USA

Revealed: how Mosley lost a million dollars

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Oswald Mosley’s attempt to build up support overseas in the years after the Second World War was thwarted by his commitment to antisemitism, according to a newly released Foreign Office file.

The British fascist leader planned to recruit support in America and publish a newspaper advancing his extremist views.

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I’m a kosher burrito, says new mixed-race LA mayor

By Tom Tugend, May 30, 2013

Eric Garcetti, the first Jewish mayor elected by Los Angeles voters, jokingly refers to himself as a “kosher burrito”, the latter word referring to a popular Mexican dish.

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Kerry sets out peace plan — with $4bn kick

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 30, 2013

American State Secretary John Kerry is awaiting answers from Israel and the Palestinians on his compromise proposal for a return to negotiations between the two sides.

Meanwhile, he is promoting, along with Tony Blair, a multi-million-dollar economic plan to help the Palestinian Authority.

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Iranian troops are fighting in Syria, says US

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 24, 2013

The US State Department finally acknowledged this week what has been common knowledge in the Middle East for months — that the Syrian civil war has become a conflict between regional and global players in which foreign fighters and proxies are playing a growing role.

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US considering arming rebels in Syria — despite Israeli warnings

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 2, 2013

for the first time, the US is considering arming rebel groups in Syria.

America’s toughening stance on the issue follows the reported use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.

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Israel welcomes Arab League shift on peace talks

By Zoe Winograd, May 1, 2013

The Israeli Prime Minister’s Office has “welcomed” the Arab League’s new positioning on peace talks with Israel.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani announced that the Arab League backed minor land swaps after an Arab delegation met US Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington on Monday.

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US-Israel ties factor in Boston bombing, says UN man

By Zoe Winograd, April 23, 2013

United Nations Human Rights official Richard Falk has picked out America’s relationship with Israel as one of the factors that create "blowbacks" such as the Boston bombing.

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Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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US Senate pledges military backing for Israel over Iran

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution to support Israel if a conflict with Iran arises.

Resolution 65, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Lindsey Graham, was voted on by the Senate on Tuesday.

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US cemetery director looted tombstone cash

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

An American Jewish cemetery director has pleaded guilty to stealing $1 million from her institution.

Ilana Friedman, 51, had been pocketing money from bereaved families, causing losses to Staten Island’s Jewish cemetery of over $850,000 between 2005 and 2011.

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