Groups Launch Advocacy Effort To Head Off U.N. Vote on Fence

By Marc Perelman

Israel and Its American Supporters are Waging a Major Advocacy Campaign to Thwart Palestinian Efforts to Have the Security Council Act on the International Court of Justice’s Ruling Against the West Bank Security Fence.Read More


By E.J. Kessler

As Democrats deal with labor unrest and the possibility of inadequate facilities at the Democratic National Convention in Boston, observant Jewish delegates are contending with a different set of challenges: The first days of the convention fall within the traditional Jewish “Nine Days” of mourning for the lost Temples of ancientRead More

Garden State Philanthropist Arrested

The arrest of Charles Kushner seems likely to put an end to one of the most remarkable careers in Jewish philanthropy and public life in New Jersey.Kushner, the high-profile political donor and real estate mogul arrested Tuesday for allegedly hiring a call girl in an effort to blackmail a witness in a New Jersey corruption probe, is a pillarRead More

American Peace Activist Detained in Israel

By Josh Richman

Israel’s refusal to let an American peace activist into the country is the product of a political double standard and a violation of her rights as a Diaspora Jew, supporters say.Jamie Spector, 32, a social worker from San Francisco, was told upon arriving July 10 at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv that she was barred from enteringRead More

Ice Cream Mogul Aims To Give Bush His Just Desserts

By Max Gross

Ben Cohen is determined to send George W. Bush on the Rocky Road back to Texas.The co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is no stranger to political activism. His company, which he founded along with his boyhood pal Jerry Greenfield, has a long history of raising money for environmental and social justice causes.“Growing up in LongRead More

Newsdesk July 16, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Iranian Role DisputedJust days before the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, the Swiss federal office laid to rest one of the most intriguing investigative leads in the case by announcing Tuesday that no evidence had been found of Swiss bank accounts being used to fund the attack.According to theRead More

France Riled by Bias Hoax

PARIS — After what seemed a rabid antisemitic attack that grabbed headlines and prompted condemnation from all corners turned out to be a hoax, Jewish advocates are expressing concern that both the French government and the press will tone down their condemnations of antisemitism.Roger Cukierman, the head of CRIF, the umbrella organizationRead More

Israel Moves On Holocaust-Era Assets

By Nathaniel Popper

Just before the Nazis invaded Poland, Maurycy Moses Tempelhof, a resident of Lodz, bought about 1.25 acres of land just north of Haifa in what was then British-run Palestine. Tempelhof, his wife and two of his children died during the war, but one daughter, Isabelle, survived him. In search of her father’s property, Isabelle wentRead More

Israel Open To Rethinking Nuclear Policy

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — In the turmoil of a busy political week, the visit here by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, largely escaped public notice. Most Israelis consider their country’s nuclear policies to be way over their heads; in a country where almost everything is subject to debate, “the last taboo” (as scholarRead More

Sharon Eyes New Coalition With Labor

JERUSALEM — Israeli politics were thrown into greater chaos than usual this week as Prime Minister Sharon began talks to widen his governing coalition, sparking an open rebellion within his own Likud party.Sharon surprised his colleagues last week by announcing that he would be opening coalition talks this week with Labor Party leader ShimonRead More

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