Tuesday, July 28, 2009

New Jersey's Corruption Scandal: The Israeli Connection

Contributed by FUBAR

"The mass arrests in the New Jersey corruption scandal last week were big news - in Israel. Images of prominent rabbis and Jewish businessmen being cuffed and arrested after morning prayers filled the front pages under headlines trumpeting the discovery of the "Jewish laundry" used to bribe prominent New Jersey officials allegedly using Israeli charities. In particular, Israeli commentators seized on the connection between several of those arrested and prominent figures in Shas, the ultra-orthodox Sephardi Torah Guardians Party, founded by the octogenarian Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, who remains its spiritual leader......

This is not the first time, however, that the Shas party has been embroiled in a corruption controversy......."

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