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December 2, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Defending the Right to a Jewish State

Heather Hale: Compliment your kids without giving them big heads

Megan Shauri: 10 ways you are ruining your own happiness

Carolyn Bigda: 8 Best Dividend Stocks for 2015

Kiplinger's Personal Finance editors: 7 Things You Didn't Know About Paying Off Student Loans

Samantha Olson: The Crucial Mistake 55% Of Parents Are Making At Their Baby's Bedtime

Densie Well, Ph.D., R.D. Open your eyes to yellow vegetables

The Kosher Gourmet by Megan Gordon With its colorful cache of purples and oranges and reds, COLLARD GREEN SLAW is a marvelous mood booster --- not to mention just downright delish
April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 8, 2004 /19 Tamuz, 5764

Hamas Link On Madison Avenue?

By Adam Dickter

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Victims' families allege Arab Bank operates 'insurance coverage plan' for terrorists


http://www.jewishworldreview.com | The New York branch of Arab Bank is a virtual ATM for suicide bombers' families, a group of terror victims and their relatives allege in a federal lawsuit.


The plaintiffs have accused the Jordan-based Arab Bank of "knowingly administering the distribution of financial benefits" to Palestinian terrorists by channeling millions from Saudi depositors to the accounts of bombers and their families through the Madison Avenue branch, as well as providing banking services to Hamas.


"The money, which originates in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states, is transferred through New York, converted into dollars and forwarded to the West Bank and Gaza Strip, where Arab Bank has a dozen or so branches," said Gary Osen, one of the plaintiff lawyers. "The bank as a whole serves as a distribution mechanism for what we call the 'universal insurance coverage plan' for terrorists."


According to court papers, Arab Bank "assists in distributing funds to support the terror campaign" of Hamas by providing banking services through an account in its Beirut branch to collect funds directly in the organization's name and through front groups.


In a statement on Wednesday, Arab Bank called the assertions "totally irresponsible," and insisted it acted ethically. "This litigation is unfortunate and baseless and will be forcefully defended in the courts," said the statement.


A spokeswoman for Arab Bank in New York did not immediately return calls for comment on Tuesday.

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The $875 million suit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District on July 2 by relatives of U.S. citizens living in Israel who were victims of terror, and the widow of a former U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb in Gaza last October while protecting American diplomats.


They are represented by the Terror Victims Litigation Project, a group of four law firms in New York, Dallas and Oradell, N.J. Peter Raven-Hansen, a professor of national security law at George Washington University, is also participating in the lawsuit.


"We have to hit them in the pocketbook," said Maida Averbach, the mother of one of the plaintiffs, Steven Averbach, 38, of New Jersey, who became paralyzed after trying unsuccessfully to stop a suicide bomber on a Jerusalem bus in May 2003. "If we tie up their funds in this country, maybe future funnelers will take heed."


Osen said a Web site posted by the Saudi Committee in Support of the Intifada Al Quds openly declared that the group distributes funds to the families of Palestinian "martyrs." According to the suit, the committee pays out $5,316 to the families of dead terrorists and lesser benefits to those who are injured or arrested.


"Mainly it's in plain view if you read Arabic and know where to look," said Osen.


The sum of $875 million in damages is based on prior judgments in terrorism-related cases, including the judgment against Iran won by attorney Stephen Flatow in the death of his daughter, Alisa, in 1995.


Flatow in 1998 convinced a federal court that Iran backed the Islamic Jihad terrorists who carried out a bus bombing that killed Alisa as well as seven Israeli soldiers in Gaza. He was awarded $247 million. All but 10 percent of that money, however, remains frozen and uncollected.


Flatow this week applauded the new litigation but was skeptical.


"We believed, as do officials in the Bush administration, that if you make terrorism expensive to its supporters, they will get out of the business," he said. "But while it's the government's policy to deprive sponsors of terrorism of their money, they don't look too happily when private individuals try to do it."


Flatow said he is still battling officials in the State, Justice and Treasury departments to identify Iranian assets that may not have been seized.


"If the [Arab Bank] does business here, there is a chance they [the plaintiffs] will be able to reach their assets," he said. "Unless for some reason they are declared sacrosanct by Justice or State."


In addition to Averbach, the other plaintiffs are relatives of:

  • New Yorkers Eugene and Lorraine Goldstein, who were seriously injured when their car came under fire in June 2003. Their son, Howard, was killed in the attack.


  • Tehila Nathansen, 2, who was killed in a bus bombing last August. Several family members were seriously injured.


  • Koby Mandell, 13, who was killed while hiking in the Judean Hills in May 2001.


  • John Martin Linde Jr., a security contractor for DynCorp in Israel who was working to pay for cancer treatments for his wife, Courtney, when he was killed with two other Americans at the Hanoun Junction in Gaza in October.

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