Next Swap Could Free New Yorker Ilan Grapel


Israel's Cabinet unanimously approved a deal to release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptians being held in Israeli prisons.

The agreement, which was facilitated by the U.S. government, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, was approved Tuesday.

Grapel, who is accused by Egypt of being a spy for Israel, is expected to return to Israel on Thursday, according to the statement.

New Virus Aimed At Industry Uses Stuxnet Code


A computer virus similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran's nuclear program has been identified.

Duqu, with a malicious code similar to Stuxnet, was discovered on computer systems of companies in Europe, the computer security firm Symantec said in a report issued Tuesday.

"Parts of Duqu are nearly identical to Stuxnet, but with a completely different purpose," Symantec said in its report. "Duqu is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack."

Pam Am Victim’s Mom Thanks Libyans For Fall Of ‘Monster’

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Susan Cohen, whose daughter, Theadora, was killed in the Pam Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, said this weekend she was grateful to the people of Libya for rising up to depose Mouammar Kadafy, who she called “a terrorist and a monster.”

The tyrant, who held power for since 1969, was killed by rebels near his home city of Suft after he tried to escape in a convoy that was stopped by NATO aircraft.

N.J. Gov. Christie Says He’s Headed To Israel In ‘12


Chris Christie said he will travel to Israel as part of his first official overseas trip as New Jersey governor.

Christie made the announcement Monday after meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, The Star-Ledger reported. 

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties,” Christie said. “There’s a great, great, great long-term connection between New Jersey and Israel, and I intend to make that as strong as I can along with the ambassador and other important folks in the Israeli government.”

Leiby Kletzky’s Alleged Murderer Is Insane, Lawyer Says


A lawyer for the man who confessed to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky said the confession was coerced and his client is insane.

Howard Greenberg, an attorney for Levi Aron, said during a hearing Monday in New York State Supreme Court in Brooklyn that he will prove that Aron is not guilty by reason of insanity in the July murder.

Aron appeared in court through a video conference. He reportedly did not move or say a word during the hearing, according to the New York Post.

New Study Characterizes Agunot


Most agunot are younger woman with children who are trying to leave a first marriage, according to a new study.

The findings, which identified 462 instances of women refused a Jewish divorce, or get, over a five-year period, suggest that there has been an increase in such cases, while the rate of case resolution has been on the decline. These “chained women” have little money and are not aware of the resources available to them.

Jewish Gymnasts Win Medals At World Championships


 American Alexandra Raisman won a bronze medal on the floor exercise for a routine choreographed to “Hava Nagila” at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo.

Raisman, 17, of suburban Boston, also was the captain of the U.S. gold medal-winning squad in the absence of Alicia Sacramone, who was forced to withdraw due to injury.

Egypt Reportedly Ready To Free Ilan Grapel In Prisoner Swap With Israel


Egypt will reportedly release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in a prisoner exchange deal with Israel.

Grapel, who Egypt accuses of being a spy, will be released in exchange for 81 Egyptians being held in Israel on charges such as trying to illegally cross into the country, murder, drug trafficking, illegal residency and holding unlicensed weapons, according to the Egyptian newspaper Ahram. Three of the Egyptians held in Israel are under the age of 14, Ahram reported.

Grapel has not yet been indicted, and his detention was extended recently by 45 days.

8 New Arrests In $57 Million Fraud At Claims Conference


Eight additional people were arrested in connection with the ongoing investigation into the fraud at the Claims Conference, which now tops $57 million.

The arrests Oct. 12 brought the total number of arrests in the case to 30.

Madoff ‘Clawback’ Suit Going After Jewish Group Helping The Elderly


The trustee charged with recovering assets lost in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is suing the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged for $5.2 million.

The case, Picard v. Jewish Association, was filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of New York in Manhattan on Oct. 14.

It is one of hundreds of “clawback” lawsuits filed by bankruptcy trustee Irving Picard in order to collect money received from the Ponzi scheme.

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