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Cuomo Announces New Measures to Tackle Anti-Semitism in NYS While on Unity Trip to Israel
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo lays a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at Jerusalem’s Yad VaShem Holocaust Museum and Memorial. The governor is on a trip to Israel to display his support of the Jewish people and their nation state. While there, he announced the launch of the “New York-Israel Commission,” which will be responsible for creating a framework to strengthen economic and cultural ties between New York and Israel. Photo Credit: NYS Press Office
By: Fern Sidman
overnor Andrew M. Cuomo on Sunday announced the launch of the “New York-Israel Commission,” which will be responsible for creating a framework to strengthen economic and cultural ties between New York and Israel. Mort Zuckerman will serve as honorary chair of the 22-member commission and Allen Faigin, Malcolm Hoenlein, Linda Mirels, and President, CEO & Commissioner of ESD Howard Zemsky will serve as co-chairs. The Governor made the announcement during his economic development and unity trip to Israel following a meeting
with Nir Barkat, the Mayor of Jerusalem and key international business leaders at the King David Hotel.
In the United States now we have had a rash of antiSemitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of New York – Governor Cuomo “New York and Israel have always shared a deep cultural, social and economic bond and I am proud that we are working to make our partnership
stronger than ever before,” Governor Cuomo said. “These individuals will help continue to strengthen our relationship with the Jewish community and reaffirm our commitment to Israel, and I look forward to seeing the impacts of this partnership resonate across the state and the globe for years to come.” Co-Chair Malcolm Hoenlein said, "I am pleased to co-chair Governor Cuomo's New York-Israel Commission. This trip is an important step in exploring new ways we can continue to grow and expand the strong ties that exist between New York and Israel. Under Governor Cuomo, New York has shown its unwavering com-
mitment to the Jewish community and this initiative will continue to strengthen both our cultural and economic ties and ensure both partners will grow together well into the future." Co-Chair Linda Mirels said, “New York and Israel are more than just major economic partners – we share a bond that transcends borders. The New York-Israel Commission will work to strengthen the ties that bind us, as well as open new doors to economic growth, expand cultural exchanges and ensure our best and brightest continue to advance cutting-edge research and technology. I thank Governor Cuomo for his strong partnership over many years, and I
look forward to driving new growth and opportunity for our next generation of Israelis and New Yorkers.” Co-Chair Allen Faigin said, “The positive impact of New York’s strong relationship with Israel on each of our economies is abundantly clear – from exports to imports to jobs. Through the launch of the New York-Israel Commission, Governor Cuomo is once again working to deliver results for our two global powerhouses by further strengthening our economic ties. I applaud the Governor for this leadership during this time of need,
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MARCH 10, 2017
Toppled Headstones at Bklyn Cemetery Due to Neglect; Jewish Leaders Dispute Claim By: Carl Westbrook
“Anti-Semitism exists, but we don’t have to tolerate it, and we won’t. I can promise you that.”
eadstones toppled at a historic cemetery that serves the Jewish community in Brooklyn, New York, were determined to be due to neglect, not vandalism. The fallen headstones at the Washington Cemetery was discovered on Saturday night, according to reports. At first vandalism was suspected. New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind tweeted photos of some of the downed headstones on Saturday night. He said he was alerted to the toppled headstones by the Boro Park Shomrim organization, a Jewish security patrol. At a press conference on Sunday morning, Assemblyman Hikind said: “More than 40 headstones were overturned. It’s heartbreaking—not just to the loved ones of those who are
Damaged headstones in Brooklyn's predominately Jewish Washington Cemetery
buried here, but to all of us. Is there anything more cowardly than desecrating a cemetery in the middle of the night?” “Anti-Semitism exists, but we don’t have to tolerate it, and we won’t. I can promise you that. I met with the police this morning at the cemetery, the top brass
from Brooklyn South, and I see that this matter is being taken very seriously. When the criminals who did this are caught, we will demand and expect real justice.” The New York Police Department’s hate crimes unit investigated the incident. Following
etery in Rochester. Dozens of gravestones were toppled and damaged at cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia as well. Jewish leaders in New York, however, are disputing the New York Police Department’s finding that 42 headstones toppled in a Brooklyn cemetery are the result of neglect. Jewish leaders examine the extensive damage done to The headstones reportedly headstones at Brooklyn’s Washington cemetery toppled on Saturday night at the investigation on Sunday, the were toppled in the same Brook- the cemetery originally were NYPD said it determined that lyn cemetery, over a Friday thought to have been the work the damage was old and due night and Saturday, when the of a vandal or vandals, following the vandalism of three other to neglect and harsh weather cemetery is closed. Three Jewish cemeteries were cemeteries – in St. Louis, Philconditions. “It was old damage, years reported to have been vandal- adelphia and Rochester - in the if not decades,” old, an NYPD ized in the last two weeks, in- last two weeks. cluding a second one in New spokesman told DNAInfo. See Toppled Headstones, page 38 In 2010, some 200 headstones York, the Waad Hakolel Cem-
Long Island Man Charged With Attempting to Join ISIS By Hannah Hayes
n Saturday, March 4, a man from Long Island was ordered to be held without bail after being accused by federal authorities of traveling to the Middle East twice in the last few years to try and join ISIS and its efforts to “wage violent jihad.” Then during a brief hearing Monday afternoon in Central Islip federal court the man was ordered by a federal magistrate to be detained permanently after new court papers allege he threatened to attack federal agents, behead his mother, and tried to use a knife to remove his tattoos. According to federal officials, on Friday, March 3, Elvis Redzepagic, was arrested at his home in Commack, New York, on charges of attempting to provide terrorists with resources and material support.
A criminal complaint that was unsealed in Federal District Court in Brooklyn on Saturday revealed that the 26-year-old Redzepagic stands accused of trying to join the Islamic State or the Nusra Front in 2015 and 2016. In a statement, the United States attorney in Brooklyn, Robert L. Capers said, “This defendant made numerous attempts to travel to Syria to wage violent jihad. We will continue to track down and prosecute individuals like the defendant before they are able to become foreign fighters or harm the United States and its allies.” Back in February, after being arrested on an unrelated offense in Suffolk County, Redzepagic first spoke to federal agents, according to the complaint. He told investigators from a joint terrorism task force during an interview that
he got there, according to the complaint. Based on Mr. Redzepagic’s account and airline and customs records, the complaint said, the authorities determined that he had indeed traveled to Turkey that year, spending about seven days in Istanbul and making ‘several unsuccessful attempts to obtain help and cross the border into Syria.’” According to the complaint Redzepagic told the authorities “he was prepared to strap a bomb on and sacrifice himself On Monday, March 6, 2017, during a brief hearing in Central Islip for jihad.” The complaint also said that federal court, a federal magistrate ordered Elvis Redzepagic, of Commack be detained permanently. (Photo Credit: Facebook) he told investigators that he didn’t want to hurt innocent peohe became Muslim while he the Islamic State or the Nusra ple and that fighting in Syria was Front and the commander of a different from an act of domestic was in Montenegro. The New York Times reports, battalion in Syria. Mr. Redzep- terrorism. NYT reports, “After obtaining “In 2015, the complaint said, agic told the authorities that the Mr. Redzepagic began com- cousin, who was not identified, a search warrant, investigators municating with a cousin who instructed him to travel to Is- searched a Facebook account he believed was a member of tanbul and contact him when used by Mr. Redzepagic where
they found messages he had sent, including ‘I read a lot about jihad,’ and ‘since I got back from turkey from trying to perform Jihad and join Jabhat Al Nusra the cia has been bothering me,’ according to the complaint. In August 2016, the complaint said, Mr. Redzepagic went to Jordan planning to enter Syria. But he was stopped by Jordanian officials and returned to the United States. Mr. Redzepagic told Customs and Border Protection officials who debriefed him when he returned that the purpose of his trip was to learn Arabic.Mildred M. Whalen, a lawyer for Mr. Redzepagic, said in an email that he had been ‘fully cooperative with law enforcement.’ Whalen said, “We will be working with his family in the hope that the court and the government will see that what he needs is counseling and support, not imprisonment.”
DeBlasio’s Lobbyist Friend, James Capalino, Gets Pay Spike for 3rd Straight Year By Helen Zaboulani
his is most lucrative time in history to be a lobbyist in City Hall. As per the NY Daily News, the total pay for lobbyist has been rising consistently for the past three years. City data has revealed that last year, total compensation for lobbyists was $95.4 million, well above the $86 million in 2015, and distinctly ahead of the $62 million that lobbyists earned in 2013, during the last year of
Bloomberg’s administration. Mayor de Blasio's longtime chum James Capalino is at the top of the income ladder. Capalino's firm made $13.5 million in 2016, and $12.8 million in 2015. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara is still investigating Rivington House fiasco, where a nursing home was converted to luxury condominiums in the Lower East side. Among other high-powered clients, Capalino worked with both the original seller and developer in that deal. Capalino has denied that his
Mayor de Blasio's longtime chum James Capalino is at the top of the income ladder. Capalino's firm made $13.5 million in 2016, and $12.8 million in 2015.
firm was involved in the controversial removal of the deed restriction. Last fall the mayor said that he would no longer meet with the veteran City Hall insider. Capalino has been a major donor to de Blasio’s causes, donating $10,000 to Campaign for One New York, the mayor’s nonprofit. The lobbyist’s clients, including RAL Development and Cipriani USA, also donated to the nonprofit. Campaign for One New York raised $4.3 million, before Mayor de Blasio
abruptly shut it down in May. RAL is no longer a client of Capalino. Another big earner in 2016, was the lobbying company Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel. Last year, the company earned over $3 million by lobbying, ranking seventh in the list of the city’s top 10 highest-earning lobbyists. The law firm is also representing the mayor in the probe into his fundraising tactics. The mayor has yet to pay any of those bills, saying he will first set up a legal defense fund.
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Corruption Probes Lead to Loss of De Blasio’s Top Donors By Rebeca Gold
ayor de Blasio’s campaign for re-election is losing many of its biggest donors as the corruption investigations spread around City Hall, according to campaign filings and The Post’s sources.
“None of my clients will give money right now. I don’t know any industry that would. Nobody wants to get calls from the feds.” In the second half of 2016, de Blasio, whose fundraising is the subject of state and federal probes, received 19 percent less in funds compared to the first half of 2016. 2,788 donors gave him $842,728 between July and December. According to city
campaign records, the prior six months he collected $1.04 million from 1,216 donors. The Post reports, “Much of the drop in campaign cash is due to the wealthiest donors shunning Hizzoner as the probes heated up. The number of individuals who give the maximum allowed by law — $4,950 per primary and general election — plummeted from 130 to only 87. And the total amount those ‘max donors’ contributed nosedived from $633,600 in the first half of last year to $391,050 in the second half. Even de Blasio’s biggest bundlers have abandoned ship.” A top fundraiser told The Post, “I don’t think I would give money right now, “None of my clients will give money right now. I don’t know any industry that would. Nobody wants to get calls from the feds.” Another benefactor, who despite de Blasio’s issues still gave the max said, “He’s trying to
Two weeks ago, prosecutors from US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office questioned the mayor. According to The Post, “News about the investigations first trickled out in April, when The Post reported two mayoral donors sought favors from cops in exchange for foreign trips and gifts. The probes have since ballooned to include other donors with business before the city. No one has come forward to challenge the mayor in the Democratic primary, but little-known Republican Paul Massey has pulled in $1.6 million in just six months for Mayor de Blasio’s campaign the November election. De Blasio for re-election is losing many has $3.3 million in his coffers, of its biggest donors as the amassed oer three years.” corruption investigations Fundraisers are still being spread around City Hall. held by de Blsio, however mulraise the max from donors and tiple sources said that his outhe’s having trouble. The cover- reach has stopped focusing on age of him going to meet with the biggest donors in the arepeople in the U.S. attorney’s of- nas of real estate, politics and fice has been harmful. People finance. Another top contributor told want to see how it plays out.”
The Post, “Why would you even give to [him] if everything will be scrutinized, if you’re expecting something from the city?” Last weekend the mayor was on the road holding fundraisers in Florida, Chicago and Los Angeles. According to The Post, “He’s had to rely on a mix of smaller gifts, which will be matched six times over thanks to the city’s campaign finance laws.In the first half of last year he collected $58,680 in checks under $175 from 680 donors. That nearly doubled to $110,150 from 2,229 small donors in the second half of 2016.” Dan Levitanm, De Blasio campaign spokesman, said, “We are proud to be powered by low-dollar contributions from regular New Yorkers.” However, an ally of de Blasio cautioned, “He still needs to have big donors. You can’t just get by on $20 donations.”
CUNY & SUNY Beat Out Columbia in Affording Students Higher Earning Jobs By Ilana Siyance
ew York’s CUNY and SUNY schools beat Columbia University in one critical measure. As per a recent article in Crain’s NY, New York's public colleges rank among the nation's best in accepting underprivileged students and propelling them to into high-earning jobs. SUNY Stony Brook and a group of 18 CUNY system schools were ranked third and sixth best, respectively, amidst U.S. colleges in an economic term known as “mobility rate.” Meaning, Columbia moves fewer low-income students into higher-earning quintiles than Stony Brook. The conclusion was reported by Raj Chetty, John N. Friedman, Emmanuel Saez, Nicholas Turner and Danny Yagan, in part of the Equality of Opportunity Project. In the research, they found that a higher percentage of Columbia University’s low-income students do reach the top fifth in household income by their early 30s. At Colum-
his past October, a federal judge rejected a settlement made by city officials in an anti-discrimination lawsuit brought forth by members of the city’s Muslim community. Judge Charles S. Haight Jr. cited in his opinion that the NYPD had a “systemic inclination to ignore rules protecting free speech and religion,” according to the New York Times. In response to accusations made against the City’s current anti-terrorism policy, Mayor
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New York's public colleges rank among the nation's best in accepting underprivileged students and propelling them to into high-earning jobs. Pictured above is the City College of New York
bia, 61.2% of students from bottom-earning households become top earners, while at Stony Brook it is closer to 51%. However, because Columbia has far fewer underprivileged students, a lower total percentage of Columbia students jump from the bottom fifth to the top in household income. Only 5% of all Columbia families are in the bottom fifth of earners. In comparison, at
Stony Brook 16% of families begin in the bottom fifth, and at CUNY 29% of families. Therefore, overall the economists calculated Columbia’s mobility rate to be 3.1%, or that 31 out of 1,000 graduates go from the lowest to the highest income quintile. This is impressive and almost double the average mobility rate of U.S. colleges, which stands at 1.7%. Still the mobility rate at Stony
Because Columbia University (pictured above) has far fewer underprivileged students, a lower total percentage of Columbia students jump from the bottom fifth to the top in household income.
Brook and Pace University are nearly double that, at 8.4%, and tied for the nation’s second best. The CUNY system also excels with a mobility rate of 7.2%, the nation’s sixth highest ranking. Other schools notable for their mobility rate included, Cal State University with 9.9%, Technical Career Institutes with 8%, and University of Texas-Pan American with 7.6%.
This is not the first time NY’s public schools fared above Ivy League schools. In the 2009 Princeton review of the Best 368 Colleges, Baruch and Brooklyn College dubbed "the poor man's Harvard", ranked near the top in the nation for diversity as well as for responsible sober-socializing. The schools also received acclaim for a friendly and non-judgmental atmosphere.
After Lawsuit, Police Agree to Greater Oversight on Surveillance of Muslims in NYC By: Kristina Stukalenko
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Bill De Blasio had appointed a civilian lawyer to monitor existing programs. Judge Haight said that the initiative was not enough, stating that the NYPD was infringing upon the rights of New York City’s Muslims through its myriad profiling activities. Haight wrote that, “The proposed role and powers of the civilian representative do not furnish sufficient protection from potential violations of the constitutional rights of those law-abiding Muslims and believers in Islam who live, move and have their being in this city.”
Last Monday, the city returned to court to renew its settlement proposal. This time, a civilian monitor would, in fact, be appointed to oversee any new counterterrorism activities proposed by the NYPD, which would make the airtight surveillance on Muslim communities laxer than it has been in the past decade. In the wake of 9/11, the same judge rendered an opinion in favor of former Police Commissioner Ray Kelley’s proposal This past October, a federal judge rejected a settlement made that the city abandoned such by city officials in an anti-discrimination lawsuit brought forth by See After Lawsuit, Police Agree , page 36
members of the city’s Muslim community
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Air Of Anti-Semitism Hangs Over COJO Event By: Kelly Mena
unday morning’s Council of Jewish Organizations (COJO) annual legislative breakfast was its usual schmooze fest, but hanging over the political air were growing concerns of anti-Semitism incidents around the country – including the questionable toppling of Jewish gravestones at the Washington Cemetery just blocks from Kol Yaakov Hall on McDonald Avenue where the event took place.
among Jews in attendance between the many longtime Democrats and Republicans – some of whom were clearly happy that Donald Trump is now president. “We have seen anti-Semitism rear it’s ugly head throughout America in ways that we have not seen in a very long time. My message to you is this – whenever anti-Semitism rears it’s ugly head, we must slap it down,” said Brooklyn born and raised U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), the Senate’s minority leader. “We have seen anti-Semitism on the
condemn it on the right just as we do on the left.” But Jeff Wiesenfeld, principal of Bernstein Private Wealth Management, who has worked under
Convention) chair. Some believe that Ellison, a Muslim, is trying to push an anti-Israel agenda while ostracizing the American Jewish community.
U. S. Senator Charles Schumer was heckled as a hypocrite when he spoke about Anti-Semitism at the COJO breakfast. Photo Credit: Michael Wright
Police Commissioner James O’Neil, left, with Comptroller Scott Stringer and City Councilman Mark Treyger at the COJO breakfast. Photo Credit: Michael Wright
several elected officials including former Republican U.S. Sen. Alfonse D’Amato, who Schumer defeated to get the Senate seat, took umbrage at Schumer’s strong stance against anti-Semitism. NYC Councilman David Greenfield is surrounded by his In particular, Wiesenfeld was colleagues at the COJO 38th annual legislative breakfast Photo Credit: Michael Wright vexed that Schumer supported the recent unsuccessful bid But even the shadow of An- left, but now we are seeing it on of Congressman Keith Ellison ti-Semitism couldn’t untie the the right and we have an equal (D-Minnesota) to become the growing partisan disagreements obligation to shut it down and new DNC (Democratic National
LaGuardia Airport to Get Massive Facelift; Travelers Dismayed
“He [Schumer] has no business being the saint, fighting anti-Semitism when he put up Keith Ellison. He told us eight years ago that [Senator] Barack Obama is the real deal and he gave us the Iran deal. He’s a hypocrite,” said Wiesenfeld. The Iran deal was an agreement between the Iran the U.S. and five other world powers that would limit Iran’s nuclear programs but allow them to continue with their enrichment program or nuclear research. The alleged toppling of Jewish headstones at the Washington Cemetery comes after several similar incidents occurred at
Jewish cemeteries around the country in the past few weeks including cemeteries in St. Louis and Philadelphia as well as the Waad Hakolel Cemetery in upstate Rochester. NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neil, who was born and raised in Flatbush and attended the breakfast, stood strongly against the recent anti-semitic sentiments and promised to investigate the situation at the Washington Cemetery. “This was reported to us last night around nine at night, we had our uniformed people respond. Our hate crimes unit is over there now conducting an investigation. We are working with the [Washington] cemetery who have a list of gravestones that have toppled over for various reasons and we actually have to compare that list to what actually
happened,” he said. Public Advocate Letitia James also condemned the desecration of the tombstones at the Jewish cemetery and called them “cowardly acts of hate”. “We should all stand together – all of us here today should stand together with the Jewish community – and say we will not tolerate hate, we will not normalize hate. Hate is unacceptable, it is un-American, and inconsistent with our values and our principles. Everyone is welcomed here,” she said. According to media reports, the NYPD Hate Crimes unit later determined the toppled headstones in Washington Cemetery was not A hate crime and the damage caused was due to age, neglect and harsh weather conditions. (KINGSCOUNTYPOLITICS.COM)
By: Natasha Spyer
pon announcing that LaGuardia airport is undergoing a massive renovation effort, Governor Cuomo and Mayor De Blasio should have made a disclaimer about how the changes would affect travelers. As the airport is busiest from 6:00 am-9:00 am and from 4:00 pm-8:00 pm, it is recommended that fliers plan their day around those time frames. According to the New York Post, traffic apps like Waze can also be of help in navigating the sinuous roads that lead into the airport. Many travelers complain that their cab drivers do not have functional GPSs or that the GPS that they have often left travelers on route to the airport in traffic jams that lead to missed flights. According to the Post, it has become a custom to drop passengers off in residential neighborhoods across from the Grand Central parkway. Pedestrians can get to the airport on the 94th street overpass.
Governor Cuomo introduced a plan to redesign and rebuild LaGuardia airport
In an effort to ease the commute for straphangers going into LaGuardia, the city has introduced a Q70 bus, which takes passengers between the 7 train and LaGuardia, naming it the “LaGuardia link.” The route is currently the only existing route that takes passengers directly to the airport. An AirTrain and a ferry are in the works in order to aid future commutes. Frequent fliers claim that the best way of getting into LaGuardia is through Terminal D. This terminal is home to Delta and WestJet. It is much harder for passengers to navigate their way through to Ter-
Rendering of what New York City’s LaGuardia Airport will look like after massive renovations are completed
minal C, where US Airways and Delta are situated. According to the Post, it takes between 15 minutes to half an hour to reach Terminal D. Lucky for most flyers, most of the flights in the airport move out of Terminal B anyway. Drivers have gone as far as finding parking in adjacent parks and neighborhoods before crossing Grand Central Parkway into LaGuardia on foot. Some people even risk getting a ticket parking in the neighborhood rather than taking the risk of having to find parking in the airport itself. If you are to believe Governor Cuomo, the current delays will be well worth it, as 63% of the airport is set to be renovated. The Gothamist recently reported brown water that made its way out of the ceiling at Terminal B. A lightning strike also burned a hole into one of the runways, causing many flight delays last week. There is much hope riding on the coming renovation, but in the meantime, it seems that not even mother nature is looking out for the airport's patrons.
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Rabsky Considering 1st Hotel Project at Site in S. Williamsburg
Greenwich Village’s ‘Great Jones Alley’ Sets Off $10M Real Estate Turf War
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n South Williamsburg, along a stretch of Bedford Avenue, Pabsky Group has been purchasing multiple parcels, which it is considering turning into the developer’s first hotel project in the area, according to The Real Deal’s sources. Isaac Rabinowitz and Simon Dushinsky head the development firm that has recently gone through a zoning lot merger and acquired development rights for a project at 359-365 Bedford Avenue, between South 4th and 5th streets. TRD reports, “The developer is still weighing whether to develop the site as hotel or residential, or to add to the site with more acquisitions, sources said. Given the development rights and the properties Rabsky now owns, zoning on the site allows for more than 44,000 buildable square feet total for a residential building and 32,640 buildable square feet for a hotel. If the firm were to buy the buildings at 355 and 357 Bedford Avenue for example, the development could grow to 56,000 buildable square feet for residential and 41,840 buildable square feet for a hotel.” A few years ago, active Brooklyn developer Rebsky started working to obtain the site. According to records, in 2014, a three-story residential-and-retail building at 359 Bedford Avenue was bought by the firm from investor Alfredo Crespo for just $800,000. Then in 2015, the three-story Pentecostal Church of God at 353 Bedford Avenue was bought for $2.5 million by Dushinsky.
Popular barbecue restaurant Briskettown, which leases the ground floor of 359 Bedford Avenue, will have to shut down because it couldn’t get its lease renewed due to the new development.
In January, a transfer of air rights was secured by Dushinky for the development rights for a large portion of the block. According to TRD, “The rights are from the retail condo at the Rabsky-developed rental building the Garnett at 146 South 4th Street; the church at 353 Bedford; the vacant lot at 361 Bedford; and garage at 155 South 5th Street. The assemblage to date, including the development rights, covers 11 tax lots. Popular barbecue restaurant Briskettown, which leases the ground floor of 359 Bedford Avenue, announced Thursday it will shutter this weekend.” On the restaurant website, its owner Dan Delaney wrote, “We fought for our lease, but ultimately, the group was intent on knocking down the building to develop on the property.” A source close to the developer told TRD that Briskettown’s lease was about to expire and its renewal request was rejected.
Also, set to be demolished is the building located at 353 Bedford, even though the new project will not likely run onto that site. The development rights document state that the building “is to be demolished in order to make available all of the development rights attributed thereto available for use and inclusion in developer’s new building.” According to TRD, “Rabsky has largely focused on building rentals and condos in north Brooklyn, but also recently branched out in commercial development. The firm is constructing an office tower on Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Williamsburg, in particular, is seeing the brunt of the hotel inventory overload in Brooklyn. The 21-story William Vale hotel, developed by Zelig Weiss and Yoel Goldman’s All Year Management, was the latest high-profile one to open, in September.”
Roman Abramovich to Rent Former East Hampton Home of Jackie O By: Helen Zaboulani
ussian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his wife Dasha Zhukova will spend the summer relishing in a piece of American history. As per The Real Deal, the couple has rented the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, as their summer home. The price paid for rent for the season is undisclosed. The 11-acre property, known as Lasata, on Further Lane in posh East Hampton is listed for sale at $51.99 million, by Corcoran’s Susan Breitenbach and Brown Harris Stevens’ Peter Turino. The home is owned by Reed Krakoff, Tiffany’s chief artistic officer, and is being offered in two separate lots. The main house, built in 1917, is asking $38.99 million. That includes 7.2 acres, the pool and guest house. The remaining four acres of land, with a tennis court, is being listed for $12.99 million. Abramovich, 50, is accustomed to luxurious dwellings. He has spent a total of $80 million purchasing numerous See Roman Abramovich to Rent , page 38
Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich and his wife Dasha Zhukova will spend the summer relishing in a piece of American history. As per The Real Deal, the couple has rented the childhood home of Jackie Kennedy Onassis, as their summer home
The 11-acre property, known as Lasata, on Further Lane in posh East Hampton is listed for sale at $51.99 million
MARCH 10, 2017
espite only being 20 feet wide and 137 feet long, an alleyway known as Great Jones Alley, located between Bond and West 3rd Street in New York City is setting off a $10 million real estate turf war. One of the two aggrieved combatants are a new Noho Condo named 1 Great Jones Alley, with a penthouse that was recently bought for $30 million. The other aggrieved party is a 22-unit, co-op building boutique located at 684 Broadway, where residents may enjoy floor-to-ceiling windows and lofts with a great deal of space. At this location, for $6 million, one may buy a four-bedroom loft. The issue is that both buildings apparently partly own the alley. The luxury developers behind 1 Great Jones Alley have been attempting to sell access to the alleyway by residents as “secret” entrance for a “private paradise.” The major selling point being privacy from reporters or anyone snooping around after the residents (who may in the future be celebrities or well-known personas.) Advertising photos and renderings have even gone so far as to show a luxury car waiting for the residents on
Despite only being 20 feet wide and 137 feet long, an alleyway known as Great Jones Alley, located between Bond and West 3rd Street in New York City is setting off a $10 million real estate turf war
old style cobblestones, ready to whisk them away in privacy and luxury to wherever they wish, free from having to be bothered by the common people. The co-op board of 684 Broadway doesn’t want that kind of publicity or designs placed on what they say is simply an asphalt alley behind their building. To protect their interests as such, they are suing 1 Great Jones Alley in a new $10 million lawsuit filed last week in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The lawsuit states that, Madison Realty, the luxury developer behind 1 Great Jones Alley, who have had apartments displayed on the television show “Million Dollar Listing” on the Bravo channel, have been advertising a pipe dream to potential residents. The lawsuit further demands the developer keep their hands off their shared alleyway. To quote the court papers, the developer is, “not authorized to remove and/or alter the gate that sits at the entrance to the alley … [and] do not have the right to advertise the alley as ‘private’ to potential buyers.” The lawsuit further asserts that developers behind 1 Great Jones Alley are not permitted to let any cars, luxury or otherwise, sit idle in the alleyway without any permission from the co-op board of 684 Broadway. The same board is asking for an end to 1 Great Jones Alley’s advertising, which they assert is misleading, and tell any residents that no cars or changes of any kind to the alleyway will be permitted. According to lawyer Robert Brown, speaking on behalf of residents for 684 Broadway, “The board believes that part of the alley and gate belongs to 684 Broadway, and felt that they had to file this lawsuit to protect their property rights.”
Experts Say: Trump May Cause a Decrease in NYC Tourism for 2017 By Hannah Hayes
hether New Yorkers love or hate all the tourists in the city, one thing is for sure, tourism is a great thing for the city’s economy. For the first time in seven years, experts are predicting a decrease in tourists visiting New York City this year. 300,000 less foreign tourists are expected to visit the city in 2017, which will be a loss of around $600,000 million in sales for the city. What is to blame for the decline? Apparently, our new President Donald Trump. Chief Executive of NYC & Company Fred Dixon told the Times that “it’s pretty clear” Trump’s new immigration plan “is going to be unwelcoming,” and because of that many tourists from abroad may choose somewhere else to visit. Since the election and inauguration, and especially since the announcement of Trump’s travel ban, there has been a stark decrease in the number of online searches for hotels in the United States and the amount of airline bookings to the US. President of Tourism Economics Adam Sacks told the Times, “We’re going to be looking at a very challenging year for U.S. travel.” Despite Trump’s policies, New York City wants the world
New York City’s Times Square, a hot spot for tourism.
Since Trump’s travel ban there has reportedly been a decline in searches for hotels in the US.
to know that everyone is welcome here, no matter what country they are from. Alicia Glen, the city’s deputy mayor for housing and economic development, said, “It’s in our values
and in our economic interest. We’ll keep reminding visitors what we stand for, so we can keep this both the most internationally visited and the safest city in America.”
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New York-Based ‘WeWork’ to Open Location in the Heart of Paris By Hadassa Kalatizadeh
T WeWork plans to expand its famed co-working offices into France. In April, it will open a 130,000-square-foot space, at 33 Rue la Fayette, in the heart of Paris
cial amenities. These include not only all the everyday necessities such as phones, Wi-Fi, printers, scanners, and cleaning crews, but also endless fresh coffee, dedicated front desk service, and modern conference rooms. There are even networking opportunities, happy hour events, and classes. WeWork was founded in 2010 by Miguel McKelvey, Adam Neumann, and Rebekah Neumann. Adam Neumann, an Israeli, also serves as CEO. Reuters recently reported that SoftBank may agree to invest as much as $4 billion into WeWork. While the Japanese tech and telecom group had previously declined the opportunity, WeWork has now more than proven its worth. The company has 125 locations in 38 cities and 10 countries. It boasts 90,000 paying members, including 700 large business customers. Worldwide locations include Amsterdam, Berlin, Hong Kong, London, Montreal, Mexico City, Sydney, Shanghai
and Seoul. WeWork also has six locations in Israel’s Tel Aviv, Beersheba, and Herzliya Pituah. The company will also be opening its first Jerusalem location in mid- 2017. Last year, WeWork impressively doubled its buildings, cities, countries, members and revenue. It tripled gross profit for its offices that have been open a year-anda-half or more. This year, again it plans to double its real-estate footprint, opening other new locations in Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, and Beijing. In 2014 WeWork was valued at $5 billion. Now it’s closer to $20 billion. In 2016, as part of the expansion, WeWork launched a separate co-living venture named WeLive. It is similar in concept, but applies to housing. It offers rental apartments similar to dorms, where members have shared spaces, such as cooking, cleaning, and laundry, and can enjoy communal activities and events.
EmblemHealth Sells NYC Bldg for $330M; Turns Profit in 2016 By Hadassa Kalatizadeh
mblemHealth’s financial papers indicate a profit for 2016, which is a dramatic change from the nearly $600 million in losses in the previous two years. As per Crain’s NY, it must be noted that the paper victory was driven almost entirely by the $330 million sale of its NYC office building. Aside from the sale, Emblem’s two health insurance companies, GHI and HIP, expanded its losses for underwriting to $276.5 million from $128.7 million in 2015. However, following a loss of $485.8 million in 2014, CEO Karen Ignagni said she is optimistic that the company is moving in the right direction by shifting more of its contracts toward
Ignagni boasted Emblem's 10.2% decrease in spending on administrative expenses, which totaled $540.7 million in 2016, despite substantial investments in technology.
New Rezoning Plan May Make Midtown East 10% Darker By Charles Bernstein
eWork plans to expand its famed co-working offices into France. In April, it will open a 130,000-square-foot space, at 33 Rue la Fayette, in the heart of Paris. The Art Deco building is off the Grands Boulevards, with a central atrium, multiple outdoor terraces and views of St. Georges and Pigalle. The private offices start at 890 Euros per month and ‘Hot Desks’ are 450 Euros and up. At the current exchange rate, that is the equivalent of $945 and $477 respectively per month. In May 2016, BNP Paribas Real Estate had reported that WeWork leased 118,403 square feet and 170 parking spaces from DEKA Immobilien, for a 12-year lease without a break option. Owing to a growth spurt in France’s technology industry, there are already hundreds of homegrown co-working operations in Paris. The shared workplaces are owned by local landlords and entrepreneurs, who are now preparing to do their best to undermine WeWork, by offering better prices. Time will tell if WeWork will be able to apply its global success into France. WeWork has become one of the world’s fastest-growing co-working businesses. The New York-based company has been gaining popularity, particularly with companies who want flexible office space without the commitments or hassles of moving into a full office. WeWork distinguishes itself from other communal workspaces by offering spe-
Aside from the sale of their building in New York City, EmblemHealth’s two health insurance companies, GHI and HIP, expanded its losses for underwriting to $276.5 million from $128.7 million in 2015.
value-based payments. "We're continuing to show progress. As we rebuild, modernization is No. 1 to achieve our consumer support and provider support goals", she said. The nonprofit company’s losses mostly stem from HIP, whose losses increased 67%, to $239.2 million. HIP actually lost $270.6 million from its underwriting business, but it earned $30.4 million on investments. GHI, whose revenue of roughly $909 million is less than one-fifth of HIP's, had a loss of $5.9 million from its core underwriting business, but earned $20.7 million in 2015. Emblem’s revenue from premi-
ums fell 3.1% last year. This was the first full year under which Ignagni served as CEO. Ignagni was formerly chief executive of America's Health Insurance Plans, the most powerful insurance lobbying group in America. She said the company’s sale of its Ninth Avenue building was made in order to facilitate having more of its employees under one roof at 55 Water St. in lower Manhattan. This includes employees of AdvantageCare Physicians, its physician group partner. The employees at the See EmblemHealth Sells , page 36
he city is seeking a new rezoning plan for the Midtown East area, which could result in the streets being made 10% darker within the district. This may happen because part of the new rezoning plans will relax restrictions on the height and bulk of buildings in the neighborhood. The Waldram diagram is an obscure formula that is used by developers to calculate the amount of daylight that will be blocked out CoStar Rendering of 425 Park by a new building. Ave.
"The Waldram formula allows a builder to be more creative and sculpt their building in a more sophisticated and custom-tailored way.” Crain’s News reports, “According to Alex Duda, an architect who specializes in helping builders shape their plans to conform to the Waldram formula, the current equation would require the new, larger towers permitted by the rezoning to taper dramatically in order to block out less of the sky from the street below. But that type of design would discourage builders from raising new towers.”
Duda’s company, Cad/4D calculates the imprint a building will have on the skyline through the use of propriety software. He said, "Having a building that dramatically tapers really doesn't work from an efficiency standpoint for builders. New building codes require three stairwells and extra shafts for smoke ventilation, so the floors can only be so small before they become impractical to build." The new rezoning plan for Midtown East will permit the construction of towers that are over 40 percent larger than the existing buildings in the area. In order to encourage new developments, buildings will also be allowed to keep more bulk as they rise which will block out even more of the sky. Ac-
cording to Crain’s, “Relaxing the Waldram formula is a key part of the plan, but has received little attention. The Department of City Planning, which submitted the rezoning plan to a land-use review pocess in January, has stated that the plan will spur only a handful of new towers, totaling about 6.5 million square feet in the 73-block neighborhood, in the coming years. That suggests that a darker streetscape will be seen in select areas.” According to Duda, few are aware of the formua known as the Waldram diagram that is in the zoning code and only applicable in Midtown Manhattan. Developers have the choice to use the equation or conform to another set criteria. "The Waldram formula allows a builder to be more creative and sculpt their building in a more sophisticated and custom-tailored way. Or you can build a property with a bunch of setbacks in the wedding cake style that you see with a lot of buildings in Midtown," said Duda. The Waldram diagram was used by L&L Holding Co. to shape a new Norman Foster–designed luxury office tower at 425 Park Avenue between East 55th and East 56th streets. Duda assisted the firm in the calculation of the profile of the building to ensure the required amount of sky remained exposed.
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Rep. Maloney & NYC Leaders Call for Bolder Fed Actions against Anti-Semitism NYPD reports a 55% increase in hate crimes, 94% uptick in anti-Semitic hate crimes Edited by: JV Staff
ongresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12), member of Congress’s Bipartisan Taskforce for Combating Anti-Semitism, last week brought together Jewish community leaders, the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, and the NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism to call for more federal action in response of the recent wave of anti-Semitic sentiment and actions, including multiple reports of bomb threats against Jewish Community Centers and vandalism at Jewish cemeteries. The leaders, gathering at the Park East Synagogue in Maloney’s district, condemned anti-Semitism and all forms of
According to a report in the New York Observer, Maloney told the concerned gathering hatred, and celebrated the news effort. While we rely on law at the Park East Synagogue that an arrest has been made in enforcement to keep us safe that the upsurge in anti-Semitconnection to the threats on at and bring the perpetrators to ic incidents could be classified least 8 Jewish Community Cen- justice, we must also engage in as nothing short of “domestic ters (JCCs) across the country and to New York’s own Anti-Defamation League. Congresswoman Maloney called on the Department of Justice to create an anti-Semitism task force, for doubling the funding for the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), announced a new bill for Holocaust education and asked for the Department of Education to adopt a standard definition for anti-Semitism and issue guidance to keep students safe. “Combating anti-Semitism and any kind of hate-driven crime must be a multi-pronged
Letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions from Carolyn Maloney addressing the horrifying escalation of anti-Semitism and other forms of hatred
The NYPD is investigating damage to headstones at the Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn.
community education efforts to terrorism.” She added that, “Bomb stop the hatred before it starts or escalates,” said Congresswoman threats directed at synagogues and the destruction of cemeCarolyn B. Maloney (NY-12).
Elected Officials & Bronx Jewish Leaders Rally Against Wave of Anti-Semitism Edited by: JV Staff
s anti-Semitic hate crimes sweep the nation at alarming rates, Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Andrew Cohen and Congressman Eliot Engel, in partnership with the Riverdale YM-YWHA, joined members of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and other community leaders to condemn the disturbing acts during a rally at the Riverdale YM-YWHA on Thursday night, March 2nd. Last Monday four local Jewish institutions in the New York received bomb threats. On Sunday, March 5th, it was reported that vandals overturned dozens of headstones at the historic Washington Cemetery in Brooklyn, one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in the world. “Anti-Semitism exists, but we don’t have to tolerate it, and we won’t. I can promise you that. I met with the police this morning at the cemetery, the top brass from Brooklyn South, and I see that this matter is being taken very seriously. When the criminals who did this are caught, we will demand and expect real justice,” said New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind. “More than 40 headstones were overturned,” said Hikind. “It’s heartbreaking—not just to
As anti-Semitic hate crimes sweep the nation at alarming rates, Senator Jeff Klein, Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz, Council Member Andrew Cohen and Congressman Eliot Engel, in partnership with the Riverdale YM-YWHA, joined members of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale and other community leaders to condemn the disturbing acts during a rally at the Riverdale YMYWHA on Thursday night, March 2nd.
the loved ones of those who are buried here, but to all of us. Is there anything more cowardly than desecrating a cemetery in the middle of the night? There have now been nearly 100 such threats to Jewish community centers nationwide since the beginning of the year. The elected officials and Jewish community leaders spoke out against these reprehensible acts and called for unity. “This country is one built on the principles of freedom and tolerance, and one where so many have come to escape re-
ligious persecution. To see acts of hate, acts of anti-Semitism on the rise is chilling, and this behavior must be condemned. We must always stand together against hate, and take action in whatever capacity we can to stop it and to spread the word that it will never be tolerated in our communities,” said Senator Klein. “Anti-Semitic threats and acts of violence against the Jewish community are rising at alarming rates. Not only See Elected Oﬃcials & Bronx , page 36
Congresswoman Maloney was joined at the event by Park East Synagogue Senior Rabbi Arthur Schneier, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller, Chief Assistant District Attorney to the Manhattan DA’s office Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Charles Temel, and Chairman of the Red Apple Group John Catsimatidis.
teries are meant to instill fear, disrupt our lives and to individually achieve by violent criminal means what could never be achieved through the political process.” The Observer also reported that Maloney sent letters to Attorney General Jeff Sessions—currently under fire for failing to disclose meetings he held last year with the Russian ambassador—asking him to form the task force to examine the outbreak of anti-Semitic incidents. She also sent a letter to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos asking her department to adopt the definition of anti-Semitism developed by the
State Department’s Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism when it investigates possible incidents of religious discrimination. The Department of Justice must create a focused taskforce whose purpose is to investigate this recent wave of anti-Semitic hate crimes, and Congress must double our funding allocation for the NSGP so that all synagogues and community centers can receive the funding they need to pay for proper security. We must protect our students on college campuses, and that should start with the DeSee Rep. Maloney & NYC Leaders , page 37
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St. Louis Man Arrested in Wave of JCC Bomb Threats; Tried to Frame Girlfriend By: Katie McHugh
he Department of Justice unsealed a complaint against a journalist who made national headlines for fabricating stories after he allegedly conducted a campaign of harassment against at least eight Jewish community centers while cyberstalking his ex-girlfriend on Friday. The FBI arrested Juan Thompson in St. Louis on Friday, and he’s due to appear in court in Manhattan. Thompson’s arrest is the first since Jewish community centers and schools were targeted for threats and harassment across the country. “Together with the FBI and
“We have charged Juan Thompson with allegedly stalking a former romantic interest by, among other things, making bomb threats in her name to Jewish Community Centers and to the Anti-Defamation League.” the NYPD, we have been investigating the recent threats made on Jewish Community Centers in New York and around the country,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a statement. “We have charged Juan Thompson with allegedly stalking a former romantic interest by, among other things,
making bomb threats in her name to Jewish Community Centers and to the Anti-Defamation League.” “Thompson’s alleged pattern of harassment not only involved the defamation of his female victim, but his threats intimidated an entire community,” added FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. in the statement. This isn’t the first time Thompson has appeared in headlines. Last February, The Intercept revealed he fabricated sources in stories and made up quotes out of whole cloth. When confronted about this egregious breach of journalistic standards, he blamed racism and “testicular cancer” in a letter sent to the Intercept’s editor-in-chief and the now-defunct Gawker. “I’ve been undergoing radiation treatment for testicular cancer and, since I no longer have health insurance, I’ve been feverishly struggling and figuring out how to pay for my treatment. All of this, of course, has taken up my time and energy; except for the few moments I’ve spent searching for some relief,” Thompson said, adding: “I lack access to my notebooks (which I took for most stories) to address these matters.” “I had a habit of writing drafts of stories, placing the names of ppl I wanted to get quotes from in there, and then going to fetch the quotes,” he continued in his letter. “Was it sloppy? Yes? But I’m a cub reporter and expect-
ed a sustained and competent editor to guide me, something which I never had at your company and something with which The Intercept continues to struggle as everyone in this business knows.” Thompson blamed the “Great Problem” of “white media organizations” for failing to understand his approach to journalism:
plains why some of them didn’t want to talk with your company’s research team or denied the events. These weren’t articles in Harpers or The Nation. Instead, these are the lives of people forgotten by society and their being in public and talking to white, NY people, no less, could harm and turn them off. They’ve lost loved ones to violence you and others couldn’t possibly
Thompson’s arrest is the first since Jewish community centers and schools were targeted for threats and harassment across the country.
If I couldn’t obtain a quote from the person I wanted, I went somewhere else, and must’ve forgot to change the names—clearly. Also, yes I encouraged some of my interviewees to use another name; they’re poor black people who didn’t want their names in the public given the situations and that was the only was of convincing them otherwise. That also ex-
imagine. Ultimately, the journalism that covers the experiences of poor black folk and the journalism others, such as you and First Look, are used to differs drastically. This dilemma is the Great Problem with the white media organizations that dominate our media landscape. As Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote: “The standard [white] progressive ap-
proach of the moment is to mix color-conscious moral invective with color-blind public policy.” Such an approach ignores the differences in the way we must navigate these various fields: including journalism. The Intercept published an apology after discovering three of Thompson’s fake news reporting while he worked from November 2014 to January 2016 for them. “Thompson went to great lengths to deceive his editors, creating an email account to impersonate a source and lying about his reporting methods,” the letter said. In one fake news story that went viral, Thompson made up a fictional source called “Scott Roof,” a non-existent cousin of mass-murdering Dylann Roof ’s, who claimed Roof slaughtered nine black parishioners after “he kind of went over the edge when a girl he liked starting dating a black guy two years back.” Thompson’s Twitter account also reveals he supported socialist Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for president. “I voted for Bernie Sanders, but his supporters are annoying as fuck. ‘I almost cried when I got a Bernie sign’. Yuck,” he tweeted in July. This puts Sanders in an awkward position. Only days before Thompson’s arrest, he told J Street: “I hope very much that President Trump and his political adviser Mr. Bannon understand that the entire world is watching, that it is im-
perative that their voices be loud and clear in condemning anti-Semitism.” Thompson posted many harassing messages about his ex-girlfriend. “Two wks ago it was a visit from the FBI. Right now the Secret Service. This racist white garbage [omitted] is trash,” read one tweet. “.@SecretService [My ex-girlfriend] has made death threats against Trump. And talked about how she wanted to kill him and his kids. Look at her,” Thompson continued on Twitter, before tweeting at Secret Service that she made threats against the president. “.@SecretService [Omitted], a disgusting nasty racist white woman, who filed a false lie against me, has threatened to kill Trump.” “The @SecretService visited me looked at my tweets, questioned my politics b/c some awful white woman I date reported me. I won’t be silenced,” he continued. “Y’all know how to get a social worker in NY barred? I’m being stalked and harassed by a white nasty white woman… in NYC.” Thompson also pinned a tweet with a screen-capped rant against the victim, adding: “Know any good lawyers? Need to stop this nasty/racist #whitegirl I dated who sent a bomb threat in my name & wants me to be raped in jail.” The Twitter account was verified as Thompson’s by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York. (BREITBART.COM)
White House Aides Defend Claim That Obama Wiretapped Trump Tower By: Ken Bredemeier
hite House aides Monday defended President Donald Trump's unsubstantiated claim that former President Barack Obama ordered a wiretap on telephones Trump used at his Trump Tower headquarters in New York. Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was unwilling to accept an assertion by James Comey, the director of the country's top law enforcement agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, that Obama did not order an illegal wiretap on Trump.
Conway told Fox News that "credible news sources" suggested there might have been politically motivated activity during the campaign that has yet to be divulged. James Clapper, Obama's national director of intelligence, has also disputed the new president's contention. In interviews on news talk shows, Sanders and Trump aide Kellyanne Conway both said the new president firmly believes his claim posted Saturday on Twitter, saying, "Terrible! Just found out that
Obama had my 'wires tapped' in Trump Tower just before the victory." Trump has offered no evidence to support the claim, but Sanders and Conway said congressional committees need to probe the possibility. Intelligence committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives are already investigating the U.S. intelligence community's conclusion that Russia meddled in the presidential election in an effort to help Trump win. Conway told Fox News that "credible news sources" suggested there might have been politically motivated activity during the campaign that has yet to be divulged. "He is the president of the United States," Conway said of Trump. "He has information that the rest of us do not." Trump's wiretapping claim has been widely dismissed by opposition Democrats and some Republicans. Congressman Jason Chaffetz, the Republican chairman of the House government oversight panel, told CBS News, "Thus far I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said." Comey, the FBI director, asked the Justice Department to dispute Trump's allegation that Obama ordered the wiretap, although it was not clear why he did not directly dispute the statement himself. Comey and his department have led
the ongoing investigation of Sunday. Russian influence on last year's House Intelligence Comelection. mittee Chairman Devin Nunes said in a statement Sunday his Forbidden by law committee "will make inquiUnder U.S. law, a president ries into whether the governcannot order someone's phone ment was conducting surveilto be wiretapped. Such a move lance activities on any political would require approval by a party's campaign officials or federal judge and be based on surrogates."
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, left, confers with Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, as the House Judiciary Committee begins a markup session on the Protecting Access to Care Act on Capitol Hill in Washington.
reasonable grounds to suspect why a citizen's telephone calls should be monitored. Clapper, Obama's intelligence chief, said Trump's claim was simply wrong. "There was no such wiretap activity mounted against the president-elect at the time, or as a candidate or against his campaign," Clapper told NBC's "Meet the Press" on
The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, said Trump's accusation was based on "conspiracy-based news." "For a president of the United States to make such an incendiary charge - and one that discredits our democracy in the eyes of the world - is as destructive as it was baseless," Schiff said.
Trump requests Congressional investigation
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer issued a statement Sunday saying the president is requesting the committees to "determine whether executive branch investigative powers were abused in 2016." He added that neither Trump nor the White House would offer further comment "until such oversight is conducted." House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said Trump has no proof and is trying to shift conversation from Russia to Obama. "This is called the wrap-up smear," she told CNN. "You make up something, then you have the press write about it and then you say everybody's writing about this charge. It's a tool of an authoritarian to just have you always be talking about what you want them to be talking about." Senator Marco Rubio told NBC that Trump "will have to answer as to what exactly" he was referring to in making the claim that his phones were tapped. The publisher of the Newsmax Media website, Christopher Ruddy - a friend of Trump's - wrote Sunday the president told him, "This will be investigated. It will all come out. I will be proven right." Ruddy said he has never seen Trump this angry in a long time.
"This is called the wrap-up smear," she told CNN. "You make up something, then you have the press write about it and then you say everybody's writing about this charge.
Russian meddling A U.S. intelligence report concluded Russia carried out a campaign at the direction of President Vladimir Putin that used cyber attacks and other methods to influence the U.S. election campaign, to help Trump defeat his Democratic challenger Hillary Clinton, a former U.S. secretary of state. Trump has denied any links to Russia, but numerous of his aides have met with Moscow's ambassador to Washington, Sergey Kislyak. Trump ousted his first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after just 24 days on the job after he lied to Vice President Mike Pence and other top officials about the nature of his own conversations with Kislyak. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he was removing himself from any investigation into the Russian activities after reports emerged that he met twice last year with the ambassador, although he had said at his January confirmation hearing that he "did not have communications with the Russians."
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Trump Signs Revised Travel Ban Exempting Iraq in New Executive Order Revised order draws support, ire from lawmakers along partisan lines By: Nick Bolger
resident Donald Trump signed a new executive order Monday that restricts immigration from six Muslim-majority countries for 90 days, dropping Iraq from January's original version of the order, and suspends the United States refugee program for 120 days. The executive order revised Trump's controversial travel ban implemented six weeks earlier that has faced a wave of legal challenges in federal courts. The new measures will take effect on March 16. Iraq was removed from the ban following repeated conversations between Trump administration officials and representatives of the Iraqi government. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both
discussed the issue with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi last month. Following discussions with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, the Iraqi government agreed to share information on its vetting process and citizens with the United States. "Iraq is no longer one of those countries because we have received firm commitments from the government of Iraq over the last several weeks since the first executive order was issued about increased cooperation with the United States in terms of information sharing," a Homeland Security official told Business Insider. "We have received adequate assurance from the government of Iraq that we will be able to do the kind of vetting and screening of its nationals that the president of the United States has directed."
Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D., Nev.) also weighed in on the issue, reportedly calling the order "Nationalist."
wrong" via Twitter. Rep. Ruben ty gaps that might be exploited Kihuen (D., Nev.) also weighed by jihadists to sneak into our in on the issue, reportedly call- country, and I hope the administration will work closely with ing the order "Nationalist." Republicans, meanwhile, us to put in place new security were quick to defend the new checks to protect our people measure. House Speaker Paul from the threat of terror." Tillerson said on Monday the Ryan (R., Wis.) said the ban "advances our shared goal of pro- ban will "bolster the security of the United States." tecting the homeland." The Iraqi government praised Rep. Michael McCaul (Texas), chairman of the House the new order as well. "[The] Iraqi Foreign Ministry Homeland Security Committee, said in a statement that he expresses deep relief regarding looks forward to working with the executive order that was isthe Trump administration to sued by the American president "If you have a current valid visa to travel, we welcome you," protect the United States from Donald Trump, which excludes Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly said, appearing with the Iraqis from the travel ban to terrorists abroad. Tillerson and Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Washington, D.C. "I have long supported tak- the United States," Iraqi Foreign on Monday. "Unregulated, un-vetted travel is not a universal ing bold steps to keep terrorists Ministry spokesperson Ahmad privilege, especially when national security is at stake." from entering America. I look Jamal said, according to CNN. The six countries under the from the 110,000 ceiling set by forward to reading the details "This is considered an importban are Syria, Iran, Libya, So- the Obama administration), of the president's new executive ant step in the right direction also scrapped a provision that order and conducting oversight that strengthens and reinforces malia, Sudan, and Yemen. The new order states that cit- gave preferential treatment to to ensure it is implemented the strategic alliance between smoothly," McCaul said. "This Baghdad and Washington in izens from these six countries religious minorities. Despite these and other month I am also launching a many fields, in particular the who are legal U.S. permanent residents or have valid visas to changes to the travel ban, Dem- bipartisan Congressional task fight against terrorism." enter the U.S. are not subject to ocratic lawmakers were quick to force focused on closing securi(WASHINGTON FREE BEACON) the ban. The original version did label the order "discriminatory" not clearly distinguish between and "un-American." "Despite the administration's people with existing visas and those trying to get new ones. changes, this dangerous execMonday's order only prohibits utive order makes us less safe, not more, it is mean-spirited, the issuance of new visas. "If you have a current valid and un-American. It must be revisa to travel, we welcome you," pealed," Senate Minority Leader Secretary of Homeland Security Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) said John Kelly said, appearing with Monday. "I fully expect this exTillerson and Attorney Gener- ecutive order to have the same al Jeff Sessions in Washington, uphill climb in the courts that D.C. on Monday. "Unregulated, the previous version had." He added that while the new un-vetted travel is not a universal privilege, especially when order is "watered down," it is still a "ban." national security is at stake." Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D., The new order, which says the U.S. will not accept more than Mo.) called Trump's revised Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D., Mo.) called Trump's revised order 50,000 refugees in a year (down order "discriminatory and still "discriminatory and still wrong" via Twitter.
Third Swastika Incident in Boca Raton in February By: Meir Jolovitz
or the third time in less than three weeks, a swastika was affixed in the heavily-populated Jewish community in Boca Raton. This most recent incident was a swastika taped on the blackboard of an eighth grade classroom at Omni Middle School, done brazenly in the presence of several of the Jewish students in class. On February 16th, two swastikas were drawn on the school’s bathroom wall accompanied by the words “Heil Hitler.” Principal Gerald Riopelle notified the parents with a robocall to assuage the concerns that many parents had expressed. The Florida Anti-Defamation League was also notified and responded with a Twitter comment that it shared the parents’ concerns.
“They pretend it didn’t happen because they fear the publicity.” During that same week, a swastika was painted on a car in the predominantly Jewish neighborhood in Palm Beach County. The Sheriff ’s Depart-
David Friedman Queried by Sanders on US Aid for Israel Going to Gaza Edited by: JV Staff
en. Bernie Sanders asked David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel, whether he would back using funds earmarked for assistance to Israel to help rebuild the Gaza Strip. Sanders in a letter he handed Friedman after they met Wednesday also asked whether he thinks the tax-exempt status of groups that fundraise for settlers should be reviewed. JTA obtained a copy of the letter on A swastika was taped on the blackboard of an eighth grade classroom at Omni Middle School in Boca Raton, Florida. It was done Thursday. The questions in the letter are brazenly in the presence of several of the Jewish students in class. significant as they suggest the One student, Raquel Bernstein, path forward for Israel policy ment was notified. Unlike the previous two inci- who witnessed the swastika be- among progressive Democrats. dents which generated enough ing placed on the blackboard, publicity to warrant a comment expressed the fear that an opfrom the local ADL, no parents portunity was lost. “As ambassador, would She stated, “Some of the were informed of the most reyou take steps to end cent manifestation, despite the Jewish students, and one of the the flow of donations fact that the hated symbol was Black students, reported this to illegal settlements, posted in the presence of some to their parents, thinking that perhaps by supporting the school would step up and of the students. the re-examination [of] Several parents expressed say something. Instead, we got their tax-exempt status?” disappointment that the mid- only silence.” She stated, “They dle school had opted to ignore pretend it didn’t happen bethe opportunity to exercise a cause they fear the publicity.” Sanders has emerged as a “teaching moment,” and decid- Thirteen-year old Bernstein also de facto leader of progressives ed instead to deal with the mat- opined “sadly it seems we are following his insurgent but unter “internally.” A non-Jewish safe of this type of threat only in successful campaign last year parent suggested that the school the environment of a protective for the Democratic presidenwanted the matter “to go away.” Jewish school.” tial nomination. In perhaps the
Sen. Bernie Sanders asked David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be ambassador to Israel, whether he would back using funds earmarked for assistance to Israel to help rebuild the Gaza Strip.
best-received speech over the weekend at the annual conference of J Street, the liberal Middle East policy group, Sanders pushed the theme that pro-Israel Jews need not hesitate to criticize Israeli government policies. His letter outlines three questions for Friedman: whether he supports a two-state outcome to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the appropriateness of an ambassador having deep involvement in the settler movement as a fundraiser and advocate, as Friedman does; and regarding Israeli assistance. Two states has long been
Democratic policy and for 15 years was official U.S. policy until Trump retreated into agnosticism on the issue when he met last month with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The second two points, however, venture into areas that Democrats have yet to embrace. “As ambassador, would you take steps to end the flow of donations to illegal settlements, perhaps by supporting the re-examination [of] their tax-exempt status?” Sanders asked. J Street has advocated for See David Friedman Queried , page 36
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Trump, Netanyahu Discuss Iran, Anti-Semitism in Call
Multiple JCCs, ADL Offices Receive More Bomb Threats
By: Smita Nordwall
Bomb threats continue after man arrested for using threats to frame ex-girlfriend
resident Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had a long telephone conversation Monday about strategic threats posed by Iran. “The two leaders spoke at length about the dangers arising from the nuclear deal with Iran and Iranian aggression in the Middle East region and the need to work together to deal with those dangers,” Netanyahu's office said in a statement. Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the nuclear deal signed between Iran and major world powers that went into effect in January. The Israeli leader has said the deal does not go far enough and when some of the clauses of the deal expire in 10 and 15 years, it will leave Tehran on the threshold of building a bomb. The president had told Netanyahu when the two met at the White House last month that the nuclear agreement was “one of the worst deals” he had ever seen. The two leaders on Monday also discussed the recent wave of anti-Semitic incidents across the U.S., including bomb threats and cemetery vandalism. “PM Netanyahu expressed his appreciation for @POTUS's
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A President Donald Trump, right, reaches out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a joint news conference at the White House in Washington, Feb. 15, 2017.
strong statement against anti-Semitism during his speech before Congress last week,” Netanyahu spokesman Ofir Gendelman tweeted Monday. After failing to quickly and publicly decry the anti-Semitic attacks in a series of public appearances, Trump last week opened his joint address to Congress by mentioning the threats and vandalism against Jewish cemeteries. Some pundits have surmised that the timing of the Netanyahu/Trump phone call was not purely coincidental. It has been reported that Netanyahu will be meeting with
Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to voice opposition to what the Israeli leader charged were Iran's attempts to establish a permanent military foothold in Syria. "In the framework of a [future peace agreement] or without one, Iran is attempting to base itself permanently in Syria - either through a military presence on the ground or a naval presence - and also through a gradual attempt to open a front against us on the Golan Heights," Netanyahu told his cabinet in public remarks on Sunday. See Trump, Netanyahu Discuss , page 36
Anti-Trump Protesters in California Turn Violent
t least five Jewish community centers across the United States and a number of Anti-Defamation League offices have received threats of lethal attack, the sixth such wave since the beginning of the year. As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Secure Community Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America, had reported bomb threats called into community centers in Milwaukee; Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and Rochester, New York. A Jewish school in Davie, Fla., was also reported evacuated on Tuesday. In addition, the JCC in Syracuse, New York, was on lockdown after a threat was called in, SCN said. Paul Goldenberg, the SCN director, said the Syracuse threat was different in nature from the other threats. Meanwhile, the ADL confirmed that several of its regional offices had been threatened. “We just received multiple #bombthreats at ADL offices,” the ADL said on Twitter. “Law enforcement personnel are responding. More details to come.” In Rochester, the evacuation
As of 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Secure Community Network, the security arm of the Jewish Federations of North America, had reported bomb threats called into community centers in Milwaukee; Rockville, Maryland, a suburb of Washington D.C.; Portland, Oregon; and Rochester, New York.
of members and staff on Tuesday was ordered shortly before 6 a.m., the local ABC affiliate 13WHAM reported. About 75 people were evacuated from the building. Parents whose children attend the JCC day care were notified and asked to make alternate child care arrangements for the day, according to the Democrat & Chronicle newspaper. Local and state police officers and FBI agents reportedly were on the scene to sweep the building. The bomb threat comes less than a week after at least five
headstones were toppled at the Waad Hakolel Cemetery, also known as the Stone Road Cemetery, in Rochester. Also evacuated according to a Facebook posting was the JCC in Milwaukee, which also includes a day care center. It’s not clear if there were evacuations in Portland and in Rockville. Goldenberg, the SCN director, said that in every instance protocols were observed and went smoothly. “The protocols and processSee Multiple JCCs, ADL , page 36
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en people were arrested in Berkeley, California Saturday in the violence that erupted when an anti-Trump protest sought to counter a march in support of President Trump. Breitbart reports that five people were arrested for battery, four for assault with a deadly weapon, and one for resisting arrest. Among the items reportedly confiscated by police from the combatants were metal pipes, bats, 2x4s, bricks, and pieces of wood. “Some anti-Trump protesters threw things at Trump supporters. Berkeley police made occasional forays into the crowd, but mostly held back,” reported the Marin Independent Journal. “Protesters spilled out into Martin Luther King Junior Way and were fighting in the middle of the street, and there were people punching each other on the sidewalks. Some people had bloody faces. One pro-Trump supporter was apparently sprayed in the face with Mace.” Just like during the anti-Milo Yiannopoulos rioting in this very same city last month, some complained that police officers held back. One elderly Trump supporter in a MAGA hat was pepper-sprayed, causing him to collapse on the ground. “At least two people, with their faces covered up, could be seen on video trying to set fire to an American flag, while a photo on
Breitbart reports that five people were arrested for battery, four for assault with a deadly weapon, and one for resisting arrest. Among the items reportedly confiscated by police from the combatants were metal pipes, bats, 2x4s, bricks, and pieces of wood
Twitter showed the bloody face of a man who wore a T-shirt that said ‘Trump is My President.'” reported The Los Angeles Times. Berkeley wasn't the only location in which violence marred the nationwide march in support of President Trump. Fox News reports that six people protesting the rally in St. Paul were arrested on felony riot charges after lighting fireworks inside the Minnesota State Capitol and fleeing. About 400 people attended the event; about 50 people showed up to protest it. In Nashville, two people were arrested as protesters clashed with Trump supporters at the Tennessee Capitol. In Olympia, Wash., four demonstrators were arrested at a support of Trump rally, accused of assaulting a police officer.
In Ohio, one Trump supporter said she increasingly fears civil war. "We did not want to have something like this happen," she said. "We came out today because Trump deserves to see he still has people for him. It's just all sad." Counter protesters nearby, separated from the rally by police tape, chanted "No Trump. No KKK. No fascist USA" and held signs with messages such as "Your vote was a hate crime." Fox reports that elsewhere around the country — Pennsylvania; Augusta, Maine; Miami; North Carolina; Indianapolis; Phoenix, Arizona; Austin, Texas; Virginia Beach, Virginia; and Lansing, Michigan, among other places — hundreds of Trump supporters rallied peacefully against his critics. (TRUTH REVOLT)
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German-Turkish Tensions Escalate
British Home Secretary Vows to Fight Anti-Semitic Attacks in UK
By: Dorian Jones
steady flow of German politicians has angrily condemned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his comments accusing Berlin of returning Germany to its Nazi past. Justice Minister Heiko Maas described the remark as "absurd, disgraceful and outlandish." Sunday, Erdogan criticized Berlin for banning, on security grounds, two of his ministers from making speeches to ethnic Turks in Germany in support of April's referendum in Turkey on extending presidential powers. "Germany, you have no relation whatsoever to democracy and you should know that your current actions are no different to those of the Nazi. Period," Erdogan said to his supporters.
"Erdogan and his AK Party don't have the confidence that it has had in past polls that it will win" German government spokesman Steffen Seibert also described Erdogan's comments as absurd, but added that people had to remain "calm and level-headed." Analysts say this restrained response is in part
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd described anti-Semitism as "deplorable form of hatred", vowed to combat it By: Yoel Domb
B Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan makes a speech during a Women's Day rally in Istanbul, Turkey, March 5, 2017.
due to the fact that German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces re-election this year and needs Ankara's cooperation in continuing to stem refugee flows into Europe. Ankara's rhetoric regarding Berlin is seen as unprecedented. "We've never had this kind of escalation with Germany before and I would say this is serious," noted Semih Idiz, a political columnist for the Al-Monitor website. "I have noticed that the German side [is] playing the whole thing down and trying to control the situation, but all the [aggravation] is coming from the Turkish side and we haven't seen this before." Tensions are likely to increase further after a German local authority Monday canceled at the
last minute the use of a venue for a referendum meeting by Turkey's energy minister, Taner Yildiz.
Erdogan’s uncertainty More than 3 million ethnic Turks live in Germany, of which 1.4 million can vote in the Turkish referendum. Some observers suggest Ankara's tough rhetoric toward Berlin is, in part, explained by the fact that Erdogan is struggling to convince the electorate ahead of the April referendum, with many opinion polls indicating the result is too close to call. "Erdogan and his AK Party don't have the confidence that it See German-Turkish Tensions , page 37
North Korea Preparing for Strike on American Bases?
ritish Home Secretary Amber Rudd called anti-Semitism a “deplorable form of hatred" and declared that the UK government is doing all it can to protect the country’s Jews, according to a report by the British tabloid The Sun Saturday. She added that the British government had allocated 13.4 million to safeguard Jewish schools and religious sites. Rudd was speaking at the annual fundraiser for the Jewish charity Community Security Trust (CST) — where she was the guest of honor. She spoke in the wake of recent threats by ISIS to disguise themselves as Jews and target Jewish sites in the UK. “There have been terrorist attacks on our doorstep, in France, Germany and Belgium and attacks on British people overseas,” Rudd said. “We’ve seen terrorists target Jews specifically in recent years including in Paris, Brussels, Toulouse and Copenhagen. Just last month a 16-year-old girl was charged with terrorism offences in Denmark after she was caught planning to blow up a Jewish school. And ISIS liter-
British Home Secretary Amber Rudd called anti-Semitism a “deplorable form of hatred" and declared that the UK government is doing all it can to protect the country’s Jews, according to a report by the British tabloid The Sun Saturday
ature continues to identify the Jewish community as a ‘desirable and legitimate target.’” Referring to the CST’s role of assisting police in protecting Jewish sties, Rudd went on, “However friendly and professional security guards are, I’m sure you would all prefer to go to your local synagogue or drop your child at school without being greeted by one and this is a future that we are all working
towards.” She added that “security measures alone are not enough. We must deal with those who promote hatred, intolerance and violence. That’s why in 2015 this government introduced our Counter Extremism Strategy which focuses on four pillars: building partnerships with all those opposed to extremism, countering extremist ideologies, disrupting extremists and building cohesive communities. All these areas of work challenge extremism in all its forms – from Islamist to the far right.” Prime Minister Theresa May set a video message to the CST dinner, stating that “there is one thing I want you to know: I am with you, and we will defeat this evil together. For as long as I am prime minister there will be no excuses for any kind of hatred towards the Jewish people… let us reaffirm our resolve with confidence that hatred will never prevail in our country. Together we will keep Jewish people safe in Britain, and together we will defeat the scourge of antisemitism by standing up for our values and our way of life, today and for every generation to come.” (INN)
WikiLeaks Says it Exposes CIA Hacking Program in New Document Dump
North Korea says its launch of four missiles was exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan
By: Joshua Fatzick
By: Elad Benari
orth Korea’s launch of four missiles was a training exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency reported late on Monday, according to AFP. The isolated country’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, supervised the drill and gave the order for it to start, KCNA said. "Feasting his eyes on the trails of ballistic rockets", Kim reportedly praised the Hwasong artillery unit that carried it out. "The four ballistic rockets launched simultaneously are so accurate that they look like acrobatic flying corps in formation, he said," the agency added, according to AFP. The military units involved are "tasked to strike the bases of the U.S. imperialist aggressor forces in Japan in contingency", KCNA said. South Korea’s defense ministry initially said the North had fired an "unidentified projectile", but Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe later said the reclusive state launched four ballistic missiles, three of which fell into Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. "The latest launches of ballistic missiles clearly demonstrate evidence of a new threat from North Korea," Abe told reporters at his residence, according to the Reu-
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North Korea’s launch of four missiles was a training exercise for a strike on American bases in Japan, Pyongyang's official KCNA news agency reported late on Monday
ters news agency. The items were fired from North Pyongan province "around 7:36 a.m." South Korean time, South Korea’s defense minister said in a statement earlier. The UN Security Council later unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. North Korea threatened to take "strong retaliatory measures" after South Korea and the United States began annual joint military drills that test their defensive readiness against possible aggression from the North, noted the Reuters news agency. The isolated country last year tried to launch a Musudan type missile eight times, but most of
he online whistleblower organization WikiLeaks has published thousands of pages of what it says are confidential CIA documents that expose a massive hacking program employed by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. The 8,771 documents, which were published by WikiLeaks Tuesday and dubbed “Year Zero” by the organization, encompass “the entire hacking capacity of the CIA.” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes a speech from the balcony of A spokesman for the CIA the Ecuadorian Embassy, in central London, Britain Jonathan Liu said the agency does not comment “on the au- gence documents.” said the CIA “lost control of thenticity of purported intelliIn a statement, WikiLeaks the majority of its hacking arsenal.” The group said the cyber tools were disseminated among some former U.S. government hackers, one of whom gave the material to Wikileaks. “"Year Zero" introduces the scope and direction of the CIA's global covert hacking program, its malware arsenal and dozens of "zero day" weaponized exploits against a wide range of U.S. and European company products, include Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows and even Samsung TVs, which are turned into covert microphones,” WikiLeaks said. The online whistleblower organization WikiLeaks has published WikiLeaks also claims the thousands of pages of what it says are confidential CIA CIA possesses a library of documents that expose a massive hacking program employed
those attempts failed. It did, however, carried out two nuclear tests last year, in defiance of UN sanctions. Several weeks ago, North Korea tested a ballistic missile from the Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan. The test came a month after Kim said that the country was close to test-launching an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). State media later said such a launch could come “at any time”. The UN Security Council later unanimously condemned North Korea for its "irresponsible and provocative" attempts to evade sanctions. by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (INN)
See WikiLeaks Says it Exposes , page 36
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MARCH 10, 2017
Cuomo Announces New Measures to Tackle Anti-Semitism in NYS While on Unity Trip to Israel Continued from page 1 and look forward to working together to benefit our communities and set a global example for international cooperation.”
The New YorkIsrael Commission The Commission is made up of the following individuals: • Mort Zuckerman (Honorary Chair) Former CEO, Boston Properties and Owner & Publisher of the New York Daily News and the U.S. News and World Report • Allen Faigin (Co-Chair), Executive Vice President, Orthodox Union • Malcolm Hoenlein (CoChair), CEO, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations • Linda Mirels (Co-Chair), Former Chair, UJA Federation of New York
• Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers and Secretary, Jewish Labor Committee • Sol Werdiger, CEO, Outerwear and Chairman of Agudath Israel • Howard Zucker, Commissioner, New York State Department of Health The New York-Israel Commission will work to promote and create opportunities to develop new programs and economic partnerships that celebrate the relationship between New York and the Jewish community. Members of the Commission will be responsible for proposing initiatives to create programs and launch educational and cultural exchanges that meet the goals outlined below to strengthen the partnership between New York State and Israel in several key areas. Governor Cuomo’s trip to Is-
Governor Cuomo is seen here with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. They both spoke of the importance of denouncing anti-Semitism and all forms of prejudice and bigotry
in Jerusalem where the Governor laid a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance. After the wreath laying ceremony, both President Rivlin and Governor Cuomo gave brief statements to the media.
“These acts of antiSemitism have also transpired on college campuses, so an entirely new generation has been exposed.”
Governor Cuomo meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem
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rael comes on the heels of what appears to be yet another Jewish cemetery vandalism. On Saturday night, it was reported that over 40 tombstones were toppled over at the historic Washington cemetery in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.
Addressing the scourge of contemporary Jew hatred in the boldest of terms, President Rivlin told reporters: “In recent weeks a dark, bad, evil wave of anti-Semitism has struck the United States and just last night another attack on a Jewish cemetery in Brooklyn.” According to an article in the Jewish Press, President Rivlin expressed his gratitude to Governor Cuomo for making the trip to Israel. “Your arrival to Israel at this time is an extremely important signal that the American people and government will not let anti-Semitism win.
Governor Cuomo noted in his response, “Yad Vashem is a living reminder of what the Jewish people went through, and what this world allowed them to go through. It reminds us all of the potential danger. In the United States now we have had a rash of anti-Semitism, over 100 acts of anti-Semitism, and I am sad to say also in my state, the state of New York. “It is disgusting, it is reprehensible, it violates every tenet of the New York State tradition. New York State by its definition is a celebration of diversity, it accepts all who believe in the spirit of inclusion, and who live by discrimination of none. New York’s principles are built on a rock, they will not change, and the political wind will not change them. “To the people of Israel, I say
Governor Cuomo attends a security briefing at the police headquarters in the Old City of Jerusalem with Minister of Public Security and Strategic Affairs, Gil Erdan. The Governor is seen here warmly greeting an Israeli soldier as he continues to display his show of support to the Jewish people while in Israel
that these acts of anti-Semitism will not be tolerated, New York State has reacted aggressively with extraordinary measures, more aggressively than any other state in the nation, I am proud to say. We have posted rewards, we have put together a special unit of the State Police – we have made it clear that there will be no tolerance for these acts of anti-Semitism.” He added, “My sadness is that now another generation of young people has had to experience this pain, a pain that for many young people was only in the history books is now very much in their daily lives. These acts of anti-Semitism have also transpired on college campuses, so an entirely new generation has been exposed.” He concluded, “This trip has
two purposes; number one, while some would weaken the relationship between the people of the State of New York and our Jewish brothers and sisters, the purpose of this trip is to strengthen those relationships through cultural exchange, through economic development partnerships, and we’ll be working on them. The second purpose of this trip is “Hineni”, I am here, I have been here before, and I will be here again. Our relationship is enduring, the relationship between the Jewish community and the people of the State of New York is built on mutual support and respect, it is built on love, and that will not change, and you have my word on that as a representative of the people of New York.”
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Governor Cuomo participates in Memorial Ceremony at Hall of Remembrance with President Reuven Rivlin
According to published reports, however, cemetery officials are ascribing the fact that the tombstones were knocked over to weather related conditions and less than adequate maintenance. This incident still spotlights the wave of anti-Semitism that has manifested itself the United States in the forms of other Jewish cemetery vandalism and a string of bomb threats to Jewish Community Centers around the country. On Sunday. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin accompanied Governor Cuomo in his visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Center
On behalf of the State of Israel, I would like to express our appreciation for your visit and for the clear and powerful message you have sent. “The same appreciation goes to President Donald Trump, who condemned the recent attacks. And we are deeply touched by Vice President Mike Pence who went and gave a hand – and a voice – in fixing the broken gravestones. The fact that so many Christians and Muslims came to aid the Jewish communities sends the clearest message against racism and hatred. It is a sign of great hope and civil courage.”
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Knesset Holds Emergency Debate About US Anti-Semitism
Interior Ministry Can Now Ban BDS Activists From Entering Israel
By: Ilana Messika
By: Yoni Ariel
K Nachman Shai (Zionist Camp) slammed the government on Tuesday for displaying indifference to the wave of anti-Semitism that has swept the United States in recent weeks, in contrast to Israel’s history of standing up for Jewish communities under threat in other places. “We have seen dozens of terrible incidents in recent times, including vandalism, defacing of Jewish cemeteries, threats against Jewish community centers and more. But despite our long-standing practice of coming to the defense of threatened Jewish communities, when it comes to the United States, we are silent.”
“I call on the Israeli government to put the theory of being the leader of the Jewish people into practice by standing up for Jewish communities in the United States” “Jews have always fought for the rights of minorities,” Shai told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) by email. “I call on the Israeli government to put the theory of being the leader of the Jewish people into practice by standing
MK Nachman Shai (Zionist Camp) slammed the government on Tuesday for displaying indifference to the wave of anti-Semitism that has swept the United States in recent weeks, in contrast to Israel’s history of standing up for Jewish communities under threat in other places. Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir/TPS
up for Jewish communities in the United States. We must defend them, like they have done for us so many times.” Shai’s statement came on the heels of Tuesday’s stormy emergency session of the Knesset Committee for Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs about the recent wave of anti-Semitic attacks in the United States. Monday, a swastika was carved into the door of a synagogue in Ohio. Over the past two weeks Jewish cemeteries in Brooklyn Philadelphia and St. Louis have all been vandalized and dozens of Jewish community centers in 12 states have re-
ceived approximately 90 bomb threats since January. “For many years there was a sense that the United States was the safest place for people of all religions and ethnic groups, a place with tolerance for any religion or race. Unfortunately, this has changed 180 degrees”, said committee chairman MK Avraham Neguise (Likud). Commentators and politicians have been quick to blame the attacks on the heated rhetoric of US President Donald Trump. “I do not think you can ignore the connection between See Knesset Holds Emergency , page 38
Roman-Era Road Unearthed Near Bet Shemesh By: Ilana Messika
sraeli archaeologists announced the discovery of a 2,000-year-old road last month near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem. The road passes close to the Israel National Trail, the hiking path that runs the length of Israel from the Lebanese border to Eilat. The Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) said researchers discovered the road during preparatory infrastructure digging for the installation of of a water pipeline, at the initiative of the Beit Shemesh water corporation “Mei Shemesh”. Irina Zilberbod, director of the excavation on behalf of the IAA, said the road used to follow a similar route to today’s Route 375, was up to 6 meters wide and continued for a distance of approximately 1.5 kilometers. “Apparently, the road would have served as a link between between the Roman settlement situated close to the Palestinian
“The presence of a milestone (a stone marking distances) bearing the name of the emperor Hadrian which was discovered in the past close to the road reinforces this hypothesis”
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his past Monday night, the Knesset passed the law empowering the Interior Ministry to ban known BDS activists from entering the country. The law does not apply to Israelis active in BDS. The law passed its third and final reading 46:28. This law is one of several steps the government has taken since establishing an anti-BDS task force two years ago. Other steps include lobbying foreign governments to curtail BDS activities when they cross the line from anti-settlement to anti-Semitism. BDS (Boycott-Divestment-Sanctions) is a loosely organized coalition of dozens of pro- Palestinian activist groups. It has active on many US and other Western college campuses. BDS claims to be anti-settlement, and promotes efforts to boycott produce from what they define as “illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank”. In reality, many of the groups operating under the BDS banner have morphed from legitimate anti-settlement organizations to overtly anti-Semitic ones. They regularly accuse Israel of being an illegitimate apartheid state that has no right to exist, and call for total SA style sanctions on it until it collapses, just as the
The Knesset recently passed the law empowering the Interior Ministry to ban known BDS activists from entering the country
apartheid regime in SA. BDS holds a series of “Israel Apartheid Weeks” on dozens of campuses all over the US, Europe and South Africa. Campuses with active BDS chapters have become hotbeds of anti-Semitism, masquerading as merely anti-settlement. Jewish students at these campuses report a pervasive atmosphere of hostility and intimidation. Knesset Interior Committee Chairman David Amsalem (Likud) said the law was a reasonable self-defense response. “We are not talking about banning activists who criticize Israeli policy, and think we should withdraw from Judea and Samaria and allow a Palestinian state to be established there, but
those who have clearly crossed the line, and are clearly pursuing an anti-Semitic agenda aimed not at ending what they call the Israeli occupation, but Israel’s very existence”. Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Homeland) MK Bezalel Smotrich, one of the MKs who initiated the law said that the law send a clear message that Israel will confront its enemies wherever they are. “The days of turning the other cheek are over, and Israel will act to neutralize the threat posed by this new age anti-Semitism”. Joint List leader Ayman Odeh and other Arab MKs condemned the law as undemocratic and another sign of right wing McCarthyism. (TPS)
Congressional Committee Examines Possible Sites for Jerusalem Embassy By: Yoni Ariel
ep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, said on Monday evening that President Trump would not renew the waiver that enables the President to postpone implementing the Congressional decision to relocate the US embassy to Tel Aviv. He is heading the committee’s tour to Israel. Speaking as a press briefing at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, he said that he did not think President Trump would sign the Israeli archaeologists announced the discovery of a 2,000-yearwaiver, which is due for renewal old road last month near Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem in May. “May will be close to the village of Bayt Nattif (southwest ered in the past close to the road 50th anniversary of the liberaof Jerusalem) to the main high- reinforces this hypothesis” she tion of Jerusalem, and I expect way known as ‘Emperor’s Road’, explained. President Trump will let the Between the pavement waiver expire”. stated Zilberbod. The “Emperor’s Road”, also stones, the archaeologists unknown as “Caesar’s Road”, was covered four coins. One dates built by the Romans in order to from Year 2 of the Great Revolt “May will be close to the make an easier path for them or the First Jewish-Roman War 50th anniversary of the to travel with their armies and (67 CE), a coin from the Umaliberation of Jerusalem, yyad period (660-750 CE), a horses. and I expect President “The construction of the coin of the prefect of Judea, Pon- Trump will let the waiver Emperor’s Road is thought to tius Pilate, dating to 29 CE and expire” - Rep. Ron have taken place at the time a coin of Agrippa I from 41 CE DeSantis (R-Florida) of Emperor Hadrian’s visit to that was minted in Jerusalem. The Roman Empire develthe country around 130 CE, or slightly thereafter, during the oped their international and Ever since Congress enactsuppression of the Bar Kokh- national networks in an un- ed the Jerusalem Embassy Act ba revolt in 132-135 CE” said precedented manner mostly as of 1995, the President has the a result of military campaigns, right, under section 7, to sign Zilberbod. “The presence of a milestone an infrastructure aimed at facil- a semi-annual national security (a stone marking distances) itating ruling an ever-extending waiver that enables him to postbearing the name of the emperpone implementing the decior Hadrian which was discov- See Roman-Era Road Unearthed , page 38 sion, citing national security in-
Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Florida), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, said on Monday evening that President Trump would not renew the waiver that enables the President to postpone implementing the Congressional decision to relocate the US embassy to Tel Aviv. He is heading the committee’s tour to Israel.
terests. So far, all the Presidents (Clinton, Bush, and Obama) who have held office since the measure was passed have consistently postponed relocating the embassy by renewing the waiver every six months. Asked by TPS as to whether the President might link the relocation to progress on a regional peace agreement, he said that he did not think there was a link. He did, however, imply that the President could let the waiver lapse, and still slow-track implementation citing technical issues, if he decided he wanted to link the relocation to other regional developments. He then went on to say that “the Presi-
dent has a prerogative to determine implementation scheduling, based on overall policy priorities, if he believes it would help the US achieve such an important aim as a regional agreement between the Arab states, Israel and the Palestinians”. He said that the delegation had visited two possible sites for locating the embassy, the current American Consulates at Agron Street in the center of the city, and east Talpiot. He said it seemed that the quickest solution would be to house the embassy at Agron Street, at least temporarily. See Congressional Committee , page 38
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Turkish Journalists Breathe Easy in Israel
he first thing one notices when meeting a group of Turkish journalists is their sense of relief. It is the relief that comes with a rush of air after being smothered – not quite to death, but nearly to the point of asphyxiation – by a pillow, or perhaps a thick woolen blanket. It is also a look that quickly gives way to fear when asked about Turkey’s domestic politics, and especially about Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Out of an 11-person delegation of leading journalists from around Turkey, not one would agree to be quoted by name to TPS. The fear is understandable: According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, at least 81 of the 259 journalists currently imprisoned worldwide are in Turkish prisons. Furthermore, if the numbers weren’t enough, the ruling AKP party has not hesitated to warn local media about: On February 23, for instance, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş told the state-run Anadolou News Agency that “I am saying very clearly that the media will have to watch [their] step… I’m sorry, [but] in a country that is struggling against terrorism the media cannot be a fun farm. Nobody can act on behalf of terrorist organizations in the
media. Some media outlets are still using the terminology of terrorist organizations.” Although the warning was couched in terms of fighting terror – nearly 300 Turks and visitors died in at least 10 terror attacks between October, 2015 and the end of 2016 – the journalists in question said the real message of the warning was clear: Don’t criticize the
told TPS. “The atmosphere is completely different to the one at home – I personally know 11 people in jail who have been waiting four months just for an indictment. This means the judiciary is working slowly, either because it has been emasculated or because the judges have been told to drag their feet in order to send the media a message.” The delegation, hosted by
Ties hit a new low in 2010 when a group of pro-Palestinian activists tried to break through Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip on the MV Mavi Marmara (pictured above) passenger vessel. IDF navy seals stopped and boarded the ship before reaching Gaza and were attacked by a mob on deck. Nine Turkish nationals were killed in the ensuing clash, leading Ankara to recall its ambassador from Israel and to expel Israel’s ambassador from Turkey.
government. “I’ve been to Israel at least five or six times,” one member of the delegation, who asked not even to have her city named,
the foreign ministry, is part of an ongoing attempt by Israeli officials to repair ties with Ankara. Ties between the countries have a history of extreme
and Erdoğan signed a reconciliation agreement last year, but “The atmosphere is mutual suspicion has prevented completely different relations from warming. The to the one at home – I visiting journalists told TPS that personally know 11 the “jury is still out” over whethpeople in jail who have er or not the Marmarra recon- been waiting four months ciliation deal actually signals just for an indictment” a new dawn for Israel-Turkey ties, mainly because Erdoğan’s future domestic political needs felt a connection with the flotilla to send aid to Gaza. are unclear.” “But the Marmarra issue is more than that and it plays on people’s feelings about the government. anti-government folks feel the government set up a senseless clash and sent nine people to die. Pro-AKP folks say the ‘terrorist Israelis’ murdered nine Turksh peace activists,” the person said. “It would be wrong to say the Marmarra issue is behind us,” said another person, “but the process is beginning. A lot depends on the referendum [to decide whether Turkey will continue to be governed by a parliamentary system or will move Although the warning was couched in terms of fighting terror to an executive presidency. Sup– nearly 300 Turks and visitors died in at least 10 terror attacks porters say the referendum will between October, 2015 and the end of 2016 – the journalists in preserve stability in the country. question said the real message of the warning was clear: Don’t Opponents say the move would criticize the government. Photo Credit - Gad Amiton neutralize any legislative checks “Even for the man on the and balances of the executive before reaching Gaza and were attacked by a mob on deck. Nine street, it is hard to tell what branch. If the agreement serves Turkish nationals were killed in people are thinking,” said one Erdoğan’s domestic political the ensuing clash, leading An- journalist. “In general, Turks needs, he’ll stick to it and prokara to recall its ambassador feel a lot of sympathy for the mote it. “If not, I wouldn’t count on from Israel and to expel Israel’s Palestinians, so there is always that underlying issue that bugs it,” said the person. ambassador from Turkey. Prime Minister Netanyahu people. In that way, most people (TPS) highs and lows but have seen a steady decline since Erdoğan, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP in Turkish), was elected in 2002. Ties hit a new low in 2010 when a group of pro-Palestinian activists tried to break through Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip on the MV Mavi Marmara passenger vessel. IDF navy seals stopped and boarded the ship
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Knesset Foreign Affairs MK to Challenge Netanyahu in Elections
Lieberman: US Warned Israel About Annexing West Bank
By: Yoni Ariel
Edited by: JV Staff
K Avi Dichter (Likud), Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has announced he is a candidate to be the Likud’s next candidate for prime minister, irrespective of whether Netanyahu runs or not. To date, Dichter is the only Likud MK to say he will challenge Netanayhu. The fact that a Likud frontbencher – and a close ally of Netanyahu – has openly challenged the prime minister, is an indication that the prime minister is losing the faith of his party due to mounting legal problems. Many observers and pundits believe that by the end of the year Netanyahu will have resigned and that new elections will be held some time between November 2017 and May 2018. According to unconfirmed reports, Netanyahu has already sent out feelers to Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit, as to whether a “resignation in return for no indictment” deal is possible. In related developments, it has been reported that Minister of Transportation and Minister of Intelligence and Atomic Energy Yisrael Katz has reiterated his intention to run for PM and Likud leadership, but only after Netanyahu has left public life. He made a similar statement earlier this week, which was published in Globes.
MK Avi Dichter (Likud), Chairman of the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, has announced he is a candidate to be the Likud’s next candidate for prime minister, irrespective of whether Netanyahu runs or not. Photo Credit: Hillel Maeir
This is another sign of the growing but still unspoken consensus in the political establishment that Netanyahu will not be able to wriggle out of his growing legal problem, and that he will probably have to resign by the end of the year, or at the latest, early next year, precipitating early elections. Other likely contenders are Tzahi Hanegbi and Gideon Sahar. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, both of whom left the Likud to form their own parties, could also return home and put their hats in the ring. Katz, who has a problematic image as an extremist, and to some extent as a thuggish politician, is trying to burnish his standing as a responsible states-
man. He has rejected the criticism of the State Comptrollers report by some of his party colleagues, who have accused the State Comptroller of writing a political report. Katz, a member of the Knesset since 1998, had recently made headlines when he announced towards the end of January, a few days after President Trump’s inauguration, his intention to bring before the Cabinet a plan to annex most of Judea and Samaria. This move followed a reported attempt by Netanyahu to delay efforts by right-winger politicians, headed by Naftali Bennett, to annex Ma’ale Adumim, east of Jerusalem. Notably, this was perceived as a challenge to both Bennett and Netanyahu. (TPS)
Israel Stuns South Korea to Open World Baseball Classic By: Brent Scher
srael's national team opened its first trip to the World Baseball Classic with a 2-1 extra innings victory over South Korea, one of the favorites to win the tournament. As the underdog Israel was made to play the game on the road in Seoul's Gocheok Sky Dome, but they got out to an early lead and managed to contain the Korean offense for ten innings. After scoring on an infield single in the top of the 10th inning, Israel retired the side in the bottom half of the frame to complete the upset. The Israeli team, mostly composed of American Jews, has been the butt of many jokes about the world baseball tournament. ESPN described the team as a "rag-tag bunch of MLB wannabes and has-beens." "If you aren't familiar with Team Israel, they're essentially the Mighty Ducks, Hickory High, and the Jamaican bobsled team all rolled into one," wrote ESPN senior writer Eddie Matz. The team is comprised of only eight players with major league baseball experience, one of whom, Jason Marquis, was the starting pitcher in the game. The 38-year-old righty hasn't
Israel's national team opened its first trip to the World Baseball Classic with a 2-1 extra innings victory over South Korea, one of the favorites to win the tournament.
pitched in the majors since 2015, when he went 3-4 and posted a 6.47 earned run average. Starting at third base for Israel was Ty Kelly, who despite getting an at bat in the MLB playoffs last season said that this was the "most stressful game" he had ever played in. Israel opened the tournament as a 200-1 underdog to win. It is one of two teams making its debut in the WBC, and will face off against the Netherlands in its next game. The team, which wears "Jew Crew" t-shirts and has a lifesize "Mensch on a Bench" as its mascot, is the lowest seed in
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its group, which in addition to South Korea and the Netherlands includes Chinese Taipei. Cody Decker, a minor leaguer playing in the Milwaukee Brewers system, has said that he likes the fact that Israel is going into the tournament "under the radar." "What I like about our guys is that a lot of us have been discarded and pushed aside in their careers, and all have something to prove," Decker said. "I like the fact that we're under the radar. That no one is paying any attention. But this is something that's very important to some of us." (WASHINGTON FREE BEACON)
srael's defense minister said Monday the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration. "We received a direct message - not an indirect message and not a hint - from the United States. Imposing Israeli sovereignty on Judea and Samaria would mean an immediate crisis with the new administration," Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said at the start of parliament's foreign affairs and defense committee meeting. Judea and Samaria is the biblical term for the West Bank, land Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war and continues to occupy. The defense minister was responding to a media interview with lawmaker Miki Zohar, of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party, in which he rejected the idea of a Palestinian state and advocated for a "one-state solution" in which Palestinians would have Israeli citizenship. "The two-state solution is dead," Zohar told i24NEWS, an Israeli TV channel. "What is left is a one-state solution with the Arabs here as, not as full citizenship, because full citizenship can let them to vote to the Knesset. They will get all of the rights like every citizen except voting for the Knesset," the Israeli
Israel's defense minister said Monday the U.S. has notified Israel that imposing Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank would lead to an "immediate crisis" with the Trump administration.
parliament. "They will be able to vote and be elected in their city under administrative autonomy and under Israeli sovereignty and with complete security control," Zohar added. Lieberman said he received phone calls "from the entire world" about whether Zohar's proposal reflected the Israeli government's position. He said imposing Israeli sovereignty on the West Bank would mean Israel would be faced with the financial burden of providing Palestinians with health care and other benefits. He called on the governing coalition to "clarify very clearly, there is no intention to impose Israeli sovereignty." In a striking departure from longtime American policy,
President Donald Trump has not explicitly embraced a twostate solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which Israel would end its occupation of the West Bank and an independent Palestinian state would be established alongside Israel. Trump said last month he would support whatever solution is acceptable to both sides. That has raised questions about what kind of agreement could be reached, and has led to calls by hard line members of Netanyahu's Cabinet to give up on the idea of a Palestinian state and formally annex part or all of the West Bank to Israel. A single binational state could require Israel to grant citizenship to millions Palestinians under its control, threatening its status as a Jewish-majority democracy.
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Ya’alon Throws Hat Into Prime Ministerial Ring By: Yoni Ariel
ormer Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon has announced he intends to form a new political party and run for Prime Minister in the next elections. He made the announcement this past weekend at a “Shabbat-Tarbut” event at Tel Aviv’s Habimah Theater. Observers were not surprised by the announcement, as it is an open secret that he has been planning such a move for some time. He has been meeting with a broad range of political and policy advisers, to begin laying the foundations for such a party. At the moment, he has registered an NGO, which will be his organizational platform, until the new party is formally established. Ya’alon has the potential to be a game changer, as he is the only candidate who can take votes from the Likud towards the center. For the past three elections, voters have changed their allegiances within the blocks, but have not crossed them. On the right, voters have moved back and forth between Likud and Jewish Homeland (Bayit Yehudi). On the left, voters have gone from Labor to Yesh Atid, headed by Yair Lapid, and back to Labor, but the right wing- religious block has maintained a lock on a parliamentary majority since 2009. The last time Likud voters cross-voted was in 2006, when Kadima, headed by Ehud Olmert crushed it 29:12, taking at least
Former Defense Minister Moshe (Bogie) Ya’alon has announced he intends to form a new political party and run for Prime Minister in the next elections. He made the announcement this past weekend at a “ShabbatTarbut” event at Tel Aviv’s Habimah Theater.
26 seats from the right wing and transferring them to the center-left block, enabling him to form a center-left government. Kadima was been founded by Ariel Sharon, who had been Likud leader and PM from 2001 until 2006, when he suffered a debilitating stroke. Sharon left his own party when it refused to back his centrist policies that included the withdrawal from Gaza. Netanyahu unceremoniously fired Ya’alon, who had been seen as his most likely heir, in order to enable him to bring Lieberman into the coalition. Lieberman’s price was the Defense Ministry,
which he had to have in order to be regarded as a legitimate post-Netanyahu prime ministerial candidate. Ya’alon resigned from the Knesset, and from the Likud. Ya’alon, like Sharon, was from the Likud’s moderate wing. Over the past decade, the moderates have lost ground in the party to the more radical right wing, which has increased its presence in the parliamentary faction and the Central Committee, at the expense of the moderates. Netanyahu dumped Ya’alon when he decided not to confront the radicals as Sharon had done, but to appease them. This means that there is a possibility Ya’alon could take the Likud’s more moderate voters, which provide between a third to half of its seats. This means Ya’alon starts out with a potential base of between 10-15 seats. Ya’alon is also a potentially attractive candidate to Labor’s pragmatic centrist wing. He has a Labor background, and is still formally a member of Kibbutz Grofit. If either Amir Peretz or Shelly Yehimovitch, both of whom are seen to represent Labor’s left wing, win the next primaries, Ya’alon could siphon votes from Labor as well. Tzipi Livni would also probably join him, and she had already proven she has a small but loyal base of voters than is worth 4-5 seats. He could also be an attractive alternative to Yesh Atid voters, who believe Lapid is not yet ready to be Prime Minister. (TPS)
Israeli Government Moves To Decriminalize Marijuana By: Andrew Friedman
annabis legalization and medical cannabis activists welcomed Sunday’s cabinet decision to decriminalize cannabis in Israel. Saul Kaye, the founder of the iCAN Global Accelerator for the Israeli Medical Cannabis Industry, said the move would lead to a spike in ICAN identifies innovative ventures; invests; connects professionals from various industries; and serves as a hub of knowledge, awareness and reeducation regarding Israeli Canna-Tech for audiences worldwide. Israel-Cannabis and CannaTech iCAN co-founder Saul Kaye said the move would benefit entrepreneurship and investment into cannabis in Israel and create jobs. “Decriminalizing Cannabis in Israel is a step towards creating a global canna-tech industry, with Israel at the forefront,” Kaye said. “This step, although not legitimizing use, will reduce the negative perception of the [cannabis] plant as ‘immoral or ‘criminal’ and increase openness to its outstanding medicinal & wellness properties. “Israel’s medical cannabis industry is the world’s most advanced, with over 50 ongoing clinical trials testing cannabis
Saul Kaye, the founder of the iCAN Global Accelerator for the Israeli Medical Cannabis Industry, said the move would lead to a spike in ICAN identifies innovative ventures; invests; connects professionals from various industries; and serves as a hub of knowledge, awareness and reeducation regarding Israeli Canna-Tech for audiences worldwide. Photo Credit: Aharon Krohn
efficacy on a variety of illnesses and diseases. As Israel is on its way to allowing the export of medical cannabis the financial rewards in Israel alone are expected to reach hundreds of millions of dollars,” Kaye added. Earlier Sunday, the government ratified a proposal by Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan to decriminalize the use of cannabis. Erdan called the government
vote “an important step towards creating new policy that will emphasize explaining [the dangers of drug use] and treatment instead of prosecution.” The vote followed the recommendations of a committee, nominated by Erdan, to impose fines on individuals caught possessing canabis. An inter-ministerial committee will now draft new legislation in order to implement the new policy. (TPS)
Ancient Stone Engraving Unearthed in Upper Galilee By: Andrew Friedman
Middle East. The dolmen itself was enclosed in an enormous rchaeologists from Tel stone heap (tumulus) approxHai College, the Israel imately 20 meters in diameter, Antiquities Authority and its stones are estimated to and the Hebrew Uni- weigh a minimum of 400 tons. versity of Jerusalem announced At least four smaller dolmens the discovery of a 4,000-year- that were positioned at the foot old dolmen, a large table-like of the decorated dolmen were stone structure, near Kibbutz identified inside the stone heap. Shamir in the Upper Galilee. The dolmen is marked by its huge dimensions and the artis- “This is the first time such tic decorations engraved in its a hierarchical dolmen ceiling. has been identified in the According to the Israel An- Middle East,” said the IAA tiquities Authority, the dolmen in a release. was discovered inside a large chamber measuring 2 by 3 me“In other words, what we ters, and was covered by an enormous stone estimated to have here is a huge monumenweigh at least 50 tons, one of the tal structure built hierarchically largest stones ever used in the (with a main cell and secondary construction of dolmens in the cells). This is the first time such
a hierarchical dolmen has been identified in the Middle East,” said the IAA in a release. The dolmen was discovered by Professor Gonen Sharon of the Galilee Studies Program at the Tel Hai College and is just one of some 400 stone structures dating to the Intermediate Bronze Age that are located in a field first unearthed by the late Moshe Kagan in the 1950’s.
About fifteen such engravings were documented on the ceiling of the dolmen, spread out in a kind of arc along the ceiling. No parallels exist for these shapes in the engraved rock drawings of the Middle East, and their significance remains a mystery.” The panel depicting the art was scanned in the field by the Computerized Archaeology
According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the dolmen was discovered inside a large chamber measuring 2 by 3 meters, and was covered by an enormous stone estimated to weigh at least 50 tons, one of the largest stones ever used in the construction of dolmens in the Middle East
Archaeologists from Tel Hai College, the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem announced the discovery of a 4,000-year-old dolmen, a large table-like stone structure, near Kibbutz Shamir in the Upper Galilee
Experts also said the dolmen provides evidence of “a significant and established governmental system in the region during the Bronze Age.
Experts said the latest find sheds new light on the nature of dolmens in ancient Israel. “This is the first art ever documented in a dolmen in the Middle East”, said Uri Berger, an archaeologist with the Israel Antiquities Authority and partner in the study. “The engraved shapes depict a straight line going to the center of an arc.
Laboratory of the Hebrew University. The resulting three-dimensional model of the engraving allowed researchers to study the dolmen with precision not previously available. “The three-dimensional scan enabled us to identify engravings that otherwise could not be seen with the naked eye”, explained Professor Lior Gross-
man, the laboratory director. Experts also said the dolmen provides evidence of “a significant and established governmental system in the region during the Bronze Age. “Archaeologists tend to interpret the past based on material finds,” said the IAA. “The absence of cities, large settlements and monumental buildings attests to the collapse of the governmental and economic systems during a ‘dark period’ in history. The dolmens tell a different story about the period – a story about a society that had a complex governmental and economic system that executed monumental engineering projects but did not leave behind any other archaeological evidence.”
“The gigantic dolmen at Kibbutz Shamir is without doubt an indication of public construction”, added Professor Sharon, “that required a significant amount of manpower over a considerable period of time. During that time all of those people had to be housed and fed. The building of such a huge construction necessitated knowledge of engineering and architecture that small nomadic groups did not usually possess. And even more importantly, a strong system of government was required here that could assemble a large amount of manpower, provide for the personnel and above all direct the implementation and control of a large and lengthy project”. (TPS)
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Bernie Sanders: The Prince of J Street
ince the inauguration of President Trump, the hostility against Israel has been ramped up.....by Leftist Jews and their gleeful, smirking, Palestinian associates in hate who have successfully infiltrated the Jewish "Two State Solution" movement. After all, for the last eight Obama years, the Palestinians were in control of the fictional "Peace Process" by merely sitting in their mansions observing the American Jewish Left, under Obama's watchful eye, push and punish Prime Minister Netanyahu to the point where Palestinian President Abbas stated quite openly back in 2015, "We welcome every drop of (Jewish) blood spilled in Jerusalem." And he not only got away with that call for bloodshed but the liberal American Jewish crowd stood in awe of his words. The J Street organization, a deeply Democrat-Far-Left, faux Jewish group that falsely calls itself "The Political Home for Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Americans," seems to be coordinating to counteract our new president who proudly states his love for and support for the State of Israel.
The Kid From Brooklyn who nearly made it to the White House were it not for Hillary's criminal use of the main stream media to destroy his campaign tore the house down with his support for: The Iran Deal, The Two State Solution, Security Council Resolution 2334 and raised the roof with his support for Hamas in Gaza. At its recent convention, J Street had a gathering that included guys with first names such as Ziad, Ali, Bashar and Omar who all chorused the need for an independent Palestine and the removal of the yoke of Israeli occupation, oppression and heavy handedness over the democracy craving, peaceful, Palestinian people. Their chorus lines were joined by envoys from Jewish anti-Israel groups such as T'ruah, Peace Now, the Reform Movement and the JCRC's. But the key Israel throat slitters to stand before the group were such as Nancy Pelosi, Tim Kaine Robert Malley, Tom Friedman, Martin Indyk and of course.......Bernie Sanders. The Kid From Brooklyn who nearly made it to the White House were it not for Hillary's criminal
Henry Wallace, our Vice President from 1941 through 1945 was a Communist. President Roosevelt rolled over for Joseph Stalin and gave him control of Eastern Europe. Democrats were in love with Russia then.
For the past 80 or so years, the Democrat Party has been in bed with Russia and its export, Communism. Our union movement from the United Mine Workers, United Auto Workers, garment workers, teamsters, etc., the backbone of the Democrat Party, all had their leaders taking orders from
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Bernie Sanders also waged his own war when he sent a letter to the proposed American Ambassador to Israel, whom he does not support, David Friedman in which he advocated for Israel spending much of America's pledged $38 billion in defense aid to Israel over the next 10 years for Palestinian aid
use of the main stream media to destroy his campaign tore the house down with his support for: The Iran Deal, The Two State Solution, Security Council Resolution 2334 and raised the roof with his support for Hamas in Gaza. And he knocked Israel for how it won and survived the 1948 War. That's Bernie for you. But Sanders also waged his own war when he sent a letter to the proposed American Ambassador to Israel, whom he does not support, David Friedman in which he advocated for Israel spending much of America's pledged $38 billion in defense aid to Israel over the next 10 years for Palestinian aid. He stated in the note that these monies: "should be directed toward measures that would facilitate a much greater flow of humanitarian and reconstruction materials" to Gaza. Apparently Bernie has had reports that Hamas' terror tunnels into Israel from Gaza are lacking the steel and concrete for their completion. The truth is, we've had it with American Leftist-Progressive-Democrat Jews who will not cease demeaning, demoting, disgracing and attempting to destroy the Jewish State of Israel. To them all, we apply the label of demented, deranged and just plain nuts! But consider they are all dangerous and should be denounced whenever and whenever they appear before you.
Dems & Russia = Hypocrisy bama supposedly in retirement, now encamped in his war-room mansion just a short walk from his old den, the White House, has unleashed accusations that President Trump has criminally been in collusion with Russia to subvert Hillary's recent failed campaign and to threaten our national security by secretly teaming up with Putin. So, according to all of the now outspoken, vociferously angry Dems, Putin is a bad guy and the Russians are not to be trusted. What a strange turn of events for anyone well versed in a bit of history.
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Moscow. Even Henry Wallace, our Vice President from 1941 through 1945 was a Communist. President Roosevelt rolled over for Joseph Stalin and gave him control of Eastern Europe. Democrats were in love with Russia then. More recently, Hillary, while our Secretary of State, orchestrated a deal with the Russian group, Rosatom, under the control of Putin, that gave over 20% of our uranium deposits to guess what nation? And all for the millions in bribes that Russia through its agencies poured into the Clinton Foundation. Throw in a half million $$ to have Bill speak to a dozing audience in Russia. She loved Russia and Putin then. Recall please, when President Obama whispered over an open mic to then Russian President Medvedev, that after he'd get re-elected he'd have more flexibility to placate Putin. Poland And Czechoslovakia had fits when Obama in an appeasement move removed all of our anti-missile defenses from those countries. He loved Russia then. Obama drew a red line for Syria's Assad, back in 2012 threatening to take action if the dictator gassed civilians. Assad did just that and because of Putin's actions in support of Assad, Obama backed down and people continued to die. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran was orchestrated with the approval of Russia who is that nation's ally in the Syrian War. During the 2012 election debates, Obama reprimanded his opponent , Mitt Romney when the Republican charged that Russia was our greatest threat. He loved Russia then. Throw in Bernie Sanders' the all powerful leader of the Democrat Left and his honeymoon in Russia, where he kvelled at the life of the ordinary Russian citizen. He now calls for Russia to be included in a new NATO. He still loves Russia. So, all in all, the Democrats are doing a one eighty on Russia, all to bring down the truly feared enemy of that nation, President Donald Trump.
Dear Editor: Lincoln believed that the United States is “the earth’s last best hope.” We Americans are living proof of the truth our great President’s words. We are the elements of every particle of the rainbow. We are from every country, we are of every religion, every culture and we all watch out for each other. In our American family, we are Jews, Sikhs, Buddhists, Catholics, Protestants, Muslims, Hindus and all people of good faith who are and who are not affiliated with any particular religion. Vandalism of Jewish cemeteries is a crime against our American family. A threat made to Jewish Community Centers is a crime against our American family. An attack against any faith is an attack against our American family. While the last months have seen a dangerous increase in the number of hate crimes in our nation, we Americans have learned the lessons of the prejudice that consumed Europe in the
years that preceded the Second World War. These attacks have this in common: They are the product of a volatile and dangerous combination of cowardice and hate. As members of the New York Chapter of the National Association of Jewish Legislators, we condemn these vile acts and pledge to stand together as part of our American Family to battle against hatred and cowardice. The death and near eradication of the European branch of our family is not lost on us. Nor have we forgotten that European governments failed to stand together in the face of the emergent hatred that was enabled to fester and result in the ritualized slaughter of 6 million defenseless Jewish civilians. Let us all unite to protect the “earth’s last best hope.” Sincerely National Association of Jewish Legislators - NY Chapter
Age of Consent at Marriage Under Siege Dear Editor: Our government is looking to further involve themselves in our children’s marriages! A law voted by the NJ assembly and awaiting a Senate vote would prohibit marriage before the age of 18. Many women in the Syrian Jewish community marry young. The proposed bill http://www. njleg.state.nj.us/2016/Bills/A3500/3091_R1.PDF will make such marriages illegal. We have many happily married couples in our community that attest that this bill will only hurt
us. Couples that marry before the age of 18 may be prosecuted by law. Please contact Senator Jenn Beck and ask her not to support this bill. You can reach the senator at the following e-mail address and/or phone number. firstname.lastname@example.org 732-933-1591 Sincerely Avraham Sharaby
Wants US to Recognize Golan as Part of Israel Dear Editor: As we’ve noted over the last few months, Donald Trump’s ascent to the Presidency portends well for Israel and us Israel advocates. On the other hand, while Mr. Trump has been quick to act on other campaign pledges, his steps to restore—and improve—the U.S. relationship with Israel have until now been optical, not substantive. While the President’s attitude toward Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have certainly been friendly, his commitments to Israel have yet to result in concrete changes. While it’s too early in the Trump administration to begin hard pressure, Mr. Netanyahu used his recent visit—and substantial political capital with the President—to push not for relocating the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, but for U.S. recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights. While both changes in U.S. policy would clearly benefit Israel, for many reasons, recognition of the Golan as Israeli territory would bring more benefits, both to Israel and the U.S. Quick background: Following the Arabs’ attack on Israel in 1967, and their ignominious defeat in just six days, Israel, for security reasons, took control of the Sinai Peninsula and Gaza from Egypt, Judea and Samaria (the West Bank) from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Since that time, Israel has made peace with Jordan and Egypt, relinquishing rights to water and lands, most notably the Sinai, which was returned to Egypt. Syria has steadfastly resisted a reasonable deal for peace, in fact insisting on a full return of the lost Golan lands, which would lead to a
security disaster for Israel. From a military standpoint, the Golan Heights provide the perfect view and attack platform over Israel’s vulnerable central Galilee plain. Certainly the unfolding of Syria’s sorry history over the last six years has supported Israel’s refusal to relinquish this precious strategic territory. The notion of Iran’s Hizbollah terror surrogates or ISIS seizing the Golan from Syria—either of which would have been likely—represents an unthinkable existential nightmare for the Jewish state. This week’s FLAME Hotline featured article, by Matthew Brodsky, lays out a compelling justification for the Trump administration to show leadership on the Golan question—and in the process do the United States a great favor on the Middle East chessboard. Brodsky, senior Middle East analyst at Wikistrat and former director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center in Washington, D.C., argues that this is an opportunity for the U.S. not only to do Israel a valuable favor, but also to leverage influence against Russia and Iran. Once you’ve reviewed this piece, we recommend you contact your Senators and Representative, recommending that they support such an action. Finally, I hope you’ll also quickly review FLAME’s current hasbarah campaign to expose five despicable media myths about Israel’s settlements in Judea and Samaria. Best regards, Jim Sinkinson President, Facts and Logic About the Middle East (FLAME)
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Obama’s Wiretaps? – Part I Details of a Watergate-style conspiracy against Trump emerge By: Matthew Vadum
mine his political opponents. It ‘wires tapped’ in Trump Tower might be said that every day of just before the victory. Nothing resident Donald Trump his presidency he committed at found. This is McCarthyism!” He followed that with “Is caused a media firestorm least one impeachable offense. Obama used the IRS to tar- it legal for a sitting President by claiming over the weekend that then-Pres- get conservative and Tea Party to be ‘wire tapping’ a race for ident Obama wire-tapped nonprofits, along with Catholic, president prior to an election? telephones at Trump Tower in Jewish, and pro-Israel organi- Turned down by court earlier. A Manhattan during the final leg zations. He brazenly lied about NEW LOW!” of last year's election campaign. Seeing the writing on the wall, tainted FBI Director James Comey promptly and publicly urged the Department of Justice to reject Trump’s claims. Although it is an attempt at a cover-up, it is an admirably transparent one. Now the outlines of a Watergate-like conspiracy are emerging in which a sitting Democrat president apparently used the apparatus of the state to spy on a Republican presidential candidate. Watergate differed in that President Nixon didn’t get involved in the plot against the Democratic National Committee until later as an accomplice after the fact. Here Obama like- Seeing the writing on the wall, tainted FBI Director James Comey ly masterminded, or oversaw promptly and publicly urged the Department of Justice to reject someone like the diabolical Trump’s claims Benghazi cover-up artist Ben That was followed by, “I'd Rhodes, masterminding the it, too. His Justice Department surreptitiously obtained tele- bet a good lawyer could make whole thing. phone records for more than a great case out of the fact that 100 reporters. He did nothing President Obama was tapping while Health and Human Ser- my phones in October, just prior Obama used the IRS to target conservative and vices Secretary Kathleen Se- to Election!” and “How low has belius repeatedly violated the President Obama gone to tapp Tea Party nonprofits, Hatch Act, an anti-corruption [sic] my phones during the very along with Catholic, sacred election process. This is statute. Jewish, and pro-Israel This is hardly an exhaustive Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) organizations. He brazenly lied about it, too. list of Obama’s misdeeds in of- guy!” A spokesman for Obama, fice. Books have been written about his corruption and many who now lives in former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Throughout his agonizingly more such volumes will follow. First thing Saturday morning, Lockhart’s walled mansion with long presidency, Obama serially abused his powers as the na- Trump tweeted, “Terrible! Just Valerie Jarrett on Washington’s tion’s Chief Executive to under- found out that Obama had my Embassy Row so he can pur-
Trump tweet, the Iranian mullahs’ best friend wrote, cheekily, that, “No President can order a wiretap. Those restrictions were put in place to protect citizens from people like you.” In fact, as Zero Hedge notes, Chapter 36 of Title 50 of the US Code, War and National Defense, Subchapter 1, Section 1802, states that under certain specific conditions: Notwithstanding any other law, the President, through the Attorney General, may authorize electronic surveillance without a court order under this subchapter to acquire foreign intelligence information for periods of up to one year … To no one’s surprise, the mainstream media was quick to slap down the president’s claim without even investigating, claiming Trump was recklessly microblogging without evidence. Perhaps the loudest media figure was the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferer, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, who was effectively a Hillary Clinton surroFormer federal prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy wrote earlier this week that the denial “seems disingenuous on several levels.” gate during the campaign. He said he wanted Trump to be “so decisively rebuked that the Rea carefully-worded statement. be.” Besides, Obama and his publican Party, the Republican “As part of that practice, neither President Obama nor any White gang have generally been smart voters will forever learn their House official ever ordered sur- enough to hide their tracks lesson that they cannot nomveillance on any U.S. citizen. when carrying out political inate a man so manifestly unAny suggestion otherwise is dirty tricks. The Departments qualified to be president in any of Justice and Homeland Secu- way, shape or form.” simply false.” Of course, as others quick- rity, FBI, CIA, and NSA, aren’t (TO BE CONTINUED NEXT WEEK) ly pointed out, the denial is headquartered in the White House. Obama could wage misdirection. Matthew Vadum, senior vice Former federal prosecutor war against Trump by creating president at the investigative Andrew C. McCarthy wrote multiple layers of plausible de- think tank Capital Research earlier this week that the denial niability. That’s what a commu- Center, is an award-winning in“seems disingenuous on several nity organizer from Chicago vestigative reporter and author of levels.” When a warrant is ob- does. the book, "Subversion Inc.: How Predictably, former Obama Obama’s ACORN Red Shirts Are tained under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), speechwriter Rhodes went on Still Terrorizing and Ripping Off “it is technically the FISA court Twitter to lie. Replying to a American Taxpayers." sue his unprecedented, taxpayer-subsidized post-presidential war against Trump, denied Obama ordered that Trump Tower be wiretapped. “A cardinal rule of the Obama administration was that no White House official ever interfered with any independent investigation led by the Department of Justice,” according to
that ‘orders’ surveillance.” Moreover, under the law, “it is the Justice Department, not the White House, that represents the government in proceedings before the FISA court.” McCarthy wrote presciently on Jan. 11 that “[t]he idea that FISA could be used against political enemies always seemed far-fetched. Now it might not
It’s Not Just About the Bags By: Senator Simcha Felder
ew York City residents are breathing a sigh of relief. We have finally defeated Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Bag Tax. This fight which we all waged wasn’t just about this one isolated tax. It’s about a mentality that the city revealed to us. We have a fundamental disagreement with Mayor de Blasio. The Bag Tax resulted from our Mayor’s insistence that the only way to address environmental concerns was to punish New Yorkers with a tax, which he liked to call a fee (but a rose by any other name…)The sponsor of the council bill said the fee was meant to “irritate ” New Yorkers into changing their behavior.
Government’s mandate is to protect its citizens and improve their quality of life, not to make it harder to get by But New Yorkers don’t want to be irritated. In fact, irritating people shouldn’t be the job of government. Government’s mandate is to protect its citizens
and improve their quality of life, not to make it harder to get by. Elected officials—from New York City to Albany to Washington —should be geared towards bettering the lives of their constituents. Reaching into the pockets of everyday people to teach them a lesson is simply unwarranted and unfair. Why are so many New Yorkers angry with our Mayor? The reason I and many of my colleagues hear most often is that they see the Mayor nickel and diming them at every turn. The Bag Tax was one more example of how the City over-fines, over-tickets and over-taxes New Yorkers. The Bag Tax at its core is just another way that the city wants to dictate how we live our lives. The truth is that we all pickup positive habits and behaviors from those around us. We don't need parenting from the city, we need governing. Growing up, my schoolbooks were protected with old newspapers. Paper wasn’t thrown out until every inch was used. We knew not to waste. We were raised with this understanding. We don’t believe that the Mayor’s office and the City Council should compose a Nanny-ocracy that dictates to New Yorkers about their sugar intake
or of course, when questioned about this type of governance, we can expect to hear double-talk or, worse, be demonized for asking such questions. In fact, last month at a hearing in Albany the mayor responded to my concerns with answers like “New York must lead the way in protecting the environment” or “big sodas aren’t good for you.” I agree.
don't. That is obviously rhetoric used to fuel their cause and polarize us even more. But the simple truth is we all want to do the right thing. That’s never been the issue. But we should take positive measures to get there. We can give a nickel back to New Yorkers who don’t use a plastic bag. Why doesn’t the City educate people about the environment? Isn’t it time that
Ask any number of New Yorkers and they will all tell you the same thing: They are sick of being shaken down by the City. But those same New Yorkers will gladly support positive measures to help.
What my critics have done is separate us into two camps. It’s People who care about the environment and those who
we begin implementing recycling laws that already exist? Recycling bins should be provided for shoppers. In short, let’s keep
it positive. Wouldn’t that make more sense? Ask any number of New Yorkers and they will all tell you the same thing: They are sick of being shaken down by the City. But those same New Yorkers will gladly support positive measures to help. Or we can take the route of the Mayor and the city council. We can continue punishing people, continue “irritating” them—continue delivering platitudes about mansion taxes and taxing the 1% while it’s really the 99% who are genuinely impacted by this elitist policy. But that wouldn’t be very fair, would it? Governor Andrew Cuomo signed vital legislation that I introduced and 164 of my colleagues in the Legislature (only 32 disagreed) have voted in favor of, effectively ending the bag tax. As a result, the Governor is establishing a statewide Task Force to develop a uniform State plan for addressing plastic bag
Why doesn’t the City educate people about the environment? Isn’t it time that we begin implementing recycling laws that already exist?
Senator Simcha Felder writes: “The Bag Tax resulted from our Mayor’s insistence that the only way to address environmental concerns was to punish New Yorkers with a tax, which he liked to call a fee (but a rose by any other name…) The sponsor of the council bill said the fee was meant to “irritate ” New Yorkers into changing their behavior.”
use. By the end of this year, my colleagues will conclude with a report and proposed legislation. And if I have anything to say about it, our plan will respect you. Senator Simcha Felder serves the 17th Senate District. He has been fighting the Bag tax and similar measures since his days on the New York City Council.
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Women’s ‘Resistance’ is Embracing the Wrong Palestinians By: Stephen Flatow
alestinian women have suddenly become prominent in the American women’s “resistance” movement, centered on opposition to President Trump. The group has chosen to welcome and elevate a Palestinian woman terrorist and one who is an apologist for terrorists. Sadly, there are so many Palestinian women who truly deserve to be honored by America’s feminists. One of the organizers of Wednesday’s “Day Without a Woman” general strike is none other than Rasmea Odeh, who was convicted of murdering two Israeli college students and now faces deportation for lying on her US immigration forms about her terrorist past. She’s not the only Palestinian extremist championed by the new women’s movement. One of the four co-organizers of last month’s Women’s March on Washington was anti-Israel zealot Linda Sarsour, a supporter of the bigoted BDS movement.
“Islamic Jihad is the group that carried out the bus bombing in which my daughter Alisa, and seven other innocent people, were murdered” Sarsour also has agitated for the release of Muhammad Allan, who was jailed by Israel for his
activities on behalf of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. “Proud of our new generation of Palestinian rights activists. Free #MUHAMMADALLAN,” Sarsour tweeted. Islamic Jihad is the group that carried out the bus bombing in which my daughter Alisa, and seven other innocent people, were murdered.
with Hamas.” The Caller report added: “An FBI document from Nov. 2001 states that Salah Sarsour’s brother, Jamil, told Israeli authorities in 1998 that he and Salah funded the terrorist group Hamas through the Holy Land Foundation, a Texas-based non-profit.” It’s probably not a coincidence
One of the organizers of Wednesday’s “Day Without a Woman” general strike is none other than Rasmea Odeh, (pictured above) who was convicted of murdering two Israeli college students and now faces deportation for lying on her US immigration forms about her terrorist past.
A few years ago, Sarsour tweeted: “Nothing is creepier than Zionism.” I, for one, can think of a few things creepier — for example, the sight of Linda Sarsour and Hamas terror operative Salah Sarsour smiling and posing together for photos at last December’s Muslim American Society-Islamic Circle of North America conference. According to The Daily Caller, Salah “spent eight months in an Israeli prison in 1993 for his work
that both Rasmea Odeh and Linda Sarsour are speaking at the upcoming convention of the far-left “Jewish Voices for Peace” group. Odeh and Sarsour are fast becoming the favorite Palestinians of America’s radical fringe. The Women’s March movement, however, isn’t a radical fringe. It is a mainstream movement that has proven it can mobilize millions, and it wants to be taken seriously by Washington policymakers and the news me-
dia. But if the women’s movement leadership continues to associate with the likes of Odeh and Sarsour, its credibility will suffer. So allow me to offer some free advice. The women’s movement certainly should take an interest in Palestinian women. Here are a few examples of Palestinian
an unauthorized boyfriend. According to The Washington Post’s Anne-Marie O’Connor, even when the Palestinian Authority imprisons such killers, “pardons and suspended sentences are common.” • Palestinian women politicians who are subjugated, such as Najat Abu Baker, a member of
“An FBI document from Nov. 2001 states that Salah Sarsour’s brother, Jamil, told Israeli authorities in 1998 that he and Salah funded the terrorist group Hamas through the Holy Land Foundation, a Texasbased non-profit.”
• The Palestinian women candidates for office whose names were concealed by the Palestinian Authority in listings for planned local elections last year. They were listed only as “sister of” or “the wife of.” The American women’s movement would never tolerate such discrimination in the United States; why should it turn a blind eye when Palestinian women are the victims? True peace will come to the Middle East only when the PalesOne of the four co-organizers of last month’s Women’s March tinian Authority adopts democon Washington was anti-Israel zealot Linda Sarsour, a supporter racy, pluralism and tolerance — of the bigoted BDS movement. Sarsour also has agitated for including an end to its mistreatthe release of Muhammad Allan, who was jailed by Israel ment of women. The American for his activities on behalf of the Islamic Jihad terrorist group. women’s movement can help that “Proud of our new generation of Palestinian rights activists. Free cause by siding with Palestinian #MUHAMMADALLAN,” Sarsour tweeted. women who are genuine victims, women who deserve the support the Palestinian parliament who not Palestinian extremists who was forced to hide in the parlia- murder innocent college students of American feminists: • The many Palestinian wom- ment building for 17 days after or agitate for the release of imen who are victims of “honor the PA police sought to arrest prisoned terrorists. killings” — sometimes as many her for criticizing PA President (ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED as two dozen in a year — in Mahmoud Abbas. According to IN THE NEW YORK POST) which men murder female rel- The New York Times, Abu Bakatives whom they suspect of vi- er’s “crime” was that she “said Mr. Stephen M. Flatow is a vice olating Islamic fundamentalist Abbas should resign and suggest- president of the Religious Zionists morals, such as premarital rela- ed that there would be money to of America. His daughter, Alisa, tions, dressing “provocatively” pay educators if ministers were was killed in a Palestinian terrorist or being seen in the company of not so corrupt.” attack.
Misunderstanding the Causes of Anti-Semitism By: Rafael Medoff
he events of recent weeks have revealed a surprising abundance of self-proclaimed experts on the causes of antisemitism. A Jewish ex-New York Times reporter, writing on the op-ed page of the Washington Post on March 3, declared that “the growing examples of antisemitism” —the bomb threats and cemetery desecrations— were “enabled, if not inspired, by [President Donald] Trump’s white nationalism.”
There was also a veritable torrent of assertions by pundits and Jewish organizational officials that if President Trump would be more vocal in his condemnations, that would help stem the tide of hate. The leader of one Jewish progressive group recently suggested the president is engaged in “outright advancement” of antisemitism. At the other end of the political spectrum, the president of a small Zionist organization asserted, without evidence, that the antisemitic incidents were “acts of frustration and misery” over the Trump administration’s support for Israel. He even claimed the attacks were “encouraged” by the recent UN
resolution on Israel. There was also a veritable torrent of assertions by pundits and Jewish organizational officials that if President Trump would be more vocal in his condemnations, that would help stem the tide of hate. Presidential pronouncements can indeed play a role in shaping public attitudes. There is value in trying to foster a social environment that discourages bigotry. So it’s good that President Trump has made public pronouncements on the subject, including in his State of the Union address. But the arrest and indictment of a St. Louis man for making “at least eight” of the anti-Jewish bomb threats pulls the rug out from under the politically-oriented “explanations” of antisemitism, and reminds us not to expect a presidential statement to have a significant or immediate impact. The suspect, Juan Thompson, is not a “white nationalist.” He was not inspired or encouraged by Donald Trump. Nor was he protesting the president’s support for Israel or the UN resolution. He’s an African-American journalist with extreme political views that predate Trump and are unrelated to Israel. Thompson’s Twitter profile features this Malcolm X quotation: “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.” According to the indictment, Thompson perpetrated the
crimes in order to pin them on his ex-girlfriend. Sure, it’s convenient to blame antisemitism on one’s political opponents. But it would make more sense to blame the antisemites themselves. Thugs
come to a halt with the arrest of Juan Thompson. So how will all our experts “explain” incidents that occur months, or years, after some presidential statement or United Nations resolution? Who will be blamed then?
The suspect, Juan Thompson, is not a “white nationalist.” He was not inspired or encouraged by Donald Trump. Nor was he protesting the president’s support for Israel or the UN resolution. He’s an African-American journalist with extreme political views that predate Trump and are unrelated to Israel. Thompson’s Twitter profile features this Malcolm X quotation: “You show me a capitalist, and I’ll show you a bloodsucker.” According to the indictment, Thompson perpetrated the crimes in order to pin them on his ex-girlfriend.
who threaten Jewish institutions or desecrate Jewish gravestones are not usually motivated by some policy position of a president. They assault Jewish institutions or Jewish property because they hate Jews, or because of deep personal problems, or some combination thereof. Antisemitic incidents will not
It’s a fair bet that some Jews will take to blaming each other. The sad phenomenon of Jews accusing other Jews of provoking antisemitism can be found throughout Jewish history. In recent times, assimilated Jews claimed that Zionist Jews would provoke accusations of dual loyalty. Jewish conservatives
claimed that Jewish opponents of the Vietnam War would provoke an antisemitic backlash. Some liberal Jews today claim that Israel’s behavior is the cause of Arab antisemitism. This blame game might be called Good Jew/Bad Jew. The “good Jew” insists that it is only because of the actions of the “bad Jews” that there is antisemitism. If those “bad Jews” would just stop doing ____ (name the objectionable behavior), antisemites would stop hating all Jews. That hypothesis has been tested many times, and always fails. Even those German Jews who gave up all Jewish beliefs and practices were still murdered by the Nazis. Russian Jews who embraced communism were still purged and persecuted by the Soviets. Jews in Arab countries were oppressed long before the State of Israel came into existence. And neither Jewish liberalism nor Jewish conservatism has provoked pogroms in the United States. The bomb threats and cemetery desecrations were not caused by either President Trump’s policies or President Obama’s abstention on the UN resolution, nor by Jews being too liberal or too conservative. There is no simple explanation for antisemitism. Sometimes it is influenced by religious or political factors, sometimes by socioeconomic situations. Often it is triggered by deeply person-
Dr. Rafael Medoff writes: “The bomb threats and cemetery desecrations were not caused by either President Trump’s policies or President Obama’s abstention on the UN resolution, nor by Jews being too liberal or too conservative. There is no simple explanation for antisemitism.”
al circumstances. Antisemitism has no single cause, and no single cure. Passions are rising throughout the American Jewish community, and those passions sometimes fuel bitter partisanship. Vigorous debate is an important part of a healthy democratic society. But using antisemitism as a rhetorical cudgel with which to beat one’s political rivals is not. Reckless blaming of those with whom one disagrees, instead of blaming the antisemites themselves, does a disservice to public discourse. (Dr. Medoff is the author or editor of 16 books on Jewish history, Zionism, and the Holocaust.)
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MARCH 10, 2017
“The Lies They Tell” - Tuvia Tenenbom's latest book A unique, funny and disarming man gets to the parts of America that Obama seems not to have noticed, even those populated by African-Americans By: Prof. Phyllis Chesler
any serious people have researched and written about anti-Semitism—but only a handful have attained a large, popular audience. This is understandable since the subject is sobering, even frightening. Often, our most distinguished experts find themselves preaching to the converted or only to other scholars who specialize in this area. How can we wake civilians up if they glaze over at our footnotes, taste despair, not triumph, in our documentation, and fail to understand our complex analyses?
Catch the Jew! Is yet another book written by Tuvia Tenenbom. It is about Jew hatred in Israel which also depicts how European governments continue their anti-Jewish policies by funding Israeli and other NGOs in order to mislead the entire world with defamatory and untrue propaganda about the Jewish state.
San Francisco sophisticates and rural, Western cowboys. In his new book, The Lies They Tell (Gefen Publishing) Tuvia takes his readers along for the ride in the most intimate and conversational of ways. We learn what car he’s driving, how difficult it is to smoke in America, what the motels, food, weather are all like from coast to coast. But he’s a good companion to have on this journey. Tuvia has written two previous books: I Sleep in Hitler’s Room about Jew-hatred in Germany and Catch the Jew! about Jew hatred in Israel which also depicts how European governments continue their anti-Jewish policies by funding Israeli and other NGOs in order to mislead the entire world with defamatory and untrue propaganda about the Jewish state. His books have the tremendous merit of avoiding all that is somber, or “heavy.” One cannot put his books down. And one is laughing (and sighing) all the way to the last page. These books were both bestsellers in Germany and in Israel. However, his German publisher backed out when Tuvia refused to remove what he’d written about Jews and Israel. (He hadn’t planned on writing about anti-Semitism at all but the subject kept coming up). Tuvia self-published the work and schlepped from city to city speaking, confronting his critics, charming his increasingly large audiences of readers. The Germans loved the book. European Jews were ashamed of “Tuvia the Jew”—until he was embraced by countless Christians in both Germany and Poland. Tuvia’s latest book, The Lies They Tell, is about America. Yes, about We, the People. He traveled to more than 25 states. What he found was eye-opening.
And then there are the gatekeepers who refuse to review such work—and if they do, make it a point to find just the right kind of critic, (often someone Jewish), who will mock and minimize the idea that contemporary anti-Semitism exists, or that it endangers Jews or the Jewish state. They tend to deem such work “hysterical,” “Cassandra-like,” lacking in nuance, utterly misguided. Enter Tuvia Tenenbom. Tuvia is a very funny man, a cosmopolitan showman, a chameleon, a clown, just as Chaplin or Falstaff were clowns, a roly-poly court jester, a man with a thousand disarming identities. Tuvia uses humor surgically, precisely, in order to lance pretentions and I Sleep in Hitler’s Room is a previous hypocrisy and, above all, to document book written by Tuvia Tenenbom and Jew hatred in a way that has us laughing it is about Jew-hatred in Germany as we groan. He found that all those who believe that climate change is a crucial issue also believe that “Palestine” is as imTuvia’s latest book, The Lies portant. Thus, Americans who do not They Tell, is about America. know where Palestine is on a map, who Yes, about We, the People. have never met a Palestinian, nevertheHe traveled to more than 25 states. What he found was eye- less believe that it’s an important cause. He also found that white people do not opening. attend black Churches—where there is the best music and most soul. He found Tuvia loves people and traveling, that Americans are reluctant to tell you has a great heart for the underdog, what they really think, especially if they and knows no fear when it comes to harbor racist thoughts—and if you ask exposing corruption and prejudice them for whom they voted—they’ll among both the powerful and the remain mum. Above all, Tuvia found downtrodden. He is neither a liber- the most entrenched poverty, racism, al nor a conservative, neither left nor and of course, both old-fashioned anright. If he is, one cannot learn about it ti-Semitism and the more new-fangled from his work. He pokes fun equally at versions. Tuvia is discouraged from visiting Church-goers and atheists; Seattle and
the Chicago district that first elected President Obama. Both white and black people insisted that it was far too dangerous for him to visit the primarily African-American Thirteenth District. He wants to see what Obama has “done for them. “ He takes the bus to the end of the line and then walks. Here’s what he found:
“A city within a city, a state within a state, a reality within a reality. This encampment, my guide tells me, is just one of a number of encampments in Hawaii. What’s an encampment? I let my eyes answer. Lines of tents, one after another, on both sides of the road, packed with people who have no home, no address, no future and hardly a life. Here are the voiceless and the forgotten: American citizens, seniors and infants, men and women, all members
Phyllis Chesler writes: “Tuvia Tenenbom loves people and traveling, has a great heart for the underdog, and knows no fear when it comes to exposing corruption and prejudice among both the powerful and the downtrodden. He is neither a liberal nor a conservative, neither left nor right. If he is, one cannot learn about it from his work. He pokes fun equally at Church-goers and atheists; Seattle and San Francisco sophisticates and rural, Western cowboys.”
in arguing Israel’s case, even in a lowkey and humorous way, Tuvia has been treated as a “right wing-conservative.” This is ironic. Much of what he writes can easily have been written by a left-wing journalist. For example: "The America I find is not the America I wished to find. It is racist, it is hateful and its citizens are bound to destroy themselves. Be they black and some Spanish who have nothing better to do with their time than shoot each other in the head; be they Jews who are possessed by a terrifyingly psychotic illness of self-hate; be they Indians who have given up any semblance of spirituality in exchange for acres and casinos; or be they all the others: whites, the rest of the Spanish, Muslims, Mormons and others who live in fear of one another." Or this: "These American patriots, by a strange psychological coincidence, convince themselves that they are the In his new book, The Lies They Tell (Gefen Publishing) Tuvia Tenenbom takes his readers along for the ride in the most intimate and conversational of ways. only true guardians of culture and morality and therefore it is their duty We learn what car he’s driving, how difficult it is to smoke in America, what to invade and bombard foreign counthe motels, food, weather are all like from coast to coast. But he’s a good tries that do not abide by their sense of companion to have on this journey. morality and ethics...(Americans) have “A few people walk by. Most are of the Red Zone Society of America. I huge bombs and sometimes they like to black, some are Spanish. I start walking make my acquaintance with some of drop them. America is also one of the around. One word comes to my mind: them, and they break my heart. Here strongest economies in the world, and hell. As I walk, all I can see is poverty are little kids, and here are old people. at times the strongest of them all, but staring in my face. Store after store is Some are less than one year of age, and can humanity rely on this country? I locked, forever shut and clearly aban- some are quite old, but all are deep into wouldn't." doned; even churches. I walk for some homelessness and most will likely nevtime… stare at the poverty and despair er get out of it.” Tuvia interviews a man born in Tuvia has often been attacked that this place projects in a deadly gaze that never ceases, and I am shocked American Samoa who is “touched” that by left-wing critics who are that this exists in the same city as the Tuvia has treated him like a human not comfortable with his (Magnificent) Mile. I have not even being. His name is “Mad Dog” and he devastating exposure of encountered such images in the Third clarifies that he is not “homeless, only “Fakestinian” victimhood and World. I want to scream: Is this Ameri- houseless.” Apparently, there are: all those who are part of this “Between five hundred and one ca? Am I in America?” vast, left-wing and Islamist He sees abandoned stores, aban- thousand people living in tents from conspiracy of dunces doned businesses. Only a few stores Ala Moana Boulevard to the ocean and the JABSOM medical school nearby, still function: Left-wing, right-wing, wingless—I “A Salvation Army station, a gas sta- depending on how many the authorition, a check-cashing business, liquor ties have been able to kick out of here still hope this new book is also a and lottery stores, and then a couple in the last sweep. Yes, they do this here. bestseller. of restaurants. I enter the restaurants From time to time the authorities, who (INN) and in each of them I am welcomed want to make sure that no tourist enThe writer, a Shillman-Ginsburg Felby poor lighting, broken toilets, dirty counters the poor, come and make a low at the Middle East Forum and refloors, broken chairs and dirty walls. ‘sweep,’ during which they push the cipient of the 2013 National Jewish Book And they are empty of diners, save for people out and sweep their tents away.” Award, is the author of sixteen books, inTuvia has often been attacked by cluding Women and Madness, Woman's one of them that has two people.” And then he talks to the residents. left-wing critics who are not comfort- Inhumanity to Woman, and The New They tell him about the gang violence, able with his devastating exposure of Anti-Semitism. She has written four the high body count, the robberies of “Fakestinian” victimhood and all those studies about honor killing, Her latest vulnerable senior citizens. As he writes: who are part of this vast, left-wing and books are An American Bride in Kabul, Islamist conspiracy of dunces. His cri- (Palgrave Macmillan) and Living HistoHe’s in “Hell.” In Hawaii, Tuvia visits an “encamp- tique of left-wing Jews (often the first ry: On The Front Lines for Israel and the ment.” There are no white people there. to criticize Israel but no one else), has Jews. Professor Chesler may be reached won him no points among them and, at her website www.phyllis-chesler.com All Tuvia sees is:
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The Shocking True Story Behind Spielberg’s Next Film With Papal consent, Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish child, was ripped from his family and raised as a Catholic in 19th century Italy By: Dr. Yvette Alt Miller
teven Spielberg’s next film focuses on a little-known tragedy that ripped apart a Jewish family in Italy. Based on The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara, a 1997 book by David Kertzer, it is the shocking story of a Jewish boy taken from his family in pre-unification Italy, with the blessing of Pope Pius IX. Even though it seems like something from Medieval times, this happened in modern times; Edgardo lived until 1940. In the 1850s, Bologna was the second city of the Papal States, an area of central Italy ruled by the Pope. Although many Italians were pressing for change, the city remained under sway of Church leaders. Bologna’s small Jewish community of 200 faced intense anti-Semitism and kept a low profile. In order not to draw attention to themselves, they had neither a community rabbi nor a synagogue. Momolo and Marianna Mortara lived in the center of the city and employed a series of local teenagers to help look after apartment and children. In 1853, the Mortaras’ housekeeper was 14 year old Anna Morisi. She’d moved into their home a few months after their son Edgardo was born. Morisi took a liking to the little Jewish baby: when Edgardo became ill at the age of one, the teenager told the local grocer that he was a handsome baby and she’d be sad to see him die. The grocer suggested that she baptize the child – maybe that would help
cure him. The young babysitter didn’t know how to baptize anyone, but she improvised, throwing a glass of water on him and saying some words that she soon forgot. “I figured that it wasn’t of any importance since I had done it without really knowing what I was doing,” she later recalled. But years later, the babysitter casually mentioned to a friend what she’d done to a Jewish boy she’d once looked after. Word soon travelled to Church authorities, and the girl found herself summoned to the official Inquisitor and interrogated The reaction of the Church was swift. The night of Wednesday, June 23, 1858, Papal Police descended on the Mortaras’ apartment and demanded to see all their children. Terrified, the Mortaras woke up their sleeping kids. Soon, seven exhausted children were assembled before the police: twin 11-year-old girls Ernesta and Erminia, 10-yearold August, nine-year-old Arnoldo, six-year-old Edgardo, four-year-old Ercole, and baby Imelda. “Your son Edgardo has been baptized,” the chief Papal policeman declared, “and I have been ordered to take him with me.” Weeping, both of Edgardo’s parents fell to their knees before the officer, begging for his mercy. A Jewish neighbor rushed to see what the commotion was about. “I saw a distraught mother, bathed in tears, and a father who was tearing out his hair, while the children were down on their knees begging the policemen for mercy. It was
Moritz Daniel Oppenheim’s ‘The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara,’ 1862
a scene so moving I can’t begin to describe it.”
ficials put out an official version of Edgardo’s journey: immediately after being removed from his parents, they declared, Edgardo became a devout Catholic, asking to stop in towns along
Steven Spielberg is currently casting the movie around the world and thousands of parents are excited about the prospect of having their child selected. Learning about this horrific story can help us appreciate that this was a real person and perhaps reminds us not to take our children’s Jewish upbringing for granted.
As the family’s screams echoed through the neighborhood, local Jewish residents and some members of the Papal guard went to the local Inquisitor to see if he would change his mind. After 24 grueling hours, the answer came: having been baptized, Edgardo Mortara was now a Christian, and as such could not possibly be left to be raised by Jews. The next day, June 24, 1858, the little boy was torn from his mother’s arms forever. Edgardo was brought to Rome. His kidnapping was attracting much attention. Eager to deflect criticism, Church of-
the way so he could see their churches. In reality, Edgardo later recalled sobbing for his parents. (He was falsely told they’d be waiting for him in Rome.) When he asked for the mezuzah he normally wore on a chain around his neck, he was given a crucifix to wear instead. In Rome, Edgardo was raised in the House of Catechumens, a home for new converts to Catholicism, including some Jews brought there against their will. In the mid-1800s, it was illegal for Jews to approach the building or communicate with those inside. One Jew was arrested for merely looking through a
Gustavo Latis holds a framed portrait of Edgardo (Rossella Tercatin/The Times of Israel)
window. Edgardo’s parents journeyed to Rome and after many months of pleading they were able to see their son briefly. Edgardo told his mother that he continued to say the Shema prayer every night. Pope Pius IX himself took a personal interest in Edgardo Mortara. Despite mounting international pressure against the kidnapping, the Pope regarded himself as Edgardo’s “new” father and refused to return the child, nor even have any contact again with his parents. By the time he was 13, after seven years of intense Catholic education, Edgardo took an additional name Pio, in honor of the Pope. When he came of age, turning 21 in 1873, Edgardo was ordained a Catholic priest. In 1878, Edgardo’s mother Marianna visited him, reestablishing contact after years of being forbidden to see her son. Marianna found Edgardo changed. He now ardently wished to convert Jews, especially his family, to Catholicism. When Marianna died in 1890, Italian newspapers ran sensational accounts of her supposed conversion to Catholicism at the insistence of her illustrious priest son. Rather than bask in these reports, Edgardo took pains to let the world know the truth: “I have always ardently desired that my mother embrace the Catholic faith, and I tried many times to get her to do so. However, that never happened, and although I stood beside her during her last illness, along with my brothers and sisters, she never showed any sign of converting.” The family stayed in touch. Edgardo’s great nephew Gustavo Latis told The Times of Israel in
2014 that for over a century, a picture of Edgardo stood in his family home with the dedication under it: “My blessed, beloved mother! May God keep you happy to the affection of your beloved son Pio-Edgardo, who loves you very much. Venice 15/XI/81”. Latis recalls Edgardo visiting his home, hanging his big black priest’s hat in their hall. His grandmother Imelda, Edgardo’s youngest sister, was “very attached to Judaism,” he recalls. “She always made sure that we would fast on Yom Kippur and celebrate Pesach, and she loved cooking Jewish dishes….” Despite her strong commitment to her Jewish faith, Imelda continued to stay in touch with her brother. But she was careful around her brother. Her grandson recalls, “Although the fraternal affection between them never ceased, my grandmother was very cautious around him. She feared his preaching, especially for us children.” Many of Edgardo’s Jewish relatives died in the Holocaust. Living in Belgium during World War II, Edgardo himself would have found his conversion to Catholicism insufficient to save him and might have been deported, had he not died in 1940, months before Germany’s invasion of Belgium, at the age of 88. Steven Spielberg is currently casting the movie around the world and thousands of parents are excited about the prospect of having their child selected. Learning about this horrific story can help us appreciate that this was a real person and perhaps reminds us not to take our children’s Jewish upbringing for granted. (AISH.COM)
Edgardo Mortara (right) with his mother and brother, c. 1880
Israeli Photos Shortlisted in Global Sony Competition Images from Haifa, Hula Valley and Ethiopia were singled out by judges in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Open competition By: Abigail Klein Leichman
mages shot by two Israeli photographers were shortlisted among the top 10 in the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards Open competition, the judges announced on February 28. Dina Alfasi was shortlisted in the Open Street Photography category and Bar Kaufman in the Open Wildlife category. Their chosen photos will be shown alongside the awards’
other shortlisted and winning images at the Sony World Photography Awards & Martin Parr – 2017 Exhibition in London from April 21 to May 7. Alfasi, an engineer from Hadera, snapped “Air” with her mobile phone while riding a city bus to work in Haifa. “There is something about the combination of a slim figure, slightly fragile, his way of seating and the background of sky and white clouds, creating a sense of levitation,” she explained. “I received many
comments from people who have written that they are not able to explain exactly what, but there is something magical about this situation.” Bar Kaufman’s “Red Heart of Africa” was taken during his travels through Africa. Kaufman noted of the Gelada baboons he photographed: “At the highlands of Ethiopia, those amazing creatures live. A few days of hiking in the Semien Mountains of Ethiopia takes you to their home. It was on that hike that I taught
myself to take pictures with a 24mm lens, and those baboons were the best models. I got in as close as they let me and took this picture. Looks like they’re just sitting there — thinking about life.” The judges also chose Israeli photographer Gal Gross’ “Silhouette” as one of the top 50 best images in the world in the awards’ Open Wildlife category. Gross is a lawyer and wildlife, nature and travel photographer from Petah Tikva. Her work was also recognized at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards in the Open Nature & Wildlife category
and since then has gone to exhibit locally and win other competitions. The shortlisted photographers will now compete to win their categories, to be announced March 28. The overall Open Photographer of the Year title and $5,000 cash prize is to be revealed at an awards ceremony in London on April 20. Prizes include the latest Sony digital imagery equipment and a trip to the London awards ceremony. More than 227,000 images from 183 countries were submitted to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards. (ISRAEL 21C)
“Air” was taken from a bus in Haifa. Copyright: Dina Alfasi, Israel, Shortlist, Open, Street Photography, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards
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'Memorandum' Detractors Ignore Evidence About Muslim Brotherhood in America By: John Rossomando
ome supposedly very smart, well-informed people are making ignorant and misleading claims in the debate over designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group. The Trump administration is considering designating the nearly 90-year-old Brotherhood, which seeks a global Islamic state governed by religious law known as shariah. Reasonable people can debate the merits. But a recent Washington Post column by Arjun Singh Sethi, an adjunct Georgetown University law professor, illustrates the way false information is being pushed by some opponents. Designation would be "exploited and manipulated for political gain" and used to target otherwise innocent Muslim American groups, Sethi argues. It would be all the more outrageous because, "The Brotherhood doesn't have a known presence in the U.S., most Muslim Americans know very little about it and no organization active in the U.S. has been shown to have any connection to it." This is entirely wrong, and there are Muslim Brotherhood documents in the public domain to prove it.
Sethi takes aim at one of those documents, a 1991 "Explanatory Memorandum" which calls for a "Civilization-Jihadist Process" whereby Brotherhood members in America work toward "destroying the Western civilization from within." The memorandum also suggests that Islam represents a "civilization alternative." "This memorandum, of which there is only one known copy, has been widely discredited and called a fantasy," Sethi writes. That one copy, however, was seized by FBI agents from the home of Ismail Elbarasse, whom prosecutors describe as the "archivist" for the Muslim Brotherhood in America. If it was a fantasy, it was deemed sufficiently exciting to preserve. In addition, its author played a prominent role in the Brotherhood's U.S. network. Sethi mentions none of these facts. Neither do the Southern Poverty Law Center or the left-leaning commentary website Alternet, which cited Sethi's column to dismiss those who point to Muslim Brotherhood fronts in the United States as "conspiracy theorists." Sethi further claims there is no evidence to show that "three of the largest Muslim organizations in the country — the Is-
lamic Society of North America [ISNA], the Council on American Islamic Relations [CAIR] and the North American Islamic Trust [NAIT] — are affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood" except for the explanatory memo. This statement also is objectively, demonstrably false.
ments – meeting minutes, reports and proposals – written by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. In addition, electronic surveillance picked up hundreds of conversations among Brotherhood conspirators. Their task at the time was to
CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad is included on a committee roster and participated in at least one significant Palestine Committee meeting.
The explanatory memo, like most of the information known about a Muslim Brotherhood network in the United States, became public during the 2007 and 2008 Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development (HLF) Hamas-financing trials held in Dallas. FBI agents seized a trove of internal docu-
run a series of political groups with the aim of benefiting Hamas – the Brotherhood's Palestinian branch – politically and financially. They united under the umbrella of the "Palestine Committee." In court papers, federal prosecutors noted that the Holy Land trial included "numerous
exhibits ... establishing both ISNA's and NAIT's intimate relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood, the Palestine Committee, and the defendants in this case." NAIT, a subsidiary of ISNA, served as a banking outlet for HLF's fundraising. "HLF raised money and supported HAMAS through a bank account it held with ISNA at NAIT...," prosecutors wrote in 2008, citing financial records admitted into evidence. "ISNA checks deposited into the ISNA/ NAIT account for the HLF were often made payable to 'the Palestinian Mujahadeen,' the original name for the HAMAS military wing." CAIR, meanwhile, is listed among the Palestine Committee's own entities. CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad is included on a committee roster and participated in at least one significant Palestine Committee meeting. Other groups attracted law enforcement scrutiny due to their Muslim Brotherhood ties. The International Institute for Islamic Thought (IIIT), for example, emerged from a 1977 meeting of Muslim Brotherhood luminaries from the U.S., Europe and the Middle East, according to Growth of Islamic Thought in North America:
FBI agents seized a trove of internal documents – meeting minutes, reports and proposals – written by Muslim Brotherhood members in the United States. Focus on Ism'ail Raji al Faruqi, written by Muhammad Shafiq, IIIT chair of Interfaith Studies at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. A 1988 FBI report, obtained by the Investigative Project through a Freedom of Information Act request, identifies ISNA, NAIT and IIIT officials as "members and leaders of the Ikhwan [Brotherhood]." The FBI document summarizes an interview with an unnamed source who notes that "all Muslim organizations founded under the direction of the IIIT leadership have been organized ... in 'the Ikhwan model,'" with the aim of recruiting support for an Islamic revolution in the U.S. "... [H]istoricaIIy members of the MSA and subsequently NAIT, ISNA and the IIIT have been IKHWAN members," the FBI document says. In sum, FBI investigations See 'Memorandum' Detractors , page 37
How Pakistani Law Enshrines Extremism and Weakens Counter-Terror Efforts By: Ammar Anwer
akistani extremists have killed nearly 50,000 people since 9/11. But government ineffectiveness has stymied efforts to contain terrorist violence. The government and military often are not on the same page, or have chosen a narrow and selective approach towards extremism, fighting one outfit and at the same time supporting the other. For instance, former President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Pakistan cultivated and possessed a soft spot for the Afghan Taliban. In addition, Pakistan has failed to take a firm stand against Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a radical outfit famous for its hateful rhetoric against India. The U.S. designated the organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2001, and the United Nations designated it as a terrorist outfit in 2005. Lately, signs of hope have started to emerge. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Army Chief of Staff General Raheel Sharif seem to agree about extremism and also seem to lack the selective approach that their predecessors had often adopted. As evidence, more than 250 people have been arrested for propagating hate speech, and a ban has been imposed on loud-
speakers, which were often used to promote sectarian violence. In addition, Pakistan launched a host of military operations against militants, including 2014's Operation Zarbe-Azb, which targeted militant groups including the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)
Peace, analyzes the impact of terrorism on the global community. The report conceded success of Zarb-e-Azb and stated, "Pakistan was the only country in the ten most impacted countries that saw a decline in deaths" but still ranked third in the world.
Former President Pervez Musharraf acknowledged that Pakistan cultivated and possessed a soft spot for the Afghan Taliban. In addition, Pakistan has failed to take a firm stand against Lashkar-e-Tayyiba, a radical outfit famous for its hateful rhetoric against India. The U.S. designated the organization as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2001, and the United Nations designated it as a terrorist outfit in 2005.
and the Haqqani Network. As a result, most of North Waziristan is now controlled by the military. The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) 2015, complied by the international research group the Institute for Economics and
Pakistan still has a long way to go to eradicate Islamist extremism. Pakistani law remains an obstacle to accomplishing this goal. Its constitution paves the way for religious intolerance as the following examples show:
Declaration of Ahmadis as non-Muslims
Discrimination against Ahmadis began shortly after Pakistan's inception in 1947. In 1953, a series of violent attacks was instigated against the Ahmadiyya community in Lahore.
shows no inclination toward ishable by up to three months in amending the law or eradicating prison or a fine. the discrimination. But vigilantes often take this law into their own hands. Ehtaram-eDuring the last Ramadan, an Ramadan elderly Hindu man was badly Ordinance beaten for eating publicly. The Ehtaram-e-Ramadan ordinance was passed in 1981 Pakistan's
contentious blasphemy law
Blasphemy is the act of insulting, showing contempt or a lack of reverence for God or that which is considered sacred. The blasphemy laws are now enshrined in section 295 A, B and C of the Penal Code, with their focus to protect Islam. Pakistan uses this controversial law at a level unparalleled in any other country. The law has had a disproportionate impact on minority communities. Minorities, which comprise just 4 percent of Pakistan's population, are targeted in more than In 1974, due to the strong pressure from fundamentalists, half of the 702 total blasphemy Ahmadis were officially declared non-Muslims in Pakistan. To law cases. The laws routinely are this day Ahmadis suffer religious discrimination and persecution while the state shows no inclination toward amending the law or used to target religious minorities like Hindus or Christians eradicating the discrimination. for personal or political motives. This action contradicts PaThe Lahore riots resulted in the during the tenure of General deaths of hundreds of Ahmadi Zia-Ul-Haq, and is part of the kistan's constitution which Muslims. constitution. It prohibits public guarantees the right to profess In 1974, due to the strong eating during Ramadan's fasting religion, equality of citizens and pressure from fundamental- hours. It is a blatant violation of protection of minorities. The law perpetuates an enviists, Ahmadis were officially religious freedom for non-Musdeclared non-Muslims in Pa- lims and secular Muslims. The ronment of intolerance and diskistan. To this day Ahmadis ordinance requires that restau- crimination. To guarantee equal suffer religious discrimination rants remain closed during fastSee How Pakistani Law , page 36 and persecution while the state ing hours. Violations are pun-
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People wait in line to purchase lottery tickets at the Port Authority bus station in New York May 17, 2013.
New York Couple Wins $10M On Lottery Scratch-off Ticket (VIN) Lottery officials say a New York couple has won $10 million on a scratch-off ticket, the single largest cash prize for scratch-off games in the state lottery’s history. State officials say the winning ticket was purchased at a convenience store in Poughkeepsie (poh-KIHP’-see), about 70 miles north of New York City. The New York State Gaming Commission says the ticket was part of the special 50th anniversary instant game, “$10,000,000 Cash.” The game’s tickets cost $30 each. The winning couple’s names haven’t been released. Lottery officials will present the couple with an oversized prize check Thursday afternoon.
JCCs in New York, Wisconsin hit with latest bomb threats (JNS.org) Jewish community centers (JCCs) in New York and Wisconsin received bomb threats Tuesday in the latest wave of threats targeting the American Jewish community. The Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester in Brighton, N.Y., was evacuated after an email alert went out to employees and members notifying them of the bomb threat. Around 75 people were in the building at the time. The threat against the Rochester-area JCC came just a week after headstones were overturned in a Jewish cemetery in that city. Additionally, the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Milwaukee, Wis., was forced to temporarily close after receiving an emailed bomb threat overnight. The same JCC has been targeted by two other bomb threats this year, both of which were phoned in.
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Pricey Parking Spot in Brooklyn on the Market for $300,000 (VIN) A parking space at a garage in Park Slope, Brooklyn, is on the market for $300,000. NBC New York (http://bit. ly/2lXUNsi ) says the last one there sold for $280,000. A neighborhood resident, Julie Hollar, says the sky-high parking costs more than her parents paid for their house.
NEWS IN REVIEW Julia Kite of the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives says it’s also around the current price of a condo in another part of Brooklyn. But it’s the new normal since developers tore down a 300-space garage to build new homes. Karen Ratner says she paid more than $100,000 for her spot a few years ago. She says there’s just “no other parking available.”
NATIONAL Iranian attack vessels threaten US ship; Netanyahu and Trump speak on Iran (JNS.org) Multiple Iranian Revolutionary Guard fast-attack vessels came close to a U.S. Navy ship in the Strait of Hormuz Saturday, forcing the ship to change direction, an American official said Monday. According to the U.S. official, the Iranian boats came within 600 yards of the UNNS Invincible, a tracking ship, Reuters reported. The Invincible was also being accompanied by three ships from the British Royal Navy at the time. The official said that the naval vessel attempted to contact the Iranian ships over radio, but there was no response, and the interaction was “unsafe and unprofessional.” Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke briefly Monday evening in a conversation that primarily focused on the Iranian threat. According to a readout provided by the Prime Minister’s Office, the Israeli and American leaders spoke about Iran’s nuclear ambitious and its regional aggressiveness, as well as “about the need to work together to deal with these dangers.”
Israeli lawsuits prompt Facebook to enable reporting incitement (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Brooklyn District Court last week began hearing arguments for two federal lawsuits brought against Facebook by an Israeli advocacy group. The Shurat HaDin - Israel Law Center filed the combined billion-dollar legal action in October 2015 on behalf of American victims of Hamas terrorist attacks and 20,000 Israeli plaintiffs, over claims that Facebook facilitates incitement against Israelis. The organization is also asking the court in New York to issue an injunction against Facebook to remove the inciting pages, monitor the methods of incitement and block them, and hold the social networking giant responsible for allowing terrorists on its network. According to the plaintiffs, Facebook knowingly provides sources of support for terrorist organizations, such as Hamas, which violates American anti-terrorism laws. Shortly before last week’s hearing began, Facebook provided its users with the option of reporting inciting content and organizations involved in “terror or organized crime.”
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The two lawsuits were submitted by attorneys Robert J. Tolchin and Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, Shurat HaDin’s founder.
Think tank calls on Silicon Valley foundation to halt funding to extremist groups (JNS.org) The Middle East Forum (MEF) think tank is urging the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) to stop funding extremist groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and Islamic Relief. The SVCF gave eight donations totaling $330,524 to those two groups, MEF’s Islamist Watch project found. “When the SVCF funds Islamist groups, it is betraying those moderate Muslims working to free their faith from the grip of extremists, who have learned to shroud their work under the guise of charitable endeavor,” Gregg Roman, director of MEF, said last week. CAIR received five donations from the California-based foundation totaling $132,933, while Islamic Relief received three donations totaling $197,591, MEF said. “CAIR and Islamic Relief regularly give platforms to speakers who incite hatred against women, Jews, Christians and the LGBTQ community,” MEF said. CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator during the 2008 Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing trial. In 2014, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a largely devout Muslim country, designated CAIR a terrorist organization. Islamic Relief is a designated terrorist entity both in Israel and the UAE. Banks such as UBS and HSBC have closed Islamic Relief bank accounts over concerns about terrorism financing. In response, SVCF’s CEO Emmett Carson said, “We are proud of our support for CAIR and the work they do to enhance understanding of Muslims and Islam, encourage dialogue and protect the civil liberties of American Muslims. We stand by the grants we have made to CAIR and to Islamic Relief.”
Jewish leaders meet March 3 with FBI Director James Comey and other federal officials to discuss the recent wave of antiJewish threats and attacks in the U.S. In response to the incidents, two major Jewish umbrella organizations announced the formation of the new National Security Advisory Council. Credit: Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.
New Jewish security council formed in wake of anti-Semitic threats and attacks in US (JNS.org) In response to the recent nationwide wave of an-
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ti-Jewish attacks and threats, two major Jewish umbrella organizations Thursday announced the formation of the new National Security Advisory Council. The Secure Community Network (SCN)—a security initiative run by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and the Conference of the Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations—created a council whose members include a former deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “SCN leaders and council members have been working closely with DHS, FBI and local law enforcement, as well as congressional and administration officials, to ensure ongoing threats and incidents targeting the Jewish community remain a priority and all law enforcement and other relevant resources are leveraged in thwarting these events,” said a statement from the organizations involved with the initiative.
Trump starts Congress speech by noting wave of anti-Jewish threats and attacks (JNS.org) President Donald Trump began his address to Congress Feb. 28 by calling attention to the recent nationwide wave of anti-Jewish threats and attacks. “Tonight, as we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month, we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still remains,” Trump said. “Recent threats targeting Jewish community centers and vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, as well as last week’s shooting in Kansas City, remind us that while we may be a nation divided on policies, we are a country that stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms.” In his speech, Trump also noted how his administration “reaffirmed our unbreakable alliance with the state of Israel” by recently imposing “new sanctions on entities and individuals who support Iran’s ballistic missile program,” following Iran’s ballistic missile test in defiance of a United Nations resolution.
leader, and will reportedly not visit the Palestinian Authority (PA) leadership in Ramallah. “Contrary to expectations that Modi would include Palestine in his itinerary too, like many ministers did in the past, he will be traveling only to Israel,” the Times of India reported, noting that the move underscores the “di-hyphenation” of India’s relations with Israel and the Palestinians. The PA’s envoy to India, Adnan Abu Alhaija, said he was “shocked” by Modi’s decision to skip a Ramallah visit, but that PA President Mahmoud Abbas will likely visit India before Modi’s Israel trip. Modi is expected to visit Israel on his return from the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, during the second week of July. The Indian government said it believes the standalone visit to Israel will further “underline the significance of India’s special ties with the Jewish nation.” The visit will mark 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two allies.
Air India (plane pictured) announced plans to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
India’s largest airline begins direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) India’s largest airline, Air India, announced Thursday plans to launch direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi. The airline plans to offer three weekly flights on the route, which is expected to become operational in May. The route is expected to serve the increasing number of Indian tourists visiting Israel and Israelis traveling to India as a result of the strong ties developed between the two countries. Direct flights between Tel Aviv and New Delhi are currently only INTERNATIONAL available on Israel’s flagship airIndian PM Modi to line, El Al. visit Israel in July, According to Israel Airports will reportedly skip Authority data, travel between Palestinian territories Israel and India has grown sig(JNS.org) Indian Prime Min- nificantly in recent years, and the ister Narendra Modi will make number of passengers flying dia historic visit to Israel this sum- rectly between the two countries mer, the first by a sitting Indian reached 158,000 last year.
MARCH 10, 2017 Israel notches stunning victory over South Korea in World Baseball Classic (JNS.org) Israel shocked the baseball world Monday, beating heavily favored host nation South Korea 2-1 in 10 innings in the opening game of the World Baseball Classic (WBC) tournament. With Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred in attendance at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, Israel’s Scott Burcham broke a 1-1 tie with a single up the middle against Korea’s Chang-Yong Lim that allowed the go-head runner to score. “Definitely the most stressful game I’ve ever been a part of. But it was worth it,” New York Mets prospect Ty Kelly wrote on Twitter after the game. The Israeli victory was the first game of the 16-team WBC international tournament. Israel and Korea compete in Pool A, which also includes Taiwan and the Netherlands. Most of the baseball players representing Israel are Jewish Americans, with only two members of the team possessing Israeli passports. According to WBC rules, players can compete for any country in which they are eligible for citizenship. Under Israeli law, all Jews receive automatic citizenship.
Israelis gather at the Rose Garden in front of the Knesset legislature to smoke marijuana, marking the international “4/20” marijuana celebration day and advocating for Israel to legalize the drug. On Sunday, the Israeli government voted in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use. Credit: Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Israeli government votes to decriminalize recreational marijuana use (JNS.org) The Israeli government voted in favor of decriminalizing recreational marijuana use, joining several other European countries and U.S. states that have adopted similar measures. At Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said a team of experts had studied the issue
MARCH 10, 2017 and that “this obviously needs to be done in a careful and controlled manner.” “On one hand, we are opening ourselves up to the future. On the other hand, we understand the dangers and will try to balance the two,” he said. Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan called the cabinet’s vote “an important step toward implementing the new policy, which will place the emphasis on awareness and treatment rather than criminal enforcement.” According to the new policy, first-time offenders will receive a $270 fine, which would double for a second offense. A third offense would warrant a police investigation and fourth offense would result in criminal proceedings. Selling and growing marijuana would still remain criminal offenses. Israel has been a world leader in marijuana research, with Israeli scientists being among the first to identify the key compounds in marijuana such as THC, the principle psychoactive compound found in the drug.
Israeli Knesset passes bill banning BDS supporters from entering country (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Knesset Monday approved a controversial bill to deny visas and residency permits to people who support boycotting Israel. The new law, approved in a 46-28 vote, gives Israel’s interior minister the authority to decide on any exceptions to the rule. The abstract to the bill, sponsored by Members of Knesset Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) and Roey Folkman (Kulanu), states that “over the past few years, calls for boycotts against Israel have grown louder. It seems to have become a new battlefront against Israel and the state has yet to be able to duly counter it…. This bill seeks to prevent private individuals or those representing companies, associations or organizations that support boycotting Israel from promoting their agenda on Israeli soil.” Israel’s political opposition lambasted the bill as “vindictive” against those who refuse to align themselves with Israel’s policies.
23 artists to visit Israel as part of regional bid to save Dead Sea (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Twenty-three artists from around the world are scheduled to visit Israel in mid-March to raise awareness for the efforts
The Jewish Voice to save the shrinking Dead Sea. The Dead Sea, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world, is shrinking at a rate of more than a meter (3.3 feet) per year. The initiative is the brainchild of the Ornithological Center in the Society for Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI), which partnered with the Netherlands-based Artists for Nature Foundation and the Tamar Regional Council in southern Israel to promote it. Established in 1953, the SPNI is Israel’s leading environmental nonprofit organization. According to the SPNI’s website, the Dead Sea venture also involves collaboration with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority. From March 16-27, the artists will paint portraits of the Dead Sea as well as local landscapes from both the Israeli and the Jordanian sides of the sea.
Israeli defense minister rejects annexing Judea and Samaria (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Trump administration has warned Israel against pursuing unilateral moves across Judea and Samaria, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. “We received a direct message that imposing Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria would result in an immediate crisis with the United States,” Lieberman told the committee Monday. “Let me make my view perfectly clear: We need to separate from the Palestinians, not absorb them into our territory,” he said. Lieberman noted that a comment by Member of Knesset Miki Zohar (Likud)—who said that in a one-state situation, Palestinians would be given all rights except the right to vote—has garnered international attention, and that as defense minister, he has been repeatedly asked whether Zohar’s remark represents the government’s position on the matter. “You have to understand that imposing Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria means [absorbing] 2.7 million Palestinians, and I’m not even talking about the political implications, international law and the international community’s reaction to us not giving them the right to vote,” Lieberman said. “Under Israeli law, they will have to be given at least residency status, like the Palestinians in east Jerusalem. This means that from day one, Israel will have to pay them over 20 bil-
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lion shekels ($5.4 billion) in social by Prime Minister Benjamin benefits like unemployment and Netanyahu, infiltrators—illegal health care.” border crossers—poured into Israel from the Sinai Desert by the thousands. “Since 2012, when progress was made on building a ground obstacle on the southern border and a legislative amendment was applied to prolong the length of time for which illegal migrants can be held in custody, there has A parchment page from the been a dramatic decrease in the 400-year-old Book of Esther scroll number of infiltrators entering that will be uploaded to the Israel illegally,” the Population website of Israel's national library. and Immigration Authority's reCredit: National Library of Israel. port stated. Ahead of Purim, Israeli Since May 2016, not one Aflibrary displays 400-year- rican infiltrator has illegally enold Book of Esther scroll tered Israel through the border (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to fence with Egypt, the report addJNS.org) As the Purim holiday ed. Israel’s highest influx of illegal approaches, the National Library of Israel has put a 400-year-old migrants came in 2011, when hand-illustrated copy of the Book 17,268 Africans entered Israel. of Esther on display. The scroll, dating back to the 1600s in Italy, will soon be uploaded to the national library’s website. The curator of the library’s Judaica collection, Dr. Yoel Finkelman, said the illustrations on the scroll are full of violence, bloodshed and beheadings in an apparent attempt to portray A Palestinian Fatah Facebook the ancient Purim story as vividly post glorifying violence. as possible. Facebook reinstated Fatah's “A study of the rich detail re- official page just one day after veals hints that the illustrator initially shuttering it following a expected that given the tense rash of posts glorifying terrorism relations between Jews and and murder against Israelis. Christians and because of the Credit: Palestinian Media Watch. anti-Semitism throughout ChrisFacebook apologizes, tian Europe at that time, God reinstates Fatah page would inflict the same violence after shuttering it over on the Christians if they dared to glorifying terror attack Jews,” Finkelman said. The scroll was commissioned (JNS.org) Facebook reinstated by Mordechai Ben Eliyahu Ha- the official page of the Palestinlevy from the city of Brescello, ian Fatah political party just one near Parma, in 1616. A scribe day after initially shuttering it named Moshe Ben Avraham following a rash of posts glorifyPeshkarol copied and illustrated ing terrorism and murder against the scroll in 1617. The scroll cov- Israelis. ers 27 parchment pages and was Facebook originally shut down much-used, as evidenced by the the page Feb. 27 over a picture of many stains and damage to its the late Palestinian leader Yasser colors. Arafat holding a rifle that belonged to an Israeli soldier, who Only 18 people breached was abducted in the 1980s by PalIsrael’s borders in estinian terrorists in Beirut. 2016, report says But just a day later, Facebook (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to reversed the decision and apoloJNS.org) Only 18 African infiltra- gized for shutting down the page. “The page was removed in tors have entered Israel illegally since January 2016, the lowest error and restored as soon as we number in recent years, the quar- were able to investigate. We apolterly report of the Israeli Interior ogize for this mistake. All pages Ministry’s Population and Immi- have to abide by our community standards,” a Facebook spokesgration Authority has found. Before the construction of person said in a statement. Palestinian Media Watch the Israel-Egypt border fence, a project proposed by the Israel (PMW), an organization that Defense Forces and authorized monitors Palestinian incitement,
said Facebook reinstated the account without removing any of the terror-promoting material that is regularly posted by Fatah. According to PMW, posts this year by Fatah—which is headed by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas—have glorified Palestinian arch-terrorist Abu Jihad, who planned attacks that killed 125 Israelis; have promoted dying for “Palestine;” and have endorsed violence in other ways.
Israeli father shoots terrorist inside home, with baby in next room (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A Palestinian terrorist armed with a knife in each hand, who attacked a man inside his home in the South Hebron Hills March 1, was shot and killed. After hearing a suspicious noise outside his home, Shabtai Koshobalski opened his front door and was confronted by a terrorist standing holding two knives. Koshobalski, whose wife and infant son were also home at the time, fought with the terrorist before running inside to retrieve his gun from the living room. The terrorist stabbed Koshobalski, lightly wounding him, an Israel Defense Forces spokesperson said. Koshobalski’s dog intervened, attacking and biting the terrorist, and giving Koshobalski time to find his gun. The father shot and killed the terrorist—who was later identified as Saad Muhammad Ali Qaisiya, from the nearby village of ad-Dhahiriya—inside his living room. Koshobalski’s wife and baby were in the adjacent room throughout the ordeal.
Israeli convert to Islam arrested for trying to join Islamic State (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Israel’s Nazareth District Court last week indicted 39-yearold Valentin Vladimir Mazalevsky on charges of making contact with a foreign agent, attempting illegal travel to an enemy state and obstructing justice. The indictment noted that he supports the Islamic State terror group. Mazalevsky, a convert to Islam who lives in Shibli-Umm al-Ghanam in northern Israel, was allegedly in contact with Islamic State operatives and had in his possession content supplied by the terrorist group. According to the indictment, Mazalevsky wanted to travel to Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula or to Syria to join Islamic State.
PAGE 25 In January, Mazalevsky wrote a message about his plans to join the terrorist organization to a group of Islamic State supporters of Russian origin on the Telegram messaging app. He later had correspondence with an Islamic State operative who instructed him to go to Turkey and remain in touch from there, so that he could be transported to Syria. Mazalevsky bought a plane ticket to Turkey in accordance with the instructions. Eventually, he was arrested at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport as he prepared to depart for Turkey.
The Israeli company Spacecom’s Amos-3 communications satellite. Spacecom’s Amos-7 satellite began operating last week, marking a major milestone after the loss of two such satellites in the past two years. Credit: Spacecom via Tsahi Ben-Ami/ Flash90.
Israel’s Amos-7 space communications satellite becomes operational (Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An Israeli space communications satellite began operating last week, marking a major milestone after the loss of two such satellites in the past two years. The Israeli company Spacecom’s Amos-7 satellite replaces the aging Amos-2 communications satellite, and will service clients in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The same task had been designated for the Amos-6 satellite, which was destroyed last September when an explosion engulfed the Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket that was carrying the satellite during a routine test at Cape Canaveral Airbase in Florida. The explosion occurred two days before the satellite was scheduled to be launched into orbit. Additionally, Spacecom had lost contact with the Amos-5 communications satellite in 2015. Amos-7 is “a key element in expanding our multi-regional growth patterns and enhancing the array of communications— broadcast, broadband and data— that we can provide,” said Spacecom’s senior vice president of sales, Jacob Keret.
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Gov Christie Joins Jewish Community Center Rally in Tenafly
Jackson Council Pulls Ordinance Targeting Jewish Dormitories
By: Kristina Stukalenko
Edited by: JV Staff
overnor Chris Christie of New Jersey has joined forces with his Democrats in the US Senate; namely Bob Menendez and Cory Booker in denouncing anti-Semitic hate crimes. Christie’s speech took place in the gymnasium of the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey. Christie was joined by Democratic representatives Bill Pascrell, Josh Gottheimer, Senate majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and Bergen County executive Jim Tedesco during his rally against hate crimes directed against Jews. The meeting occurred in response to a bomb threat that was directed at the center last Monday. This was the third of its kind for the community center this year according to the Observer. Senator Bob Menendez masterminded the meeting, whose purpose was to congregate elected officials and a member of the New Jersey Jewish community in order to examine comparable anti-Semitic incidents and discuss how to coordinate methods of preventing them in the future, along with the possible implications that these threats may have for the New Jersey-based Jewish community at large. The Governor told those as-
Governor Chris Christie delivered a speech at the Kaplen Jewish Community Center on the Palisades in Tenafly, New Jersey. The meeting occurred in response to a bomb threat that was directed at the center last Monday.
sembled in the center that “such vile actions cannot be met with silence. It is up to all of us to stand up, stand together and speak up against anti-Semitism…anyone in this state who commits that type of crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sent to prison. If you want to be one of the 8.9 million people in New Jersey, one of the requirements is to love thy neighbor as you love yourself. We will continue to speak out against Anti-Semitism because it is baseless….but we will also speak out against other forms of hate as well. Bob Menendez seconded Christie’s affirmations. “Such vile actions cannot be met with silence. It is up to all of us to stand up, stand together and speak up against anti-Semitism.”
To follow through with the lip service they paid on Monday, Menendez and Christie plan to allocate funds to heighten security at Jewish non-profits. Christie emphasized that there would be harsher punishments for comparable hates crimes within the State. “Anyone in this state who commits that type of crime will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and sent to prison.” Senator Booker also took to the stage to echo Christie’s sentiments. “The ideal for a great society is all people coming together around one table. It is the ideal for America. E Pluribus Unum. Yes, we are here as a response to hatred…but that is not the only reason we are here. We are here as an affirmation of love.”
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hen Jackson Township Council President Ken Bressi proposed a township wide ban on dormitories in his town, it was clear to everyone what the goal of that ordinance was and who the targets were. In nearby Lakewood Township, home to Beth Medrash Govoha, one of the world’s largest Orthodox Jewish Yeshivas, most Jewish students live in dormitories, but some, in makeshift dormitories, sometimes in homes located in residential areas of the township. Even though Jackson Township’s border is nearly 5 miles from the BMG campus, out of the required walking distance of the university, the township proposed the ban on dormitories. These dormitories became a local spotlight in January when a fire at a makeshift Lakewood dormitory displaced 50 students. Many in Jackson’s Orthodox community felt the ban on dormitories was a moot point since none currently exist and the likelihood of Yeshiva dormitories in the town is very low. They felt the proposed law was simply another ordinance targeting members of their faith unfairly.
Members of Jackson’s Orthodox community had approached the township council to offer advice and feedback, to work together to craft sensible ordinances that would help maintain the quality of life in town in a manner that would not be seen as a continued crackdown against members of their faith.
In the past, members of Jackson’s Orthodox community had approached the township council to offer advice and feedback, to work together to craft sensible ordinances that would help maintain the quality of life in town in a manner that would not be seen as a continued crackdown against members of their faith. Those community leaders said their offer to support the council’s effort to maintain quality of life standards were flatly rejected. On Tuesday night, as the township council was poised to pass the ordinance, an obvious effort to curb the growth and migration of the growing Orthodox Jewish population, they
were met with an audience of nearly two hundred Orthodox Jewish men who came to protest the action. Upon seeing the large gathered crowd, the council quickly suspended their regular public business meeting and entered a private executive session, a rare action for the 5 member all-Republican board. After a few minutes, the council returned to the public meeting and announced it would not be voting on the ordinance and it needed further legal and zoning board review, admitting flaws in the manner in which the ordinance was proposed, reviewed and introduced. (VIN)
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The American Sephardi Federation Presents the 20th Anniversary of the New York Sephardic Film Festival Experience History and Travel Through Time from Baghdad to Greece, Ethiopia to Switzerland, and Israel to Iran – (March 30 – April 6) Edited by: JV Staff
n its 20th Anniversary Edition, the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) recently announced the programs for its weeklong celebration of diverse stories and rich histories portrayed in film at the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF).
In its 20th Anniversary Edition, the American Sephardi Federation (ASF) recently announced the programs for its weeklong celebration of diverse stories and rich histories portrayed in film at the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival (NYSJFF).
The Festival features a different themed program each day. Select nights are dedicated to the Moroccan, Iraqi, Greek, and Yemenite Jewish communities. For the first time at the Festival, the untold stories of how Sephardic Jews from Algeria, Tunisia, and Greece suffered during the Holocaust are shared during a full day of films, “Sephardim in the Shoah” (Sunday, April 2). “From Ethiopia to Israel” (Tuesday, April 4) explores the challenges of emigration. “An Evening of Empowering Sephardi Women” (Monday, April 3) showcases three films that explore women’s experiences and highlight differences in gender relations and expectations between Ashkenazi and
Dimona Twist directed by Michael Aviad is about a town (Dimona in Israel) which was created primarily for Middle Eastern Jewish immigrants and refugees. Seven courageous Sephardi women share their stories about being shipped to this desert town originally built in the 1950s. Determined to create meaningful lives they found creative ways to overcome poverty and discrimination.
A scene from The Night of Fools directed by Rami Kimchi. This film reveals the little-know story of Algeria’s mostly Jewish underground movement during WWII. With only 400 volunteers versus the Vichy garrison of 25,000 troops, the underground succeeded in taking control of Algiers for one night, before handing the city over the Americans, who arrive via an amphibious landing the next morning.
Sephardi communities. ASF’s Young Leadership Board is hosting “Love, Sephardi Style” (Tuesday, April 4) an evening of short films that explore modern romance and relationships from several Sephardi perspectives, including Israeli and Persian. An interactive discussion will follow with an award-winning Jewish Iranian-American filmmaker. “For this important NYSJFF 20th Anniversary Edition, we are proud to present poignant and powerful programs that speak to the issues of our time and all time,” said Sara Nodjoumi, Artistic Director of the New York Sephardic Jewish Film Festival. “There are stories of immigration, persecution, and resistance. Perspectives on everything from the making of the modern Middle East to the modern experiences of finding romance in traditional Sephardi communities. The number of quality films this year is a sign of vitality and the increasing interest in the varied experiences of Sephardim,” Nodjoumi said. NYSJFF Artistic Director Sara Nodjoumi produced The Iran Job and is a programming alumna of the Tribeca Film Festival. “Sara has scoured the globe for movies of Sephardi interest and the results are the strongest film line-up in the NYSJFF’s storied history,” said Jason Guberman-P., ASF's Executive Director. Joining her as the NYSJFF's Producer is French opera singer, David Serero. Serero previously created and starred in ASF's successful theatrical season (Merchant of Venice, Othello,
and Nabucco). Most recently he performed at ASF for the President of Portugal. “We are elated that David is applying his many talents to make this NYSJFF the most memorable yet,” said Guberman. The Festival will screen all films and events at ASF’s home, the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street), near Union Square in Chelsea. The complete list of selected NYSJFF films with dates, times and ticket information can be found at www.nysephardifilmfestival.org and below:
France, UK, 2016, 95 min Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the female “Lawrence of Arabia.” A British spy, explorer, and political powerhouse, Bell played a pivotal role in the creation of Iraq. Voiced and executive produced by the Academy Award-winner Tilda Swinton and featuring newly discovered primary source documentation and rare footage, the film unveils this dramatic story of the modern Middle East. Filmmakers in attendance for Q&As.
rapidly disappearing class that believes in retaining Ethiopian-Jewish culture. Young Professionals Night: Love, Sephardi Style 7:00 p.m. Dear God directed by Erez Tadmor and Guy Nattiv Short Narrative, Israel, 2014, 16 min Aaron is a simple man who guards the Wailing Wall. Day
April 2 – Sunday: Sephardim in the Shoah 2:00 p.m. The Night of Fools directed by Rami Kimchi Docu-Drama, Israel, 2014, 56 min This film reveals the little-know story of Algeria’s mostly Jewish underground movement during WWII. With only 400 volunteers versus the Vichy garrison of 25,000 troops, the underground succeeded in taking control of Algiers for one night, before handing the city over the Americans, who arrive via an amphibious landing the next morning. 4:00 p.m. Victor Young Perez
Amongst the selection of magnificent films being presented at the New York Sephardic Film Festival is Letters from Baghdad directed by Sabine Krayenbühl & Zeva Oelbaum
March 30 – Thursday: Opening Night
directed by Jacques Ouaniche Feature Narrative, France, 2013, 110 min Victor "Young" Perez is the 7:00 p.m. Reception Pomegranate Award heartbreaking true story of a Tunisian Jew, the World Flyweight Ceremony Champion in 1931 and 1932, April 1 - Saturday: who was deported to Auschwitz. - Iraqi Night 6:30 p.m. Cloudy Sun8:30 p.m. Letters from Bagh- day directed by Manoussos dad directed by Sabine Kray- Manoussakis Feature Narrative, Greece, enbühl & Zeva Oelbaum Feature Documentary, USA, 2016, 118 min Set in Thessaloniki (Salonica) during the Nazi occupation in 1943, this film tells the story of the forbidden love between Estrea, a young Jewish woman, and Giorgos, the brother-in-law of the famed composer Vassilis Tsitsanis.
April 3 - Monday: An Evening of Empowering Sephardi Women
A French film, Victor "Young" Perez is the heartbreaking true story of a Tunisian Jew, the World Flyweight Champion in 1931 and 1932, who was deported to Auschwitz.
refugees. Seven courageous Sephardi women share their stories about being shipped to this desert town originally built in the 1950s. Determined to create meaningful lives they found creative ways to overcome poverty and discrimination. 7:00 p.m. The Women’s Balcony directed by Emil Ben-Shimon
5:00 p.m. Dimona Twist directed by Michael Aviad Feature Documentary, Israel, 2016, 70 min Like most of Israel’s southern periphery, Dimona was a town created for primarily Middle Eastern Jewish immigrants and
Using never before seen archival footage, the moving documentary entitled “Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria” is set in the idyllic city of Kastoria. The film illuminates the lives of the Greek Sephardic community until Nazis took control of the town - dooming the substantial and storied community that had existed since the times of the Roman Empire.
Feature Narrative, Israel, 2016, 96 min When a women’s balcony collapses during a Bar Mitzvah—a close-knit Sephardic congregation in Jerusalem fractures along gender lines. This popular crowd-pleaser about women speaking truth to patriarchal power is accompanied by stirring music and sumptuous food. This will be preceded by the World Premiere of A Gravedigger’s Daughter, directed by Shira Gabay (15 min narrative short, Israel).
April 4 – Tuesday: From Ethiopia to Israel 5:00 p.m. Red Leaves directed by Bazi Gete Feature Narrative, Israel, 2014, 80 min Meseganio Tadela, 74, is a hard, obstinate man who emigrated from Ethiopia to Israel 28 years ago with his family. After losing his wife, Meseganio sets out on a journey that leads him through his children's homes realizing that he belongs to a
after day, a mysterious woman puts a note in between the ancient stones, and Aaron, recovering and reading the papers, fulfills her deepest wish. 7:15 p.m. Jewish Blind Date directed by Anaëlle Morf Short Narrative, Switzerland, 2016, 16 min Unhappy in love, Mary Lou decides to reconnect with her religious roots by marrying an observant Jew. In order to get married, she has to pass the “Shidduch Test,” which will determine whether her life will be a success or failure. 8:00 p.m. Love, Iranian-American Style directed by Tanaz Eshaghian Feature Documentary, USA, 2006, 63 min Sexual purity, money, and a mother's worries come together in this humorous guided tour of America's status-obsessed Iranian Jewish community. As Tanaz’s Iranian family attempts to marry her off now that she's reached the age of 25, she vacSee The American Sephardi , page 37
The sharp, often hilarious satire called Sallah Shabati directed by Ephraim Kishon became the most successful film in Israeli history. It is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. This 1964 classic won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, putting Israel on the international film stage for the first time.
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MARCH 10, 2017
Five Things to Tell Your Kids About the JCC Bomb Threats Learn about anti-Semitism, and put some mezuzahs up with your friends and family By: Tzvi Freeman
or more than a month, dozens of bomb threats have been called into JCCs and other Jewish institutions around the country. We’ve witnessed the overturning of tombstones in Jewish cemeteries along with other anti-Semitic acts and threats. It’s always good for parents and their kids to sit down for a discussion of the events of the day; here are some points to cover.
1. Discuss the primary goal of terrorism: To instill fear A.k.a. psychological warfare. Just one goal: Create an atmosphere of dread, panic and fright. Achieve that and they’ve won. Which means that if you aren’t dreading, panicking and frightened, you’ve won. Which is what you are planning to do. You are planning to demonstrate that Jews don’t get up and run every time some anti-Semite says “boo.” You’re going to continue life normally, to act as if the people who are making those calls don’t exist (other than the slight inconvenience of evacuating a building when the alarm goes off or otherwise doing what the authorities tell you because it’s better to be on the safe side, which is why those procedures are in place).
And then you can note that you figure that Jews made it through because they refused to be afraid, because they held on tight to their Jewishness despite all odds, doing even more mitzvahs, learning even more Torah and other good stuff, including hanging out at the local JCC. That’s when you can tell them about your campaign to get mezuzahs up on all the doors of the JCC. And you won’t stop there. Work on getting them up at people’s offices, front doors of homes. Look, someone has to take the initiative. And you’re For more than a month, Jewish Community Centers and schools not going to wait for someone around the nation have been evacuated after a series of bomb else. That’s part of being Jew- threats. (Photo: CNN.com) Counter terror with beauty; hatred with love ish—taking on the responsibilThat alone is the greatest is nothing new. They’ve been ity to do whatever needs to be 3. Ask the question: OK, maybe for your parents. If retribution. trying to blow us up for 3,500 done to make the world a better Who do you think not, you can still get into this is behind all this? place. years!” anomaly of anti-Semitism and 2. Talk about Get into the theories behind terrorism. the history of Unlike other forms of warthis spate of bomb threats. anti-Semitism They’re obviously methodical fare, you can’t fight it in kind. and cunningly crafted. Yet it You can only do its opposite. You can go backwards in could all be the machinations This is known as paradoxical history, from terrorism in Isof one tech-savvy deranged intervention. You go out there rael and Europe to the BDS and show people that we care maniac. movement and other forms of Whoever it is, what’s import- about everyone. You act like a contemporary anti-Semitism, ant is that if one person—or mentsch. You show solidarity to the job discrimination your small group of people—is capa- and love for your fellow Jew, parents or grandparents faced ble of spreading so much terror along with respect and love for when they arrived in America, in so little time with just a few all human beings, and all G d’s to the Holocaust, to the immiphone calls, imagine how much creatures. gration quota system that conNext . . . good, beauty and love all of us sidered Jews inferior, and then can spread if we just put ourto pogroms, Cossacks, Spanish selves to it. Which leads us to . . . 5. Talk action/ Inquisition, Crusader massa- That’s when you can tell them about your campaign to get connection cres, the Persians, the Romans, mezuzahs up on all the doors of the JCC. And you won’t stop 4. Counter terror the Greeks . . . all the way back there. Work on getting them up at people’s offices, front doors Ask any psychologist: When with beauty, to Ancient Egypt. of homes. Look, someone has to take the initiative. And you’re faced with fear, we all need to do Which provides you a great not going to wait for someone else. That’s part of being Jewish— hatred with love something to deal with it. Jews segue to ask: “How did we sur- taking on the responsibility to do whatever needs to be done to If you are a boomer from the See Five Things to Tell Your , page 36 vive all that? Because, hey, this make the world a better place. Sixties, I’ll bet that sings for you.
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Fans Wait in Anticipation for Next Season of Israeli TV Thriller "Fauda" By: Ilana Siyance
auda”, the acclaimed Israeli television series, is now a Netflix Original Series. It is the first-ever Israeli series to receive such a ticket. The show is a political thriller about an undercover Israel Defense Force unit fighting terrorists. The first season premiered on February 15, 2015 on Israeli satellite network YES. Fauda became the show most-watched in YES history. The hard hitting series won six Ophir Awards, including Best Drama Series, at the Israeli Academy Award on June 2016. The high energy series is in a mix of Hebrew and Arabic with subtitles. As of Dec. 2, 2016 Netflix began airing the first season of the drama, which includes12 addictive episodes, with the addition of English subtitles. Netflix has also purchased the rights to “Fauda’s” second season, which is currently in production. The series was created by Avi Issacharoff, an Israeli journalist and Arab affairs specialist of 15 years. He is fluent in Arabic, and has connections in Gaza and the West Bank. It was co-created by Lior Raz, who also acts the part of Doron, the main character. The show is based on their own military service experiences in the IDF's Duvdevan Unit. The first season was filmed in the
Israeli-Arab village of Kafr Qasim, during Operation Protective Edge. Directed by Assaf Bernstein, it tells the story of the Mista'arvim, undercover Arabic-speaking members of the IDF who act like Arabs in order to track down Israel's enemies in the West Bank. They are on a mission to kill a Hamas terrorist, who has been credited with killing 116 Israelis. Fauda means chaos in Arabic. It is also a code word that defines a situation in which the true identity of the undercover unit has been discovered and the mission must be immediately aborted. The heart wrenching thriller gained popularity across the board by featuring equal time on the lives, struggles, motives and imperfections of the Israeli and Arab characters. It has gained Israeli popularity with the right for its Zionism and antiterrorist heroes. Leftists are drawn to it for its humanization of the Palestinian characters. It has even become the most watched Israeli series by the Arab population. Palestinians are attracted to the action packed show that is full of twists and surprises, and can teach sympathy even for a Palestinian terrorist. Taufiq, the sought after high level Hamas terrorist, is commendably seen risking his life to see his family members, and breaking out in
“Fauda”, the acclaimed Israeli television series, is now a Netflix Original Series. It is the first-ever Israeli series to receive such a ticket. The show is a political thriller about an undercover Israel Defense Force unit fighting terrorists.
tears when his wife reluctantly takes their children and moves to Berlin. In the very first episode, Bashir, the Palestinian brother of the wanted terrorist, is killed in crossfire at his wedding by the IDF unit. Bashir becomes a martyr, and the wails of his
Spotify Growing Faster Than Apple in the Music Sharing Business
bride-to-be can pierce any heart. She soon vows revenge and blows up an Israeli night club. There are more victims in the cycle of hate. There are emergency surgeries which shed light on the realities of lack of opportunity on the Palestinian side and openness of Israeli
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O Spotify has been reporting far more subscribers than Apple has managed to land. As of September of last year, Spotify had 40 million paid subscribers. As of this month, it has landed 50 million paid subscribers, an increase of 25% in less than six months.
comment on the specifics of when it may seek a listing. However, according to a partner at venture capital firm, Northzone, which is a primary investor in Spotify, the music-streaming company may start to show profits as early as this year, having spent the last 9 years concentrating on, “growth, growth, growth.” With its headquarters in Stockholm, the company is currently viewed as the most valuable venture backed start-up in all of Europe. Various reports have stated that Spotify is considering listing itself on both the Nasdaq stock exchanges in America and the Nasdaq exchange in Sweden. Spotify is reportedly worth up to $8.53 billion, according the firm CB Insights, which does
research on the capital worth of various venture markets. This would make Spotify the biggest technology start-up based in Europe to be listed on the stock market since Rocket Internet in 2014, a German e-commerce investor. Created by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon, Spotify has lately also announced plans to expand its operations in New York City. They will move its office from the Midtown area of Manhattan to the World Trade Center, and add 1,000 new jobs to their operations. According to media and data measurement company, Nielsen, last year up to 431 billion music tracks were listened to by Americans on on-demand music streaming platforms like Spotify.
co-creator Issacharoff was bewildered by the success of the show. “Every media outlet, every taxi driver, every family on Friday nights was sitting and discussing Fauda, Fauda, Fauda,” said Issacharoff. “I don't get this! I mean, people didn't want to hear about Palestinians, people didn't want to hear about the conflict, it was the most un-sexiest issue in the world for the Israelis.” As Lior Raz said, maybe because the show just shows the unbiased truth, both sides seem to concede to the reality. “Everyone can relate to someone or something in this show,” said Raz. “We’re talking about the price of the war here. Both sides. Everyone pays the price for their actions.” It has been lauded by enthusiasts for excellent acting, a realistic storyline and being well made. The characters seem more like locals than Hollywood actors in this low budget series. Yediot Aharonot hailed it saying, it is “more than a television event, ‘Fauda’ is also a political event…. It is authentic, honest.” Despite all the show’s popularity, Issacharoff says he isn’t naïve. He doesn’t believe any TV show can bring peace to the region. Yet, it may help some Israelis and Palestinians to realize that the enemy on the other side is a human too, and in some ways not all that different from themselves.
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By: Anat Ghelber he on demand music streaming platform, Spotify, was first launched in 2008. The multi-national computer company Apple launched its own music services in 2015. One might expect competition from such a hefty and well known company to slow business down for the smaller, Sweden-based outfit, but apparently the opposite is happening. Spotify has been reporting far more subscribers than Apple has managed to land. As of September of last year, Spotify had 40 million paid subscribers. As of this month, it has landed 50 million paid subscribers, an increase of 25% in less than six months. The company reported its numbers via Twitter on Thursday March 2nd. Along with announcing that news, Spotify also retweeted a comment by Rick Greenfield, a Wall Street media analyst, making a point of how Spotify was increasing its subscriber numbers with amazing frequency. In contrast, Apple has only managed to land 20 million paid subscribers as of December of last year. Spotify hasn’t yet posted any profits since it’s had to spend capital to grow its business throughout the world. But, despite that, it is looking to possibly list itself with the stock market in the USA, according to an online news portal named TechCrunch. The company is refusing to
hospitals. There are scenes that clearly depict how terrorists prey on the willingness of Israeli’s to help anyone in need. There are hostage situations, negotiations, and brave unapproved rescue missions. There is romance across blurred enemy lines. There is raw betrayal from a trusted member of Taufiq’s team. While undercover, Doron allows himself to be recruited as a terrorist for a mission. In the season finale, Taufiq unveils his plan to use sarin nerve gas to detonate a synagogue, in hopes that it will lead Israel to retaliate with force, subsequently branding Israel of committing war crimes, which will force other Islamic states to respond. Despite the impartial storyline, it doesn’t whitewash Israel’s harsh reality in dealing with a politically cruel and calculating enemy. Fans from all sides agree that the show has a balanced perspective. The Israeli heroes depicted in the show are not perfect. This can readily be seen in the case of Doron, whose wife is unfaithful to him with another member of his unit. The show is full of surprises, captivating and perhaps most importantly not condescending to either side. One would think that such a controversial age old political topic would cause people from both sides to cringe. Even
n Thursday March 2, Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal invested $500 million in Snap Inc, the parent company to Snapchat. NBCU is hopeful a long term partnership with Snap Inc. will help drive digital growth for the company, as viewers’ preferences shift toward online content. As per Crain’s NY, on Wednesday’s IPO, Snap Inc. sold a total of 200 million shares at $17 each, raising $3.4 billion. The next day, shares opened to the public on the New York Stock Exchange at $24, giving the startup company Evan Spiegel, the 20 something year old CEO of Snapchat a $33 billion valuation. In the past two years, NBCU for at least a year. This will help moderate the stock’s volatility. has put a significant amount "I am proud of the strides "It is rare to have the opportu- of money and energy into atnity to invest at this stage in a tracting the digital savvy. It we have made in the company as visionary and dy- has invested $400 million into digital space recently," namic as Snap, and it is a com- BuzzFeed, and $200 million into Burke wrote. "With the Snap investment, we have pliment that they chose NBCU digital publisher Vox. Last year invested over $1.5 billion as a partner”, said Steve Burke, NBCU’s acquisition of DreamWorks Animation also gave it CEO of NBCUniversal. in promising digital NBCUniversal has already a majority ownership share in businesses in the last 18 months. Importantly, we launched entertainment pro- AwesomenessTV, which programs such as The Voice, SNL duces content geared for teens have become a better, and E! News' The Rundown on on YouTube and other digital more digitally-focused Snapchat, and Mr. Burke said platforms. company as a result." "I am proud of the strides we in a memo that it anticipates launching more shows on the have made in the digital space On its first day of trading messaging app. NBCU enjoyed recently," Burke wrote. "With the stock closed at $24.48, up over 2 billion views to its Rio the Snap investment, we have an impressive 44% from its Olympics on Snapchat’s cov- invested over $1.5 billion in initial price of $17. NBCU, erage and is looking forward promising digital businesses in along with other investors to working with BuzzFeed the last 18 months. Importantly, purchasing up to a quarter and Snapchat again during the we have become a better, more of the shares in the IPO, has 2018 Winter Olympics in South digitally-focused company as a result." agreed to hold Snap's shares Korea.
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Purim Recipes - Chocolate-Dipped Cream Cheese Hamantashen By: Miriam Szokovski
seed filling, traditionally called mohn. Confession: I’ve never actually tried the poppyseed fillHas the Purim frenzy hit you ing—the way it looks gives me yet? the heebie-jeebies. The stores in my neighborOther possible fillings include hood have been showcasing chocolate, cheesecake, date children’s costumes for weeks spread, or even finely chopped already. Royal red capes and apples mixed with cinnamon flared princess gowns seem to and brown sugar. be as popular as ever. Last week Have you used anything else I even saw some young entrein hamantashen? What is your preneurs setting up shop in the favorite filling? I’d love to hear of trunk of their car, parked on a some new ones. busy main road, and business I used strawberry and apricot was rocking! preserves, and they came out sticky and delicious. (Well, the ones that fell on the floor were a little too sticky.) Spoon some filling into the center of each circle. It’s important not to go overboard with the filling—it makes the hamantashen hard to seal when there’s too much inside. Now it’s time for the tricky part—The Folding. I know some expert bakers who tremble in fear of The Folding, but really, it’s not that scary. It’s all in the The ingredients that you will need to make some yummy dough and the pinching. If you chocolate dipped cream cheese hamantashen use good dough, and you pinch The grocery store aisles are Use a rolling pin to roll half your corners tightly, the hamanbustling with people doing their the dough out to about ⅛ inch tashen will keep their shape and mishloach manot shopping, thick. An easy way to roll dough not open up hideously while and the party supply stores have without worrying about it stick- baking. enormous displays of baskets, ing to the rolling pin is to roll cellophane, ribbon and other it between two sheets of parchment paper. When I first heard packing supplies. On my walk to work each this trick, I thought it sounded morning I pass a number of ridiculously complicated. But bakeries—all of which have since the first time I tried it, I been offering the traditional haven’t gone back to “regular” Purim hamantashen with a full rolling. Tear a sheet of parchment parange of fillings for a couple of weeks already. They are pretty per. Place the dough in the cento look at, but I am a diehard for ter. Push down gently. Tear an- Place the hamantashen other sheet of parchment paper carefully on a greased pan. the homemade variety. the same size, and place it on top Leave some space between of the dough. Put your rolling them. Slip them into the pin on top of the pile, and gently oven and bake for 15–20 roll out the dough. minutes, depending on the Using a circle-shaped cookie size and thickness of your cutter, or the mouth of a glass, hamantashen. The edges cut as many circles into the should be very slightly golden dough as you can fit. (Although when they’re ready. my cookie cutter looks ridged, it Once you get the hang of it, is actually two-sided. One side is smooth, which is what I used— it’s a breeze. Repeat until all your Fold your cookies like this. the ridged side is facing up, don’t circles have been sealed. Place the hamantashen careHave you ever made haman- let it confuse you.) Pull away the extra scraps of fully on a greased pan. Leave tashen before? Trying to perfect the shape and keep the filling in dough, and set them aside to some space between them, might seem daunting, but I’m be re-rolled and cut into more but mine didn’t spread all that much. (Other recipes may going to break it down for you circles. Now it’s time to prepare the spread more.) Slip them into the with step-by-step pictures to filling. Decide what you want to oven and bake for 15–20 minmake it easier. First, gather your ingredients. use. The most common haman- utes, depending on the size and My recipe is dairy, but if you tash fillings are strawberry and thickness of your hamantashen. need pareve hamantashen, you apricot preserves, and poppy- The edges should be very slightcan use non-dairy cream cheese, such as Toffutti. It will still be delicious—I can vouch for it. This recipe yields about 20 hamantashen (unless, like me, you drop one entire tray on the floor while taking it out of the oven . . . then you’ll be left with only 10). If you need more, it can easily be doubled or tripled. Mix the wet ingredients, then add the flour a little at a time until you form a smooth, soft, but not sticky ball of dough. Divide the dough in half.
ly golden when they’re ready. The preserves will be extremely hot, so I don’t advise biting into them right away, unless you particularly enjoy burning yourself . . . I also don’t advise dropping the tray on its way out of the oven, like I did . . . It was interesting, though. The cookies didn’t break, but the preserves came flying out and made a gloriously sticky commotion on my kitchen floor. If you’re leaving the hamantashen plain, you can stop here. Let them cool, and dig in to your heart’s content. If you’d like to dress them up a little, keep reading. Melt some chocolate, and prepare some sprinkles and nut crunch. You really don’t need a lot; we’ll just be dipping one corner of each cookie. Dip one corner into the chocolate, and let the excess drip off. While the chocolate is still wet, dip it into the sprinkles or the nut crunch. Let it dry on a piece of parchment paper. Repeat until all your cookies are decorated and your workspace is a mess (like mine). nd there you have it—fancied-up hamantashen. Perfect for giving as gifts, serving at your Purim meal, sharing with friends, or just plain eating. Enjoy! Ingredients: ⅓ cup sugar 2 tbsp. oil 2 tbsp. apple or orange juice 1 egg
And there you have it—fancied-up hamantashen. Perfect for giving as gifts, serving at your Purim meal, sharing with friends, or just plain eating. Enjoy!
1 tsp. vanilla 5 tbsp. cream cheese 1 tsp. baking powder 1½ cup flour Pinch of salt Note: For non-dairy hamantashen, use non-dairy cream cheese, such as Toffutti. Filling: Strawberry preserves Apricot preserves Optional: A few squares of chocolate Colorful sprinkles Nut crunch Directions: 1. Cream sugar, oil, juice, egg and vanilla. 2. Add cream cheese, and mix until combined. 3. Add baking powder, salt and flour. Mix until the dough forms a ball which is not sticky. 4. Roll the dough out, about ⅛ thick. Using a circle cookie cutter, or the mouth of a glass, cut as many circles as possible. 5. Remove remaining dough,
roll and repeat. 6. Place a teaspoon of filling in the center of each circle, and fold according to instructions above. 7. Bake at 350° F for 15–20 minutes. 8. Allow to cool before eating or decorating. 9. Will you be making hamantashen this year? Have you done it before? Are you “scared” of The Folding? What is your favorite filling? 10. Happy Purim! (CHABAD.ORG)
Miriam Szokovski is the author of historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the Chabad.org editorial team. She enjoys tinkering with recipes, and teaches cooking classes to young children. Miriam shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on Chabad. org’s food blog, Cook It Kosher and in the N'shei Chabad Newsletter.
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Purim Teaches Us How to Respond to Anti-Semitism Bond in unity and stand up as proud Jews By: Slovie JungreisWolff
s anti-Semitic incidents rise at an alarming rate, I am listening carefully to the message of Purim. The Jewish people were frightened, faced with threat of annihilation. Haman’s hatred hung over the nation like a dark cloud. King Achashverosh told Haman “to do with as you see fit.” Letters were sent with permission to “destroy, to slay, and to exterminate all the Jews, from young to old, children and women…” In such dire circumstances who could keep hope alive? My mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, of blessed memory, described being deported from her home in Szeged, Hungary. She was a little girl when the Nazis awakened her from her sleep. My grandparents were given just a few moments to get ready and then they were thrown into the night. German shepherd dogs were barking. There was shouting and screaming. Terrified, my mother stood in the street holding in her arms her favorite doll for dear life, the only thing she was able to take with her. The neighbors came and watched silently, gawking. My mother noticed her friend, Marta, the daughter of the non-Jewish caretaker of the synagogue. The two girls
had always played together. Marta was standing there with her father. She approached my mother and for a moment my mother thought that at least this little friend was coming to say goodbye. As Marta came close, she grabbed the doll. My mother began to cry. “This doll is mine! Give me back my doll!” “My father said I could take whatever I want. You can’t keep anything.” Father and daughter looked at her, laughing. Then Marta’s father sneered, “You are a dirty Jew. And you need to learn the facts of life. Where you are going you won’t need any toys.” He spat on the ground. “But you don’t have to worry,” he added. “Marta will take care of all your things.” My mother was deported to Bergen-Belsen. How many times was the world ready to bid farewell to the Jews? How often have they vowed to throw us into the sea, to terrorize us, delegitimize our very breath and destroy our children? My mother’s transport was halted in Linz. They were loaded off the cattle cars. Heads were shaved. Amidst the sobbing, my mother found herself herded into a shower. They later realized this was also a gas chamber. My mother felt as if life had come to an end. She no longer felt as
That terrible night when my of Esther, God’s name does not appear. We may not always see mother was woken from her if she was a human being. She or be cognizant of God’s hand bed and cast off for deportacould not bear to glance at her in our life, but we need to know tion, Marta and her father likebeautiful mother who was shorn that His presence is guiding us, ly believed that they were done to pierce the veil of nature and with the Jews. The Nazis could of all her grace and dignity. At that moment of suffocat- search for the light behind the never have fathomed that one day the Jewish people would ing darkness, something incred- clouds. ible occurred. My mother put her hand into her pocket and discovered a crumpled piece of paper inside. She pulled it out and carefully unfolded its fragile ends. It was a page from a prayer book. My grandfather had secretly placed the holy paper inside as a message to his little girl. The words of the Shema filled my mother’s heart with hope. The message was clear: No matter what happens, no matter where life takes you, know that you never walk alone. My dear child you are part of the Jewish people. God is watching over you; never lose your faith. There are times we search for God’s hand and feel despair. We long for clear vision. We cannot understand what is happening. It feels as if the presence of God is concealed. But we must know The author, Slovie Jungreis-Wolff is pictured here with her late that beneath all the confusion mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, a’h. Mrs. Wolff writes of the there is a Divine plan. God is harrowing stories told to her by her mother of the terrifying guiding us. We will survive. experiences she endured during the nightmarish Holocaust This is the message of Purim. years. She writes: “My mother, Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, of It is Queen Esther, herself, blessed memory, described being deported from her home in who calls out to us until today. Szeged, Hungary. She was a little girl when the Nazis awakened Esther is alluded to in the her from her sleep. My grandparents were given just a few Torah with the Hebrew expres- moments to get ready and then they were thrown into the sion “hastir astir”- I, God, will night. German shepherd dogs were barking. There was shouting hide My face. There are times and screaming. Terrified, my mother stood in the street holding of darkness when we feel that in her arms her favorite doll for dear life, the only thing she was God’s face is hidden. In the Book able to take with her”.
walk through the streets of Jerusalem and wash the stones of the Western Wall with our tears. That page of the Shema sustained not only my mother, but an entire generation of Jews. We cannot afford to give up on ourselves. Let us never give up hope. Instead, let us embrace the words of Queen In times of trouble, Queen Esther told us what we must do. She asked that we bond in unity, stop hurting one another, and join together in prayer. This is the time strengthen your Jewish pride. As we contemplate the rising anti-Semitism that is spreading throughout the world, the hatred of the BDS movement and the threats to our land, we must take a moment to think. We have faced cruel enemies before. We have suffered through pogroms, inquisitions, crusades, Holocaust and murderous terror attacks. But we are still here, continuing to tell our unique story. Let us never give up hope. Instead, let us embrace the words of Queen Esther: “Go, gather all the Jews.” Become one. Reach out to someone with kindness. Make a difference in the life of another, even if it’s just through a good word or a bright smile. Say a prayer and stand up for the Jewish people. Together we can turn sorrow to gladness and darkness to light. (AISH.COM)
Purim Shpiel: The Reawakening By Larry Domnitch
growing wing of American Jewry associated with the political Far Left hosted an event, which was intended to be a symposium for the Jewish left to hear views, and exchange ideas. It was also meant to be a pep rally of sorts but it soon turned out to be a shocker for all in attendance. The historic congregation, “Lost Identity,” on Manhattan’s Upper West Bank was filled to capacity, with overflow crowds outside, as representatives of the many groups advocating Israel’s territorial retreat, joined in the communal bashing of the one and only Jewish State, and its occupation of vast land masses throughout the Middle East.
“I know what I am expected to say, but I am going to go off script. A nation of fellow Jews, part of an ongoing return to their rightful homeland from a prolonged exile, still struggles for its existence and we stand alongside their enemies and offer our support. Is there anything more shameful? Outside, a total of 14 protestors from the organizations, “Keep Israel Strong,” “American Jews for Israel,” “The Jewish Expression,”
and “Blue and White,” along with over a dozen additional supporting groups held signs and chanted “No Surrender, No Retreat” and “We Love Israel.” The groups’ spokesperson, Rebecca Powerless referenced the meager turnout stating that a few members had missed their bus. “If not for that, we would have had several additional participants.” The congregation’s Rabbi, Morris Placater, offered the invocation which included these words referring to the Israelis, “maybe our voices will rise up and persuade the stubborn to mend their ways.” The meeting was sponsored by Richard Disgust and the Tzuris foundation for endangering Israel and Western Civilization and organized by the advocacy group ‘The Empty House.’ Among the speakers was Robert Givaway from the peace advocacy group, Dead End, which claims after weighing all available possibilities, a terror base in Judea and Samaria with the creation of a PLO state would only enhance regional cooperation and indeed benefit Israel. “It is their best and only real option in the face of growing threats of isolation from the world community. It is better to surrender what is yours to your foes and be more exposed to increased danger than to be shunned internationally.” He added that Dead End is a true Zionist group, since it does acknowledge the Jews have some right to a state. While addressing the audi-
ence, the leader of Jewish Voice for Capitulation, Mark Chaosnik, posed the question, “Does the JVC oppose the existence of Israel?” He continued, “We’ll we just oppose a state of Jews in that area once known as Judea.” Chaosnik beckoned the Israelis to “Listen to reason” and consider new ideas that could bring an
Oh! I am so exhausted from all the ridicule!” Rabbi Peacanyprice, director of the Alliance of American Liberal Rabbis addressed the audience. “Why won’t they listen?” He asked referring to the Israeli people and leaders. “So many members of our clergy over the years have pleaded with our Is-
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end to the conflict by agreeing to the demands of Israel’s detractors, “We implore the people of Israel to open their hearts and let in those who seek to end conflict by their own ways and means. Their tunnels, missiles and guns are aimed at you but not at your hearts.” Chaosnik added, “It is embarrassing to us that Israel does not adhere to the wishes of international leaders who do know what’s best for them and just abide by all the UN resolutions.
raeli cohorts to just stop building in Jerusalem. To just make way for a PLO State and just comply! It is so antagonistic! We have sent petitions to the Prime Minister, one of which had well over one thousand members signed on demanding the type of action we know that will bring peace” Peacanyprice stated that the AALR will remain vocal and vigilant on this issue “until the walls of East Jerusalem begin to fall.” Columbia University student and activist leader of “Lost Moral
Compass,” the advocacy group for Jewish surrender to world pressure, Wayne Naïve described how supporting the BDS movement was a way he managed to bond with Muslim students on campus. “BDS has made so many inroads within the college community; especially with the CP (Colligates for Palestine). Many of their activists too have become my friends. Why can’t the Israelis see that peace is possible, if they wish it! Look I did it. I made peace.” Throughout the event, signs were held aloft throughout the Temple decrying the occupation. Some advocated the total abandonment of support for Israel. When it was the turn of the leader of the event’s organizer, ‘The Empty House,’ Milton Awakenowitz, to speak no one expected the resulting chaos, but his opening words suggested the tumult soon to follow. “I know what I am expected to say, but I am going to go off script. A nation of fellow Jews, part of an ongoing return to their rightful homeland from a prolonged exile, still struggles for its existence and we stand alongside their enemies and offer our support. Is there anything more shameful? More disgraceful! We have been so wrong. Our place is with our fellow Jews whose agenda is to make a better world in the face of hatred. What has happened to our decency? Today, Iran in its obsessive hatred, plots and plans as it develops missile sys-
“It is embarrassing to us that Israel does not adhere to the wishes of international leaders who do know what’s best for them and just abide by all the UN resolutions. Oh! I am so exhausted from all the ridicule!” tems and still works towards becoming a nuclear armed power. Thanks to Iran, Hezbollah is armed with tens of thousands of missiles pointed at Israel. Hamas and other groups are arming themselves and again threatening Israel, and we sit around and berate our fellow Jews who are being threatened, and just want to live in peace. Are we not the fanatics? Are we not the ones worthy of the highest condemnation?” Awakenowitz paused for a moment and there was a hushed silence in the sanctuary. He began to continue and members of the audience called out in anger for the speaker to be silenced. A moment later, the heckling turned to pandemonium. Order could not be restored. Awakenowitz, slipped out of a side entrance and was soon found by a reporter, “What happened to you?” He replied, “I had an epiphany.” “Was it worth it?” “Definitely, now maybe some of them will now think twice before they recklessly act against their own people whose cause is true and just.”
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What Could Have Become of Me? Tesaveh 5777 By: Rabbi David Bibi
mercy and Tikvah – hope and explains the function of the incense. It would add holiness to the Israelites, cure them of their sins, then Hashem would have mercy on them and the people would have hope. Rabbi Ari Kahn writes that one of the major elements of the Yom Kippur atonement process was the incense with which the Kohen Gadol entered the Kodesh Kodashim: The incense was both a symbol and a vehicle of the transformation of the sins of the Jewish People on Yom Kippur.
plain that through the ketoret, even this eleventh rotten ingredient, transforms and plays a role in the sweetness of the other ten. He would say that even a Rasha – wicked person - joining ten others in a minyan can be transformed and add to the sum. The Talmud in Chullin asks, where is Mordechai to be found in the Torah? And replies with the words mor dror which refer to a particular fragrance that accompanies certain korbanot — and in Aramaic the words mor dror are rendered mira di-
VaShem. The guide was a ger, a convert, who had become an expert of the holocaust when he discovered that his own father was a Nazi and this eventually led to his conversion. Today he is a scholar raising scholars in the study of Torah. Truly he is transforming evil into good. Rabbi Abittan often marveled at the miracle of observant Jews and scholars coming from the Soviet Union. Lenin and Stalin and their cohorts tried for seventy years to eradicate Judaism and any vestige of it from the lives of Jewish Russians, yet
ach Shabbat we have a kiddush at our synagogue. During the winter when we pray Mincha around 12:30, we extend lunch with a class and often add some additional short speeches by congregants relating to that week’s kiddush dedication. This past Shabbat we commemorated the Yahrzeit's of Mr. Alan Wagner the father of my long time Chevrutah, Rabbi Michael Wagner and Mr. Simcha Yusupov whose family had emigrated from the former Soviet Union, who I count among my dearest friends and who have become strong pillars of our community. Four people spoke this Shabbat, the last being my friend Alex Yusupov who mentioned that although it's been 35 years since his father passed away, no matter the length of time, he can still smell his Dad's aftershave. Vladimir Nabokov wrote: “Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.” As the hour was late when it was my turn to speak, I decided to set aside the class and after hearing Alex recalled a lesson from Rabbi Abittan, z’sl. Although the rabbi has been gone for more than 11 years, he is with us in this congregation every day through his lessons and his teachings. “He handed me the dollar and blessed me that I should have my Brit telling me on the day I
would be circumcised he would give me another dollar. And as he completed the story, the old man cried even more.”
The Meam Loez explains that the word Ketoret is an acrostic of Kedushaholiness, Tahorah – purity, Rachamim – mercy and Tikvah – hope and explains the function of the incense I was confused that the portion of Terumah which details the vessels, the ark, the show table, the menorah and the entire mishkan fails to mention the golden alter. In fact this alter which sat adjacent to the menorah and the show table and upon which Aaron burned the ketoret or incense offering every day is not mentioned until the final segment of this week’s portion of Tesaveh following all the details of the priestly clothing. “What happened”, I asked. The rabbi explained, acharon, acharon, chabib …. The last is dearest! We are to understand that nothing is as important or as powerful as the incense offering. The Meam Loez explains that the word Ketoret is an acrostic of Kedusha- holiness, Tahorah – purity, Rachamim –
What was so special about the reyach nichoach – what is so special about the sense of smell? The Bnei Yissachar teaches with regard to the corruption of the senses by the sin in the Garden of Eden that when man sinned, all the senses were involved. She and he in turn hear the arguments of the snake, they see the fruit which is appealing, they touch the fruit and they taste the fruit. All of the senses participated with the exception of smell. Therefore, from the uncorrupted sense of smell, healing can take place. He suggests that this is why incense was a central element of the service of Yom Kippur. The rabbis tell us that through the sprinkling of blood on the inner alter and the ketoret on Yom Kippur, the prosecutor can actually be turned from an accuser to an advocate. Rabbi Abittan would explain that our job is not to eradicate evil, but to actually turn evil into good. We know that the incense contained eleven ingredients including the putrid smelling khelbona. The Rabbi would ex-
chya which sort of sounds like “Mordechai.” I believe the lesson is that Mordechai was able to take evil and use it for good. This is his power. He was able to use a plot hatched by others to kill the king - to catapult his own standing. He was able to use a plot woven by Haman to kill the Jews - to set in motion the recommitment of the Jewish people to Hashem and as a catalyst to rebuild the Temple. Perhaps this is the theme of Purim which relates to Yom HaKiPURIM, the transformation of evil into good. Who can miss this in the fact that the Talmud in Gittin reminds us that the descendants of Haman learned Torah in Bnei Brak. Rabbi Kahn writes that Haman's fate is turned "upside down", not once but twice: He is hung on the tree he himself prepared for Mordechai's execution, and his descendants become a part of the nation he wished to destroy. I saw this myself many years ago when my wife brought a talmid chaham from Benai Brak as my guide for a tour of Yad
against all odds they safeguarded their “pintele yid”, their Jewish flame until they were given the opportunity again to let it burn brightly. I closed with an amazing story I heard from Rabbi Duvi BenSoussan, a Moroccan rabbi in the community whose father like Rabbi Abittan was one of the boys brought by Rabbi Kalmanowitz, Isaac Shalom and my great Uncle Dave Bibi to the Mirrer Yeshiva in America through Otzar HaTorah The Rabbi related the tale of a Chabad Rabbi he knew in Short Hills, New Jersey. Some years back the rabbi was able to mekarev or bring back to Judaism a young man, a few years later he was able to do the same for a young girl from the same area. The rabbi explained that these two became part of his ever-expanding and extended family. He was over whelmed with joy when the two decided to marry and assisted in arranging their wedding. He wanted it to be the most joyous wedding in Short Hills. There were about 100 guests from the two small
families; most of them with little connection to religion. The rabbi hoped that when the bride and groom would come into the hall, everyone in the room would dance with them. He went from table to table encouraging all the people and getting their commitments. When the dancing began he felt joy that everyone in the room was dancing, but then he said he saw one elderly man sitting at a table alone. He walked over to the man, put out his hands and asked the man to join him for a dance. The man said he would love to but he was just into much pain and it was impossible for him to get up. The rabbi asked him if he could help and the man explained that earlier that day he underwent a circumcision. The rabbi looked at him and asked if seeing the rabbi’s beard, the man was making fun of him. But the man said it all seriousness, “no, I did it this morning. There was the mohel, there was a sandak who stood behind me and it was all done kosher”. The rabbi asked, "But how old are you?" The man said that he was 92 years old. And the rabbi asked, “Why now?” The man explained that the groom was his grandson and a couple of months earlier his grandson and come to him with the news that he would be getting married, that he was so proud that he was getting married to a religious girl and he had become religious himself. At the same time he apologized to his grandfather and said to him that although he would love him to be at the wedding there was one place in the wedding that his grandfather couldn’t join them and that was under the chupah, because under the canopy was the presence of Hashem and as his grandfather wasn't circumcised he didn't want his grandfather standing there. The grandfather said, “I love my grandson more than anything in the world and so I decided in his honor I would do this. And so today I had my own Brit Milah. And I was overjoyed this evening as they carried me and helped me under the chupa where I sat and shared in the ceremony of the marriage of my grandson”. “But Rabbi, the old man continued, “I am in terrible pain and I can hardly move”. The Rabbi had never felt so moved in his life and reached into his jacket pocket and pulled out an envelope. On the envelope was written, Lubavitcher
Rebbe 1991 The rabbi explained that this was the last dollar he had received from the Rebbe and with this dollar the Rebbe blessed him with health and since that day the Rabbi had never been sick. He wanted to give the dollar as a gift to the grandfather in hopes that it would help with his complete recovery. The old man looked at the envelope held it in his two hands and started to cry. The rabbi fearing had done something wrong asked the old man if he was OK.
Perhaps this is the theme of Purim which relates to Yom HaKiPURIM, the transformation of evil into good The grandfather told the Rabbi to sit down. Now Rabbi let me tell you a story. I came to this country 51 years ago. Because of Soviet law, I knew next to nothing about Judaism. A friend of mine told me on my second day in America that to begin life anew I should get a blessing from the Rebbe. He took me to Eastern Parkway on a cold Sunday morning where we stood in line for hours and reminded me of the lines in Russia. When I finally got to meet the Rebbe , I looked at his piercing blue eyes, his long white beard and he looked at me handing me the dollar and then suddenly pulling it back. I wondered what happened. And then he asked me in Russian, Did I have a Brit Milah”? Embarrassed I looked at him and said no. He handed me the dollar and blessed me that I should have my Brit telling me on the day I would be circumcised he would give me another dollar. And as he completed the story, the old man cried even more. The Rabbi asked, “but this is really miraculous, why are you so sad still?” And the man looked up, tears still pouring down his cheeks and said, “Holding this dollar, I realize now that had I been circumcised when the Rebbe first told me to 50 years ago how different my life would be. I am so happy to see what has become of my grandson, but sitting here now for the first time in my life I wonder what could have become of me?” Looking at my friends I noted that their success was that they were always quick to run after a misvah and never delaying it and blessed them that they and all of us should be zocheh to convert evil into good.
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body,” said Tarasiuk. “This application can also be very useful for CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine users who want to check the effectiveness of their sleep apnea therapy.” The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 22 million Americans suffer from
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sleep disorders. By using smartphone technology it is possible to estimate the number of apnea and hypopnea events for each hour of sleep even in awake subjects.” The researchers said the speech-analysis system could be incorporated into smart devices that are portable or stationary, and could also be made available in public locations or in clinics. They are working toward commercializing the system sometime in the future.
if the ship’s movements were strong enough to knock her off her three-inch heels. Seven years have passed, but the island.” But it’s probably even more the memories live on for the exciting for the Jewish couples Motzens and their incidental who embark on their lives to- guests. “I can’t tell you how many gether in these exotic locales. “I like to say that aboard ship, people come up to me after a we had an intimate honeymoon concert, wherever I am in the with 800 people, our kids and world,” says Yaakov Motzen, grandkids,” says Marsha Mot- “and they say, ‘You may not zen, who recalls a memorable know this, but I was at your moment under the chuppah wedding!’” during which she wondered (JNS.ORG)
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At least one rabbi is happy to welcome Jewish groups to the region. “I applaud Atlantis for going out of their way to accommodate kosher weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs,” says Rabbi Sholom Bluming of Chabad of the Bahamas. “This program is a very exciting development for
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extremist tenets within our constitution. Until we change those laws, the fight can never be won.
treatment and fundamental rights, the blasphemy laws must be eliminated or dramatically changed. Without this improvement, the state will never be able to achieve peace, tolerance and equal human rights.
The facts are before us, though they might be difficult to face. However, as Aldous Huxley said, "Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored." We in Pakistan cannot claim that we are fighting a war against extremism if there are
Ammar Anwer is an ex-Islamist who writes for The Nation, Pakistan Today and other media outlets. He believes in secularism and democracy and aspires to see Pakistan become a pluralistic state.
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are Jewish community centers being threatened, but Jewish cemeteries throughout the country are being desecrated,” said Council Member Andrew Cohen. “I condemn these hateful acts and ask that law enforcement provide additional security at JCC’s and synagogues. America’s strength is our diversity and all Americans
must unite together against such hatred.” "We are grateful to Senator Klein and our elected representatives for supporting the Jewish community and all victims of senseless hatred. There is no better response than to stand together as a community and show that no bomb threat, no vandalism, no hatred can stop our support of one another. We all belong here,” said Steven Ex-
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"I will express to President Putin Israel's vigorous opposition to this possibility," he said. Iran, Israel's arch-enemy, has been Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's staunchest backer and has provided militia fighters to help him. Russia, also Assad's ally, is seen as holding the balance of power in achieving a deal on Syria's future. In Geneva on Friday, the first U.N.-led Syria peace talks in a year ended without a breakthrough. Israeli leaders have pointed to Tehran's steadily increasing
influence in the region during the six-year-old Syrian conflict, whether via its own Revolutionary Guard forces or Shi'ite Muslim proxies, especially Hezbollah. Majority-Shi'ite Iran says its forces are in Syria to defend holy Shi'ite shrines. However, the chief of staff of Iran's armed forces said in November the Islamic republic may seek to set up naval bases in Yemen or Syria in the future. Last year, Avi Dichter, the chair of Israel's foreign affairs and defense committee, said Iran had tried several times in the past to move forces into the Syrian
ler, Senior Rabbi, Hebrew Institute of Riverdale - The Bayit. “It is reassuring for our community to hear and see the staunch support and clear responses of our government and law enforcement, to recent threats to Jews and acts of desecration to Jewish property. And, to know that the United States and its citizens will not tolerate anti-Semitism,” said Rabbi Shmuel Zuckerman of Young Israel of Pelham Parkway Jewish Center, and Lead Jewish Chaplain at Calvary Hospital. Golan Heights, next to territory that Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war. Dichter said those moves were repelled, but gave no details. Netanyahu has said that Israel has carried out dozens of strikes to prevent weapons smuggling to the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah via Syria. Two years ago, Israel and Russia agreed to coordinate military actions over Syria in order to avoid accidentally trading fire. "I hope that we'll be able to reach certain understandings to lessen the possible friction between our forces and their forces, as we've successfully done so far," he said at the cabinet meeting, referring to the Russian military.
Louis and Rochester, as well as two more waves of bomb threats called into JCCs, schools and More than 100 Jewish institu- institutions across the country, Continued from page 11 tions, mostly JCCs, have received representing the fourth and fifth es that these institutions have bomb threats since the begin- waves of such harassment this in place have gone smoothly,” ning of the year. The last two year. No explosive device was he said. “Our constituents and weeks saw vandalism at Jewish found after any of the calls. cemeteries in Philadelphia, St. members have remained safe.” (JTA)
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have plenty of ways. We come together. We pray. We eat food together. We put up mezuzahs and check the ones we have. Then we eat more food together. Mezuzahs are a great start because that’s a connection we have between our homes, our places of work—and even our
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she feels protected. And we are. The terrorist, in the meantime, feels befuddled. Here he was JCCs—with the Master of the doing all he could to destroy us and instead we’re coming alive, Universe. After all, the real reason we putting up visible signs of our have survived is just because He connection to the Master of the wants us here. So He protects Universe and His protection us. But the connecting point on our doorposts. Foiled again! of that protection is that little (CHABAD.ORG) handwritten scroll rolled up and affixed to the doorpost. More information on mezuWhen a Jew walks past that zahs can be found on Chabad. mezuzah, child or adult, he or org.
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withdrawing tax-exempt status for groups that fundraise for settlements. Other pro-Israel groups – including some of J Street’s allies on the left – oppose the position, in part because it could trigger far-reaching consequences for all nonprofits on the left and right while turning tax-exempt status into a political battlefield. Sanders also asked Friedman whether “a portion” of the $38 billion in defense aid to Israel over the next 10 years under an agreement signed last year by
former President Barack Obama “should be directed toward measures that would facilitate a much greater flow of humanitarian and reconstruction materials” to Gaza. Aid to Israel in Congress and the pro-Israel community has been sacrosanct, and no president has seriously proposed cutting it since Gerald Ford in the mid-1970s. Subsequent presidents used short delays in delivery of assistance and the amount that the United States guarantees Israel’s loans as means of leveraging pressure on Israel, but assistance has been untouched.
WikiLeaks Says it Exposes the document dump, though WikiLeaks said it may release hacking malware employed by them at a later time, when “a other states, including Russia, consensus emerges on the that it can use to leave behind technical and political nature false “fingerprints” to cover of the CIA's program and up its exploits and mislead how such 'weapons' should be analyzed, disarmed and investigators. The actual cyber weapons published." A scheduled press conthemselves weren’t included in Continued from page 12
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safeguards and the strict oversight of its counter-terrorism activities. The city then implemented multiple programs that had plain clothed NYPD officers surveying mosques, restaurants and any place that had a dense congregation of New York City Muslims. The goal was to fight terror from within by asking Muslims about their opinions on radical ideologies and rooting out the bad apples wherever they were situated. The latest initiative to restore
the pre 9/11 status quo is perhaps a sign that the tide is changing and that the city is renegotiating its ties with the Muslim community and offering a counterpunch to Trump’s stance on Muslims. During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was a big proponent of the so-called “Demographics program”, which for over a decade had New York City officers frequent many popular hang-out spots for New York City Muslims in order to detect signs of radicalism. Some Republicans have even suggested that the President create a similar
Sanders cast the proposal in part as one that would help secure Gaza by stabilizing the strip. But it comes at a time that Republicans in Congress are proposing cutting assistance to the Palestinians as a means of pressuring them into direct talks with Israel and pushing the Palestinian Authority to end subsidies for the families of jailed or killed terrorists. Friedman, a longtime lawyer to Trump, did not reply to a request for comment. His ambassadorship is controversial in Congress and in the Jewish community because of his past involvement with settlers, and because of the rhetoric he has used to describe Jews who disagree with him. (JTA) ference to announce the release was postponed after WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange came under attack on social media, the group said on Twitter. WikiLeaks said the source of the documents handed them over because they think a national conversation needs to be had about “whether the CIA's hacking capabilities exceed its mandated powers.” program that would operate on a federal level. In the meantime, the New York City’s Demographics program has already been disbanded. The current lawsuit in question harkens back to 1971 and cites the Handschu guidelines, which were designed to protect the first amendment rights of segregated or profiled minority populations, in this case, Muslims. The Judge will once again rule on whether or not the new settlement fulfills the existing guidelines and is constitutional. Should his decision be against the City, further amendments will have to be instated
with hospitals and doctors. Emblem faces tough competition from national companies despite substantial investments with a larger scope, such as AetContinued from page 7 in technology. She said the com- na, Anthem's Empire BlueCross Hell's Kitchen office expect to pany's exertions to modernize its BlueShield, Cigna and Unitedmove by April. technology will persist through Healthcare. Nonetheless, there Ignagni boasted Emblem's the third quarter of 2017, but that is a vested public interest in Em10.2% decrease in spending on the company will also be shifting blem's continued existence, as administrative expenses, which its focus to improving custom- it insures approximately 90% of totaled $540.7 million in 2016, er experience and partnerships NYC’s workforce.
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Q&As. 8:00 p.m. The Queen of Rebetiko: My Sweet Canary directed by Roy Sher Lawrence Russo & Continued from page 27 Feature Documentary, Larry Confino Feature Documentary, Greece, 2011, 90 min illates between soppy American The story of three young muideas of romance, and a more Greece, USA, 2016, 93 min Using never before seen ar- sicians from Greece, Turkey, business-like Persian approach, and in the end may be unable to chival footage, this moving doc- and Israel who embark on a muumentary set in the idyllic city sical journey to tell the story of execute either. Filmmaker in attendance for of Kastoria, illuminates the lives Greece’s best-known and bestof the Greek Sephardic commu- loved Rebetiko singer, Roza EsQ&As. nity until Nazis took control of kenazi, a woman who sang the April 5 the town - dooming the sub- way she lived: with passion, fire, Wednesday: A stantial and storied community and love. Greek Odyssey that had existed since the times April 6 – Thursday: 6:00 p.m. Trezoros: The Lost of the Roman Empire. Filmmakers in attendance for Closing Night Jews of Kastoria directed by
Maimonides Friendship Award Ceremony 7:00 p.m. Sallah Shabati directed by Ephraim Kishon Feature Narrative, Israel, 1964, 110 min This sharp, often hilarious satire that became the most successful film in Israeli history, is about new immigrants Sallah and his family, who are left in a shack near their promised apartment and are abandoned for months. This 1964 classic won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, putting Israel on the interna-
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hood maintains supporters in the United States. The IPT documented the connections between old Palestine Committee entities and the anti-Israel group American Muslims for Palestine. And members of Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice (EAFJ) and Egyptian Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR) openly display their Brotherhood loyalties on Facebook. EAFJ founding board member Hani Elkadi posted a cartoon of a man holding a sign with the Brotherhood logo and the words which translate to, "I am [Muslim] Brotherhood and I'm not threatened."
Memo's Ambitions Weren't New Sethi is not the first to try to discredit the explanatory memo., The Bridge Initiative, an arm of Georgetown University's Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, argued a year ago that the document was merely "one man's utopian vision." "If it occupied a central place in a Muslim movement to take over America, one would think his supporters would have taken up his idea and spread it in popular and academic circles. But that's not so," the Bridge Initiative Team wrote. It's a sweeping assertion. And it's not true. The Brotherhood
has a multi-generational plan for establishing a global Islamic state. Its U.S.-based followers have repeatedly detailed their ideas for making it so. The 1988 FBI FOIA document describes a "six phase ... plan to institute Islamic Revolution in the United States" to be executed in part by the IIIT. The scheme was rooted in a 1983 book called "The Muslim Brotherhood." Like the "Explanatory Memorandum," the book emphasizes institution building and Muslim evangelization (dawah) as a prelude for jihad. "We want to make the whole world bow before the word of Allah, author Saeed Hawwa wrote. "The command of Allah
is: 'And fight with them till no mischief remains, and the religion is all for Allah.'" Coincidentally, Akram mentions "six elements" of a general strategic plan adopted by the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's Shura council in 1987 in the "Explanatory Memorandum." The memorandum likewise aimed to unify and direct Muslim efforts to present Islam as a "civilization alternative." Those who dismiss the explanatory memorandum as one man's fantasy either never bothered to look for corroborating evidence, or they know better and hope to fool the American people.
Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney for her concern, for her constituency and beyond, and the concrete measures that she has taken to protect the Jewish community and all Americans.” “The increasing anti-Semitic incidents across the United States requires a concerted, coordinated effort on the part of government officials, at the federal, state, and local levels, religious leaders, academics, the media, entertainment and sports figures, and other influentials to speak out against the perpetrators and those who incite or aid and abet them,” said Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. John Catsimatidis, the Chairman of the Red Apple Group and former candidate for mayor
of New York City addressed the very grave issue of the persecution of Christians throughout the world by radical Islamic terrorists and others who preach hate and violence. He connected the scourge of anti-Semitism and anti-Christian murderous campaigns as causes for rising animosity towards all ethnic minorities as well as a catalyst that promotes xenophobia. "These cowardly acts of vandalism and bomb threats are acts of ignorant bigotry,” said Catsimatidis. “These cowards are as guilty as any terrorist when they attack our Jewish brothers, our African American brothers or American citizens who have come from another country just as I have.” “We thank Congresswoman Maloney for introducing the Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust
Education Act which will help create Holocaust education materials that speak to younger generations,” said Charles Temel, President, Jewish Community Relations Council of New York. “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, I know how vital it is that our children and grandchildren remember what took place during the Shoah and learn what happens when decent people don’t speak and take action until it is too late. The outburst of anti-Jewish hate in our time, both here and around the world, is frightening. We, as individuals and as a community must speak out to condemn bigotry of all forms and demand that our leaders forcefully do so as well. We are grateful for the initiative taken by Congresswoman Maloney and will do all in our power
to see to it that this Holocaust Education Act is passed by Congress.” According to the report in the New York Observer, John Miller, the NYPD’s deputy commissioner intelligence and counter-terrorism, said that religious institutions enjoy the protection of his department’s House of Worship cars and the Critical Response Command, a “uniformed, high-profile, highly visible team” that is deployed to locations during higher threat periods. He said the NYPD has not seen a specific credible threat of an actual act of violence connected to the threats and that so far, the recent calls seem to be aimed at creating fear, wreaking havoc and causing disruption and evacuations “as opposed to any organized terrorist plot.”
they despise that they can't be bothered to research if the Middle East Forum is a branch of picious? Do they imagine that the David Horowitz Freedom Continued from page 40 we employ carloads of no-neck Center? The embarrassing ignorance Did none of them find the thugs who threaten to remove charge that CW slanders stu- the thumbs or splinter the and willful blindness on display dents or threatens professors kneecaps of unrepentant profs? in their letter is equally eviwith violence just a tad bit sus- Are they so ignorant of those dent in their biased, politicized
scholarship and teaching. Eager to demonstrate their bona fides as fellow "radicals" bravely speaking truth to power, they embrace every intellectual and social convention of their tribe, adopt every platitude that substitutes for thought, and crush any dissenters who question
their rule. Under their control, Western universities have squandered their heritage, cheated their students, and imperiled their futures. Campus Watch calls on Hale, Rofel, and every other signer of the letter to withdraw their false allegations against it. Failure to
do so will prove beyond a doubt their intellectual sloth, lack of scholarly ability, and moral corruption.
to Germany and promised to "stir up the world" if he is prevented from speaking with ethnic Turks. Despite the angry words, analysts say Ankara will be mindful not to allow tensions to spin out of control, given Germany is Turkey's most important trading partner. "Especially if we get a 'Yes' vote that comes out of it, then the next stage will be for gov-
ernment in Ankara to try and tone it all back," suggested columnist Idiz, but he warns it won't be easy. "I think it will have left a bitter taste in the mouths in Europe." Given that much of Europe is in an election cycle, until those contests are concluded, how European leaders react to Turkey will likely remain unclear, but analysts warn that Ankara could end up paying a heavy
price for its tough rhetoric. "If Merkel wins again, I think then we will see the full might of the German response," predicted consultant Yesilada, "and I anticipate once this election cycle in Europe passes, that Europe will take swift and very severe measures against Turkey, which may reach economic and financial sanctions. Because Europe is getting sick and tired of Turkey's behavior."
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and internal Muslim Brotherhood documents establish that, despite Sethi's assertion to the contrary, there is ample evidence linking ISNA, NAIT and CAIR to the Muslim Brotherhood. His dismissal of the explanatory memo is similarly misguided. Its author, Mohamed Akram, played a prominent role on the Palestine Committee, identified in an internal 1991 document as the Central Committee secretary. He sat on the group's "Central Committee" with
Hamas political leader Mousa abu Marzook. Akram's name also appears immediately following Marzook's name on the Palestine Committee's internal telephone. In 1990, Akram reported on projects for the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood's board of directors known as the Majlis al-Shura. The Shura councils in various countries all "report directly to the IMB [international Muslim Brotherhood]'s leadership," a 2010 Department of Justice affidavit filed in a deportation case said. Meanwhile, the Brother-
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partment of Education’s adoption of a standard definition of anti-Semitism. It is up to all of us in our communities to teach people to stand up against hate. We can start this in our schools by providing materials about the Holocaust by passing my Simon Wiesenthal Holocaust Education Assistance Act. We need to teach tolerance and we need to embrace our differences.” Congresswoman Maloney was joined at the event by Park East Synagogue Senior Rabbi Arthur Schneier, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism John Miller, Chief Assistant District
Attorney to the Manhattan DA’s office Karen Friedman Agnifilo, Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York Charles Temel, and Chairman of the Red Apple Group John Catsimatidis. “As a holocaust survivor I am pained and saddened that not only in Europe but even in our land of freedom we are facing widespread anti-Semitic acts,” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier. “Synagogues, schools, and community centers represent the jugular vein of our community, are the front line targets of hatred. This is no time to be silent; I commend my friend
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German-Turkish Tensions "Turks do believe, across the party lines, that there is a global has had in past polls that it will conspiracy to undermine Turwin," said political consultant key. And the AKP [ruling party] Atilla Yesilada of Global Source spin masters have interpreted Partners. Yesilada suggests Er- Germany allying itself with the dogan could be seeking to con- 'No' camp. And Mr. Erdogan's solidate his support among con- defiance sounds very well to servatives and nationalist voters, those who feel this Judeo-Christian alliance is trying to enslave by playing on historical fears. Continued from page 12
Turkey," Yesilada said.
Trade, elections key Devlet Bahceli, leader of the right-wing Nationalist Action Party, on Monday lent his support to Erdogan and said he would be prepared to join him if he chose to go to Germany to challenge any restrictions on speaking there. The Turkish president has threatened to go
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to turn a blind eye to the hatred as long as it was directed toward Muslims the United States,” rallies that would be worthy of Zandberg continued. Continued from page 14 The Anti-Defamation Nazi Germany” said Meretz MK League (ADL) release catalogs the inauguration of a president Tamar Zandberg. “[Israel’s] political alliance unprecedented efforts by white who ran a campaign of xenophobia and the slew of organi- with the American government supremacists on US campuszations convening anti-Semitic has led the Israeli government es to spread their message.
Without explicitly blaming the president, the report argues that groups like Identity Evropa and American Renaissance have been “emboldened by the 2016 elections.” Notably, ADL chairman Jonathan Greenblatt warned in a tweet during the election season that some of
Trump’s statements came dangerously close to historical anti-Semitic tropes. The spike in anti-Semitism did not begin in 2017. Rather, the rise can even be traced back to Obama years. An ADL audit of 2016 reported that anti-Semitic assaults on American
college campuses nearly doubled during 2015, an increase of about 3 percent over 2014. President Trump has condemned the anti-Semitic attacks, statements that have been acknowledged by President Reuven Rivlin.
to relocating the embassy, he said that while the US had received warnings and threats that such a step could ignite violence, this administration believed “the best way to deal with threats is decisiveness, not appeasement”. Asked by TPS whether the Foreign Affairs Committee is interested in examining alter-
natives to the moribund two state solution, he said that it was. “There is a growing understanding in the administration, Congress and among the American public at large that the two state solution is, if not dead, mired in deep mud, and not going anywhere anytime soon”. He said there is a genuine concern that if a
Palestinian state were to be established at this time, it would become a “Terrorstan”. “That’s the last thing anyone needs or wants”. Arab leaders have been discreetly voicing similar sentiments. He ended by saying that America should not be expected to be “an honest broker”. “We are not impartial; we, the
American government and public, overwhelmingly support Israel, which is one of our loyalist allies, and the world needs to come to terms with that. Israel is a key ally, and you don’t browbeat your allies, you work with them to help them figure out where they want to go and how best to get there”.
one vandalized it.’” Hikind, as well as city Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, also told the newspaper that police discovered a 3-foot hole cut into a razor-wire fence near the section of the cemetery containing the damaged headstones, which Hikind called an “obvious” breach. Cemetery General Manager Marisa Tarantino told the Post that when headstones in the older sections fall over they move
them over the grave so that the spot remains memorialized. Cemetery workers concluded that many of the downed headstones noticed by the passers-by had fallen down over time. Moreover, it was reported that former New York City Councilman and current Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Noach Dear became the latest person to be on the receiving end of egregious Jew hatred. According to a report in the New York Post, law en-
forcement sources said that Dear was walking near Maimonides Medical Center in the Boro Park section of Brooklyn on Sunday morning when a gray haired man shouted at him “You f**king Jew! Don’t you have a mouth?” It was also reported that the perpetrator who was described as a white male, about 5’, 10”, also took photographs of Dear’s license plate. Dear reported the incident to police and the NYPD’s Hate
Crimes Task Force in conducting an investigation. Reports on the alarming escalation of anti-Semitic incidents in New York City indicate that the number of reported incidents has risen to 94 percent this year as compared to 2016. NYPD officials have said that the uptick in anti-Semitic attacks have prompted them to beef up security outside synagogues and Jewish community centers.
As per Forbes, in 2015 he had an estimated total worth of $9.1 billion, making him the has been working on building a 12th richest person in Russia dream house on East 75th Street and the 137th richest person for him, his wife, and their two in the world. He is well known as the owner of Chelsea Footchildren.
ball Club, an English Premier League football team. He has investments around the globe, including three in Israel. In 2015, his company Millhouse Capital, made a $2.25 million
investment in Israeli start-up iAngels, a buying group that selects and invests in other startups. He invested $10 million in Storedot, which develops technology for very high speed
charging of smartphones. In the same year he invested $2 million in Israel’s AcousticEye, which uses sound waves to test pipes. His beautiful wife is a well-known art dealer.
Knesset Holds Emergency
Congressional Committee gress would approach Secretary of State Tillerson to have the Finding a suitable site on President issue an executive orwhich to erect a new embassy der that would enable consulate building in Jerusalem, and then staff to register Americans born in Jerusalem as residents of Israbuilding it, could take years. Regarding the 2002 Jerusa- el, which they currently are not. Asked about Arab reaction lem Birthplace Act, he said ConContinued from page 14
Toppled Headstones Continued from page 3
Hikind told the New York Post late on Sunday that the people who reported the damage to him had never noticed it before despite walking by the cemetery every week to go to synagogue services. “The people who first reported this to us were individuals who walk by … on the way to
synagogue on Shabbos, and they were the ones who saw something that looked wrong to them,’’ Hikind told the newspaper. “If they had seen the toppled stones before,’’ they would have reported it. He added: “We’re not talking about stones that are down, that they want to repair. We’re talking about tombstones where if you look at it, you say, ‘Some-
Roman Abramovich to Rent Continued from page 6
townhouses to build an Upper East Side mega-mansion. He
Roman-Era Road Unearthed constituted the main dietary basis at the time, were transported empire. For example, from main along the secondary routes from roads such as the “Emperor’s the surroundings villages and Road”, there were secondary then by way of the main roads roads leading to communities to the large markets in Israel and even abroad. growing agricultural products. “The ancient road passed The grain, oil and wine, which Continued from page 14
Brooklyn College’s story on the cover of The New York Times, can’t get a house in in the CUNY Baccalaureate for a neighborhood close to his job. Unique and Interdisciplinary I felt like I would have been doStudies Program. “A black man ing a disservice to Franklin, if I who is leading a department at a hadn’t made the topic of racial predominately white institution, discrimination so prevalent [in and is able to get his photo and my play].” Continued from page 39
close to the Israel National Trail and we believe that it will spark interest among the hikers. The Israel Antiquities Authority and Mei Shemesh Corporation have agreed that the road will be conserved in situ, for the public’s benefit” said Amit Shadman, the Israel Antiquities Authority chief archaeologist for the Judea District. (TPS) The program also included a conversation with the award-winning filmmaker Sam Pollard, preceded by a short screening of his latest film, Two Trains Runnin’; and two panel discussions. The first, New Directions in African American History: Slavery and Abolition, featured author and Rutgers University Professor Marisa J. Fuentes, and Manisha Sinha, Draper Chairperson in American History at the University of Connecticut. The keynote panel featured Paula Giddings, Guggenheim Fellow, author, and the Elizabeth A. Woodson Professor of Africana Studies at Smith College; David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer of W.E.B. DuBois; and historian and Brooklyn College Foundation trustee Kimberley Phillips-Boehm. Franklin’s book, From Slavery to Freedom, published in 1947, is considered by many to be the preeminent text on the history of black people in the United States and revolutionized American history by centering the experiences of African Americans. (CUNY NEWSWIRE)
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Brooklyn Collegeâ€™s â€œStand Against Hateâ€? Initiative Honors Memory of Historian By: Robert Jones, Jr.
day of art, history, and political dialogue marked the inaugural John Hope Franklin Memorial Day at Brooklyn College on Feb. 28. Sponsored by the Department of History, the Office of the President, the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for Humanities, the Department of Africana Studies, and the Womenâ€™s and Gender Studies Program, the festivities were designed to commemorate the renowned historian, who in 1956, became the first African American to chair a history department at a primarily white academic institutionâ€”a feat which earned him both the front page and a feature in The New York Times. The event was part of President Michelle J. Andersonâ€˜s We Stand Against Hate initiative, developed to enhance understanding and compassion at the college, and was made possible through the generous support of Kimberley Phillips-Boehmâ€” author, trustee, and former dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. The day began with opening remarks from Professor and Department of History Chair Gunja SenGupta, who read a message from Franklinâ€™s son, John
John Hope Franklin, the first African American to be named chair of an academic department at a public college.
Whittington Franklin: â€œMy wife, Karen Roberts Franklin and I are honored that you have chosen to dedicate this day to my late fatherâ€™s work at Brooklyn College. My father was honored for his scholarship, activism, and public service during his lifetime. He was awarded over 130 honorary degrees, the Spingarn Medal, and the Medal of Freedom, among many honors. My father enjoyed teaching at Brooklyn. He had never taught at a school where many of the students had known each other from el-
ementary school through high school.â€? SenGupta added, â€œFranklin believed that you can use scholarship to make a better society. When you understand that structures of oppression did not fall from the sky, but are man-made and developed historically, you can turn history into a strategy for change. Recent events have borne out Franklinâ€™s case that we have not yet achieved a post-racial society. Now, more than ever, we need a courageous, activist history which dares to tell the truth free of euphemisms and obfuscations.â€? The message was followed by A Different Beast, a play written by senior Ethan Scott Barnett, and directed by Africana Studies Professor Dale Byum. The production dramatized events surrounding the difficulty Franklinâ€™s family experienced in obtaining housing in Brooklyn, due to racism, even after his appointment at Brooklyn College. â€œMy mother had dealt with similar struggles when she moved from Brooklyn to the Hudson Valley in the late 1980s and Franklinâ€™s story is no different,â€? said Barnett, who studies human rights and social justice See Brooklyn Collegeâ€™s, page 38
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MDS Appoints New Head of School, Ms. Raizi Chechik Edited by: JV Staff
anhattan Day School is excited and honored to announce that Ms. Raizi Chechik has been appointed as its Head of School commencing on July 15, 2017. Ms. Chechik comes to MDS after serving as a principal at Stella K Abraham High School, Head of School at the Ilan School, and Assistant Principal at Manhattan High School for Girls. She holds a Masters Degree in Judaic Studies, has done doctoral work in both Jewish History and Jewish Education, and brings to MDS over two decades of experience as a compassionate, creative, highly skilled and respected school leader. â€œMs. Chechik's selection was motivated by the belief that she is an exceptional educator and a collaborative leader with the ability to bring together the different parts of our diverse community,â€? according to Ami Eden, President of the Board, and Tova Epstein, First Vice President. â€œWe are confident that Ms. Chechik will develop and implement an inspiring and forward-looking vision for MDS, a vision that is true to our existing hashkafa and identity, and builds on our strengths
Ms. Chechik said. "The spirited Tefilla from the youngest children, the collaborative energy in the technology center, the nature of inquiry and engagement in Torah classes and academic disciplines, and the musical and artistic complements to the course of study all reflect a fullness of vision, and attention to the total growth and development of each student with which I deeply identify. I am delighted to be joining a team of expert and skilled administrative colleagues in continuing and building upon the legacy of Ms. Chechik comes to MDS all that MDS represents.â€? after serving as a principal at As we celebrate this new apStella K Abraham High School, pointment, we would like to Head of School at the Ilan express tremendous gratitude School, and Assistant Principal to Rabbi Besser for the stellar at Manhattan High School for leadership that he has provided Girls these past 18 years. All of our while taking us to new heights future accomplishments will in the education of our children stand on the shoulders of his giand the running of our beloved ant legacy. institution.â€? â€œMy visits to the MDS classrooms and conversations with â€œMs. Chechik's selection administrators, faculty, staff was motivated by the and parents confirmed the belief that she is an beautiful impression I have had exceptional educator and of MDS for years -- a school a collaborative leader community characterized by with the ability to bring warmth, intellectual creativtogether the different ity, and cultivation of respect parts of our diverse and sensitivity within a diverse community,â€? group of learners and teachers,â€?
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Tuition-Free Jewish Day School? That’s What’s Happening in Minnesota With ‘finances off the table,’ an incentive for more kids in a full-time Jewish educational setting
In accordance with the teach- his father, Rabbi Shlomo Bendings of the Lubavitcher Rebbe— et, who has led the school since Rabbi Menachem M. Schneer- its establishment 40 years ago. son, of righteous memory—the Jewish environment than it is lis-St. Paul. The school was founded in By: Karen Schwartz “Additional students would school focuses on the full child, 1977 by a handful of Chabad about numbers, although an irtza Ben David drives expected 10 percent increase mean the chance to bring in his or her complete needs, ex- families under the auspices of two hours a day to in the student body would be a more teachers and start new plains Bendet. He adds that the Rabbi Moshe and Mindelle Fellprograms, which in turn ben- Rebbe stressed the importance er, who began the Upper Midtake her two young positive development. of giving children the values to west Merkos-Lubavitch House daughters, Moriyah, 4, lead good Jewish lives and be in 1961. and Chana, 2, to the Lubavitch contributing members of the Rabbi Shlomo and Chavie Cheder Day School in St. Paul, Jewish community. Bendet came to the Twin Cities Minn. It’s a small school, she says, where each child gets personalized attention and the chance to learn in ways that best suit their needs. “My kids are very happy; they love it!” she tells Chabad.org. “They grow so much from it.” The school is looking to grow as well. How so? By offering one year of free tuition to new families with students entering for the first time this fall. “With finances off the table Children put on a Chanukah show at Lubavitch Cheder for now,” says Rabbi Yossi Ben- Day School in St. Paul, Minn. To celebrate the school’s 40th det, the day school’s director of anniversary, a novel initiative is being launched this fall: free development, “students can take tuition the first year for new students part in the experience of fullHands-on experiential learning is part of the school’s philosophy. More broadly, he adds, the efits the children,” says Bendet. time Jewish education.” The initiative, which is being entire community could bene- “Our message to parents is: You ‘A Great Place the year the day school was startfunded by a benefactor who fit—and not just local residents. have the opportunity to give to Live’ ed. The parents of 11 children, wishes to remain anonymous, is Bendet hopes word of the ed- your child a Jewish education.” Bendet himself attended the they grew the institution from “We find that there are many school in the 1990s from age 3 its beginnings in the basement aimed at welcoming a larger and ucational incentive gets out to more diverse group of students families considering relocating parents who think a lot about until graduating from eighth of the local Lubavitch House to to the school, which this year to the family-friendly area. St. Jewish education,” he continues. grade. He went on to attend a trailer-turned-classroom, and Paul, the state’s capital, fits the “It’s a big decision, and some- Chabad yeshivahs and later, as a eventually, to the building it is celebrates its 40th anniversary. Currently, 100 children from bill, he stresses, in terms of a times, a hard one. By temporar- rabbi, helped spread Judaism in today. A duplex next door was ages 16 months through eighth lower cost of living than most ily removing the financial factor a number of U.S. cities, includ- added over time to house the grade attend, including those at urban centers in the United from that decision, we hope ing New York, and several coun- day care and preschool, with a the preschool and day care. The States and with all the essentials more parents will consider giv- tries around the globe before playground between them. ing it a try. A Jewish education is returning to the Twin Cities in rabbi emphasizes that the new for a comfortable Jewish life. “A larger facility is one of our An estimated 40,000 Jews live a gift you cannot put a price tag 2015. He and his wife, Mushky, a goals,” acknowledges the youngeffort is more about individual children being in a full-time in the Twin Cities of Minneapo- on. It could change a life.” teacher, came back to work with er Bendet. “We have to get a lit-
63 “Scholars” Falsely Charge Campus Watch with Making Violent Threats By: Winfield Myers
ondra Hale of UCLA and Lisa Rofel of UC-Santa Cruz have penned a mendacious screed signed by 61 other "scholars" in which they make outrageous, slanderous charges against Campus Watch along with numerous factual errors. Writing at the website of "California Scholars for Academic Freedom," Hale, Rofel, and their colleagues accuse CW of slandering and threatening violence against those with whom it disagrees: A recently formed "Professor Watchlist" purports to alert students about professors they claim "advance a radical agenda in lecture halls." This watchlist echoes Horowitz's project, Campus Watch. The latter lists both faculty and students, threatening the latter with slanderous public information for use by prospective employers and the former with threats of
Writing at the website of "California Scholars for Academic Freedom," Hale, Rofel, and their colleagues accuse CW of slandering and threatening violence against those with whom it disagrees
ed to their list. We refuse to be intimidated by such harassment tactics. CW challenges the authors and signers of this letter to prove that it has ever threatened anyone in any way, with either "violence" or "slanderous public information." It is a lie. We have never issued any kind of threat or slander against any person. Moreover, CW does not list students. We certainly do not "threaten" them or anyone else with "slanderous public information." This is another outrageous, malicious charge made Sondra Hale, a professor of by people for whom facts are Anthropology and Gender irrelevant. Studies at the University of Hale, Rofel, and the other California, Los Angeles, along signers also make the lazy error with UC-Santa Cruz professor of asserting that CW is run by Lisa Rofel have “penned a David Horowitz. As a cursory mendacious screed signed glance at our website would by 61 other "scholars" in which have shown, CW is a project of they make outrageous, the Middle East Forum, a reslanderous charges against search institute in Philadelphia Campus Watch along with that is in no way connected to numerous factual errors” according to Winfield Myers of the David Horowitz Freedom Center, or any other enterprise Campus Watch anywhere. That the likes of Hale and violence. The Professor Watchlist names numerous professors Rofel would pen a letter filled from California institutions of with lies and blatant errors is higher learning. In response to bad enough. But that 61 of their the Professor Watchlist, faculty colleagues would sign it without from throughout California, at bothering to fact-check it is not public and private universities, simply inexcusable; it proves have followed the lead of fac- just how low many members of ulty at the University of Notre the academy have sunk. Dame, in sending the Professor See 63 “Scholars” Falsely , page 37 Watchlist our names to be add-
tle creative at this point to find space for our classes and for any extracurricular activities that take place.” He adds that the timing for all this is auspicious. “It has been 40 years since the Rebbe dedicated the year of Chinuch, of Jewish education. During that year, the Rebbe strongly encouraged institutions to think in terms of growing and reaching more children,” says Bendet. “The Rebbe also demanded that schools and camps take in children tuition-free when necessary. As we mark 40 years since that revolutionary campaign, can there be a more appropriate time to double-down on our efforts?” And as the day school, too, celebrates 40 years, “it’s a great time to reflect on all of the accomplishments over four decades,” says Rabbi Shlomo Bendet, there since its beginnings. “While there is plenty to be proud of, the Rebbe taught us to look ahead. We can use the strength from this milestone to leap forward and build more. That is what we intend to do.” Meanwhile, Ben David, who recently had a third daughter, Menucha, is looking forward to seeing both the student body and the general Jewish community expand as a result of the free-tuition incentive. “It will not only help build the school,” she says, “but help families figure out that this is a great place to live.” (CHABAD.ORG)
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From Cruise Ships to Resorts, Jewish Destination Weddings Mix Intrigue & Tradition By: Deborah Fineblum
he groom was 60-yearsold and the wedding was seven years ago, yet the magic and romance of the moment continues to inspire not only the couple themselves, but the 800 witnesses to that momentous occasion—many of them complete strangers. Yaakov and Marsha Motzen were joined in holy matrimony in a ceremony that adhered strictly to the Jewish wedding traditions and kosher laws that they both hold dear. Unlike most religiously observant couples, however, they chose to get married on the open seas. “Our ketubah (marriage contract) may be the only one in the world to list under location
of the wedding, ‘Between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas,’” Marsha says of her cruise ship wedding. Since the groom is one of the most famous current cantors and performers of Jewish music, the wedding was destined to melodically fill the ship. In fact, more than a dozen big-name cantors and other musical luminaries were on board to add their voices to this event, including Avraham Fried, Naftali and Natenel Herstik, Binyamin Helfgot and Dudu Fisher, plus Amiran Dvir and his band. Jewish destination weddings constitute a growing trend, according to those involved in such celebrations. More Jewish couples are opting to exchange vows in gorgeous places around the world—without sacrificing
Jewish tradition in the process. Taking this trend to the next level, a leading kosher cruise and travel company, Kosherica, is now partnering with the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas to create a program for picturesque Jewish destination weddings and other celebrations (such as bar/bat mitzvahs).
for the guests. “Atlantis has the advantage of having a facility where you can make it into an entire wedding weekend, which is what most families want to do,” says Kosherica spokeswoman Aliza Seidman. “Some families prefer to keep the weekend casual with buffet meals and maybe a Sat-
A Jewish wedding chuppah on a beach. Credit: Maloman Studios
Kosher hors d’oeuvres at a Jewish wedding. The Bahamasbased Atlantis Paradise Island resort and Kosherica, a leading kosher cruise and travel company, are now offering wedding packages that include kosher catering. Credit: Maloman Studios.
A leading kosher cruise and travel company, Kosherica, is now partnering with the Atlantis Paradise Island resort in the Bahamas to create a program for picturesque Jewish destination weddings and other celebrations (such as bar/bat mitzvahs).
Atlantis, a 20-year-old resort, is now providing everything from a decorated chuppah (wedding canopy) overlooking the vivid blue Bahamian waters, to a local rabbi, to cuisine prepared under the direction of world-class chefs, to a mashgiach (kosher supervisor). Some packages also include photography and dolphin swimming
Jewish Travel Co. Offers ‘Ladies Only’ Southern Italy & Sicily Tour Edited by: JV Staff
mazing Journeys, a travel company that specializes in group travel, offers their trip to Southern Italy, May 19-30, 2017. Join us to explore some of Italy's most beautiful cities and impressive history while visiting Sicily, the Amalfi Coast, Mt. Etna, Sorrento, Pompeii, Rome and more in one amazing itinerary! This journey will take you along the crossroads of civilization in Sicily and on to the spectacular coastlines of Southern Italy. Beginning in Sicily, uncover its Moorish and Norman influences that intertwine with Greek and Roman ruins standing guard over the landscape. Explore Agrigento’s ancient Valley of the Temples. Travel to the historic hilltop town of Taormina. Make a stop at a local winery for wine tasting and a dinner featuring regional specialties. Explore the ancient town of “Sassi di Matera,” known for its cave dwellings. Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” Discover spectacular Mt. Etna Volcano National Park. Explore the stunning Amalfi Coast and See Jewish Travel Co. Oﬀers , page 36
Pompeii is a vast archaeological site located in southern Italy’s Campania region. Once a thriving and sophisticated Roman city, Pompeii was buried in meters of ash and pumice after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. Near the coast of the Bay of Naples, the well-preserved site features excavated ruins that visitors can freely explore.
Spend time in the mystical town of Alberobello with its unusual cone-shaped roofed homes known as “trulli.” (pictured above)
urday night barbecue, and then the wedding on Sunday is more formal,” she adds. In the fall of 2015, Avi and Nicole Yurman of Toronto were the first couple to be married under this partnership. “Having our chuppah overlooking the ocean was so beautiful,” says Nicole. “We were able to have a smaller wedding, just
115 family and close friends, in an unforgettable location. It was perfect for us.” Kosherica, which was founded more than two decades ago, offers cruise travelers kosher food prepared by five-star chefs. “We’ve had winter weddings in tropical Caribbean, bar mitzvahs with Alaska glaciers in the backdrop and renewal vows in the gorgeous Mediterranean,” says Kosherica Chief Financial Officer Helit Edelstein. How much will such a ko-
“Our ketubah (marriage contract) may be the only one in the world to list under location of the wedding, ‘Between Fort Lauderdale and St. Thomas,’” Marsha says of her cruise ship wedding.
sher destination wedding cost? Ceremony site fees for events for Kosherica start at $3,500, and costs are calculated based on how many guests and meals are included. The wedding packages with Atlantis run about $400 per person for the festive weekend. Atlantis representatives anticipate that the partnership will be a fruitful one for everyone involved. “In our efforts to continue to expand our offerings and market reach, we knew there was a need for kosher catering in the destination segment,” says Jessi Hill, Atlantis’s executive director of weddings and special events. “Groups wishing to hold true to their traditions don’t want to be limited in their geographic location.” See From Cruise Ships , page 36
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MARCH 10, 2017
Kids Like this Fun Treatment for Lazy Eye with No Patches BinoVision goggles add eye-stimulating elements to any streaming video content children choose to watch; condition improves within eight weeks By: Abigail Klein Leichman
mblyopia (“lazy eye”), a disorder affecting three to five percent of the general population, usually is treated by patching the stronger eye or blurring its vision with atropine drops, in order to force the brain to use images from the weaker eye. Yet only 60% achieve normal vision, and 35% of those who improve eventually regress. Moreover, compliance is only around 50% since nobody – and especially children – enjoys using eyepatches or eye drops. The Israeli company Medisim is working to commercialize a
new approach, Bino Vision video goggles, based on research showing that the brain can be stimulated to improve visual function. The sophisticated device presents separate and independent views of the same image to each eye. The high-tech goggles connect to any streaming video source, such as cable modem, laptop, game console or even smartphone, turning any content – movies, cartoons, games, music videos, TV shows – into a fun mode of therapy. “Through the goggles, the image is clear or even enhanced in the amblyopic eye, while in the fellow [normal] eye the contrast and brightness is less
than in the weaker eye,” explains BinoVision medical adviser Dr. Chaim Stolovitch, chief of the Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus Unit at Tel Aviv Medical Center and its Dana Children’s Hospital. BinoVision is actually fun, he says, so compliance was high among the four- to eight-yearolds participating in clinical trials at Tel Aviv Medical Center.
sociation for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology conference in Seattle. The paper is soon to be published. “We asked the children to use the BinoVision goggles 60 minutes a day – which could be split into two sessions of 30 minutes each — six days a week for three months. We evaluated their visual acuity every four weeks and asked the patients to come back for follow-up later to see if the improvement stayed,” Stolovich tells ISRAEL21c. BinoVision is a new treatment for amblyopia. Image by Evgeny Atamanenko/Shutterstock.com
BinoVision streams a different presentation of the same image to each eye simultaneously. Photo: courtesy
The device has a logging feature enabling the physician to track compliance. More than a quarter of the children even used the goggles for longer periods than required because they didn’t want to stop watching.
One of the Tel Aviv study participants using BinoVision. Photo courtesy of Medisim
After 16 patients concluded the 12-week retreatment regimen, Stolovich’s team saw that improvement peaked at eight weeks and there was little if any change from eight to 12 weeks, so they tested three more patients for eight weeks only. A dozen patients returning after 36 One hour a day weeks showed marginal and staLast May, Stolovitch present- tistically insignificant regression. Results in the entire group ed results of the controlled clinical study to doctors at the As- were better and faster than with
patching or eye drops, Stolovich says. Patching for mild amblyopia is recommended for two hours per day, and up to six hours a day if it doesn’t improve. “BinoVison is a very effective treatment that is passive, never boring, and requires no patching or game-playing skills,” says Stolovitch. “Improvement is fast with no adverse effects and has excellent compliance.” Medisim VP Product Development Ilan Vadai tells ISRAEL21c that Medisim has recently applied for approval by the US Food and Drug Administration for BinoVision. “Later this year we plan to ramp up to a bigger-scale study,” says Vadai, and a trial involving amblyopic adults also is planned. Founded in 1995 and headquartered in Neve Ilan with
subsidiaries in the United States and Hong Kong, Medisim develops, manufactures and markets medical devices for home and professional use with registered worldwide patents. “I think BinoVision is the most advanced, promising treatment option for lazy eye,” says Stolovitch. “Nobody else has presented this kind of unit for home use.” He hopes that in the future the same technology can be adapted to even younger children. In Israel, parents are encouraged to take babies to a pediatric ophthalmologist at six to eight months to check risk factors for amblyopia because early intervention can prevent lazy eye from developing. Once the condition develops, treatment usually begins at age four. (ISRAEL 21C)
Hip-Hope Cushions Falls to Prevent Fractures in Elderly The belt-like wearable device is a high-tech Israeli response to a serious and costly health problem faced by the world’s older population By: Abigail Klein Leichman
$15 billion in the US healthcare system alone. Rather than focus on better ways to treat the broken bone, Raanan decided to leverage cutting-edge technology to protect the pelvis upon impact and avoid injury in the first place. He and three cofounders devel-
oped Hip-Hope, a smart wearable device designed as a belt. Once Hip-Hope’s multi-sensor detection system senses an impending collision with a ground surface, two large airbags are deployed instantly from each side of the belt to cushion the hips, and a con-
hen his elderly mother fell and broke a hip for the second time, former Israeli Air Force pilot and industrial and management engineer Amatsia Raanan searched for a product to prevent this most common serious injury in older people. “Through her suffering I learned about the epidemic of hip fractures,” Raanan tells ISRAEL21c. Each year, nearly 3 million seniors worldwide are hospitalized due to hip fractures. Many of them experience a drastic deterioration in quality of life. And the direct annual cost of treating hip fractures exceeds Hip-Hope will be available for lease or purchase. Photo: courtesy
Hip-Hope fits around the waist like a belt or fanny pack. Photo: courtesy
nected smartphone app sends an automatic alert message to predetermined recipients. The 1-kilo (2.2-pound) device even has a built-in emergency call button that the user can activate in any situation of distress. The patent-pending HipHope has earned medical-device certification from the CE (Europe), FDA (United States), Health-Canada and AMAR (Israel). In studies carried out at a major Canadian lab, the Israeli device was proven to reduce impact by 90 percent. Now, 150 Hip-Hope units for beta testing are being man-
ufactured at Medimor in Tiberias. Distributors in Europe already have placed orders for Hip-Hope, intended to be the first active hip protector device in the market. The device will be available in a range of colors and styles after entering mass production by the end of 2017, says Raanan. The target users — seniors at high risk for falls and fractures,
The Hip-Hope booth at the 2016 Medica Trade Fair in Germany. Photo: courtesy
both at home and in a wide variety of care facilities — will be able to purchase Hip-Hope or lease it on a monthly basis. “Over the years, I’ve been exposed to several ideas for developing active hip protectors that will prevent hip fractures in the event of a fall. I find the technology of HipHope to be especially innovative and promising in this regard,” said Prof. Stephen Robinovitch of Simon Frazer University in Canada, a renowned researcher on the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults. He joined the company’s scientific adviso-
ry board to help develop the technology. Established in May 2011 in Hod Hasharon, Hip-Hope Technologies was cofounded by Raanan with two friends, Amos Shattner and Yoram Romem. They later recruited Ran Manor as vice president for R&D. Funded by private investors, angel groups and Israel’s Innovation Authority, HipHope Technologies now has 10 employees. Raanan isn’t a typical 30-something Israeli startup entrepreneur. “I served for many years as a pilot in the Israeli Air Force, in the development of airborne and information systems,” he tells ISRAEL21c. Raanan earned a degree at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and worked first as a business consultant, then for Amdocs. A father of two and grandfather of five, Raanan also is a
photographer. One of his exhibitions, sponsored by Israel’s Ministry Of Foreign Affairs, has been shown in Israel, the United States and Canada. Though his mother was still alive when development of HipHope began in March 2012, her second hip fracture had led to slow, steady decline and she passed away before seeing Hip Hope win the Innovation Award at the March 2015 MEDinISRAEL international conference and exhibition. Since then, the product has been refined in a continuing R&D process. In future iterations, the wearable also will enable remote activity monitoring, keeping track of the user’s movement data to recognize and alert to changes in personal motion patterns and fall risk level. These features are meant to enhance its preventive capabilities. (ISRAEL 21C)
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Breakthrough Could Diagnose Sleep Itching for a Solution to That Rash? Disorders While You’re Awake Using gentle soap and moisturizer can help protect the hands, skin doctors advise
Smartphone system under development at BenGurion University can evaluate apnea and other sleep disorders at home, without contact sensors By: Israel 21c Staff
n audio-analysis technology developed in Israel for smart devices can assess sleep-wake disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) while the user is awake, at home and not hooked up to machines or sensors. “Now we will be able to get a fast, OSA severity estimation without an overnight sleep study,” said Dr. Yaniv Zigel, head of the Biomedical Signal Processing Research Lab at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and Prof. Ariel Tarasiuk, head of the Sleep-Wake Disorders Unit at Soroka University Medical Center in Beersheva. Currently, patients are diagnosed using overnight polysomnography (PSG) to record brain waves, blood oxygen level, heart rate, breathing, and eye and leg movements overnight. The new system, which does not require contact sensors, could be installed onto a smartphone or other device that utilizes ambient microphones. It analyzes speech during waking hours and records and evaluates overnight breathing sounds using new technology that is simpler and significantly less expen-
Sleep-wake disorder analysis could now be done at home without any sensors. Image by WaveBreakMedia/Shutterstock.com
sive than PSG. “All sleep studies conducted in laboratory or at-home settings currently require subjects to be connected to numerous electrodes and sensors,” explains Eliran Dafna, a BGU PhD student in biomedical engineering who developed the breathing-sound system in the university lab. “Processing the data on sleep-wake states and corresponding aspects of physiology is time-consuming, tedious and costly because of its complexity and the need for technical expertise. The market is begging for a better solution,” said Dafna.
Reliable readings Researchers have tested the new speech and breathing sound analysis system on more than 350 subjects, along with standard PSG, in laboratory and at-home settings. The system proved capable of producing reliable readings regarding sleep-quality parameters such as sleep-wake activity, snoring severity and OSA. “We are excited about this non-contact sleep tracking system, which does not require patients to wear uncomfortable monitoring equipment on their See Breakthrough Could Diagnose, page 36
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aybe it's a new soap or the dry, cold weather that has turned your hands red and itchy. "There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. And the source of the problem isn't always obvious, she and other skin doctors say. An allergy to a new soap or something else you've touched can bring on a hand rash, but it could also reflect something going on inside your body, Piliang said in a news release from the American Academy of Dermatology. "The most common cause is eczema," Piliang said. Eczema is the term for different conditions that cause skin inflammation and irritation. "But some hand rashes may have an allergic cause. Sometimes, an allergy can develop after years of touching the same things daily without a problem, like your wedding ring, skin care products or foods such as fish, garlic or citrus fruits," she explained. There are some steps people can take to prevent hand rashes. Piliang provided the following tips: • Wear gloves. Protect your hands with gloves while doing housework, gardening or using chemicals, such as dyes, detergents and cleaners. Replace gloves that have holes and never wear them when they are wet. • Stay warm. Cold temperatures can dry out the skin, making it more susceptible to a rash. Wearing warm or insulated gloves when it's cold outside can help the skin stay moisturized. • Use gentle soap. Washing hands with harsh or irritating soaps can lead to a skin rash. Use warm water and a mild cleanser or beauty bar to gently cleanse the skin. • Moisturize regularly. Apply moisturizer right after washing your hands throughout the day. Opt for products that contain glycerin or petroleum
“There are many reasons for hand rashes," said Dr. Melissa Piliang, a board-certified dermatologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.
jelly. "Thousands of things can cause a hand rash, yet most hand rashes look a lot alike to the untrained eye," said Piliang. "If you get a hand rash, see a board-certified dermatologist to help identify the cause and prevent it from becoming painful or disabling." Hand rashes are often treated with non-prescription cream, lotion or prescription medication, the dermatologists' group notes. Doctors who suspect their patient has an allergy may recommend a skin test, called patch testing. (HEALTHDAY NEWS)
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MARCH 10, 2017
Notice of Formation of MONOCHROME MARKETING LLC. Articles of Org ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/30/2017. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Thomas Potts, 332 Leﬀerts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [3/10-4/14]
Notice of Qual. of COMMUNITY ENERGY SOLAR, LLC, Authority ﬁled with the SSNY on 11/08/2016. Oﬃce loc: NY County. LLC formed in DE on 06/17/2009. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: CT Corporation System 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. Address required to be maintained in DE: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington DE 19801. Cert of Formation ﬁled with DE Div. of Corps, 401 Federal St., Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any Lawful Purpose. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of MHN Government Services LLC. Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 1/20/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2370 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901. LLC formed in DE on 9/21/05. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., 13th Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Formation of BOBBY'S PRIME LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/01/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: 40 Central Park South, NY, NY 10019. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Ricky Passarelli at the princ. oﬃce of the LLC, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Restaurant. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of CA 485 COUNTY ROAD LLC. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/31/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/06/16. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: 767 Fifth Ave., NY, NY 10153. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Corporation Service Co. (CSC), 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. DE addr. of LLC: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with Secy. of State of the State of DE, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [2/10-3/17]
NOTICE OF ORGANIZATION OF PROFESSIONAL SERVICE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY (PLLC). NAME: KOSTINA LAW GROUP, PLLC. ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION FILED WITH SECRETARY OF STATE OF NEW YORK (SSNY) ON 11/8/2016. NY OFFICE LOCATION: KINGS COUNTY. SSNY HAS BEEN DESIGNATED AS AGENT OF THE PLLC UPON WHOM PROCESS AGAINST IT MAY BE SERVED. THE POST OFFICE ADDRESS TO WHICH THE SSNY SHALL MAIL A COPY OF PROCESS AGAINST THE PLLC SERVED UPON HIM/HER IS: 3111 OCEAN PARKWAY, 2G, BROOKLYN, NY 11235. PURPOSE/CHARACTER OF PLLC: FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW. [2/3-3/10]
Notice of Registration of Tanenbaum Keale LLP. Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/18/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLP registered in ¬¬¬New Jersey (NJ) on 1/6/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the principal oﬃce of LLP: c/o National Corporate Research, Ltd., 10 E. 40th St., 10th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: to practice the profession of Law. [2/10-3/17]
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Notice of Qualiﬁcation of NARIHIRA CONSULTANTS, LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/24/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/3/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: NRP Holding Corp., 110 W. 40th St., Room 2103, NY, NY 10018. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of formation of New Arbor, LLC. Articles of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary of State of New York (SSNY) on 09/23/2016. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as agent upon whom process against the LLC may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Formation of Rag & Bone Management Aggregator L.P. Certiﬁcate ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/26/2017. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LP upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 425 W. 13th St., 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10014. Name/address of each genl. ptr. available from SSNY. Term: until 1/26/2092. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Formation of Phillips Art Holdings LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/30/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Michael S. Arlein, Esq., Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, NY, NY 10036. Purpose: any purposes permitted by applicable law. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of formation of 53RD STREET EVENTS LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with the Sect'y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/2016. Oﬃce location, County of Kings. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 170 53rd St., Ste. 304, Brooklyn, NY 11232. Purpose: any lawful act. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of SARATOGA PROXY CONSULTING LLC. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/20/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 07/08/16. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, Attn: John Ferguson, Managing Member, 520 8th Ave., 14th Fl., NY, NY 10018. DE addr. of LLC: 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with Secy. of State, State of DE, John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [2/10-3/17]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of SELSER LLC. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/20/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/09/16. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Herrick, Feinstein LLP, Attn: B. Karaahmet, Esq., 2 Park Ave., NY, NY 10016. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with Jeﬀrey W. Bullock, DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 3, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [2/103/17]
Notice of Formation of RELATED-ROCKFORD FAUST AHP LENDER, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/25/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [2/3-3/10]
Notice of Formation of RELATED-ROCKFORD FAUST S LENDER, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/25/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: 60 Columbus Circle, NY, NY 10023. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [2/3-3/10]
Notice of Application for Authority of Chamisa Software LLC, a foreign limited liability company (LLC). Application for Authority ﬁled with Secy. of State of New York (SSNY) on 10/31/2016. LLC organized in New Mexico on 01/23/2012. NY oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to: Incorp Services, Inc., One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY 12210. No oﬃce is required to be maintained in the jurisdiction of this formation. The address of the principal oﬃce of the foreign LLC is: 101 W 90th St. Apt 8H, New York, NY 10024. Copy of Articles of Organization on ﬁle with Secy. of State of NM, Brad Winter, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity. [2/3-3/10]
Notice of formation of CMD Investors LLC. Articles of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on January 20, 2017. N.Y. oﬃce location: New York County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of any process to CMD Investors LLC, 11 Park Place, Suite 1705, New York, New York 10007. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in any lawful act or activity. [2/3-3/10]
NOTICE OF SALE Supreme Court County Of Kings U.S. Bank National Association, as Trustee for SG Mortgage Securities, Asset Backed Certiﬁcates, Series 2006-FRE2, Plaintiﬀ AGAINST Tetiana Berriors a/k/a Tatyana Onischenko, et al, Defendant Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated 2/29/2016 and entered on 3/17/2016, I, the undersigned Referee, will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on February 16, 2017 at 02:30 PM premises known as 1810 Avenue Y Brooklyn, NY 11235. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough and County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK: 7439, LOT: 5. Approximate amount of judgment is $842,354.54 plus interests and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index # 28287/2008. Sean R. Smith, Referee FRENKEL LAMBERT WEISS WEISMAN & GORDON LLP 53 Gibson Street Bay Shore, NY 11706
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of Solus Senior High Income GP LLC. Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 12/19/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 410 Park Ave., 11th Fl., NY, NY 10022. LLC formed in DE on 12/15/16. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [1/27-3/3]
Notice of Formation of Teraviatwo LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 12/1/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Olivier Brandicourt, 170 E. 77th St., 4B, NY, NY 10075, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [1/20-2/24]
Notice of Formation of Teraviathree LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 12/1/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: Olivier Brandicourt, 170 E. 77th St., 4B, NY, NY 10075, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [1/20-2/24]
Notice of Formation of POLER LEGAL LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/23/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Emily A Poler, 20 Plaza Street #C6, Brooklyn, NY 12238. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/20-2/24]
Notice of Formation of ANSONIA PARTNERS LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/02/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Susan Elkind Orchant, 2109 Broadway, Apt. 9-18, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/20-2/24]
Notice of Formation of CRP Rivington Street Redevelopment, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/15/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Castellan Real Estate Partners, 1841 Broadway, Ste. 400, New York, NY 10023. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/20-2/24]
Notice of Formation of MAXMO 33 EAST CLINTON AVE, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/04/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: Alvarez & Marsal Holdings, LLC, 600 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., NY, NY 10022. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 122072543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [1/13-2/17]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of GROKASH REALTY ASSOCIATES, LLC. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/03/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/04/16. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: c/o Eleanor Zweibel, Manager, 236 W. 30th St., NY, NY 10001. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC at the addr. of its princ. oﬃce. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Creations Network Inc., 3411 Silverside Rd., Rodney Bldg., #104, Wilmington, DE 19810. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with Secy. of the State of DE, Corp. Dept., Loockerman & Federal Sts., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [1/13-2/17]
Notice of Formation of FUND CAPITAL LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 09/23/16. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 295 Ave O, Brooklyn, NY 11230. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/13-2/17]
PAGE 46 Notice of Formation of HELLER FUNDRAISING GROUP, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/30/16, becoming eﬀective on 01/01/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543, regd. agent upon whom and at which process may be served. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [1/13-2/17]
MARCH 10, 2017 Notice of Formation of THE BOULEVARD, PIZZA BAR LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/27/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. oﬃce of LLC: 120 Riverside Blvd., NY, NY 10069. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to Corporation Service Co., 80 State St., Albany, NY 12207-2543. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [1/27-3/3]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of 414 GREAT PLAINS LLC. Appl. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/29/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 08/17/16. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to c/o Seward & Kissel LLP, Attn: Scott M. Sambur, One Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. DE addr. of LLC: c/o Corporation Service Co., 2711 Centerville Rd., Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with Secy. of State of the State of DE, Div. of Corps., John G. Townsend Bldg., 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: Any lawful activity. [1/6-2/10]
Notice of Formation of USFELIX, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 08/15/16. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: USFELIX, LLC, 1538 41st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11218. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/6-2/10]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of C2R VENTURES LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/11/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 11/28/16. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 20 W. 36th St., 12th Fl., NY, NY 10018. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/27-3/3]
Notice of Formation of LUNG TIN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AGENT (USA) LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/12/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 3 Park Ave., 16th Fl., NY, NY 10016. Purpose: Any
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of Technology Humans and Taste LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 1/10/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 1/5/17. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 108 Wooster St., C2, NY, NY 10012. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Road, Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/27-3/3]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of Compound Management II, LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/19/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 6/13/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: David Hirsch, 156 5th Avenue, Ste. 600, NY, NY 10010. DE address of LLC: National Corporate Research, Ltd., 850 New Burton Road, Ste. 201, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with De Secy. of State, 401 Federal St., Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/6-2/10]
lawful activity. [1/27-3/3]
NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF Kings, Ventures Trust 2013-I-H-R by MCM Capital Partners LLC, Its Trustee, PLAINTIFF, V. Ahasan Ullah, Mariyum Ullah Nawaz, ET AL., DEFENDANTS. Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly ﬁled on May 26, 2016, I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Kings County Supreme Courthouse, Room 224, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY on March 09, 2017 at 2:30 p.m., premises known as 1260 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, NY. All that certain plot, piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements thereon erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, Block 1365 and Lot 30. Approximate amount of judgment is $1,068,574.58 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment Index # 013416/08. Frank L. Perrone, Jr., Esq., Referee Adam Leitman Bailey, P.C., Attn: Jackie Halpern Weinstein, Esq., 120 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, New York 10271, Attorneys for Plaintiﬀ
215 ST. JAMES PLACE LLC Articles of Org. ﬁled NY Sec. of State (SSNY) 8/24/2016. Oﬃce in NY Co. SSNY desig. agent of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to c/o Daniel A. Greenbaum, 101 W. 12th St., PH-H, NY, NY 10014, which is also the principal business loc. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. [1/27-3/3]
Notice of Formation of ATLANTIA ADVISERS, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/16. Oﬃce location: New York County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: C T Corporation System, 111 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. [1/6-2/10]
Notice of Formation of Morgan Green LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/14/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Davis & Gilbert LLP, 1740 Broadway, 3rd Fl., NY, NY 10019. Purpose: any lawful activity. [12/30-2/3]
NOTICE OF SALE SUPREME COURT COUNTY OF KINGS UMB BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, NOT IN ITS INDIVIDUAL CAPACITY BUT SOLELY AS LEGAL TITLE TRUSTEE OF MART LEGAL TITLE TRUST 2015-NPL1, Plaintiﬀ AGAINST Michael Singh AKA Michael J. Singh, et al., Defendant(s) Pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale duly dated June 17, 2016 I, the undersigned Referee will sell at public auction at the Room 224 of Kings County Supreme Court, 360 Adams Street, Brooklyn, New York 11201, on February 09, 2017 at 2:30PM, premises known as 83 COOPER STREET, BROOKLYN, NY 11207. All that certain plot piece or parcel of land, with the buildings and improvements erected, situate, lying and being in the Borough of Brooklyn, County of Kings, City and State of New York, BLOCK 3433, LOT 51. Approximate amount of judgment $514,368.24 plus interest and costs. Premises will be sold subject to provisions of ﬁled Judgment for Index# 5137/2013. Robert A. Abrams Esq., Referee Gross Polowy, LLC Attorney for Plaintiﬀ 1775 Wehrle Drive, Suite 100 Williamsville, NY 14221
WELLNESS BY DESIGN ACUPUNCTURE PLLC ﬁled Articles of Organization with the Dept of State of NY on 12/16/2016. Oﬃce Located in NY County. The Secretary of State of NY ("SSNY") has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: Law Oﬃce of Robert Witherwax, 15 Maiden Ln., #600, NY NY 10038. Purpose: Acupuncture. [2/3-3/10]
MARCH 10, 2017 KOSTINA LAW GROUP PLLC ﬁled Articles of Organization with the Dept of State of NY on 11/08/2016. Oﬃce Located in Kings County. The Secretary of State of NY ("SSNY") has been designated as agent of the PLLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail a copy of any such process served to: 3111 Ocean Parkway, suite 2G, Brooklyn, NY 11235. Purpose: legal/attorney services. [2/3-3/10]
Notice of Qual. of Dragon Auto LLC, Auth. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 8/18/16. Oﬀ. loc: NY Co. LLC org. in DE 8/12/16. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Seward & Kissel, Att: Noelle Indelicato, One Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. DE oﬀ. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on ﬁle: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities. [12/30-2/3]
Notice of Qual. of Dragon Auto Management LLC, Auth. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 10/6/16. Oﬀ. loc: NY Co. LLC org. in DE 10/5/16. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to Seward & Kissel, Att: Noelle Indelicato, One Battery Park Plaza, NY, NY 10004. DE oﬀ. addr.: CSC, 2711 Centerville Rd., Wilmington, DE 19808. Cert. of Form. on ﬁle: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities. [12/30-2/3]
Notice of Formation of POLAR STORK, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 11/14/16. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The LLC, 195 Montague Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. [12/30-2/3]
Notice of Formation of Covaband LLC, Art. of Org. ﬁled with Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 11/18/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 1501 Lexington Ave., #2A, NY, NY 10029. Purpose: any lawful activities. [12/30-2/3]
DLJ Capital, LLC App. for Auth. ﬁled w/ SSNY 1/26/17. Oﬀ. in New York Co. Arts. of Org. ﬁled w/ SSDE 11/7/69. SSNY desig. as agt. of LLC whom process may be served. SSNY shall mail process to the LLC, 11 Madison Ave, NY, NY 10010. Add. req. to be maintained in DE: 2711 Centerville Rd, Ste. 400, Wilmington, DE 19808. Name & add. of the auth. oﬃcer in DE where copy of Arts. of Org. ﬁled: DE Sec. of State, Div. of Corp., John G. Townsend Bld, 401 Federal St, Ste. 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/17-3/24]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of SRV LabelCo, LLC. Authority ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 1/30/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. Princ. bus. addr.: 2220 Colorado Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90404. LLC formed in DE on 1/20/17. NY Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: CT Corporation System, 111 8th Ave., NY, NY 10011, regd. agent upon whom process may be served. DE addr. of LLC: c/o The Corporation Trust Co., 1209 Orange St., Wilmington, DE 19801. Cert. of Form. ﬁled with DE Sec. of State, 401 Federal St., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [2/17-3/24]
Notice of Formation of GoldSilver, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with NY Dept. of State on 6/23/16. Oﬃce location: NY County. Sec. of State designated agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served and shall mail process to: The LLC, 1325 Ave. of the Americas, Suite 0703-2, NY, NY 10019, principal business address. Purpose: all lawful purposes. [2/17-3/24]
23 NEWKIRK PLAZA LLC. Art. of Org. ﬁled with the SSNY on 01/27/17. Latest date to dissolve: 12/31/2070. Oﬃce: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to the LLC, c/o David Spindler, Esq., 1431 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226. Purpose: Any lawful purpose. [2/17-3/24]
PAGE 47 Notice of Qualiﬁcation of IGI E86 LLC. Authority ﬁled with NY Secy of State (SSNY) on 2/2/17. Oﬃce location: New York County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 12/12/16. SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. DE address of LLC: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste 101, Dover, DE 19904. The name and address of the Reg. Agent is National Registered Agents Inc, 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Cert. of Formation ﬁled with DE Secy of State, 401 Federal St, Ste 4, Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/17-3/24]
Notice of Formation of Structure Safety Group,
Notice of Application for Authority of UNCAS
LLC amended to Structure Compliance Group,
INTERNATIONAL, LLC, a foreign limited liability
LLC. Articles of Org ﬁled with Secy. of State of
company (LLC). Application for Authority ﬁled with
NY (SSNY) on 11/21/2013. Oﬃce location: NY
Secy. of State of New York (SSNY) on 02/21/2017.
County. SSNY designated as agent upon whom
LLC organized in Rhode Island on 01/27/2014.
process may be served to 633 3rd Ave., 17th Fl,
NY oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated
NY, NY 10017. Principal Business Address: 633 3rd
as agent of LLC upon whom process against it
Ave., 17th Fl, NY, NY 10017. Purpose: Any Lawful
may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process
Business Purpose. [3/3-4/7]
to: 1600 Division Road, West Warwick, RI 02893. Oﬃce address in jurisdiction of organization: 1600
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of TLLULE BOWERY LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 8/6/14. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Delaware (DE) on 7/16/14. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o The LLC, 299 Broadway, NY, NY 10007. DE address of LLC: c/o United Corporate Services, Inc., 874 Walker Rd., Ste. C, Dover, DE 19904. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with DE Secy. of State, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/24-3/31]
Notice of Formation of 5805 6TH AVENUE LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/08/17. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 5805 6TH AVENUE LLC, 5805 6TH AVENUE, BROOKLYN, NY 11220. Purpose: any lawful activity. [2/24-3/31]
Notice of formation of Limited Liability Company.
Division Road, West Warwick, RI 02893. Copy of
Name: Urban Green Equities II, LLC (“LLC”).
Articles of Organization on ﬁle with Secy. of State
Articles of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary
of Rhode Island, 148 West River St., Providence,
of State of the State of New York (“SSNY”) on
RI 02904. Purpose of LLC: Any lawful activity.
January 27, 2017. NY oﬃce location: New York
County. The SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it
Notice of Formation of Times Square 43 LLC. Arts
may be served. The SSNY shall mail a copy of
of Org. ﬁled with New York Secy of State (SSNY)
any process to Urban Green Equities II, LLC, 333
on 2/15/17. Oﬃce location: New York County.
Park Avenue South, Suite 4E, New York, New York
SSNY is designated as agent of LLC upon whom
10010. Purpose/character of LLC is to engage in
process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail
any lawful act or activity. [3/10-4/14]
process to: 111 8th Ave, NY, NY 10011. Purpose: any lawful activity. [3/10-4/14]
Notice of formation of A BIG AGENCY, LLC. Notice of formation of G ALEXANDER CONSULTING LLC Arts. of Org. ﬁled with the Sect'y of State of NY (SSNY) on 12/20/2016. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY has been designated as agent of the LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Incorp Services, Inc., 99 Washington Ave, Suite 805-A, Albany, NY 12210-2822. Purpose: any lawful act. [2/24-3/31]
Notice of Formation of CAPITAL ACCESS METRO, LLC. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 02/16/17. Oﬃce location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: The Company, 5904 18th Ave., Ste. 54, Brooklyn, NY 11204. Purpose: any lawful activities. [3/3-4/7]
Notice of Qualiﬁcation of Shapiro Settlement Solutions, LLC. App. for Auth. ﬁled with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 2/17/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. LLC formed in Texas (TX) on 6/5/12. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Capitol Services, Inc., 1218 Central Ave., Ste. 100, Albany, NY 12205. TX address of LLC: 11211 Taylor Draper Ln, Ste. 210, Austin, TX 78759. Arts. of Org. ﬁled with TX Secy. of State, P.O. Box 12887, Austin, TX 78711-2887. Purpose: any lawful act or activity. [3/3-4/7]
Articles of Organization ﬁled with the Secretary
Notice of Formation of MONOCHROME
of State of New York (SSNY) on 01/03/2017.
MARKETING LLC. Articles of Org ﬁled with Secy.
Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY is designated
of State of NY (SSNY) on 01/30/2017. Oﬃce
as agent upon whom process against the LLC
location: Kings County. SSNY is designated as
may be served. SSNY shall mail process to:
agent upon whom process against the LLC may
United States Corporation Agents, Inc., 7014 13th
be served. SSNY shall mail process to: Thomas
Avenue, Suite 202, Brooklyn, NY 11228. Purpose:
Potts, 332 Leﬀerts Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225.
Any lawful purpose. [3/10-4/14]
Purpose: Any lawful activity. [3/10-4/14]
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Notice of Formation of 848 President Holder, LLC, Art. of Org. ﬁled with Sec’y of State (SSNY) on 1/10/17. Oﬃce location: NY County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of process to 256 W. 116th St., NY, NY 10026. Purpose: any lawful activities. [3/3-4/7]
Notice of Qual. of 607 West 47th Street Owner LP, Auth. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 12/28/16. Oﬀ. loc: NY Co. LP org. in DE 12/15/16. SSNY desig. as agent of LP upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011. DE oﬀ. addr.: 160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of LP on ﬁle: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Name/addr. of each gen. ptr. avail. at SSNY. Purp: any lawful activities. [3/3-4/7]
Notice of Qual. of 520 West 41 Mezz B Funding LLC, Auth. ﬁled Sec’y of State (SSNY) 1/9/17. Oﬀ. loc: NY Co. LLC org. in DE 1/9/17. SSNY desig. as agent of LLC upon whom proc. against it may be served. SSNY shall mail copy of proc. to NRAI, 111 Eighth Ave., NY, NY 10011, the Reg. Agt. upon whom proc. may be served. DE oﬀ. addr.:160 Greentree Dr., Ste. 101, Dover, DE 19904. Cert. of Form. on ﬁle: SSDE, Townsend Bldg., Dover, DE 19901. Purp: any lawful activities. [3/3-4/7]
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MARCH 10, 2017
JOBS & SERVICES HELP WANTED
SOCIAL MEDIA P/T OR F/T. For Jewish Voice. Please Call 718-998-7600 LM0317 TAX PREPARER. Small Accounting ﬁrm needs Tax Preparer, PT, ﬂexible hours for tax season. 845-297-0031 LM0303 Customer Service position. Full time, Mill Basin area. Some experience necessary. Call 888-704-3435 CB0224 Mashgiach/ Deli Counterperson w/experience, for take-out in Edison, NJ. Please call 917832-0753 CB0120 HELP NEEDED. OFFICE WORK. Rockland oﬃce, looking for sharp, ambitious person handling multi-task work. Must have prior experience in Finance, Credit, Fcra, Fdcpa +. Email: sam.housewarepro@ gmail.com Fax: 845-790-6420 LM0127
SEPHARDIC CENTER FRONT DESK/ RECEPTION. Answering phones, taking payments, good customer service skills, knowledge of computers a must, p/t. Contact jaimie@ scclive.org LM0113
Exper’d Salesperson P/T or F/T for hi-end ladies boutique in Midtown Manhattan. Call 516-359-8766 CB1230 PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED to organize and help. Basic computer skills needed & good with organization. We are ready to pay $310 per week. Interested person should contact mikemayer2006@ gmail.com LM1216 DRUMMER LOOKING FOR LEAD GUITARIST, RHYTHM GUITARIST, BASS GUITARIST & KEYBOARDIST to do original material & covers. Dependability is a must. No time wasters! Call John 929-403-8082 LM0317
SALES COUNSELORS. Our beautiful cemetery in Putnam Valley, NY seeks highly motivated individual to help take us to the next level. Paid training. Proven Selling Process, Medical, Dental, 401K, Paid Vacations and other LARGE company beneﬁts are yours in a SMALL company atmosphere. Call 845-5283516 or Email: mangelucci@ rosehillsmemorialpark.com LM1021
MAIL CLERK. Sorting mail, Brentwood warehouse. Standing, lifting. Day/ night shifts, FT only, $9/hr. Apply Mon-Fri, 10AM-2PM with 2 forms ID @ 41 Mercedes Way, Unit 1, Edgewood, NY 11717 (631)242-8198/ 8278 LM1007
ELECTRICIANS NEEDED. Electricians Licensed and experienced apprentices for immediate hire for NY & CT at well-established company. Salary commensurate with experience. We oﬀer health insurance, 401K, 40-hour work week, overtime, rate jobs at times. Call to hear what we have to oﬀer, 203-790-6425 or Fax 203-798-8670 LM1209
ELECTRICIAN NEEDED 3 plus yrs exp Must have own tools And able to work alone 718-522-3893 HS0506 RENTAL AGENTS WANTED FT-PT Work From Home Earn Good Income Will Train Call Ben 347-866-5619 718-266-9700 HS0429
CONTEMPORARY FAMILY CARE :Provides Screened NANNIES* Kosher Housekeepers* Travel Companions* Day & Weekend Relief Staﬀ* Sleep –in or out* HS0429
COMPANIONS & CERTIFIED NURSING AIDES NEEDED for non-medical senior home care. Flexible hours. Now hiring for Suﬀolk & Nassau County. Driver’s license & car required. If you enjoy working with the elderly & would like to work for a company that truly values their employees, call 516-629-5650. LM0217 BOOKKEEPER P/T For Jewish Voice Please Call 718-998-7600 LM0318 SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS NEEDED. Mar-Can Transportation. Mount Vernon, NY. MUST be 21 years old. Valid CDL w/B, P & S Endorsements. Classes Paid by Company. Union Wages. Medical & Dental Beneﬁts. New Hire Bonus $$. Please Call: Monday- Saturday. 914-668-3772 LM0122 CHAUFFEURS. Katonah based company seeking FT/ PT Drivers. Must have WCTLC license. Retirees welcome. Please Call 914-479-2292 between 10AM-2PM LM0101 MANAGER FOR LEGAL NOTICE DEPARTMENT WANTED! To work at The Jewish Voice newspaper. Brooklyn location. Call Stuart Katz 718-998-7600 Ext. 19 DRIVER. Wheel-chair van. Must have CDL-C, paid training. Plenty overtime/ PTO. $12/ hr. Health beﬁts. 914-266-0219 LM0205
SALESPEOPLE WANTED. To work at The Jewish Voice newspaper. Brooklyn location. Call Stuart Katz 718-998-7600 Ext. 19 AREA CLAIMS WRITER AND PROPERTY INSPECTORS. Interviewing now. Excellent income, pt/ ft ﬂexible hours. Training provided. 732-801-1532 firstname.lastname@example.org READY TO MAKE SOME GREEN? Licensed Real Estate Salesperson wanted. Emerald Estates Realty Group 516-743-9600 KK1120
HEALTH / SOCIAL SERVICES
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER. 18 YEARS EXPERIENCE. Good references. Clean driver’s license. Live Out. Call Norma 347-209-8606 LM0407
Helpful, Responsible, Dependable, Mature College Grad will help with errands and taking to appts. Also, can babysit & tutor. MondayFriday, own car. Experienced. References. I am in the Port Washington area. 917-608-9837 LM0324
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A LOVING CAREGIVER? Excellent experience & references. Can live in or live out. Please Call 917-971-9205 LM0210 LOOKING FOR NURSE’S AIDE JOB. 20 Years Experience. Excellent References. Willing to do light housekeeping & cooking. Call 917-623-7962 LM0303
DO YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE WITH NO ONE TO CARE FOR? Mature Lady, 34 year old seeking Caregiving job. Private party, honest, trustworthy, loving and caring. Danbury area preferred, willing to travel. Experienced; CPR, ﬁrst aid completed physician test, text ID. Call Agnes 443-477-9902 LM0217
EXPERIENCED WOMAN Is Looking for a Job Taking Care of the Elderly. 30 Years Experience. Excellent References. Call 917-854-3153 LM0217
MED’S ON US Does your loved one need Assistance taking his medication? We will successfully put him back on schedule BEZ”H Fully conﬁdential Call: 917-225-4578 CB0210
ELDERCARE AVAILABLE. Energized, motivated women take care of Elderly including Alzheimer Patients. 15 years experience. Call Pearl 914-6193303/ 914-909-0224 LM0120 EXCELLENT IRISH HOME HEALTH AIDE AVAILABLE. To take care of you in your own home. Nights or weekends only. Honest, responsible, compassionate & kind. Excellent references. Reasonable rates. Please Call Mary 347-754-1127 LM1230 I’m Looking for Housecleaning & CNA Position. 23 years experience. I have car. Excellent References. Call 516-519-0456 or 516-766-3943 LM1230
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Experienced Shomer Shabbos woman available to care for elderly woman at night or 24 hours. Can also babysit. Refs avail. Call: 646-266-1421 CB1125 WE PROVIDE BASIC CARE FOR ELDERLY. Flexible Hours. 3 Meals Served Daily. NJ Location. Near G.W. Bridge (Ft. Lee.) Overnight Service is Available. Cozy and Comfortable. We’ll Make Your Life Easier. Jenny 917-251-6790 LM1223
CAREGIVER/ ELDERLY AVAILABLE. Responsible, reliable, 17 years experience. Take care of client, household, and errands. Excellent checkable references. Looking for live-in job. Own car. Clean driver’s license. Call Manana 917-407-7525 LM0127 Prior busn ownr seeking employment. Resume available upon request call 845-558-8105 - Thank you CB1211 I’M LOOKING FOR ELDERCARE JOB. I have 30 years experience & excellent references. Live-in or live-out. Full time. Call 347-485-9133 LM1118 SENIOR CARE. WORRIED ABOUT YOUR LOVED ONES? I will care for your loved ones like my own. 15 years experience. Reliable, responsible. Live-in Monday- Friday. Excellent References available. Call Jean 917-991-5041 LM1111 NURSING ASSISTANT With Excellent References from Hospital, Nursing Home & Private. Live In or Live Out. Day or Night. 12 hours, 5 days a week. I have Clean Driver’s License. 516-466-3923 LM1216
WRITING SERVICES Are you looking for a professional writer? Business or personal? Website content, newsletters, songs, poems, scripts etc. Impact writing. Call: Sara Gross 443-564-1590 CB1230
**ALL Subjects 1-on-1 Tutor** Grades K-12, Specialize in Math & Essay writing. Intensive Prep for Specialized Science High School Entrance Exam, SAT, & HS Regents Exam available. Email: ALL.As.Tutor.NYC@ gmail.com
MARCH 10, 2017
JOBS, SERVICES & FOR SALE PAINTING
INTERIOR- EXTERIOR, PLASTERING & TAPING, WALLPAPERING, WALLPAPER REMOVAL, SHEET ROCKING, DEMOLITION, TILE- FLOOR & WALL LEAVES CLEANED, INSTALL DOOR LOCKS, SMALL CEMENT JOBS, REPAIR WINDOWS, FIXES WINDOW SCREENS, KITCHEN & BATHROOM PLUMBER REMOVE CARPETING, FIXING FLAT ROOFS. PROFESSIONAL QUALITY. FREE ESTIMATES. REFERENCES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
CALL YURY 347-536-2183
JB CARPENTRY, ELECTRIC, PLUMBING, PAINTING, FLOORING, DECKS & KITCHEN/BATHROOM REMODELING. RESPONSIBLE & REASONABLE. ALL JOBS WELCOME! JOE: 347-215-1960
Famous Hagstrom Street Atlas 5 Boro – Shows All Streets
MAPS FINAL $24.95 EDITION 800-327-7992 ALL PURPOSE TREE SERVICE. TREE & STUMP REMOVAL, STORM DAMAGE, SCREEN TOP SOIL, LAND CLEARING, STUMP GRINDING, CHIPPER SERVICE, LANDSCAPING, FIREWOOD & SNOW REMOVAL. SPRING CLEAN UPS. REASONABLE RATES. NJ CALLS ONLY. CALL TIM 732-664-7510 LM0331
PIANO/VOICE LESSONS – Your Home/My Home Local Well Known Teacher. Call Today *** 954-485-0065 *** MK
ZEN PUPPIES. Whelped 11/15/16. 2 females, 2 males. Shetland Shibu. 1st shots. $750. 914-743-1756 LM0414 BICHON, $895. Shih Tzu, $925. Yorkshire Terrier, $950. (Chocolate) Lab, $950. Cairn Terrier, $800. Westie, $875. Min. Schnauzer, $975. Min. Boxie, $950. 609-685-0208 LM0210
Certiﬁed Intuitive Eating Counselor Bonnie Budman LCSW Winter Special, 3 one hour sessions for $127. Call 516-967-0675 Certiﬁed Intuitive Eating Counselor Bonnie Budman, LCSW WINTER SPECIAL, 3 one hour sessions for $127. Call 516-967-0675 CB0203
NEED WORK DONE AROUND THE HOUSE? Don’t have the time? Tired of having a “to-do list?” Handyman, all phases of work. 516-313-5158 LM0313
CUSTOM CLOSETS TO CUSTOM KITCHENS. By The Master, Peter B. Kearney 914-787-8095 LM0414 GUTTERS AND LEADERS Installation and Service. Fast, licensed, fully insured. Call Robert for FREE Estimate. LIC #13VH02822500 732-773-0666 email@example.com LM0407 Painting (Interior & Exterior), Trim, Tile, Baths, Bsmt., Kitchens, Doors, Windows, Floors, Masonry, Carpentry, Fence, Rooﬁng, Siding. Senior Discount 10% Oﬀ. Lic. # 13VHO2433500. CALL NOW: YURY- YP HOME IMPROVEMENT 732-207-4006 LM0324
Home Renovations. Basements, Finish bathrooms, and apartments, scraping, etc. 18 years experience. No job too big or too small. Best prices 347-585-9217 CB0303 Reuven’s Repairs. Small electric and plumbing, $125. House call plus parts. Servicing Brooklyn. 347-585-3544 CB0217 ANNIHILATOR EXTERMINATION INC. GOT BUGS/ "Place Your Trust With Us, We'll Treat You Like Family!" Professional Pest Management Services For a Healthy, Safer and Pest Free Environment. Fully Licensed & Insured. Commercial & Residential. License: NYS DEC 13915 NJ Business Lic. 99201A. 43 Allen Place, Staten Island, NY 10312. Scott FoxOwner/ Operator 718-227-5001 Email: scott@yougotbugscom Website: www.yougotbugs.com
Abra-Cadabra Junk Be Gone. Family Owned & Operated. Junk Removal, Clean-Outs, Demolition. Same Day, Dependable Service. Best Prices. Licensed & Insured. Visa/ MC/ Amex. Serving Ocean & Monmouth County, NJ. 732-262-9779 LM0519
Male Looking for Skinny Female, 18-50. Call 929-365-1376 LM0407 SEEKING A 65-75 YEAR OLD JEWISH GENTLEMAN FOR A 69 YEAR OLD JEWISH LADY. Please Call Me At 646-3225535. Thank You! LM0317 Kohen – 52, state Employee, kind and compassionate, Attends shul daily seeks easygoing, friendly, and considerate lady (NonDivorcee) for marriage. Call718-219-5212 or email firstname.lastname@example.org CB0303
HAY SALE. Good Quality 1st & 2nd cutting of Hay for sale. Call 845-361-2480 LM0414 30 Ladders, 6 compressors, 100 tools, vending brakes, alum. ramps, 8 lug tires & rims, comm. roll-ups, trains, toys, cameras, ammo & acc., plastic chippers +. Anytime. 732-267-8889 LM0317 ANTIQUE SLOT MACHINES. 1930 Mils, 5 cent & 10 cent, $1,650 each. 1920 NCR brass cash register, excellent, $1,550. 1950 Coke 3 button sign, $550. Penny Fortune Teller Scale, $500 & more. Call 516-2443563 LM0303
We buy and Sell Gold, Silver, Sterling Pieces, Bullion and Collectible Coins. We even buy old and broken pieces. Highest CA$H Prices Paid. Call 646379-3566. Eli@USCoinSpot. com *Meetings By Appointment Only CB0224
WAREHOUSE FOR RENT CONEY ISLAND near NEPTUNE AVE 11,000 sq ft, No Columns, M1 Zone $12,000 / month Call Mr. Harry @ ALPINE REALTY 718-238-1788 HS0724
NISSAN ROGUE SV SL 2013, AWD, 37,400 miles, excellent condition, new tires, negotiable, transferable 100,000 miles, 84 month warranty. $14,800 OBO. 845-225-3396 LM0407 MERCEDES 380 SLC 1981, rare, low production model, 2-door, silver blue, V-8 auto, runs ﬁne, fully loaded, no accidents, never ﬂooded, sun roof, garage kept, non-smoking. $3,900. 203-261-0175 LM0310 HONDA CIVIC LX 1999, 168,000 miles, great running condition, new timing belt, new water pump, new distributor, new rear shock absorbers, front struts, new exhaust system. $4,800. Call 845-269-7958 LM0324 NISSAN ROGUE SV SL 2013, AWD, 37,400 miles, excellent condition, new tires, negotiable, transferable 100,000 miles, 84 month warranty. $14,800 OBO. 845-225-3396 LM0407 2004 VOLKSWAGON PASSAT GLX. Platinum Silver, Gray Leather Interior. 71,000 Miles. Excellent Condition. $4,000. Call Mon- Sat, 10AM-4PM 845226-6149 LM0303
WANTAGH: 3BR, 1 1/2 baths, Iarge pool. Low taxes. $599,000. Nancisue Rosenthal 516-316-1030, Paulette Viola 516-668-8316. Coach Realtors of Hewlett 516-374-0100 LM0414
34th St #252 W Betw/7th &8th ave.STORE 1800 SF + MEZZ 1500 SF New Storefront, BrokersWelcome Falcon Properties.com, 212-302-3000 HS0808
GRAVESEND OPEN HOUSE. One family detached brick in Gravesend area. 36 x 50 on 5694 sq ft lot. Full ﬁnished basement, detached 2 car garage, 3BR, 2 full baths, EIK, living rm, dining rm, basement, 2 large rms, kitchen, ½ bath. Owner Motivated! Call Agent Gina- Remax 917-584-4539 HS0712
OPEN HOUSE. EVERY SUN 1-4PM. 2910 Nostrand Ave (Kings Hwy & Ave P.) Drastic price reduction! Price includes roof terrace and parking. New 2 and 3 Bedrm Condos, 1,3751,451 SF, 2 baths, 2 kitchen sinks, elevator. Tax abatement. Final C of O. Wilk R.E. 718-3760606 HS0626
COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR RENT BROOKLYN
37th Street Between 1415 Avenue, 350 SF oﬃce, large windows, high ceiling, including furniture, internet & utilities Call 347-721-5244 CB0120 Avenue L/Nostrand Ave. 3 rm oﬃce, $1750, all included. Please call 718-513-6911 x101 CB0224
10 Beautiful Newly Decorated Classrooms. Air Conditioned. Immediate Rental. Central Bklyn Location. Serious Inquiries only. Available Immediately. Call: 718-837-3916 Leave Msg CB0113 Oﬃce Space For Lease Flatbush 3,400 Sq Ft 1 Flight up, 7300 Sq Ft Lower Level, 10 Ft Will Divide, Build To Suit Call: Moshe 718-614-4646 CB1230 Boro Park/ 17th Ave, Dahill RdBeaut, newly renov oﬃce, pvt entr, bsmt 400 sq ft, sunlight, bth, c/a, room for 7/8 desks, pre-wired. Call: 347-871-1661 CB1118
OFFICE FOR RENT. AVE U & E 4th ST. Second ﬂoor. Great location. Call David at 718-9987600 Ext 10 LM0729
RICHMOND HILL OFFICE FOR RENT. Corner space. Near courthouse, JFK Airport & hospital. Suit to ﬁt. $1,600 per month includes all except for electric. Leave message 9AM5PM at 917-446-1658 LM0819 WAREHOUSE MASPETH, QUEENS 5,000 sq ft, NEW BUILDING, 2nd ﬂoor w/ Elevator & PATIO. 8,500 sq ft, ground ﬂoor, 30 ft ceilings. OWNER 347-739-1976 or email@example.com LM0317
HOWARD BEACH Medical Oﬃce for rent, established location across from shopping center, waiting room, reception area, 4 exam rooms+x-ray room. Handicap bathroom, 1st ﬂoor handicap accessible w/electric lift, 1800 sq. ft. parking easily available, 347- 322- 3614. HS0729 L I C- 460sf or 370 sq oﬃces ,well managed building wf private, private bathrooms,views,of Manhatten.3-8 Minute walk to LIRR, 7 train,restaurants & shops Easy access 5to Midtown Tunnel , LIE & BQE Call 718-7848100 HS0701
3060 EAST TREMONT AVE: STORE FOR RENT. Top retail location, high pedestrian traﬃc, 3000sf, can be divided. For details: Raﬁ- 718-364-1400 or 347-495-0614
DONGAN HILLS. Perfect for Psychologist, Accountant, Attorney, Financial Planner. Cozy 2 rooms with waiting area. $600 + utilities. Call Owner at 718-979-7458 LM0812 STATEN ISLAND STOREFRONT SPACE AVAILABLE FOR RENT ON BRADLEY AVE. High traﬃc area. Near school & temple. Please Call Dawn at 718-370-9700 LM0324
Well-Established Allstate Agency For Sale. Marine Park area. Agent wants to retire. Must be able to obtain your own financing & currently be .in the insurance business Call 917-301-2477
TO ADVERTISE IN The Jewish Voice CALL: 800-998-0885
MARCH 10, 2017
REAL ESTATE LONG ISLAND
RETAIL STORE FOR RENT. 550 Northern Blvd. Great Neck (Across from Leonard’s.) 1600 sq ft. Fully renovated. Parking lot. Signage. HVAC. New LED lighting. New electric. Separate Gas, Electric, Taxes included. $7,500. By Owner 516-829-1244 LM0414
NEWLY FURNISHED & AFFORDABLE OFFICE SPACE For Psychotherapist & Related Professionals in Great Rockville Centre Location. Shared Waiting Room. Free Street Parking. Call 516-316-0096 LM0224 SOUTHAMPTON. Restaurant , wine bar, catering, wine tasting, patio dining, valet parking, chef’s garden. Over an acre. Jitney stop at property. Branding, hospitality, events, long term or pop-up. 702-378-6338 LM0106 FRANKLIN SQUARE OFFICE FOR RENT. Join Prof bldg w/ dentists & med doctors, good location, lots of parking. 1,000 sq ft avail. $22-$24/ per sq ft. 516-485-9740 LM1216 OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT LEVITTOWN A-1 Prof. Bldg. 1-2-3 Rm. Suites. From $399/ Mo.Free Utilites. 516-735-6681 LM0911
LONG ISLAND COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES FOR 6060 SALE SMITHTOWN, L.I. Excellent 3-story oﬃce building. 18k SF gross plus prkg. 85% occupied. Near LIRR, Rte 25, Proj 6%+ cap rate. $2.7M. Ron @ BESEN (646)424-5317 LM0324
NEW YORK STATE 7050 SUFFERN/ BARDONIA- PRIME OFFICE SPACE AVAIL. FOR RENT. One on Lafayette Ave next to Hospital in Suffern (good for doctors.) Another on 304 in Bardonia. 845-425-8880 LM0317 KENT Office/ Retail Space on Route 52 corridor. Move your business from your basement or use our space for your pop-up or incubator business. Spaces range from 750 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft. Rent ranges from $950 to $2,200. Short and long term leases available. 845-878-7833 LM0106 OSSINING. Commercial garage space, 2200 sq ft. Zoned for auto repair & body work. Also, commercial outside storage. Frame equipment for sale. Rental or sale available. 914-941-3239 or 914-804-3461 LM1216 OSSINING/ BRIARCLIFF. Certified Orofacial Myofunctional Therapist looking for Office Share for a professional in health related field. Asking rent $825/ month including utilities. Oromyologist.com 914-302-6983 LM1125
OSSINING. OFFICE SPACE FOR LEASE BY OWNER: In the heart of Ossining, Spring & Main St. Walk to RR. 45/ min to NYC. Ideal professional space, suitable for professional and varied businesses. Spacious 3,200 sq ft room, can be divided into two offices, 1,600 sq ft/ each. One 400 sq ft office. Suite w/ conference room, kitchenette & 5 offices. Elevator access for ADA accessibility. Storage space available. TWO Municipal parking lots available w/ 3 free hours. Please Call Angelo 914-3375903 (O) or 914-282-9973 (C) LM1021
KATONAH- Office Suite for Rent. Charming Victorian House converted into professional office space. Furnished, sublet (400 sq ft) located on 2nd flr of bldg. Perfect for counselor or therapist. 2 min walk to train station. Call 914-232-4000
COMMERCIAL / PROPERTIES FOR SALE BROOKLYN
SUNSET PARK 50’s. M-1-2 zone warehouse- 4,200 sq ft, with modern house- 3,000 sq ft. Delivered vacant. $13,000 combined. Ask for HarryAlpine Realty 718-238-1788 LM0210
Avenue M/ East 2nd Street. Approximately 1500 square feet basement, private entrance, 9 foot ceiling. Call 845-274-5886 CB0127
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TOMS RIVER/ OCEAN CTY, NJ. For Sale, user/ investor opportunity, 9,000 sq ft Commercial building on 1.74 acres with 2,700 sq ft leased to national tenant. Multipurpose building, drive-in doors, great for all type contractors. Traffic counts over 44,000 cars per day. REMCO REALTY 732-253-0888 x 11 LM0916 JERSEY CITY. Builder’s Dream! Exclusive, residential lot is located on a quiet street East of Garfield Ave. Asking $225,000. Hurry! Won’t last! Call Grisell Romero at Exit Preferred Realty 201-6533948 LM0902 BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES. Wilkes Barre, PA. 4 family income, $2200 a month, 4 garages, $150,000. Deli and 2 Apts, $120,000. We will hold mortgage. 570-825-8631 KK0911
Building For Sale 15,000 sq. ft. 1,000 sq. ft. office 2 loading docks Linden, NJ Heimishe Area 30 min from Boro Park Call: 347-882-8037
PEEKSKILL COMMERCIAL PARKING SPACE AVAILABLE. Located at 1814 Crompond Rd, Route 202. For more information, Call 914-469-9178 LM0902
ELMSFORD. 4,000 Sq Ft. High Bay Warehouse with office. 14 Ft overhead door. Drive in, no automotive. Call 914-5927229 LM0708 OFFICE SPACE OR HAIR SALON FULLY EQUIPPED FOR RENT, Rt. 6, Mohegan Lake, NY. For Information, Call 914282-6602 LM0708 WHITE PLAINS AREASTORAGE & PARKING RENTAL. Clean & convenient enclosed storage shed & outdoor truck parking. Perfect for contractors or landscapers. Call 914-923-3429 LM0701
BRONX COMMERCIAL FOR SALE 4060 13% Return on Investment Shopping Center, 27% Return on Equity with Depreciation. Built ’97 . 40,361 Sq .Ft. 12,000 Cars/Day. Low $ Down. Seller Financing. Bronx: Development 44 Apartments, Approved Plans: Mixed Use Elevator Little Italy 12% Return On Investment: Vacant Lot: Queens: 9 + MultiFamily 14% Projected Return on Investment 800-242-9888 AL@ LichtensteinRE.com CB0120
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Desirable warehouse space near NJ Turnpike entrance & all major highways, close to all, 1st fl, multiple loading options, high ceilings, drive in doors, lots of vehicle parking, from 2,000 sf to 100,000 sf. Also refrigerator and freezer space avail. Call owner: 646-457-0517 CB0120 MIDDLETOWN/ RED BANK. Professional Office Suite in Bank Bldg at 75 Hwy 35 North, 1st floor, 650 sq ft. 732-741-3313 LM1223 OFFICE SPACE FOR RENT. BRICK, NJ. 775 sq ft. Office Space. 2 Suites available. Great high visibility location. Perfect for attorney or the like. $1,250/ month. 732-2455119 LM1125 OAKHURST, NJ. Office space for rent. 1 block off Rt. 35. $295. Large office, $475. Both include utilities + wait area. 732-859-2296 LM1230
For Sale – Brooklyn Industrial Warehouse & Dev Site (M1-4) 30,000 Built SF + 150’ Wide Dev Site Call Marcus Jecklin Epic Commercial Realty (646) 278-4674
WELL ESTABLISHED AMERICAN DINER LOCATED IN THE MIDTOWN EAST AREA. GREAT OPPORTUNITY. REASONABLE PRICE. RENT LISTED UNDER MARKET VALUE. FOR FURTHER INFO. CONTACT NICK(646) 209-2671. RW
2 WAREHOUSES FOR SALE IN LONG ISLAND CITY. Unique Opportunity for a Visionary Investor, or Best Use! LONG ISLAND CITY WITH WALKING DISTANCE TO 9 TRAIN LINES. R, N, Q,W, E, F, 7, M, AND G TRAINS. Less than a Mile to RFK, Tri-Borough, Pulaski Bridges and Midtown Tunnel. SUPER CENTRAL LOCATION! Please CALL 347-539-0052 LM1223
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY FOR SALE QUEENS, GLENDALE, NY 25 SQ FT REFURNISHED. BIG STORE FRONT WINDS & LARGE OFFICE WITH 3 PARKING SPACES. GOOD FOR MEDICAL OFFICE OR RETAIL BUSINESS CONTACT : SAL @ (917) 921-5239 RW0423
NEW YORK STATE 7060 PAWLING, NY. Four Lots for sale in Cushman Farms. Lots have ample acreage & are set up to start building your dream house. Views are breathtaking. Great place for your family or retirement. Call 914-949-2000 Ext. 428 LM0923
APARTMENTS FOR RENT BROOKLYN
WILLIAMSBURG. NO FEE! Renovated 2BR Apt, $2,496. Ceramic Tile & Parquet Floors. 3 Blocks to Williamsburg Bridge. “BROKERS WELCOME.” Call Zhana 917302-2394 LM0407 AVE I/ E 15th ST. Studio apt, 3rd ﬂoor walk-up. No Fee. Principals only. $900. Call Owner 718-575-9600 LM0407 AVE X BETWEEN EAST 7 ST &; CONEY ISLAND AVE. 1 bedroom walk-in apt, move-in condition. $1,400 per month. No pets, no smoking. Call Owner 646-752- 6641 LM0224 AVE Y near Ocean Pkwy. 2 BR apt, new kit/applncs, terrace, 2nd ﬂr. Move in cond. 718-9743884, 347-574-1814 CB0127 OCEAN PKWY/L & M. First Floor 1 BR apt. Mod Kit & bth. Private house. All utilities included. $1,500. Call 917-559-5447 CB0113 Midwood For rent studio (also can be used for office) 2,3,4 Bedrooms Apts Call 718.376.4444
UPPER WEST SIDE – West End & 99 St.Seeking, roommate, spacious, 7RM, Apt.BR, Shower, shared kitchen, DR,$2,000/mo E; adyassky@ aol.com / 212-864-5288 HS0506
Bronx Tremont. 1820 Clinton Ave & 175th ST. Beautiful 1 Bedroom In A 3 Family House No Pets. $1000. See Landlord SAT ONLY. Call Owner 718-299-8347AE0115
COMMACK. Rent 2 rooms. 1 Large Bedroom, 1 Sitting Room & Private Bath. No smoking, no pets. Private. 631-864-3015 LM0407
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MARCH 10, 2017
REAL ESTATE EAST NORTHPORT- 1 Bedroom Apartment. Newly Painted, Private Entrance. Offstreet Parking. No Smoking. No Pets. $800/ month. 2 months’ security; background check. 516-662-2187 LM0303 LINDENHURST: Gorgeous, All New! 1BR, Eat-in kitchen, full bath, closets, no smoking, no pets, references a must! 1 month rent/ security. $1,650/ all, includes flat screen/ fios/ wifi. 516-661-7539 LM0127 FARMINGDALE. New, Very Large Apt, 1453 sq ft, 3 big bedrooms, walk-in closet, central a/c, central heat. Near LIRR. Private entrance. Immediate! $2,350 + utilities. 1 month security. No pets, no smoking. References checked. 631-252-0720 LM0113 DEER PARK. Small 1BR, small kitchen, driveway parking. No smoking, no pets. 2 month’s security. $850 + utilities. Available now. Owner 516-848-5631 LM1202 SOUTH HEMPSTEAD. Rockville Centre schools, 3BR, 2 baths, EIK, DR, LR, deck, in-ground pool 16x32. Near Molloy College. Gorgeous Apt. $2,700. 516-385-2165 LM0923
NEW YORK STATE 7010 NEW ROCHELLE/ WESTCHESTER. 1BR apts available. Extra-large rooms, eat-in kitchen. Near shops/ beach. No pets. $1625/ $1550/ $1490. 914-478-2442 LM0715
OUT OF STATE
WEST NEW YORK, NJ. 3BR, LR, DR & garage. ½ block from Blvd East. $2,300. Call Mariana at Coccia Realty 201893-6257 or 201-867-2100 LM0515
L.I. APT. RENTAL WANTED
LONG ISLAND CONDO FOR SALE
SEAFORD HARBOR: RENTAL WANTED: apt or studio. Sandy survivor seeks to move back to Seaford Harbor. Call Don 516-428-8916 LM0619
APARTMENTS FOR SALE / CONDOS BROOKLYN
Bed Stuy Get more bang for your buck with this LARGE 1007 SqFt condo ,located on a beautiful tree lined block .$600,000. NEGOTIABLE . 347-493-6976 HS0506
NYC, West End Avenue, 84/85 St. lg 7rm Condo for sale. 2500 sf, 5 BR, 3 bths Drmn bldg, no bkrs, $ 4.75M 917806-5080 HS0311
KEW GARDENS CONDO FOR SALE. 116-24 Grosvenor Lane. Modern & renovated 2BR, 1 bath, balcony, gym, common room, rooftop terrace, concierge. Low floor. Immediate parking available. Walk to temple. Asking $499K. Call Jason at Prime Realty 718-229-2922 LM1113
RONKONKOMA / NOB HILL – End unit, second floor, 2BR condo. Pergo & new tile in kitchen bath & balcony. Pool & tennis/ $222K. Call Owner 631-806-3488 LM0318
HOUSE FOR RENT 6030 PLAINVIEW. 3 Year Old Colonial! 4BR, 3 baths, 22’ EIK with island, 15’ FDR, 30’ MBR Suite. Huge Bsmt. Job Relocation Forced Sale. $5,100. Realtor 516-316-8551 LM0708
NEW YORK STATE 7020 Winter and Summer Vacation Rental. Beautiful nine Bedroom house in South Fallsburg, New York, (sleeps up to twenty ﬁve), two ﬁreplaces, huge kitchen and dining room, living room, oversized porch. Available for family retreats. Please call 347-309-8485 to reserve your weekend. CB0217 Scarsdale is located in beautiful Westchester County a residential community only 24 miles north of New York City and rated as a leading upscale community, has an outstanding school system with 99% of its graduates going on to higher education. There are over 20 parks and playgrounds, 26 public tennis courts, a municipal pool, and two 18-hole golf courses with Scarsdale Boundaries. The downtown Village Center, with its Tudor architecture, has a variety of stores, professional oﬃces and residential units and the Metro North Railroad. It so situated so that you can enjoy city life, suburban life, country life and ocean life within relatively short distances.
114 BIRCHALL DRIVE. OPEN HOUSE SATURDAYS 2-3:30PM OR APPOINTMENT.. Call Ray 212 602 1137 This house is located in the prestigious Murray Hill location near the ﬁnest school system, ﬁve minutes from the Metro North and thirty ﬁve minutes outside of Manhattan. Truly a great value being oﬀered by a Motivated Seller. .Built in 1933 as a small mansion on one acre, this house has been upgraded to a larger home with attached 2 car garage for a growing family. Enter into a formal foyer with half bath right into a large country kitchen, granite island with bright breakfast area leading into Mother-in-law or Media Room. The house has a formal 35 foot long dining room with ﬁreplace and wet bar. The 1400 sf. family room contains three exposures, a 30ft cathedral ceiling, and a second ﬁreplace. Exit onto onto a wrapdeck which spirals down to a 600 sf. patio overlooking the rear of the property / gardens. The second ﬂoor features 4 bedrooms, 3 baths, a master bedroom with cathedral ceiling, and a Romeo Juliet balcony overlooking the family room. Marble Master bathroom with jacuzzi tub and separate glass shower. Servants’ quarters converted into bedroom and laundry room. The basement level features large rec- room with Lap Pool and lower den with FDR ﬁreplace. Exit the den onto a large patio overlooking large rear property, with babbling brook ample for garden & children’s play.
OUT OF STATE
CONDO FOR SALE FLORIDA BAL- HARBOR/RITZ CARLTON Great investment w/income potential Rarely avail 2 BR.2 ½ bth,sub-P/H suite in best line (14/15) w/ spectacular ocean & city views ,pvt foyer & elev.fully furn designer décor, world class amenities & services the ONLY deeded garage space in hotel Nr “The Shul “ Contact Douglas Elliman R.E Betsey Lee Turner 305-310-6888 HS0115
HOUSES FOR RENT BROOKLYN
AVE L & M/ NEW YORK AVE. 3BR, 2 ﬂoors, 1 ½ baths, living rm, dining rm, kitchen, hook-up for washer & dryer available. Master bedrm has balcony. Also available, bsmt apt with separate entrance. Owner 718-554-1001 LM0317 Ave N/ Bedford, Very large,Mod,1 Fam,3 BR 2 Bth,Duplex, pvt drv,gar,lrg deck,Must See1 $3,950, Bkr 718-382-4839 HS0610
NEW YORK STATE 7030 DOBBS FERRY- 2BR with porch, W/D, parking, close to schools & transportation. Good schools! 20 minute train ride to Manhattan. No pets. Available immediately. 917-838-9040 LM1209
CHARMING 1880 WHALERS HOME. Near Sag Harbor on Ferry Road, bay access, greenery: 4BR, 2 baths, ﬁreplace, remodeled kitchen/ bath. (10/15-6/30): $3,500 per month; Or (10/15-5/23): $2,500/ month. Call/ text 303476-0159 LM1016
NEW JERSEY SEASIDE HEIGHTS: OPEN HOUSE Sat/Sun 1-4, 1 Blvd New Condos Starting @ $399,900 Ocn & Bay views 1 Blk-Bch shopping & restaurants, upgrades everywhere. Mike Seaside Rlty Inc 732-330-6651 HS0527
YOUNGSVILLE, NY (CATSKILLS) CHARMING LARGE FARM HOUSE ON 16 ACRES W BARN & DETACHED 2 CAR GARAGE, 3-4 BEDROOMS, 2 BATHS, LARGE ATTIC AND BASEMENT. CLOSE TO DELAWARE WATER ACTIVITIES AND BETHELWOODS ART CENTER. ASKING $225.000. CALL OWNER AT 201-681-7980
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FLUSHING, N.Y. Location, Location, 3BR TUDOR detached. Garage, Kitchen w/new SS appliances, Large Dining Rm, Living Rm w/ Fireplace, Sun Porch, W/D Walking Distance to Synagogue, near all LIRR. 10 min to Whitestone Br. MLS + 2% rebate. Asking $888.000. Call 718-308-7184 www.choicearea. com HS1211
MARCH 10, 2017
REAL ESTATE LAGRANGE TOWN OF, $350,000
RANCH ON .66 ACRES, BUILT 1957, 1983 SQ FT, 7 RMS 2 BATH, 4 BED RMS, LIV RM, DIN/SUN RM 14 X 24, FAM/ TV RM, KITCHEN, LAUNDRY RM OFF KITCH, BASEMENT 250 SQ FT BEDROOM WITH BATH + 2 CLOSETS, 2 CAR GARAGE. IN GND POOL,16 X 32, 12 X 12 SHED. HOT WATER BB HEAT, 200 AMP ELEC SVC, CENTRAL AIR, KITCHEN REMAKE 2010, 3 OVENS, HARD WOOD FLRS THRUOUT, RECENTLY FINISHED PATIO AND WALKWAYS, NEW LANDSCAPING, MANY EXTRAS, ARLINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT, COMBINED TAXES 2015 $5278, 12 MINUTES FROM METRO NORTH OR TSP. 845-471-6874 OR JJD414GC@AOL.COM (APPOINTMENT ONLY)
OUT OF STATE
DEAL, NJ. Outstanding Townhouse in the Heart of Deal. Living room, dining room, designer kitchen, 4BR, 3 ½ baths, full ﬁn bsmt with BR & bath. Garage. $3,800/ month. Credit check. Call Dot Schulze Agency 732-229-2600 LM0902
HOUSES FOR SALE BROOKLYN
NEW YORK STATE
TOMS RIVER. 2BR, 1 & ½ baths,
7040 SOMERS. Charming, move-in ready 4BR, 3 baths, raised ranch, located on cul-de-sac in Somers school district. Home features new kitchen/ master bath, central air, pool, automatic generator and lots more. $595,000. Owner 914403-1243 LM0414
OUT OF STATE
KGH- 68TH RD. Well kept det. Lot 48 x 100. 4BR/ 3 baths, laundry, oﬃce, large EIK, 2nd ﬂoor BR with balcony. 347-455-0066 HS0902
* NE Bronx Residential Area * 3 BR Duplex, lg rms., ﬁn bsmt, 2 complete mod bths, lg fenced bkyd, Mod Kit, garage + driveway. Priced to sell! Call owner 718-882-4665 MK0220
FOR SALE • ORLANDO VICINITY
Spacious Lakefront With Water Views Single Family 5 Bdrms – 2 Master Bdrms w/Sep Bths, 4.5 Bths All, LR, DR, Gourmet Kit, 3 Car Gar, Huge Lake w/Endless Boating & Fishing, Private Boat Dock Can Be Built
Staten Island Mountaindale: 3 BRs. htd Fl arm, ﬁn bsmt, 2 bths, lg EIK, some furniture. Heated & A/c’s. Mint condition. All new appliances. Nr. shul. 917-453-6926. HS0729
ASKING $625K BY OWNER 443-875-9204
CATSKILL MT./ HUDSON VALLEY HOME FOR SALE 4 BEDROOM HOME INLAW APART. OFFI CE SUITE 2 1/2 HRS FROM NYC FLEXIBLE SPACE ADD. LAND AVAIL SUITABLE FOR FAMILY COMPOUND WWW.24JOELMAUSTIN.COM 518 622-9647 LM1002
SPACIOUS TOWNHOUSE FOR SALE LOCATED IN THE HEART OF DEAL, NJ. THREE LEVELS, 3/4 BEDROOMS, 3-1/2 BATHS, BASEMENT, GARAGE AND MORE. WALK TO BEACH, SHOPPING, HOUSES OF WORSHIP. EASY LIVING ON THE JERSEY SHORE. PRICED TO SELL @ $548,000. CALL MARY TAWIL @ 732-693-8210.
WANTAGH: 3BR, 1 1/2 baths, Iarge pool. Low taxes. $599,000. Nancisue Rosenthal 516-316-1030, Paulette Viola 516-668-8316. Coach Realtors of Hewlett 516-374-0100 LM0414
Great loc, L/R, D/R, kitchen with oak cabinets. Den, Garage, Gas heat, A/C, Hardwood ﬂoors, Sprinkler system on well. Move-in cond. $157,900 OBO. 732-286-1012 LM1223
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GRAVESEND (PRIME). 2 family, double buildable, 40x100 lot, $1.375 Million. 2360 & 62 East 1st Street. Barbara Puccia Realty- Brokerage Cell 718755-1609 www.BarbaraPuccia. com LM0127
Erica 305-761-1612 CB0127 KEY WEST. CONDO FOR RENT. January 7- January 14, 2017. 2BR’s, 2 baths, $1,800. 631-722-3026 LM1216 Waterford, CT $749,000. 6bed, 4.5bath home. Au pair/In law/ Close to beaches/ New London. Outdoor pool. Tranquil/quiet. Immaculate like new! Call 806-912-3377 HS0821 MANCHESTER- New construction, 4BR, 2.5 baths colonial. Basement, 2 car garage, decorative molding, hardwood ﬂoors thru-out. $364,900. All oﬀers! 908-330-8964 LM1230
PLOTS FOR SALE
Enlarged & Remodeled Sussex, MT. ARARAT Section #51, Beautiful Location, 1 Plot, 2 Graves, No Annual Grave Care Bills. Value is $14,000. Selling for $8,000. 917-287-0005 LM0414 2 GARDEN CRYPT, Eye Level at Holmdel Cemetery. Valued $12,000. Asking $8,500. 908783- 8475 LM0324 PLOT FOR SALE: ROSEHILLS MEMORIAL PARK. Beautiful elevated GARDEN E level 5. $7,500 or best oﬀer. 203-595-5414 LM0217 BETH DAVID CEMETERY, ELMONT, NY. Two single plots. $4,000 neg. for both plots. Good location. Row CC. Graves 3 & 4. Call 954-472-3429 LM0310
FRANKLIN LAKES. GATED RETREAT ON 3 PRIVATE ACRES, ELEVATOR, LAVISH GOURMET KITCHEN, EXTRAORDINARY FEATURES, $1,899,999. DEBBIE 201-925-7667 OR WWW.811COLONIAL ROADFRANKLINLAKES.COM LM0113
Mill Basin Exclusive: Semi attached 1 family 6.5 room 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bath duplex. Full ﬁnished basement. Parking..ASKING $569,000 JS511 2 Family Attached BRICK. Owner has 6.5 rooms duplex. 3 bedrroms, 3 baths, private parking for 2 cars, yard and deck. 4 room. 2 bedrooms Rental JS510...........................$889,000 BEST SELLER #1 Properties 718.646-6900
WANTAGH OPEN HOUSE, SUN, 3/12/17, 2-4PM, 2420 RIVERSIDE DRIVE. 3BR, 1 ½ baths house, large pool. Low taxes. $599,000. Nanci Sue Rosenthal 516-316-1030, Paulette Viola 516-668-8316. Coach Realtors of Hewlett 516374-0100 LM0310 MERRICK-WATERFRONT HOME, HAMPTONS IN MERRICK, 4BR, 2.5 BA, Dock your boat in backyard, 2 car garage, Low taxes. No damage from Sandy. Walking distance to house of worship. $839K 516-532-4626 CENTER MORICHES. By Owner. 4 Crosby St. 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, kitchen, living room, den, 2.5 car garage with shop. $319,000. Call 631-987-5764 LM0501
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