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The Tischler Brothers Tout Their Commitments To Public Service

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Avraham and Moshe Tischler, 20-somethings brothers and ambitious political neophytes, recently met with The Jewish Press editorial board to discuss their current political plans and future prospects.

Avraham, 21, focused on his campaign against Simcha Felder, a former New York City councilman, in the so-called Super Jewish State Senate (district 17) race in southern Brooklyn in the September 13 Democratic primary. Among his chief policy goals, Avraham stressed his commitment to tuition tax credits, creating more jobs in the district, and improving government efficiency – especially the spending of citizens’ tax dollars. If successful, Avraham said he plans to use his office as an educational tool to raise various important issues to his constituents and rally them for their implementations.

Moshe Tischler campaigning on 16th Avenue with Laizer Lichtenstein, a local business owner.

For his part Moshe Tischler, 20, discussed his race against longtime incumbent Dov Hikind for the 48th State Assembly seat. Moshe claimed that he would be more effective than Hikind in the area of tuition tax relief for Yeshiva parents, emphasizing that this would be his top legislative priority in Albany.

Born and raised in Boro Park, the Tischlers said they know firsthand the needs and issues within the community, and have gained the education and insight necessary to understand and serve the community’s needs. With a B.A. degree in psychology and a minor in political science, Avraham has established his acumen on educational issues. And his growing interest in politics has led him to pursue a career in law.

Through his studies, Avraham has become well versed on the issue of the costs of private education. Avraham, declaring that “no child should be deprived of that [school choice] right,” spoke at length about his desire to enact private school tax credit legislation in order to provide parents with financial relief, thus enabling them to exercise the choice of sending their children to private (parochial or non-denominational) or public schools. He explained that city and state government spend close to a combined $20,000 of taxpayer’s dollars per public school student. Parents who send their children to private schools are burdened with those schools’ extra expenses, and Avraham believes that if government provides tax credits to them, parents would gain immediate tax relief. When asked to explain the difference between Felder and his views on this issue, he said, “[Felder] had his opportunity for ten years on the City Council and failed to deliver relief for parents.”

Avraham brings a strong reputation and history of volunteer work in the community. In grade school, he began volunteering in Maimonides Medical Center. He has helped Ohel Bais Ezra recruit young adults to help children with special needs. And he contributes his time to the nonprofit soup kitchen network, Masbia.

These experiences and his unswerving commitment to the community’s needs have made Avraham aware of average people’s struggles in finding jobs, as well as the predicament faced by many businesses that are attempting to maintain their current workforces. Avraham spoke of his plans to help small businesses create more jobs. He said he believes that “small businesses are the key engine to prosperity” and that the fines, regulations and penalties imposed by government are effectively killing those businesses. Avraham detailed the chain reaction of what occurs when a small business is ticketed with an expensive fine, and how that penalty forces them to cut back by possibly laying off some employees – and, in the worst-case scenario, shut down the business altogether.

According to Avraham, Felder did little when serving on the City Council to solve this problem, sponsoring the bill that Mayor Bloomberg proposed to overturn term limits, thereby allowing him to remain in office and continuing to fine and regulate businesses. In Avraham’s view, Felder was essentially a rubber stamp pertaining to the policies of Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Bloomberg.

On the controversial issue of pay raises for lawmakers, Felder voted to increase his own salary by 25 percent. Avraham vowed that if elected, he would vote against a pay raise and challenged Felder to join him in this pledge. As Avraham put it: “When people are struggling and hurting because of the stagnant economy, legislators should not be increasing their pay.”

Gas Masks for Israelis and how Aliyah is Flourishing

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah talk about recent statements made by the leader of HIzbullah, Hassan Nasrallah and how his psychotic rants against Israel and threat of rocket attacks have caused the Israeli government to issue additional gas masks to the Israeli public. Malkah talks about her experience waiting in line to get gas masks for her family and the thought that the Syrian regime could possibly release biological weapons on his own people might make the masks useful. Yishai moves on to and ends with talking about how there have been stories of Jews are cancelling their plans to make Aliyah to Israel due to threats of war from Iran and how in truth, the numbers that have cancelled are very small.

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Extremist Salafist Delegation in Sinai to ‘Combat Religious Extremism’

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Here’s a story about pots rebuking kettles over the issue of blackness: Al Ahram reported on Monday that the extremist Salafist Nour Party is sending a delegation to the Sinai Peninsula to “raise religious awareness and combat extremism.”

The Sinai-bound commission will include members of the Shura Council (Egypt’s upper house of parliament), the Nour Party and the armed forces, as well as figures from Salafist Calling Islamist movement, security personnel and government officials.

The group will hold a series of meetings urging Sinai citizens to stand by the army in combating the supremacist Islamist groups roaming the area.

Nour Party leaders in the delegation will include the party’s secretary-general Galal Amin and Ashraf Thabet, a member of the party’s higher commission.

Also going are the Salafist Calling movement’s head Yasser Borhami and its spokesperson Abdel-Moneim El-Shahat.

El-Shahat and Borhami have made a number of controversial statements in the past, noted Al Ahram.

El-Shahat described the literature of Egyptian Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz as “inciting promiscuity, prostitution and atheism.” Borhami was quoted by Egyptian daily Al-Shorouk as saying a Muslim taxi driver should not transport a Christian priest if his destination is the church.

Borhami in particular has been outspoken regarding his views of Jews and Christians, describing both as “infidels”.

“I hold on to my stance that Jews and Christians are infidels, but they do have rights that Allah has given them,” he stated last December during a press conference in Dakahliah, north east of Cairo.

“We would never give up our thoughts for politics,” Borhami added.

Al-Nour’s MP Hazem Shoman is another Salafist sheikh who has made the headlines for his acid tongue and abrasive nature. He also spoke at the conference. “Deviating from Islamic Sharia is the reason why Egypt was vanquished in 1967 [by Israel] and 2,700 women have committed suicide for being spinsters,” Shoman said.

The planned visit comes after the August 5 armed assault on a Rafah army post which saw 16 soldiers killed and 7 others injured.

Cynical comments aside, the visit attests to the Egyptian Islamist leadership’s awareness of the need to corral their out of control rank and file in the Sinai, and the realization that this cannot be done with tanks and planes alone.

Egypt: There Goes the Free Media

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

http://www.rubinreports.blogspot.co.il/2012/08/egypt-there-goes-free-media.html

So can you write “Arab Spring,” free elections, democracy in Egypt, and such things 100 times? Might this be somewhat in contradiction to the fact that:

Muslim Brotherhood President al-Mursi has just named the editors of the top Egyptian newspaper and other media outlets. They are state-owned, you know, there are a half-dozen good little independent newspapers.

But one of them, al-Destour (ironically meaning, The Constitution) has just had a full issue seized on charges of “fueling sedition” and “harming the president through phrases and wording punishable by law.” We know this through a report in the Middle East News Agency, the state owned monopoly.

And what was the inflammatory report? That the Brotherhood was going to seize power and that liberals and the army should join together to stop the country from being turned into an Islamist regime.

Seems to me that if it weren’t true there wasn’t any need to confiscate the issue, right? After all, everybody would have seen that it wouldn’t happen and all would have shared a good laugh!

Other columnists are charging that the Brotherhood is trying to turn their newspapers into reliable house organs rather than let them be free.

Reminds me of a personal experience I had in Cairo over thirty years ago. An al-Ahram newspaper editor was well-known for being the highest-ranking Christian in journalism. I went to see him and mentioned that I knew he was a Christian. He launched into a long lecture about how wonderfully Christians were treated in Egypt, there was no discrimination against them, etc.

After a while I mentioned that I heard he had been on the television the previous evening but I had missed it. For no particular reason, I just asked, “How long were you on, fifteen minutes?”

Without missing a beat, he shot back: “Fifteen minutes! You’d think they’d let a Copt be on for fifteen minutes! I was on for three minutes.”

Reported by me word by word as it happened.

When Political Correctness Gets In The Way Of Fighting Crime

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Although by all accounts the NYPD’s stop and frisk program resulted in a significant drop in major violent crime, activists from minority communities made an issue of the fact that most of those stopped and frisked were blacks and Hispanics, many of whom were innocent of any crime.

Indeed, blacks and Hispanics make up about half of New York City’s population but were involved in more than 85 percent of the approximately 700,000 stops conducted by police last year. And the procedure is an enormously intrusive one, usually involving a person police deem suspicious being told to “assume the position” with legs spread and arms pressed against a wall or automobile.

That being said, political correctness has now gotten in the way of dealing with a serious problem that, ironically, disproportionately affects blacks and Hispanics, who are victimized by violent crime at a rate significantly higher than whites.

As the protests over stop and frisk gathered steam, Mayor Bloomberg took to the pulpit of a predominantly black church in Brooklyn and declared that the policy must be “mended, not ended.” Police Commissioner Kelly pledged in May to institute additional oversight, training and outreach to prevent racial profiling. While both men are to be commended for implementing and defending the stop and frisk policy, they seemed to have blinked in the face of the controversy.

Over the past few months the number of times police officers have stopped, questioned and frisked people in New York City has dropped by 34 percent – and major crimes have risen by more than 12 percent during that period.

Thus, as the New York Post noted in an Aug. 4 editorial, “there were 24,751 major crimes committed between Jan. 1 and March 31, a period when cops stopped 203,500 individuals and recovered 881 guns, according to sources. In the following three months – between April 1 and June 30 – the number of stop-and-frisks cops conducted fell to 133,934 and the crime figures shot up to 27,832. The numbers of guns seized fell to 732.”

We would also point out the depressing upsurge of shooting incidents in black neighborhoods, often involving a child or young adult.

In addition to conducting rallies and protests, the New York Civil Liberties Union has commenced a class-action lawsuit challenging the stop and frisk policy, claiming that targeting individuals without more proof of possible wrongdoing than the NYPD requires violates the constitution.

Mayor Bloomberg responded rather pointedly: “If the NYCLU is allowed to determine policing strategies in our city, many more children will grow up fatherless and many more children will not grow up at all…. Let’s be clear. The NYCLU’s priority is not protecting our safety, it is protecting their ideology….”

So the dilemma is palpable. At least on the face of it, stop and frisk appears to have had a salutary effect in keeping crime reasonably under control. But this is America and we have a deep-rooted and cherished tradition of individual freedoms for all Americans, including the right to be left alone. This is of special concern to members of the Jewish community, a minority that knows all too well the consequences of being singled out for special treatment.

Fun Video: White House Press Secretary Carney Unable to Utter the Name ‘Jerusalem’

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Watch the video at the end of this story… This is absolutely breath taking, the way a car wreck is, sometime. On Thursday, White House Press Secretary James Carney was asked by a reporter which of the following two cities is recognized by the U.S. as the official capital of Israel: Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv.

What ensued was, possibly, the longest minute in the life of James “Jay” Carney. “I haven’t had that question in awhile,” he said, “Our position has not changed, you know our position,” and was desperately trying to move to the next question.

But the reporter said she didn’t know the answer, which Carney ignored and was about to tap the next reporter in the room, in fact, he was so close to freedom, his face turned away from the pesky questioner, when Lester Kinsolving, bless his angry heart, of the conservative website WND.com, yelled out: “She doesn’t know, that’s why she asked.”

My hero for the day, conservative newsman Lester Kinsolving, cut Carney down a couple inches on Thursday.

My hero for the day, conservative newsman Lester Kinsolving, cut Carney down a couple inches on Thursday.

There’s an index page where the White House press office uploads transcripts of each news briefing, even, as you’ll see, when those take place in mid air. Go there frequently to check for the Thursday, July 26 transcript, because so far it ain’t been uploaded yet.

Man, I would have given a lot to be there, but through the magic of video (published by Alex Ryan) – there it is!

 

Update, Friday afternoon:

The briefing transcript has been uploaded, at last, with a special, italicized intro which, by itself, explains the delay. The Press Office knew that America’s news junkies were going to leap at the document as soon as it came out, and so they had to prepare a statement in response to the embarrassing incident. So, here’s what at the top of the Press Briefing by Press Secretary Jay Carney, 7/26/12:

See below for a follow up to a question (marked with an asterisk) posed in the briefing.

*The status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. We continue to work with the parties to resolve this issue and others in a way that is just and fair, and respects the rights and aspirations of both Israelis and Palestinians.

In other words, they are capable of uttering the word “Jerusalem,” but cannot use it in a sentence that isn’t in officialese.

Israeli Government Coalition Rollercoaster and IDF Draft Issue Behind It

Friday, July 27th, 2012

Nowhere else can you get this kind of in-depth radio analysis of the political situation in Israel – in English!  Understand the crazy Israeli government coalition forming and dissolving in the blink of an eye.  How Prime Minister Netanyahu manuevers among the political land mines. Hear the ins and outs of the IDF Draft legislation addressing the issue of participation of the Israeli haredi population in the IDF that caused the coalition kerfuffle. Yishai and experienced Knesset watcher Jeremy Man Saltan (author of the only Knesset Insider Daily Blog Update in English) dig into these major Israeli political currents and provide the listeners with unique insights.

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