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In This Week’s Yiddish Forward

• Mikhail Krutikov writes on the reaction to Mel Gibson’s “Passion” film in Germany.• We celebrate 100 years since the birth of Isaac Bashevis Singer by reprinting an article by him on the Yiddish stories of Nachman of Bratslav.• In the “World of Yiddish”: a Yiddish concert in Australia, a new Jewish museum inRead More


Critics of Sheikh Yassin Killing Reveal Own Moral Blindness

By Alan M. Dershowitz

Israel’s targeted killing of the wheelchair-bound head of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, predictably has drawn a hail of criticism from the international community. British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw characterized the killing of Yassin as “unlawful”; the Vatican said it was “not justified in any state [run by] the rule of law” andRead More


Groups Clashing On Bill To Provide Security Funding

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As some observers suggest that the threat of terrorist strikes against American targets is intensifying, an increasingly bitter dispute has erupted among Jewish groups over a bill that would provide federal funds to enhance security at nonprofit organizations deemed particularly vulnerable to attack.The bill, which supporters expectRead More


Lithuanian Power Struggle Ends in Lubavitch Defeat

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Lubavitch leaders are crying foul after one of their own was passed up for the newly created post of chief rabbi of Lithuania.Rabbi Sholom Krinsky, the Chabad emissary who has served in Vilnius for a decade, said he was being ignored by the Association of Jewish Religious Communities of Lithuania because it now wants to be the heirRead More


Newsdesk March 26, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Islamist Warns of PlotLeaders of the Jewish community in Serbia received a letter from an inmate with links to Islamist militants stating that he had been ordered to attack Aca Singer, president of the Jewish federation of Serbia-Montenegro, during the High Holy Days last year and that the plot was still on, the Forward has learned.Dated JanuaryRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Socking Specter: Rep. Patrick Toomey, the conservative Pennsylvania Republican challenging Senator Arlen Specter in a primary, is criticizing Specter for “poor judgment” and “striking up relationships with some of the world’s worst dictators” in regard to the senator’s dealings with Syria and Iran.Specter, one of two Jewish RepublicansRead More


Government Is Pledging To Heighten Bus Security

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM –- After 21 suicide bus bombings in the last 41 months that killed 164 people and wounded 777, the Israeli government has acknowledged that it has failed to provide security and is now embarking on a new venture to ensure the safety of all passengers.Internal Security Minister Tzahi Hanegbi unveiled the new plan this month, which callsRead More


Prison Release Near for Atomic Tattletale

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The scene at Shikma Prison in Ashkelon on April 21 is sure to be a major media event, with fans, foes and reporters from the world over waiting outside when convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu walks free for the first time since 1986. But what happens the day after is the issue now confronting the Israeli government, whichRead More


Israeli Says P.A. Used Swiss Accounts To Fund Terror

By Marc Perelman

Money invested in Switzerland by the Palestinian Authority during the peace process is being used to finance attacks carried out by violent factions associated with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah party, according to an Israeli businessman who helped set up secret Swiss accounts worth several hundred million dollars for the P.A.The businessman, a formerRead More


Israelis Back Strike, Brace for Bombers

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel braced itself for a plunge into the unknown this week, following the army’s March 22 assassination of the leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The killing of the charismatic Islamic leader was the most controversial Israeli military action in the three and a half years of violence. Most observers agreed that by targeting aRead More





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