Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke to Unilever CEO Alan Jope after the company's subsidiary Ben & Jerry's announced that it will no longer sell its products in the West Bank due to the presence of Jewish settlements in the territory. The ice cream brand announced Monday that it is ending its license agreement with its Israeli manufacturer and distributor, and that the ice cream will no longer be available in "Occupied Palestinian Territory." Bennett notified Jope that Israel will not let this go without a response. "Prime Minister Bennett emphasized that from the perspective of the State of Israel, this is an action that has severe consequences, including legal, and it will take strong action against any boycott directed against its citizens," Benne...
Addressing crime in Baltimore, Baltimore City Council President Nick Mosby told C4 and Dan Joseph on Tuesday morning that, "What we know is coming out of COVID— it just exacerbated the crime issue the city has already had." "We’ve seen this not only in the city of Baltimore but throughout the entire country," Mosby said while he also talked about the role city council plays with crime and its underlying issues. "The specific thing that we're responsible for Is making sure we're developing legislation to go after those underlying issues," Mosby said. Mosby said a bill was passed Monday night that would ensure preference was given to people or who are hiring Baltimore residents or Baltimore contracts, apprenticeship programs for young people to have more opportu...
Sales of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in Israel jumped 21% Tuesday, a day after the global company announced it would boycott Judea and Samaria. Ben & Jerry's Israel, which is licensed to produce the ice cream in Israel, has rejected the global corporation's calls to pull its products from Jewish communities over the 'green line.' "Since the morning hours there has been a significant increase in sales of our ice cream - over 21% over sales on a normal day," Ben & Jerry's Israel said in a statement. "Don't stop! - We must put pressure on the Unilever Corporation, the owners of the global Ben and Jerrys, to turn" their decision around, the statement continued. "We call on everyone to stand firm with us and with the hundreds of Israeli w...
White House official also tested positive after attending the same rooftop reception with Pelosi staffer, report says A spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi tested positive Monday for coronavirus following a meeting last week with members of the Texas Legislature who fled the state for Washington, D.C. Drew Hammill, a top aide to Pelosi, said the staffer was fully vaccinated and did not have recent contact with the top California Democrat, though the Speaker's office is taking extra precautions as a result.  "Yesterday, a fully-vaccinated senior spokesperson in the Speaker’s Press Office tested positive for COVID after contact with members of the Texas state legislature last week," Hammill said in a statement obtained by Fox News.&n...
Rabbi Shlomo Soroka, director of government affairs for Agudath Israel of Illinois, joined Missouri Governor Mike Parson in Jefferson City, last week for the signing ceremony of a major school choice bill. After years of hard work by the Agudah and its coalition partners, the Missouri Legislature passed HB349, a bill that provides education savings accounts through tax credits. Rabbi Soroka, has led the Agudah’s Missouri efforts in recent years. "After many years of advocacy, seeing the bill passed into law was extremely gratifying, and as a native Missourian, being invited to the bill signing with the governor was a great honor," said Rabbi Soroka. "This bill will have a positive impact on the lives of many children across the state and I am fortunate to have been part of the coalit...
Maven Market Baltimore was quick to eliminate all Ben & Jerry's products yesterday. Several kosher supermarkets in the United States announced that they would no longer stock Ben & Jerry's products after the ice cream company announced yesterday that it would not allow its products to be sold in Judea and Samaria. Glatt Express Supermarket, a store which serves the Jewish community of Teaneck New Jersey, announced on Facebook: "Due to the recent actions by Ben & Jerry's, Glatt Express will no longer be carrying Ben and Jerry’s products. Am yisroel chai." Store owner Dani Secemski told the Jewish Link: “Food in general should not be politicized, especially in this way. Glatt Express will always stand with Israel…and we are...
Jeff Bezos blasted into space Tuesday on his rocket company’s first flight with people on board, becoming the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by a hand-picked group: his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space. Named after America’s first astronaut, Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket soared from remote West Texas on the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a date chosen by Bezos for its historical significance. He held fast to it, even as Virgin Galactic’s Richard Branson pushed up his own flight from New Mexico in the race for space tourist dollars and beat him to space by nine days...
 Baltimore, MD – July 20, 2021 - BJL wishes a hearty Mazel Tov to Sorah Malka Rosenberg and Ari Ostreicher on their engagement. יה"ר שיזכו לבנות בית נאמן בישראל. אמן!
Raising the reward money to get violent criminals off the streets. A Baltimore City councilman introduced a bill Monday night that he thinks will make more people call in tips to police. Prayer vigils for peace were held throughout Baltimore Monday night. It is a community wide effort, calling for an end to violence to honor victims and support their families. Providing closure to families is part of the goal of a new charter amendment proposed by Baltimore City Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleiffer. It's all about raising money to be able to offer large rewards for information about violent crimes, like shootings and homicides. "This is a proven method that when there's rewards — high dollar rewards— people are more likely to share the information that they have,"...
Millions of Americans hoping to renew their passports and travel abroad this summer could see their plans dashed by a massive backlog caused by staffing shortages at the State Department. The delays are compounding frustrations for would-be travelers looking to take vacations or visit loved ones who are barred from entering the U.S. because of ongoing restrictions tied to the coronavirus pandemic. Congressional staff say their offices are being inundated with complaints and pleas from constituents over the wait time for passports. The State Department said in a briefing Wednesday that processing could take up to 18 weeks. Lawmakers are now getting involved. The top members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday calling for th...
"I fear that we will look back and regret the decision to withdraw.” A former US military commander in Afghanistan warned that the situation in the country was falling apart even before the large American contingent of NATO troops has completed its final drawdown. Gen. David Petraeus, who also formerly served as CIA director, blasted the Biden administration's handling of the Afghanistan withdrawal telling CNN, “I fear that we will look back and regret the decision to withdraw.” Speaking on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS," Petraeus said, "The situation on the ground has become increasingly dire with each passing week," reported Politico. Petraeus is not the first former US official to publicly question the wisdom of US President Joe Biden's ...
"I wore the star myself, I know what it is, I still have it in my flesh" said 94-year-old Joseph Swarc A 94-year-old French Holocaust survivor, present at the Vel d'Hiv roundup exactly 79 years ago, slammed anti-coronavirus vaccine protesters, hostile to the coronavirus vaccination and the health pass, who demonstrated Saturday and who compared themselves to Jewish victims of Nazi opperssion. Leaflets showing the yellow star with the words "health pass" were visible, while more than 100,000 people marched in France on Saturday against government rules related to the vaccine. "I would like to express my indignation at what happened this week," said Joseph Szwarc, 94, during the National Day in memory of the victims of racist and antisemitic crimes by the French state. "You cannot...
The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is being harshly criticized by Jewish groups for its reinstatement of an equity advisor who distributed anti-Israel material justifying “martyrdom operations” to teachers. Javier Davila, a student equity program advisor with the board, circulated two emails to a TDSB educator listserv in May, during the fighting between Israel and Hamas. The emails were described by B’nai Brith Canada as “virulently anti-Israel teaching material, repeatedly describing Israelis as a whole as ‘colonizers’ in their indigenous homeland.” According to B’nai Brith, Davila announced on Friday morning that he had been reinstated without discipline. B'nai Brith said that his emails contain writings by Laila K...
Avi Zinger, CEO of Ben & Jerry’s Israel, on Monday commented on the global Ben & Jerry’s corporation’s decision to boycott Judea and Samaria, telling Channel 12 News he has no intention of stopping the sales of the ice cream in Judea and Samaria. "It is inconceivable that the company decides to cause harm for political reasons, and mix ice cream and politics," said Zinger. Zinger said he had been under heavy pressure from Ben & Jerry's global corporation. "I heard about the decision more or less together with everyone," he said, "but I have been under pressure for about a year and hearing demands to stop marketing in Judea and Samaria. Of course, I have been opposed to it all along. Ever since the operation in Gaza the pressure from ...
We will not give up Samaria, the ancient kingdom of Israel, for ice cream, nor will we give up Joshua’s Altar or ancient Shilo for a McDonald's hamburger. The people of Samaria and this country will stand firm long after Ben & Jerry's ice cream melts and disappears from the world. We will not give in to this anti-Semitism that permeates Jews in the United States as well. I call on all residents of the State of Israel and Samaria, and all lovers of Israel in the world, to stop consuming the ice cream that is trying to create a boycott of Israel. We will not succumb to threats from either left-wing organizations or commercial companies that are willing to boycott Israel in order to flatter certain people. We will continue to build Samaria, enjoy culture, a good educa...
Sirens were sounded overnight Monday in communities located in the Western Galilee near the border with Lebanon. Among the localities in which sirens were heard: Rosh Hanikra, Yaara, Hanita, Netiv HaShayara and Shlomi. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said that two rockets had been fired from Lebanon towards Israeli territory. The Iron Dome Aerial Defense system intercepted one rocket, and the second exploded in an open area. At this time, there are no special guidelines for the home front. Residents reported hearing several explosions. No injuries or damage have been reported so far. The Mateh Asher Regional Council said that there is no indication that any rockets have exploded in the area, but searches are taking place. There are no special instructions for the residents at th...
Maryland's COVID-19 metrics continue to have a slight increase, but Monday showed a jump not seen in awhile. The health department for the state recorded 139 new COVID-19 cases on Monday. For the month of June, every death that was a result of COVID-19 came from those who were unvaccinated.  As of now, the positivity rate is 1. 48%, but this same time last month, the positivity rate was below .8%.  Regarding vaccinations, 3,551,595 Marylanders have received their first dose, while 3,233,064 have received the second dose. So far, 267,971 single-dose vaccinations have been administered as well.  From the data recorded for Monday, there has been one additional COVID-19-related death recorded, and seven more people hospitalized.
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