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Chabad of Westport Hoping for Town Approval at Long Last

Friday, June 15th, 2012

According to the Westport Daily Voice, the structure that used to house the Three Bears Restaurant in Westport, CT, will shortly officially become the new home of Chabad Lubavitch of Westport, which has been operating without approval out of the space since January.

On Thursday night, an attorney for Chabad appeared before the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission, seeking a change of use from restaurant to religious institution, as well as approval of interior renovations.

“We are planning modest renovations,” Weisman said. “We’re not doing anything to the outside of the building. We may paint it, we may do some cosmetic work, but it will look exactly as it does today.”

The building will be divided into a sanctuary, three classrooms, and office space.

Five months ago, Chabad was cited by the Planning and Zoning Department for occupying the building without a special permit.

The citation was issued after a complaint from a neighbor.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Commerce Department to Consider Affirmative Action for Arab Americans

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The Commerce Department’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) published a notice regarding a petition it received on January 11, 2012 from the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), requesting formal designation of Arab-Americans as a minority group that is socially or economically disadvantaged.

The formal designation of the Arab-American community as a group that is socially or economically disadvantaged would allow the members of this community to receive assistance from MBDA funded programs, such as the MBDA Business Center program.

The ADC petition included information specifically related to social and economic discrimination against Arab-Americans. It cited “discrimination and prejudice in American society, resulting in conditions under which Arab-American individuals have been unable to compete in a business world.”

The ADC claimed discrimination against Arab Americans increased after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Some little known facts are included in the ADC petition. For instance, it states that “Arab-Americans have faced discrimination since the late 1800s, similar to most other minority groups. They were treated the same way as many other minority groups in the United States and had specific derogatory names directed towards them. While this discrimination initially did not hinder their ability to obtain American citizenship, the situation changed in 1910 when the U.S. Census Bureau classified Syrian and Palestinian Arabs as ‘Asiatics.'”

According to the ADC, the Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, which initially considered Syrians and Palestinians as “Caucasians,” subsequently issued a nationwide directive ordering the rejection of citizenship petitions for persons who were not “free white persons” or of “African nativity.” Some courts declared that Syrians could be considered “white” while other courts ruled that they were not “free white persons.”

The MBDA notice alerts the public to the fact that the United States Department of Commerce will consider the petition and requests public comment on the propriety of this designation.

MBDA will make a decision on the application no later than June 27, 2012.

Jacob Edelist

Egyptian Candidates Run on Hate for Israel

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Animosity toward Israel is playing a significant role in the Egyptian presidential race, according to a report by Reuters.

One ex-air force commander, Moneim Abol Fotouh,  hopes to garner votes by recalling his role in shooting down Israeli aircraft in 1973, referring to Israel as “the enemy” and the “Zionist entity” rather than “Israel”.  Yet another, Hamdeen Sabahy promises his support for Palestinian militant activity against Israel, while another, preacher Safwat el-Hegazi, hopes to oversee the creation of a Palestinian state where Israel is today, with Jerusalem as its capital.  All the candidates recommend reconsidering the degree to which Egypt enjoys relations with Israel.

Egypt suffered a major economic downturn during and following the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak in January and February 2011.

Jewish Press Staff

Civil Administration Coordinates Transport of Arab Boy With Kidney Failure to Boston Hospital

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

The Civil Administration arranged for the transport of Yehia, an Arab boy from Bethlehem, to be treated at a hospital in Boston where he underwent a kidney transplant that saved his life.

The child was previously treated for kidney issues at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he received dialysis treatment. Eventually, Israeli doctors diagnosed that Yehia was in need of a new kidney.

Yehia was supposed to receive a kidney donated by his father, when the doctors at Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petakh Tikva (where the surgery was meant to take place) detected an organ incompatibility.

The Health Coordinator at the Civil Administration, Dalia Bassa, contacted a team at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, which specializes in kidney diseases, and arranged for Yehia to receive the transplant there.

The Civil Administration flew Yehia to the US in January, 2012, where he stayed till April 24. Since his return, Yehia is undergoing frequent checkups at the Shaare Zedek Hospital.

IDF Spokesperson's Office

Knesset Calls Special Session; Migron Bills on Agenda

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012

The Knesset will meet this Wednesday at 11 AM to discuss the two bills that would legalize the outpost of Migron.

Following the Supreme Court’s decision to order Migron evacuated in a matter of months, the nationalist MKs promised to fight back with legislation. The two bills that were shelved back in January will be discussed following Likud MK Danny Danon’s success in attaining 25 MKs’ signatures to call a special session during the Knesset’s 39-day spring recess.

Most of the Netanyahu government’s 66 coalition members refused to sign Danon’s request, including all of Yisrael Beitenu and Independence, which led to Danon enlisting opposition National Union and Kadima MKs to meet the 25 MK minimum needed to call a special session during a recess.

Speaker Rivlin authorized the request for a Migron Knesset session last week and chose April 18th as the meeting date.

Jeremy Saltan

Record High for Incoming Tourism in First Quarter of 2012

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Based on data released today by the Central Bureau of Statistics, the first quarter of 2012 registered an all-time record high for incoming tourism to Israel.

During the months of January through March, 2012, there has been an increase of 2% compared with the same period last year, and an increase of 1% compared with January through March of 2010, (the previous record high for incoming tourism).

The information from the Central Bureau of Statistics further shows that the first quarter of 2012 maintains the stability of tourists entering Israel – the current number stands at 637,200 entries, same as of March of last year.

In addition, in March, 2012, there were more than 41,000 day visitors recorded, compared with approximately 23,000 day visitors recorded in March, 2011, an increase of 78%.

The geopolitical situation in Egypt last year apparently led to a decline in day visitors’ entry and now there has been an improvement and a return to the norm. Further testament to this is evident in the amount of entries registered through the Egyptian border, compared with March 2011.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

Monday, March 5th, 2012

Israel exports to Asia have surpassed export to the US for the first time, according to a report in the the Israeli financial paper the Marker.

The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. Exports to the US registered a 7% drop, from 27% to approximately 20%, or $2.9 billion. In contrast, Israel’s exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Israel’s exports to the EU are also growing at a very robust rate, increasing by 21%, and bringing its share of Israeli exports to 35%, or $5 billion.

The Marker quoted Ramzi Gabai, chairman of theIsrael Export Institute as expressing concern over the US data, stating that if this trend continues, it might cause harm to Israel’s total exports. Still, the growth of the Asian and European markets are a source of pride for Israel, and have been greeted as a confirmation of Israel’s diverse and burgeoning relationships.

Rafi Harkham

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