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Protester Attacks Ashton Kutcher, Airbnb, for Listing Judea and Samaria Homes [video]

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Ariel Gold, from the group Code Pink on Saturday stormed the stage of an Airbnb event in Los Angeles with celebrity investor Ashton Kutcher and company CEO Brian Chesky, to roll open a banner saying “Airbnb out of Settlements,” Page Six reported.

Airbnb is a peer-to-peer online marketplace and homestay network that enables people to list or rent short-term lodging in residential properties. It has more than 2,000,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 191 countries. Code Pink, which is associated with a group called The Stolen Homes Coalition, which describes itself as “women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement.”

Gold protested Airbnb’s inclusion of homes owned by Judea and Samaria Jews.

Kutcher, known for his roles in the TV series “Two and a Half Men” and movies such as “What Happens in Vegas,” was an early investor in Airbnb. He told the protester that she did not have the stage, adding: “We all can belong in a world together without borders. I can appreciate that this doesn’t happen seamlessly. I can appreciate that it does not happen easily. I can appreciate that where there is change, there will be a fringe case that feels objectified. But this company is about bringing people together.”

Inte3restingly, out of a list of Airbnb destination that includes countries where women are treated as second class citizens, if not worse, such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Libya, to name only three, Gold and her women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement focused on Israeli Jews for spreading peace and social justice.

David Israel

Tel Aviv is #3 in Top 10 Startup Ecosystems, 2nd Year in a Row

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Tel Aviv has again won third place among the Top 10 Startup Ecosystems in the World, for the second year in a row, announced SparkLabs Global Ventures, the creator of the San Francisco-based VentureBeat tech news site which holds the competition.

Only Silicon Valley and Stockholm preceded the White City, which was followed by New York and Los Angeles, and then Beijing, Seoul, Boston, London and Berlin.

The Israeli city earned four “unicorns,” according to the site, defined as having a private company valuation of a billion dollars or more, a private company acquired for a billion dollars or more, and IPO’ed during 2010 to the present, with a current market capitalization of a billion dollars or more.

“To find this top 10, we looked at eight factors,” the judges noted. “Funding Ecosystem & Exits, Engineering Talent, Active Mentoring, Technical Infrastructure, Startup Culture, Legal & Policy Infrastructure, Economic Foundation, and Government Policies & Programs.”

Hana Levi Julian

Gene Wilder, Iconic Jewish Comedian and Actor, Dead at 83

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

An era has ended. Iconic Jewish comedian, actor and author Gene Wilder has passed away at the age of 83, his family said in a statement Monday.

The actor died from complications of Alzheimer’s disease at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. Although he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1989, he managed to beat the disease several years later with chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant.

“We understand for all the emotional and physical challenges this situation presented we have been among the lucky ones — this illness-pirate, unlike in so many cases, never stole his ability to recognize those that were closest to him, nor took command of his central-gentle-life affirming core personality,” his nephew, Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement.

“The decision to wait until this time to disclose his condition wasn’t vanity, but more so that the countless young children that would smile or call out to him “there’s Willy Wonka,” would not have to be then exposed to an adult referencing illness or trouble and causing delight to travel to worry, disappointment or confusion. He simply couldn’t bear the idea of one less smile in the world.

“He continued to enjoy art, music, and kissing with his leading lady of the last twenty-five years, Karen. He danced down a church aisle at a wedding as parent of the groom and ring bearer, held countless afternoon movie western marathons and delighted in the the company of beloved ones.”

Born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee to a Russian emigre father and a mother of Polish descent, both Jewish, Wilder began to study acting at age 12 — an occupation he took on after his mother’s heart attack, and the doctor told the young eight-year-old never to argue with her, but rather to try and make his mother laugh. He later earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1955. One year later he was drafted into the U.S. Armed Forces and served for the next three years as a paramedic at Valley Forge Army Hospital in Phoenixville, PA. He was accepted into the Actors Studio following his discharge in 1958, taking the stage name, Gene Wilder at age 26.

He cared for his third wife, acclaimed comedienne Gilda Radner, as she slowly wasted away from ovarian cancer and then for several years worked only sporadically after her death in 1989, deeply depressed. He last acted in 2003, winning an Emmy for his role as Mr. Stein on the TV sitcom “Will & Grace.”

Wilder helped found the Gilda Radner Ovarian Cancer Detection Center in Los Angeles, and Gilda’s Club support network, and with his wife Karen quietly donated to families whose were affected by the Sept. 11, 2001 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States.

He wrote a number of books, including a painfully detailed autobiography, but Wilder is best known for his work with Jewish director-producer-writer Mel Brooks and actor Richard Pryor. The actor brought tears of laughter to audiences with his performances in hit films like “The Producers,” “Blazing Saddles,” “Young Frankenstein,” “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” and “Stir Crazy.”

He is survived by his fourth wife, Karen Boyer, whom he married in 1991, and his nephew.

Baruch Dayan HoEmes.

Hana Levi Julian

Parents of Russian-Jewish Star Trek Actor Sue Fiat Chrysler for Son’s Death

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016

The family of 27-year-old Russian-Jewish actor Anton Yelchin has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV over the death of their loved one, according to Business Insider.

Yelchin’s parents are charging the company with negligence and product liability after their son’s Jeep Grand Cherokee rolled backwards and killed the actor on June 19, crushing him to death against a brick wall and fence at his home in Los Angeles.

The vehicle was covered under a recall in April of more than 1.1 million cars and SUVs by the company, in the wake of at least 68 injuries, 266 crashes and 308 reports of property damage. The recall applies to the 2014-2015 model years of the Jeep Grand Cherokee sport utility vehicle and 2012-2014 Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300 sedans.

A recall letter sent to Anton Yelchin but it was received seven days after his death, according to Gary Dordick, the attorney representing Irina and Victor Yelchin (the actor’s parents).

“Your vehicle may roll away, striking and injuring you, your passengers, or bystanders, if the vehicle’s engine is left running, the parking brake is not engaged, and the transmission is not in the “PARK” position before exiting the vehicle,” the letter stated in part.

Irina and Victor Yelchin were renowned skaters in the former Soviet Union. Their son Anton most recently played the role of the young navigator Chekov on the starship Enterprise in the newest ‘Star Trek’ movie, ‘Beyond.’

Hana Levi Julian

Russian-Jewish ‘Star Trek’ Actor Anton Yelchin Dies in Bizarre Accident

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

Russian-Jewish screen actor Anton Yelchin has died in a bizarre accident after he was run over by his own car at home in Los Angeles.

Yelchin apparently got out of the car while it was still running and was crushed by the vehicle as it rolled down the driveway, according to police sources. Friends found the 27-year-old actor at his home, pinned between the car and a brick pillar. The car was in neutral gear and still running.

It is not known why the actor got out of the car, but foul play is not suspected. Yelchin starred as the Russian character ‘Pavel Chekov’ in the two most recent Star Trek movies. He also had completed the filming for the third one in the series, Star Trek Beyond, which is set for release next month.

Hana Levi Julian

Report: Ambitious Justice Minister Using Polanski Extradition to Pave Own Career

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Polish Justice Minister and Prosecutor General (in Poland you can be both) Zbigniew Ziobro on Tuesday declared that he plans to appeal a Polish court ruling not to extradite 82-year-old, Oscar-winning film director Roman Polanski, to face charges of jumping bail for a 1977 case of statutory rape, news agencies reported. Ziobro told Polish radio that the reason for his attempt to extradite Polanski is that “he is accused of a terrible crime against a child, the rape of a child.”

Justice Minister Ziobro has gained a reputation in Poland of a stickler for the law, but also of being a polarizing figure in Poland’s politics. His uncompromising prosecutorial style has earned him the title of Man of the year for 2006, awarded by Newsweek-format Wprost magazine. But his policies have been criticized as partisan and overzealous by local and international press.

According to Wprost, Ziboro has turned the Polanski extradition into one of his pet campaign issues, and last October, after a Krakow Regional Court ruled against the extradition of Roman Polanski to the United States, Ziobro promised to take action to extradite Polanski. “Mr. Polanski cannot stand above the law,” he declared. “Therefore, I believe that the future minister of justice, whoever he may be (wink, wink, nudge, nudge) should agree to extradite Polanski to the United States. There can be no protection from responsibility due to the status of a person for such heinous acts, such as sexually abusing a minor in the absence of her parents. Pedophilia is evil and must be definitely removed.”

Krakow Regional Judge Dariusz Mazur wrote in his October ruling that “had Poland accepted the US extradition request, it would have violated the rights of Mr Polanski and at the same time the European Convention on Human Rights.”

Jerzy Stachowicz, an attorney for the aging Polanski, told AFP: “We were expecting this. Ziobro had previously announced he was going to do this. For the moment, we won’t be commenting because we don’t know whether he has already done it or whether he is about to do it.”

Presumably, Polish defendants receive some manner of notification in these instances.

Roman Polanski / Photo credit: FICG.mx

Roman Polanski / Photo credit: FICG.mx

In 1977, Polanski was arrested in Los Angeles and charged with five counts against Samantha Gailey, 13: rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14, and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor. At his arraignment Polanski pleaded not guilty to all charges, but later accepted a plea bargain which dismissed the five initial charges in exchange for a guilty plea to the lesser charge of engaging in unlawful sexual intercourse. Polanski underwent a court-ordered psychiatric evaluation, followed by a recommendation of probation. But according to the documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” things changed after a conversation with LA Deputy District Attorney David Wells and the judge, Laurence J. Rittenband. Polanski’s attorneys insist that the judge suggested to them he planned to send the director to prison and order him deported. In response to the threat of imprisonment, Polanski fled the United States, first to England, then to Paris. He was born in Paris in 1933 to Polish Jewish parents, and his family returned home to Poland just before World War II.

JNi.Media

El Al Airline Makes Emergency Landing in Montana

Monday, November 16th, 2015

An El Al flight en route to Los Angeles from Tel Aviv made an emergency landing in Montana on Sunday when a warning light was seen in the cockpit.

Israel’s national carrier landed safely before 6 am at the airport in Billings with some 280 passengers and crew aboard the Boeing 777.

The aircraft hit turbulence shortly after the cockpit crew reported seeing the warning light, according to passengers who were quoted by the Associated Press.

The light indicated a fire in one engine; however, Montana’s local newspaper The Billings Gazette reported there was no visible fire when the plane landed.

A flight attendant announced to passengers the pilots had seen the warning light and the plane would land in Billings.

Hana Levi Julian

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