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Hikind Hijinks Test His Political Influence

Purim costume causes race flap; showed lack of sensitivity, colleagues say.

02/27/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Faced with an embarrassing scandal that might make him “radioactive” — in the words of one consultant — to candidates, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind’s political clout could face a major test in the current political season.

This photo of Dov Hikind, posted on Facebook by his son, caused an uproar. Via Facebook

Hikind Under Fire For Dressing As Black Basketball Player On Purim

02/26/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

Facing a torrent of criticism from other politicians for his choice of Purim costume, Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn on Monday insisted that coloring his skin and wearing an afro wig to look like a black basketball player should not be taken as offensive.

Hikind hijinks: Assemblyman's costume causes racial flap.

Great Neck Principal Calls Cops On Orthodox 'Proselytizers,' Then Backs Down

02/08/2013
Assistant Managing Editor

The principal of Great Neck North High School, who sent an alarming letter to parents and even called the cops about a shul offering lunch and learn programs for his students, has now backed down, admitting poor judgment.

Assemblyman Apologizes For Cuomo-Hitler Remark

02/05/2013

An upstate assemblyman has apologized for remarks he made at a press conference comparing Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Jan. 15 gun control legislation to the work of Nazis and fascists.

Hate Stats Down, But Still Alarming, Says ADL

12/11/2012

The Anti-Defamation League welcomed an FBI report showing a decrease in hate crimes over the past 10 years but said there were still “far too many” such crimes.

There were 6,222 hate crimes reported during 2011, according to the report released Monday. The year 2000 showed slightly more than 8,000 hate crimes.

The 2011 figure was a 6 percent decrease from 2010 and the least number of such crimes reported since 1994.

Fears That A Filmmaker’s Lies Have Legs

Fallout from the furor over an anti-Islam movie and its false Jewish connections.

09/20/2012

There was no Israeli-American real estate developer named Sam Bacile, and the 100 Jews he claimed had financed his anti-Islam film were fictitious as well.

Both fabrications were offered to the media apparently to hide the true identity of the Egyptian Christian from Southern California who has since been fingered as the main figure behind the film that sparked violence across the Muslim world.

Palestinians burn an American flag at UN headquarters in Gaza City in protest against anti-Islam film. Photos by Getty Images

Israel-Bashing Billboards Appear At Metro-North Stations

07/12/2012

 

Billboards showing a series of maps to bolster claims that Israel has systematically confiscated land from the Palestinians have appeared at some suburban New York train stations.

The ads that went on display this week at Metro North train stations in Westchester County show a succession of shrinking Palestinian territories in four maps and contain a headline stating that 4.7 million Palestinians are classified as refugees by the United Nations.

For The Munich 11, A Snub Of Olympic Proportions

The upcoming Summer Olympics in London – officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad – will last approximately 25,000 minutes. Apparently the organizers can’t spare one to remember 11 Israelis who were murdered at the Summer Games 40 years ago.

That’s what a group of activists, headed by the CEO of the Jewish Community Center in Rockland County, are hearing from International Olympic Committee.

Hold That Tiger: Detroit Outfielder Benched After 'Anti-Semitic' Incident

05/01/2012

Delmon Young, the Detroit Tigers outfielder who was arrested in New York for allegedly attacking a group of men and making anti-Semitic remarks, was suspended without pay for seven days.

The suspension is retroactive to April 27, when he was placed on the restricted list. His loss of pay amounts to more than $250,000, according to the Detroit News. Young will not contest the suspension.

French Jews’ Fears Rising

With Sarkozy vulnerable, concern that the anti-Israel far left will gain ground.

04/24/2012
Staff Writer

French Jews fear that the odds-on favorite to win the French presidential run-off election May 6 will do so by reaching out to the far left, among whom are rabid anti-Israeli activists who favor the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement that seeks to delegitimize Israel.

The Jewish community’s favorite candidate, incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy, remains behind in the polls after coming in second in a 10-candidate race in the first round of balloting last Sunday.

Socialist Francois Hollande, right, is expected to draw substantial support from French Jews.
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