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Frontier Airlines to Launch $399 Unlimited Summer Travel Pass; Lawmakers Want Penalty for Airline Disruptions

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Frontier Airlines to Launch $399 Unlimited Summer Travel Pass; Lawmakers Want Penalty for Airline Disruptions

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If the travel bug has hit some Americans, then good news is in store for future travel plans.  According to a report on Fox Business, Frontier Airlines is launching a new all-you-can-fly summer pass allowing travelers unlimited flights over the summer months for an introductory price of $399.

The new low fare marketing tool to attract more travelers comes as Frontier is expanding its service which includes eight new routes to Puerto Rico.  The name of the new Frontier travel deal is called GoWild! Summer Pass, Fox Business reported.

Those who purchase the pass will be allowed to book domestic flights the day before and international flights starting 10 days before between May 2nd and Sept. 30th, Fox reported. “Everyone loves summer vacation and, with the new GoWild! Summer Pass, you can enjoy even more of what you love,” Daniel Shurz, senior vice president of commercial for Frontier Airlines, said in a statement, Fox Business reported.

“For people with flexible schedules, this is a terrific opportunity to have a truly epic summer and then some, soaking up rays on the beach, exploring national parks and visiting new cities,” he added, according to the Fox Business report. “When you book, you can also purchase options like bags, seats, and other ancillary products, for each flight to customize your travel,” the company also said.

The $399 passes are being sold on a “first come, first served” basis, it added.

In other travel related news, Fox reported that lawmakers want to impose stricter penalties on U.S. airlines that delay or strand passengers. The latest move comes following outrage over debacles like the one at Southwest Airlines in December.

The “passenger bill of rights” was presented by Democrats Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Edward Markey of Massachusetts.

Among other things, it will allow customers to file class-action lawsuits against airlines and legislation to limit airline fees.

Fox Business reported that a trade group for the largest U.S. airlines isn’t happy about it, issuing a blistering attack on the legislation.

A spokeswoman for trade group Airlines for America said the industry is a highly competitive one that benefits consumers.

In the middle of January, the Jewish Voice reported that Richard Blumenthal held a news conference on during which he referenced the several-day meltdown that left thousands of Southwest Airlines passengers stranded, WFSB.com reported.

As such, Blumenthal proposed an “airline passenger bill of rights.” The goal would be to ensure airlines provide passengers with fair compensation, refunds, and recourse in the event of airline-caused flight delays, and cancellations, according to the television news report.

It would also require airlines to pay at least $1,350 to passengers denied boarding because of an oversold flight plus, immediate refunds for lost or damaged baggage.

Blumenthal says the bill is necessary because of the airline industry’s continuing poor performance over the years, WFSB.com reported.  He says it is time taxpayers are given what they are owed.

“It is an industry that is rife with monopolistic and predatory practices, and the reason they can do it is because they dominate and the balance of power has shifted in favor of the airlines with fewer of fewer of them controlling more of the routes putting passengers more at their mercy,” Blumenthal said, according to the WFSB.com report.

The Connecticut Senator added that, “The kind of disaster that we saw with Southwest simply dramatizes an ongoing failure by the airlines to respect basic passenger rights,” as was reported by CBSNews.com.

“The airlines are giving travelers some of the worst performance in recent history and they are charging more for it than ever,” he said, as was reported by the Hartford Courant in January.

The bill, if passed, would essentially ensure airlines give refunds and compensation for extra costs caused by delayed or canceled flights and lost luggage.

“Rental cars, hotel, meals, no questions asked, money back,” Blumenthal said.

The Hartford Courant also reported that the Southwest issue hit Bradley International Airport in Connecticut, where on one day last week all of the cancellations there were Southwest flights, including 11 departures and nine arrivals.

The bill has been referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, the Hartford Courant reported.  Blumenthal said he hoped to bring it before the Senate early in the next legislative session, which convened on Tuesday for a pro forma session. The Hartford Courant also reported that Blumenthal said he hopes lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will support the passengers’ rights he’s proposed.

“There’s nothing Republican or Democrat about a canceled flight and a stranded passenger sleeping overnight on the floor of an airport,” Blumenthal said in January as was reported by The Hartford Courant. “It happened in blue states, it happened in red states. Passengers didn’t care about party when they were sleeping on floors in airports or deprived of the opportunity to visit their loved ones.”

Blumenthal said he spoke with Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg at length in January and that the secretary pledged to hold Southwest accountable for full refunds and compensation to passengers, according to the report in the Hartford Courant.

“I think the whole airline industry is due for a radical makeover,” said Blumenthal, as was reported in The Hartford Courant.

CBSNews.com also reported in January that Bill McGee, the senior fellow for aviation at the American Economic Liberties Project said that Americans have fewer rights dealing with an airline than with virtually any other company.

Domestic Violence Charges Against NBA’s Stoudemire Dropped; Maintains Strong Connection with Judaism

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The charges against NBA superstar player, Amar’e Stoudemire stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident at his home in December have been dismissed … after prosecutors say the victim did not cooperate with the investigation, TMZ reported on Thursday.

NBA Star Amore Stoudemire is seen visiting one of the main shopping districts in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. He often shops at one of the top butchers, namely “Prime Cut” and he also frequents Oori’s Fruit and Vegetable Emporium on Ave U

 

TMZ had previously reported that Stoudemire was accused of striking one of his adolescent daughters across the face at least twice.

Stoudemire, 40, has adamantly denied the scurrilous accusations and has said that he would never lay a finger on another human being, the report indicated.

The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office confirmed to CBS Miami on Tuesday, that the charges related to the December 2022 domestic violence incident have been dropped “due to the failure of the victim to cooperate in the prosecution of the criminal case.”

Speaking to TMZ Sports, Stoudemire said: “A little over a month ago, my family’s world was turned upside down as I faced allegations that we all knew to be untrue – which I instantly and publicly denied.”

“Today, I’m grateful that after a full investigation, all charges were dismissed. Fortunately, my family and most importantly, my incredible children are all doing well. My faith in the goodness we all possess has never wavered and has never been greater. My love for my family is without limits.”

He continued … “I am appreciative of all the respect and support received from family, friends and colleagues. Now that this chapter is closed, I look forward to all the great moments ahead with my family.”

TMZ also reported that Amar’e’s attorney, Alexander Fox, added … “After a full investigation, the case was dropped at failing to prove the false accusations. The court’s vindication of Mr. Stoudemire underscores who he is and always has been – a person of faith and integrity dedicated to his family and community.”

Stoudemire’s life has been infused with a tremendous spiritual connection to Judaism. As a stalwart supporter of Israel, the NBA star has visited the Jewish State on a number of occasions.

In 2019 it was reported that Stoudemire received his Israeli citizenship.

At the time, Stoudemire was in the process of converting to Judaism, and then Interior Minister Aryeh Deri granted him the citizenship based on his “unique contributions” to Israeli society.

Stoudemire had played for Hapoel Jerusalem of the country’s Premier League since 2016. He immediately led his team to the Israeli Basketball League Cup, and in 2017 he helped the team seize the Israeli League Championship.

In a 2010 interview, he noted, “I have been aware since my youth that I am a Hebrew through my mother, and that is something that has played a subtle but important role in my development.”

Stoudemire played for 14 years in the NBA for four different teams. He was named Rookie of the Year in 2003, made six appearances as an All-Star, and won a bronze medal with the American team at the 2004 Olympics.

He also has his own clothing line, record label and kosher wine label, called Stoudemire Cellars, and has acted in several movies and American TV shows. He established a charitable foundation in 2003 which among other endeavors funded the building of water wells in villages in Sierra Leone.

Over the years, Stoudemire has maintained a strong association with the Jewish community in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn. On routine visits to the area that is synonymous with being the premiere enclave of Sephardic-Syrian Jews, he often patronizes the store known as “Prime Cut” on Avenue U for his kosher meat and many supermarkets selling kosher products on Avenue U including Uri’s Produce and others.

Always, a friendly and affable person, Stoudemire represents the epitome of modesty, decency and concern for all Jews.

Rashida Tlaib, AOC, Rage over Ilhan Omar Ouster from Committee,

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Reps. Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Rashida Tlaib (MI), and Ayanna Pressley (Mass.). The four women of color are known in Congressional corridors as ‘The Squad.’ They held a press conference Photo Credit: Screenshot: PBS Newshour (YouTube)

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Squad member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) raged on the U.S. House floor Thursday after Republicans removed openly antisemitic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Echoing sentiments already expressed by far-left Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Tlaib essentially accused Republicans of wrongfully targeting her. Tlaib even began to cry as she shouted until her time was up, she was repeatedly told so, and her mic was cut off.

“You are showing who you all are,” she screamed. I will not be silent. To congresswoman Omar, I am so sorry that our country is failing you today through this chamber. You belong on that committee.”

Other squad members, Ayana Pressley and AOC, also spoke out in favor of Ilhan Omar while accusing Republicans of sexism, racism, and Islamophobia.

“Consistency? There is nothing consistent about the Republican Party’s continued attack except for racism and incitement of violence against women of color in this body,” Ocasio-Cortez said.

 

 

“I had a member of the Republican Caucus threaten my life and you all, and the Republican Caucus rewarded him with one of the most prestigious committee assignments in this Congress,” she added.

Omar, when defending herself, said that the debate about ousting her centers on “who gets to be an American, what opinions do we have to have to be counted as Americans.”

“There is this idea that you are suspect if you are an immigrant, or if you are from certain parts of the world, or a certain skin tone, or a Muslim,” said Omar.

In a floor speech prior to the vote on whether to oust Omar, Rep. Mike Lawler (R-NY) said that ousting the congresswoman, who has spoken unfavorably about Israel and its alleged hold over Congress, is not “about vengeance or retribution. It is about accountability.”

“No one who peddles in antisemitic activity, behavior, or language should have any right to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which has an incredibly important role to play in partnering with our strongest ally, the state of Israel,” Lawler added.

Jewish Media Icon, Rabbi Mark Golub, 77, Passes Away  – Created First Nat’l Jewish TV Network

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Jewish Media Icon, Rabbi Mark Golub, 77, Passes Away  – Created First Nat’l Jewish TV Network

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Mark S. Golub, a trailblazing Rabbi and Jewish media icon who created the first national Jewish television network, died on January 31 at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. He was 77 years old.

Rabbi Golub was the founding president, CEO, and Executive Producer of JBS (the Jewish Broadcasting Service), a 24/7 Jewish cable network serving 75 million households representing every major cable system in the United States. JBS is devoted to strengthening Jewish identity, inspiring Jewish commitment, and fostering meaningful conversatiBattry Parkon to reach individuals across the spectrum of religious denomination, affiliation, and observance. Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, called JBS a “treasure of the Jewish World,” and credited Rabbi Golub with fostering a place for “tough, insightful, in-depth, and always civil conversations that are exceedingly rare in the Jewish community.”

“I first met Rabbi Golub when he honored me and many others with the Emma Lazarus award at Battery Park, across from the statue of liberty. I found him to be the nicest, sweetest, kindest man and one of the most deft interviewers I have ever known, “ said Professor Phyllis Chesler, a frequent guest on Rabbi Golub’s network.

She added that, “Rabbi Golub’s brainchild, JBS, was absolutely brilliant and his passionate commitment to the Jewish issues he covered in such great depth was clearly evident in his broadcasts. He will be sorely missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. May his memory be for a blessing.”

The flagship evening interview program on JBS, L’Chayim, was created by Rabbi Golub as a radio program in 1979, and has been continuously running on radio and television for over forty years. On L’Chayim, Rabbi Golub interviews Jewish leaders, thinkers and celebrities ranging from Eli Weisel to Alan Dershowitz, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, and Itzhak Perlman. Rabbi Golub had a dynamic and engaging interview style, and “his fearlessness and equanimity enable[d] him to raise the level of discourse” about critical topics in the Jewish community.

Rabbi Golub was ordained by Hebrew Union College in 1971, and was a pioneer of the chavurah movement. He founded Chavurat Aytz Chayim in Stamford Connecticut in 1972 and Chavurat Deevray Torah in Greenwich Connecticut in 1973. He served as rabbi of both congregations for over 50 years. His visionary approach to Jewish learning, which emphasized adult education, Torah study, and deep engagement with Jewish identity was a model for revitalizing Jewish communities.

Rabbi Golub’s roots as a media innovator date back to his college days at Columbia University, where he was general manager of the campus radio station, WKCR-FM, producing and hosting “Approaches to Religious Concepts,” which fostered conversation among Jewish, Protestant and Catholic Leaders. While in Rabbinical School at Hebrew Union College, Rabbi Golub partnered with his mentor, Dr. Eugene B. Borowitz, to create “Sh’ma Magazine,” designed to foster “a dialogue in difference” and “foster Jewish wisdom,” by inviting a plurality of voices to engage with matters critical to contemporary Judaism.

This commitment to open, meaningful dialogue across the religious and political spectrum was central to Rabbi Golub’s mission and contribution to the Jewish world spanning his entire career.  The late Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel described Rabbi Golub as “a committed and passionate television professional who has enhanced Jewish understanding in the general Jewish community through programming he has created,” saying that there was “no one more suited to head the first national Jewish channel in America than Mark Golub.”

Rabbi Golub, who was named one of Newsweek’s “50 most influential rabbis” in 2009, and was the recipient of an honorary doctorate from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York, which described him as an “Innovative Rabbi” whose “gifts as a communicator have helped disseminate the meaning of Judaism, whose commitment to Torah has inspired and enlightened the Chavurot he founded and sustains, whose experience and creativity have earned him a position of leadership in Jewish broadcasting, and whose spirit finds expression in his religious conviction and in his artistic talent.”

In response to the growing number of Russian-speaking refugees from the former Soviet Union, Rabbi Golub founded RTN in 1992, the first Russian language television channel in America, and built it into a nationwide presence that has become a household name for Russian families across the United States.

Outside his work and family, Rabbi Golub had a passion for the theater. With his brother, David S. Golub, he produced Broadways plays and won three Tony Awards. Rabbi Golub was also an avid softball player, managing and playing for the Four Corners for over 40 years, winning five state and one national championships.

Rabbi Golub is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their five children and five grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Thursday, February 2, 2023 at Temple Beth El 350 Roxbury Road Stamford, CT.

Muslim org buys UK synagogue it calls ‘place of worship of non-believers’

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(A7) The Islamic organization that is purchasing the Wembley United Synagogue property has apologized for a fundraising flyer that described the synagogue as “a place of worship of non-believers.”

The fundraising initiative from Dawat-e-Islami, an international Sunni Muslim organization based in Pakistan, caused an outcry on social media, including on the “Friends of Wembley Shul” Facebook group, for the offensive description of the synagogue, the UK Jewish News reported.

Dawat-e-Islami apologized to the synagogue on Wednesday in an email to Wembley Synagogue chair Charles Vitez.

Wembley United Synagogue held a farewell event attended by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis in December marking the closing of the synagogue’s current location after 60 years.

The congregation put the property up for sale and is moving into a smaller venue due to dwindling numbers, with London’s Jewish community today mainly living in other neighborhoods.

Dawat-e-Islami’s Hasan Ali Safdar wrote in the email: “The wording on the leaflet stated the building is ‘a former place of worship of non-believers’, which was referring to non-believers of Islam i.e. any other religion. The wording was never intended to cause any offence.

“We have removed this text from the campaign immediately and apologize profusely for any offence it may have caused… We will not distribute the old leaflets and will only use the amended material.”

According to the report, the sale of the 14,500 square foot former synagogue to the Muslim group, which has been active in the UK since 1995, is nearly completed.

The United Synagogue’s chief operating officer, David Collins, told the news outlet that the deal was made with “robust due diligence processes.”

“The buyer was selected after a full marketing exercise for the sale. All the serious bids for the property came from other faith groups and following due diligence, the highest bidder was chosen as would be expected by the Charity Commission,” he said.

New Jersey Councilwoman Gunned Down Outside Her Home

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(Daily Caller) A Republican New Jersey councilwoman was gunned down in her car outside of her home and killed Wednesday evening, according to multiple reports.

Police found Eunice Dwumfour, 30, dead inside of her crashed SUV after sustaining multiple gunshot wounds outside of her apartment complex in Sayreville, according to a report from ABC 7. Though police have no motive for the shooting, they told the outlet they believe she was targeted.

Dwumfour, a part-time EMT and business analyst, was elected to the Sayreville council in 2021, WPVI-TV reported. She also worked with a Nigerian-based church group and served as a member of the Sayreville Human Relations Commission, according to the New York Post.

Mahesh Chitnis, a fellow member of the commission and Dwumfour’s neighbor, told the outlet she was still “processing” the news of her friend’s death.

“I am shocked, scared and heartbroken. She was shot while returning back home. She was a woman full of life. Eunice, rest in peace my friend…” Chitnis stated.

Juan and Nelia Rodriguez, also members of the commission, expressed their grief on a shared Facebook page, calling Dwumfour a “personal friend” and “woman of God.”

“She was an amazing friend, a woman who loved God. We were just at our HRC meeting January 5th 2023 and I just saw her this morning at the store. I remember saying to her I see you at the HRC meeting tomorrow not knowing tonight was going to be the end of her life. I can’t stop crying. She was 30 years young and full of life. You will be missed my dear, precious friend,” they wrote.

Sayreville Police and Middlesex County officials are investigating the shooting.

Smithsonian Museum in DC ejects kids wearing “pro life” beanies

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‘Egregious’: Smithsonian ejects pro-life kids, now conservatives ‘fight back’

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The American Center for Law and Justice has announced it is “fighting back” on behalf of a group of pro-life students who were ejected from the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum because they were wearing pro-life beanies.

“This is a clear and egregious abuse of the First Amendment, which protects their right to free speech without government interference, and we are ready to take action,” said Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the ACLJ, in Fox News report.

“A government institution cannot censor an individual’s speech, much less speech from the inherently Christian pro-life position.”

He noted the Smithsonian Institution is a federal entity that receives about a billion dollars from the federal government annually.

An official for the museum said the incident was in violation of its policies and protocols.

“Asking visitors to remove hats and clothing is not in keeping with our policy or protocols. We provided immediate training to prevent a re-occurrence of this kind of incident, and have determined steps to ensure this does not happen again,” said Alison Wood, the museum’s deputy director of communications.

The students and their chaperones were from Our Lady of the Rosary School in Greenville, South Carolina. They were in Washington for the annual March for Life.

They were wearing matching beanies with the words “Rosary PRO-LIFE.”

The ACLJ already represents the parents of some of the students involved, and the group alleged museum staff “mocked the students, hurled expletives and claimed the museum was a ‘neutral zone’ where political or religious messages were not allowed.”

On social media, a student reported telling a guard they were wearing the hats to identify and find one another in crowds.

But they were escorted out of the federal facility.

Sekulow said others in the museum were wearing other hats, with a variety of messages, without issue.

The ACLJ called the museum’s actions “unconstitutional discrimination.”

The ACLJ reported, “The employee who ultimately forced the students to leave the museum was rubbing his hands together in glee as they exited the building. We here at the ACLJ are absolutely appalled at this blatant discrimination and won’t let this behavior stand.”

The organization’s report continued, “Imagine this is your child being accosted, berated, and kicked out of a museum – that other children are allowed to attend – just because of their beliefs. This is a clear and egregious abuse of the First Amendment, which protects their right to free speech without government interference, and we are ready to take action.

“The law is clear: ‘The government may not suppress or exclude the speech of private parties for the sole reason that the speech is religious.’”

When the incident developed, Live Action News documented that several adults verified the claims made by the students.

 

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Vintage Mr. Rogers Video Goes Viral amid Transgender Hysteria: ‘Boys Are Boys from the Beginning’

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An old video of beloved children’s television host Mister Rogers talking about boys being boys and girls being girls “from the beginning” has gone viral, with some fans calling it a warning against transgenderism.

The clip of Fred Rogers (a.k.a. Mister Rogers) first made the rounds on TikTok before moving onto Twitter and showed him singing his song, Everybody’s Fancy, about the differences between the biological sexes.

“Boys are boys from the beginning. If you were born a boy, you stay a boy. Girls are girls right from the start. If you were born a girl, you stay a girl, and grow up to be a lady. Everybody’s fancy, Everybody’s fine. Your body’s fancy and so is mine,” he sings in the more than 40-year-old song.

Another clip also resurfaced in which Fred Rogers appeared on late-night with Johnny Carson where he seemingly hinted that the song intended to teach kids about the differences of biological sexes to dispel any ideas about becoming or changing into something else.

“Sometimes children think that they might change — they might have to change after a while,” he said. “And you know, we laugh about that now, but it’s because we had that concern when we were little.”

 “Yeah, because you’re really not sure and you thought maybe you’d become a girl, or a girl would become a boy, right?” Johnny Carson said in jest.

“Exactly,” responded Fred Rogers.

What the actual Fred Rogers thought of transgenderism nobody will ever know. In some ways, the resurfaced clip echoes a previous clip from woke leftist Bill Nye speaking of biological sex long before he went full-throttle pro-transgender on his Netflix series Bill Nye Saves the World.

“Inside each of our cells are these things called chromosomes, and they control whether we become a boy or a girl. Your mom has two X chromosomes in all of her cells, and your dad has one X and one Y chromosome in each of his cells…X you’re a girl, Y you’re a boy,” he said on his show.

 

Russia warns Israel against arming Ukraine

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Eight months into Russia’s brutal and illegal invasion of Ukraine, two things are clear about the conflict. One is that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s launching of the largest land war in Europe since 1945 was a crime that has largely united the civilized world in revulsion. Another is that no one seems to have any realistic idea how it can be brought to an end. Photo Credit: AP

By WorldIsraelNews.com Staff

Shortly after an English-language interview on CNN in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is weighing supplying weapons to Ukraine, Russian officials have warned Jerusalem against the potential move.

Netanyahu said that Israel was acting “against Iran’s weapons productions which are used against Ukraine,” and acknowledged that “the U.S. just took a huge chunk of Israel’s munitions and passed it on to Ukraine.”

He added that he would “certainly consider” acting in a mediator role between Moscow and Kyiv, should the opportunity arise.

“We say that all countries that supply weapons [to Ukraine] should understand that we will consider these [weapons] to be legitimate targets for Russia’s armed forces,” Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told reporters in a media conference on Wednesday.

Since the outbreak of war, Israel has largely avoided taking sides in the conflict ⁠— much to the chagrin of Kyiv.

Ukrainian officials have repeatedly pressured Israel to provide it with weapons, rejecting offers for protective technology that would help protect civilian lives, including an air raid warning system.

Israel provided Ukraine with a multi-million dollar field hospital, which largely treated Ukrainian civilians. Ukrainian officials have vocally complained that they are not interested in defensive or humanitarian relief ⁠— rather, they want military equipment which would clearly demonstrate that Israel is taking their side in the conflict.

Ukraine’s increasing demands for Israeli material support and diplomatic pressure have strained relations at times between Kyiv and Jerusalem.

Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky offended numerous members of the Israeli Knesset when he compared the conflict to the Holocaust, and Ukraine’s numerous anti-Israel votes in the UN in recent months have also sparked the ire of Israeli officials.

Russia has de facto control over Syrian airspace, and has allowed the Israeli air force to carry out numerous airstrikes against Iranian assets in the country.

It’s unclear why Netanyahu suggested that Israel is reevaluating its year-long policy around maintaining neutrality in the conflict.

House Ousts Ilhan Omar from Foreign Affairs Committee in Party Line Vote

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The Republican-led House voted after raucous debate Thursday to oust Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar from the chamber’s Foreign Affairs Committee, citing her anti-Israel comments, in a dramatic response after Democrats last session booted far-right GOP lawmakers over incendiary remarks, the AP reported.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was able to solidify Republican support against the controversial house representative in the new Congress although some GOP lawmakers had expressed reservations. The AP reported that the removal of lawmakers from House committees was essentially unprecedented until the Democratic ousters two years ago of hard-right Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and Paul Gosar of Arizona.

The 218-211 vote, along party lines, came after a heated, voices-raised debate in which Democrats accused the GOP of targeting Omar based on her race. Omar defended herself on the House floor, asking if anyone was surprised she was being targeted, “because when you push power, power pushes back.” Democratic colleagues hugged and embraced her during the vote.

“My voice will get louder and stronger, and my leadership will be celebrated around the world,” Omar said in a closing speech, the AP reported.

Republicans focused on six statements Omar has made that “under the totality of the circumstances, disqualify her from serving on the Committee of Foreign Affairs,” said Rep. Michael Guest of Mississippi, the incoming chairman of the House Ethics Committee.

“All members, both Republicans and Democrats alike who seek to serve on Foreign Affairs, should be held to the highest standard of conduct due to the international sensitivity and national security concerns under the jurisdiction of this committee,” Guest said, the AP reported.

The resolution proposed by Rep. Max Miller, R-Ohio, a former official in the Trump administration, tdeclared, “Omar’s comments have brought dishonor to the House of Representatives.”

The AP also reported that Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York said Omar has at times “made mistakes” and used antisemitic tropes that were condemned by House Democrats four years ago. But that’s not what Thursday’s vote was about, he said.

“It’s not about accountability, it’s about political revenge,” Jeffries said.

“I am Muslim, I am an immigrant, and interestingly, from Africa,” Omar said, Fox News reported. “Is anyone surprised that I am being targeted? Is anyone surprised that I am somehow deemed unworthy to speak about American foreign policy, or that they see me as a powerful voice that needs to be silenced?”

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, went one step further, the AP reported, saying that the GOP’s action was one of the “disgusting legacies after 9/11,” a reference to he Sept. 11, 2001, attack — “the targeting and racism against Muslim-Americans throughout the United States of America. And this is an extension of that legacy.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition released the following statement from National Chairman Senator Norm Coleman and CEO Matt Brooks:

For years, Democratic leadership has failed to hold Rep. Ilhan Omar accountable for her vile, hateful, and dangerous anti-Israel and antisemitic rhetoric.

 

Today, Republicans, under Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s leadership, kept their promise to remove Rep. Omar from the prestigious and crucially important House Foreign Affairs Committee.

RJC has long advocated for Rep. Omar’s removal from this critical committee.

RJC thanks Rep. Max Miller for introducing the resolution, and House Republicans for their principled votes to pass it. We are gratified that Rep. Omar will no longer be in a privileged position to influence legislation regarding US policy toward Israel and the Middle East.

Why is Abbas afraid to accept US anti-terror plan for Judea and Samaria?

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U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, meets with Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah, Jan. 31, 2023. (Ronaldo Schemidt/Pool via AP)

By Lauren Marcus, WorldIsraelNews.com

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken pressured Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to accept a U.S.-backed plan to boost security in PA-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, but the embattled Palestinian leader has expressed reservations about the program.

Blinken presented Abbas with an anti-terror roadmap created by U.S. security coordinator Lt. Gen. Michael Fenzel during their meeting in Ramallah on Tuesday, Axios reported.

The plan includes a framework for how the PA can regain control over swathes of their territory which have widely fallen under the control of terror groups, particularly the city of Jenin.

Part of the plan would see the training of a special-forces unit among the Palestinian security apparatus for anti-terror efforts.

Despite Blinken’s pressure, Abbas and other Palestinian officials have held off on accepting the plan.

Palestinian officials are reportedly worried that they will be unable to garner enough public support for the measure.

According to Axios, the Palestinians told Fenzel that the plan was problematic because, they claim, it makes no demands of the Israelis, such as fewer IDF raids in PA-controlled cities.

Octogenarian Abbas is wildly unpopular among Palestinians. He was originally elected to a four-year presidential term in 2005, but has repeatedly refused to hold scheduled elections since then. Polls have found that the majority of Palestinians would prefer to be governed by Hamas rather than by the PA.

Public frustration with the PA’s rampant corruption, the killing of a critic of Abbas’ administration, and the failure to remedy the dire economic situation in the region has created an opportunity for terrorist organizations, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Lion’s Den, to operate freely.

Likely due to the widespread negative public sentiment against him, Abbas has dragged his feet on clamping down on terror in recent months, as the organizations enjoy popular support from his constituents.

After an IDF anti-terror raid last week killed 10 Palestinians – the vast majority of whom were Islamic Jihad terrorists – Abbas declared a day of mourning and announced he was ending security coordination with Jerusalem.

However, a senior PA official told the Tazpit Press Service on Wednesday morning that “the security coordination continues, and it will not be possible to disconnect it in practice.”

“The PA does not maintain an open coordination due to pressure from the Palestinian street, which denounces the coordination,” the source said.

Spanish Museum Gives Up Two 15th Century Paintings After Evidence Surfaces They Were Looted by the Nazis

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In the matter of Nazi looted art that has been dominating the headlines these days, it has been reported that now, Spain’s Museum of Pontevedra said it has turned over two 15th century paintings to Polish authorities after it was discovered that they had been looted by the Nazis during World War II.

On January 25th, a restitution agreement was formally signed between César Mosquera, vice president of the Pontevedra Provincial Council, and a representative of the Polish government when the paintings in question known as Mater Dolorosa (Mother of Sorrows) and Ecce Homo were handed over to Poland.

The ARTNews.com web site reported that the iconic artwork was originally attributed to Dieric Bouts, a renowned Flemish painter born in 1410. Later research found both to be the work of his students. The paintings were deemed to have been looted from Poland by Nazi forces.

According to Poland’s culture ministry, the government contacted Spain’s Museum of Pontevedra in 2020 to say that its collection included Nazi loot, ARTNews reported.

“We’re helping to restore an injustice, helping to restore plundered art, helping in whatever way we can to make the world a better place,” said Mosquera, according to the Algemeiner report. The report added that the two paintings are part of 700 pieces that Nazi forces stole from the Czartoryski collection in the Polish village of Gołuchów during World War II. The museum reported that thus far, the Polish government has only been able to recover one other piece from this same collection.

Since 1994, The Museum of Pontevedra, has maintained ownership of the two Nazi looted paintings which followed the acquisition of an art collection owned by José Fernández López, a Spanish collector, Algemeiner reported.

The Ecce Homo and Mater Dolorosa Diptych consisted of two small oil-on-panel. For many years they formed the wings of a hinged devotional diptych, but are now broken apart. Although their exact dating is unknown, the Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) panel, portraying Jesus bound and crowned with thorns, is thought to have been painted after 1491, while the Mater Dolorosa panel presents the Virgin Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows, and was painted after 1517, according to a Wikipedia report. Both panels measure 45.5 x 31 cm, although the Mater Dolorosa is slightly larger at 31.1 cm wide.

The panels portray Jesus and Virgin Mary in the moments before his Crucifixion, and are infused with senses of physical and mental suffering, according to the Wikipedia report. Jesus is scourged, and captured at the moment shortly before his Crucifixion. By tradition, this moment was just before Veronica offers him a towel to wipe his face, which leaves an imprint and becomes known as the Veil of Veronica, as was reported by Wikipedia. According to art historian Elliott D. Wise, “by fracturing the Ecce Homo narrative into a dramatically cropped view of Christ’s head, Bouts evokes the disembodied Holy Face that would soon be impressed on the cloth of the sudarium and that is already replicated with equal authenticity on the heart of the Lord’s co-suffering mother in the right pane,” Wikipedia reported.

Speculation abounds that the artworks left Warsaw in 1944 and found its way to Madrid in 1973, the report added.

Poland was systematically plundered by German forces during the war—UNESCO has estimated that hundreds of thousands of artifacts were lost—and its government is still appealing for the return of its cultural objects from public and private collections across Europe, according to the ARTNews.com report. In December, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, Arkadiusz Mularczyk, requested that UNESCO aid its campaign to reclaim its looted art.

Parallels have been drawn between Poland’s history and the organized plunder of Ukraine’s cultural heritage by Russia, the ARTNews.com report stated. To date, more than 15,000 Ukrainian artworks and artifacts have been stolen by the Russian military, with some museum collections stripped clean.

Krista Pikkat, UNESCO’s director of culture and emergencies, described Poland as a “strong” partner for this initiative, given its history, according to the ARTNews report.

“Poland is really a country at the forefront of this work,” Pikkat told the AP.

Following World War II, an international law was enshrined that prohibits signatories from “any form of theft” of cultural property.

In September of 2022, the AP reported that museums in New York that exhibit artworks looted by Nazis during the Holocaust are now required by law to let the public know about those dark chapters in their provenance through placards displayed with the stolen objects.

At least 600,000 pieces of art were looted from Jewish people before and during World War II, according to experts. Some of that plunder wound up in the world’s great museums.

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law in August requiring museums to put up signs identifying pieces looted by the Nazis from 1933 through 1945.

The new rule comes as many museums in the U.S. and Europe are also reckoning with collections that contain numerous objects looted from Asia, Africa and other places during centuries of colonialism.

It isn’t clear how many pieces of art now on display will wind up being labeled as Nazi loot, and disagreements have already arisen over certain artworks with complicated history.

The AP also reported that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City, said it had identified 53 works in its collection as having been seized or sold under duress during the Nazi era.

All of those objects were obtained by the museum after being returned to their rightful owners. But Andrea Bayer, the museum’s deputy director for collections and administration, said the public still should know about their history.

“People should be aware of the terrible cost to people during World War II as these confiscations took place, and how these peoples’ treasures that they loved and had been in their families, had been torn from them at the same time their lives were disrupted,” she said.

The museum, however, does not intend to put up such a sign on a Picasso painting called “The Actor,” which it received as a gift in 1952.

That painting was once owned by Jewish businessman Paul Leffmann, who fled Germany — first for Italy, then ultimately to Brazil — to escape the Nazis. As Leffmann liquidated assets in 1938, he sold the painting to Paris art dealers for $13,200.

Leffmann’s great-grandniece, Laurel Zuckerman, sued the Metropolitan Museum in 2016, claiming it was a bargain-basement sale price that reflected the family’s desperation to flee Europe. The museum countered that the price was actually high for an early Picasso at the time. A U.S. court eventually dismissed the lawsuit.

Small businesses to tackle long list of challenges in 2023

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Early-morning light shines on shops on Main Street, Saturday, June 11, 2022, in Bar Harbor, Maine. Small businesses face a mix of old and new challenges as 2023 begins. A looming recession, still high (although easing) inflation and labor woes are a few things small businesses will have to tackle. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

(AP) — Small businesses face a mix of old and new challenges as 2023 begins. A looming recession, still high (although easing) inflation and labor woes are some of issues carrying over from 2022 that small businesses will have to tackle. There are also new regulatory wrinkles, such as a proposed change in how to classify gig workers and more states requiring pay transparency. After three precarious pandemic years, what transpires in 2023 will make a big difference in whether small businesses across the country are able to stay afloat.

RECESSION WORRIES

In some ways, whether the economy is headed into a recession or not is less of an issue for small businesses than day-to-day operations.

Nela Richardson, chief economist for payroll company ADP, said small business owners should focus on bigger issues like labor and wages.

“Recession for the most part is an academic question,” she said. “We won’t know for several months until after it happens and no one on Main Street makes that call. It’s far removed from hiring and turnover.”

 

Given the economic uncertainty, small businesses will have to keep a tight rein on costs and run their operations as efficiently as possible, said Ray Keating, chief economist for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

Keating said technology can help with efficiency, and one way to keep costs down is to cast a wider net in terms of suppliers.

INFLATION

The reason businesses need to keep a firm grip on costs is inflation, which appears to have peaked last summer but remains high. According to the latest data from the government, consumer prices rose 7.1% in November from a year ago, down from an increase of 7.7% in October.

Experts say inflation is unlikely to fall back to the levels seen prior to 2022, mostly because of higher wages and low employment. The monthly employment report released Friday showed wages rose by 4.6% year over year in December and the unemployment rate at just 3.5%.

“We want the unemployment level to increase because if it does, wage growth will slow, and not only is there no evidence that’s happening, if anything wage growth is about to get rocket fuel this time of year when wages go up,” said David Lewis, CEO of HR firm Operations Inc., which advises small businesses.

He said he expects inflation to stay in limbo.

“I don’t see inflation dropping in any significant way … but I don’t see it going back up above that 8 percent level,” he said.

LABOR

An ongoing challenge for small businesses is hiring and keeping workers. The matter is particularly stark at the beginning of the year. Since businesses typically give raises or bonuses at the end of the year, many workers use the period from mid-January to mid-April to decide if they need to make a job change.

“Everything we’re seeing, or hearing, suggests companies need to look at increases double to what they used to do in the last on average 15 years in order to keep up with everybody,” said Operations Inc.’s Lewis. “Unfortunately, smaller businesses have the fewest resources available to pony up.”

Since small businesses can’t keep up with the raises at bigger companies, they will have to find new ways to retain workers in 2023.

Keating, of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, said one solution for small businesses in 2023 could be more extensive on the job training.

“Not that they don’t train them now, but they need to go deeper than they have in the past and train all the way across the board. That’s one of the answers to these labor challenges,” he said.

PROPOSED GIG WORKER RULE

The Labor Department has proposed a rule that would make it easier to classify independent workers as employees, part of a long running debate about whether gig workers like Uber drivers or Instacart delivery workers are contractors or employees.

The Labor Department said the proposal will protect workers and “even the playing field” for businesses that classify their workers correctly, reducing the number of misclassified employees.

Workers classified as employees can qualify for benefits such as minimum wage and Social Security. But critics of the proposed rule say gig workers don’t always want employee status and the new rule will be a burden on small businesses

The proposed rule is “much too broad, unwieldy, arbitrary and confusing, which means it will drag countless numbers of independent contractors and freelancing individuals into a ‘misclassified’ pit, if enacted,” said Karen Kerrigan CEO of advocacy group the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

The proposal applies only to laws that the Labor Department enforces, like the federal minimum wage. But employers and courts often use Labor Department rules as a guideline for wider issues.

The Labor Department’s final ruling is expected this year, likely in the first quarter.

MINIMUM WAGE CHANGES/STATE REGULATIONS

Finally, small businesses should be aware of regulatory changes going into effect in 2023, particularly state regulations.

There are 27 states raising minimum wages in 2023. For example, in Michigan, the minimum wage is set to increase from $9.87 to $10.10 per hour. California is setting the minimum wage at $15.50 per hour for all employees, regardless of size of employer. That’s changing from $15 for employers with 25 or more workers and $14 for employers with fewer than 25 workers.

Pay transparency laws are going into effect too. Beginning Jan. 1, California began requiring employers with 15 or more workers to list salary ranges on job postings. In New York State, a salary transparency bill is expected to go into effect in September requiring pay ranges on job postings.

Minimum wage and pay transparency laws vary widely by state, so small businesses should stay on top of their local laws to make sure they follow any changes.

African State Chad To Open Embassy In Israel

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Chad's President Idriss Deby Itno during a visit at the Yad Vashem holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem on November 26, 2018. Photo by Yonatan SIndel/Flash90

(AP) — Chad will open an embassy in Israel, four years after the countries restored diplomatic relations, Israel’s Prime Minister’s Office said Wednesday.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said the embassy would be inaugurated on Thursday as part of Chadian President Mahamat Deby’s state visit to Israel.

Netanyahu visited the central African state in January 2019 as part of Israel’s push to establish diplomatic ties with Muslim states. The following year Israel signed normalization agreements with Morocco, Bahrain, Sudan and the United Arab Emirates as part of the U.S.-brokered “Abraham Accords.”

“These are relations we want to upgrade to new levels, to new heights, and your visit here to Israel and opening an embassy are an expression of that,” Netanyahu said during a meeting with Deby.

Deby was declared head of state in 2021 after the military announced that his father had been killed by rebels after more than three decades in power.

Deby was greeted on the tarmac by Mossad intelligence agency chief David Barnea, the Prime Minister’s Office said.

Deby’s father and predecessor in office, Idriss Deby, visited Jerusalem in 2018. Chad had relations with Israel until 1972, when it terminated diplomatic ties under pressure from other Arab countries.

The desert country is one of the world’s least developed states, according to the World Bank’s Human Development Index, and its government has been accused of widespread human rights abuses and rigged elections.

‘Ironheart’ Star Zoe Terakes: Disney Series Will Give ‘Little Trans Kids and Trans Teens Something to Look At and Know They Exist’

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One of the stars of Disney’s upcoming Marvel series Ironheart has expressed hope that the show will appeal to transgender children and teens by giving them validation and something to emulate.

Zoe Terakes — who identifies as “non-binary” and “trans masculine,”and uses “they/them” pronouns — spoke to Collider about the series that is expected to debut on Disney+ later this year.

“I think as trans people, growing up I didn’t get to see myself anywhere, so I didn’t really know that I existed. And especially not in a superhero show or movie,” Terakes said. “And so I think I just feel deeply grateful and moved that little trans kids and trans teens have something to look at and to know they exist and to know that they can have superpowers, and that that’s where we belong.”

The star added: “We don’t just belong in trauma stories on the fringes dying in things, you know? We belong there with the big guys. So yeah, it meant a lot to me.”

 

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The Walt Disney Co. has experienced intense criticism for promoting transgenderism and gender non-conformity in its entertainment aimed at kids.

Under then-Disney CEO Bob Chapek, the company dedicated itself to radical LGBTQ activism and promised to continue fighting Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, saying the company will work to get the legislation repealed.

Disney’s Marvel superhero series Loki recently revealed that its title character is “gender fluid.” The animated series Baymax featured a transgender “man” who menstruates. And Disney Channels’ Raven’s Home — a spinoff of That’s So Raven — recently introduced its first transgender character.

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26-Year Old Clifton, NJ Man Arrested for Hurling Molotov Cocktail at Bloomfield Synagogue

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26-Year Old Clifton, NJ Man Arrested for Hurling Molotov Cocktail at Bloomfield Synagogue

Edited by: Fern Sidman

On Wednesday, local New Jersey law enforcement arrested a 26-year-old man and charged him with firebombing a large synagogue in Bloomfield, N.J., days after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the building’s glass door, federal officials said, according to recent report in the New York Times.

On Sunday night in a surveillance video, Nicholas Malindredtos of Clifton, NJ could be seen throwing the incendiary device toward the temple, known as Temple Ner Tamid (Eternal Light) according to the office of the United States Attorney, the NYT reported.   He had been wearing a ski mask in the photo at the time of the attack.

The bottle broke and did not penetrate the front door, which is coated in a shatterproof film.

The Times reported that the violence, which occurred two days after seven people were shot dead outside a synagogue in East Jerusalem, underscored the worrisome rise in harassment and violence targeting Jews and Jewish institutions. New Jersey’s governor and attorney general visited the synagogue on Tuesday night, and a $15,000 reward was offered for information that resulted in an arrest.

“No one should find that their lives are at risk by exercising their faith,” Philip R. Sellinger, the United States Attorney for New Jersey, said in a statement announcing the arrest, the NYT reported.

The arrest marks the latest incident in recurring attacks and threats against Jewish houses of worship, according to the U.S. Justice Department.

While executing a search warrant for Malindretos’ vehicle, authorities discovered a hoodie and gloves that matched clothes worn by the attacker in the synagogue’s surveillance video, and observed a man matching the suspect’s description entering a nearby building on surveillance footage, according to a complaint filed by the FBI, as was reported by northjersey.com

Malindretos has been charged with attempted use of fire to damage and destroy a building, which carries a penalty of up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of $250,000, according to northjersey.com

NBCNewYork.com reported that Malindretos is believed to have a history of emotional issues, according to officials

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