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Miami – Jewish American Sues US Gov. For $60 Million Over His Imprisonment In Cuba

November 17, 2012 at 11:46 PM
Miami - A U.S. contractor jailed in Cuba after being convicted of crimes against the state sued the U.S. government and the company that hired him for $60 million on Friday, blaming them for his imprisonment and not warning him about the risks he faced in the communist-run island. Alan Gross, 63, has been jailed in Cuba since December 3, 2009, and is serving a 15-year sentence for providing...

Cairo – Turkish PM Vows Support for Gaza

November 17, 2012 at 11:37 PM
Cairo - Turkey's prime minister has vowed support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip. Recep Tayyip Erdogan described Egypt's uprising that ousted longtime autocratic leader Hosni Mubarak from power last year as a point of hope for Palestinians. The Turkish leader delivered his remarks in a speech at Cairo University Saturday. He also met President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo for the first time...

Jerusalem – A Look at Israel’s “Iron Dome” Missile Defense

November 17, 2012 at 11:06 PM
Jerusalem - In four days of fighting against Gaza-based militants, Israel has used a missile-defense system called "Iron Dome" to intercept rockets fired at populated civilian areas. It says the new home-grown system has been a tremendous success. As of Saturday evening, the military said it had shot down some 240 incoming rockets, more than half the number of projectiles launched into Israel...

Moscow – Russia Urges Israel to Exercise Restraint in Gaza Conflict

November 17, 2012 at 10:43 PM
Moscow - Russia urged Israel Friday to exercise restraint in the Gaza crisis with the foreign ministry in Moscow expressing "deep concern", the Interfax news agency reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, speaking by phone with his counterpart Avigdor Lieberman, cautioned that Israel and the Islamic Hamas movement must not fall into a spiral of violence. Everything must be done to...

Jerusalem – Analysis: Israel-Hamas: A Clash Waiting to Happen

November 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM
Jerusalem - Since Israel completed a devastating military offensive in the Gaza Strip four years ago, military officials have warned it was only a matter of time before the next round of fighting. Violence erupted this week with little warning, driven by Hamas' ambitions to make its mark on a changing Middle East and an Israeli government reacting to public outcry over rocket attacks just weeks...

Clarkstown, NY – Man Arrested Over Conflict In Gaza Harassing Calls To Synagogues

November 17, 2012 at 09:45 PM
Clarkstown, NY - A 24-year-old Pearl River man has been arrested after making harassing and anti-Semitic telephone calls two synagogues and a Jewish community center in Rockland County, according to Clarkstown Police. The calls, police said, made direct reference to the on-going conflict in Gaza, where Israel has retaliated with military action after Israel was hit by rocket fire from...

Aboard Air Force One – White House Reiterates Israel ‘Has Right to Defend Itself’

November 17, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Aboard Air Force One - The White House on Saturday defended Israel's right to defend itself against attack and decide how to respond to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, blaming the ruling Islamic militant Hamas group for starting the conflict. Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are in agreement that a de-escalation of the violence is preferred, provided that Hamas stops...

Washington – Report: Israeli PM Tells Obama Gaza Ground War Not Imminent

November 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Washington - Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu assured US President Barack Obama on Friday that he does not plan to launch a ground operation in the Gaza Strip - unless Hamas escalates its rocket war, The Daily Beast reported Saturday, citing two US officials briefed on the call. “The Israeli leadership at this point is leaning against a ground invasion. No one wants that. If Hamas...

New York – New York City To Demolish Hundreds Of Storm-Hit Homes

November 17, 2012 at 09:30 PM
New York - New York City is moving to demolish hundreds of homes that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. The New York Times reports (http://nyti.ms/SCA7Qw ) that about 200 homes will be bulldozed in the coming days. Most of them are one- and two-family houses in Queens, Brooklyn and Staten Island. That is in addition to 200 houses that are already partially or completely burned down, washed...

Israel – Current Gaza Fighting Reflects New Battleground

November 17, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Israel - With pinpoint airstrikes on militant targets in the Gaza Strip and Iranian-made rockets flying deep into Israel, the current conflagration between Israel and Hamas reflects the vast changes that have taken place on the battlefield in just four years. Israel, armed with precise intelligence and newly developed munitions, has carried out hundreds of surgical airstrikes in a campaign...

Gaza City – In Photos: Israel Bombards Gaza Strip

November 17, 2012 at 08:20 PM
Gaza City - Israel destroyed the headquarters of Hamas' prime minister and blasted a sprawling network of smuggling tunnels in the southern Gaza Strip on Saturday, broadening a blistering four-day-old offensive against the Islamic militant group even as diplomatic efforts to broker a cease-fire appeared to be gaining steam. Hamas officials said a building used by Hamas for broadcasts was...

Golan Heights – Israel Fires At Syrian Fighters

November 17, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Golan Heights - Israeli soldiers fired artillery into Syria in response to gunfire aimed at its troops in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, a military spokeswoman said on Sunday. There were no reported injuries on the Israeli side from the shootings, which occurred on Saturday, the third case this month of violence seen as a spillover of civil unrest in Syria that has also alarmed other...

Gaza City – Video: Hamas Warns It Will Renew Suicide Attacks Inside Israel

November 17, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Gaza City - Hamas's armed wing on Saturday night released a Hebrew-language video warning that it would renew its deadly suicide bombing campaign in Israel. Introduced with a message "from the Palestinian nation to the Zionists," the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades video stated "We have missed the suicide [bombs]... wait for us soon in stores, buses and cafes." In broken Hebrew with Arabic...

Jerusalem – In Photos: Four Injured As Three Rockets Fall In Ashdod

November 17, 2012 at 07:37 PM
Jerusalem - Four people were lightly injured in Ahsdod Saturday afternoon after three Gazan rockets rained down on the Southern town, MDA reported. Two of the injured were struck with shrapnel, and all three were vacated to Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, alongside ten people suffering from shock. One rocket hit a house, one rocket hit a car, one rocket hit near a kindergarten a fourth...

New York – Twitter Suspends Account Of Orthodox Jew for Posting Anti-Obama Cartoon

November 17, 2012 at 07:27 PM
New York - Benjamin Reisman, a 25-year-old Orthodox Jew from New York City, saw his three different Twitter accounts shut down by the micro-blogging site after he tweeted an anti-Obama cartoon on Tuesday depicting the Obama administration stabbing Israel in the back with the message, “Don’t worry Israel, Obama has your back.” “Social media sites have an awesome responsibility to keep...

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