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  • With Euro Cup brawl and Olympics doping scandal, Russia deepens its sense of isolation

    July 11, 2016 | 10:57 am

    In authoritarian political systems, sports take on outsized importance. After all, national greatness is part of the bargain: a measure of democratic freedom is traded for strength and victory, whether on the battlefield or in the stadium. That logic holds for Vladimir Putin’s...

  • Sheldon Silver found guilty on all counts in corruption trial

    November 30, 2015 | 1:49 pm

    Former Speaker of the New York State Assembly Sheldon Silver was found guilty on all counts by a jury on Monday.

    Silver, 71, faced seven counts, including mail and wire fraud, extortion and money laundering after his arrest earlier this year. He was accused of using his position...

  • Only a Cockeyed Cynic

    By Mindy Leaf

    July 10, 2015 | 1:05 pm

    I can point to the moment it happened. The very moment this lifelong optimist became a cynic — albeit (one still hopes) only a "cockeyed" one.

    It happened while listening to BBC news on the radio a few minutes past 8:00 am on November 18. Their headline story focused on our...

  • Jerusalem Day and justice under siege

    May 11, 2015 | 11:45 am

    Rabbi Goren sounding the shofar of the just-captured wall is connected in our memory with General Moshe Dayan’s terse message – Har HaBayit BiYadeinu – “the Temple Mount is in our hands”. The hierarchy and progression seemed Messianically clear: First we take The Wall, then we rise...

  • Nisman mystery: Who killed AMIA prosecutor?

    January 22, 2015 | 1:03 pm

    The mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman seems ripped straight out of a crime thriller.

    Nisman — the indefatigable prosecutor collecting evidence of culpability in the 1994 bombing of the Asociación Mutual Israelita Argentina (AMIA) Jewish center in Buenos...

  • The ironic ma nishtana

    By Marty Kaplan

    April 7, 2014 | 10:05 am

    There are two ma nishtanas – one adorable, and one ironic. 

    They both mean the same thing in Hebrew: “What is different?”  “What has changed?”

    The adorable one gets its charm from being sung by the youngest child at the Passover seder.  Ma nishtana starts the sentence setting...

  • Let’s be Brazil

    By Marty Kaplan

    June 24, 2013 | 12:21 pm

    I have outrage envy.

    For nearly two weeks, more than a million citizens across Brazil have taken to the streets to protest political corruption, economic injustice, poor health care, inadequate schools, lousy mass transit, a crumbling infrastructure and — yes, in the land of Pelé...

  • Christopher Dorner in Good Spirits at Local Motel

    By Andrew Dugan

    February 12, 2013 | 9:46 pm

    LOS ANGELES. Citing undisclosed sources close to him, fugitive ex-cop Christopher Dorner, who has led the L.A.P.D. on a multi-day manhunt over and beyond the Greater Los Angeles region, confirmed late Tuesday night that, in fact, he feels “fit as a fiddle,” adding, “but—you know—a...

  • Lieberman to be questioned again

    December 24, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman will be questioned again in connection with allegations that he advanced the position of Israel's former ambassador to Belarus in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

    Lieberman resigned last week as foreign...

  • Budapest Jewish cemetery being probed for corruption

    December 6, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Police are investigating allegations of corruption relating to fees charged for interment and other funerary arrangements at Budapest’s main Jewish cemetery.

    Witnesses said police late last week conducted a search of the Jewish community’s downtown offices, including the office...

  • Worker employed by Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s wife is arrested

    November 1, 2010 | 12:45 pm

    Israeli police arrested a foreign worker accused of being employed illegally by Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s wife.

    The Filipina, known as Virginia, was arrested Sunday in Tel Aviv in a joint raid with the Oz immigration unit, Haaretz reported.

    Barak’s wife, Nili Priel, admitted...

  • Olmert indicted in corruption case

    August 31, 2009 | 12:09 pm

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was indicted in three corruption cases.

    Israel’s State Prosecutor’s Office filed the charges on Sunday in three cases alleging that Olmert double-billed for overseas trips, made improper appointments when he was minister of trade and labor...

  • Stop and smell the roses in Pakistan

    August 20, 2008 | 11:58 pm

    As an Egyptian whose country's military dictators are either taken by God or an assassin's bullet, I envy the Pakistani people's ability to now use the term, "former president."

    As former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf contemplates how his friends in the U.S. administration...

  • Analysis: Olmert’s journey from right-wing idealogue to unsuccessful pragmatist

    By Ron Kampeas

    July 31, 2008 | 4:52 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—The day after Ehud Olmert buried his own political career, he announced plans to commemorate Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the ideological proponent of Greater Israel whose vision Olmert has done much to bury.

    It was an odd closing of a circle: Olmert’s signature achievement...

  • Probe of Olmert could derail peace process

    By Leslie Susser

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The corruption investigation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, which is threatening to bring down the Israeli government, potentially may have far-reaching consequences for Middle East peacemaking.

    The contours of the probe against Olmert are still unclear. After questioning Olmert and...

  • Independence creates uncertainty for Kosovo’s Jews

    By Dinah Spritzer

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Celebrations in Kosovo after declaration of independence (CNN)

    On a forlorn road dotted with half-built houses, Ines Quono reflects on her struggle in a land so remote to most Americans it might as well be Oz.

    But instead of a yellow brick road, there is crumbling, mud-drenched...

  • Katsav cops plea in sex charges

    By Dan Baron

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    His reputation in shambles from a sex scandal that broke a year ago and swelled in subsequent months, Israel's outgoing president, Moshe Katsav, put an end to the sordid chapter by agreeing to a plea bargain after months of insisting he was innocent.

    His reputation in shambles from...
  • The leaders of Israel and of the Jewish people are failing us

    By Michael Berenbaum

    May 24, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I write in sadness -- deep sadness.

    Almost 25 years ago, I read a one-line description of Jewish leadership that has haunted me ever since. The author, whose name I have repressed, wrote: "Only a confirmed anti-Semite could believe that the Jewish people have the leadership they...
  • Israeli Electoral Reform Dream: What a Headache

    By Larry Derfner

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When I left Los Angeles for Israel many years ago, two of the 15 members on the L.A. City Council, who are elected by voters in their geographical district, were widely rumored to be corrupt and a third councilman didn't even bother to hide it. Yet these three guys kept getting...
  • Israel in Wonderland

    By Roberta Fahn Schoffman

    February 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    These days, I feel a little like Alice falling down a deep dark hole and landing in a world turned so upside down that right is wrong and wrong is everywhere.

    Just when you think it can't be any more topsy-turvy in Israel than it already is, the president addresses the nation with...

  • Scandals and war fallout cast doubt on Olmert’s leadership

    By Leslie Susser

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Following the sudden but not unexpected resignation of the Israeli army's chief of staff, pundits are asking how much longer Ehud Olmert, the country's beleaguered prime minister, can survive in office.

    Under investigation for corruption and with his approval ratings at an all-time...

  • Pride of the Zionists

    By  Orit Arfa

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Surrounded by seven young children, Yehuda Richter tells me over Shabbat lunch how he decided to move from Los Angeles to

    Elon Moreh, a settlement on the outskirts of the place Jews call Shechem and the Arabs call Nablus.

    He was 14 years old and playing basketball with some black...

  • Give Peace a Shot

    By Shira Kaplan

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mahmud, 24, and I, met at a Moroccan falafel place near Dupont Circle on a surprisingly sunny December afternoon. I'd guarantee that even if you looked carefully around the D.C. area, you would find very few "couples" like us -- a Palestinian from Nablus, and an Israeli from...

  • Abramoff Linked to Jewish Ventures

    By Matthew E. Berger

    January 12, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Reading the indictment against Jack Abramoff, one might not know that he was prominent in Washington Jewish circles. But in coming months, his ties with Jewish and Israeli organizations may emerge as a prominent piece in the lobbyist's web of questionable activities.

    Last week,...

  • Israel Skeptical of Abbas Moves

    By Leslie Susser

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    The appointment of new commanders to lead a reformed Palestinian Authority security force would seem to be a step toward meeting one of the Palestinian Authority’s key obligations under the “road map” peace plan.
    Yet far from winning plaudits for P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas,...

  • Little Scandal Becomes Big Deal

    By Howard Blume

    March 24, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    The still-simmering flap over forged endorsements for Mayor James Hahn is the classic scandal that didn't have to be. A little more than a week ago, this incident grew from niche story -- something that only Jewish Journal readers might notice -- to the week's hottest local...

  • U.S. Faces Tough Policy Challenges

    By James D. Besser

    January 14, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    With Sunday's elections, the Bush administration got something it demanded from the Palestinians: the beginnings of a democracy. Whether that produces a real, functional democracy remains to be seen -- and as that drama plays out, the administration faces some tough decisions and...

  • Vote Scandal Could Cost Likud Election

    By Leslie Susser

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Until now, the Israeli election campaign has seemed like a formality: The only question seemed to be how large a majority Likud Party leader Ariel Sharon would win when the ballots were counted.

    Not any more. Pundits say a police investigation into allegations of corruption in the...

  • Following Arafat’s Money Trail

    By Gary Fitleberg

    October 10, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The Palestinian people are being betrayed and misled by the one "trusted leader" who is responsible for protecting their interests. Yasser Arafat chairman of the Palestinian Authority, has diverted funds allocated specifically for humanitarian aid purposes directly into his own...

  • Power to the People

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    During the early years of the 20th century, a jour-nalist, Lincoln Steffens, published a series of exposés that were eventually turned into the book "The Shame of the Cities." It was a sensational work of non-fiction, but it was also quite depressing. Steffens uncovered corruption...