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Detroit, MI – Confusion At Detroit Post Office Leads To Ban On Customer’s Package To Israel

July 31, 2014 at 11:18 PM
Detroit, MI - A man trying to send a package to Israel from the Southfield Post Office in Detroit today was denied, and told that all packages sent to Israel weren’t being accepted. Ruchie Weisberg sent a letter to Detroit Jewish News (http://bit.ly/1rU94X2) explaining her dilemma. A reporter from the paper also tried to send a package and was told the same thing. A supervisor told the...

New York – Twitter: Govt. Requests For User Data Increased

July 31, 2014 at 10:32 PM
New York - Twitter said government requests for user data grew sharply in the past six months as more countries asked for a greater amount of information about users. More than half of the requests came from the United States, as has been the case since Twitter began issuing its "transparency report" in 2012. Typically, the requests are part of criminal investigations. To obtain non-public...

Israel – 5 IDF Soldiers Killed Near Gaza Border

July 31, 2014 at 10:26 PM
Israel - According to a press release by the IDF made on Friday morning, five soldiers were killed by mortar fire on Thursday. The soldiers were operating on the Israeli side of the border when they came under by Hamas shelling from the Gaza Strip. Several casualties were reported on Thursday after shelling hit the spot were soldiers were gathered late on Thursday night, but the IDF did not...

Portland, OR – Portland Settles Suit By Officer Who Put Up Plaques Honoring Nazi-Era German Soldiers

July 31, 2014 at 09:40 PM
Portland, OR - Once-forgotten plaques placed by a Portland police officer in a city park to honor five Nazi-era German soldiers have come back to haunt the city. The officer, Capt. Mark Kruger, threatened to sue the city last year over texts sent by a top police official to an officer characterizing him as a Nazi sympathizer. Instead of going to court, the city settled, agreeing to give Kruger...

Canberra – Australia Welcomes Gaza Ceasefire As ‘Marvelous’

July 31, 2014 at 09:02 PM
Canberra - Australia's prime minister has welcomed a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas as "a marvelous humanitarian thing." Prime Minister Tony Abbott's conservative government is a staunch ally of Israel, and angered Arab and Islamic countries in June by changing its description of East Jerusalem from "occupied" to "disputed." He said on Friday that Australia had been working at the...

Detroit – Jewish Judge Won’t Give Up Case Of Arab Activist

July 31, 2014 at 08:27 PM
Detroit - A federal judge with a history of service to the Jewish community won't step down from a criminal case involving a Chicago Arab-American activist convicted of planting bombs at a Jerusalem market. Judge Paul Borman says he'll be fair in the case of Rasmieh Odeh, who's charged with lying on immigration forms when she entered the U.S. She didn't disclose that she was convicted for the...

Jerusalem – Official: Israel Accepts Proposal For 72-hour Gaza Ceasefire

July 31, 2014 at 07:34 PM
Jerusalem - Israel has accepted a proposal for a three-day truce with militant groups in the Gaza Strip, an official in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said. "Israel has accepted the U.S./U.N. proposal for a 72-hour humanitarian ceasefire beginning 8 a.m. (0500 GMT) Friday," said the official, who made the statement on condition of anonymity...

Washington – New USDA Chicken Inspections Will Result In Fewer Foodborne Illnesses

July 31, 2014 at 07:31 PM
Washington - The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant inspections for the first time in more than 50 years, a move it says could result in 5,000 fewer foodborne illnesses each year. Final rules announced Thursday would reduce the number of government poultry inspectors. But those who remain will focus more on food safety than on quality, requiring them to pull more birds off the...

New York – George W. Bush Writes Book About Father

July 31, 2014 at 07:01 PM
New York - His paintings made news worldwide, but it turns out that former President George W. Bush has been working on another, highly personal project since leaving the White House: He has quietly completed a biography of his father, former President George H.W. Bush. Crown Publishers told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the book, currently untitled, will be released November 11. In...

Washington – U.S. Defends Supplying Israel Ammunition During Gaza Conflict

July 31, 2014 at 06:41 PM
Washington - The United States on Thursday called on Israel to do more to protect civilians in its military offensive in Gaza and condemned an Israeli strike on a U.N.-run school, even as it defended moves to resupply its close ally with ammunition. The White House reiterated its position that it was Israel's right to defend itself and described the resupply of ammunition disclosed as the...

Jerusalem – Bill Seeks To Make It Illegal To Discriminate Against Soldiers In Uniform

July 31, 2014 at 06:38 PM
Jerusalem - Legislation prohibiting discrimination against soldiers in uniform passed its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday. The bill proposed by MK Pnina Tamnu-Shata (Yesh Atid) would forbid discrimination in providing a product or service or in entering a public place against soldiers and members of other security and rescue forces such as the police, firefighters, prison guards and...

United Nations – Israel And Hamas Agree On 72-hour Humanitarian Gaza Ceasefire

July 31, 2014 at 05:34 PM
United Nations - Israel and Hamas have agreed to a humanitarian cease-fire in Gaza to start Friday morning for 72 hours, although Secretary of State John Kerry cautioned that the lull in violence did not guarantee an end to the conflict. "This is not a time for congratulations or joy or anything except a serious determination — a focus by everybody to try to figure out the road ahead," Kerry...

New York – Microsoft Ordered By U.S. Judge To Submit Customer’s Emails From Abroad

July 31, 2014 at 05:27 PM
New York - Microsoft Corp must turn over a customer's emails and other account information stored in a data center in Ireland to the U.S. government, a judge ruled on Thursday, in a case that has drawn concern from privacy groups and major technology companies. Microsoft and other U.S. companies had challenged the warrant, arguing it improperly extended the authority of federal prosecutors to...

Washington – OpEd: Kerry Needs To Come To His “Senses”

July 31, 2014 at 04:45 PM
Washington - Dear Mr. Secretary: I was struck by your recent observation about the Israel-Hamas conflict: “The world is watching tragic moment after tragic moment unfold and wondering when both sides are going to come to their senses.” I can only imagine your dismay, in light of the hopes that President Obama and you had placed in Israeli-Palestinian peace, and all of your jet-setting...

Washington – C.I.A. Admits Penetrating Senate Intelligence Computers

July 31, 2014 at 04:28 PM
Washington - The CIA conceded on Thursday that it had improperly monitored computers used by the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee in an investigation of CIA interrogation tactics and secret prisons for terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Central Intelligence Agency spokesman Dean Boyd said in a statement that the agency's inspector general had determined that "some CIA...

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