The Aish World Center, opposite the Kosel, hosted Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon and a delegation of 30 of his peers during their visit to Yerusalayim earlier this month, following their historic visit to Poland for the annual March of the Living. Danon has brought more than 100 U.N. ambassadors to the Aish World Center in the past year. Aish welcomes hundreds of dignitaries annually to teach the importance and relevance of Jewish wisdom and values. “It is so important to start our tour at the Aish World Center. If you look out the window, you’ll see Jewish worshippers going to pray at the Western Wall on Shabbat; above them, Muslims praying for Ramadan; and a few hundred feet away, you will see Christians, all in one square kilometer,” explained D...
In March 2007, agents from Israel’s foreign intelligence agency, Mossad, broke into the Vienna suite of the director of Syria’s atomic energy agency and secretly downloaded the contents of his computer. They discovered that Syria was building a nuclear reactor with the assistance of the North Korean regime, in a region known as Deir al-Zour near the Euphrates River. Additional intelligence showed that the reactor was just months away from being activated, posing an urgent, existential threat to Israel – one found not in a more remote country like Iran or Iraq, but in Israel’s backyard, just over the border with Syria. Then-Prime Minister Ehud Olmert shared the intelligence with President George W. Bush, hoping to persuade Bush that the U.S. military should launch a...
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the U.S. to ban the use of facial-recognition software by city agencies and the police, dealing a swift symbolic blow to a key technology rapidly being deployed by law enforcement nationwide. The 8-to-1 vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors will forbid public agencies from using the artificial-intelligence software to find the identity of someone based on a video clip or photograph. Privacy and civil-rights advocates have worried that the capability could be misused for mass surveillance and possibly lead to more false arrests. The law will not regulate local businesses, and the technology is still largely unregulated across the U.S. But San Francisco’s ban will resonate because of the city’s identity as a friendly bac...
President Donald Trump escalated his long-running attacks on the FBI Tuesday, calling recent remarks by Director Christopher Wray “ridiculous,” as officials said a senior prosecutor would examine the roles of the bureau and the CIA in the early stages of the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible coordination with members of the Trump campaign. Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Trump said Wray gave a “ridiculous answer” during congressional testimony last week when he declined to characterize an FBI investigation of Trump campaign advisers in 2016 as “spying.” The president’s public criticism of Wray – the man he picked to run the FBI after firing James Comey two years ago – showed how tensions between ...
Commissioners in a Tennessee county voted unanimously on Monday evening in favor of censuring a judge for posting on his Facebook page a link to an article that states that Jews should “get ((expletive deleted)  over the Holocaust,” in addition to posting anti-immigration content. The Shelby County Commissioners voted 12-0 in favor of a resolution calling on the Tennessee Board of Judicial Conduct to censure Jim Lammey of the Shelby County Criminal Court, as the commission itself cannot censure the judge. Numerous organizations, including Jewish ones such as the Anti-Defamation League, and the Memphis Jewish Federation and Jewish Foundation of Nashville & Middle Tennessee, have called for Lammey to be reprimanded. A spokesperson for the state’s Board of Judici...
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On Wednesday morning, May 1, a couple of hours after returning home from a glorious Passover in Israel, my wife and I called The New York Times and explained to a very respectful representative why we wanted to end 60 years of on-and-off home delivery of the paper. We told him that the cartoon that was published in The New York Times International Edition on Thursday, April 25 — depicting a guide dog with Benjamin Netanyahu’s face leading a blind, fat Donald Trump wearing dark glasses and a black kippa — crossed every boundary that separates us from virulent antisemitism, bigotry, and obscenity. It exposed, in our eyes, something rotten in what used to be known as “the paper of record” and brought the Times to a level which m...
Flatbush — Brooklynites elected Farah Louis today to replace former city councilman, current Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams. Patch.com reports that Louis defeated Williams’ endorsed candidate, Monique Chandler-Waterman, and six other candidates in the District 45 special election to represent Flatbush, Midwood and Canarsie with 42 percent of the vote, according to the New York City Board of Elections. Louis claimed 3718 of the 8775 votes counted and beat Chandler-Waterman by more than 1000 votes. Louis, who spent six years in Williams’ City Council office, will serve in the City Council seat through the end of 2019, completing Williams’ last term, but her race is not over: she will face a June 25 primary and a general election in November. The seat Louis ...
(Wednesday, May 15, 2019) – New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Bret Stephens spoke about the history and politics of nations whose interests are guided by their values as opposed to nations whose values are guided by their interests, in a wide-ranging presentation he gave at the annual American Friends of Migdal Ohr (AFMO) Gala last night. “The West is in crisis because it is following policies that are not in keeping with its values and deep traditions, especially with the rise of antisemitism which is usually the harbinger of national decline,” Stephens said. “It is happening in Europe with the rise of fascist parties and it is happening in the U.S., when a member of Congress can explain the hold Israel has on the American imagination, as ‘a...
Two Israeli companies are threatening a major lawsuit against a French company that chose not to bid on a tender to expand the Jerusalem light rail system. According to Hebrew news site Mako, the transportation firm Alstom formally announced on Friday that it would withdraw its planned bid. Israeli companies Dan and Electra, which were involved in the prospective deal, claimed that the decision stemmed from concerns that the light rail project would violate human rights. On Monday, the two Israeli firms sent a letter to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, saying they had “received with shock the official position of Alstom regarding its participation in the tender, which in effect prevents Dan and Electra from submitting a bid for the tender.”...
(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. State Department has ordered all non-emergency government employees to leave Iraq as soon as they can. Americans at the embassy in Baghdad and at the U.S. consulate in Erbil have been asked to depart the country by commercial transportation and are advised to monitor local media for updates, review personal security plans and review the complete travel advisory for Iraq. Visa services at each location have been suspended.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made a surprise, last-minute trip to Iraq about a week ago as tensions between the U.S. and Iran have escalated.Pompeo visited two days after plans were announced to move an aircraft carrier strike group into the region ahead of schedule.Wednesday marks the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump...
Now that anti-Semitic Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MN) has purveyed her ridiculous notion that Palestinians provided a “safe haven” for Jews, even a Palestinian scholar admits she’s lying. Tlaib stated: There’s always kind of a calming feeling, I tell folks, when I think of the Holocaust, and the tragedy of the Holocaust, and the fact that it was my ancestors — Palestinians — who lost their land and some lost their lives, their livelihood, their human dignity, their existence in many ways, have been wiped out, and some people’s passports. And just all of it was in the name of trying to create a safe haven for Jews, post-the Holocaust, post-the tragedy and the horrific persecution of Jews across the world at that time. And I love the fact t...
In this year’s U.S. measles outbreak, parts of Brooklyn and Rockland County have experienced two-thirds of the reported 704 infections. The media generally blame an alleged low vaccination rate in these areas, each with a large percentage of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Public health experts corroborate this message. Dr. Nancy Messonnier of the Centers for Disease Control testified to Congress: “I do believe that…most cases that we’re seeing are in unvaccinated communities.” Dr. Anthony Fauci, who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, declared: “Coverage in a given community, when it falls below a certain critical level, you get the kinds of outbreaks that we’re seeing, particularly in places...
Where does an alleged war criminal accused of torture and directing mass executions look for work while living in the United States? For Yusuf Abdi Ali, there was an easy answer: Uber and Lyft. Within a couple of days of applying to be a ride-share driver, Ali said he was approved to shuttle passengers from place to place. He's been doing it for more than 18 months, according to his Uber profile. When CNN reporters recently caught a ride from Ali, the former Somali military commander was listed on Uber's app as an "Uber Pro Diamond" driver with a 4.89 rating. "I do this full time," said Ali, who drives in suburban Virginia. He explained that he prefers to drive during weekends because "that's where the money is." Ali said he has driven for Lyft, too, but he prefers worki...
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama legislators have given final approval to a ban on nearly all abortions, and if the Republican governor signs the measure, the state will have the strictest abortion law in the country. The legislation would make performing an abortion a felony at any stage of pregnancy with almost no exceptions. The passage Tuesday by a wide margin in the GOP-led Senate shifts the spotlight to Gov. Kay Ivey, a fixture in Alabama politics who’s long identified as anti-abortion. Ivey has not said whether she’ll sign the bill. Sponsor Rep. Terri Collins says she expects the governor to support the ban. And the lopsided vote suggests a veto could be easily overcome. But an Ivey spokeswoman said before Tuesday’s vote that “the governor intends to w...
Jerusalem, Israel - May 14, 2019 - One year ago, May 14, 2018, the United States officially moved their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Israel. Today, on Agron Street, the site of former consulate, to be the official residence of the Ambassador, has signs in place. At the David Citadel Hotel in Jerusalem, a few feet away, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, Tuesday, May 14, 2019, attended an event marking the one year anniversary of the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem and the declaration regarding the move of the US Ambassador's official residence to Jerusalem. Also in attendance were US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman and his wife Tammy, as well as Guatemalan First Lady Patricia Morales and Guatemalan Ambassador to Israel Mario Bucaro. Ambassador Fried...
Baltimore City officials still attempting to recover from last week's RobinHood ransomware attack, but it could be weeks before the city regains control of its computer systems.  It has been a week since the initial attack that affected the city's computers, email and phones that remain shut down. WBAL-TV 11 reports that, among other things, city use and occupancy permits are holding up. Portions of Cross Street Market set to open days ago remain dark. Real estate deals are also being held up in what's typically a busy season. The hackers responsible for the cyberattacks have demanded $76,000 in Bitcoin to free the system, and Mayor Bernard C. "Jack" Young said that the city will not pay the ransom, even though that could be the less expensiv...
President Reuven Rivlin says the stabbing of a Jewish woman in Sweden shows need to combat anti-Semitism. “Once again, Jews in Europe are in danger. Today’s brutal stabbing of a woman in Helsingborg, Sweden reminds us that we cannot rely on fading memories of the Holocaust to keep today’s Jewish communities safe,” he says. “We will combat anti-Semitism until it is eliminated and we will not stay silent in the face of such events.” Swedish authorities have indicate that the attacker today was a Muslim man. The victim remains in critical condition after stabbed several times and left for dead. Read more at Times of Israel.
Donald Trump Jr. has agreed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee for a second round of questions, complying with a subpoena from Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who came under fire from fellow Republicans for demanding the testimony. Trump Jr. struck the deal Tuesday to interview with the panel next month for between two and four hours. The committee had originally a set a 5 p.m. deadline on Monday for him to respond. Questions about the Trump Tower project in Moscow and the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya are fair game, according to a source who was briefed on the deal. Another source said the committee outlined 10 topics it hoped to discuss with Trump Jr., but the scope of the int...
Brooklyn, NY - Hoping to boost immunization rates and halt the measles outbreak that has continued spreading throughout the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office has released a pro-vaccination video featuring a well known member of the Chasidic community. The just over one minute long clip has Alexander Rapaport, executive director of the Masbia soup kitchen network, takes viewers on a quick tour of the many community organizations that prioritize health including Hatzolah, Maimonides Medical Center, Yad Ephraim, Relief, Refuah and Ezra Medical Center. Explaining the strong emphasis that the Jewish community has always placed on wellbeing, Rapaport is shown standing with two of his sons urging viewers not to fall for misinformation about immunization...
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), a prominent foreign policy hawk, voiced confidence in a new interview that the U.S. could win a war with Iran, saying it would take “two strikes.” “Yes, two strikes,” he told “Firing Line’s” Margaret Hoover when asked if the U.S. could win a war against Iran. “The first strike and the last strike.” Cotton said that he would not advocate for a war with Iran but warned there would be a “furious response” to any provocation against U.S. interests in the region. “I don’t advocate military action against Iran. I’m simply delivering the message that if Iran were to attack the United States it would be a grave miscalculation on their part and there would be a furiou...
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