Chief of Staff Benny Gantz ordered on Wednesday that the Israel Defense Forces increase defensive measures along Israel’s border with Egypt due to intelligence that terrorist groups are planning attacks similar to the ones last Thursday in which eight Israelis were killed.Read More
Claudia Gould, director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, has reportedly been picked as the new director of the Jewish Museum in New York.Read More
Libya needs any help it can get from the international community, including from Israel, a spokesman for the opposition to Muammar Gadhafi’s regime told Haaretz Tuesday by phone from London.Read More
A New York State Supreme Court judge has closed the sexual assault case against Dominique Srauss-Kahn.
On Tuesday, Judge Michael Orbus dismissed all charges against the former head of the International Monetary Fund following an official request Monday from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.
Afterward, Strauss-Kahn issued a statement calling the three months since his arrest for sexually assaulting a New York hotel maid “a nightmare for me and my family.” He thanked the judge, his family and other supporters.
Strauss-Kahn was arrested on May 14 while boarding a flight to France for sexually assaulting Nafissatou Diallo, a housekeeper at his hotel. It was a dramatic fall for the IMF chief, a Jew who once was seen as a leading candidate for the French presidency.
While Strauss-Kahn did admit to a sexual encounter with Diallo, he maintained it was consensual.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s decision not to pursue the case against Strauss-Kahn turned on Diallo’s reliability as a witness. Although Vance earlier had proclaimed her a credible witness, a pattern of falsehoods emerged in her statements, he said.
“The nature and number of the complainant’s falsehoods leave us unable to credit her version of events beyond a reasonable doubt, whatever the truth may be about the encounter between the complainant and the defendant,” the prosecuters wrote in their recommendation for dismal. “If we do not believe her beyond a reasonable doubt, we cannot ask a jury to do so.”Read More
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Art Anderson, 76, a Boy Scouts hike leader and synagogue treasurer from Kokomo, Ind. was stabbed to death on Sunday in front of his Boy Scouts.Read More
Israeli police evicted dozens of housing protesters from an abandoned building in Tel Aviv.Read More
The leader of the Libyan-Jewish community in Britain said that he has been invited to run for political office in the post- Muammar Gadhafi era.Read More
Democratic New York Assemblyman Dov Hikind, an Orthodox Jew, announced that he will not support the Democratic candidate to replace former Rep. Anthony Weiner.Read More