Big surprise: Saudis continue to fund terror

File this under “duh”: on Sunday the New York Times reported that “ Nine years after the United States vowed to shut down the money pipeline that finances terrorism, senior Obama administration officials say they believe that many millions of dollars

Airport Screenings and Jewish Ethics

Special to the Jewish Week

Q. Has airport security crossed the line? Things were far less complicated back when only Superman had X-ray vision. As long as we stayed clear of the Daily Planet, we were in the clear. Now, with the new airport security measures, nothing is hidden anymore - not even our privates are private. Is this a good thing?

Rabbi Joshua Hammerman

Groping for an answer on airport security

I'm a little on the ambivalent side when it comes to new TSA security procedures.

I”m not all that fussed about airport scanners; I've been through a few and it's no big deal, so I don't plan to opt out and get groped by some TSA screener who's justifiably frustrated and angry about being abused by angry travelers.

What bothers me is what this new airport security regimen may tell us about TSA leaders.

Israel Begins Building Barrier on Egyptian Border


JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel's southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being undertaken in order to prevent migrant workers from entering Israel as well as to deter terrorists and drug smugglers.

Klinghoffer: ‘Take Care of My Girls, Israel’

Twenty-five years on, daughters remember dad, thrown overboard in his wheelchair.
Associate Editor

The last Jewish century saw an unrelenting braiding of anti-Semitic savagery and sadism, absolute evil from Kisheniv 1903, to Hebron 1929, to the Shoah, to Ma’alot 1974. And yet say “Leon Klinghoffer” to most anyone who was alive in 1985 and you’ll see memory and chills return

The Klinghoffer daughters, Ilsa, left, and Lisa, are continuing their mother’s work and honoring their father.

Homeland Security Advises Jewish Institutions on Terror Threats


SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security advised Jewish institutions on protecting themselves from terrorist threats.

About 500 Jewish agencies joined a 75-minute conference call on Wednesday focusing on security. The call was organized after the thwarted mail-bomb threat against two Jewish institutions in Chicago.

Media Watch: The Rest Of The Kristallnacht Story

Was the assassin avenging his parents or affair gone wrong?
Associate Editor

A thin veil and close calls separates this world from the world of the dead. Two weeks ago, four radical Muslims were convicted of attempting to bomb a pair of New York synagogues, a plot foiled by the FBI. Last week, terrorists in Yemen, presumably al Qaeda, mailed two bombs to a pair of Chicago synagogues, a plot foiled by the Saudis, of all people. And next week, we have the anniversary of Kristallnacht (the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938), when 267 German synagogues were destroyed in a devil’s night of fire and broken glass.

Herschel Grynszpan after his arrest in November 1938.

Jews In The Crosshairs: From Riverdale To Chicago


The Jewish Week asked eight rabbis, thinkers and communal leaders to reflect on the foiled Chicago synagogue bomb plot and what it says about Jews in America today. While it is unclear whether Jews were actually the target of this latest plot (authorities now believe the addresses on the packages did not match those of Chicago synagogues and believe the explosives were intended to go off in the air), it is clear that the Yemeni plot, like many before it, has ignited fear and consternation in the Jewish community.

Abraham H. Foxman

Candidates In Tight AG Race Spar Over Terrorism

Assistant Managing Editor

With the threat of new al Qaeda terrorist attacks hanging over the nation, the contenders in New York’s dead-heat race for state attorney general are locking horns on the issue after the NY Post pointed out that Democrat Eric Schneiderman voted against three anti-terror bills in the state S

Yemeni Woman Arrested in Foiled Chicago Parcel Bomb Attack


(JTA) -- Security forces in Yemen arrested a university student suspected of mailing two bombs to synagogues in Chicago.

The woman has been identified as Hanan Al-Samawi, 22, an engineering student at Sana’a University. Her mother, 45, was also arrested, according to reports.

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