Full Statement From Jonathan Pollard's Attorneys
The U.S. Parole Commission has issued a Notice of Action granting parole to our pro bono client Jonathan J. Pollard.
Mr. Pollard is scheduled to be released on parole November 21, 2015. He has been in prison since November 21, 1985. We are grateful and delighted that our client will soon be released.
The decision to grant parole was made unanimously by the three members of the Parole Commission, who make their decisions independently of any other U.S. government agency.
The decision is ...
Health Care Spending To Accelerate, US Report Says
The nation's respite from accelerating health care costs appears to be over.
Spending on health care will outpace the nation's overall economic growth over the next decade, the government forecast on Tuesday, underscoring a coming challenge for the next president, not to mention taxpayers, businesses and individual Americans.
A combination of expanded insurance coverage under President Barack Obama's law, an aging population, and rising demand, will be squeezing society's ability to ...
Conservative Pushes Symbolic Effort Against Boehner
A conservative Republican who was disciplined earlier this year by House Speaker John Boehner is pushing a largely symbolic effort to strip the Ohio Republican of his position as the top House leader.
Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina on Tuesday filed a resolution to vacate the chair, an initial procedural step. The proposal was referred to a committee stocked with leadership loyalists, and it is unlikely to emerge. The move, however, reflected the discontent among the more conservative ...
Kerry Implores Congress To Back Iran Nuclear Deal
Secretary of State John Kerry warned skeptical lawmakers not to nix the contentious nuclear deal with Iran, insisting that it includes strict inspections and other safeguards to deter cheating by Tehran.
"If Congress does not support the deal, we would see this deal die — with no other options," Kerry told the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday as he testified for the second time in a week, part of the Obama administration's all-out campaign to sell the accord.
Kerry spoke as ...
'I Am An American' Says Man Who Tried To Join ISIS
A Georgia man who wrote he was "ready for jihad" before buying a one-way ticket overseas to try joining the Islamic State group was sentenced to federal prison Tuesday after he sobbed to the judge, "I am an American."
Leon Nathan Davis III of Augusta was sentenced to 15 years, the maximum punishment allowed. A pale, bearded man with a Southern accent, the 38-year-old Davis pleaded guilty in May to seeking to help a known terrorist organization.
He was arrested at the Atlanta airport last ...
The Chassidim Appear Willing to Agree to Government Savings Plan for Children
It now appears that Yahadut Hatorah, which boasted the return of higher monthly child payment allowances, will agree to the treasury plan that will result in less money in mom and dad’s account monthly. The plan that the treasury is willing to accept entails a NIS 170 allowance per child every month, but parents will only see NIS 120 as the remaining NIS 50 will be placed in a bank account, locked until the child reaches 18. The child will be able to break the account under certain conditions ...
Jewish Democrat Says He Will Support Iran Deal
One of the most prominent Jewish Democrats in the House says he's backing the Iran nuclear deal, a major gain for the Obama administration in its quest for support.
Seventeen-term Rep. Sander Levin of Michigan said in a statement that the accord "offers the best option to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon."
Levin said he believes that Israel, the Middle East and the world are far more secure if Iran doesn't move toward possession of a nuclear weapon.
Levin has been a strong ...
Violent Confrontations between Police and Civilians in Beit El
The scene in Beit El on Tuesday evening 12 Menachem Av was a violent one as hundreds of residents and supporters were involved in violent confrontations with police. Residents blocked roads and set trash bins ablaze as police in riot gear moved in with brutality, reminiscent of the violent seen during the expulsion of Jews from Amona near Ofra, just a few kilometers away.
It appears Beit El Mayor Shai Along was hit by police. It appears B”H his injuries are not serious and he does not ...
All New Jersey Troopers Getting Body Cameras Under New Policy
New Jersey plans to put body cameras on all state troopers who work in the field and is issuing guidelines on how local police forces statewide should use the devices.
Acting Attorney General John Hoffman, who outlined the plans Tuesday, also announced $2.5 million in state funding to help local police departments buy body cameras.
"The way to maintain mutual respect and trust between law enforcement and our communities is through accountability of police and civilians alike," Hoffman ...
UK High Court Ruling: Coroners Must Send Bodies For Scans Rather Than Autopsies If Religion Demands
The following is via the Independent UK:
Coroners must send bodies for scans or blood tests rather than carry out invasive autopsies if the deceased's religion demands the corpse must stay intact, the High Court has ruled, in a landmark legal victory for the religious rights of Jews and Muslims.
The two communities celebrated after a judicial review hearing established a set of principles coroners must follow where families have expressed fundamental religious objections to full ...
The ADL Welcomes the Sentencing of Vandals of the Bilingual School in Jerusalem
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) welcomed the sentencing of two Israeli youths who had torched the Hand-in-Hand bi-lingual Hebrew-Arabic school in Jerusalem and spray painted it with hate graffiti in November 2014. The third defendant's trial is still in process. The two were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 24 to 30 months and were ordered to compensate the school in the sum of NIS 10,000 and NIS 15,000.
The two brothers, Shlomo and Nachman Tuito from Betar Illit, who belong to the ...
Statement of Agudath Israel Regarding Parole of Jonathan J. Pollard
With much joy and gratitude to Hashem, Agudath Israel of America warmly welcomes the announcement that Jonathan Pollard will be released on parole November 21, 2015.
Agudath Israel has advocated over the course of decades for Mr. Pollard's release, both on legal and humanitarian grounds. His freedom is long overdue.
We understand that Mr. Pollard wishes to move to Israel and establish residence there. We respectfully call upon President Obama to take whatever executive actions may be ...
Israel: Additional Attacks Against Tel Regev Cemetery
Security guards at the Tel Regev cemetery in northern Israel were attacked for a second time in ten days. One person affiliated with the cemetery feels the attacks are the result of a tender to provide security for the cemetery.
The most recent attack took place between Monday night and Tuesday, 12 Menachem Av when the sentry booth at the entrance to the cemetery was targeted and an irrigation system damaged in the amount of tens of thousands of shekels.
Back in April the cemetery was ...
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Amazing Clip about the Ateres Shlomo Torah Network
An amazing clip about the Ateres Shlomo Torah network headed by Harav Shalom ber Sorotzokin. The clip was produced in honor of today's chankaus habais of the new yeshiva in Bnei Brak.
Tragedy is Brewing in Elad - Over 100 Girls are Without Schools for 5776
Many who remained silent while chareidi schools discriminated against Sephardi girls now find themselves in the discrimination boat in Elad, as some 100 girls, all from chareidi families, find themselves without a school for 5776 because their parents work.
There are basically two seminaries in Elad, Zluznik and Ladaas Chachma, and today, with about a month to the start of the new school year, over 100 girls have not been accepted, representing 50% of the girls tested to enter the school. ...