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Legislators Unveil Initiatives to Combat Antisemitism

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Trenton NJ, to help push back against the rise of anti-Semitic demonstrations in New Jersey, Senator Robert Singer and Assemblyman Sean Kean plan to introduce an extensive package of seven bills that discourages anti-Semitic policies and actions taken by state affiliated organizations.

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Israeli Humanitarian Efforts in Gaza

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Ridgewood NJ, the Consulate General of Israel in New York wishes to address recent reports concerning developments in Gaza and to provide essential clarifications regarding Israel’s resolute dedication to ensuring humanitarian aid and food security.

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Antisemitism on Campus: Rutgers University Under Federal Investigation

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Newark NJ, Rutgers University is now under the federal government’s scrutiny due to allegations of antisemitic incidents during October and November 2023, a period marked by the Israel-Hamas war. This investigation is part of a broader initiative, with 29 U.S. universities and school districts facing civil rights inquiries since the onset of the conflict. The heightened focus on these institutions revolves around concerns regarding the handling of free speech and incidents of bullying amidst student protests linked to the Israel-Hamas war.

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Islamic Jihad Rocket Kills Hundreds at Gaza Hospital

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Gaza City , as thousands of rockets fired by terrorists in Gaza fell on Israeli population centers, at least one fell short , hitting a hospital in Gaza City. As many as 1 in 4 such rockets routinely fall within the Gaza strip, and last night’s projectile, fired by the Islamic Jihad terror group, struck the hospital and killed hundreds of civilians. US officials said yesterday a Tuesday explosion at a Gaza hospital was likely caused by a rocket launched from the nearby area. Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has claimed an Israeli airstrike hit the building that housed hundreds of civilians at the time. The Gaza Health Ministry said at least 471 people had died.

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Bergen County Department of Public Works Comes to the Rescue

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Fair Lawn NJ, according to Bergen County Executive Jim Tedesco on Thursday, the Bergen County Department of Public Works Operations showed up to help CareOne with their supply drive to support those affected by the recent terrorist acts in Israel.

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Bergen County Moms Group Collecting for Israel

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To My Community, friends & family,
It’s with a heavy heart that write during such devastating times in Israel. I know the events have effected us all in one way or another. While I have no words to make the situation any less painful, my prayers, love and support are with you all. It is now more than ever that we must come together as a community and show our support for our everyone over seas.

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The TeaneckShuls Forum Collects Donations on Behalf of the IDF

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Teaneck Nj, the online Jewish forum TeaneckShuls  collected over 165 duffel bags full of items for the front lines in Israel. Based on a list of items generated by an Israeli soldier on Monday morning posted on TeaneckShuls and other social media, over $500,000 worth of items were donated.  A volunteer form posted last night for packing help received over 150 requests to volunteer overnight and had to be closed!

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GOP Front Runner to Challenge Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Condemns Hamas Savage Attack of Israel

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Mendham Borough NJ, Christine Serrano Glassner, the frontrunner for the GOP nomination to challenge Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), issued the following statement today in response to the Hamas rocket attack that killed at least 40 Israelis and injured hundreds more:

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Rabbi Aryeh Spero, Influential Theologian ,Leading Political Conservative, and Outspoken Advocate for Religious Liberty has Died After a Long Illness

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Hawthorne, NY, Beth Gilinsky Spero is heartbroken to inform you of the passing of her beloved husband, Rabbi Aryeh Spero, on June 26, 2023 after a long illness he confronted with courage and enormous dignity, as was the way he did everything in his life.

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Israel to become first in world to test oral COVID-19 vaccine

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Israel  , Oravax is testing an oral vaccine in preclinical trials against Covid-19 variants. The vaccine is based on an oral delivery technology that can be used to administer several protein-based therapies that would otherwise be delivered by injection. It targets three structural proteins of the novel coronavirus and should be more resistant to variants. An oral vaccine would be easier to distribute, and people would be able to self-administer it at home. Oral medications tend to have fewer side effects.

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Peace, Love, and Antisemitism in Ridgewood

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Ridgewood NJ, yesterdays Ben and Jerry’s story gathered some interesting comments , oddly the same company boycotting Israel will sell ice in Iran were gays are hung for being gay . And for those who “really care about the Palestinians, they have more rights in Israel than any Arab country by far.

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Bergen County Unite for Israel Parade in Teaneck Draws Massive Crowd

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Teaneck NJ, thousand of supporters marched in support of the state of Israel for several hours on Sunday, transforming Teaneck’s leafy streets into a vast landscape of blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag.

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Democrats Turn on Israel

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Ridgewood NJ, Recent polls indicate Democrats are becoming more comfortable holding a skeptical view of Israel. A poll by YouGov for the Economist said just a quarter of Democrats see Israel as an ally, compared to 57 percent of Republicans.

One Democratic House candidate has pledged that she will vote against bills that include aid to Israel, denouncing what she saw as the “injustice” of Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. Another wrote that “Israel has hypnotized the world” with its “evil doings.”Still another helped write a scathing book on relations between the United States and Israel, while Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a progressive political star expected to win a House seat in New York, condemned the “occupation of Palestine.”

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CORY BOOKER CONDEMNED DAVID FRIEDMAN WHILE GIVING IRAN A PASS

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BY SHMULEY BOTEACH
FEBRUARY 20, 2017 21:5

There is a growing evolution in Cory’s position on Israel which is becoming more aligned with the left wing of the Democratic party.

The hearing for American ambassador-designate to Israel David Friedman at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week was intense. The Democratic senators came after him hard, quoting every controversial thing he’s ever said. Mind you, they couldn’t seem to find one controversial thing he’s ever done. Because no one disputes that David is an upstanding, decent man who has had caused little to no controversy. But they called him out on harsh statements he made about those he felt were not sympathetic to Israel.

But of particular note was how harshly he was treated by my friend, Senator Cory Booker, who told David over and over again that although these were just words, words matter.

https://www.jpost.com/Opinion/No-Holds-Barred-Cory-Booker-condemned-David-Friedman-while-giving-Iran-a-pass-482121