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  • A bullet waiting for us all in Karachi

    By Mahim Maher

    August 4, 2014 | 2:46 am

    I was robbed at gunpoint this week in Karachi. I don’t really want to write about this because the repetitive telling of the story or externalization of the experience feels as if it will give it another life—numb its essence or fetishize it.

    I’ve worked as a journalist in...

  • Israel conducts illegal weapons amnesty

    May 28, 2013 | 10:20 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    There are a lot of guns in Israel. You see them carried by soldiers as you walk down the street; on the hip of the security guard checking your bag as you enter the bank; and even by licensed civilians who live in or travel...

  • Weapons found in Arab-Israeli village’s elementary school

    February 5, 2013 | 10:59 am

    A cache of weapons was discovered hidden in an elementary school in an Arab-Israeli village in northern Israel.

    The weapons, including RPG anti-tank missiles, rockets, grenades and bullets, also were found in a kindergarten and a drainage ditch in Abu Sinan, according to reports.  Israel Police sappers destroyed the explosives.

    It is believed that the weapons were the property of local crime families. Some of the arms may have been stolen from a local army depot.

  • Mickey Cohen’s colorful life of crime

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 22, 2012 | 4:08 pm

    Meyer Harris Cohen was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in imperial Russia, immigrated with his family to the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn and reached Los Angeles’ Jewish point of entry in Boyle Heights in 1915. Up to this point, the spare details of his biography are...

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  • Toronto woman charged in Holocaust claims case

    April 27, 2012 | 10:17 am

    A woman living in Toronto was charged in the United States with taking part in a scheme to steal from a Holocaust survivors’ fund.

    Documents obtained by the CBC, the state-owned broadcaster, show that the FBI alleges Luba Kramrish was part of a conspiracy that falsified documents to...

  • Israeli waiter convicted of killing boss and family

    November 7, 2011 | 10:02 am

    An Israeli waiter was found guilty on Monday of murdering the boss who fired him and five members of the restaurant owner’s family, including a baby, stabbing them to death in their home.

    Damian Kerlik carried out the killings in 2009, angry over his dismissal for stealing alcohol...

  • Agriprocessors’ Rubashkin denied new trial


    September 21, 2011 | 10:54 am

    Former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was denied a new trial by a U.S. appeals court.
 The St. Louis Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 16 that Rubashkin did not prove in his bid for a new trial that the presiding judge in the original case, Linda Reade of the U.S. District...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s accused killer pleads not guilty

    August 4, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Levi Aron, the Brooklyn man who is accused of killing and dismembering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment.

    Aron was arraigned Thursday in Brooklyn. An attorney spoke for the suspect.

    Aron is charged with murdering Leiby after the boy became lost while...

  • Body of Brooklyn youngster Leiby Kletzky found, suspect arrested

    July 13, 2011 | 9:08 am

    The body of an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who disappeared while walking home from camp was found, and at least one suspect was taken into custody.

    Leiby Kletzky had been missing since Monday. Part of his dismembered body reportedly was found Wednesday morning in a dumpster in Brooklyn...

  • Jaffa Mosque bombing plan was to be blamed on right wing Israelis

    May 17, 2011 | 8:09 am

    An Arab-Israeli crime mob planned to bomb a mosque in Jaffa and pass it off as an attack by right-wing settlers, police discovered.

    At least eight people have been under arrest for the last month in the case, from which a gag order was lifted Tuesday, according to reports.

    The plan...

  • Agriprocessors supervisor arrested in Israel

    April 14, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    A former supervisor of the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa was arrested in Israel.

    Hosam Amara, 46, was indicted in 2009 on federal charges of fraud and immigration abuses. He is accused of some of the worst worker abuses at the now defunct plant in Postville,...

  • Mets’ owners slapped with Madoff ‘clawback’ lawsuit

    January 31, 2011 | 10:28 am

    The trustee for the Bernard Madoff estate has sued the owners of the New York Mets, claiming they should have known the money made with Madoff was done so nefariously. 

    Irving Picard, the trustee charged with recovering billions of dollars in assets stolen in Madoff’s Ponzi...

  • Israeli alleged mobsters appear in L.A. court

    By Tom Tugend

    January 19, 2011 | 9:41 am

    Five Israeli alleged mob figures extradited to Los Angeles last week will spend a considerable amount of time in jail — and that’s before their trial starts.

    Defense lawyer Victor Sherman and his colleagues have asked for additional time to get up to speed on the complex cases,...

  • Rubashkin family members fined $2 million

    December 19, 2010 | 8:50 pm

    Members of the Rubashkin family, who operated the now-defunct Agriprocessers kosher meatpacking plant, must pay a total of more than $2 million after defaulting on loans.

    A federal judge ordered Dec. 16 that Abraham Aaron Rubashkin and sons Sholom and Tzvi must pay the money to the...

  • Body of American tourist, allegedly killed by Arabs, found near Jerusalem

    December 19, 2010 | 8:42 pm

    The body of an American tourist was found near Jerusalem a day after she was attacked and kidnapped, allegedly by Arab assailants.

    Christine Logan’s body was identified Sunday morning by Jerusalem police. Her hometown in the United States has not yet been reported.

    Logan and a...

  • Mother convicted of starving children

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 25, 2010 | 7:08 pm

    I just got out of my criminal law class where we were talking about a case similar to what follows, though it involved a son failing to obtain medical aid for his invalid mother and no mentions of leaving that for God to provide. From RNS:

    A woman who made no effort to feed her four...

  • Temple 420 founder back in court

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 6, 2010 | 9:46 am

    I got an e-mail yesterday from Craig X Rubin, the founder of the cannabis church Temple 420 (much more here and here), saying he is again looking at a decent prison sentence—he said 12 years. He was arrested in October for operating a pot pharmacy and will be in court today.

    ...
  • Priest OKs shoplifting from big box retailers

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 23, 2009 | 7:14 pm

    Remember that episode of “The Simpsons” where Bart, Fat Tony’s young apprentice, learns his master’s business?

    Bart: Uh, say, are you guys crooks?
    Fat Tony: Bart, is it wrong to steal a loaf of bread to feed your starving family?

    Bart: No.
    Fat Tony: Well, suppose you got a large...

  • Islamophobia story of the year

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 11, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    Think this guy took to call to arms in the war on terror a bit seriously?

    Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.

    That man, a Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks...

  • Maccabi has $22,000 stolen from locker room at Staples Center

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 26, 2009 | 12:09 pm

    Maccabi Tel Aviv’s coach refusing to leave Madison Square Garden after getting tossed from the team’s game against the Knicks might not have been the lowlight of their U.S. trip. After playing the Knicks, Maccabi flew west to face off against the Clippers (also an NBA team).

    ...
  • Church custodian arrested in priest’s slaying

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 25, 2009 | 4:29 am

    The Rev. Ed Hinds was found dead Friday in rectory kitchen of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Chatham, N.J. Saturday authorities arrested and charged the church janitor, Jose Feliciano, 64, with stabbing the priest 32 times. From the AP:

    The announcement of Feliciano’s arrest...

  • Madoff earns some prison yard ‘cred’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 13, 2009 | 3:57 pm

    Seriously, I’m surprised Bernard Madoff hasn’t gotten shanked yet. He did, however, get into a prison yard scuffle with another inmate who disagreed with the great swindler’s investment advice. From NYPost:

    The shouting match got so heated that the inmate pushed Madoff, who shoved...

  • Elizabeth Smart testifies: man who raped her not close to God

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 1, 2009 | 8:55 pm

    NPR aired a gut-wrenching report a few minutes ago on Elizabeth Smart’s first-public testimony of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her abductor, Brian David Mitchell. The most painful part of this story for me is the way that Mitchell, like so many other wicked, wicked men who...

  • If Roman Polanski were a Catholic priest

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 30, 2009 | 12:14 pm

    I thought it was odd Sunday after news broke that Roman Polanski had been arrested in Switzerland on a 31-year-old warrant for fleeing the United States after pleading guilty to unlawful sex with a minor. But I didn’t expect people, other than maybe the French government to pitch a...

  • Murdered Yale student’s fiance to stay home from shul

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 18, 2009 | 12:56 pm

    Who knew there would be a Jewish hook to that awful story of the Yale grad student murdered in the days before her wedding? (Not one like the suspected Craigslist Killer.) The family of Jonathan Widawsky, a Columbia student, said yesterday that they would be skipping High Holiday...

  • God told hijacker preacher to do it

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 14, 2009 | 11:29 am

    How did I miss this fun one last week? Check it:

    A Bolivian preacher who hijacked a Mexican plane saying he was on a divine mission used three juice cans to convince crew members he had a bomb, he later told reporters.

    Jose Marc Flores Pereira, 44, a Bible-carrying evangelical...

  • Israeli police recommend Lieberman indictment

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    August 3, 2009 | 1:17 am

    So much for giving a good name to hardline politics. The Israeli police’s national fraud unit recommended Sunday that Avigdor Lieberman be indicted in a money laundering scheme:

    In a brief turned over Sunday to the Attorney General’s office, the police recommended that the foreign...

  • Rabbis and politicians arrested in New Jersey corruption scandal

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 23, 2009 | 3:04 pm

    Did you hear the one about all those New Jersey mayors and rabbis who were arrested today in the Garden State latest corruption scandal involving public figures?

    Among those arrested this morning were Assemblyman Daniel Van Pelt (R-Ocean), Jersey City Deputy Mayor Leona Beldini,...

  • Tony Alamo to take stand in sex-crime case

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 21, 2009 | 12:32 pm

    The prosecution has completed its argument in the sex-crime trial of oddball religious leader Tony Alamo. Now this morning, Alamo, against the advise of his defense attorneys, walked into court and said he will take the stand.

    “I’ve already won,” he said. “They’ve got nothing.”

    ...
  • Minister wins right to curse judge

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 21, 2009 | 12:16 pm

    Last week a Michigan appeals court ruled that a minister had the right to hurl at a judge biblical curses that had landed him in jail.

    From RNS:

    The appeals court unanimously decided the Rev. Edward Pinkney’s rights to free speech were violated when he was sentenced to jail for...

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