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Aron and Ruth Rottenberg. Aaron was burned in 50% of his body for refusing to pray in the Rebbe's synagogue.

Skverer Rebbe’s Butler Facing 5-10 Years for Arson Attack

23 Nisan 5772 – April 15, 2012
Shaul Spitzer, 18, who used to be the Skverer Rebbe's Butler, is facing 5-10 years for first-degree assault in his attack on Aron Rottenberg in May, 2011, in New Square, NY. Rottenberg was attacked because he chose not to pray at New Square's main synagogue, under the leadership of the Skverer Rebbe.

NY Post Spreading Misinformation, Jew Baiting Humor

An April 13 short item on the number of inmates in the NYC jail system who receive kosher meals was headlined: "20 inmates fat on glatt." Now, is this a suggestion that City jail kosher meals be made more healthful, perhaps with larger salad portions and less fatty, albeit kosher, meat – or was this a callused NY Post insult to Jewish criminals who are so insolent, they won't even eat pig like a decent Christian convict?
Mel Gibson's "Maccabees" was supposed to be "Braveheart" about Jews. If only he liked us…

This Just In: Warner’s ‘Maccabees’ Suspended, Mel Gibson Stil Hates Jews

20 Nisan 5772 – April 12, 2012
In an explosive letter, Hollywood screenwriter Joe Eszterhas ("Basic Instinct," "Jagged Edge") writes Mel Gibson, Joe is accusing Mel of “hating Jews” and of using him to deflect his anti-Semitic reputation. Eszterhas wrote that Gibson, the director of a sadomasochistic flick about how the Jews killed you-know-who, never actually intended to make the movie about Jewish heroism, titled “The Maccabees.”
Judge Margaret Marrinan and the Ramsey County courthouse.

Judge Throws Out Suit Calling on Minnesota to Divest its Israeli Bonds

20 Nisan 5772 – April 11, 2012
Judge Margaret Marrinan dismissed a lawsuit looking to force the state of Minnesota to sell the $18 million in Israeli bonds which is held in its portfolio. The Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota published this understatement: "Divesting from the State of Israel, the only true democracy in the Middle East, one of our nation’s strongest allies, and an important trading partner for the State of Minnesota, is wrong."
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin in his chamber.

Knesset Speaker: Elections in September; New Law Will Reduce Power of High Court; Pollard...

Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin says elections for Israel's next government will be held this coming September. There's one major reason why Rivlin is interested in going to the voter soon: he hopes that the in the next Knesset he'll get the votes to pass his new bill, seeking to level the playing field between the High Court and the Knesset. He also believes Peres will bring Pollard home.
LA resident Michael Carreon doing the Heil thing during an official City Hall meeting..

Are You Allowed to Cry ‘Heil Hitler’ in a Crowded City Hall?

It started when Michael Carreon, a resident of Los Angeles’ 14th council district, objected to the rules of decorum at a City Council meeting on Tuesday. "I'm upset, so I guess I'll just salute you," he said, raised one hand in the air in a Nazi salute, and shouted: "Heil Hitler."
The beginning of the end? Ultra orthodox Jews watching a computer screen, perhaps for the first time in their lives.

‘The Unchosen Ones,’ New Reality TV Show, Will Follow Dropout Hasidim

18 Nisan 5772 – April 10, 2012
This reality show we'll watch. Producer Noah Scheinmann has been pitching to the networks (with some early interest) a new reality TV show with the working title "The Unchosen Ones." He says it's less about religion and more about the culture shock that the main characters—two men and two women—face after leaving the insular Ultra Orthodox Jewish community.
President Shimon Peres and President Barack Obama in Washington last week.

Obama to Pollard, Peres, Knesset: Drop Dead

The White House on Monday rejected an emotional appeal by Israel's President Shimon Peres to commute convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard's life sentence. Peres based his appeal on Pollard's fast deteriorating health, after Peres' recent conversation with Pollard's wife Esther. Peres' appeal came after he had received a petition signed by 80 MKs, urging Obama to release Pollard.
Dr. Michael Salzhauer gave in to pressure from colleagues, dropped video contest.

Nose King of Miami Gives in to ASPS, Cancels Controversial Music Video Contest

Leading Miami Plastic Surgeon Dr. Michael Salzhauer announced Monday that he was canceling his music video contest, based on "Jewcan Sam, A Nose Job Love Song." the song about nose jobs by the punk-rock band, The Groggers. Originally, Salzhauer called on contestants to create their own video for the song, and the best video would win an all-expenses paid trip to Miami.
Lee in Washington protesting Israel's role in Gaza, Jan, 2009.

Pro-Arab Candidate for Joe Lieberman’s Senate Seat Clashes with Colleagues on Live TV, Behaves...

14 Nisan 5772 – April 6, 2012
Democratic candidates vying for Connecticut’s US Senate, which is being vacated by Joseph I. Lieberman, are not sure their colleague Lee Whitnum should be allowed to participate in future live televised debates, after calling US Rep. Chris Murphy a “whore” for his support of Israel, during an NBC debate. Whitnum is suing the US over its support for Israel, saying it should send $600 million of it to Connecticut.
Comic Sarah Silverman is the least representative of Jewish values, according to a new survey.

New Survey: Fewer US Jews Support Obama, Fewer Still Like Sarah Silverman

12 Nisan 5772 – April 4, 2012
As of now, 62 percent of Jewish voters favor Obama's return—down from 78 percent in 2008—but this number is still more than twice the number who said they would prefer a Republican candidate, according to the survey released Tuesday at a National Press Club briefing. Only 37 percent said Comic Sarah Silverman represented Jewish values well or very well. Eric Cantor only got 38 percent.

New Jersey Governor Has Warm Words for Israel

12 Nisan 5772 – April 3, 2012
When asked how he felt about the warm reception, the governor responded “it’s a little disorienting. I just got here 9 am this morning and did not expect to meet Americans from Tennessee, Minnesota, California, and New Jersey.” Chants of “2016” could be heard among the crowd, referring to the governor’s potential bid for the next presidential election in four years time.
Met Council CEO Willie Rapfogel.

Met Council and NYC Food Bank Launch Virtual Food Drive for Passover

This Passover season, more than 100,000 Jewish families in NYC will find themselves struggling to put food on the table, according to the Metropolitan...

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Israel for First Official Visit

11 Nisan 5772 – April 2, 2012
Gov. Christie, who is visiting with his family and a delegation of leaders from the business and religious sectors, told the Prime Minister that “this is my first visit abroad as Governor and there was never any question of where we would come first, so I’m glad we did.”
Harpsichordist Barbara Cadranel in front of her controversial mezuzah.

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

10 Nisan 5772 – April 1, 2012
Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…
J Street's leader Jeremy Ben-Ami opened the 2012 J Street conference believing he received official Israeli recognition. Reality was stunningly different.

Israeli Diplomat’s ‘Spanking’ of J Street Conference Removed from Organization History; Read Entire Speech...

7 Nisan 5772 – March 30, 2012
Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street's official history. It never happened. But we have it…

Quick Takes: News You May Have Missed

6 Nisan 5772 – March 28, 2012
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Supreme Court: Jerusalem Passport Issue A Matter For Lower Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports – a ruling that drew praise from Jewish groups. The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky. His family for years has sought to force the State Department to agree to state on his passport that he was born in Israel, citing a law passed by Congress in 2002.
Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, rear right, visits the "Iron Dome" control room.

US Requesting Extra Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome,’ Obama Gaining Praise

The Pentagon will ask Congress for additional funds for the "Iron Dome" missile shields for Israel, based on their success in intercepting rockets launched from Gaza. Coming one day after drawing fire for his open-mic remarks, President Obama is winning points from pro-Israel Congress members for his increased support. Rafael, which manufactures the Domes systems, just reported $111 million in net earnings for 2011.

Obama Off-the-Record: I Will Have Greater Flexibility on Foreign Policy After Presidential Election

4 Nisan 5772 – March 27, 2012
President Obama was unaware that he was within microphone range at the Seoul Nuclear Summit when he made the comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

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