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Rabbis convicted of Sopranos-style New Jersey divorce kidnap plot

By Rosa Doherty, April 22, 2015

Three Orthodox rabbis have been convicted for a Sopranos-style plot in which they planned the torture of Jewish men who refused to divorce their wives.

Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jay Goldstein and Binyamin Stimler were found guilty on one count of conspiracy to commit kidnapping in a New Jersey federal court on Tuesday.

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Irreparable

March 26, 2015

Senior advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have described the relationship between the Obama administration and the Israeli government as irreparable.

The war of words between the two leaders over the last few days has focused on Mr Netanyahu's remarks on the establishment of a Palestinian state and Israel's Arab citizens, but officials in Jerusalem say they are convinced the

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US creates $50m fund for peace

By Ben Hartman, March 26, 2015

Two US lawmakers from both sides of the aisle presented a bill late last week to launch a $50m fund to promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

The bill, called the International Fund for Israeli-Palestinian Peace Authorisation Act of 2015, was presented by Republican Jeff Fortenberry and Democrat Joe Crowley.

In a statement, Mr Crowley said: "The US has played a significant leadersh

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US attempts to reassure all as Iran deal nears

By Anshel Pfeffer, March 12, 2015

Ahead of another round of talks between the P5+1 group of world powers and the Iranians next week in Lausanne, American negotiators have been seeking to both reduce expectations and lower opposition to an eventual nuclear agreement.

Following Israeli officials' complaints that they are not being updated on the talks, a flurry of meetings and phone conversations took place between senior US dip

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Trial told that get-gang rabbi 'discussed using cattle prod on male genitalia'

By Dan Friedman, March 5, 2015

It does not look promising when one lawyer's main line of defence includes the claim that razor blades at the scene of a crime were there to sharpen the quills to sign a ceremonial document.

But little runs straight in the sometimes brutal, sometimes surreal trial of Rabbi Mendel Epstein and the alleged gang of rabbinical "tough guys" he is accused of recruiting to force recalcitrant husbands t

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Cannabis? It could be an official spiritual high

By Josh Jackman, February 26, 2015

A prominent British rabbi has welcomed the prospect of medically prescribed cannabis being given kosher certification in the US.

New York rabbi Moshe Elefant, who runs the Orthodox Union's certification agency, is in talks with several companies who want their medical marijuana to be classified as kosher.

But Rabbi Abraham Pinter, headteacher of Yesodey Hatorah school in Stamford Hill, said

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'Americans holding from Israel details of Iran talks'

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 19, 2015

Tension between Washington and Jerusalem is growing as yet another crucial stage in the talks between the international community and Iran begins.

American and Israeli media outlets reported this week that the Obama administration has been limiting the information it has been sharing with Israel on the status of the talks and the details of an impending agreement.

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Israeli court absolves army over Corrie death

By Josh Jackman, February 13, 2015

Israel’s Supreme Court has ruled the army was not responsible for the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed in Gaza by a military bulldozer in 2003.

The court upheld the ruling of the lower Haifa District Court three years ago that the Israeli Defence Forces were not liable for the victim while she was in a war zone.

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I'm Simon Conway, the man who'll make the next president

By Simon Conway, February 12, 2015

Here at the Jewish Chronicle, they wanted to know about a journey. My journey from being a kid and growing up in Willesden to becoming a gatekeeper for those who want to be the most powerful man - or woman - on the planet.

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Why did America leak a report on Hizbollah chief killing?

By Anshel Pfeffer, February 6, 2015

A detailed report in the Washington Post last weekend revealed that, contrary to popular belief in the Middle East, the 2008 assassination of Hizbollah operations chief Imad Mughniyeh was largely carried out by the CIA, rather than Mossad.

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