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  • ‘We Stand With Israel’: The Overwhelming Message Around the World

    07/21/2014 10:39:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Chabad.org News ^ | July 18, 2014 | Karen Schwartz and Carin M. Smilk
    Rows of candles were set up last week at the home of Rabbi Zalman and Toba Grossbaum, co-directors of Chabad of Livingston, N.J., so community members and family could welcome in Shabbat and pray for the people of Israel.With the Sabbath approaching, Israel Defense Force troops are on the ground in Gaza, with Jews everywhere praying for their safety. Throughout the world came calls for prayer and good deeds on behalf of the Israeli soldiers, and all people threatened by ongoing missile attacks, with special emphasis on Jewish women and girls lighting Shabbat candles, and for families to join with...
  • Undeterred by Hamas Rockets, Hundreds of French Jews Immigrate to Israel

    07/18/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | July 18, 2014 | Frances Martel
    Jewish communities around the world are not letting terrorist attacks from Hamas deter them from relocating to Israel. This week, hundreds of French Jews arrived in Israel to settle in the towns of Ashdod and Ashkelon, while incidents of anti-Semitism continue to rise in France itself. On Thursday, as the Israeli government announced a ground offensive against Hamas in Gaza, 430 Jewish immigrants from France arrived in Israel with the intention of permanently relocating. Of these, many came as entire families, with 195 children and 18 infants on the flights in. The numbers from France are to be expected-- polls...
  • Thousand boys disappear from school system

    07/14/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Borges · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/14/2014 | Andrew Gilligan
    As many as a thousand boys aged 13 to 16 have disappeared from the registered school system in East London after their parents sent them to illegal religious schools where English is not spoken and academic subjects are not taught. Government documents obtained by Channel 4’s Dispatches and the Jewish Chronicle newspaper say that many of the schools are “operating illegally and without the most basic health, safety and child welfare checks”. Many boys in the Orthodox Jewish community in Stamford Hill, London, “will stop secular studies at the age of 13 or 14 and start attending ‘yeshivas’ where the...
  • Despite Rockets, 64 New American Olim Arrive to Israel Today

    07/09/2014 2:16:21 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | July 9, 2014 | Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
    Ben-Gurion Airport, Israel, July 8 – Despite the escalating security situation in Israel, 64 new Olim from the United States made aliyah to Israel today with Nefesh B’Nefesh. The new immigrants hail from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Virginia. The youngest immigrant is an eight-month-old baby while the oldest, Lottie Herman, is 92. Herman who fled Germany in 1939 to America, will be settling in Jerusalem. Among the other olim who arrived this morning was Becky Kupchan, 26, from Chicago. Kupchan will be moving to Beer Sheva, the capital city of Southern Israel. “Although...
  • Are There Other Kinds of Polygamy Besides 'Sister Wives'? It Doesn't Stop with the Browns

    07/07/2014 10:01:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Bustle ^ | July 6, 2014 | Caitlin Gallagher
    In the US, polygamy seems to be most commonly associated with Mormons. TV shows like Big Love, Sister Wives, and My Five Wives offer looks at polygamy, but only from a specific viewpoint. For some Americans, TLC’s reality series Sister Wives, which centers on a fundamentalist Mormon family, may even teach them all they know about polygamy. But the practice of polygamy hasn’t been sanctioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (which is the official name of the Mormon church) since 1890 when Church President Wilford Woodruff ended the practice. The Mormon church has actually denounced the...
  • Sen. Cruz Names Nick Muzin As Senior Adviser, Dep. Chief of Staff

    07/02/2014 11:16:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Jewish Political News and Updates ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jacob Kornbluh
    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, on Wednesday named Nick Muzin as senior adviser and deputy chief of staff for strategy, effective Monday, July 14. “Nick’s broad range of experience and networks make him the ideal person to help us craft a positive, forward-looking vision for America and take that message to every corner of the country,” Sen. Cruz said in a statement. “I am delighted to have him on our team, and look forward to working together.” Muzin, 38, an Orthodox Jew, is a physician and attorney, and is currently the director of coalitions for the House Republican Conference,...
  • Two Women Arrested over Alleged Knockout Attack on 79-Year-Old Orthodox Jew

    07/01/2014 12:25:04 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 30, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)The knockout punches came without warning, as 79-year-old Orthodox Jew Natfali Lebovits fell to the ground from the blows. The Daily News reported that Raven Small, 20, and Tatyana Bone, 18, were arrested as suspects shortly after the incident that occurred on Sunday at 1:10 a.m. in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. An epidemic of these kinds of senseless attacks on unsuspecting victims have surfaced in cities across the nation. Many of the victims of the so called “knockout game” have been seriously injured and in some cases have suffered fatalities. Police at the scene said that the motive for...
  • Bookworm’s 5-Point Gun Manifesto; or why I believe in gun rights

    06/16/2014 7:45:05 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 9 replies
    Bookwormroom.com ^ | 6-15-2014 | Bookworm
    I. INTRODUCTIONGod forgive me, but I used to be so anti-gun that I donated to The Brady Campaign To Prevent Gun Violence. I know. Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa. Since that time, IÂ’ve done a complete 180 and become a fervent gun supporter and a proud member of the NRA.This change did not come about because I suddenly became a psychopathic killer, with guns as my weapon of choice. I do kill (spiders, fleas, and ticks) and I do eat dead bodies (cows, pigs, chicken, and fish), but IÂ’m scarcely Hannibal Lecter.Instead, my reversal on guns came about...
  • Pope Francis tells presidents only God can bring peace to Holy Land

    06/08/2014 1:45:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 8, 2014 | FRANcis X. Rocca
    Pope Francis (front L), Israeli President Shimon Peres (front R), Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (rear L) and Patriarch Bartholomew, spiritual head of the Orthodox Christians, arrive in the Vatican Gardens to pray together at the Vatican June 8, 2014. REUTERS/Max Rossi Pope Francis has called on God to act where human efforts have failed to end what he described as violence inspired by the Devil during a ceremony attended by the presidents of Israel and the Palestinian territories. “More than once we have been on the verge of peace, but the Evil One, employing a variety of means, has...
  • Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas speaks at Invocation for Peace

    06/08/2014 1:03:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas, delivered remarks to the participants in the Invocation for Peace here at the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Abbas' prepared remarks. ******************************* In the Name of God, the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful, Your Holiness Pope Francis Your Excellency President Shimon Peres, Your Beatitudes, Honorable Sheiks and Rabbis Ladies and Gentlemen It is indeed a great honor for us to meet again with His Holiness Pope Francis in fulfillment of his kind invitation to relish his spiritual and noble presence, and...
  • Pope Francis: a prayer for peace

    06/08/2014 12:58:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 62 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis Pope Francis delivered remarks to the Presidents of Palestine and Israel, Mahmoud Abbas and Shimon Peres, along with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, and delegations representing Jews, ChristiansMuslims, all of whom were gathered in the Vatican Sunday evening to pray for peace in the Middle East and throughout the world. Below, please find the full text of the Holy Father's prepared remarks. *********************************************Distinguished Presidents, I greet you with immense joy and I wish to offer you, and the eminent delegations accompanying you, the same warm welcome which you gave to me during my...
  • Israeli President Shimon Peres speaks to peace gathering

    06/08/2014 12:55:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | June 8, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) The President of Israel, Shimon Peres, delivered remarks at the Invocation for Peace gathering in the Vatican on Sunday evening. Below, please find the full text, in English, of President Peres' prepared remarks. ************************* Your Holiness Pope Francis, Your Excellency President Mahmoud Abbas, [ACKNOWLEDGMENTS] I have come from the Holy City of Jerusalem to thank you for your exceptional invitation. The Holy City of Jerusalem is the beating heart of the Jewish People. In Hebrew, our ancient language, the word Jerusalem and the word for peace share the same root. And indeed peace is the vision of...
  • Berlin plans one home for three religions

    06/04/2014 4:52:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jun 2014 10:54 GMT+02:00 | Julie Colthorpe
    A €43.5 million project to construct a building where Jews, Muslims and Christians can pray together under one roof in the center of Berlin moved a step closer on Tuesday. Called the House of One, the building would become the first in the world built together by the three religions to pray in. It will house a church, synagogue and a mosque. …
  • VIDEO: Al Sharpton Defends Racist Rant: ‘It Was Only One Jew’

    05/24/2014 7:39:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Daily Surge ^ | May 23, 2014 | Jerome Hudson, Managing Editor
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Al Sharpton’s history of hate is so voluminous and well documented, where does one even begin? The time he disparaged Jews as “diamond merchants” during the unrest of the infamous Crown Heights riots? Or when Sharpton tried goading NYC’s Jewish community into an all-out fistfight, saying “If the Jews want to get it on, tell them to pin their yarmulkes back and come over to my house”? How about referring to the Jewish owner of Freddy’s Fashion Mart, Fred Harari, as a “white interloper” for seeking to expand his business in Harlem? (You may have heard of Freddy’s. It was...
  • A Cause of anti-Semitism - Why anti-Semitism is also anti-Christian and anti-American

    05/16/2014 8:45:38 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 25 replies
    Chuck Morse Speaks ^ | May 16, 2014 | Chuck Morse
    The Anti-Defamation League has published a global survey indicating that there are approximately one billion anti-Semites in the world today. The ADL derived its estimate by polling 53,100 adults in 102 countries. The cause of anti-Semitism is taboo and this endangers Jews, Christians and Americans. A stereotype of Jews listed by the ADL as motivators for anti-Semitism is that Jews are too successful in business. Another stereotype listed is that Jews are disloyal which could be interpreted to mean that Jews distrust government authority. Why, then, would so many people around the world view these factors as negative and why...
  • Complications rare with baby circumcisions, rise with age

    05/13/2014 12:27:17 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 30 replies
    There are few reported complications after boys are circumcised during their first year of life, but the risk rises considerably if the procedure is performed later in childhood, according to a new analysis published on Monday. Previous research found wide variations in the rates of complications following male circumcisions. Those studies were often small and based on patients from a single hospital. For the new study, published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers used data from U.S. insurance claims for babies younger than one year old, children between ages one year and nine years and older children 10 years and older....
  • France Submits to Islam (Poll: 70% of the French... expect that France will submit to Islam)

    05/12/2014 8:21:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | May 12, 2014 | Guy Milličre
    Polls show that more than 70% of the French... expect that France will become a country under submission to Islam. Last month, between April 18-21, the Union of Islamic Organizations of France [UOIF], the French branch of the European Council for Fatwa and Research (presided over by Yusuf al Qaradawi) held its thirty-first annual conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris. As usual, jihadist and anti-Semitic books, which are banned in French bookstores but tolerated there, were offered in several booths.As usual also, speakers were invited to deliver fiery speeches. In 2012, the keynote speaker was supposed to be...
  • Israel joins search for Nigerian schoolgirls

    05/12/2014 9:24:00 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 15 replies
    Citing Jerusalem’s ‘globally acknowledged anti-terrorism expertise,’ President Goodluck Jonathan welcomes offer of help...
  • Rebuilding the temple in Jerusalem?

    05/07/2014 8:26:24 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 92 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | May 3, 2014 | William Hamblin and Daniel Peterson
    The dramatic recent collapse of the Arab-Israeli peace talks and the ongoing political turmoil involving the Temple Mount have again focused world attention on the centuries-old struggle for that sacred site. Since antiquity, the roughly 37 acres of the Temple Mount and its immediate surroundings have frequently been the focus of interreligious strife. The destruction of the Jewish temple by the Romans in A.D. 70 was a devastating event in the history of Judaism. It served as a transforming catalyst in both the origins of Christianity and the transition of Israelite religion from a priestly sacrifice-centered system to the legalistic...
  • The Chinese and the Jews: What explains the sudden Chinese fascination with the Jews and Judaism?

    05/07/2014 7:46:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/07/2014 | Michael Ledeen
    Over the past couple of decades the Chinese have become more interested in the Jews. Of late the Chinese regime has been bringing Jewish scholars and theologians to the People’s Republic to discuss Torah, Talmud, Mishnah and even some of the more mystical tracts.Why?It’s no surprise that China-Israel trade is increasing, nor that the China-Israel relationship has grown and deepened. Israel may well be the most dynamic country in the world, bursting at the seams with high-tech startups, dazzling inventions–especially in military and medical technologies–and highly educated and talented people.But I’m not talking about Israel here. This is about...
  • LA Mayor: Donald Sterling Will Put Up 'Long Fight' To Keep Clippers

    05/04/2014 7:23:02 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 93 replies
    It's Jew Vs. Jew as Battle Over Team Heats Up.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Sunday he expects Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling to put up a “long, protracted fight” to retain ownership of the team after being banned for life from the National Basketball Association because of racial comments. Garcetti, appearing on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” program, was asked about a potential boycott of Clippers games if Sterling balks and said, “I would certainly keep that arrow in my quiver.” Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver fined Sterling $2.5 million and imposed a lifetime ban after...
  • Cardinal O'Connor's mother was convert from Judaism, research shows

    05/02/2014 3:20:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | May 2, 2014 | Claudia McDonnell
    NEW YORK (CNS) -- Cardinal John J. O'Connor, who as archbishop of New York cultivated and cherished his strong ties with the Jewish community, was born of a mother who was born Jewish. It is not known whether he knew that his mother, Dorothy Gumple O'Connor, was born Jewish. She converted to Catholicism before she met and married Thomas O'Connor, the late cardinal's father. Mary O'Connor Ward, the cardinal's sister, told Catholic New York, newspaper of the New York Archdiocese, that her mother never spoke about having belonged to another faith. The fact that Dorothy O'Connor was Jewish by birth...
  • Cold case: Did archaeologists find the last Maccabean king, after all?

    04/30/2014 11:14:08 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 29, 2014 | Ariel David
    In 1970, a rock-cut tomb was discovered by workers building a private house in Jerusalem's Givat Hamivtar neighborhood. Inside the two-chambered burial, dating back to the first century BCE, archeologists found a decorated ossuary – a limestone box containing the bones of the deceased – and an enigmatic Aramaic inscription affixed to the wall. "I am Abba, son of Eleazar the priest," proclaimed the 2,000-year-old text. "I am Abba, the oppressed, the persecuted, born in Jerusalem and exiled to Babylon, who brought back Mattathiah son of Judah and buried him in the cave that I purchased." Who was Abba, this...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...
  • Donetsk leaflet: Jews must register or face deportation

    04/16/2014 6:28:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    Y Net News ^ | April 16, 2014 | Michal Margalit
    Fear replaced communal atmosphere in Donetsk's Jewish community as armed men handed out a leaflet Passover eve calling on Jews register their religion and property with the interim pro-Russian government or face deportation and loss of citizenship.(VIDEO-AT-LINK) A leaflet distributed in Donetsk, Ukraine calling for all Jews over 16 years old to register as Jews marred the Jewish community's Passover festivities Monday (Passover eve), replacing them with feelings of concern. The leaflet demanded the city's Jews supply a detailed list of all the property they own, or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportion and see their assets confiscated. Donetsk,...
  • Kansas City JCC tragedies: Murder and Steve Israel’s blood libel

    04/14/2014 11:31:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Communities Digital News ^ | April 14, 2014 | Eric Golub
    On the day before Jews prepared to begin their sacred holiday of Passover, a pair of horrible events cast a pall over the Jewish community. The Kansas Jewish Community Center became a tragic scene when a gunman opened fire. The gunman’s rampage also took him to the nearby retirement community of Village Shalom. The word “shalom” in Hebrew has three meanings. It translates to “hello,” “goodbye,” and “peace.” Now three innocent Americans were forced to say goodbye to the world. For their families, there will be no more peace. Hours before the shooting took place, another hateful individual was engaging...
  • Did 'Nazi' Gunman Single Out Jews for Death in Suburban Kansas City Rampage?

    04/13/2014 4:37:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 13, 2014 | Staff
    A smirking gunman who reportedly shouted Nazi slogans opened fire at a Jewish community center and an old-age home in a suburb of Kansas City, killing three people. The gunman, said to be an older man, singled out Jewish victims for death, Rabbi Herbert Mandl, a chaplain with the Overland Park Police Department, told CNN. “Asking someone if you are Jewish before shooting sounds very much like a hate crime,” Mandl said. Police said two people were killed at the JCC of Greater Kansas City, where children were auditioning for a musical. Despite Mandl’s assertion, the JCC victims were identified...
  • N.J. Teen Charged with Bias Intimidation After Allegedly Luring Orthodox Women: Gang Initiation

    04/10/2014 3:41:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jewish Telegraphic Agency
    A New Jersey teenager was charged with multiple counts of bias intimidation after he allegedly tried to lure Orthodox women as part of a gang initiation. Police said Rafael Laurano-Flores, 18, of Lakewood had planned to touch and knock down an Orthodox Jewish woman in the southern New Jersey township, according to the Asbury Park Press. Lakewood has a large haredi Orthodox population. Pinny Werner, coordinator of the Lakewood Civilian Safety Watch, told the newspaper, “We have not seen gang-related targeting in a long time. People are like, ‘What is going on?’ It has always been gang against gang, but...
  • Iran’s Chief Rabbi Dies at 98

    03/31/2014 11:56:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Tablet ^ | March 31, 2014 | Lily Wilf
    Yosef Hamadani Cohen led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994Rabbi Yosef Hamadani Cohen, the Chief Rabbi of Iran, passed away this weekend at the age of 98, JTA reports. His death was announced by Siamak Moreh Sedgh, the representative of the Iranian Jews in parliament, and marked informally by Iranian Jews via their Facebook statuses. Hamadani, who had led Iran’s Jewish community since 1994, had been ill for many years. He reportedly had close ties with Iranian political leadership, and met Iranian President Mohammah Khatami in 2000, lating hosted him at his Yusef Abad Synagogue in 2003—the first-ever synagogue visit by...
  • Hawkish GOP donors to Time mag: We’ll stop Rand Paul in the primaries

    03/31/2014 2:14:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 56 replies
    Hot Air ^ | March 31, 2014 | Allahpundit
    Nothing surprising here but the quotes are oh so tasty. Including one that comes, secondhand, from Paul himself. Is that what the last month of Russia-bashing and Tomahawk-praising was all about? Is Rand … “evolving” on foreign policy? The [Republican Jewish Coalition] conference brings together some of the biggest names — and wallets — in Republican politics, most notably billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. At a private dinner for VIP donors in an Adelson-owned aircraft hangar holding one of his pair of Boeing 747s, Bush was asked about the growing isolationist wing of the Republican Party and replied there was...
  • Does Jewish Oral Tradition Equal Roman Catholic Oral Tradition? (Also, Are They Similar In Nature?

    03/27/2014 12:43:01 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 167 replies
    3/27/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) Is there an existential difference between that Jewish Oral Tradition handed down over the centuries (or even millenia from the time of Moses until that Oral Tradition was codified) and Roman Catholic Oral Tradition passed on from Bishop to Bishop until it was later codified? B.) If an Oral Tradition is carried from person to person over a period of time (from say 33 A.D. until 90's A.D. - around the time of John's death) and that New Testament Oral Tradition was being codified during that time period, is that codification different or greater in authority (given that it...
  • Ultra-Orthodox Wedding Grandpa Beaten After Brooklyn Reception — Was It 'Knockout'?

    03/26/2014 11:16:39 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | March 26, 2014 | Staff
    A haredi Orthodox man from London visiting New York for his grandson’s wedding was attacked. The 65-year-old man had his face smashed into the sidewalk early Tuesday morning in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Borough Park as he left the wedding reception, the New York Daily News reported. His lip was split and a tooth was chipped; nothing was stolen, according to CBS New York. He was treated at a local hospital. New York police and a Brooklyn councilman differ over whether it was a knockout game assault in which the assailant tries to knock out an individual with one punch....
  • Pro-Russian Ukrainian Jews Express Support For Military Incursion in Crimea

    03/04/2014 4:00:40 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 3/4/14 | Cnaan Liphshiz
    Shortly after Russian soldiers occupied the Crimean city of Sevastopol last week, Leah Cyrlikova took her two children out for an afternoon stroll in a city park. When they passed a group of soldiers, they stopped to have a friendly chat and pose with them for photos. While many Ukrainian Jews have strongly condemned the Russian military incursion into Crimea, others see the intervention as restoring order in the wake of a violent revolution that overthrew the pro-Russian government of President Viktor Yanukovych. “I feel safer with them around,” said Cyrlikova, a Jewish Ukrainian who has lived in Sevastopol for...
  • Ukraine protesters call on Jewish oligarchs to give president ‘a gun’

    02/23/2014 1:31:16 AM PST · by cunning_fish · 19 replies
    A member of Ukraine’s opposition movement has called on Jewish and Muslim billionaire businessmen to force the president, Victor Yanukovich, to step down. In a speech in Kiev’s Independence Square, the unnamed protester, who said he was Muslim, urged Ihor Kolomoyskyi, Victor Pinchuk and David Zhvania -oligarchs with links to the protest movement - to talk to the president. He said: “You practice Judaism. In the holy synagogue, you have seats with placards. And you, today, are the only people who have access to Yanukovich. “In another week, your businesses, which you have earned in this land through the work...
  • Hatred of the Jews: More Than the Banality of Memory

    01/31/2014 4:57:52 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 31, 2014 | Suzanne Fields
    When the White House scribblers were putting the finishing touches on the State of the Union address, President Obama took a moment to commemorate memory. Monday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 69th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the most notorious of Hitler's death camps. "Each year on this day," he said, "the world comes together to commemorate a barbaric crime unique in human history." But not quite the whole world. Anti-Semitism thrives in the Middle East, where certain politicians vie to see who can say the ugliest things about Jews, and such sentiment is surging in Europe. Bloody...
  • Iranian Regime Accuses Saudi Arabia of Plan to Replace al-Aqsa Mosque With Jewish Temple

    01/28/2014 4:53:08 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 28, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The Iranian regime’s Press TV accused Saudi Arabia and Israel of planning to replace the al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount with a Jewish temple.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)Press TV reported, via Religion of Peace: Saudi Arabia is supporting the Israeli regime in its plan to replace the holy al-Aqsa Mosque with a temple, an analyst tells Press TV in an interview. Saab Shaath was talking to Press TV on Saturday, one day after Israeli Minister of Housing and Construction Uri Ariel called for the construction of what he called “the Third Temple” to replace the holy site. “Al-Aqsa Mosque is currently in place...
  • What Drives Success? (Why are some ethnic groups in America doing better than others?)

    01/27/2014 12:52:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2014 | Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld
    A SEEMINGLY un-American fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-, Lebanese- and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better”...
  • Jewish Organizations Must Condemn Governor Cuomo’s Extremism

    01/22/2014 2:38:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    The Algemeiner ^ | January 22, 2014 | Ronn Torossian
    Imagine a right-wing politician who proclaimed that left-wingers who are “pro-gay, pro-abortion, and anti-self defense” have no place in their state. Can anyone doubt that Jewish leaders would condemn the statement and speak out loudly about “intolerance,” and the need for diversity. Wouldn’t they issue press releases and more? If such a politician would make a statement, pressure would mount for his resignation and undoubtedly it’d make for a lot of media attention. Yet, Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s assertions that conservative New Yorkers don’t belong in the State because “that’s not what New Yorkers are” have largely been ignored. Cuomo...
  • Kosher vs Halal

    01/15/2014 3:52:17 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 26 replies
    Tom O'Halloran.com ^ | 1/15/14 | Veronica Coffin
    Kosher – requires the animal be slaughtered quickly and humanely, strictly forbidding cruel slow methods like strangulation. Halal – requires the animal be bled out in agony while sick people who get off watching that kind of thing have a “festival.” Kosher – requires the blood be drained cleanly from the *carcass* of the humanely killed animal, removing toxins released from cells into the bloodstream at the moment of death from the meat. Halal –leaves the meat *filled* with toxins released at the moment of death because the blood is removed while the animal is dying and therefore is not...
  • Why Faith-Based Audiences Are More Important Than Hollywood Admits

    01/10/2014 12:04:43 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    Variety ^ | January 9, 2014 | Larry Poland
    It happened again. This time it was Phil Robertson, the patriarch of “Duck Dynasty,” who pulled back the shades on an immense body of TV viewers who had apparently escaped the notice of top execs at A+E Networks. But they should have known. It was this “mystery audience” that made History’s miniseries “The Bible” a smash hit not long ago. Yet A+E leaders Nancy Dubuc and Abbe Raven can be forgiven for failing to anticipate the nuclear backlash that benching the fuzzy-faced man from West Monroe, La., would stir after his condemnation of homosexual behavior in an interview with GQ...
  • Screenwriter Robert Avrech: ‘The door to Sharia in America is opened’

    01/08/2014 6:17:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Jewish Journal of Los Angeles ^ | January 8, 2014 | Danielle Berrin
    Robert AvrechScreenwriter and producer Robert Avrech believes in making message films that articulate morals and values. In 2000, he won an Emmy for penning the Holocaust drama “The Devil’s Arithmetic,” about a petulant teenager who resists her Judaism until offered a portal into the Jewish past. He also wrote the 1992 film “A Stranger Among Us,” starring Melanie Griffith as an undercover cop who insinuates herself into New York’s Chasidic community. On Twitter, Avrech describes himself as a religious Zionist, a Republican and a gun owner. He talks here about his problem with gay marriage, his fear of Islamic jihad...
  • Report: Obama to Hand Over Christian Holy Sites to Palestinian Thugs

    12/30/2013 1:02:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 29, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Once again Barack Obama is going to push Israel to hand over half of Jerusalem, the Wailing Wall, The Temple Mount, Old Jerusalem, and the tomb of Jesus Christ to the Hamas-Fatah terrorists. Barack Obama believes giving the terrorists more land will result in peace. It’s as if the Gaza transfer and disaster never happened. The Times of Israel reported: US Secretary of State John Kerry will offer Israeli and Palestinian negotiators a political trade-off: Israeli recognition of the 1967 lines as a basis for the future Palestinian state, in return for Palestinian recognition of Israel as the state of...
  • Former MK Eldad: Time to Treat the Temple Mount Like a Holy Site

    12/29/2013 6:12:24 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    INN ^ | 12/30/2013, 3:16 AM | Elad Benari
    Former MK Professor Aryeh Eldad, head of the Professors for a Strong Israel organization, sharply criticized on Sunday the way the State of Israel has been conducting itself since 1967 with respect to the Temple Mount. Eldad’s remarks come in the wake of the publication of the contents of a secret report by the State Comptroller regarding the enforcement, or lack thereof, of the law at the Temple Mount. […] “You can decide to ignore the Bedouin land theft in the Negev, but the Temple Mount is the most important issue there is,” he told Arutz Sheva. “It’s not for...
  • Eight Ways to Opt Out of Obamacare

    12/25/2013 10:31:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | December 25, 2013 | Dr. Susan Berry
    With the deadline to sign up for Obamacare having come and gone, many Americans have decided to “opt out” of President Obama’s signature health care reform law, choosing instead to pay the $95 penalty for sidestepping the individual mandate. “For many Americans opting out of Obamacare is the best decision they can make, but it's important that they do it the right way—just refusing to buy health insurance and not having another way to pay for catastrophic medical expenses is a mistake,” Sean Parnell, author of the newly-released The Self-Pay Patient, told Breitbart News. “People who want to opt out...
  • Inside Brooklyn's 'Knockout Game' Scourge: Racial War Or Just A Senseless Game?

    12/21/2013 2:02:08 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    International Business Times ^ | December 20, 2013 | Connor Adams Sheets, senior reporter
    Ever since the “knockout game” exploded into the public consciousness last month, opinions have differed widely on what it is, when it started, or whether it even actually exists outside of a few high-profile incidents that have attracted national attention over the past two months. But several interracial communities in Brooklyn, N.Y., are undeniably in the grips of a wave of brutal, fist-borne violence, and the trend has some observers recalling the dark days of the 1991 Crown Heights riots with a mix of fear, outrage and sadness. Repeated attacks by black youths on Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn's key Jewish...
  • The Christmas Tree

    12/16/2013 5:06:19 PM PST · by Former Fetus · 8 replies
    Virtual Jerusalem ^ | 12/16/2013 | Jonathan Rosenblum
    Rabbi Berel Wein was once invited to a meeting with the editor of the Detroit Free Press. After introductions had been made, the editor told him the following story. His mother, Mary, had immigrated to America from Ireland as an uneducated, 18-year-old peasant girl. She was hired as a domestic maid by an observant family. The head of the house was the president of the neighboring Orthodox shul. Mary knew nothing about Judaism and had probably never met a Jew before arriving in America. The family went on vacation Mary's first December in America, leaving Mary alone in the house....
  • Black Student Allegedly Beaten By Hasidic Mob In Williamsburg

    12/10/2013 1:05:45 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 86 replies
    Gothamist ^ | December 10, 2013 | John Del Signore
    The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the alleged beating of a 22-year-old fashion student at the hands of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish mob. Taj Patterson, 22, was walking home from a party through the predominantly ultra-Orthodox section of South Williamsburg when he says a group of at least twenty Jewish men attacked him. Patterson says that during the beating, the men yelled anti-gay slurs, including, "Stay down, f----t!” "I’m walking down some block by myself and then the next thing I know, I’m surrounded by a group of Hasidic Jewish men and they’re attacking me,” Patterson tells the Daily...
  • [Black] Crown Heights Councilwoman Blames Growth of Jewish Community for ‘Knockout Attacks’

    12/05/2013 10:27:23 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | December 5, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Councilwoman Laurie CumboBrooklyn Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo blamed the recent ‘knockout game’ attacks in her district on the growth and succsess of the Jewish Community. In a Facebook post she says, “Many of her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growth of the neighborhood’s Jewish community.” DNA Info reported: The alleged “knockout” attacks on Jewish residents of Crown Heights may stem from ongoing racial tension between the neighborhood’s black and Jewish communities, a newly-elected Brooklyn politician said. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent Crown Heights starting in January, released an open letter Tuesday saying that many...
  • Jewish activists want to pray on Jerusalem's Temple Mount, raising alarm in Muslim world

    12/03/2013 2:28:36 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 2, 2013 | William Booth and Ruth Eglash
    JERUSALEM — A small but growing movement by Jewish activists demanding the right to pray at the site of their destroyed temple, in the heart of this disputed capital’s Old City, is creating a potentially explosive clash with the Muslim world, which considers the spot holy and bans Jews from public worship there. Each week, hundreds of Jews ascend the creaky wooden ramp built above the Western Wall and enter what is often called the most contested real estate on Earth. Many then embark upon a game of hide-and-seek with their police escorts — whispering forbidden prayers while pretending to...
  • Hasidic Jew Sucker Punched By Laughing Assailants In Williamsburg

    12/02/2013 7:57:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Gothamist ^ | December 2, 2013 | John Del Signore
    An ultra-Orthodox Jewish man is the latest victim in a series of unprovoked assaults in Brooklyn, and the NYPD Hate Crime Task Force is involved in the investigation. Eli Leidner, 26, was sucker-punched last night around 10:40 in Williamsburg, as he walked on Bedford Avenue between Taylor and Clymer Street. He says two people ran up behind him, punched him in the face, laughed and ran away. He was not robbed. Here's an interview with Leidner after the assault: (VIDEO-AT-LINK)"I believe it's a knockout," Leidner said, referring to the alleged series of attacks in which pedestrians are sucker-punched as part...