Sexual-abuse survivors who traveled to Albany, N.Y., with high hopes this past spring got a tough lesson in political reality. The state Assembly’s regular session ended on June 22 without any action on a bill that would make it easier for sex-abuse victims to sue their molesters and the institutions that employed them.
A new group of émigrés from Yemen’s tiny Jewish population arrived in Israel, but the fate of a controversial plan to evacuate a larger contingent to the United States remains up in the air.
Like Israel, pro-Israel activists in Washington have avoided taking sides on Iran’s internal issues. But even before Iran’s June 12 election, they were pushing hard for legislation that would impose tough measures against Tehran. And the unrest and government repression now taking place there appear to have bolstered their cause.
Veterans, widowers, parents, the elderly and the sick. They are hardworking people who believed in living within their means, saving for a rainy day and putting money aside for their grandchildren’s college tuition. From across the country, victims of Bernard Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme wrote in painful detail of their hardship and losses as they implored U.S. District Judge Denny Chin to give Madoff the maximum prison time allowed by law, 150 years, at his June 29 sentencing.
The troubled kosher meat company Agriprocessors is set to be sold to a new Jewish owner. Agriprocessors has been owned by the Brooklyn-based Rubashkin family, but it went bankrupt last fall after a massive immigration raid at the company’s Postville, Iowa, slaughterhouse.