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Mob Violence Spurs Israeli Crackdown on Organized Crime

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government has decided to make the fight against organized crime a national priority, following the deaths last week of three bystanders during a failed assassination attempt against a reputed leading Tel Aviv crime boss.Following Sunday’s Cabinet meeting — devoted almost entirely to the issue ofRead More


Bye-Bye, Bagels: Finicky Fans Flip for Flagels

By Max Gross

A 65-year-old regular at Montague Street Bagels — a Brooklyn Heights temple to the traditional treat — stepped up to the counter one chilly December morning.“Three flagels,” said the customer.The long line of patrons behind him suddenly perked up. “What’s a flagel?” erupted a chorus of eager Brooklyn Heights residents.Not as doughyRead More


On a Mission, From Hospital Hallways to Capitol Hill

By Nathaniel Popper

At 79 years old, and a little over 5 feet tall, Myra Rosenbloom does not look like someone fighting the health-care establishment. But since her husband died 11 years ago, she has been on a divine mission to do just that.Jack Rosenbloom passed away in the critical care unit of a hospital where no doctor was on duty. He had a relapse of the heartRead More


Newsdesk December 19, 2003

Minister Backs Down on PrizeEducation Minister Limor Livnat on Tuesday night retracted her decision to deny Daniel Barenboim the prestigious Wolf Prize after she heard the maestro tell Israel Radio that he apologizes to anyone who might have been offended by anything he had done.Livnat, who chairs the Wolf Foundation in her capacity as minister ofRead More


Jerusalem Buzzes With Talk of Unilateral Moves Ahead of Sharon Speech

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s political establishment, from left to right, is waiting nervously for the expected unveiling next week by Prime Minister Sharon of his long-awaited plan for ending Israel’s current standoff with the Palestinians.Sharon is said to be planning to outline a detailed plan in a speech next Thursday at the conclusionRead More


Winning War on Terror Requires Reconsideration of Saudi Alliance

By John Kerry

More than a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayef, told an Arab media outlet that he thought “the Jews” were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.When a senior member of the Saudi ruling family — its top law enforcement officer responsible for trackingRead More


Former Bosnian Official Rails From Jail

By Marc Perelman

Ten years ago, when his native Bosnia was wracked by bloody ethnic warfare, Muhamed Sacirbey was able to fly from New York to Sarajevo and back without a moment’s fear. Today the war is over, yet Sacirbey, a former Bosnian foreign minister, is scared to go home.Once the Balkan nation’s most visible spokesman, Sacirbey has been in a NewRead More


Unbeloved Bush Aide Baker Reemerges in Mideast Thicket

By E.J. Kessler

A former secretary of state noted for his strained relations with Israel and American Jewry is back in the thick of Middle East affairs — just in time to throw a wrench into the 2004 election.Last week, President Bush tapped James Baker III, a Texas oil man, longtime family friend and political fixer who helped secure Bush’s hold on the 2000Read More


Rabbi May Meet With Lesbian Inmates

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Reform and Conservative movements appeared to win a small victory against Israel’s Orthodox religious establishment this week when a representative of the Israel Prison Service said a Conservative rabbi would be granted permission to meet with two lesbian inmates.While attorneys working on behalf of the Conservative rabbiRead More


Yeshiva University Countersues School In Rabbi Dispute

By Nacha Cattan

Yeshiva University, defending itself against a lawsuit by an Israeli religious academy with which it severed ties, is countersuing the Israeli school, alleging that it “utterly refused to protect” Y.U.’s exchange students from a rabbi affiliated with the academy.The Israeli school, Derech Etz Chaim yeshiva in Jerusalem, accused theRead More





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