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New York – Final Approval of Settlement for Unpaid Insurance to Holocaust Victims

June 10, 2008 at 11:34 PM
New York - Final approval of a settlement has been granted to thousands of Holocaust victims and their heirs against Italian insurer Generali over unpaid insurance policies during the Holocaust era. A U.S. appeals court upheld the settlement that was reaffirmed by a lower court judge in January, awarding what lawyers have estimated to total $50 million in payouts to more than 50,000 potential...

Ber Sheva, Israel – Orthodox Jewish Woman Protests Ruling Placing Son in Custody of His Non-Jewish Belgian Father

June 10, 2008 at 10:56 PM
Ber Sheva, Israel - A woman from the south picketed in front of the Knesset to protest the Supreme Court's decision to return her 9-year-old son to his father's custody in Belgium. The woman, who is ultra-Orthodox, had argued this would endanger the child emotionally and physically, but the court ruled she had kidnapped the boy and must return him to his homeland. The boy is the product of...

Winnipeg, Canada – Doctors Legal Right to Pull Plug Disputed

June 10, 2008 at 10:41 PM
Winnipeg, Canada - Jocelyn Downie, the Canada Research Chair of Health Law and Policy said at a conference at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg that doctors do not have the legal right to withdraw life-sustaining medical treatment against a patient's wishes. Downie, who is Canada's foremost player in interpreting health law issues, stated that there is no legal precedent in Canada that...

Boisbriand, Quebec Kiryas Tosh – Elderly Woman Killed In Tragic Accident By Fire Truck

June 10, 2008 at 10:28 PM
Boisbriand, Quebec Kiryas Tosh - A fire that broke out this afternoon in Kiryas Tosh brought many onlookers and was quickly extinguished, however a 70 year old Jewish woman, who came to Tosh Rabbi from Florida, came to the scene of the fire to see whats going on and tipped on a hose, a fire truck did not see her and she was run over and was rachminoah litzlon killed. Chesed Shel Emes working to...

Tottenham, London – Emergency Alert after Chemical Leak at Jewish Factory

June 10, 2008 at 10:17 PM
Tottenham, London - A chemical leak in a plastic bag factory triggered a major emergency alert with over 40 firefighters and 16 engines attending the site. Crews rushed to an industrial estate after receiving reports of a smell from the Clear View factory based in the High Cross Centre, Fountayne Road. Walthamstow fire station manager Ian Bailey who attended said: "We discovered an over...

KJ Power Outage Effects Multiple Families Holiday

June 10, 2008 at 10:11 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - As an unusual spring heat wave continued to exert its grip over the New York region over the Shavuos Holiday, a lot of Orange and Rockland customers in the Village of KJ were without power as sporadic but irritating power outages continued to tax the utility. Early Monday on the first day of the Shavuos Holiday, about 65 - 70 customers of O&R in the area of Koritz Ct and...

Ramapo, NY – Town Prevails in Property Tax Dispute Against Congregation

June 10, 2008 at 09:51 PM
Ramapo, NY - The state's highest court has denied hearing an appeal by a synagogue seeking a property-tax exemption for a rabbi's residence. The Court of Appeals decided not to review a lower court ruling which, in part, found that a federal anti-poverty program was already paying $1,617 of Rabbi Baruch Moscowitz's rent. Justice Thomas Dickerson, ruled against Congregation Or Yosef in 2006...

Washington – Jewish General Named U.S. Air Force Chief

June 10, 2008 at 09:45 PM
Washington - Defense Secretary Robert Gates named on new top civilian and military leaders for the U.S. Air Force on Monday as part of a shake-up triggered by mistakes in managing America's nuclear arsenal. He also halted cuts to the size of the Air Force to ease the stress from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, noting the Army is not the only force under pressure after years of...

Philadelphia, PA – Former Nazi Guard Loses Deportation Appeal

June 10, 2008 at 09:44 PM
Philadelphia, PA - A federal appeals court has ruled that a man who served as a Nazi guard should be deported even though the United States granted him a visa in 1956. The court says 83-year-old Anton Geiser's work as a guard meets the type of conduct banned under the Refugee Relief Act, which was in effect when he entered the country. Geiser, who lives in Sharon, did not cite his Nazi ties on...

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