Tag Archive for New York

#BDSfail: UJA commends New York Governor Cuomo’s anti-BDS directives

 

The UJA Federation of New York and Israeli Ambassador to the UN, thanks Governor Cuomo for directing state agencies to divest all public funds supporting BDS.

By Ben Ariel

 

The UJA-Federation of New York on Sunday applauded New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, who had earlier issued an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo – By Reuters

“UJA-Federation of New York applauds Governor Cuomo for being the first governor in the nation to issue an executive order directing state entities to divest all public funds supporting the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel,” said UJA Federation of New York CEO Eric S. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Authority appeals against U.S. court ruling to pay terror victims

 

US federal appeals court to look into Palestinian Authority appeal against last year’s ruling that ‘it funded, supported, planned and carried out’ multiple terrorist attacks in Israel during 2nd Intifada.

By Arutz Sheva Staff

 

A federal appeals court in New York will look into the Palestinian Authority’s (PA) appeal against last year’s ruling that it must pay compensation to 10 families of terror victims with US citizenship.

Judge’s Gavel – iStock

The earlier ruling, which took 11 years to achieve, ordered the PA to pay $665 million to the victims of terror attacks during the Second Intifada. This was the first time that a jury ruled in favor of terror victims. Continue Reading »

#BDSfail: New York latest state to pass anti-BDS legislation

 

The New York State Senate passes law his week that prohibits the state from cooperating with all companies that seek to boycott, divestment or pass sanctions against Israel.

By Ben Ariel, Canada

 

The state of New York this week became the latest state to pass legislation against the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

BDS supporters (illustration) – Reuters

The New York State Senate passed a bill that prohibits the state from doing business with companies that seek to harm Israel and other American allies through boycotts and discriminatory economic agendas.

The bill (S6378A), sponsored by Senator Jack Martins (7th Senate Distict) and Senator Simcha Felder (17th Senate District), passed on Wednesday. Continue Reading »

PLO Faces $1Billion Civil Trial in US Over Multiple Terror Attacks in Israel

 

New York court to decide whether PLO & Mahmoud Abbas’ Palestinian Authority should pay $1 billion in compensation over 7 ‘Palestinian’ terrorist attacks that killed 33 people & wounded hundreds during 2001-2004.
• Expectedly, the PLO & PA deny the allegations.

By Reuters & Israel Hayom Staff

 

PA Panics, Files Another ‘Desperate’ Writ to Postpone Terror Trial – Again

Palestinian Authority legal team tries once again to stall January court date on $1 billion terror lawsuit in NY Circuit Court.

Israel Law Center: ‘Families of victims deserve their day in court.’ 

By Ari Yashar

 

After losing a landmark decision on November 20 allowing them to be tried for terrorism charges in a $1 billion case, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) have now filed a very rare appeal to the Second Circuit of courts trying to squash the case.

Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) is leading the legal charge against the PA and PLO.
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United States District Judge scheduled jury selection for damages trial against Arab Bank

A jury will determine how much money the Jordanian-based bank, found guilty of violating the Anti-Terrorism Act, owes in damages to the American victims of Hamas terror attacks the Arab Bank funded.

By Cynthia Blank

 

Arab Bank will face a jury trial in May to determine how much money it owes in damages to victims of Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel, a court order stated.

In September a federal jury found Arab Bank liable for providing material support to Hamas in two dozen attacks attributed to the terrorist group. Nearly 300 Americans who were either victims or related to victims of the attacks were plaintiffs in the suit.

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1000 Jewish New Yorkers at Times Square to talk about aliyah

 

Over 1,000 Jews & Israelis from New York area show up to Aliyah Mega Event to get information & advice about moving to Israel.

The event focused on making aliyah to the Galilee and Negev. One fairgoer said, ‘I was moved by Israel after going on Birthright.’

By Yori Yalon

 

N.Y. Senate: New law penalizes universities that boycott Israel

The new law doesn’t specifically mention Israel, but the bill’s sponsor Senator Jeffrey Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester), noted that academic boycotts of Israel were what inspired him to introduce the legislation.

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The New York State Senate approved a bill that would suspend funding to educational institutions that fund groups which boycott Israel.

Bill de Blasio and Sheldon Silver.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, left, and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. – Photo: AP

The legislation, approved Tuesday in a 56-4 vote, bans state funding to colleges that fund organizations boycotting “countries that host higher education institutions chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York.”

A number of New York-based universities have Israel branches. Continue Reading »

Rockefeller initiative to aid Israeli city become ‘calamity-proofed’

 

Ashkelon accepted in New York’s Rockefeller program devoted to assisting cities become more crisis-resilient.

 

The Rockefeller Foundation in New York announced Wednesday that the Israeli city of Ashkelon will be one of the first 33 cities to be part of its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge.

The beach near Ashkelon National Park.

The beach near Ashkelon National Park. – Photo: Moshe Gilad

The challenge, launched after superstorm Sandy devastated New York in 2012, is a $100 million initiative aimed at making cities around the world more resistant to both natural and man-made calamities.

Selected out of hundreds of applicants, Ashkelon will have to instate its own “chief resilience officer” who will work with the Rockefeller team to conceive and implement a broad plan to shock-proof the city from myriad threats, according to media reports. Continue Reading »

Thousands of Orthodox Jews Protest in Lower Manhattan

Thousands of haredim gathered in Manhattan to demonstrate against recent efforts in Israel to conscript haradi yeshiva students to the IDF.

Ironically, the ultra orthodox sect renowned for its uncompromising attitude toward liberal and reform Judaism, held banners calling for “freedom of religion”.

This Sunday in NYC: 1 Million to Celebrate Israel

The Parade features 28 floats, 17 marching bands, and 35,000 marchers.


 

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In what promises to be a massive outpouring of heartfelt public affection for the Jewish state, the annual Celebrate Israel Parade will take over Fifth Avenue in Manhattan this coming Sunday, June 2. Featuring 28 floats, 17 marching bands, and 35,000 marchers, the parade will likely attract its usual crowd of hundreds of thousands of joyous spectators, representing a cross-section of the Jewish community and supporters of Israel. Continue Reading »

Palestinian Cigarette-smuggler linked to Brooklyn Bridge terror attack

One of the Palestinian members of the cigarette-smuggling ring that defrauded NY State of $50 million in unpayed taxes & passed proceeds to Hezbollah & Hamas, played a part in the murder of yeshiva student Ari Halberstam.

By JTA

One of 16 Palestinians arrested in a cigarette-smuggling ring was linked to the 1994 murder of yeshiva student Ari Halberstam in a terror attack on the Brooklyn Bridge.

Muaffaq Askar

Muaffaq Askar,

Muaffaq Askar, who was arrested late last week in New York in a plot that is believed to have cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue , has long been suspected of supplying Rashid Baz with the guns he used to attack a minivan full of yeshiva students.

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UJA-Federation of New York Makes $10 Million Available for Hurricane Relief

To help finance the UJA-Federation of New York effort, they opened the ‘Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund’. 100% of all the donations will be used for aid.

By Jerry W. Levin, Alisa R. Doctoroff, and John S. Ruskay

 

As we hear wrenching firsthand accounts from those experiencing the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, it is clear that the recovery will be long and challenging. Millions of lives have been affected in our region. The emotional and economic impact, especially on the isolated elderly and the poor, is acute and will remain so for a long time.

Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction to homes in Brooklyn and other areas of the New York region.

Hurricane Sandy caused massive destruction to homes in Brooklyn and other areas of the New York region.

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