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Feds Seek Israeli Suspects in ‘Operation Stow Biz’

By Nacha Cattan

The FBI is planning to ask the Israeli government to extradite a dozen Israelis indicted in a crackdown on several South Florida moving companies that allegedly scammed hundreds of clients.Sixteen moving companies and 74 operators and owners, most of them Israelis, were indicted March 4 in Broward and Dade counties on chargesRead More


Slain Serbian P.M. Served as Symbol Of Multiethnic Era

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

ROME — When the news came that Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic had been gunned down on Wednesday by an assassin in Belgrade, I pulled out a stack of photographs I had taken of him almost a year ago to the day.It was March 17, 2002, and Djindjic was in the northern Serbian city of Subotica, making his first official visit as primeRead More


A Traveler in a Fabled City Where Tolerance Meets Islam

By Shalom Goldman

I went to Turkey because war was looming. It seemed inevitable that Turkey would be involved, and that once war began Americans would not be welcome. I had wanted to go to Istanbul for years. In my student days in Jerusalem during the late 1960s I had heard from travelers that if one loved Jerusalem for its history and diversity, one hadRead More


Comic Brings Down the House on Synagogue Circuit

By Lisa Keys

We’ll start with the most obvious: Comedian Joel Chasnoff is cute.At a performance at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan last week, this reporter’s date — er, sister — whispered this observation when Chasnoff emerged from the area serving as the backstage. A JCC volunteer concurred, kicking it up a notch: In introducing Chasnoff toRead More


THE FEATHERMAN FILE

By Oren Rawls

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press No Kidding: The Qatari satellite television station Al Jazeera broadcast a discussion February 15 on “Why the Arabs Have Become the Joke of the World,” but the panelists weren’t laughing.The unusually candid discussion, translated from Arabic by the Middle East Media Research Institute, offers a rareRead More


Newsdesk March 14, 2003

Tisch Eyed for ConferenceJames Tisch has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate to be the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to a report in the New York Sun Wednesday.The Sun reports that Tisch, the CEO of Loews Corp and chairman of the board of the United Jewish Communities, is setRead More


Embattled Bay Area Police Chief To Be Honored

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — A San Francisco Jewish group is moving forward with plans to honor the city’s police chief, who this week was cleared after being indicted in one of the highest-profile police scandals in recent American history.The Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal, a human rights group working on behalf of Jews and members of otherRead More


Report Finds Alarming Rise in Uninsured Americans

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As a wide coalition of civil rights organizations, unions, faith-based groups and medical professionals launched “Cover the Uninsured Week” Monday, a new study published this week shows an alarming increase in the number of Americans without health insurance.The report, prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which isRead More


Judge Bars Web Site’s Sales of Dead Sea Balms

By Nacha Cattan

Ahava, the Israeli Dead Sea cosmetics line, is at the center of a court battle as caustic as the world’s saltiest body of water. And a federal court has recently weighed in on the mudslinging.The official American distributor of Ahava, Ahava USA, has succeeded in getting Manhattan federal Judge Victor Marrero to bar an Israeli InternetRead More


Americans Killed in Attacks Traveled Uncommon Paths

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Three American citizens residing in Israel lost their lives in two separate terrorist attacks during the last week.Abigail Litle, 14, a Haifa eighth grader, was killed when the No. 37 bus she was riding after school blew up last Wednesday. A 20-year-old Hamas militant named Mahmoud Hamdan Kawasme of Hebron had detonated a bomb he strapped to hisRead More


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