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Many Opt to Take Social Security Before Full Retirement Age

Taking Social Security benefits early comes with a price, yet more than 4 in 10 Americans who are 50 and over say they’ll dip into the program before reaching full retirement age. An Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released Thursday found that 44 percent report Social Security will be their biggest source […]
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Photo Essay: Lag Baomer 5776-2016 Night In Jerusalem (Photos by JDN)

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In huge blow to Israel, Netherlands declares BDS ‘free speech’

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New York, NY – Bratton: Onlookers Recording Police Actions Escalates Confrontations With Citizens

New York, NY — Police Commissioner Bill Bratton had harsh words yesterday for onlookers who film clashes between police and the public, saying bystanders often interfere in police business trying to intimidate officers, sometimes resorting to force to free prisoners. Bratton’s words came Wednesday after a Manhattan conference between police chiefs and law enforcement executives […]

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VIDEO: People Waited For Hours To Travel To Meron But There Were No Buses

[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] In some area including Kiryat Belz and Har Nof in Yerushalayim, persons waited at bus stops for hours to head to Meron but the buses never arrived. This deals with people who purchased tickets in advance for a particular bus departing at a specific time but there was no bus. In […]
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WATCH: Tens Of Thousands Join The Satmar Rebbe Of Kiryas Yoel On Lag Baomer 5776 – 2016

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Dershowitz Rips ‘Ignoramus’ Bernie Sanders

By Lea Speyer

The Palestinian activist appointed by presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to the Democratic Platform Drafting Committee is a “professional Israel-hater,” internationally acclaimed legal mind Alan Dershowitz told The Algemeiner on Tuesday.

Dershowitz, a fierce defender of Israel and avowed supporter of the Democratic Party, was referring to Arab American Institute (AAI) President James Zogby, whom Sanders tapped on Monday to help draft party policy.

Dershowitz, who said he’s debated Zogby on numerous occasions, explained why he is “not surprised” that the senator from Vermont contending for the Democratic nomination picked him to fill such an influential position. “Bernie Sanders is an ignoramus when it comes to the Middle East, and he is very strongly biased against Israel. He gets his information from hard-Left, anti-Israel sources, and he doesn’t think for himself,” he said.

Regarding another of Sanders’ anti-Israel appointees to the committee — philosopher Cornel West, a BDS proponent who wrote that the crimes of Hamas “pale in the face of the US-supported Israeli slaughter of innocent civilians,” and accused President Obama of being “most comfortable with upper middle-class white and Jewish men who consider themselves very smart, very savvy and very effective in getting what they want”– Dershowitz said, “Putting two Israel-bashers on the committee risks dividing the Democratic Party over an issue on which they’ve always been united.”

According to a Morning Consult poll published Tuesday, presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is only ahead of Sanders by six percentage points. Sanders, Dershowitz said, “poses a tremendous threat to Clinton’s election, and she should fight tooth and nail to keep the Democratic platform supportive of Israel.”

This is not, according to Dershowitz, because Sanders “will ever be president,” but due to his being “more dangerous as a losing candidate than he would be if he were to win the nomination, since if he did, he would be overwhelmingly defeated in November. As a loser, on the other hand, he threatens to push Clinton into positions that will make it much harder for her to win the general election.”

In other words, said Dershowitz, “I’m not worried about Sanders as a winner; I’m worried about him as a loser. And I will do everything in my power to see that he is marginalized in the Democratic Party, particularly on foreign policy, about which he knows nothing.”

In a blog post published by AAI, Zogby called American and Israeli support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “shameful,” claiming that “Israeli society is on a slippery slope — becoming increasingly tolerant of racist violence.” In a 2010 Huffington Post article, Zogby compared the “plight of the Palestinians” to that of the Jews during the Holocaust.

In an interview with Foreign Policy on Monday, Zogby — who has served on the executive body of the Democratic National Council for the last decade — said the language used by the Democratic Platform will have to adopt a more “toughened” approach against Israel and include the word “occupation” in relation to Israeli presence in the West Bank. He also hopes to increase the party’s support for Palestinians.

The party’s current platform policy seeks “a just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, [which] would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity.”

The Algemeiner reached out to the National Jewish Democratic Council for comment, but did not receive a response by press time.

(c) 2016 The Algemeiner Journal


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Intruders Breach US Airport Fences About Every 10 Days

Under pressure to prevent people from sneaking onto runways and planes at major U.S. airports, authorities are cracking down — not on the intruders who slip through perimeter gates or jump over fences, but on the release of information about the breaches. A year after an Associated Press investigation first revealed persistent problems with airports’ […]
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Germany – Police Probe Britons’ ‘Hitler Salute’ At Buchenwald

Germany — The head of the Buchenwald Memorial site on Thursday blamed growing right-wing populism in Europe for an incident in which members of a British neo-Nazi group appear to have performed a “Hitler salute” at the former concentration camp. German daily Bild reported that a picture posted on a social media site linked to […]

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