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Ultra Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights, Brooklyn
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsJewish

A study by the UJA-Federation of New York found that the population of the New York Jewish community - comprising the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester - has grown nearly 10% since the last study in 2002. New York City's Jewish population stands at 1,086,000, with 40% identifying themselves as Orthodox, a 7% increase from 2002.

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IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh.
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsEye on "Palestine"

IDF Deputy Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh said Monday night that “Syria has the world’s largest arsenal of chemical weapons, along with rockets and missiles that can reach all of Israel." But Palestinian officials criticized the amplified Israeli criticism on Sunday as a tactic to deflect attention from Israel's treatment of the Palestinians and the "moribund peace process."

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City Councilman Charles Barron is causing a rift between NYC Black and Jewish Democrats.
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Several current and former New York Jewish elected officials gathered on Monday to denounce the congressional candidacy of Charles Barron for his anti-Israel views. Last week, Barron won the crucial endorsement of his district's retiring Congressman, Edolphus Towns. And this week, Barron was endorsed by the Amsterdam News.

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Posted on: June 12th, 2012

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The father of Toulouse killer Mohammed Merah reportedly is suing police for allegedly murdering his son. Mohamed Benalel Merah filed a lawsuit against the RAID elite police who shot his son. “This is a suit against unnamed persons for murder with aggravating circumstances concerning those who gave the orders at the top of the police,” […]

President Obama at his desk, secure in his status as "natural born citizen."
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

Believe it or not, the birther effort to de-legitimize the Barack Obama presidency may be officially over. The Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to Obama's U.S. citizenship and, consequently, to his eligibility to be the country's commander in chief.

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Demonstrators holding up signs calling for Jonathan Pollard's release.
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

As President Peres is preparing to appeal to President Obama to grant clemency to convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, a former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. is saying Pollard is the means by which official Washington is punishing Israel for past and present sins.

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Operation Homecoming
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

South Sudanese illegal migrant workers on their way to the airport, following action by the police immigration unit. The operation is actually dubbed “Chozrim HaBaita” (Homecoming). Give that copywriter a raise for innovation… Estimates are that only some 1,500 South Sudanese citizens reside in Israel, compared with 35,000 infiltrators from Eritrea and 15,000 from the […]

Huddie William Ledbetter (Leadbelly), 1888-1949
 

Posted on: June 12th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

My good friend Jonathan Mark posted this video clip on his website on the same day some mad mega-Haredim sprayed Yad Va'Shem with graffiti accusing Zionism of causing the Holocaust. It occurred to me that blues man Leadbelly, who recorded his Hitler tune in 1942, could teach those crazy folks a thing or two about history.

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"Persecuting Jews! You declared war on Hitler in the name of the Jewish people. You brought about the Shoah!"
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Early Monday morning, ten pieces of hate graffiti in Hebrew were discovered in the open campus of Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, a prominent segment of it scrawled across the walls of the Warsaw Ghetto Square monument.

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Bibi with leg in a cast Monday afternoon.
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsYori's News Clips

During a soccer game on Monday afternoon, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slipped on the grass and stressed a leg tendon. Will Bibi be able to recognize the divine warning that was delivered with his injury?

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Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney leaving a polling station on Super Tuesday
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsUS

A week of setbacks for President Obama has the GOP excited about Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's chances to emerge victorious in November. Rasmussen's most recent poll has Romney leading Obama by one percentage point, which represents a five point swing from May 20, when Obama led Romney, 47%-43%.

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David Arquette putting on tefillin at the Wailing Wall on Monday.
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

American actor, film director, producer, screenwriter, fashion designer, and occasional professional wrestler David Arquette is in Israel to film a segment in the popular Travel Channel series "Mile High." On Monday he celebrated his bar mitzvah at the Wailing Wall.

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Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

National Union MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Aryeh Eldad toured eastern Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to highlight the need for security in the area, famous for housing the millennia-old Mount of Olives cemetery.

Sudanese and Eritreans getting picked up as cheap labor in South Tel Aviv
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Israeli immigration police arrest dozens of South Sudanese illegal immigrants in Eilat on Monday morning in a raid intended to curb the influx of unauthorized entrants from Africa.

Beit El Caravilla
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

In line with the government’s plan to destroy 5 buildings in the Ulpana Hill neighborhood of Beit El, six caravilla mobile homes were delivered on Monday to house evicted families. Community leaders hope out of the ashes may come the biggest development in years.

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The Technion
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Technion is going up against the technology giant, citing illegal uses of technology developed by its staff, charging: "For years, Microsoft has taken aggressive enforcement steps against anyone who held software belonging to Microsoft without legal permits, regardless of from whom and when it was purchased, their geographic location and whether they were poor or rich."

 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

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A lawyer for Marine Le Pen said the leader of the French far right will sue French-Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy for libel. Wallerand de Saint-Just said he would submit a libel suit on behalf of Le Pen, president of the National Front party, to the Paris Magistrate’s Court next week. In an article originally published […]

 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran and Hezbollah of being involved in the slaughter of civilians in Syria. “We [see] what is happening in Syria where civilians are simply being slaughtered,” Netanyahu said during Sunday’s regular Cabinet meeting. “We see the horrifying pictures of children and the elderly. This is a slaughter that is […]

Jerusalem Light Show
 

Posted on: June 11th, 2012

News & ViewsPhoto of the Day

The fourth annual Jerusalem Festival of Light is running through June 14th in the Old City of Jerusalem. This year the festival has grown to include ten international artists displaying the best artistic work in the field alongside dozens of performances, tours, local artists, and sites. Visitors (250,000 last year) perceive the artworks in the […]

Fightex, a new generation of lightweight, reversible combat uniforms by Israeli firm Fibrotex
 

Posted on: June 10th, 2012

News & ViewsGlobal

Among the innovations that will be showcased are hand-held through-the-wall radars, mini-Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), robots, and frequency-hopping radios. The exhibition will take place from June 11th-15th, and will include over 1,400 exhibitors from around the globe.

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