United States

Looted art claim settled

February 5, 2009

Two early paintings by Picasso will remain in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim after claims they were looted by the Nazis were settled out of court. Claimant Julius Schoeps said his German great-uncle had been forced to sell the works.


Crisis cash for Madoff victims

January 29, 2009

The Jewish Funders Network has launched a Crisis Loan Fund in the USA to assist non-profit organisations which invested with Bernard Madoff.  With an initial pool of $5 million, the fund will provide financing and interest subsidies to organisations facing budget shortfalls.


US lift death an ‘accident’

December 11, 2008

San Francisco police said that the death of a pro-Israel activist two weeks ago appeared to be accidental. The body of Dr Daniel Kliman, 38, was found on 1st December at the bottom of a lift shaft and had been there for six days. Police said they believed he had tried to climb out of the lift after it became stuck between floors.


Don’t ask America who holds the purse strings

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 20, 2008

Nearly one in five Americans think that Jews control the world's financial institutions, although only seven per cent think they have too much power and are to blame for the current financial crisis.

The findings by international pollster Stanley Greenberg also indicated that Israel continues to enjoy a high degree of public support in the United States with 66 per cent saying America should support Israel while only six per cent support the Palestinians.


Israel embraces Obama

By Nathan Guttman, November 6, 2008

The historic election of Democrat Barack Obama as US President has been warmly welcomed by Israeli leaders across the political spectrum.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert described Mr Obama's sweeping victory as "historic and impressive" adding: "America has again proven itself an example to world democracies."


US soldier sacked for attack

November 6, 2008

A US soldier has been discharged for assaulting a Jewish private during basic training. Victim Michael Handman, 20, was hospitalised after the September attack and complained of discrimination. The army declined to name the soldier who carried out the attack.


Kosher meat boss charged

November 6, 2008

The former chief executive officer and vice president of the largest kosher meatpackers in the US, Agriprocessors Inc, has been arrested. Sholom Rubashkin, 49, was charged with harbouring illegal immigrants and aiding and abetting identity theft.


Obituary: Paul Newman

By Jan Shure and Tom Tugend, October 3, 2008

Hollywood superstar, director, racing-driver, liberal activist and philanthropist, Paul Newman first made his mark on the worldwide Jewish community with his role as a Haganah leader Ari Ben Canaan in Exodus, the 1960 epic film of Israel's establishment.

Director Otto Preminger reportedly picked the startlingly handsome, blue-eyed Newman because he wanted an actor of Jewish background who did not "look Jewish".


Dead mother’s family traced via Pentagon

By Marcus Dysch, September 26, 2008

The children of a pensioner who died with no known next-of-kin have spoken of their surprise after they were traced in the United States - with the help of the Pentagon.

Sylvia Kamen was found dead at her flat in Stamford Hill earlier this month, but with the whereabouts of her family unknown, it was left to the Adath Yisroel Burial Society to give her an Orthodox funeral.


Crime ‘kingpin’ faces extradition

By Yaakov Katz, August 28, 2008

Organised crime in Israel may have been dealt a blow this week with the arrest of alleged mobster Itzik Abergil following an extradition request by the United States.

Mr Abergil has featured on Israeli police's "most-wanted" lists for the past two decades and has repeatedly been investigated on a wide range of allegations including drug-dealing, money-laundering, illegal gambling and, most recently, murder, with the July botched mob hit on a Bat Yam beach that killed Marguerita Lautin, a 31-year-old mother-of-two.