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New York – At Hanukkah Event, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says She Is Descended From Sephardic Jews

December 9, 2018 at 11:31 PM
New York - Incoming progressive Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez announced at a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony that she is descended from Sephardic Jews who fled to Puerto Rico during the Spanish Inquisition. Ocasio-Cortez broke the news to a crowd gathered Sunday night at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center in Queens. It was a party organized by the group Jews for Racial and...

New York – Fox Business Network Host Apologizes For Congressman Guest Who Smeared George Soros

December 9, 2018 at 11:00 PM
New York - A Fox Business Network host apologized after a U.S. congressman questioned whether liberal financier George Soros is Jewish and suggested that he betrayed Jews during the Holocaust. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who is not Jewish, made the accusations, which were off the topic, during an appearance Thursday on the Fox Business Network with Stuart Varney. Varney did not challenge...

Long Island City – Amazon Touted As Big Win For NY, But Math Is More Complex

December 9, 2018 at 10:33 PM
Long Island City - New York officials tout their deal to land a new Amazon headquarters as can't-miss math. The city and state put up $2.8 billion in tax breaks and grants. In return, they get an economic engine expected to generate $27 billion in new tax money over a quarter-century. "This is a big moneymaker for us. Costs us nothing," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said when the agreement was...

Washington – Trump Considering 4 To Be Next Chief Of Staff

December 9, 2018 at 10:04 PM
Washington - President Donald Trump is considering four people as he determines who will be his next chief of staff. A person familiar with Trump's thinking tells The Associated Press that the director of the Office of Management and Budget, Mick Mulvaney, is among those under consideration to replace John Kelly. The person thought to be the president's top choice for the job, vice...

Riyadh – Saudi Arabia Media: Slams Linda Sarsour As Muslim Brotherhood Ally

December 9, 2018 at 09:30 PM
Riyadh - Linda Sarsour is an extremist who has “roots in [the] Muslim Brotherhood,” according to an English-language feature on Al-Arabiya, the Saudi Arabia based news channel. The article published in idiomatic English on Sunday accused the Brotherhood of “shaping the thoughts of American activist Linda Sarsour, [which resulted in] her declaring her ‘Jihad’ against US President Donald...

Burlington, VT – Ex-VP Biden Vows To Stay Involved, But No Talk Of Presidency

December 9, 2018 at 09:00 PM
Burlington, VT - Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden says he is going to stay engaged for the rest of his life, but he didn't make any indication about whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2020. Biden made the comments Sunday during an appearance in Vermont that is part of his ongoing tour that is promoting his book, "Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,"...

Paris – French Official Says Trump Should Keep Quiet

December 9, 2018 at 08:30 PM
Paris - French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says U.S. President Donald Trump should not comment on France's domestic affairs, notably nationwide protests that began over fuel tax hikes meant to wean the nation off fossil fuels. President Emmanuel Macron withdrew the planned increase last week in a failed bid to appease sometimes violent protesters. Trump has tweeted twice on the...

Warsaw – Poland’s President, Jewish Leaders Light Hanukkah Candles

December 9, 2018 at 08:00 PM
Warsaw - Polish President Andrzej Duda and Jewish community members have lit a menorah at the Presidential Palace to jointly mark Hanukkah. A part of democratic Poland's tradition is highlighting the long history and role of the Jewish nation in Poland. Hanukkah candles are lit each year at the palace in Warsaw. Duda, former Israeli ambassador to Poland, Shevah Weiss, along with the leaders...

Jerusalem – Rabbi Ovadia Yosef First Halachic Authority Translated To Amharic

December 9, 2018 at 07:00 PM
Jerusalem - Yalkut Yosef, the halachic work based on the rulings of former Sephardic Chief Rabbi and spiritual leader of the Shas political movement Ovadia Yosef, will be "the first halachic work written in the Amharic language" for the members of the Ethiopian community. The translation was initiated by the Ministry of Religious Services and is aimed at making halachic rulings available to a...

Beirut – Israeli Military Chief, UN Commander In Lebanon Talk Tunnels

December 9, 2018 at 06:03 PM
Beirut - Israel's military chief has met with the head of the U.N. peacekeeping force in Lebanon to discuss the discovery of a series of tunnels Israel says was built by Hezbollah to carry out attacks. Last week, Israel began an open-ended operation to destroy the tunnels. The Israeli military says that during Sunday's meeting, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot told UNIFIL's commander, Maj. Gen...

Jerusalem – Calls For Haifa Deputy Mayor’s Appointment To Be Cancelled Because Of Pro-Hamas, Hezbollah Comments

December 9, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Haifa, Israel - The appointment of Raja Za’atra as deputy mayor of Haifa has kicked up a storm with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, who are among those calling for the appointment to be cancelled due to comment’s by the former Joint Arab List spokesman in which he compared the Islamic State to the Zionist movement and claimed Hamas was not a terrorist...

Jerusalem – Doctors Deliver Baby Of Woman Seriously Wounded In Ofra Attack

December 9, 2018 at 04:58 PM
Jerusalem - Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem delivered the baby of the young woman who was critically injured in the drive-by shooting attack in Ofra, according to Israeli media. The baby was taken to the premature hospital ward and is in stable condition. The 21-year-old mother is currently being operated on in critical condition. Seven people, including a young couple, were injured in a...

Jerusalem – Israel Market Regulator Proposes English Language Option For Listed Companies

December 9, 2018 at 04:00 PM
Jerusalem - ll companies listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange should be allowed to report in English to help them to attract more international investment, Israel's market regulator proposed on Sunday. Most companies in Tel Aviv must currently report in Hebrew, with the exception of high-tech and dual-listed firms that are permitted to use English. The new proposal offers the option to all...

Jerusalem – Injuries Reported In Shooting Attack Near Ofra, North Of Jerusalem

December 9, 2018 at 03:02 PM
Jerusalem - Seven people, including a young couple, were injured in a drive-by Palestinian shooting attack by the Ofra settlement in the Binyamin region of the West Bank, according to Magen David Adom. According to initial reporters the woman, who is pregnant, was seriously wounded and her husband was lightly injured. The shooter shot at a hitchhiking station and bus stop on Route 60 from a...

Washington – Nadler: Illegal Payments ‘Impeachable Offense’ If Trump Ordered

December 9, 2018 at 03:00 PM
Washington - The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee says he believes it would be an "impeachable offense" if it's proved that President Donald Trump directed illegal hush-money payments to women during the 2016 campaign. But Rep. Jerry Nadler of New York, who's expected to chair the panel in January, says it's unclear whether that alone would justify Congress launching impeachment...

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