Despite threats, NOLA American Bakery celebrates 2nd anniversary

NOLA American Bakery owner Talya Rasner with some of her special baked goods. (Photo by Alan Smason)

By ALAN SMASON, Exclusive to the CCJN

Two days before the official anniversary of her NOLA American Bakery, native New Orleanian Talya Rasner was caught up in the maelstrom of Operation Protective Edge’s ground assault in Gaza like all other residents of Tel Aviv.

The dual citizen of Israel and the U.S. had expected to celebrate with a possible sale for her loyal customers or some other measure to mark the milestone event for the business. It wouldn’t be anything too exciting. Instead, she and her employees found more excitement …
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Dermer: Over 500 rockets fired at Israel landed back in Gaza

(JTA) — Over 500 of the rockets fired from Gaza at Israel in the last three weeks have landed in Gaza territory, Israel’s ambassador told U.S. Jewish and political leaders.

During an address Monday at the National Leadership Assembly for Israel in Washington D.C., Ambassador Ron Dermer said that more …
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In the past seven years, four ‘cease-fires’ have been foisted upon the State of Israel in its three military operations in Gaza. Nothing substantive has resulted from these accommodations.

Now, during Operation Protective Edge, Israel has already agreed to four more one-sided ‘cease-fires’. These decisions were intended to garner international support for the state’s management of Hamas-controlled Gaza.

A modern and technologically advanced state such as Israel cannot resolve a battle campaign …
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Five Israeli soldiers killed in kibbutz infiltration attempt

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) confirmed the death of five more Israeli soldiers, which occurred during the infiltration of gunmen into a southern kibbutz through a tunnel from Gaza.The five soldiers were killed during the previously reported thwarted attack on Kibbutz Nahal Oz, located near the Gaza border, on Monday …
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Bills condemning Hamas on ‘human shields’ introduced in Congress

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Resolutions under consideration in Congress that condemn Hamas for placing its weapons and fighters close to civilians have strong bipartisan support.

The House non-binding resolution condemning Hamas for using civilians as “human shields” during the current Gaza conflict, introduced July 16 by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL.), the chairwoman of the …
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Boxer reintroduces enhanced Israel ally bill with broad support

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Citing the Gaza war as a catalyst, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA.) re-introduced with broad bipartisan support a bill that would enhance U.S.-Israel strategic ties.

“While we work toward a just peace in the Middle East and an end to the tragedy of war, it is critical that we reaffirm our …
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