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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


Jerusalem Ups Pressure To Stop Iran Nuke Program

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s summer of calm was on the verge of collapsing into new warfare this week, after a pair of deadly Palestinian terrorist attacks left tempers near the boiling point.The back-to-back suicide bombings, the worst spate of terrorism since the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire began six weeks ago, left two IsraelisRead More


U.S., E.U., Russia Seen Heeding Israel’s Warning

By Marc Perelman

Israel is stepping up its effort to gather international support to pressure Iran to abandon its nuclear program.The intensified diplomatic effort is based on the assumption — reportedly adopted this month for the first time as part of Israel’s official political-military strategic planning — that Iran will have a nuclearRead More


Dr. Laura Loses Her Religion

By Lisa Keys

With 12 million Americans tuning in daily, controversial syndicated radio-show host Laura Schlessinger — known to all as “Dr. Laura” — is arguably the best-known Orthodox Jew in the United States.Rather, she was.In a shocking if little-noticed revelation, Schlessinger — who very publicly converted to Judaism five years ago — openedRead More


Orthodox Rabbis Forbid Birthright Trips for Youths

Several of the world’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis are urging parents not to allow their children to participate in Birthright Israel, a multimillion-dollar program that offers free trips to Israel for young Jews.Rabbis in the United States and Israel signed separate statements condemning Birthright, which is funded byRead More


Newsdesk August 15, 2003

Prison Confab ProtestedThe state of Ohio is being accused by Jewish groups of violating the separation of church and state.At issue is an August 12 conference, sponsored by Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian men’s ministry, which took place at Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institution and was broadcast to prisons across theRead More


Chechnya Shows Signs of ‘Palestinization’

By Vance Serchuk

WASHINGTON — In the wake of this month’s devastating suicide bombing of a hospital near Chechnya, diplomatic analysts have increasingly been speaking of the “Palestinization” of the Chechen conflict.In recent weeks, suicide bombings have suddenly become the most visible, if not dominant, métier of the Chechen resistance. SinceRead 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


ADL Rebukes Knesset Law

By Ami Eden

In a rare rebuke of Israel, the Anti-Defamation League is criticizing the Knesset for passing a bill that denies residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens.The decision to speak out, albeit gently, puts the ADL in the unusual position of joining the European Union and international human rights organizationsRead More





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