The Girl Scouts of the USA won’t be scoring any Brownie points with supporters of Israel Sunday.
The organization has banned its uniforms and symbols from this year’s Salute to Israel Parade, citing guidelines against “political” activities. The march takes sides in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute, the group claims.
But at least one troop leader says she and her charges will defy the ban, and quit the Scouts if they continue to “turn their backs” on Israel.
Eyes peeled to a display terminal and wearing headphones, Shmuel Sherman looks like he is enjoying a video game or surfing the Net during a recent late-period class at Yeshivah Derech HaTorah in Brooklyn.
But Shmuel and the rest of his sixth-grade class at the Midwood yeshiva are engaged in an intensive and personalized reading experience.
“I was reading a story about Nellie Bly,” the 11-year-old reports as he logs off.
In a sign that the Crown Heights murder case remains a racial and political hot potato, three black New York congressmen declined last week to sign a letter that calls the reversal of two convictions in the case “possible miscarriages of justice.”
Only in a world transformed by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and spiraling Mideast violence could the possibilities of a business deal gone violent, or of a criminal complainant being brutally silenced, be embraced as reassuring.
But that’s what has happened in the last two weeks as two violent incidents involving Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn provoked fears that terrorism could shatter a sense of security already weakened by the attack on the World Trade Center.
In a continuing war of words over Israel, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo is accusing his rival, state Comptroller H. Carl McCall, of inaction as a United Nations diplomat in the early 1980s while the world body passed anti-Israel resolutions.
“As a deputy ambassador to the UN, Carl McCall stood silently by while the U.S. repeatedly took decidedly anti-Israel positions,” said Cuomo campaign consultant Josh Isay.
As federal prosecutors mull their next step in the Crown Heights murder case, the brother of Yankel Rosenbaum is vowing to stay in the United States until a decision is made while blasting both New York senators for what he considers disinterest in the case.
A retrial of the two men convicted in the case appears increasingly likely, with a deadline for the decision extended to March 29.
Gov. George Pataki came to the defense of a potential Democratic rival Thursday, saying it was “appropriate” for state Comptroller H. Carl McCall to visit West Bank settlements.
“I have gone to the West Bank, I do think it’s appropriate, and on the next trip if that opportunity presents itself I would have no hesitation at all,” Pataki told a gathering of Jewish leaders when asked about McCall’s plans by a reporter.
It has no set agenda, an unclear number of participants and a history of inactivity, but the City Council’s Jewish caucus has no shortage of leadership.
When Brooklyn’s Michael Nelson called for a meeting of the Jewish Study Group following Wednesday’s meeting of the full Council, sources say David Weprin of Queens sprung into action, asking to co-chair the group.
As the senior Jewish Council member, some saw Nelson as a natural chairman.