Talking Turkey

by Karen Kaya and Moran Stern On May 16, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Barack Obama. Among the items on the agenda, the leaders discussed a possible Turkish role in future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Proponents of Turkish involvement in the stalled peace process believe that this might serve U.S. interests. They… Read More

Examining Claims Conference brouhaha

by Uriel Heilman JTA News and Features NEW YORK – Who knew what, and when? Those are the questions critics are asking following the disclosure that the Claims Conference received an anonymous letter in 2001 identifying several fraudulent Holocaust-era restitution claims – nearly a decade before the organization halted a massive fraud scheme. By 2009,… Read More

Turkey, the U.S. and the Middle East Peace Process

by Karen Kaya and Moran Stern On May 16, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Barack Obama. Among the items on the agenda, the leaders discussed a possible Turkish role in future Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Proponents for Turkish involvement in the stalled peace process believe that this might serve U.S. interests. They… Read More

Defendants in Claims Conference fraud trial found guilty

More than three years after the discovery of fraudulent activity at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (“Claims Conference”), which continued for about 15 years and deprived Holocaust survivors of more than $57 million, Semen Domnitser, former Claims Conference director of hardship and Article 2 Funds, and two co-conspirators on Wednesday of last… Read More

Haredi youth mob Kotel to protest women’s prayers

Young Israeli Orthodox women turn out by the hundreds to protest Women of the Wall’s monthly prayer service at the Western Wall on Friday. Photo by Ben Sales by Ben Sales JTA News and Features JERUSALEM – Haredi Orthodox youths mobbed the Western Wall plaza by the thousands to protest Women of the Wall as… Read More

Pritzker tapped for Commerce

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Penny Pritzker, a billionaire real estate developer and a large donor to both President Obama and the Jewish Federation in Chicago, has been nominated to be the next commerce secretary. Pritzker, 54, is a civic and business leader, who thanks to both birth and hard work, has plenty of money… Read More

IRS dissects pro-Israel group

by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer Add at least one Jewish nonprofit to the growing list of organizations apparently targeted for extra scrutiny by the Internal Revenue Service. Z Street, a 501(c)(3) educational group dedicated to protecting the rights of Jewish people to live wherever they want and to combating what it calls deceptive Palestinian narratives… Read More

Will controversies hurt liberals’ support for Obama?

by Ron Kampeas JTA News and Features What happens when the rabbi who delivered the invocation at your nomination inveighs against you? Three controversies in quick succession have earned President Obama opprobrium from some of his most steadfast liberal supporters, including Rabbi David Saperstein, who directs the Reform movement’s Religious Action Center.