(JTA) -- Six Democratic lawmakers urged U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to ensure the safety of the American citizens who join the Gaza flotilla.
U.S. Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), William Clay (D-Mo.), Sam Farr (D-Calif.), Bob Filner (D-Calif.) and Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) signed a letter to Clinton last Friday expressing their concern for the safety of the passengers who will be aboard the U.S. ship The Audacity of Hope. Filner is Jewish.
The Dutch Parliament has offered a compromise on a bill that would ban kosher slaughter.
Under the compromise hammered out Wednesday night, ritual slaughter will not be included in a bill that would ban the slaughter of animals in the Netherlands without first stunning them if it can be proved that the ritual method of slaughter does not cause additional suffering.
Under the laws of shechitah, or Jewish ritual slaughter, animals may not be rendered unconscious before slaughter. Muslim law has a similar proscription.
Peter Falk, the son of European immigrants who played the most famous detective in TV history, has died at 83 years old. Falk, who won three Emmys for his portrayal of raincoat-sporting Lt. Frank Columbo on NBC from 1971-78 and in later reprises, suffered from dementia possibly related to Alzheimer's disease, the Associated Press reported.
Born in New York City and raised in upstate Ossining, Falk studied at the New School for Social Research and earned a master’s in public administration from Syracuse University.