubavitch...

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