A report of a Conservative synagogue in Louisville resettling Jewish refugees from Syria is false, say a local refugee resettlement agency and the rabbis of the Kentucky city’s two Conservative synagogues.

On Friday, JTA received an anonymous report that an unnamed Conservative synagogue in the city had welcomed three Syrian Jewish families. The report provided the names and some personal details of the families, but did not name the synagogue. Other publications have since published the report.

But the rabbis at the two Conservative synagogues and a representative of a local refugee resettlement agency refuted the report. While the city’s Jewish community of about 8,500 helped a Syrian Muslim family settle in the city, the rabbis said, their synagogues have not brought in any Jewish families.

“It’s a rumor. It’s not true,” Rabbi Robert Slosberg of Congregation Adath Jeshurun. told JTA. “There’s no Syrian refugee family that came to the Jewish community that anyone in the Jewish community that I’ve spoken to of authority knows about.”

Rabbi Michael Wolk of Keneseth Israel Congregation also told JTA the report “is not true at all.”
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From PressTV

Tue Aug 30, 2016 4:41PM

A two-tonne shipment of medicine, including vaccines, sent from Cuba has arrived in Syria, which has been gripped by foreign-sponsored militancy over the past five years.

The Cuban package arrived at Damascus International Airport on Monday. It was the first batch under a banking agreement between Havana and Damascus to settle Cuba’s debts due to Syria.

Syria receives medical shipment from Cuba at Damascus International Airport on August 29, 2016. ©SANA news agency

Syria’s Transport Minister Ali Hamoud said on Monday that his office finished preparatory works such as customs clearance, packaging, and transportation to ensure the arrival of the shipment without delay and under the supervision of the country’s Health Ministry.

He further thanked Cuba for supporting the Syrian people, who are suffering from violence perpetrated by Takfiri terrorists.

Meanwhile, Syria’s Deputy Health Minister Huda al-Sayyed said the shipment includes 200,000 doses of vaccines, adding that more batches will be sent to the Arab country soon.

Cuban Ambassador to Damascus Rogerio Manuel Santana Rodriguez also hailed close relations between the two states and noted that they are facing a common enemy.

Syria receives medical shipment from Cuba at Damascus International Airport on August 29, 2016. ©SANA news agency

Since March 2011, Syria has been hit by militancy it blames on some Western states and their regional allies.

The Takfiri militants operating in the Middle Eastern state have suffered major setbacks over the past few months as the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas.
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From PressTV

Mon Aug 29, 2016 10:17PM

Israel continues to ignore international calls to halt its illegal settlement activities and demolishing Palestinian homes in the West Bank, says a UN envoy.

A recent report by the Quartet on the Middle East — comprised of the UN, the US, Russia, and the European Union — called on the Israeli regime to halt its illegal settlement activities in the occupied Palestinian territories, saying the settlement expansion, the demolition of Palestinian homes, and the expropriation of land were “steadily eroding the viability” of a solution to their conflict.

“Its recommendations continue to be ignored, including by a surge in Israeli settlement-related announcements and continuing demolitions,” said Nickolay Mladenov, the UN coordinator for the so-called Middle East peace process, while addressing the UN Security Council on Monday.

Palestinian children climb on the rubble of their homes after Israeli bulldozers destroyed them in the southern West Bank village of Umm al-Kheir, on August 24, 2016.

He stressed that since two months ago when the report was released, Tel Aviv has actually increased its settlement activities, including the advancement of over 1,000 more units in occupied East Jerusalem al-Quds and 735 units in the West Bank.

The UN envoy also noted that Israel has carried out a land survey on the outskirts of Bethlehem aimed at establishing new settlements.

A picture taken on July 29, 2016 shows a general view of Israeli construction cranes and excavators at the building site of new housing units in the Jewish settlement of Gilo in East Jerusalem al-Quds. 

“All of these plans would essentially create new illegal settlements and I call on Israel to cease and reverse these decisions,” he stressed.

Over half a million Israelis live in more than 230 illegal settlements built since the 1967 Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank including East al-Quds.

All Israeli settlements are illegal under the international law. Tel Aviv has defied calls to stop the settlement expansion in the occupied Palestinian territories.

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