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News Items You May Have Missed

You may have heard that a veteran teacher in Beaufort County, S.C., grabbed a 12-year-old student by his collar while he was sharpening his pencil late last month, told him, “You’re coming with me, Jew,” dragged him 10 to 12 feet and shoved him under a desk.

“This is what the Nazis did to the Jews. Burn, Jew,” she is reported to have fumed.

Did Obama Diss A Grieving Bibi, Or Observe Shiva Etiquette?

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama and Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu have an icy relationship. So when it took Obama three days to extend condolences on the death of Netanyahu’s father, it raised some eyebrows.

Jews Cheering The Holocaust? I'm Still Puzzled

It’s been more than a week since Holocaust Remembrance Day, but I still have not heard a rational explanation of why students attending a play shouted encouragement during scenes depicting Jews being beaten and killed by Nazis.

“Hit him harder,” one student cried out as a kapo beat a Jew.

“Well done,” shouted another.

Others cheered and applauded the work of the Nazis.

This took place not in the United States or Europe but in the Cameri Theater in Tel Aviv before an audience of hundreds of Jewish high school students!!!

'Bloomberg For President' Redux

Here we go again.

New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is being encouraged to run as an independent after a concerted attempt to get him to run in 2008 went nowhere.

There was even a web site -- Run Mike Run-- that was set up to persuade him to throw his hat into the ring. But Bloomberg didn’t bite – and the web site is still there.

“Should events encourage Mr. Bloomberg to reconsider for 2012, this site will be here to assist in that cause,” it says.

Stories You May Have Missed

A defeated Illinois senatorial candidate this week blamed his last place finish on the fact that a local reporter outed him as an anti-Semite. A Mexican town celebrated Easter last Sunday with a “burning of the Jews” – Jewish effigies representing Judas Iscariot, the disciple who betrayed Jesus at the Last Supper, ultimately leading to his crucifixion.

Sayanara Santorum

 

The withdrawal of Rick Santorum from the Republican presidential contest was announced in a hastily called 12-minute speech Tuesday in which the former Pennsylvania senator gracefully exited the race while tears filled the eyes of his wife and aides.

No Peace Talks Yet, But Parties Are Exchanging Letters (And Salt)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has agreed to meet a delegation next week headed by Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to accept a letter in which the Palestinians spell out their conditions for resuscitating the comatose peace process.

Netanyahu is then expected to pen his own letter spelling out his expectations from such talks.  

But don’t expect any breakthroughs.

Is Tzipi Livni’s Political Career Over?

 

The stunning, lopsided primary victory Tuesday of Shaul Mofaz to oust Tzipi Livni as head of the opposition Kadima Party may have ended Livni’s political career — and possibly the party itself.

That was the assessment of many political pundits after Mofaz received 61.7 percent of the vote to Livni’s 37.2 percent. 

Ackerman Tweets: I'm Running

Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman (Queens-Nassau) insists that he is running for re-election despite all the Republican talk about his imminent retirement.

The retirement speculation reached such a crescendo Tuesday that Ackerman was forced to send out a message on Twitter for the second time in three days saying that he is not retiring.

“Republican rumor mill is 100%, Absolutely Wrong,” he tweeted. “I’m running.”

Ackerman, 69, of Roslyn Heights has been a member of Congress since winning a special election in 1983.

Ackerman, Ros-Lehtinen To Fight UNESCO Funding

Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens-Nassau) is promising to fight President Barack Obama’s request to seek a Congressional waiver to restore funding to the United Nations Educational, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which lost its $70 million American contribution after it recognized a Palestinian state in October.

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