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NJ rabbi gets 5 years for scam

NEW YORK – Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim, a prominent New Jersey spiritual leader, was sentenced to five years in prison for money laundering. The fiveyear sentence was the longest term ever imposed in a federal corruption sting.

Ben Haim, 60, was sentenced Jan. 4 in U.S. District Court in Trenton, NJ, for laundering at least $1.5 million through a number of religious charities from October 2006 to July 2009. He pleaded guilty in June 2010. The rabbi was among 45 people, including other religious leaders and politicians, arrested in a government sting operation. At his sentencing, Ben Haim pleaded for leniency.

Lew named to top White House slot

WASHINGTON -- President Obama on Jan. 9 announced that Jack Lew, 56, his director of the Office of Budget and Management, would replace William Daley as his chief of staff, which is a Cabinet-level position. Lew, an Orthodox Jew who also was the OMB chief in the Clinton administration, previously was Obama’s deputy secretary of state.

Daley is leaving after just over a year on the job. He had succeeded Rahm Emanuel, who left the White House to run successfully for Chicago’s mayor. Lew, like Emanuel, has close Jewish community ties.

Muslim Brotherhood assures U.S. on treaty

The Muslim Brotherhood assured the United States it would not break Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, according to the U.S. State Department.

State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said the Islamist political party had offered assurances it would not break Egypt’s 1979 accord with Israel, despite statements to the contrary by a party leader.

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s departure from power could lead to the emergence of a hostile regime that would depart from its historic peace accord with the Jewish state. In an interview published Jan. 1, Rashad Bayoumi, the party’s deputy leader, said the group will not recognize Israel “under any circumstance.”

Asked about Bayoumi’s comment, Nuland said he was but one member of the Muslim Brotherhood and that the party would be judged by what it does.

Hackers strike German right-wing websites

BERLIN – Hackers disabled the websites of several right-wing extremists in Germany. The international hackers group known as Anonymous, in what it called “Operation Blitzkrieg,” struck several neo-Nazi websites on Jan. 1 with a “Happy New Year” wish to their targets, according to the German news agency DAPD.

The German-language website published data about donors to the country’s biggest farright political party – the National Democratic Party of Germany, with an estimated 7,000 members – and about customers of a right-wing mail-order company. In some cases the data included e-mail addresses and phone numbers.

The attack comes as Germany grapples with news about a violent neo-Nazi ring that operated unchecked for more than 10 years and is allegedly responsible for at least 10 murders of immigrants in Germany. It was revealed that German authorities knew about the cell’s activities and proclivities at least a decade ago.

While German politicians and religious leaders debate whether to ban the far-right National Democratic Party, groups such as Anonymous are testing legal boundaries with their cyber attacks.

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