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  • After Iowa win, Romney expects rivals to turn up heat

    January 4, 2012 | 10:53 am

    After his razor-thin victory in Iowa, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney on Wednesday predicted “fast and furious” attacks from rivals seeking to oust him from his front-runner perch in the race for the Republican presidential nomination.

    Romney edged out Rick Santorum, a...

  • 8 comments following Iowa: How the head of Mossad became a Paul supporter

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 4, 2012 | 2:36 am

    You don’t need me for comments on the Iowa caucuses and the 2012 race. These are available for you all over the web. Thus, the following comments will focus on three things: The caucuses, the Jews and Israel. See how far we can get with that.

    1.

    At the top spots there are now...

  • Talking to Paul supporters about the US-Israel alliance

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 3, 2012 | 4:57 am

    First one must say that they were all very courteous and nice. If Ron Paul supporters – today we can start calling them voters – bear any grudge against Israel, for being such an annoying country, or for Israelis, for being so needy and apprehensive, or for anyone who might be...

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  • What Gingrich told the Des Moines Jewish community?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 2, 2012 | 8:21 am

    I saw Speaker Newt Gingrich six or seven weeks ago in New Hampshire, and I saw him again Sunday morning, January 1st in Des Moines. Back then, he looked fresh and combative, this Sunday he looked tired, almost exhausted. Maybe it is the roller coaster that took him up to be a top...

  • The Factor: How Romney leads Obama since 2006

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 30, 2011 | 9:03 am

    A project like The Israel Factor has now the benefit of being around for a while. We started the Factor back in 2006, and gone through two midterms (2006, 2010) and one full Presidential cycle (2008). Next week, in Iowa, the 2012 will officially begin – and as things look right now...

  • Chasing Paul in Iowa, for old times sake

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 29, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    On the airplane that is taking me from New York to Iowa for a week of my favorite pastime – watching American politics in action – I’m reminded of a similar visit, four years ago almost to the day. I’m taking a look at the Iowa polls and am pondering the possibility that Ron Paul...

  • Iowa Jewish Federation pulls out of 9/11 event over flag

    September 14, 2011 | 11:29 am

    A Jewish organization in Iowa pulled out of a multifaith prayer service commemorating the 9/11 attacks because the event did not display an American flag.

    The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines withdrew from the Sept. 11 event sponsored by the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa when...

  • Rubashkin appeal seeks new trial

    January 4, 2011 | 1:00 pm

    Lawyers for convicted former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin have appealed a judge’s decision denying their bid for a new trial.

    In a brief filed Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in St. Louis, Mo., lawyers for Rubashkin made four arguments on his behalf, chief among...

  • Postville Jewish community struggles to survive after raid

    By Ben Harris

    November 24, 2008 | 8:06 pm

    POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA) -- After former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin was arrested earlier this month, Rashi Raices joined several dozen members of this town's Jewish community in volunteering the equity on their homes to guarantee his return to face trial.

    All told, they...

  • Agriprocessors closed—now where’s the beef?

    By Ben Harris

    November 20, 2008 | 2:49 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)--A supermarket in New Jersey with a large kosher section has shelves nearly empty of kosher beef. In New York, a kosher steakhouse says its customers are canceling reservations because choice cuts aren't always available. And the nation's largest kosher meat producer,...
  • Troubles at meat plants prompt increased fear of kosher beef shortages

    By Ben Harris

    November 6, 2008 | 11:43 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- With the kosher meat producer Agriprocessors facing mounting financial problems, and a fire-related shutdown at another major kosher producer, industry insiders say major supply disruptions are inevitable, and kosher consumers should brace themselves for some rough...
  • Rubashkin son arrested, Agriprocessors fined $10 million in kosher slaughterhouse probe

    October 30, 2008 | 8:47 pm

    POSTVILLE, IOWA (JTA) -- The former manager of Agriprocessors was arrested today on charges related to the hiring of illegal workers.

    Sholom Rubashkin, 49, was arrested by immigration officials and was due to appear in federal court later today.

    Documents filed with the court...
  • Agriprocessors names new CEO

    September 23, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA) -- Agriprocessors has named a New York attorney as its new chief executive officer.

    The hiring of Bernard Feldman of Long Island as the kosher meat producer's new chief executive keeps the company in the good graces of the Orthodox Union, which said last week it would...

  • PETA hidden camera exposé costs Agriprocessors support of key expert [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 17, 2008 | 1:09 am

    An undercover video shot last month at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant has raised new questions about the company's slaughtering practices and cost it the support of one of the country's leading experts on animal welfare.

    Temple Grandin, an animal scientist who has served...

  • Iowa files 9000 charges against Agriprocessors, OU threatens to remove Kosher cert

    September 9, 2008 | 4:55 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Following the filing of criminal charges against owners of the kosher meat producer Agriprocessors, the Orthodox Union says it will withdraw its kosher certification of the company within two weeks unless new management is hired.

    “Within the coming days, or lets say a...

  • PETA says Agriprocessors misled rabbis about slaughter procedures [VIDEO]

    By Ben Harris

    September 5, 2008 | 6:43 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An undercover video shot at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, is prompting new claims that the company engages in inhumane slaughter and that it misled a delegation of Orthodox rabbis who visited the plant in July.

    The video, shot undercover...

  • Agriprocessors rebukes Obama, Israel sends flood aid to Ukraine

    August 28, 2008 | 12:15 am

    Agri Rebukes Obama Over Criticism

    Nathan Lewin, who is representing the largest kosher meat producer in the United States, in a statement released early Tuesday wondered whether Barack Obama had weighed the evidence in the case or considered the company's repeated denials.

    On...

  • Eating Bambi (recipe included)

    By Rob Eshman

    August 6, 2008 | 12:23 am

    Most of the anti-Semitic mail I get these days doesn't concern Israel, Hollywood or even the threat of a nuclear war in the Middle East -- it's about meat.

    The largest supplier of kosher meat in America, Agriprocessors Inc., has been the subject of ongoing public investigation and...

  • Iowa Labor Commissioner prosecutes Agriprocessors on 57 counts

    August 5, 2008 | 7:09 pm

    The Iowa Labor Commissioner’s Office has sent dozens of alleged violations against Agriprocessors to the state attorney general for prosecution.

    In its months-long investigation, the labor commissioner’s office found 57 cases of alleged child labor violations by the nation’s largest...

  • Agriprocessors tries to clean up its act

    By Sue Fishkoff

    August 5, 2008 | 7:04 pm

    POSTVILLE, Iowa (JTA)—It’s 9 a.m. on a recent Monday and about 60 people are milling around outside Jacobson Staffing, the national employment firm contracted by Agriprocessors to replace hundreds of workers lost in a May 12 federal immigration raid.

    They are hoping for jobs at...

  • Orthodox rabbis: Agriprocessors Iowa kosher plant passes muster

    By Ben Harris

    August 5, 2008 | 6:58 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—Organizers of a delegation of Orthodox rabbis say the Iowa meat-packing plant raided by federal immigration authorities in May bears no resemblance to its image as a place where safety lapses are routine and workers allegedly are abused and underpaid.

    Some 25 rabbis...

  • Conservatives release guidelines for ethical kashrut certification

    By Ben Harris

    August 4, 2008 | 7:44 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—The Conservative movement released a policy statement and guidelines for its much-anticipated ethical kashrut certification, outlining the social justice standards companies are expected to meet if their foodstuffs are to qualify for the designation.

    According to the...

  • Agriprocessors raid slammed at Congressional hearings

    By Ben Harris

    July 29, 2008 | 2:56 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Witnesses at recent congressional hearings described the federal immigration raid on the country’s largest kosher plant as a travesty of justice, a national disgrace and an ambush.

    But comparing the government detention facilities where 300 illegal workers arrested...

  • Demonstrators march in Iowa to support Agriprocessors workers

    July 28, 2008 | 3:18 pm

    An interfaith group rallied Sunday in support of undocumented workers arrested in a raid on a kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa.

    More than 900 people, mainly Jews and Catholics, called for national immigration reform and support for the nearly 400 undocumented workers...

  • Agriprocessors raid fallout continues: Jewish liberals plan rally in Postville

    By Ben Harris

    July 22, 2008 | 3:44 am

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An interfaith coalition is planning to demonstrate next week in Postville, Iowa, in support of justice for workers and comprehensive immigration reform.

    Spearheaded by Jewish Community Action, a Minnesota social justice group, the rally comes in response to...

  • Agriprocessors takes aim at government, gets boost as group drops boycott

    By Ben Harris

    July 9, 2008 | 4:42 pm

    NEW YORK (JTA)—An Orthodox social justice group dropped its boycott of the embattled kosher meat producer Agriprocessors, saying the company is “beginning to take significant steps” to address claims of worker mistreatment at its plant in Postville, Iowa.

    Uri L’tzedek launched the...

  • Kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa dumps CEO

    By Ben Harris

    May 28, 2008 | 10:38 pm

    Mounting pressure from Jewish groups and members of Congress has led the largest kosher slaughterhouse in the United States to start searching for a new CEO less than two weeks after federal agents arrested nearly 400 of its employees in a massive immigration raid.

    Aaron Rubashkin,...

  • Undressed up

    By Rob Eshman

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One day last month, Barack Obama was having dinner with Steven Spielberg and David Geffen. Hillary Clinton was on the floor of the Senate. And Tom Vilsack? He was at a Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf in Burbank, with me.

    That's when I knew his campaign was in trouble.

    Vilsack entered...

  • Tolerance Reigns in Iowa Town

    By Jennifer Nardini

    June 21, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Aaron Goldsmith is back where he started -- on a city council in a seat that at first was given to him, then challenged by some of his neighbors, and finally supported by voters.

    The embattled councilman, a Lubavitch Chassid, endured months of gossip and a flurry of anti-Semitic...

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