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Friday, May 29, 2020

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Bunker Busters Redesigned to Deal with Iran

New York—The weapons Israel did not get in its most recent deal with the United States were bunker busters, bombs designed to penetrate deep into mountains and deep tunnels. Now the Wall Street Journal reports that the biggest bunker busters have been redesigned with enhancements that will allow them to penetrate Iran’s deepest and most heavily fortified nuclear

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Glenn Beck Depicts Mayor Bloomberg in Nazi-Style Salute at NRA

Houston—ABC News reports Glenn Beck attacked New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and depicting the mayor giving what appears to be a Nazi salute at the recent National Rifle Association’s convention in Houston.

Abe Foxman, head of the Anti-Defamation League, said, “Glenn Beck, the keynote speaker at the NRA’s annual convention, trivializes the

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Google Palestine

Jerusalem—Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin wrote to Google CEO Larry Page recently urging the company to rescind its decision to refer to the Palestinian territories as “Palestine” on all its products. “By so doing,” Elkin wrote, “Google is in essence recognizing the existence of a Palestinian state. Such a decision, is in my opinion, not only

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PEW Research Polls Reveal Changing Attitudes in Israel

Washington, DC—The Pew Research Center did face-to-face interviews with 922 Israelis and 810 Palestinians in March and April of this year. The results showed a positive shift in attitude towards resumption of the peace process among Israelis, but not so among Palestinians. (The margin of error runs between 4.4-4.6.) However, among the key findings of the survey is

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Iran, Egypt, Other Muslim Countries Top Violators of Religious Freedom

(JNS.org) Iran, Egypt and several other Muslim nations are among the world’s top violators of religious freedom, particularly for their anti-Christian and anti-Semitic persecution, according to the 2013 annual report released by the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

The report singled out Iran’s theocratic leaders,

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Helping Hand for Kosher Food Banks

New York— In a recently issued statement to announce legislation introduced to both houses of Congress, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Representative Joe Crowley (D-Queens) said their goal is to “ensure that kosher food pantries receive adequate supply of food for hungry families as part of the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). With an estimated

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Rabbis and Bishops Unite on Tuition Tax Credit Bill

Representatives of the Orthodox Union, the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops attended their semi-annual meeting to discuss issues affecting their congregants and students.  The proposed Education Investment Tax Credit Legislation (A.1826/S.4099), designed to increase individual and corporate donations for

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Conference of Presidents Asks for Reconsideration of VAT for Tourists

New YorkConference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations leaders Richard Stone, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, urged Israeli leaders to reconsider the proposal to apply the value added tax (VAT) to foreign tourists.

They said: “The addition of the VAT would add significantly to the cost for tourists and

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Israeli Bills Filed for Holocaust Survivors’ Rights

Jerusalem—The Jerusalem Post reports that Haim Katz (Likud Beytenu) , chairman of the Welfare, Labor and Health MK Committee,  has filed two bills aimed at “ensuring a dignified life for all Holocaust survivors” just two days after the committee held a heated discussion at the Knesset on the topic of survivors’ poverty. The bills are intended to significantly

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PFLP Gets Back in the Game

BEIRUT—According to The Jerusalem Post, after 40 years of peace the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command (PFLP-GC), a U.S.-designated terror group in Damascus, is about to go to war with Israel in the Golan Heights. And Syrian President Bashar Assad and Hezbollah say that they are ready to stand behind them. Assad and Iran are

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Aliyah Buzz: Ancient Dreams and Modern Means

Have you ever entered a contest to win cash, a camera or maybe just dinner for two? Get ready for the ultimate prize upgrade: the chance to win a full-time job. In a new spin on the entire concept of online contests, Nefesh B’Nefesh has launched the Best Job Contest and the Wedding Gift Challenge (www.thisismyisrael.com). These two innovative social media initiatives

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Making of the NORPAC Mission: Sending 1,000 People to DC Is No Easy Task

Getting 1,000 people to Washington, D.C. from all over the tri-state area into 466 meetings with almost 90 percent of the U.S. Congress—and guiding them on what to say when they are in those meetings—requires intense planning by the three co-chairs of the NORPAC Mission last week. Richard Schlussel, Laurie Baumel and David Steinberg started planning in January,

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