(JTA) — Israeli police have recommended that prosecutors indict Ehud Olmert in a real estate scandal. The police investigations unit turned over its file on the Holyland apartment project scandal to State Prosecutor Moshe Lador on Monday. The police recommendation has no formal bearing. Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, is suspected of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes during the construction of the Holyland apartment project in Jerusalem when he was mayor of Jerusalem and then trade minister. Olmert is currently on trial in other corruption scandals.
(JTA) — A suspect was arrested in the shooting of a Jewish man in Brooklyn. Police on Friday arrested Jaquan Vaughn, an ex-convict, in the shooting on Aug. 10 of Baruch Halberstam, a Chasidic rabbinical student and son of a Williamsburg rabbi. Halberstam, 25, is the father of four children. He was shot in the stomach during a struggle for his wallet. He remains in the hospital in stable condition, according to the New York Post. Vaughn confessed to the shooting and robbing of Halberstam, the Post reported. He said he got a total of $5 from his victim.
Administrators at Tiferes Yisroel yeshiva in Flatbush are demanding that parents install a Web filtration system on their computers to restrict and monitor Internet behavior as a prerequisite for student enrollment, a daily paper first reported this week.
JERUSALEM (JTA) — A fund overseen by Norway's Ministry of Finance divested from two Israeli companies involved in construction in the West Bank. The Norway Oil Fund, managed by the Norwegian Central Bank, divested from Africa-Israel Investments and its construction subsidiary Danya Cebus Ltd. on Monday. It also divested from Malaysian forestry company Samling Global Ltd because of some of its logging activities, according to reports. The divestment action was taken following a decision by the ministry's ethics committee. The ministry currently blacklists nearly 50 companies.
(JTA)— Adolf Hitler may have had both Jewish and African roots, DNA testing shows.
Samples taken from some of the German Fuhrer's relatives show that he was likely descended from some of the 'sub-human' races that he tried to destroy, according to research by Belgian journalist Jean-Paul Mulders and historian Marc Vermeeren, cited in the Flemish-language magazine Knack.
Saliva samples taken from 39 Hitler relatives have genetic fingerprints pointing to possible African and Jewish ancestry.
(JTA) — Harvard University said the sale of some of its investments in Israel was not politically motivated and it is not divesting from Israel.
Harvard spokesman John Longbrake told Foreign Policy that the university sold $39 million in stocks in five Israeli companies because Israeli stocks could no longer be considered part of the emerging markets portfolio, where they previously had been held.
(JTA) — Shots were fired from inside the Turkish Embassy in Tel Aviv.
Israeli media have reported that a Palestinian from Ramallah barricaded himself inside the building Tuesday night with two hostages. He allegedly was threatening to “kill any Jews” who enter, according to Haaretz.
The streets around the embassy have been closed. Embassy staff reportedly have prevented police and medical personnel from entering the building.