Debate Debrief Special to the Baltimore Jewish Times from Cleveland Jewish News

CLEVELAND — Israel stood on the sideline for most of the Aug. 6 primetime Republican Presidential Primary Debate at Quicken Loans Arena in downtown Cleveland. That changed an hour and 43 minutes in when Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was asked about his previous proposal to cut all financial aid to Israel. Paul didn’t back off… Read More

Bibi Speaks Out Netanyahu to American Jews: “Oppose this bad deal”

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appealed directly to the American Jewish community Tuesday afternoon to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran. The deal gives Iran two paths to a bomb, Netanyahu told the more than 10,000 people who tuned into the Web address put together by the Jewish Federations of North America and member organizations… Read More

Pollard Release Set for November

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Jonathan Pollard, the American Jew who has served 30 years of a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel, will be released Nov. 20 from a U.S. prison. The Parole Board announced its decision on Tuesday after the Justice Department agreed not to oppose the release. In Israel, many were expected to celebrate the… Read More

Thousands Rally Against Iran Nuclear Deal In Times Square

More than 10,000 people gathered in New York City's Times Square to protest against the Iran Deal. Alberto Reyes/INFphoto/Newscom

  Approximately 10,000 people crammed into New York City’s Times Square Wednesday evening to demand that Congress vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Protesters, consisting mainly of pro-Israel and right-wing supporters, view the deal as a huge threat to the safety and security of both the United States and Israel. The Stop Iran… Read More

Mayor Replaces Baltimore Police Commissioner

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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has replaced Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony W. Batts, according to a Baltimore Sun report. Deputy Police Commissioner Kevin Davis will become interim commissioner, according to a statement sent to the Sun. A news conference with Rawlings-Blake and Batts was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Batts has led the Baltimore Police Department since 2012…. Read More

Hogan Announces He Has Cancer

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Gov. Larry Hogan announced Monday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a form of cancer, which he described as  “very advanced and very aggressive,” according to reports. Hogan, 59, canceled several events after returning from a recent trip to Asia two weeks ago. He said he would not step down and… Read More

Freundel Sentenced to 6.5 Years Rabbi taken into custody after hearing

Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced this afternoon to 6.5 years in prison for his gross violation of trust and abuse of power, D.C. Superior Court Judge Geoffrey Alprin ruled. Freundel, formerly of Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., received a sentence of 45 days each for 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism. The sentences are to run consecutively. Freundel, who… Read More

Anti-Semitic, Racist Flier Condemned ‘Israel lobby’ accused of financing Van Hollen campaign

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An apparent anti-Semitic and racist flier that featured manipulated images of two African-American county executives was distributed Monday evening at a Prince George’s County budget hearing. The flier, titled “From Baltimore to Jerusalem It’s the Same Game,” invokes several anti-Semitic tropes denigrating U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-District 8), who is not Jewish, and U.S…. Read More

Peaceful protests turn to rioting and widespread looting

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After a weekend of peaceful protests with some isolated violence, Baltimore fell victim to rioting on Monday that saw looting and car fires and masked youths throwing rocks at firefighters and police and clashing with other civilians. “It’s just heartbreaking,” City Councilwoman Rochelle “Rikki” Spector, who represents Northwest Baltimore, said of the widespread damage. “I… Read More

Jewish Marylander held by al-Qaida killed in U.S. operation

A United States government counterterrorism operation in January resulted in the accidental death of two hostages held by al-Qaida, including Warren Weinstein of Rockville. Weinstein, 73, had been held by al-Qaida in Pakistan since 2011. Also killed was Giovanni Lo Porto, an Italian national who had been held since 2012. Weinstein was a former official… Read More