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Likud’s Tangled Charity Web

02/19/1999
Staff Writer
Nearly a half-million dollars raised in America for Israeli children by Likud fund-raisers cannot be properly accounted for, a joint investigation by The Jewish Week and the Israeli daily paper Haaretz has found. The joint probe, which included scrutiny of Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign financing, has found that some of the money in question — about $47,000 — was instead channeled directly to the Likud Party and other Israeli political causes.

Bill, Bibi Raise The Stakes

05/15/1998
Staff Writer
As tension built between Washington and Jerusalem last week, Dr. Mandell Ganchrow, a leader of the Orthodox movement, rose to urge American Jewry’s primary umbrella group to issue a clear statement strongly condemning U.S. pressure on Israel. Instantly, a chorus of no’s echoed in the Manhattan meeting room of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. And conference chairman Melvin Salberg, ever sensitive to the consensus the group needed to act, told Ganchrow quickly, “I think you have your answer, Mendy.”

Lauder’s Proposed Serb Deal Eyed

02/26/1999
Staff Writer

They first met through Benjamin Netanyahu, who brought them together when both were supporting his ultimately successful 1993 bid to lead Israel’s Likud Party.

But this week, the booming business partnership that emerged between philanthropist and media mogul Ronald Lauder and Netanyahu campaign official Itzhak Fisher in 1994 took a controversial turn.

Cooling The Campus Heat

05/10/2002
Staff Writer
New York University's Office of Student Life was the scene of a peace negotiation last week that Colin Powell can only dream about. On one side of Sally Arthur, assistant vice president for student life, sat two leaders of a pro-Israel Jewish student group called TorchPAC. On the other side sat two officials from the pro-Palestinian Arab Student Union, the largest Arab student group at the Greenwich Village institution.

FBI Ignoring Own Terrorism Code

07/12/2002
Staff Writer
The FBI is ignoring its own guidelines on terrorism in the July 4 El Al shootings, possibly undermining America's war against Islamic extremists, several experts told The Jewish Week. The counterterrorism experts, both American and Israeli, say they are baffled by the FBI's continuing refusal to label as terrorism the Independence Day attack at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport by an Egyptian gunmen that killed a female El Al ticket agent, an Israeli diamond broker, and wounded three others.

Israelis Troubled By Airline Incidents

08/16/2002
Staff Writer
When Israel's Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior was removed from a U.S. commercial plane last week by the pilot for posing a "security risk," it raised anew the enforcement of airline safety after Sept. 11. The Aug. 8 incident marked the third time in recent months that a high-ranking Israeli delegation was barred from a flight because a pilot deemed them a security risk.

Israel OKs Bail For New Square Fugitive

03/12/1999
Staff Writer
Despite objections by U.S. law enforcement officials, an Israeli court this week approved an unusual $3 million bail agreement for the founder of the chasidic New Square community, who is fighting extradition on charges he stole tens of millions of dollars in federal education and housing aid.

Greeks Fete Two Jews

02/26/1999
Staff Writer
One of the nation's top Greek Orthodox events will feature two Jewish speakers. Author Elie Wiesel will be presented with the Athenagoras Humanitarian Award on Saturday night at the Annual Grand Banquet of the Order of St. Andrew. Wiesel joins former President Jimmy Carter and the late Mother Theresa as past winners of the humanitarian prize.

Jesus' Death Now Debated By Jews

10/03/2003
Staff Writer
The controversy over Mel Gibson's upcoming film about the death of Jesus has spurred painful exchanges between Jews and Christians and progressive and traditional Catholics in recent days. To date, the debates have centered on the "proper" interpretation of the role of Jews in Jesus' Crucifixion, as presented in the four New Testament Gospels. But this week, Gibson's $25 million biblical epic, which the director insists is about love and forgiveness, has triggered a new squabble: among Jewish scholars.
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