Spring Valley, NY – Toddler Critically Injured After Being Struck By Vehicle

An 18 months old toddler is fighting for her life in Westchester Hospital, after she was struck by moving vehicle earlier today in the Chestnut Ridge area of Spring Valley, NY, cops said.

Monsey Hatzolah said they responded to a call of a pedestrian struck outside Becketts Court, Friday afternoon at around 1:25 pm, and found a child laying unresponsive on the road. They treated the child at the scene and transported her to the hospital.

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NY11 – Recchia Stumbles Over Key Trade Agreement At Labor Luncheon

domenic RecchiaFormer Brooklyn City Council Member Domenic Recchia, the Democratic nominee running to claim Republican Michael Grimm’s congressional seat in Staten Island and Brooklyn, found himself struggling to properly explain himself while commenting on a proposed international trade agreement at a luncheon on Thursday, NY1 reported.

Recchia was informing New York City labor leaders that he greatly desires to keep jobs in the United States. “We have to work on keeping the jobs here in America and here in New York,” he stressed, according to NY1. Expounding on this topic, Recchia sought to clarify his position on a massive trade agreement proposal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The proposal would establish a trade partnership between the United States and 11 countries. Read more »

 

 

 

 

 

 

Israel – Netanyahu, Lapid Reach Agreement On 2015 Budget

lapid bibiPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid have reached a settlement after a weeklong dispute over the 2015 state budget, Haaretz reported Friday evening.

According to the agreement, the deficit will be raised by 9 billion shekels ($2.46 billion), from 2.5 percent to 3.4 percent; Lapid’s zero-VAT housing plan will be brought to a vote in the Knesset plenum; no new taxes or spending cuts will be introduced in 2015; and the defense budget will receive additional 6 billion shekels. Read more »

Anti-Semitic Banner at European Football Game Causes Uproar

The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is preparing to launch a formal investigation into the anti-Semitic banner that was unfurled at a game between England’s Tottenham team and Partizan Belgrade. Displayed by Serbian supporters during the Europa League game, the banner read, ‘Only Jews and Pu__ies’ — an apparent reference to a British television comedy program entitled “Only Fools and Horses.”

Although delegates from European football’s governing body were apprised of the banner before half-time, there were no orders given to take it down.

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Former French President Sarkozy Announces Political Comeback

France Sarkozy_frie(AP). Nicolas Sarkozy may want his old job back.

The man who led France from 2007 to 2012 announced Friday on Facebook that he’s joining the race to lead his conservative UMP party in elections next month. The widely expected move is seen as a first step toward running for president in 2017. Read more »

US: Israel Will Make Own Judgment on Iran Nuke Talks

bibi bombIsrael will make its own judgment about the outcome of talks between Iran and world powers regarding its nuclear program, a senior United States official said on Thursday, expressing cautious optimism following two days of bilateral talks with Tehran.

According to the official, US officials traveled to New York feeling “not optimistic” over the potential for progress with Iran, adding that now it is “clear that everyone has come here to go to work.” He said further that President Obama is committed to a nuclear accord that ensures Israel’s security, acknowledging the Israeli government’s criticism of the progress at this point.

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US Official: Obama Willing to Hold Discussion on Key Issues With Iranian Prez

RouhaniAs he did a year ago, President Obama would be willing to engage in another historic conversation with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at next week’s United Nations General Assembly session, according to a senior administration official.

While there has been no such meeting scheduled for this year’s annual gathering, “the President of the United States is well known to being open to such a meeting,” the official stated. “But the choice is really Iran’s.” Read more »

Dutch Official Suspended For Calling Islamic State ‘Zionist Plot’

BDS Boycott IsraelYasmina Haifi, the Dutch project manager who was suspended from her position at the Dutch National Cyber Security Center in the Netherlands last month for sending out a message on Twitter declaring the alleged existence of ISIS to be a fabrication and a Zionist plot, has resigned her membership in her political party, the PvdA.

The former employee of the Netherlands Ministry of Defense stated in a tweet that the radical Islamist group is “a preconceived plan from Zionists” that “deliberately want to make Islam look bad.” Read more »

Scottish Jewish Community Celebrates Outcome Of Independence Referendum

Alex_Salmond,_First_Minister_of_ScotlandThe Jewish community in Scotland is expected to celebrate the outcome of Thursday’s ‘NO’ vote on Scottish independence. Scotland voted by a hefty 55 to 45 percent against independence.

Many of Scotland’s 6,000 Jews had previously expressed fears that a split from the Union could lead to a rise in anti-Zionist tendencies, and concerns over the possible effect on issues such as bris milah and kosher slaughter. Read more »

US Embassy In Ukraine Issues Special Instructions To Americans Visiting Uman For Rosh Hashana

uman rosh hashanaThe following is a letter of instructions sent out by the US Embassy in Kiev to American Jews travelling to Uman for the annual Pilgrimage at the tombstone of Rabbi Nachman M’Breselev on Rosh Hashaha. The letter was received by Rabbi Zvi Gluck to distribute to the Jewish community ahead of the mass travel: Read more »

Billionaire Adelson Pumping Millions Into GOP Congressional Races

adelson-190Las Vegas casino mogul and major funder of pro-Israel causes Sheldon Adelson has donated the impressive sum of $10 million to a group backed by Karl Rove that works to help elect Republican Senate candidates. Adelson has also pledged to give a similar amount to an allied group that is focused on House races.

The contribution to Rove’s Crossroads GPS and the pledge to American Action Network represent Adelson’s first major entry into the 2014 congressional midterms, according to Politico.

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Appeals Court To Discuss Alan Gross’ Suit Against U.S. Gov’t Over His Imprisonment In Cuba

alan gross cuba prison(AP). An attorney for a Maryland man who has spent over four years imprisoned in Cuba will argue before a federal appeals court that he should be allowed to sue the U.S. government over his imprisonment.

An attorney for Alan Gross, who was working in Cuba on a government contract when he was arrested in 2009, was expected to appear Friday before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. A lower-court judge threw out the lawsuit against the government in 2013, saying federal law bars lawsuits against the government based on injuries suffered in foreign countries, but Gross’ lawyers appealed. Read more »

NY18 – Rep. Maloney Leads GOP’s Hayworth In Rematch Election

nan hayworthIncumbent Democratic Representative Sean Patrick Maloney leads Republican former Representative Nan Hayworth by 8 points (50-42) in a rematch election between the two, according to a Time Warner Cable News/Siena College Research Institute poll of likely voters in NY’s 18th congressional district.

In Orange County – home to half the voters and to a large Orthodox Jewish electorate from Kiryas Joel – Maloney leads Hayworth by 11 points. Read more »

NYPD Steps Up Security Ahead Of High Holiday Season

nypd surveillanceThe New York City Police Department has stepped up  security in Times Square, Wall Street, subways and rail stations, as well as outside Jewish institutions, before the start of the Jewish New Year, Bloomberg news reports.

According to Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis, while there was no evidence of a specific threat, the NYPD had a duty to respond to concerns stemming from warnings on social media by the Islamic State terrorist group. Read more »

JP Business: LICH/Fortis Deal Collapses As NYU Backs Out

fortis, LICH joel kestenbaumThe NYU’s Langone Medical Center is pulling out of its agreement with Fortis Property Group to run Long Island College Hospital, just hours after a Brooklyn judge expanded a nurses union lawsuit against  Langone and Fortis, Capital New York reported Friday.

“We fear this would ultimately force N.Y.U. Langone to remove the highly qualified nursing staff we had hired and constrain our ability to choose nurses who meet our standards,” a statement by the hospital read. “Given the additional complexities introduced by the recent litigation, it is clear to us that we will be unable to conclude the transaction, and provide the highest quality medical and nursing care that is our standard, even with the best of intentions and the commitment of the full resources of our institution.” Read more »

France Launches First Round Of Airstrikes Against ISIS In Iraq

Francois Hollande(AP). Joining U.S. forces acting in Iraqi skies, France conducted its first airstrikes Friday against the militant Islamic State group, destroying a logistics depot that it controlled, Iraqi and French officials said.

Rafale fighter jets accompanied by support planes struck the depot in northern Iraq on Friday morning, and it was “entirely destroyed,” President Francois Hollande said. Iraq’s military spokesman said four morning airstrikes killed dozens of fighters. Read more »

Scottish Voters Reject Independence In Historic Referendum

scotland decides(AP). Scottish voters have resoundingly rejected independence, deciding to remain part of the United Kingdom after a historic referendum that shook the country to its core.

The decision prevented a rupture of a 307-year union with England, bringing a huge sigh of relief to Britain’s economic and political establishment, including Prime Minister David Cameron, who faced calls for his resignation if Scotland had broken away.
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Islamic State Beheading Plot in Australia Raises Questions

A sword found by police - Via/AP

A sword found by police – Via/AP

(AP) - The Islamic State plot to carry out random beheadings in Sydney alleged by police is a simple and barbaric scheme that has shaken Australians. But terrorism experts on Friday questioned whether the ruthless movement had the capacity or inclination to sustain a terror campaign so far from the Middle East.

Police said they thwarted a plot to carry out beheadings in Australia by Islamic State group supporters when they raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney on Thursday. Read more »

Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Tolerate Drizzle of Rockets

NetanyahuMeeting with Israeli local leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday emphasized that he won’t tolerate a ‘drizzle’ of rockets into Israel.

Netanyahu thanked the leaders for their support during Operation Protective Edge and added his line that Hamas has been dealt their worst blow during the course of the war since their inception. Read more »

Obama Thanks Congress for Bipartisan Vote to Aid Syrian Rebels

ObamaPresident Barack Obama thanked congress on Thursday for passing a bill that will train and equip Syrian rebels in their fight against the Islamic State militant group.

The vote passed the House of Representatives on Wednesday and the Senate on Thursday, both chambers passed the bill with bipartisan support. Read more »

House Unanimously Passes Historic Resolution Condemning Growing Antisemitism

nadlerThe U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution, authored by Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Peter Roskam (R-IL), Nita Lowey (D-NY), and Kay Granger (R-TX), condemning the rising tide of anti-Semitism abroad.

The resolution condemns “all forms of anti-Semitism as an acceptable expression of disapproval or frustration over political events in the Middle East or elsewhere.” Read more »

NY04 – Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman Trails Kathleen Rice By 47 Points Among Jewish Voters

rice shuk 2Jewish Republican hopeful Bruce Blakeman trails his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice by 18 points (55-37) in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research poll of likely voters.

Blakeman, vying to replace former House majority leader Eric Cantor as the House’ only Jewish Republican, is still unknown to a majority – 52 percent – of voters in the district, while Rice is far better known. He is also unknown to 43 percent of Republican voters in the district. Read more »

Anti-Semitic Candidate for US Senate in Kentucky Takes His Anti-Jewish Message to the Air

robert-ransdell4A barely known candidate who’s running for US Senate in Kentucky as a write-in, has infamously made his campaign slogan all about his anti-Jewish views.

Robert Ransdell, who’s running to unseat Republican minority leader Sen. Mitch McConnell admitted that he knows winning is not an option, but he’s using the campaign to spread his anti-Semitic views. Read more »

NBC4: Federal Panel To Clear Christie From Any Wrongdoing In Bridgegate Scandal

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The Justice Department investigation into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s role in “Bridgegate” has so far not been able to find any link between Christie and the closure of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge, federal officials told NBC 4 New York.

While no final determination has been made in the case, federal officials who’ve spoken to NBC believe that Christie will be cleared of any wrongdoing, since after nine months of investigation, authorities have uncovered no information Christie either knew in advance or ordered the closure of traffic lanes. Read more »

NY11 – Mayor de Blasio Predicts: Recchia Is Going To Win

domenic RecchiaDespite lagging in the polls behind Staten Island’s incumbent congressman, former City Councilman Domenic Recchia is expected to prevail, Mayor Bill de Blasio predicted on Thursday.

“I think Domenic is going to win,” de Blasio told reporters at an unrelated press conference. Read more »

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