NEW YORK (VINnews) — Robert Holden, a New York city councilman, met with officials in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York after he had called on the FBI to launch a probe into what he termed the “deep-rooted fraud” in the New York Department of Education (DOE).
“I’m encouraged by my meeting with the US Attorney. His team is taking this seriously,” Holden told The New York Post.
FBI agents have already contacted several whistle-blowing teachers whose names he provided after Holden had charged the DOE with “an apparent pattern of conspiracy to cover up” grade-fixing, cheating and other wrongdoing. Holden claimed that this behavior warranted an investigation under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizat...
US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib lost no time Saturday retweeting the post of Dr. Hanan Ashrawi, a Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) official who wrote, “The heart just shatters. The pain is unbearable. No words.” while retweeting the words of a fake activist who created a modern-day blood libel against the Jews of Jerusalem.
“KIDNAPPED & EXECUTED” wrote “realSeifBitar” whose account has since been suspended by Twitter. “7 year old #Palestinian child Qusai was kidnapped by a Herd of violent #Israeli settlers, assaulted & thrown in a water well was found this morning frozen to death in Beit Hanina, #Jerusalem after #Israeli forces assaulted search teams”
Ashrawi, a seasoned politician with a reputation for false anti-Israeli stat...
The Palestinian Authority reacted angrily to the invitation the Trump Administration extended to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader MK Benny Gantz to the White House next week to discuss the administration’s peace plan.
Nabil Abu Roudina, spokesman for PA president Mahmoud Abbas emphasized the PA’s “total opposition” to US resolutions which, among other things, recognize Yerushalayim as the capital of Israel.
He warned: “If this deal (Deal of the Century) is declared in its unacceptable form, the Palestinian leadership will announce a series of steps aimed at preserving our legitimate rights, and we will demand that Israel bear its full responsibility as an occupation government. We warn Israel and the US government against crossing ...
George Soros, American-Jewish philanthropist and investor, announced a new $1 billion educational initiative aimed at promoting free and open societies at World Economic Forum in Davos on Friday.
The initiative aims to establish the Open Society University Network, which would “reach the students who need it the most” and “promote the values of open society — including free expression and diversity of beliefs.”
It also seeks to “strengthen foundations of open society amid authoritarian resurgence” in the world and foster a global research network countering polarization through “educating students to examine issues from different perspectives and advance reasoned arguments.”
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Israel’s foreign minister told a leading Russian news outlet on Wednesday that the Jewish state “probably would not exist” had it not been for the “victory of the Soviet Union over Nazi Germany” in 1945.
Speaking ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Jerusalem for the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz told the newspaper Izvestia that the people of Israel remembered “the contribution of Soviet soldiers to the fight against Nazi persecutors.”
The foreign minister’s interview was widely reported in the Russian press, with the Tass news agency highlighting Katz’s observation that “the victory gained by the Red Army and the anti-Hitler coalition wa...
Neil Quinter, former chief counsel to Sen. Feinstein, weighs in on Trump’s defense team giving opening arguments during the impeachment trial.
Apple is pushing back against a European Union initiative that would standardize chargers for all types of smartphones and devices.
The European Commission, the bloc’s executive body, is currently considering legislation to cut back on electronic waste, after a previous voluntary approach didn’t meet its expectations, according to an EU official.
European lawmakers have been complaining that users are often required to carry different chargers for similar devices. The iPhone maker’s so-called lightning charging cables for Apple products don’t plug into devices made by Samsung Electronics Co. or other electronics companies. Being forced to use a common standard could turn a bespoke product that Apple sells at high prices into a commodity, cutting into its profit.
About 40 million consumers who have fallen behind on their bills or have rising debt levels could see their credit scores fall significantly under changes being made to FICO.
Fair Isaac, which produces the widely used credit score, said the severity of the downward shift for those with the lowest credit scores, 600 or below, would depend on how recently the consumer had fallen behind and by how much.
About 40 million consumers who already have high credit scores, at least 680, could see it rise even further. “Consumers that have been managing their credit well . . . paying bills on time, keeping their balances in check are likely going to see a gain in score,” Dave Shellenberger, vice president of product management scores, said in a statement.
Overall about 110 million peop...
Reported anti-Semitic hate crimes in Los Angeles increased by a little more than 60 percent between 2018 and 2019—the highest total for hate crimes on the basis of religion, according to data released on Wednesday by the Los Angeles Police Department.
Of the reported 81 total hate crimes that targeted religious groups in 2019, 69 of them were anti-Jewish, compared to 43 of the 52 total hate crimes in that category the previous year as anti-Semitic—or a 60.5 percent increase in anti-Semitic hate crimes.
There are more than 500,000 Jews in Los Angeles, according to Brandeis’s Steinhardt Social Research Institute.
There were five reported hate crimes that targeted Muslims in 2019, compared to just two the previous year, followed by four hate crimes targeting other religio...
While in Israel for the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, President of Albania Ilir Meta met with soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces on Jan. 23 and thanked them for their help following November’s deadly earthquake in his nation.
Meta visited the Ramla military base, where he embraced Israeli soldiers and awarded the “Golden Eagle Decoration” to the IDF’s National Rescue Unit.
The 6.4-magnitude earthquake that struck on Nov. 26 in Albania killed 51 people and injured more than 3,000. It also damaged more than 11,000 buildings, leaving as many as 13,000 people homeless. The natural disaster was the deadliest earthquake to hit the country since 1979.
Israeli military engineers were among the foreign volunteers who worked on determining whether some buildings were s...
We shall not allow the creation of a Palestinian state, hard-right Israeli parliamentarian Ayelet Shaked has on Saturday, as the Middle East peace plan drafted by the administration of US President Donald Trump is about to be unveiled.
“We do not know all the details, but I can say that we will not allow land to be ceded to Arabs or anyone. Our land is ours. In addition, we will not allow the recognition of a Palestinian state. We believe that a Palestinian state is a dangerous thing for the state of Israel and we will certainly not allow that to happen,” Shaked said in an interview with Israel’s Channel 12.
US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he will unveil his plan to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his r...
Sen. John Barrasso reacts to Trump’s defense team accusing House Committees of denying the President due process.
Jerusalem, Israel - Jan. 26, 2020 - The Tower of David Museum (ToD) on a very rainy January morning in Jerusalem, Israel revealed its latest and newest attraction at a press conference. Joining the permanent exhibitions covering thousands of years of history, Night Experiences, Observation Point, Museum Tours, Cultural Events, and the special photographic history of Har Habayit, called "The Mount" which closes the end of February, is Mars. Mars, innovative storytelling specializes in creating personalized Augmented Reality (AR) and Mixed Reality (MR) experiences.
Mars storytelling experience takes place in real-time and is based on the visitor’s personal choices, therefore, making each experience unique. The aim is to engage and interest fam...
Earlier this morning United Hatzalah volunteers treated two people who were injured in an explosion on Moshav Shalva in the Negev.
A man in his 30s was seriously injured and a man in his 60s was moderately injured.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Ron David who was one of the first responders at the scene said: "Together with EMS personnel I treated two men, one seriously injured, the other in moderate condition, at the scene of the explosion. I provided initial treatment at the scene, following which, the two men were transported to the hospital for further treatment. They were suffering from burns and blast injuries."
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 26, 2020 - As the month of Shevat begins, we approach the new year for the trees. The entire month is also part of the period called Shovavim, the weeks from Parshas Shemos through Mishpatim. This is a time for teshuva and reflection, when we read about our transition from slaves in Mitzrayim to becoming free to serve Hashem. Just as the tree bears many different beautiful fruits, each one of us has unique spiritual abilities that need to be nurtured in order to blossom forth.
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United Hatzalah volunteers responded to a motor vehicle accident near Gvulot interchange in which a woman in her 60s was killed and two other people were moderately injured.
United Hatzalah volunteer EMT Iris Yogev who was one of the first responders at the scene said: "The accident involved a private car and a truck. Unfortunately, the driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of the injuries that she suffered. In addition, together with medical teams from the IDF I provided medical treatment to two other people who moderately injured and evacuated from the vehicles by firefighters. After receiving initial treatment at the scene they were transported by helicopters to Soroka Medical Center in Beer Sheva."
Baltimore, MD - Jan. 25, 2020 - Baltimore City Police need your help identifying two suspects who are believed to be responsible for several robberies that took place on Shabbos evening, January 24.
The first took place in the 5900 block of Clover Road, and the second occurred in the 5900 block of Park Heights Avenue.
After those robberies the perpetrators were looking for a place to hide and they ran in to Khal Chasidim. This was at 7:03PM, long after davening had concluded.
There were 2 people in the Bais Medrash learning. As one of the suspects pointed a gun at one of those learning, the chasid charged at him, scaring him and the other to the point where the other suspect dropped the three Sprites they had stolen off the front porch. They escaped and walked down Park Heights Ave. a...
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (The Fellowship) is distributing financial support, blankets, and heaters to approximately 8,300 elderly people across Israel who are in desperate need of heating assistance.
The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (Keren L’Yedidut) initiated its annual “Warming With Fellowship” operation in response to the massive winter storms that have struck Israel over the last couple of weeks.
The following is an English translation of remarks made by the elderly Israeli in the attached video who received a heat radiator from The Fellowship:
“I was surprised today with people, from The Fellowship, who connected with me, came to me and brought me a radiator and a gift, and I am honored that ...
BALTIMORE — The Greater Baltimore Urban League hosted a mayoral forum Saturday at Morgan State University.
Fourteen of the candidates running for Baltimore mayor made their case to voters. Crime, education and mental health were among the topics they debated.
Panelists asked the candidates about their comprehensive crime-reduction strategies.
"I am your mayor. I know what it takes to reduce crime in the city of Baltimore, and I will continue to invest in job-training programs," incumbent Mayor Jack Young said.
"We have to actually get underneath of it and specifically focus on these communities that have been historically uninvested in. That's where the root of a lot of our crime comes from," candidate T.J. Smith said.
"When we get up here and address crime, we're not ...
TOWSON, Md. — Hospitals around Maryland have started travel screening for coronavirus when taking in new patients entering the emergency room, but doctors said there is no reason for alarm.
A second case of coronavirus was confirmed Friday in the United States. Health officials in Chicago said a woman in her 60s traveling from China is the second person in the U.S. to become sick with coronavirus.
"This is a single travel-associated case, not a local emergency. We, obviously, take emerging viruses very seriously, and there are still many unanswered questions about this novel virus," Chicago Health Commissioner Allison Arwady said.
There are at least 60 possible cases in the U.S. that are under investigation.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention information on coronavirus