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Bank Head Steps Down After Praising Hitler

By Rachel Zuckerman

The president of a Chicago area bank stepped down last week after a furor erupted over his comments praising Hitler’s economic policies.In a 1,500-word article in the July issue of Outlook, the online newsletter of the Glenview State Bank, which serves thousands of customers in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, President David RaubRead More


Israeli Underworld Surfaces as Gang Warfare Hits Street

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Despite the shaky cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel’s streets are stained with blood this summer, due to an explosion of gang warfare that has police baffled.One of Israel’s most feared mobsters, Yisrael “Alice” Mizrahi, 58, was killed last week when his Mercedes jeep was blown up near his south TelRead More


Austrian MP Calls for Inquiry Into Sharon’s Vienna Dealings

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Chemi Shalev in Jerusalem.

An Austrian lawmaker is calling for a formal inquiry into charges that Vienna is blocking an Israeli investigation of alleged campaign finance violations by Prime Minister Sharon — purportedly in exchange for Jerusalem’s agreement to restore diplomatic ties with the alpine nation.The lawmaker, Peter Pilz of the Green Party,Read More


Task Force Faults Bush Budget Cuts For Rising Poverty

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A national task force on poverty, set up in June by a coalition of major Jewish groups, is calling for community action to “raise public awareness” of how federal budget cuts are affecting health and social service programs “and the people they serve” — but stops short of proposing a plan to lobby against theRead More


Co-op Murals Face Plastering

By Saul Austerlitz

Faded and unkempt, the Hugo Gellert murals in the Seward Park Houses on the Lower East Side of Manhattan are once again at the heart of a budding controversy. This week the co-op’s shareholders are voting — ballots were due Friday — on whether they will be plastered over as part of a modernization of the buildings’ lobbies.Read More


Cheerleader Changed from Raiderette to Rebbetzin

By Max Gross

It is not uncommon to see a gaggle of NFL cheerleaders — covered up, of course, in unusually modest turtleneck sweaters and long skirts — lunching at one of the many kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.These former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleaders — Raiderettes, as they are called — are there to see one of their own: Elianah RochelRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

With a Peel: Skip the sugar. Skip the ice. The opinions posted on Bitterlemons.org may be hard to swallow, but like its namesake fruit, the self-described “Palestinian-Israeli Crossfire” yields a healthy squeeze of unfiltered, juicy commentary.The Web site — published in Hebrew, English and Arabic — is produced and editedRead More


Bush Eases Pressure on Both Sides Over Peace Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Seeking to prevent the unraveling of its so-called “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the Bush administration is scaling back its demands on each side in hopes of making it easier for each of them to comply. The apparent aim is to ease domestic political pressures on the leaders, as well as to defuse charges from each sideRead More


Newsdesk August 8, 2003

Nominee Could Split DemsDemocrats are weighing an effort to block the nomination of Henry Saad, an Arab-American judge from Michigan whom Bush has tapped for a seat on the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, which handles federal appeals from Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee.Although he is a conservative Republican, Saad’sRead More


Searches for Missing American Teens Intensify

JERUSALEM — Police in the north were intensifying their searches this week for two teenagers, both American Jews, who have been missing since last week.One of the missing teens, Eliezer Zussiya Klughoft, 19, is the grandson of a chasidic leader in Brooklyn, the Skoliner rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael Avraham Portugal. A yeshiva student, he wasRead More





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