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At Conference, Evangelicals Take On Netanyahu's Fight

By Nathan Guttman

Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel are taking on the Netanyahu government’s fight to ease mounting pressure from the Obama administration on the settlement issue. A three-day conference of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) held in Washington this week mobilized supporters, who according to organizers represent millions of followers throughout the country, to push back against what they see as unfair and uneven demands being imposed on Israel.Read More


Expanded Hate-Crimes Bill Wins Senate Approval, Heads to Conference Committee

By Nathan Guttman

Twelve years of activism by Jewish groups is nearing an end as Congress prepares to approve legislation that would expand the definition of hate crimes to include actions based on a victim’s sexual orientation, gender or disability.Read More


New Owner of Agriprocessors Faces Old Questions About Its Plans For Company

By Rebecca Dube

The new owner of the Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, whose bid of $8.5 million for the troubled kosher meatpacking plant was accepted by a federal bankruptcy court judge July 20, is stepping into a business, and an industry, that has weathered changes under a harsh spotlight in recent years.Read More


Dovish Groups Get Surprise Invitation to White House

By Nathan Guttman

A coveted invitation to meet with President Obama at the White House was extended to the leaders of 14 Jewish groups, including many of the expected mainstream organizations and two surprises: the dovish J Street and Americans for Peace Now.Read More


Obama: U.S. Not Seeking Fight With Israel Over Settlements

By Nathan Guttman

President Barack Obama sought Monday to address Jewish concerns that his administration is applying uneven pressure on Israel, reassuring Jewish leaders of his commitment to demanding that all sides in the Middle East peace process live up to their obligations.Read More


J Street Flexes Its Muscle and Others React As New Congresswoman Steps Into the Fray

By Nathan Guttman

At a town hall meeting in late June in suburban Maryland, Rep. Donna Edwards’s tight rope walk was on full display.Read More


Accountant For Harvard Hillel Arrested After Nearly $800,000 Disappears

By Alex Weisler

To add to what already has been a bad year for fraud at Jewish organizations, Harvard University’s Hillel announced that it had lost nearly $800,000, and a former accountant has been accused of diverting funds into his personal account.Read More


For Madoff’s Victims, Here’s a Guide to the Complex World of Legal Restitution

By Alison Cies and Nathaniel Popper

Now that Bernard L. Madoff’s fate has been sealed by a 150 year-long prison sentence, many victims are shifting their focus to the issue of recouping some part of their finan-cial loss. What follows is a list of the different avenues through which victims of the fraud, including individuals, charities, and universities, may win back some of their money — a seemingly complex process that already has many people shaking their heads in dismay.Read More


In the Courtroom: Torment and Dante’s Hell

By Thane Rosenbaum

Joseph Stalin once said that a single death is a tragedy; 1 million, a statistic. The same is true, it turns out, for financial ruin.Read More


Once Labeled An AIPAC Spy, Larry Franklin Tells His Story

By Nathan Guttman

Former Pentagon Iran analyst Larry Franklin recently quit his job cleaning the restrooms at his local church in West Virginia. He still keeps his weekend job, mopping the floors at a nearby Roy Rogers restaurant. In recent years, Franklin also has gained experience in parking cars, digging trenches and cleaning cesspools. In between, he has been searching for a publisher for his book — a manual for saving America from the Iranian threat.Read More





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