Weiner Urges Hiring Of Orthodox Cop

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(JTA) Rep. Anthony Weiner is asking the MTA to reconsider its decision not to hire an Orthodox Jewish man who said he was rejected for a police job after refusing to sign a waiver agreeing to work on Shabbat. Harvey Silver, a policeman for nine years for the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., filed a discrimination suit in Manhattan Supreme Court in June against the Metropolitan Transit Authority and other agencies. Weiner, a Brooklyn Democrat, said the MTA probably had violated at least two articles of the state Constitution protecting freedom of religious practice.

City Seeks New Judge In A Busch Retrial

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Lawyers for New York City have asked federal Judge Sterling Johnson to recuse himself if there is a new civil trial in the shooting of Gidone Busch in 1999. In a rare ruling last month, Johnson vacated a 2003 jury verdict in favor of five police officers involved in the incident that led to Busch’s death, calling it a “miscarriage of justice.”

Suit Vs. Arab Bank Widened

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Two weeks after federal officials indicted a Texas-based nonprofit foundation and its officials for aiding terrorism, plaintiffs in an $875 million lawsuit are alleging that the group laundered “tens of thousands of dollars” through the Madison Avenue branch of Arab Bank.

Lawsuit Over Shul Turned Mosque Ends

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A state judge has thrown out the claim by a group of plaintiffs that the Mapleton Park Jewish Center in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, was sold to a mosque without the knowledge of members. “The documents submitted in support of the sale indicate that the sale was duly authorized,” wrote Judge Mark Partnow in granting a motion to dismiss the case against the Ahmadiya Movement in Islam and several other defendants.

Arab Bank Facing U.S. Penalties

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The Jordan-based Arab Bank, which shut down its New York branch earlier this year amid allegations of terrorist ties, is facing some $40 million in fines from the U.S. government as evidence emerges that it helped Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaeda and other groups, according to media reports. The fine would be levied as penalties for failing to disclose transactions with groups the government considers supportive of terrorism, The Wall Street Journal reported, noting that the transactions largely took place before the groups were so designated.

Suit-Plagued Arab Bank To Shut N.Y. Branch

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Facing dozens of plaintiffs who allege that it finances terrorism, the Jordan-based Arab Bank announced Tuesday that it is closing its New York operation. The multimillion-dollar federal lawsuits against the bank claim the Madison Avenue branch acted as a conduit for funds from Saudi Arabia to be transferred to the families of Palestinian suicide bombers as compensation.

Woman Sues Rabbis For Fraud

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Two Orthodox rabbinical groups conspired with a Brooklyn chasidic man to discredit his wife in a divorce proceeding, claims a lawsuit filed last month in state Supreme Court. Motivated by payoffs of as much as $50,000, the rabbis issued a document that disgraced Helen Chayie Sieger rather than assist in preparing a religious divorce, or get, allege Sieger and her lawyers, who are seeking at least $14 million in damages from the rabbis.

Sears Settles With Sabbath Observers

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Sears Roebuck’s home product repair division will pay more than a half million dollars to settle religious accommodation complaints brought by Sabbath observant employees, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced this week. The settlement reached Monday requires the Illinois-based retail giant to provide back pay and legal fees to five plaintiffs; to pay $225,000 to the American Law Institute to create a training program on religious accommodation; and provide scholarships of about $12,000 for 10 Sabbath observers to attend New York technical schools.

Mixed Reviews On Settlement

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Tamar Adelstein spent the second day of the Crown Heights riots huddled in a bathroom with her five children as a mob pelted her home on President Street with bottles and shouted about shooting the occupants. “We [later] turned off all lights in our home and said tehillim [psalms],” said Adelstein, one of the plaintiffs in the Crown Heights civil suit against New York City that was settled last week.

Beneficiary Battle

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A Florida widow claims she is being “squeezed” by Yeshiva University in a battle over the estate of her late husband, whose aircraft company went bankrupt after he died. YU is one of three charitable beneficiaries named in the will of Gabriel Levine, who died in 1996 with assets estimated at about $11 million.
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