United Nations agency proudly shows off map without Israel

Ann Dismorr with Palestine map 
By: David Ross

A United Nations agency has caused a firestorm after an official of the organization proudly posed with a map that only lists Palestine.

The U.N. official posed with the map in which Israel did not exist in Lebanon, and the whole area from the Jordan to the Mediterranean Sea was listed as "Arab Palestine."

During a presentation of German-funded projects in Lebanon earlier this month, Ann Dismorr, the director of the United Nations Agency Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East in Lebanon, held up the map which included Jordan, Syria and other neighboring countries, but forgot to name Israel.

The map listed "Arab Palestine", showed an image of the Palestinian flag, special sites in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, along with the cities on the Israeli side of the 1949 armistice lines as Beersheba, Acre and Tiberias.

The project of UNRWA in Lebanon, which will spend $4.5 million to improve the water supply network and rehabilitation of shelters at Camp Rashidieh, was sponsored by Germany. The UNRWA website stated that a number of Lebanese and Palestinian high ranking officials were present during the ceremony.

“The United Nations has again shown its bias against Israel. Why do they even have a map without Israel on it? This is outrageous. The U.N. official should resign immediately and the United Nations should issue an apology,” Alexander Daniel, 40, of Baltimore, Maryland told YourJewishNews.com after seeing the U.N. official with the Palestine map.

Created in 1949 to help Palestinian refugees, UNRWA has been criticized by Israel and the U.S. for backing terrorist organizations and causing more harm than good.

In 2010 the Canadian government cut funding for the organization, saying that any money should be transferred to the projects in a more responsible way.

Angelina Jolie announces she cut off both her breasts

Angelina Jolie  
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) Angelina Jolie is sharing her story and is hoping to help others who might be in the same situation as herself.

Jolie, 37, announced that she had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that makes her very likely to get hit with breast cancer.

The Oscar-winning actress and Brad Pitt’s partner made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she wrote under the title "My Medical Choice”, where she wrote that between early February and late April, she completed three months of surgical procedures to remove both her breasts.

Jolie said that she decided to go through the procedure for her six children after her mother, actress Marcheline Bertrand, died at a young age of cancer.

"My mother battled cancer for nearly a decade, and she died in 2007, at 56-years-old,” Jolie wrote. "She held out long enough to meet the first of her grandchildren and to hold them in her arms. But my other children never had the opportunity to know her and experience how kind she was," she added.

Jolie said that after genetic testing she has learned that she carries the "faulty" BRCA1 gene and had an 87 percent chance of getting the disease. She kept the process private until now, but she decided to share her story in hopes of helping other women.

"I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to undergo a mastectomy was not easy, but I'm so glad I did," Jolie wrote. "My chance of developing breast cancer was reduced from 87 percent to less than 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," Jolie wrote.

Jolie had surgery to reconstruct her breasts and she got breast implants. "I do not feel anything less of a woman," Jolie wrote. "I feel empowered that I made a good choice that in no way diminishes my femininity," she added.

“It must have been a hard and painful decision, but she saw her mother suffer and she does not want to go through the same thing. I applaud Angelina for sharing her decision so publicly, it might help other women make the right decision for themselves,” Elaine Flores, 41, of San Diego, California told YourJewishNews.com after hearing about Jolie’s double mastectomy.

She also wrote that Brad Pitt, her partner of eight years, was always at her side when she had her surgeries at the Pink Lotus Breast Center in Southern California.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Girl who was unable to find date for prom takes her tuxedo clad calculator instead

Regina Reynolds holding her date 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

A girl refused to miss her prom, so after nobody asked her out to prom, she came up with a unique idea.

Instead of staying home, feeling bad for herself and losing the most memorable part of her high school years, the brave girl invited a calculator as her date! And posted photos as proof.

Regina Reynolds sewed a small tuxedo and completed it with a small bow out of paper for her calculator date, so it should look like everyone else.

“Prom is a very sensitive issue to many youngsters, as they hope to be asked out as someone’s date. Youngsters who are unable to find a date will rather stay home instead of dancing alone, or finding a guy who also came alone,” Heather Mills, 24, of Dover, Delaware told YourJewishNews.com after seeing photo’s of Reynolds with the calculator as her date.

"Nobody asked me out to dance, so I took my calculator," Reynolds wrote on a social media site. The calculator was the star of the show as she introduced it to her friends and teachers.

Even her principal enjoyed her good spirit. In the weekly email the Principal wrote: “A young girl showed up at the prom alone. When I asked where her date was, she smiled and reached into her purse and took out a calculator. She had decorated and dressed it with a tuxedo made out of paper. We had a good laugh.”

American Airlines makes emergency landing to kick off woman for singing

American airlines 
By: Debbie Gross

(Scroll down for video) A woman was thrown off an airplane for her non-stop singing.

A plane with many passengers was diverted after a woman refused to stop singing.

An American Airlines flight from Los Angeles en route to JFK Airport in New York, made an emergency landing in Kansas City, Missouri, after the passenger would not stop singing.

Police officers entered the plane and escorted the woman off the plane, while passengers on the plane were warned against taking photos on the aircraft, according to the video uploaded to Youtube. The woman was considered a threat to the crew for refusing to stop singing a Whitney Houston song.

"The woman was being disruptive and was removed from the aircraft for interfering with the flight crew," Kansas City International Airport spokesperson Joe McBride said. "There was a federal marshal on the plane who restrained the woman and put her in handcuffs before she was removed from the plane," McBride added.

“It is ridiculous to call a woman a threat for refusing to be quiet. What’s next? Escorting babies off planes because of non-stop crying? I travel often for business, it is annoying when adults or children are loud, but it is too bad. I have to put up with other passengers,” Jason Nelson, 56, of New York City told YourJewishNews.com after watching the video of the woman being escorted off the plane.

Images captured by a passenger shows the unidentified woman being escorted off the plane while singing Houston’s "I Will Always Love You". After being released from police custody, American Airlines allegedly refused to allow her back on the plane. She had to make alternative travel arrangements to get to her final destination.

According to the spokesperson, the woman blamed her behavior on diabetes.

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Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment invites Israeli experts to assist in island preservation

Israeli experts in Galapagos 
By: David Ross

A group of Israeli experts visited the Island of Galapagos after they were invited by the local government to share some tips on island preservation.

By Anav Silverman

Tazpit News Agency For
YourJewishNews.com

A Ben Gurion University delegation from the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research (BIDR) recently toured the Galapagos Islands in April. The delegation, led by Professor Ariel Novoplansky, signed a cooperation agreement with the Directorate of the National Park to promote the conservation of the endangered biological diversity of the islands.

The Israeli delegation had been invited by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment and the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park. During their visit, the group participated in work meetings and field excursions with managers, rangers, policy-makers, farmers and conservation experts.

The Galapagos Islands belong to Ecuador and lie on the Equator, about 1,000 kilometers off the west coast of South America. Since Ecuador annexed the Galapagos 180 years ago and only started to settle it less than a hundred years ago, the islands have been undergoing ecological changes.

In spite of over 50 years of dedicated management and conservation of most of the area and its surrounding waters by the Galapagos National Park authority, Ecuador is looking to urgently change its conservation policies.

“Even with the excellent management and meticulous policing of eco tourism, a full-blown ecological disaster is unfolding before our eyes, inflicted by the devastating effects of invasive species,” says Novoplansky.

The Israeli delegation will assist the Ecuadorians in figuring out the best ways to minimize the detrimental effects of invasive species to the biodiversity, natural habitats and agricultural areas of the archipelago. In addition, the joint Ecuadorian-Israeli teams, will pursue novel nature management schemes that will help rehabilitate natural ecosystems by developing agricultural methodologies and water technologies, which will increase local agricultural production, and reduce the dependency of the islands on the imports of fresh produce from the mainland.

In addition to Novoplansky, the delegation to the Galapagos included professors and environmental experts from the Israeli Ministry of Agriculture and Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Starbucks under fire after employee writes 'vagina' on woman's coffee cup

Vagina written on coffee cup 
By: Debbie Gross

A female Starbucks customer is fuming after an employee wrote “vagina” on her coffee cup, according to images uploaded to the internet.

Maybe it was the language barrier or maybe it was just a funny mistake, however, for the woman who received the cup of coffee with the word “vagina”, it was not a laughing matter.

Veronica Goh was visiting a Starbucks branch in Hong Kong, where she ordered a cup of coffee for her sister Virginia. However, she was horrified after realizing the server wrote the word “vagina” on it.

The woman called the incident unacceptable. Veronica took pictures of the Starbucks cup and posted it to the Facebook page of Starbucks Hong Kong.

"Who would believe that a Starbucks employee would not know how to spell such a popular name like Virginia?" Veronica asked.
"Starbucks should make sure that its employees know how to spell or they should stop writing names on cups altogether," she added.

According to her sister, this is not the first time the name of Virginia has been embarrassingly misspelled by the coffee giant.
Veronica said her sister was also once called a virgin at another Starbucks location.

“I can’t imagine the embarrassment Virginia must have felt when receiving her cup of coffee at Starbucks. If that happened to me I would never walk into another Starbucks again. It is quite interesting that while the employee claimed to not have known how to spell Virginia, she knew how to spell vagina,” Della Payne, 36, of Saint Paul, Minnesota told YourJewishNews.com after seeing the photo of the vagina Starbucks cup.

Also, while the photo went viral on the internet someone in charge of the Starbucks Hong Kong facebook page deleted the woman’s post.

4-year-old elected mayor in Minnesota city

Mayor Robert "Bobbie" Tufts 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) Usually, when we select a leader we are looking for someone with experience, but this was definitely not the case in one U.S. town.

The latest politician elected in Dorset, Minnesota, can hardly speak.
However, Mayor Robert "Bobbie" Tufts, has the last word in the small community town near Park Rapids.

The four-year-old may not have the academic credentials for the job, but residents said they strongly believe that the little boy has what it takes to run the city.

"He is incredible. He is something quite amazing," Kathy Schmidt, whose family has lived in the area for four generations said. "He is in your face and speaks well. You cannot imagine what a fireball he is," Schmidt added.

The mayor can also sing and dance, residents said. He leads his people safely through the street. He is also an expert fisherman and knows how to share tips on the best bait to use.

The boy mayor is not ashamed to talk about his love life. He said he has only one girlfriend for now, a girl named Sophia. It is unclear whether the first lady of the city knows that she has captured the heart of the mayor.

“Some people are just are out of their minds. Why would someone elect a 4-year-old boy to run their city into ruins? What does a little boy know? It makes no sense at all. What's next? Will he run in the next U.S. Presidential elections? Luckily, the town is very small, and nothing will happen if it completely disappears from the map,” Malody Arnold, 35, of Minneapolis, Minnesota told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the 4-year-old mayor.

Dorset also calls itself the "Restaurant Capital of the World" because it has the highest number of restaurants per capita. The city has a population of 22.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

U.S. soldier jailed after killing 5 fellow service members

Army Sgt. John Russell 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A U.S. soldier was arrested and charged with murder related charges after killing five fellow service members, according to military court proceedings in Washington.

Now, a military judge found Army Sgt. John Russell guilty of premeditated murder, which occurred at a combat stress clinic in Iraq.
Russell is now facing the sentencing phase of his court-martial to determine whether he will receive life imprisonment, with or without the possibility of parole.

The 14 year veteran of the military of Sherman, Texas, previously had pleaded guilty to murder in exchange for having the death penalty taken off the table. Under the agreement, prosecutors were allowed to try to prove to a judge that the murders were premeditated.

The judge, Army Col. David Conn, announced his decision Monday, after a court martial ended Saturday, military spokesperson Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield said.

The shooting was one of the worst cases of soldier against soldier violence in the Iraq war and raised questions about mental health problems for soldiers caused by repeated periods of service.

Russell's lawyers argued that he was overtaken by depression and despair at that time. A joint Army mental health evaluation revealed that Russell suffered from severe depression with psychotic symptoms and post-combat stress.

“This is a terrible tragedy for all those involved, as several service members were murdered not by enemy fire but by a fellow soldier. At least the families of the victims will see justice as the killer will be jailed for life,” Alison Hicks, 34, of Seattle, Washington told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the charges against Russell.

Russell had long sought help with sleep problems, was babbling and asked for help in the days before the shooting.
Prosecutors argued that Russell was trying to paint himself as a mental patient in an attempt to gain early retirement, as he was facing a sexual harassment complaint that could have derailed his career and benefits.

Pennsylvania female judge sentenced to public shaming and house arrest

Former judge Joan Orie Melvin in handcuffs 
By: John roberts

(Scroll down for video) A Pennsylvanian woman was arrested after mishandling government money and was sentenced to being shamed publicly.

Former Supreme Court Justice Joan Orie Melvin and her sister Janine Orie, were arrested for illegal campaigning on government time.

Melvin and her sister Orie each received house arrest for illegal use of state-funded staff as part of her campaigns for a seat in the state’s highest court. Instead of putting the former judge behind bars, the court has brought back some old-fashioned shame.

Pittsburgh Judge Lester Nauhaus reprimanded Melvin for participating in crimes of "arrogance." The judge then ordered to immediately photograph the woman while in handcuffs by a photographer of the county. Melvin was ordered to write an apology letter and send it together with her picture to several hundred state judges as well as to her family.

“I think any criminal would have chosen the shaming punishment over going to jail. Too bad the public shaming option is only available to the elite in the United States,” Mary Summer, 35, of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania told YourJewsihNews.com after hearing about the former judges punishment.

Melvin was also sentenced to three years of house arrest in which she can only leave to church or to do her court ordered community service at a soup kitchen. If she wants to leave the house other than to these two places, she has to get the judge’s permission.
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Family of 6 burned to death but mother saved after being at laundromat

The fire that killed a family of 6 
By: Ryan Lee Hall

(Scroll down for video) A tragedy struck a local community in Pottsville, Pennsylvania after a fire burned a family of 6, including four children to death.

However, the mother of the family was saved after being at a friend’s house while washing laundry, according to a statement released by Pennsylvania police.

The fire swept through the family's home, officials said, killing four young children, their father, and another relative, while the mother was on the other side of the street washing clothes at a friend's house.

The fire started around 11:55 pm on Sunday at the home of a family in Pottsville, in eastern Pennsylvania. Firefighters later found all the bodies on the third floor of the building, located on a steep hill near the DG Yuengling & Son brewery in Pennsylvania, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

The fire was declared under control shortly before 1:00 am. State Police and Fire Marshals scoured through the rubble Monday morning as they were searching for the cause of the fire, which investigators said started in the kitchen.

Fire Chief Todd March said it was the deadliest fire in Pottsville, a city of about 14,000, in his 37 year career.
"It's hard to take, and there was nothing we could do," he said.

The office of the Schuylkill County coroner identified the victims as father, Eric Brown, 30, and his children, Elijah Brown, 2, Emily Brown, 3, Jeremiah Brown, 7, and Joy Brown, 8. Another adult, Kristina Thomas, 26, also died in the fire. She is the sister of 28-year-old Kelly Brown, the mother, who survived.

Kelly Brown had been doing laundry at a nearby neighbor's house at the time of the fire because the washing machine was broken, according to the neighbor, Jennifer Purcell.

“Obviously, the entire community is devastated and shocked. I feel really bad for the mother as she was left behind to live on her own while her entire family died. It must be very hard for her. I hope she receives the proper care,” Opal Dixon, 33, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania told YourJewishNews.com after watching the video of the fire.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view

Own a pet chicken without the mess! Farmer sells diapers for chickens

Chicken in diapers  
By: Shifra Unger

(Scroll down for video) A farmer was fed up with the chicken poop in her house so she invented a new product to help her manage the mess.

As urban chicken farms grow in popularity, many people are bringing chickens into their homes. The problem is how to keep the home clean.

When Julie Baker, a farmer in Claremont, New Hampshire, allowed her backyard birds to spend more time inside her home, it was tough to keep it clean. So she got innovative. She sewed custom-sized chicken diapers. One thing led to another, and eventually, a business was born.

Now Baker's Pampered Poultry business ships out about 50 to 100 diapers a week to farmers and chicken lovers around the country. Baker invented chicken diapers to avoid the horrible mess of chicken droppings on the floor, while the chicken’s are kept in high fashion.

“I like the chicken diapers, as I have chickens on my farm and they sometimes make their way into my house. With the diapers, I no longer have to worry about them making a mess all over my house, although changing the diapers is not very pleasant,” Karen Evans, 46, of Boise, Idaho told YourJewishNews.com when asked to comment about the chicken diapers.

“Our chicken diapers are not just for the fashion. They offer you and your home protection against the inevitable. Our diapers fit comfortably and allow you to enjoy your birds in the house or car without worry. Diapers are sold for $12.50 each,” the website states.

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World's worst grandson steals grandmother’s wheelchair and money

Richard Fleener II 
By: Moses Gold

A man was arrested after stealing his grandmother’s wheelchair amongst other items.

Police in South Carolina said they have arrested a man, who is accused of stealing items from his grandmother, which included money and her electric wheelchair.

43-year-old Richard Fleener II of Orangeburg was living with his grandmother before he robbed her of her valuables. Fleener was dubbed the world's worst grandson after stealing his grandmother’s wheelchair.

Fleener had lived with his 78-year-old grandmother for three months, when he stole all the cash his grandmother had in her house, causing her to be unable to pay her bills, which resulted in her being without power for several days.

“He is the worst grandson I have ever seen. His grandmother opened her house to him and he repaid her by robbing her. He stole her electric wheelchair, which she so desperately needs to get around. He is not some young teenager who made an immature decisions, he is a 48-year-old grown man. That’s just cruel,” Kelly Woods, 49, of Orangeburg County, South Carolina told YourJewishNews.com after Fleener’s arrest.

Investigators said Fleener stole his grandmother’s television, electric wheelchair, unit window air conditioner and her cash. Fleener was arrested and charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult.

New York police officer gets stuck on tree after helping stranded cat

Police officer stuck on a tree 
By: Eva Fett

A New York Police Department police officer got into trouble while helping a cat which was stuck on a tree, according to a statement released by the New York Police Department.

The officer was trying to rescue a cat ​​which had become stranded on a tree in Oakland Park, Queens.
After climbing up a branch, the police officer ended up having to make his own emergency call, this time to the fire department.

The officer was stranded on the same tree as the cat, just a little bit under it.
The incident occurred just outside Public School 213.

The kids at school watched the police officer climb the tree and cheered him on. They yelled: “You have to get the cat! You have to get the cat!”

"The police approached the cat. The cat was a little further up. Therefore, the police officer went further and got stuck,” the NYPD said.
That is when the Fire Department of New York came in.

An FDNY ladder and bucket arrived at the scene to rescue the police officer and the cat who were 30 feet above ground on the tree. Both reached the ground without a scratch.

The black and white cat appeared to be a year old and was not wearing a collar, according to eyewitnesses.
Another eyewitness said that the students at the nearby school had just finished the school day and stopped to look at the police and the cat.

"It was a bit comical," he said. "They seemed to be enjoying themselves. I don’t mean to be rude or anything," he added.
The officer had fired a flare and placed cones on the ground under the tree before climbing.

“The New York Police Department and the Fire Department of New York, both deserve lots of praise. From time to time, we are reminded by these stories, how they put their lives at risk in order to save others. They even put their lives at risk to save stray animals,” Calvin Henry, 25, of Queens, New York told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the police officer getting stuck on the tree.

Undoubtedly, the officer involved is prepared to deal with some jokes of his colleagues in the headquarters.

Man arrested after calling AAA to report his car stuck on train tracks

Cabrone Deron Brewer 
By: Eva Fett

A man was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol related charges after his car stalled on train tracks, according to a statement released by the Oklahoma police.

Police arrested Cabrone Deron Brewer, 32, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, after his Volkswagen Beetle stopped on the train tracks Friday night. He called AAA, but the police responded due to the location of the stalled vehicle.

Authorities said that when they arrived, Brewer smelled of alcohol, had red, watery eyes, slurred speech, and was unsteady on his feet, according to a police report.

Brewer also was booked into jail for an outstanding warrant. According to records of the Tulsa County jail, in 1999, Brewer was arrested for transporting an open alcohol container.

Brewer said that the old charge occurred on prom night.
The news of Brewer’s arrest went viral after making an unusual funny face to the officer taking his mugshot photo.

“This was a typical arrest and would normally receive no attention at all. However, Brewer’s extremely funny pose caught the attention of the world. I could not help myself but laugh when I saw Brewer’s mugshot photo,” Warren Tucker, 43, of Twin Falls, Idaho told YourJewishNews.com after learning about Brewer’s arrest.

Records show Brewer was released Saturday after posting bail of $1,000 and paid the fine of his previous arrest.

U.N. tells people to eat bugs in order to fight global warming

Insect dishes 
By: Eva Fett

(Scroll down for video) The United Nations urged the citizens of the world to begin eating all types of insects in order to successfully fight global warming among other world problems, according to a statement released by the United Nations this week.

The latest U.N. weapon in the fight against hunger, global warming and pollution could be flying by you right now.
Edible insects are now being promoted as a food low in fat and high in protein for people, pets and livestock. According to the U.N., insects come with appetizing side benefits, including reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, livestock pollution, creating jobs in developing countries, and feed the millions of hungry people in the world.

“I don’t think the United Nations has any business telling people what to eat and how to eat. Let’s all remember that the United Nations was created only to prevent nations from going to war, so they should stay away from our food menu,” Bill Hicks, 41, of Nampa, Idaho told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the new Untied Nations insect recommendations.

Two billion people are already eating insects in their regular diet, especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America, according to the United Nations.

Some insects may already be in your food. The demand for natural food coloring instead of artificial colors is growing, experts in the agency said. A red dye produced from the cochineal, an insect exported from Peru, sets the tone in an Italian aperitif fashion and an internationally popular strawberry yogurt. Many pharmaceutical companies also use dyes from insects in their pills.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view