The campaign to win compensation for hundreds of thousands of Jewish refugees forced to flee Arab countries after 1948 got a boost this week when Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) said he plans to introduce a resolution in the House of Representatives next month demanding justice for the refugees.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his cabinet Sunday that he has made fighting anti-Semitism a major concern of his government in the wake of a two-day forum in Jerusalem designed to develop a global initiative to deal with the problem.
"The prime minister said that until now it had a low profile [in Israel]," said Natan Sharansky, who as minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs organized the forum. "In Israel, anti-Semitism was seen as a diaspora problem. Now it is understood that that has to be changed."
Lawyers for the family of Yankel Rosenbaum filed a brief last Friday asking a federal judge to keep the chasidic scholar's assailant in jail longer than guidelines suggest when he is sentenced Aug. 15 on a civil rights conviction.
But Lemrick Nelson Jr. is almost certain to be released within a year since a jury in May found that he was not responsible for causing Rosenbaum's death, although he admitted attacking him during the 1991 Crown Heights riots. Nelson faces a 10-year sentence for violating Rosenbaum's civil rights; he already has served much of that term.
Somewhere in the United States, a man found himself behind an elderly woman in the checkout line at a supermarket the other day. As she counted out her money, she discovered she didn't have enough for one remaining item in her hand. Put it on my bill, the man whispered to the cashier.
The old lady, a little confused by the transaction, went home with the item: a box of Shabbat candles.
The man had done his clandestine act of kindness, indirectly, because of Shoshana Greenbaum.
A Brooklyn federal judge last week revoked the citizenship of a 79-year-old Queens resident whom the U.S. government accused of concealing his training as an SS guard during World War II, but Jakiw Palij may remain in this country for several years if he initiates what usually is a lengthy appeals process.
"Klan-destined" is how Steve Aronson describes his acting career. Since the limelight lured him away from legal work in 1980, he's played both sides of the law, beginning with a Ku Klux Klan leader in Spike Lee's "Malcolm X."