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Olmert headed to jail

Olmert headed to jail

TEL AVIV — Now we know one thing for sure: Ehud Olmert will never again be prime minister of Israel.

Olmert, who led Israel’s government from 2006 to 2009, was convicted Monday morning of taking bribes in the Holyland affair, a scandal involving the illegal construction of high-rise apartments in Jerusalem when Olmert was the city’s mayor more than a decade ago.

Olmert was convicted of receiving about $150,000 in bribes through his brother, Yossi.

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National

Pollard for peace?

Pollard for peace?WASHINGTON — Possibilities raised during efforts to resolve the current crisis over Israeli-Palestinian peace talks include freeing Jonathan Pollard, a partial settlement freeze, guarantees that Palestinians won’t push for international recognition and a mass prisoner release. Officials close to the talks confirmed to JTA that US Secretary of State John Kerry and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had discussed a formula that would extend the Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, now on t...
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Local

Rebranding of Allied Jewish Apartments

Rebranding of  Allied Jewish ApartmentsKAVOD Senior Life, formerly Allied Jewish Apartments, is the new name of one of Denver’s leading providers of senior housing and services as well as outreach programs in the broader community. Michael Klein, executive director of Kavod Senior Life, made the announcement. Community members are invited to join Kavod Senior Life and celebrate this change at the annual meeting on Monday, April 28, 6 p.m., at 22 S. Adams St. The evening includes kosher hors d’oeuvres and desserts. Reservations...
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National

Saudi to US journalist: Don’t come! Stay out!

Saudi to US journalist: Don’t come! Stay out!WASHINGTON — The White House said it was “deeply disappointed” that Saudi Arabia denied a visa to a Jewish American reporter working for the Jerusalem Post. Michael Wilner, the Israeli newspaper’s Washington bureau chief, planned to cover President Obama’s visit to Saudi Arabia this week. “We are deeply disappointed that this credible journalist was denied a visa,” Bernadette Meehan, the spokeswoman for the National Security Council, told JTA in an email. “We will continue to r...
International

Jewish president of Ukraine?

Jewish president of Ukraine?KIEV — Ukrainian Jewish businessman Vadim Rabinovich announced his candidacy for president of Ukraine in the May elections. Rabinovich, 61, the owner and co-founder of Jewish News One and co-chair of the European Jewish Parliament, made the announcement during an interview Tuesday, March 25, for the Vesti.ua news website and online radio service. In the interview, which Rabinovich posted on his Facebook page, he said Ukraine should become a neutral nation, with a small professional army base...
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Shabbat Times

JTA News

Obama administration presses for $225M addition to Iron Dome funding

Ron Kampeas The Obama administration asked Congress to fast-track Israel’s request for an additional $225 million for the Iron Dome anti-missile system. ... [Link]

Former Auschwitz guard dies before extradition to Germany

Marcy Oster Johann Breyer, the 89-year-old Philadelphia man who served as a guard at Auschwitz and was scheduled to be extradited to Germany, has died. ... [Link]

Police: Murdered Florida State prof Dan Markel was target

Marcy Oster Dan Markel, the Florida State University law professor who was murdered in his home, was shot in the head by someone who wanted him dead, police said. ... [Link]

Three IDF soldiers killed in Gaza home explosion

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were killed in a Gaza house rigged with explosives. ... [Link]

Brooklyn man must pay $522,000 in Israeli charities scam

Julie Wiener A Brooklyn man who pleaded guilty to felony tax fraud in an Israeli charities scam was ordered to pay more than a half-million dollars in a civil suit. ... [Link]

The Israel-Hamas war through haredi Orthodox eyes

Miriam Moster Was a gay pride parade to blame for the kidnapping of three Israeli teens? Can modest garb and ice cream save civilian lives? ... [Link]

FAA extends Ben Gurion Airport ban another 24 hours

Ron Kampeas The Federal Aviation Administration extended for another day its ban on flights to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. ... [Link]

Survey: Half of U.K. Jews not overly concerned by rising anti-Semitism

Julie Wiener Nearly 70 percent of Jews in the United Kingdom believe anti-Semitism is on the rise, a new survey found, but half of the respondents are not overly concerned. ... [Link]

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