American Authorities Ratchet Up Pressure on Hamas

By Marc Perelman

A recent spate of arrests, indictments and convictions of Hamas operatives is shining fresh light on the terrorist organization’s presence in the United States, experts said.The legal moves against the Palestinian group are also the latest indication that the aggressive anti-terrorism policies put in place to track down Al Qaeda are also beingRead More

Espionage Ruled Out in Case of Bad Art

By Seamus Mcgraw

Is it espionage or — worse — bad art?While officials in the United States are busy grappling with the question of whether Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin passed sensitive information to Israel and compromised national security, authorities in our neighbor to the north are trying to tamp down speculation that a platoonRead More

Affair May Slow Push for Regime Change in Tehran

By Marc Perelman

The disclosure this week of an FBI investigation into the activities of a Defense Department official involved in Iran policy is being seen as a blow to advocates of regime change in Tehran.A key Pentagon supporter of such a policy, Lawrence Franklin, is reportedly under investigation for allegedly passing classified information about AmericanRead More

Questions Raised Over Aipac’s Tactics

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The FBI investigation of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee has cast light on the fine line that the organization walks between advocating a strong American-Israeli alliance and acting as the representative of a foreign government.Both activities are legal, but serving a foreign government requires registrationRead More

UJC Faces Questions As Rieger Takes Helm

By Nathaniel Popper

When Howard Rieger becomes president of United Jewish Communities on September 1, he will take the reins of an organization confronting defining questions about its role as the coordinating body for 155 North American Jewish federations.After three years in which giving to the federation’s annual campaign has declined, UJC has struggled with itsRead More

Windsurfer From Israel Strikes Gold

Gal Friedman became the first Israeli ever to win an Olympic gold medal, when he won the windsurfing event in Athens on Wednesday.Friedman, who took home the bronze medal in Atlanta in 1996, is also the first Israeli to win two Olympic medals.After Friedman crossed the finish line Wednesday, he took a victory dip and then wrapped himself in anRead More

Newsdesk August 27, 2004

Moskowitz Gets LicenseThe California Gambling Control Commission last week granted controversial philanthropist Irving Moskowitz a permanent license for his casino in the city of Hawaiian Gardens. Both Moskowitz’s casino and bingo hall in the small, impoverished town near Los Angeles have long been the subject of intense criticism from aRead More

Thou Shalt Not Bear False Witness

By Gus Tyler

The ninth commandment of the Ten Commandments declares, in no uncertain terms: “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbors.”We mention this sacred script from the Bible at this time because of its pertinent relevance to one of the nastiest confrontations in the many mean-minded moments in the long history of American politicalRead More

Labor Leader To Press Welfare Agenda

By Marc Perelman

Israel’s newest prime ministerial contender was in New York last week trying to woo American Jewish leaders by telling them he does not want his country to be like theirs. Moreover, he said, he’s not alone in his view.Amir Peretz, chairman of Israel’s powerful Histadrut labor federation, said in an interview last week that growing numbers ofRead More

French Jews Putting Down Roots in Eilat

By Brett Kline

EILAT, Israel — Eloise Benchetrit and her husband just signed on the purchase of four apartments in the upscale Shachamon neighborhood of Eilat, Israel’s desert resort town on the Red Sea. “It is paradise here with the sea and the sun,” the Parisian computer importer said, echoing a phrase right out of a tourist guidebook. “This way,Read More

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