U.S. Rep. Kathleen Rice announced on Monday that eight Jewish organizations, synagogues and schools in New York’s fourth congressional district have been awarded a total of nearly $575,000 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Nonprofit Security Grant Program (NSGP), which provides funding for security enhancements to nonprofit organizations that are at a high risk of terrorist attacks.
Congregation Aish Kodesh in Woodmere, the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach, the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, the Merrick Jewish Centre, Young Israel of Lawrence-Cedarhurst and the Young Israel of Oceanside have each been awarded $75,000. The Yeshiva of South Shore in Hewlett has been awarded $73,673, and the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County has been awarded $50,000.
“Preventing and preparing for acts of terrorism and other emergency situations is always a collaborative effort, and one of the most effective things we can do at the federal level is help vulnerable or high-risk institutions harden their facilities and enhance their emergency response capabilities,” said Rice, a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Of course, it’s Lindsey Graham. They must have photos of him doing some crazy degenerate stuff.
Senators Lindsey Graham, a leading Republican foreign policy voice, and Chris Coons, a Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said they considered the provision of $38 billion over 10 years,“a floor.”
Graham said during a meeting with reporters that he thought provisions in the agreement phasing out an arrangement in which Israel could spend U.S. funds on its own defense industry and the provision of just $500 million in missile defense funding were“short-sighted.”
A bill that would criminalise boycotts against Israel has been signed by 45 US senators and 237 congressman.
The so-called “Israel Anti-Boycott Act” would impose fines of up to $250,000 (£192,000) on any US citizen “engaged in interstate or foreign commerce” who supports a boycott of Israeli goods and services.
The US has long defended Israel in territorial disputes in the Middle East, even as the Israeli military has expanded into areas assigned to the Palestinians by international law.
This position runs counter to that of the United Nations, which claims Israel’s settlements in occupied Palestinian territory have “no legal validity”, and “constitute flagrant violation of international law”.
A total of 82 rabbis and Jewish activists were arrested on Wednesday during a protest against President Trump ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The protest occurred on Capitol Hill, where over 100 rabbis and Jewish activists conducted a sit-in in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building. The protesters chanted “We will not be moved!” and “Let my people stay!” in favor of the Dreamers. The protesters were also surrounded by red paper that read, “Jews demand a clean Dream Act!”
The 82 protesters were arrested for “crowding, obstructing, or incommoding” in a public building, but most of them are expected to be released.
“We as Jews know the experience of being immigrants,” Religious Action Center of the Reform Movement Associate Director Barbara Weinstein told the Huffington Post, “and as Americans, we’re deeply aware of our history as a nation of immigrants, and that throughout that history immigrants have been a source of strength for this country.”
Stanley Levinson was treasurer of the American Jewish Congress and considered by the FBI to be a coordinator for the Communist Party USA.