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US Jewish Leaders Briefed by Dept. of Homeland Security Ahead of High Holy Days

Monday, September 26th, 2016

U.S. Jewish leaders participated in a pre-holiday conference call Friday that included briefings by a top official from the Dept. of Homeland Security, and the head of security for the Jewish Federations of North America.

Paul Goldenberg is the director of Secure Community Networks — the agency that manages security for JFNA.

Goldenberg told officials from more than a hundred Jewish agencies that were on the call that it is important to keep their security measures unobtrusive so as not to disturb worshipers during High Holy Day services.

“We have come to learn that the goal of terrorists is to wear down our citizens’ spirits and endurance, destroying national morale,” he said.

The barriers that European security personnel have placed around Jewish houses of worship, Goldenberg noted, have created a bunker mentality.

A poll conducted earlier this month by the European Jewish Association and the Rabbinical Center of Europe showed that some 70 percent of the Jewish population on the continent are afraid to leave their homes and attend High Holy Day services this year.

Huge Majority of Europe’s Jews Say They’re Staying Home for the Holy Days

Participants in the call were briefed on the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in the United States, including the New York-New Jersey bombings that left 29 people injured in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood.

The officials reviewed security procedures, including pointers on how to deal with active shooters, and establishing relationships with local police.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu to Meet Trump and Clinton in NYC

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with the presidential candidates from both political parties in the United States on Sunday, following his meeting last Wednesday with U.S. President Barack Obama.

He’ll meet first with GOP candidate Donald Trump, and then with Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, according to a source in the prime minister’s office (PMO).

“The meeting was first agreed to with the Trump people, and then we immediately reached out to the Clinton camp for balance,” said a PMO source.

Netanyahu has said he has no intention to get in the middle of the electoral campaign in any way. Four years ago, he was severely criticized for what appeared to be his perceived support of GOP candidate Mitt Romney, an old friend who visited Jerusalem during the campaign and discussed Obama’s foreign policies.

Not so the New York Times, whose editorial board on Saturday endorsed Clinton for president in a pointed article in which the paper’s management said bluntly, “In any normal election year, we’d compare the two presidential candidates side by side on the issues. But this is not a normal election year.”

The Times went on to list what it considers her finest moments and achievements, among them, “efforts to strengthen sanctions against Iran, which eventually pushed it to the table for talks over its nuclear program, and in 2012, she helped negotiate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli PM Netanyahu and Wife Arrive at UN Headquarters

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sarah arrived Thursday at the headquarters of the United Nations in New York City.

Netanyahu is scheduled to address the UN General Assembly, following a speech by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

Along with the Netanyahus, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon and MK Michael Oren of the Kulanu party arrived there as well.

Oren, a former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, is nearly as familiar with the unique intricacies and foibles of American culture and politics as Netanyahu. He currently serves as Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office.

Hana Levi Julian

Obama, Netanyahu Exchange Thoughts About Peace at Final Meeting

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged brief but courteous remarks Tuesday afternoon at their final meeting before Obama leaves office next January.

The two men met at the Palace Hotel in New York City, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly where Obama has already delivered his final address, and where Netanyahu is still expected to speak.

It’s the 17th time the two men have held any conversation since Obama entered office in January 2009, at least a couple less than Obama’s predecessor in the White House had with Israeli leaders during his tenure.

Netanyahu first thanked Obama — as he told media he would — for the $34 billion 10-year U.S. military aid package signed last week with Israel.

Israel will never give up on its attempts to reach a comprehensive peace with its neighbors, he told the American president.

He also said Obama will always be a welcome guest in Israel, and invited him to come and visit after he leaves office.

The U.S. president began his response by saying his thoughts are with former president Shimon Peres, who is still sedated and breathing with the aid of a respirator in the intensive care unit at Chaim Sheba Medical Center in Ramat Gan, near Tel Aviv following a major stroke last week.

Obama then verified that the bond between Israel and the United States is “unbreakable,” and based on “common values.” The United States wants Israel to be secure, Obama said, especially in times of uncertainty.

He therefore could not resist adding his hope that the possibility of a “Palestinian state alongside Israel” would remain alive: specifically, an Israel “at peace with its neighbors and a Palestinian homeland.”

Obama also said he hopes he will hear more about this from Netanyahu when he delivers his speech from the podium of the UN General Assembly.

Obama’s biggest concern regarding Israel clearly remains the issue of “settlement activity” on any land where the Palestinian Authority has laid claim for its hoped-for state, regardless of its actual status.

Hana Levi Julian

Rejuvenation: Eve and the Big Apple [audio]

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Eve is in NYC at the start of her speaking tour. She shares thoughts on talks she heard by Alan Dershowitz, Bret Stephens, and Bruce Feiler, as well as her walk in the Park- Central, that is. Perceptions, narratives and understanding. Do Americans love America enough to save her?

The Land of Israel

London Mayor Sadiq Khan ‘Davens’ While on Whirlwind North America Interfaith Tour

Monday, September 19th, 2016

London’s first Muslim Mayor, Sadiq Khan knows a thing or two about diversity: he dropped in to ‘daven’ (pray, in Yiddish) while he was in town in the Windy City, Chicago over the Sabbath.

Khan has spent the past few days on a whirlwind interfaith tour that started in Montreal and has now led him to New York City, but had him in at least two synagogues over the Sabbath during a very brief visit to the North side of Chicago.

The London mayor attended services with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at the modern Orthodox Anshe Sholom B’nai Israel synagogue, the Evening Standard reported, and on the same day he also made a brief stop at Temple Sholom, a Reform synagogue. Both are in the same area.

“London is an incredibly diverse and tolerant city,” he said, “but improving social integration is still one of the big challenges we face. That’s why I’m keen to hear from people of many different faiths here in the U.S. to learn from their experiences and to share ideas on how we can bring communities together and strengthen the social fabric that underpins any successful city.

“I want to tell everyone around the world, loud and clear, that London is open to people of all faiths and backgrounds,” he said.

But earlier in the week, he told a group, “We play straight into the hands of those who seek to divide us, of extremists and terrorists around the world, when we imply that it is not possible to hold Western values and to be a Muslim.”

Khan made the comment Thursday while speaking before the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He added that what is needed is to build “bridges, rather than walls,” in what appeared to be a response to the proposal by GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump to build a wall at the U.S. border with Mexico.

On Sunday night, Khan tweeted a photo of himself speaking on a panel with New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio at La Guardia Community College, “discussing social integration & how faith communities can help bring people together.”

In addition to an especially warm welcome from the congregation at St. Alban’s Church in Queens on Sunday morning, Khan was given the honor of throwing the first pitch at Sunday’s Mets game. (#LetsGoMets, he tweeted.)

This just proves that the British really envy the American sport of baseball after all: it beats cricket.

This just proves that the British really envy the American sport of baseball after all: it beats cricket.

But not everything was humor and light: Khan was also smart enough to acknowledge the attempted multi-site terror attack that succeeded at least in one location Saturday night, in the city’s Chelsea neighborhood, where 29 people were wounded by shrapnel from a pressure cooker bomb. As a resident of London, the mayor is no stranger to terror: “My thoughts are with all those injured in last night’s explosion in New York and all New Yorkers,” he tweeted. “This is a great city, and a resilient one.”

Hana Levi Julian

Manhattan Explosion Wounds 29, Plus Additional US Attacks [video]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

At least 29 people suffered minor injuries from what is now believed to have been an explosive device placed inside a dumpster at 8:40 PM in Chelsea, at 133 West 23rd Street near Avenue of the Americas on Manhattan’s West Side. Mayor de Blasio said in a press conference that the explosion was an “intentional act,” and that at a second site four blocks away, at 27th street between Avenue of the Americas and Seventh Avenue a second apparent explosive device, a pressure cooker, was found.

NY 1 cited witnesses reported feeling the ground shake. Photographs posted online show broken glass in the windows nearby buildings.  Patrons were told to leave a nearby restaurant for their safety after the blast.

At the moment 23rd Street is shut down all the way from Fifth to Eighth Avenues.

Mayor de Blasio said there was no evidence the explosion had been an act of terrorism. The explosion broke windows and debris fell to the street. The dumpster blew up outside Associated Blind Housing, a 14-story building for residents who are blind or visually impaired, next door to a church. Police and firefighters are searching trash cans for additional explosive devices.

The White House issued a statement saying, “The president has been apprised of the explosion in New York City, the cause of which remains under investigation. The president will be updated as additional information becomes available.”

On Saturday, a pipe bomb exploded in New Jersey at a race to show support for US Marines Corps. The race was cancelled. The bomb was hidden inside a garbage can.

There were 3 pipe bombs, but only one exploded.

In Minneapolis, Minnesota, a man yelling “Allahu Achbar” stabbed 8 people in a shopping mall on Saturday night. He was killed by policemen.

David Israel

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