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JD Vance at RNC: Career Politicians Like Joe Biden Pillaged American Towns Like Mine with Free Trade and Endless Wars

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US Senator from Ohio and 2024 Republican vice presidential candidate J.D. Vance gestures as he speaks during the third day of the 2024 Republican National Convention at the Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on July 17, 2024. Days after he survived an assassination attempt Donald Trump won formal nomination as the Republican presidential candidate and picked Ohio US Senator J.D. Vance for running mate. AP

By John Binder (Breitbart)

Sen. JD Vance (R-OH), former President Donald Trump’s running mate, torched President Joe Biden during his Republican National Convention (RNC) speech on Wednesday evening, calling him a “career politician” who has spent his life in politics pillaging middle-American communities with job-killing free trade and endless wars.

“I grew up in Middletown, Ohio, a small town where people spoke their minds, built with their hands, and loved their God, family, community, and country with their whole hearts,” Vance said. “But it was also a place that had been cast aside and forgotten by America’s ruling class in Washington.”

Vance detailed how the globalist agenda that Biden has spent his decades in politics supporting impacted small American towns, like his.

“When I was in the fourth grade, a career politician by the name of Joe Biden supported NAFTA, a bad trade deal that sent countless good American manufacturing jobs to Mexico,” Vance said:

When I was a sophomore in high school, a career politician by the name of Joe Biden gave China a sweetheart trade deal that destroyed even more good middle-class jobs. [Emphasis added]

And when I was a senior in high school, Joe Biden supported the disastrous invasion of Iraq. And at each step of the way, in small towns, like mine in Ohio or next door in Pennsylvania or in Michigan and other states across our country, jobs were sent overseas, and children were sent to war. [Emphasis added]

At the same time, Vance said that Trump has spent decades — long before getting involved in politics — opposing the United States signing free trade agreements as well as the invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Somehow, a real estate developer from New York by the name of Donald Trump was right on all of these issues while Joe Biden was wrong,” Vance said. “Donald Trump knew, even then, that we needed leaders who would put America first.”

John Binder is a reporter for Breitbart News. Email him at [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter here.

80 Knesset Members Voted Against the Establishment of a Palestinian State as They Declare, “No Reward for Terrorism”

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The Knesset plenum hall on the opening of the 22nd Knesset in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

80 Knesset Members Voted Against the Establishment of a Palestinian State as They Declare, “No Reward for Terrorism”

Edited by: TJVNews.com

Israeli MK Simcha Rothman of the National Religious Party announced tonight that 68 Members of Knesset from 9 fractions, representing more than 80 Knesset Members voted AGAINST a Palestinian state.

In a public declaration, Rothman said, “I thank my co-chairs of the Land of Israel Caucus, MK Yoel (Yuli) Edelstein and Limor Son Har Melech.”

He added that, “the Israeli Knesset opposes the establishment of a Palestinian state on any piece of land west of the Jordan River. The existence of a Palestinian state in the heart of Israel will pose an existential threat to the State of Israel and its citizens, will further extend the Israel-Palestinian Arab conflict and be a source of destabilization for the entire region.

It will be only a matter of time before Hamas takes over such a Palestinian state turning it into a base for radical Islamic terrorism in full alignment with the Iranian regime that aims to eradicate the State of Israel.

Supporting Palestinian statehood would reward terrorism and serve to encourage Hamas and its supporters. Israel’s enemies will interpret it as the victorious outcome of the massacre perpetrated on October 7th and a precursor to the conquest of jihadist Islamism of the entire Middle East”

Hamas planned invasion 7 years in advance – Intel

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Palestinians take control of an Israeli tank after crossing the border fence with Israel from Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, October 7, 2023. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

By Batya Jerenberg, World Israel News

The Military Intelligence Directorate now believes that Hamas planned its invasion of Israel for seven years while it missed the signs that could have prevented the massacre of October 7th, Channel 12 reported Wednesday.

The internal report on the intelligence failure, considered the most massive in Israel’s history, said that it stemmed from the department’s senior echelon holding onto a specific “concept” despite having in hand evidence to the contrary.

They believed that Hamas was deterred from fighting after several rounds in which the terror group suffered heavy losses, and that the terror organization’s leaders wanted quiet so that more Gazans could work in Israel and materially improve their lives.

This led them to ignore years of clues presented to them by intelligence analysts and eyewitness reports from IDF observers on the border of terrorists training in tactics for the takeover of kibbutzim, just as took place on October 7.

A major finding was that the intelligence bosses rejected the theory put forward by certain researchers that Hamas had sat out two clashes with the IDF in Gaza because it was preparing for a much larger conflict and needed to ensure the flow of Qatari money to its coffers to that end.

In the three-day Operation Breaking Dawn in August 2022, the IDF targeted the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza, a direct Iranian proxy that is a Hamas rival although it is much smaller.

While Hamas verbally supported its “resistance” its men did not join the fight nor launch rockets at Israel as the PIJ did.

Hamas also sat on the sidelines when the IDF clashed with the PIJ in November 2019.

The terror organization did instigate the 11-day Operation Guardian of the Walls in 2021, in which it and the PIJ launched thousands of rockets at Israel and the iDF conducted around 1,500 aerial, land, and sea strikes on the Gaza Strip.

During the investigation, the Channel 12 reporter Nir Devori said, there was “debate on the interpretation of the findings and the insights” to be gained from them, to the point at times of fierce arguments breaking out in security meetings.

Even after outgoing Military Intelligence head Aharon Haliva accepted the findings, Devori noted that the debates are continuing over what changes need to be made in the future.

“Still, even now, the Intelligence Division does not know how to determine with certainty how such incidents can be prevented in the future,” he said.

Shabbos Kestenbaum Takes Strong Stand Against Anti-Semitism at Harvard U in Riveting RNC Address

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Shabbos Kestenbaum Takes Strong Stand Against Anti-Semitism at Harvard U in Riveting RNC Address

Edited by: Fern Sidman

On the third night of the Republican National Convention, Shabbos Kestenbaum, a Harvard University Divinity School graduate, took the stage to address the pervasive anti-Semitism he encountered during his time at Harvard. According to a USA TODAY report, Kestenbaum, one of the “everyday Americans” chosen to speak, provided a poignant critique of the current atmosphere on college campuses, with a particular focus on his alma mater.

Kestenbaum, who is currently suing Harvard for allowing and perpetuating anti-Semitism, shared his deeply personal experiences. As per the information provided in the USA TODAY report, his lawsuit, filed alongside five other Jewish students, accuses Harvard of “deliberate indifference” and “enabling” anti-Semitism, thus violating Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination on the grounds of race, color, or national origin. The lawsuit cites various incidents, including pro-Hamas protests and other anti-Semitic acts.

In April, Harvard filed a federal motion to dismiss the lawsuit, presenting a memorandum outlining steps it has taken to combat anti-Semitism.

USA TODAY also reported that in response to Harvard’s motion, Kestenbaum wrote, “Harvard’s meritless motion to dismiss our lawsuit only proves our point: it has never taken the concerns of us Jewish students seriously, and has no plans to start now.”

“I came to Harvard to study religion, the foundation of Western civilization. What I found was not theology, but a contempt for it,” Kestenbaum stated in his speech, as was indicated in the USA TODAY report. “My problem with Harvard is not its liberalism, but its illiberalism. Too often, students at Harvard are taught not how to think, but what to think. I found myself immersed in a culture that is anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic.”

During his speech, Kestenbaum recounted several troubling incidents that occurred during his time at Harvard. One such incident involved setting up 1,200 American and Israeli flags, which were vandalized within 24 hours. The report on USA TODAY also said that he also received death threats online, highlighting the hostile environment that Jewish students often face. These incidents, according to Kestenbaum, are symptomatic of a broader issue of intolerance and anti-Semitism on campus.

Kestenbaum also criticized Harvard’s response to the Hamas attack on Israel, suggesting that the university’s comments reflected a lack of support for the Jewish community and contributed to an atmosphere of hostility.

A former supporter of Bernie Sanders, Kestenbaum expressed his disillusionment with the Democratic Party, accusing it of abandoning the Jewish community. His shift in political allegiance calls attention to a broader trend among some Jewish Americans who feel that their concerns about anti-Semitism and support for Israel are not adequately addressed by the Democratic Party.

“The anti-Semitic bigotry unfortunately extends far beyond the universities. Although I once voted for Bernie Sanders, I now recognize that the far left has not only abandoned the Jewish people, but the American people,” he declared, as was indicated in the USA TODAY report.  This statement confirmed his belief that the Democratic Party, which he registered to vote for at 18, has become “ideologically poisoned.” Kestenbaum argued that this ideological shift has not only marginalized Jewish Americans but also negatively influenced the broader American youth.

Kestenbaum’s call to action was clear and impassioned. “Sadly the far-left wing tide of anti-Semitism is rising,” he lamented. “But tonight, tonight we fight back.” He expressed his pride in supporting President Trump’s policies, particularly those aimed at expelling foreign students who violate laws, harass Jewish classmates, and desecrate American freedoms.  Let’s elect a President who will instill patriotism in our schools once again,” he urged, as was noted in the USA TODAY report. “Let’s elect a president who recognizes that although Harvard and the Ivy Leagues have long abandoned the United States of America, the Jewish people never will, “ he added.

In May, Kestenbaum testified before Congress about Harvard’s overt anti-Semitism and intentional negligence. His testimony aimed to shed light on the hostile environment Jewish students face and to push for stronger measures to combat anti-Semitism in educational institutions.

In his speeches and social media posts, Kestenbaum has not held back in condemning the environment at Harvard. “I know many of these students. I sit in class with them. I share study halls with them. They publicly praise Hamas, they side repeatedly with the Houthis, and believe Hezbollah to be a legitimate political resistance group,” he stated, according to the USA TODAY report. He criticized Harvard for not condemning or disciplining 34 student groups that he claims support these organizations, which are widely recognized as terrorist groups.

Kestenbaum’s disillusionment with the Democratic Party has been a significant part of his rise on social media and other platforms. Known as the Jewish Democrat who has grown cynical of his party ahead of the 2024 election, he has shifted towards the Republican Party despite his previous support for Bernie Sanders in 2016. The USA TODAY report indicated that as recently as July 9, he identified as a Democrat on X (formerly Twitter) while advocating for people to vote for Trump, highlighting his critical stance against President Joe Biden.

Kestenbaum’s outspoken stance against antisemitism and his political shift reflect a broader trend among some Jewish Americans who feel increasingly alienated by the Democratic Party’s handling of issues related to Israel and antisemitism. His advocacy for Trump’s policies, particularly those aimed at expelling foreign students who violate laws and harass Jewish classmates, aligns with his call for stronger measures to ensure the safety and rights of Jewish students

 

 

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Facebook Removes Jewish Voice Page in Yet Another Attempt to Censor the Truth

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FILE- In this March 13, 2019, file photo Facebook, Messenger and Instagram apps are are displayed on an iPhone in New York. A group of 40 state attorneys general sent a letter to Instagram and Facebook parent company Meta expressing concern over what they say is dramatic uptick of consumer complaints about account takeovers and lockouts. The AGs called on Meta to do a better job preventing account takeovers. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File)

 

Facebook Removes Jewish Voice Page in Yet Another Attempt to Censor the Truth

On July 5th, The Jewish Voice (TJVNews.com) received a notification from Facebook that their page had been “unpublished” on the social media site. The reason given was that The Jewish Voice had been promoting the use of illegal drugs. For those familiar with The Jewish Voice’s presence on all social media platforms they will know that nothing could be further from the truth. The Jewish Voice posts articles related to Israel, the Jewish world, community events as well as expert commentary on topics that dominate the headlines.

When asked for examples or proof of such posts, Facebook did not respond, and so far TJV has been ignored after submitting an appeal against these  spurious accusations.

And for those following our series of articles and editorials on the subject of censorship in the world of social media, this should not come as any big surprise.

Prior to March of 2018, the Jewish Voice had over a million followers combined on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and now thanks to the draconian measures taken by those who decided what thoughts and perspectives must be censored, the Jewish Voice’s reach to readers has significantly been reduced.

The culprit here is known as shadow banning and it is employed by the far-left, woke, progressive, identity politics mob whose main objective is to dominate the political and cultural narratives of our contemporary world. Any dissenting views will be immediately quashed.

Jewish Voice publisher, David Ben Hooren said, “For several years now, the Jewish Voice has been targeted by an insidious shadow banning campaign that was orchestrated by Facebook and Twitter and frankly, this is totally outrageous and unacceptable. We are a conventional news site that delivers an even-handed account of the news, so there is no reason that we should be silenced.”

He added that “Our followers are being blocked on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This means that new followers cannot join and our numbers are completely stagnant because of the manipulation of the algorithms that essentially control the expression of free speech and thought in this country. Whether one wants to refer to it as “The Deep State” or those in charge of the “woke, progressive” revolution, the results are the same. The Jewish Voice and others like us are being censored and we will continue to speak out about this until justice is served and this situation is completely rectified.”

Case in point: While the Jewish Voice’s Facebook page has been banned, it appears that The Jewish Voice for Peace, a vehemently anti-Israel and pro-Hamas organization has a number of Facebook pages and none of them were extricated from the platform.

One can only conclude that a factor that comes into play is that of virulent anti-Semitism.  Based on evidence provided from other pro-Israel organizations and websites as well as politically conservative sites, it is not difficult to figure out that the target here that it is animus towards Israel and the global Jewish community that is the driving force behind this despicable measure.

In August of 2023, The Jewish Voice reported that in memos released by Facebook, the social media giant was pressured by the Biden White House into altering its algorithms so that mainstream news sources would be elevated over conservative sites, as was reported by Eric Lendrum of the American Greatness web site.

Lendrum wrote: “As Just The News reports, the documents over to the House Judiciary Committee following a subpoena detail a series of meetings between Facebook executives and White House Digital Director Rob Flaherty in the spring of 2021. The demands from the White House focused on posts related to the Chinese coronavirus and the efficiency of the COVID vaccines.

In one meeting on April 14th, 2021, Flaherty asked Facebook if it was possible to artificially promote outlets such as the New York Times and the Washington Post, instead the Daily Wire and Fox News, particularly commentator Tomi Lahren.

“If you were to change the algorithm so that people were more likely to see NYT, WSJ, any authoritative news source over Daily Wire, Tomi Lahren, polarizing people,” Flaherty asked. “You wouldn’t have a mechanism to check the material impact?”

“We have to explain to President, Ron [Klain], people, why there is misinfo on the internet, bigger problem than FB,” said Flaherty, according to the typed notes from Facebook executives. “Where issues are, what interventions are, how well they are working, for products, want to engage in things that you know to be effective. I don’t even care about specific methodology, you have better, richer data than we’ll ever have.”

And let us not forget that the social media chieftains who line their pockets with astronomical profits must bear responsibility for this institutionalized censorship.  That means Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook (Meta) who falsely claimed that he created a platform that was accepting of divergent perspectives when in fact, his team of algorithm tyrants continue to censure and ban views for no other reason than that they are personally abhorrent to them.

The time is long overdue for a clear, bold and relentless response to such grievous violations. Not to speak out would constitute a moral outrage and a submission to the draconian dictates of an ideology that seeks to rob us of all freedoms and transform us into slaves of the state.

We urge you to speak out for the rights of The Jewish Voice to promulgate the truth in an ever increasingly mendacious world. Now, before it is too late, we must rise up from our collective slumber and apathy and protect the rights that we have previously waged wars for and died for

Parents of 22-Year Old Long Island Man Held as Hostage in Gaza Address RNC with Impassioned Plea to Free Those in Hamas Captivity

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Parents of 22-Year Old Long Island Man Held as Hostage in Gaza Address RNC with Impassioned Plea to Free Those in Hamas Captivity

Edited by: TJVNews.com

In the heart of Milwaukee, amidst the bustling atmosphere of the Republican National Convention, a poignant story of despair and determination is unfolding. Ronen and Orna Neutra, the parents of 22-year-old Omer Neutra, have embarked on a mission to rally support from Republican lawmakers and their supporters. According to a report that appeared on Tuesday on The Hill web site, their objective is both urgent and personal: to exercise any influence necessary to secure the release of their son and the estimated 120 other hostages held by Hamas since the harrowing events of October 7th.

As such, the couple from Plainview, Long Island took the stage at the RNC on Wednesday evening as they delivered an impassioned appeal for the powers that be to make it possible that their son, Omer, 22, a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces be extricated from his 284 day nightmare of Hamas captivity in Gaza.  Omer was kidnapped from his tank near the border with the strip during Hamas’s attack on Oct. 7.

Omer turned 22 only a week after the October 7th massacre in which 1200 Israelis and others were brutally slaughtered and 251 were taken hostage. “His name is Omer, which means, first fruits, in Hebrew as he is our oldest son,“ his mother Orna said with palpable emotion reverberating in her voice as she addressed the convention attendees.

In a heartfelt conversation with The Hill ahead of their planned address at the convention, Ronen Neutra emphasized the critical nature of their appeal. “We are aware that we’re getting closer to the elections and as such, the different parties are pulling in different directions. But we urge everybody to work together,” he implored, as was reported by The Hill. The Neutras’ plea transcends political divides, seeking a united front to bring about a resolution to a dire situation.

President Biden has announced that Israel and Hamas have, in principle, agreed to a three-phase cease-fire deal, first introduced at the end of May. However, the intricate details and implementation strategies are still under negotiation. The Hill also reported that Ronen Neutra stressed the urgency of the moment, stating, “We are calling on the two parties and the administration to work hand in hand, put the pressure on all the parties involved, to make sure that they reach a deal now. It’s urgent. People are dying there. There is a real opportunity on the table.”

The last time the Neutras heard from their son was on October 6th, a day before the devastating Hamas attack. Since then, nearly 300 days have passed without any word on his well-being. Omer is one of eight Americans believed to be alive and held in Gaza.

Omer Neutra’s story is one of interrupted dreams and patriotic duty. The Hill reported that he had just graduated from high school on Long Island and was poised to begin his studies at Binghamton University. Instead, he chose to join the Israeli army, driven by a deep sense of duty and a connection to his heritage. His 22nd birthday passed in captivity, a stark reminder of the life milestones he is missing.

The Neutras are dual citizens of the United States and Israel, with deep roots in both countries. Their personal history is marked by the harrowing experiences of their fathers, both Holocaust survivors. Orna Neutra poignantly shared with The Hill, “Omer grew up on those stories, and the narrative of a strong Israel that needs to exist in order for the Jewish people to have a home.” This legacy of resilience and the imperative of a secure homeland for the Jewish people underpin the Neutras’ determination.

As the Neutras addressed the convention, they carried with them the weight of their personal tragedy and the hopes of countless other families enduring similar pain. Their call to action is a powerful reminder of the human cost of geopolitical conflicts and the imperative for swift and decisive action. By appealing to the Republican lawmakers and supporters, the Neutras hope to catalyze a concerted effort to secure the release of the hostages.

The story of the Neutra family is a stark illustration of the intersection between personal grief and global politics. As the world watches, the Neutras’ plea echoes a universal call for compassion, justice, and the enduring hope for a reunion with their beloved son.

 

 

 

 

RJC’s Matt Brooks Delivers Powerful Speech at the Republican National Convention; Highlights Critical Moment for American Jews

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RJC’s Matt Brooks Delivers Powerful Speech at the Republican National Convention; Highlights Critical Moment for American Jews

Edited by: Fern Sidman

At an unprecedented time for American Jews, Matt Brooks, CEO of the Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC), took a significant step by addressing the Republican National Convention. This event marked a notable shift in the political landscape, emphasizing the Republican Party’s commitment to tackling the pernicious scourge of anti-Semitism and promoting the safety of Jewish Americans.

In his impassioned speech, Brooks highlighted President Trump’s commitment to restoring “law and order,” asserting that this would enable American Jews to freely wear a kippah and walk the streets without fear, as was reported by The Jewish Telegraphic Agency. He also addressed the issue of safety on college campuses, promising that Trump would combat the mobs that make Jewish students feel unsafe. According to the information provided in the JTA report, this marked the first time in decades of attending these conventions that Brooks was invited to address the audience, underscoring the party’s heightened focus on Jewish protection under Trump’s leadership.

The backdrop to Brooks’ speech is a troubling surge in anti-Semitism in the United States. Historically, violent anti-Semitism has been linked to far-right extremists who propagate racist and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the JTA report noted. However, the landscape of anti-Semitism has evolved. Since the October 7th massacre by Hamas on southern Israel, which resulted in brutal murder of over 1200 Israelis and others as well as 251 people taken into Hamas captivity in Gaza, there has been a significant increase in anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. This attack not only sparked the ongoing war in Gaza but also triggered a wave of pro-Hamas protests across America, heightening tensions and fear among Jewish communities.

In terms of the skyrocketing violent crime statistics in the United States, the JTA reported that Brooks said “For the first time I can ever remember, there is true insecurity in the Jewish community. People are afraid to walk the streets.” This comment reflects the heightened anxiety among Jewish Americans.

Jewish organizations have increasingly turned their attention to college campuses, where pro-Hamas demonstrations have been particularly intense. As per the information contained in the JTA report, these protests have sometimes led to violent confrontations between pro-Israel and pro-Hamas students, further exacerbating the sense of insecurity among Jewish students.

The Republican Jewish Coalition’s focus on campus safety aligns with broader concerns about the escalation of virulent anti-Semitism that Jewish students face. These concerns are not unfounded. Reports of anti-Semitic incidents on campuses have surged, ranging from verbal harassment to physical assaults, the JTA report confirmed. The hostile environment has prompted calls for more robust measures to ensure the safety and well-being of Jewish students.

The Republican Party’s decision to highlight anti-Semitism at its national convention reflects a strategic move to position itself as the protector of Jewish Americans. This approach aims to garner support from Jewish voters who feel increasingly threatened by the most egregious manifestations of anti-Semitism that have erupted across the US and the world.

New York Representative Elise Stefanik also delivered a powerful address, highlighting the increase in anti-Semitic incidents on college campuses. She referenced her questioning of the Harvard and University of Pennsylvania presidents, which led to their departure after they failed to unequivocally condemn calls for genocide. The JTA report indicated that Stefanik criticized the response from the “radical left” on campuses, citing chants of “Death to Israel, death to Jews, death to America” as evidence of prevalent anti-Semitism.

“This is Joe Biden’s Democrat Party,” Stefanik declared, asserting that President Trump would restore moral leadership to the White House and unequivocally condemn anti-Semitism.

The convention saw former primary rivals of Trump, such as former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, endorsing him without hesitation. Haley’s endorsement was particularly notable as she had previously stated she would vote for Trump but not support him. Her shift in stance was attributed to the rising dangers faced by the Jewish community.

“The Jewish community is facing an obscene rise in anti-Semitism,” Haley said, underscoring the urgent need for strong leadership. The JTA report noted that Brooks echoed this sentiment, emphasizing that Trump was essential to curbing hatred against Jews. “Here at home, under Donald Trump, we will put a stop to the rising tide of anti-Semitism,” he asserted.

Speaking to reporters prior to delivering his speech at the convention, Brooks was asked about Trump’s calls for Israel to quickly wrap up its war against the Hamas terror group—interpreted by some as a pressure tactic to end the fighting without achieving Israel’s stated objectives, according to a report on the Jewish News Syndicate web site. Brooks said that view was off base.

“Everybody misinterprets that statement. What he’s basically saying is, you have a blank check. You need to carpet bomb in the air? Do it. Just get it done, rip the band aid off, finish the job,” said Brooks. “Because Hamas needs to be destroyed. But this is just taking months and months.”

JNS also reported that Brooks said Trump is correct in his assessment that “time is not Israel’s ally. The longer this continues, the more public support erodes, the more international support erodes. And Trump’s point was, do what you have to do, get it done and get out.”

During his speech, Brooks asked for the crowd to cheer if they support Israel, then contrasted that ovation with what he thought would be the result at the Democratic party convention, saying if someone asked for a cheer for Israel there, “they’d be booed off the stage.”

Reporters peppered Brooks with questions about the reliability of a Donald Trump/JD Vance administration.

Brooks said on Tuesday that after speaking with Vance late last week and looking at the content of his speeches, “he is going to be an absolute stalwart friend of Israel,” according to the JNS report.

Brooks said Vance would be “vice president to the most pro-Israel president in history. The president sets the foreign policy agenda, and I don’t think there’s any daylight between Donald Trump and JD Vance when it comes to Israel and making sure Israel is safe and secure.”

Asked by JNS whether that would remain true should the individual interests of Trump and Vance suddenly lie elsewhere, given what seems to be their transactional foreign affairs policies, Brooks countered that the party base would serve as a line of defense.

“As you heard in the room here today, this is a fundamentally pro-Israel party,” said Brooks, pointing to the intensity of the cheers for Israel and the enthusiasm for the bipartisan relationship at the grassroots level, as was indicated in the JNS report.

“When you have a strong base of support in the party, it means our elected leaders, by definition, follow the will of where the party is,” Brooks added.

According to the JNS report, while attempting to dispel notions of a rift between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Brooks said he had spoken separately with both men, and while declining to discuss the content of the conversations, added, “I can assure you that the two of them will have a very positive and productive working relationship.”

Brooks insisted on Tuesday that any daylight between the two still beats the alternative of a Democratic victory. He expressed dismay at the fact that American Jews still voted decidedly with Democrats, though in steadily dwindling numbers.

“There is literally not a day goes by where somebody doesn’t call me, whether they’re Jewish or not Jewish, or I have a conversation with somebody here at the convention, where somebody says, ‘I don’t understand the Jewish community. How can they continue to vote Democrat with all the stuff?’” said Brooks, as was reported by JNS.

Historically, American Jews have predominantly supported Democrats in national elections. However, recent trends indicate a shift. While a clear majority of American Jews still plan to vote for President Joe Biden in the upcoming election, the proportion voting for Democrats has declined over the past decade, as was noted in the JTA report.

This evolving political landscape was evident at the convention, where concerns about Israel and anti-Semitism were front and center. The JTA reported that Jewish Democrats, some of whom have traditionally been staunch supporters of the party, expressed unease with its current stance on these issues.

One of the convention’s scheduled speakers, Shabbos Kestenbaum, exemplifies this shift. A Harvard University graduate who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2020 Democratic primary and remains a registered Democrat, Kestenbaum feels abandoned by the party in the wake of October 7, according to the JTA report.  He is currently suing Harvard for failing to protect Jewish students from discrimination. Kestenbaum’s presence at the convention calls attention to the growing disillusionment among some Jewish Democrats.

Linda Stoch, a 71-year-old from Palm Beach County, Florida, also reflected this sentiment. Stoch, who actively participates in voter registration, observed a noticeable change among Jewish voters. “The Jewish people are switching their votes because they don’t like the way Biden is treating Israel,” she told the JTA from her seat in the Florida delegates section, where she cheered every mention of Israel and held a large placard reading, “We Are Jews for Trump.” Stoch’s enthusiasm was palpable as she shouted over a recorded message from Trump, who decried the decline of law and order—a recurring theme throughout the evening, the JTA report said.

Trump’s message of restoring law and order resonated with many attendees, particularly those concerned about rising anti-Semitism. His supporters argue that his administration will take a stronger stance against anti-Semitism and protect Jewish communities more effectively than the current administration.

Amid the convention’s hustle, a Chabad booth was set up among various market stalls selling Trump merchandise and gifts. This booth, managed by Rabbi Dov Lisker, served a dual purpose: providing kosher food and religious services for Jewish attendees and offering a space for solidarity, as was explained in the JTA report. Rabbi Lisker noted a significant number of non-Jews stopping by to express their support and sympathy.

“They’ll say, ‘So sorry for what you and your people are going through,’” Lisker shared with the JTA.

The convention’s focus on security and anti-Semitism, juxtaposed with its stringent immigration policies, encapsulates the broader debates within American society. The coming months will reveal how these issues influence Jewish American voters and their political alignments in the lead-up to the next election.

Nearly two-thirds of Democrats want Biden to withdraw, new AP-NORC poll finds

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President Joe Biden said in an interview that he strongly supports Israel’s existence, and touted his record of supporting the Palestinians. Credit: AP

(AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Democrats say President Joe Biden should withdraw from the presidential race and let his party nominate a different candidate, according to a new poll, sharply undercutting his post-debate claim that “average Democrats” are still with him even if some “big names” are turning on him.

The new survey by the AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, conducted as Biden works to salvage his candidacy two weeks after his debate flop, also found that only about 3 in 10 Democrats are extremely or very confident that he has the mental capability to serve effectively as president, down slightly from 40% in an AP-NORC poll in February.

The findings underscore the challenges the 81-year-old president faces as he tries to silence calls from within his own party to leave the race and tries to convince Democrats that he’s the best candidate to defeat Donald Trump. The poll was conducted mostly before Saturday’s assassination attempt on Trump at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania. It’s unclear whether the shooting influenced people’s views of Biden, but the small number of poll interviews completed after the shooting provided no early indication that his prospects improved.

Meanwhile, as Vice President Kamala Harris receives additional scrutiny amid the talk about whether Biden should bow out, the poll found that her favorability rating is similar to his — but the share of Americans who have an unfavorable opinion of her is slightly lower.

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The poll provides some evidence that Black Democrats are among Biden’s strongest supporters, with roughly half in the survey saying he should continue running, compared to about 3 in 10 white and Hispanic Democrats. Overall, seven in 10 Americans think Biden should drop out, with Democrats only slightly less likely than Republicans and independents to say that he should make way for a new nominee.

“I do have genuine concerns about his ability to hold the office,” said Democrat Andrew Holcomb, 27, of Denver. “I think he’s frankly just too old for the job.”

Janie Stapleton, a 50-year-old lifelong Democrat from Walls, Mississippi, held the opposite view, saying Biden is the “best candidate” for president.

People aren’t just sour on Biden on as they size up their choices this election season.

 

As for Biden, younger Democrats are especially likely to want to see him bow out – and to say they’re dissatisfied with him. Three-quarters of Democrats under the age of 45 want Biden to drop out, compared to about 6 in 10 of those who are older.

“I just feel like these two individuals are a sad choice,” said Alexi Mitchell, 35, a civil servant who lives in Virginia. She identifies as a Democratic-leaning independent, and while she thinks Biden is probably still mentally up to the job, she worries that the past few weeks’ unraveling of support makes him a weak candidate, no matter what happens next. “If he doesn’t have control over his own party, that’s a fatal flaw,” she said. “He’s put us in a bad position where Trump might win.”

Despite bullish talk from the Biden campaign heading into the debate, the faceoff only left the president in a deeper hole. Democrats are slightly more likely to say they’re dissatisfied with Biden as their nominee now than they were before his halting performance. About half are dissatisfied, an uptick from about 4 in 10 in an AP-NORC poll from June.

By contrast, most Republicans – about 6 in 10 – came out of the debate very or somewhat satisfied with Trump as their candidate. Too few interviews were conducted after the assassination attempt to provide a clear indication of whether Republicans or Americans overall have rallied further around Trump since then.

David Parrott, a Democrat from Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee, was willing to give Biden the benefit of the doubt given the president’s age, but he still voiced concerns about a potential second term.

“I don’t know if he can make it another four years or not,” said Parrott, a 58-year-old retiree. “Shouldn’t he be sitting at his beach house taking it easy?”

All of the recent churn has left Americans much more likely to think Trump is capable of winning the 2024 election than is Biden – 42% to 18%. About a quarter thought the the two men equally capable of winning.

Even Democrats are relatively dour about their party’s prospects come November.

Only about a third of Democrats believe Biden is more capable of winning than is Trump. About 3 in 10 think the two are equally capable of winning and 16% say victory is more likely to go to the Republican. By contrast, Republicans are overwhelmingly convinced that Trump is in the best position to win.

Trump also has the edge on Biden when Americans consider who is most capable of handling a crisis, 38% to 28%. And people are about equally divided on which candidate has the better vision for the country, with 35% saying Biden and 34% Trump.

For all of the disenchantment Biden is up against, the president insists it’s not too late to turn things around, saying past presidents have come back from a deficit at this stage in the campaign. In an interview Tuesday with BET News, he said many voters haven’t focused yet, adding, “The point is, we’re just getting down to gametime right now.”

The poll did also offer a bright spot for Biden: 40% of adults say he’s more honest than Trump, while about 2 in 10 think the opposite.

Most Democrats — around 6 in 10 — say that Vice President Harris would make a good president, while 22% think not and 2 in 10 don’t know enough to say. The poll showed that 43% of U.S. adults have a favorable opinion of her, while 48% have an unfavorable opinion. Somewhat more have a negative view of Biden: approximately 6 in 10 Americans.

The survey was conducted before Trump selected freshman Sen. JD Vance of Ohio as his running mate. It showed that for most Americans, Vance is still an unknown. Six in 10 don’t know enough about him to form an opinion, while 17% have a favorable view and 22% view him negatively.

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The poll of 1,253 adults was conducted July 11-15, 2024, using a sample drawn from NORC’s probability-based AmeriSpeak Panel, which is designed to be representative of the U.S. population. The margin of sampling error for all respondents is plus or minus 3.8 percentage points.

Democrats consider expelling Menendez from the Senate after conviction in bribery trial

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“As I have repeatedly made clear, I strongly oppose the Biden administration’s proposed sale of new F-16 aircraft to Turkey,” Senator Bob Menendez said. Photo Credit: Twitter

(AP) — Sen. Bob Menendez has shown no sign he will voluntarily resign from the Senate following his conviction on bribery charges, leaving Democratic senators contemplating an expulsion effort to force him from office.

While Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, has six months remaining in his term, Democrats have made clear they don’t want him in office any longer. Within minutes of the guilty verdict on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called for his resignation and New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, who would name Menendez’s replacement, said that the Senate should expel Menendez if he refused to step down.

Expulsion, which requires a two-thirds majority, is an exceedingly rare step in the Senate. The last time it was even seriously considered by the chamber was almost 30 years ago, and only 15 senators — almost all during the Civil War — have ever been expelled.

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“He must stand up now and leave the Senate. He must do that, and if he refuses to do that, many of us, but I will lead that effort to make sure he is removed from the Senate,” Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey’s other Democratic senator, told MSNBC late Tuesday. “That is the right thing to do. That is the just thing to do.”

After a jury found Menendez, 70, guilty of accepting bribes of gold and cash from three New Jersey businessmen and acting as a foreign agent for the Egyptian government, the senator did not comment on his political plans in brief remarks as he left the courthouse. But he vowed to appeal the verdict.

“I have never violated my public oath. I have never been anything but a patriot of my country and for my country,” Menendez told reporters.

It was a familiar refrain from Menendez, who has taken a defiant stand ever since he was first indicted in September last year.

While under indictment, Menendez stepped down as chair of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but continued to attend classified briefings — a move that irked his fellow senators. And while they mostly ostracized him in the day-to-day workings of the Senate and over half of the Senate Democratic caucus called for his resignation, there was little they could do to force him from office, especially when Schumer maintained that Menendez should get his day in court.

Now that Schumer has urged Menendez to resign, there will be a concerted effort to put as much pressure as possible on Menendez to voluntarily step aside. That started Tuesday as the Senate Ethics Committee released a statement saying that it would “promptly” complete an investigation into Menendez that started when he was first indicted. The committee also made it clear that recommending expulsion to the Senate was on the table.

In the meantime, any individual senator could move to hold a snap vote on expulsion for Menendez, though that effort could be blocked by an objection from any other senator — including Menendez himself.

That means that many in the Senate will likely wait for the ethics committee to release its recommendation.

In the past, an expulsion recommendation from the panel has been enough for disgraced senators to voluntarily resign. In 1982, the panel recommended that former Sen. Harrison A. Williams, Jr., a New Jersey Democrat, be expelled and he resigned before it went to a vote in the full Senate. In 1995, Sen. Robert W. Packwood, an Oregon Republican, announced he would resign just a day after the committee released its recommendation.

“Most people, even most members of Congress, have enough of a sense of shame that they would rather not have the last big news item about them be that they got expelled,” said Josh Chafetz, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center who has studied congressional powers.

As the November election approaches, the appetite among Democrats to rid themselves of a besmirched colleague will only increase. Several Democrats in tough reelection races, including Sens. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Jacky Rosen of Nevada, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Jon Tester of Montana and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, have already indicated they support expulsion.

If Menendez resigns or is expelled, it would be left to Murphy, the Democratic governor, to fill the seat. Several prominent New Jersey Democrats have called for Rep. Andy Kim, who won his party’s nomination for the Senate seat, to be appointed. Kim, a third-term congressman, said Tuesday he would accept if offered the seat.

Kim’s strength in the race drove Tammy Murphy, the wife of the governor, out of the primary. Tammy Murphy had backing from much of the state’s political establishment, but Kim outpolled her and she withdrew from the race in March.

It is still possible the governor could appoint his wife to the seat, even temporarily, although he ruled out that scenario during a radio interview in October. A spokesperson for the governor said Wednesday he would not comment on potential replacements for Menendez, who has previously said he is running for the seat as an independent.

‘They are Alive in Tunnels’: Mother of Female IDF Hostage Reveals She was Shown Signs of Life

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View of a Hamas tunnel near the border with the Gaza Strip, on July 25, 2018. (Dario Sanchez/Flash90)

By United with Israel and JNS

The mother of one of the female IDF soldiers taken captive on October 7 by Hamas says she has received indication that her daughter is still alive.

Shira, the mother of hostage Liri Elbag, told Ynet that the family had been presented with a sign that Liri and other captive female soldiers had been held by Hamas in tunnels for the past 7 months.

“They are surviving,” she said. “They’ve been in the tunnels for over seven months. We saw a clip of Liri being told to stand up, sit down, she does what she was told. The clip is from the early days after the abduction. We know the girls were later separated,” she added.

“They are alive,” she said on Tuesday, according to Ynet. “We had a sign of life a month and a half ago. We know they were surviving and being held in the tunnels for the past seven months.”

On Tuesday night, the families of five female Israel Defense Forces soldiers abducted by Hamas on Oct. 7 released new photos of their daughters.

The images, released by the Hostage and Missing Families Forum, show Liri Albag, Karina Ariev, Agam Berger, Daniella Gilboa and Naama Levy shortly after they were taken from the IDF Field Observers base in Nahal Oz.

The families shared the photos with members of the media during a press conference at the headquarters of the Forum in Tel Aviv.

In May, the Forum released a video of Hamas terrorists abducting the IDF observers on the morning of Oct. 7. The footage, captured by the terrorists’ body cameras, revealed the violence and trauma experienced by five of the seven spotters captured alive.

Who is Usha Vance? Yale law graduate and wife of vice presidential nominee JD Vance

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(AP) — Usha Chilukuri Vance, Yale law graduate and trial lawyer, was thrust into the spotlight this week after her husband, JD Vance, was chosen as Donald Trump’s running mate in the 2024 presidential election.

Chilukuri Vance, 38, was raised in San Diego, by Indian immigrants. Her mother is a biologist and provost at the University of California at San Diego; her father is an engineer, according to JD Vance’s campaign. She received an undergraduate degree at Yale University and a master of philosophy at the University of Cambridge through the Gates Cambridge scholarship.

After Cambridge, she met her husband back at Yale, where the two studied law. In his 2016 memoir, “Hillbilly Elegy,” JD Vance said the two got to know each other through a class assignment, where he soon “fell hard” for his writing partner.

“In a place that always seemed a little foreign, Usha’s presence made me feel at home,” he wrote. They graduated in 2013 and wed the following year.

After law school, Chilukuri Vance spent a year clerking for Justice Brett Kavanaugh when he served as an appeals court judge in Washington, followed by a year as a law clerk to Chief Justice John Roberts.

She has since become a trial lawyer for the Munger, Tolles and Olson law firm at its San Francisco and D.C. offices. Chilukuri Vance left the law firm where she worked shortly after her husband was chosen as Trump’s running mate.

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“Usha has informed us she has decided to leave the firm,” Munger, Tolles & Olson said in a statement. “Usha has been an excellent lawyer and colleague, and we thank her for her years of work and wish her the best in her future career.”

Chilukuri Vance was not available Tuesday for comment, according to a spokeswoman for JD Vance’s campaign.

In his memoir, Vance credited part of his success and happiness to his wife.

“Even at my best, I’m a delayed explosion—I can be defused, but only with skill and precision,” Vance wrote. “It’s not just that I’ve learned to control myself but that Usha has learned how to manage me.”

Voter records show that as of 2022, Chilukuri Vance was a registered Republican in Ohio, and voted in the Republican primary that year — the same election that her husband was running in the Republican senate primary.

JD and Usha Vance live in Cincinnati, and have three children: Ewan, Vivek and Mirabel. Outside of work, she served on the Cincinnati Symphony Board of Directors from September 2020 to July 2023.

Greece shuts Acropolis, 2 firefighters killed in Italy as southern Europe swelters in a heat wave

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(AP) — A heat wave across southern Europe forced authorities in Greece to close the Acropolis Wednesday for several hours and two firefighters died while putting out a fire in the Basilicata region in southern Italy, Italian authorities said.

Italy added Palermo, Sicily, to the list of 13 cities in the country with a severe heat warning. Elderly people in the city of Verona were urged to stay indoors, while sprinklers were set up to cool passersby.

Greece’s Culture Ministry ordered the closure of the Acropolis — the country’s biggest cultural attraction — from midday for five hours.

Tourists hoping to visit the Parthenon temple atop the Acropolis queued early in the morning to beat the worst of the heat, while the Red Cross handed chilled bottled water and information fliers to those waiting in line.

“We got it done and got out quick, and now we’re going to some air conditions and some more libation and enjoy the day,” said Toby Dunlap, who was visiting from Pennsylvania and had just toured the Acropolis. “But it’s hot up there, it really is. If you don’t come prepared, you’re going to sweat.”

Meteorologists said the hot air from Africa was forecast to continue through Sunday, with heat wave temperatures expected to peak at 43 degrees C (109 F).

In Albania, the heat led the government to reschedule working hours for civil servants, making it easier for some to work from home. Neighboring North Macedonia struggled with dozens of wildfires that had broken out in the previous 24 hours. One major blaze stretched across nearly 30 kilometers (21 miles). Firefighting aircraft from Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Romania and Turkey responded to the country’s call for assistance.

In western Turkey, firefighters — aided by more than a dozen water-dropping aircraft — managed to bring a wildfire near the town of Bergama under control several hours after it ignited. The cause of the blaze, which was fanned by strong winds, was not immediately known.

The municipality of Turkey’s largest city Istanbul issued a heat warning on Tuesday, saying temperatures would rise between 3-6 degrees C (37-43 F) above seasonal norms until July 28.

Several Spanish cities, including Granada and Toledo, are bracing for temperatures as high as 44 degrees C (111 F) forecast for later in the week in the country’s hottest spots in the south.

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Barry reported from Milan, Italy. Srdjan Nedeljkovic in Athens, Greece, Nicole Winfield in Rome, Konstantin Testorides in Skopje, North Macedonia, Suzan Fraser in Ankara, Turkey and Llazar Semini in Amsterdam contributed to this report

Syrian official who oversaw prison where alleged abuse took place arrested by US officials

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Freed Syrian detainees gather in front of posters showing Syrian President Bashar Assad, right, and his father Hafez Assad after they were released from Adra Prison on the north-east outskirts of Damascus, Syria, on Jan. 15, 2013. A former Syrian military official who oversaw the prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse took place has been arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of immigration fraud. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi, File)

(AP) — A former Syrian military official who oversaw a prison where human rights officials say torture and abuse routinely took place has been arrested, authorities said Wednesday.

U.S. Department of Homeland Security agents took Samir Ousman al-Sheikh into custody last week at Los Angeles International Airport, said agency spokesperson Greg Hoegner.

The 72-year-old has been charged with immigration fraud, specifically that he denied on his U.S. visa and citizenship applications that he had ever persecuted anyone in Syria, according to a criminal complaint filed on July 9 and reviewed by The Associated Press. Investigators are considering additional charges against al-Sheikh, the complaint shows.

He was in charge of Syria’s infamous Adra Prison from 2005 to 2008 under President Bashar Assad. Human rights groups and United Nations officials have accused the Syrian government of widespread abuses in its detention facilities, including torture and arbitrary detention of thousands of people, in many cases without informing their families about their fate. Many remain missing and are presumed to have died or been executed.

“This is the highest-level Assad regime official arrested anywhere in the world. … This is a really big deal,” said Mouaz Moustafa, executive director of the Syrian Emergency Task Force, a U.S.-based opposition organization.

His attorney, Peter Hardin, called it a “simple misunderstanding of immigration forms” that has been politicized and said al-Sheikh “finds himself being made a pawn caught up in a larger international struggle.”

“He vigorously denies these abhorrent accusations,” Hardin said.

Investigators interviewed five former inmates at the Syrian prison, who described being hanged by their arms from the ceiling, severely beaten by electrical cables, and witnessing other prisoners being branded by hot rods, according to court documents. One inmate described how he had his back broken by guards.

According to the complaint, al-Sheikh, a resident of Los Angeles since 2020, stated in his citizenship application that he had “never persecuted (either directly or indirectly) any person because of race, religion, national origin, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion” and “never been involved in killing or trying to kill someone.” This was false, as al-Sheikh persecuted political dissidents and ordered the execution of prisoners while he was head of Adra, the complaint states.

He began his career working police command posts before transferring to Syria’s domestic intelligence agency, which focused on countering political dissent, the complaint says. He later became head of Adra Prison and brigadier general in 2005. He also served for one year as the governor of Deir Ez-Zour, a region northeast of the Syrian capital of Damascus, where there were violent crackdowns against protesters.

He had purchased a one-way plane ticket to depart LAX on July 10, en route to Beirut, Lebanon, which shares a border with Syria, according to the complaint. After his arrest, al-Sheikh made his first appearance in Los Angeles federal court last Friday. He has family in the United States, including a daughter living in the Los Angeles area, according to the Syrian Emergency Task Force.

Syria’s civil war, which has left nearly half a million people dead and displaced half the country’s prewar population of 23 million, began as peaceful protests against Assad’s government in March 2011.

Other players in the war, now in its 14th year, have also been accused of abuse of detainees, including insurgent groups and the U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, which guard suspected and convicted Islamic State members imprisoned in northeastern Syria.

In May, a French court sentenced three high-ranking Syrian officials in absentia to life in prison for complicity in war crimes in a landmark case against Assad’s regime and the first such case in Europe.

The court proceedings came as Assad had begun to shed his longtime status as a pariah because of the violence unleashed on his opponents. Human rights groups involved in the case hoped it would refocus attention on alleged atrocities.

Prominent Democrat Schiff calls for Biden to withdraw, but party aims to nominate before convention

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Fox News host Mark Levin said that Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) should be disbarred. Photo Credit: AP

(AP) — California Rep. Adam Schiff on Wednesday became the highest-profile Democrat to call for President Joe Biden to drop his reelection bid, even as the party pushed ahead with plans for a virtual vote to formally make Biden its nominee in the first week of August.

The move to schedule the roll call, which would come weeks before the Democratic National Convention opens in Chicago on Aug. 19, follows nearly 20 Democratic members of Congress calling on Biden to withdraw from the presidential race in the wake of his dismal debate performance against Republican former President Donald Trump last month.

Late in the evening, ABC News reported new details about Biden’s private meeting over the weekend with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer at his beach home in Delaware. It said Schumer told the president it would be “better for the Democratic party, and better for the country if he were to bow out.”

A Schumer spokesperson called the report “idle speculation. Leader Schumer conveyed the views of his caucus directly to President Biden on Saturday.”

White House spokesman Andrew Bates said Biden told Schumer, as well as House Democratic leader Hakeem Jeffries, that “he is the nominee of the party, he plans to win, and looks forward to working with both of them to pass his 100 days agenda to help working families.”

Among Democrats nationwide, nearly two-thirds say Biden should step aside and let his party nominate a different candidate, according to a new AP-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll — sharply undercutting Biden’s post-debate claim that “average Democrats” are still with him even if some “big names” are turning on him.

 

“While the choice to withdraw from the campaign is President Biden’s alone, I believe it is time for him to pass the torch,” Schiff said in a statement. “And in doing so, secure his legacy of leadership by allowing us to defeat Donald Trump in the upcoming election.”

Schiff is a prominent Democrat on his own, and his statement will also be watched because of his proximity to Speaker Emerita Nancy Pelosi.

It was Pelosi who revived questions about Biden post-debate, when she said recently that “it’s up to the president” to decide what to do — even though Biden had fully stated he had no intention of stepping aside. The former House speaker publicly supports the president, but has fielded calls from Democrats since debate night questioning what’s next.

In response to Schiff’s comments, the Biden campaign pointed to what it called “extensive support” for him and his reelection bid from members of Congress in key swing states, as well as from the Congressional Black and Hispanic caucuses. Biden is traveling in Nevada this week, and the campaign noted that he’s been joined on the trip by “nearly a dozen” Congressional Black Caucus members.

Still, Schiff’s announcement came after Schumer and House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries encouraged the party to delay for a week plans to hold the virtual vote to renominate Biden, which could have taken place as soon as Sunday, according to two people familiar with the situation who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.

The Democratic National Committee’ s rulemaking arm is set to meet on Friday to discuss how the virtual vote plans will work and to finalize them next week.

“We will not be implementing a rushed virtual voting process, though we will begin our important consideration of how a virtual voting process would work,” Bishop Leah D. Daughtry and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, co-chairs of the rules committee for the Democratic National Convention wrote in a letter Wednesday.

The letter also said that the virtual roll call vote won’t take place before Aug. 1, but that the party is still committed to holding a vote before Aug. 7, which had been the filing deadline to get on Ohio’s presidential ballot.

The Democratic convention runs in person from Aug. 19-22, but the party announced in May that it would hold an early roll call to ensure Biden would qualify for the ballot in Ohio. That state originally had an Aug. 7 deadline but has since changed its rules.

The Biden campaign insists that the party must operate under Ohio’s initial rules to ensure Republican lawmakers can’t mount legal challenges to keep the president off the ballot.

Sen. Peter Welch, a Vermont Democrat who wrote last week that Biden should leave the race “for the good of the country,” applauded the decision to move back setting a date.

“No shortcuts, no end around,” he said. “This process shouldn’t be rushed.”

Even if Democrats conduct a virtual roll call vote ahead of their convention, meanwhile, it wouldn’t necessarily lock Biden into the nomination. The DNC rulemaking arm could vote to hold an in-person roll call in Chicago, said Elaine Kamarck, a longtime member of the party’s rules committee and expert on the party’s nominating process. But since the Ohio law doesn’t go into effect until Sept. 1, Biden appearing on the state’s ballot remains a real concern, Kamarck said.

“This is a failsafe for the Democrats,” Kamarck said, adding that “the convention is the highest authority” in the nominating process.

Lenox Hill Hospital ranked among the top five best hospitals in New York State, according to U.S. News and World Report

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Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital received multiple awards from Healthgrades. Credit: lenoxholl.northwell.edu

Lenox Hill Hospital ranked among the top five best hospitals in New York State, according to U.S. News and World Report

NEW YORK, NY – Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital ranked the fifth-best hospital* in New York State for 2024-25, according to U.S. News & World Report. Lenox Hill has also been listed among the publication’s elite top 11 percent of U.S. hospitals that earned a numerical ranking. In addition, it placed among the top 50 in six different specialties including cardiology/heart surgery (14th), geriatric care (23rd), pulmonology (31st), OB/GYN (33rd), ENT (34th) and neurology/neurosurgery (49th). Lenox was also deemed “High Performing” in five adult specialties and 16 procedures and conditions.

Lenox Hill is continually recognized internationally for its exceptional care and outcomes. Newsweek has named it among its list of “World’s Best Hospitals” of 2024, while Healthgrades placed it among America’s top 50 and honored the hospital with a coveted Patient Safety Excellence Award for 2024. Lenox Hill has also earned high marks for social responsibility in 2024-25 by Lown Institute Hospital Index.

For the second year in a row, Northwell Health is New York State’s most awarded health system** with North Shore University Hospital ranking number one***. North Shore is also one of seven Northwell hospitals to earn 30 nationally-ranked adult specialties. Seven Northwell hospitals combined to earn top 50 national rankings in 30 adult medical specialties — 11 of them rated top 20 programs — according to the U.S. News rankings.

 

About Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital

 

Northwell Lenox Hill Hospital is a 450-bed, fully accredited, acute care hospital located on Manhattan’s Upper East Side with a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. U.S. News & World Report has ranked Lenox Hill among the nation’s best for cardiology, heart surgery and vascular surgery; orthopedics; obstetrics and gynecology; neurology and neurosurgery; geriatrics; pulmonology and lung surgery; ear, nose and throat; diabetes and endocrinology; urology; and cancer. In addition, the hospital received designations from U.S. News for its performance in 19 procedures and conditions. Lenox Hill was also named among ‘America’s 50 Best Hospitals’ by Healthgrades, placing it in the top 1 percent of all hospitals nationwide. For more information, go to www.lenoxhill.northwell.edu.

 

*Tied with Long Island Jewish Medical Center

 

**According to U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals 2024-2025, North Shore University Hospital is ranked in 9 specialties and tied for number one in New York state; Long Island Jewish Medical Center: Ranked in 9 specialties; Lenox Hill Hospital: Ranked in 6 specialties; Huntington Hospital: Ranked in 3 specialties; Plainview Hospital, Northern Westchester Hospital, Glen Cove Hospital: All ranked in 1 specialty. Health System delineated by American Hospital Association Survey 2022.

 

According to U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals and Best Children’s Hospitals 2023-2024, North Shore University Hospital is ranked in 9 specialties and tied for number one in New York state; Lenox Hill Hospital: Ranked in 10 specialties; Long Island Jewish Medical Center: Ranked in 9 specialties; Cohen Children’s Medical Center: Ranked in 8 specialties; Huntington Hospital: Ranked in 2 specialties; Plainview Hospital: Ranked in 1 specialty. Health System delineated by American Hospital Association Survey 2021.

 

***Tied for number one in New York State.

 

Rescued hostage Noa Argamani to fly with Netanyahu to DC

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Noa Argamani with her family and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following her rescue from Hamas captivity, Saturday, June 8, 2024. (Twitter Screenshot)

By JNS

Noa Argamani, whom security forces rescued from Gaza along with three other hostages on June 8, and her father, Yaakov, will join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington next week for his address to Congress.

The premier invited rescued and released hostages and their families to accompany him on the trip, although many have not yet responded.

A political source told Ynet that those expected to join Netanyahu aboard the newly inaugurated state airplane Wing of Zion will be “representatives of captive soldiers and civilians, men and women who attended the Nova music festival and those from the affected kibbutzim and cities, Jews and non-Jews.”

The list also includes families of the Israelis taken hostage by Hamas in Gaza in 2014.

Brig. Gen. (res.) Gal Hirsch, Israel’s coordinator for the hostages and the missing, compiled the list.

Others who accepted Netanyahu’s invitation include Ditza Or, the mother of Noa Argamani’s partner Avinatan Or; Ayelet Samerano, the mother of Yonatan Samerano; and Tali Gueli, the mother of the late Ran Gueli.

Some rejected the invite, including Ayelet Levy, the mother of captive Naama Levy. Other families reportedly refused until a full agreement on returning the hostages is reached.

Sasha Ariev, the sister of captive soldier Karina Ariev, told Ynet she hasn’t accepted the invitation yet: “I want to see progress,” she said. “I can’t fly in peace until I see a deal is in the works.”

Yalon Gat, the brother of captive Carmel Gat, and Eliyahu Bibas, the father of captive Yarden Bibas, are considering accepting the invitation.