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Is aliyah a get-out-of-jail-free card?

Is aliyah a get-out-of-jail-free card?

PARIS — An authoritative voice and phone credit was all Gilbert Chikli needed to steal millions of euros from seasoned bankers and businessmen in his native France.

One of France’s most famous criminals, the 50-year-old Chikli was sentenced in May by a Paris court to seven years in jail for defrauding dozens of telephone victims out of more than $8 million in 2005-06 while he was living in Israel.

But Chikli is living as a free man in Israel — the country has no extradition treaty with France.

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Local

Victory: Super city feeling

Victory: Super city feelingORANGE YOU glad you live in Denver? OK, it’s a lame — make that very lame — joke. But appropriate and timely this week in Denver, in wake of the Denver Broncos’ stunning and (to the “experts”) unexpected victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday. On Tuesday, when more than a million Broncomaniacs greeted their homecoming heroes in a huge parade and rally downtown, the city itself seemed dyed in orange, nicely seasoned with deep blue....
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National

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different Limmud

Post-Soviet Jews meet in LA for a different LimmudFOR ONE weekend at the Westin Pasadena hotel in the Los Angeles area, hallway conversations were conducted mostly in Russian and Hebrew, with English taking a back seat. Jan. 29-31 marked the inaugural convention on the West Coast for Limmud FSU, an organization dedicated to sparking a cultural renaissance among Jews who trace their roots back to the former Soviet Union.
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International

New arrangement at Western Wall

New arrangement at Western WallTEL AVIV — Israel’s government on Sunday, Jan. 31, approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall. The non-Orthodox prayer section at the Wall will become much larger and more accessible. Orthodox control of the Orthodox section will also be solidified. The deal, a copy of which JTA obtained ahead of the Cabinet vote, still contains a few unknowns.
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Israel

Nawi case pits left against right in Israel

Nawi case pits left against right in IsraelTEL AVIV — The footage, aired on a respected Israeli news show, appeared damning: a left-wing activist, driving through the West Bank, casually describing how he has turned Palestinian real estate brokers over to Palestinian authorities, subjecting them to a possible death sentence. Asked what happens to the Palestinians involved in the deals he admitted to setting up, Ezra Nawi says the PA “captures them and kills them.” Selling land to Jews is a capital crime under Palestinian law....
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A Jewish skier’s picks: Prayer, kosher food and divine snow

Uriel Heilman Jewish skiers now can find American mountains that serve kosher food, offer daily prayers and let you ski into a Kabbalat Shabbat service. Based on this reporter’s legwork, here are some dest... [Link]

Hummus in Hanoi: Israeli chef brings Middle Eastern cuisine to Vietnam

Lisa Keys At his restaurant Daluva, chef Shahar Lubin serves inventive mash-ups of Israeli and Vietnamese dishes alongside upscale pub grub. ... [Link]

At kosher ski restaurant in Park City, an avalanche of challenges

Uriel Heilman PARK CITY, Utah (JTA) – Laurent Masliah likes wine as much as the next Frenchman. But that’s not why he bought up every last bottle of kosher wine in the state of Utah and is desperately angling f... [Link]

Jordan’s king: Solving Israeli-Palestinian conflict necessary to defeat ISIS

Julie Wiener (JTA) — The Islamic State cannot be defeated until the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is resolved, Jordan’s king said. Speaking Friday at the Munich Security Conference, an international gathering o... [Link]

Ex-settler leader Dayan still Brazil envoy pick, Israel says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel is denying reports that it plans to withdraw a former settler leader as its proposed ambassador to Brazil. For six months, Brazil has refused to accept the appointment of the ambassad... [Link]

French rabbi, Muslim rapper to release song for murdered Jew

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — A rabbi and a Muslim rapper announced the release in France of a song against racism that they co-produced ahead of the 10-year anniversary of the anti-Semitic murder of Ilan Halimi. Coc... [Link]

People are confused why Bernie Sanders won’t own his Jewishness

Gabe Friedman Toward the beginning of Thursday night’s Democratic debate, Bernie Sanders had the perfect opportunity to tout that he would be the first Jewish president. Asked whether he’s worried about blocki... [Link]

Free Robert Levinson, Senate appeals to Iran in unanimous vote

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution urging Iran to fulfill its pledge to help find Robert Levinson, a Jewish American who went missing in Iran in 2007. Five Amer... [Link]

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