Queens GOP Candidate Blasts ‘Terrorist-Loving Congressman’ In Ad

09/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

A Republican who is running for a House seat in southeast Queens, attacked Democrat incumbent Gregory Meeks as a “scandal-ridden, terrorist-loving congressman” in a Jewish newspaper ad this week, complete with a photo of Osama Bin-Laden.

Asher Taub's ad in the Five Towns Jewish Times says Meeks was “so concerned about Muslim preachers who head terrorist charities that were being put through extra security at our airports that he personally interceded for them with the Bush White House.”

Paladino Buys Silver Train Ticket Out Of State

09/27/2010 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Republican candidate for governor Carl Paladino has bought Sheldon Silver a ticket to Washington DC in response to the assembly speaker’s suggestion that people leave New York if Paladino is elected.

Meet the High-Tech Millionaire Leading the West Bank Settlement Movement

09/26/2010 - 20:00

TEL SHILOH, West Bank (JTA) -- Naftali Bennett does not fit the mold of a typical Jewish settler leader.

He's just 38, made his fortune in high tech before entering what he describes as public service and doesn’t even live in the West Bank.

A former commando and company commander in the Israeli army, Bennett is now preparing for a possible battle against an old ally: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Building Begins in West Bank as Freeze Ends

09/26/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Building began in West Bank communities just hours after the expiration of a 10-month settlement construction freeze.

Work on 50 apartments for people removed five years ago from Gush Katif began Monday morning in Ariel. Construction also continued Monday in Revava, Yakir and Kochav Hashachar, Haaretz reported, on homes for which permits had been issued before the freeze began.

Construction is expected to begin Tuesday in several other West Bank communities including Shavei Shomron, Adam, Oranit, Sha'arei Tikva, Kedumim and Karmei Tzur.

U.S. Was Behind 9/11 Attacks, Ahmadinejad Tells U.N.

09/24/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The United States arranged the 9/11 attacks "to save the Zionist regime," Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad told the U.N. General Assembly.

After suggesting that U.S. officials at the highest levels were complicit in the 9/11 attacks, he called on the United Nations to establish "an independent fact-finding group" to investigate the attacks. The U.S. delegation walked out of Ahmadinejad's speech Thursday at the United Nations, as did all 27 European Union delegations, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Costa Rica, according to reports.

J Street Owns Up to Soros Funding

09/24/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- J Street acknowledged substantial donations from George Soros, reversing years of claims by the group that it had nothing to do with the liberal financier.

Jeremy Ben-Ami, the director of the dovish pro-Israel lobby, confirmed to JTA a report that first appeared in the Washington Times that it had received $245,000 from Soros and his children in 2008, and added that it had received another $500,000 in subsequent years -- altogether, about 7 percent of the $11 million it says it has taken in since its 2008 founding.

Federations and Overseas Partners Reach Funding Deal

09/21/2010 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Jewish Federations of North America and its two primary overseas partners have reached an agreement in principle over how to divide the money raised by local federations.

The Jewish Agency for Israel and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee have been struggling with the JFNA for nearly two years over how to split the more than $100 million raised by the federation system for overseas needs. The two overseas partners have traditionally split the money using a formula that gives 75 percent of the funds to the Jewish Agency and 25 percent to JDC.

Barely Months Into Talks, Will the Freeze Freeze a Peace Deal?

09/21/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- When the fat lady sings on Sept. 26, it may only be an intermission.

That’s the word from an array of Mideast experts across the political spectrum. They are predicting that the seeming intractability between Israel and the Palestinians over whether Israel extends a settlement moratorium beyond its end date will not scuttle the peace talks.

Instead, the observers say, the sides are likely employing the brinksmanship that has come to characterize Middle East peacemaking.

Seinfeld, Midler to Headline Jewish Museum Opening

09/21/2010 - 20:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jerry Seinfeld will emcee and Bette Midler will headline the official unveiling of the renovated National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

The Nov. 13 gala will celebrate the $150 million project to move the museum to Philadelphia's Independence Mall and to expand the museum from about 10,000 square feet to more than 100,000.

Uphill Battle For Survivors On Hill

Long-shot bill would allow heirs of insurance policyholders to sue Generali, other companies.
09/20/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In 2007 an international commission to get justice for the heirs of Holocaust-era insurance policyholders ended its work. But for Riverdale’s Sello Fisch, the fight — seemingly hopeless — goes on.

This week, the House Judiciary Committee will consider legislation — previously rejected by Congress — to allow Fisch and other heirs to bring lawsuits against the Italian insurance giant Assicurazioni Generali and other Holocaust-era insurance companies in an effort to compel them to pay those policies.

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