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Israel Criticizes Report On Swiss Holocaust Funds

By Nathaniel Popper, With Reporting From Jta.

Lawyers for the State of Israel issued a strongly worded rebuke of recommendations submitted to a U.S. federal court last week on how to distribute any remaining money from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement.Israel sent a memorandum to the court Tuesday criticizing last week’s report by Judah Gribetz, the court’s “special master” orRead More


Newsdesk April 30, 2004

WJC Pushes ResolutionThe World Jewish Congress has launched a campaign to get the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism at its next meeting this fall. The WJC has obtained the support of Secretary of State Colin Powell and a promise from Senator Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, toRead More


Former UJC Official, 65

Arthur Naparstek, former head of a department at the United Jewish Communities, died at 65. Naparstek died April 24 of complications from lung cancer. Naparstek headed the UJC’s Israel and Overseas Pillar from 2001 to 2002. An expert in urban redevelopment, Naparstek for a time was dean of the School of Applied Sciences at Case Western ReserveRead More


Geneva Coalition To Push Peace Initiative

By Marc Perelman

The authors of the Geneva peace initiative are trying to revive their advocacy campaign just as the Bush administration is endorsing Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.The group, an ad hoc coalition of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics and retired military and security officials, is opening an office in New York thatRead More


Envoy’s Daughter Resigns From CNN

CNN announced in Atlanta this week that reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, had resigned from the network last Friday. Her resignation followed the announcement that she was engaged to a Jordanian prince, the Associated Press reported.Brahimi is engaged to Prince Ali, a half-brother of KingRead More


In a Time of Dissent, Jewish Conservatives Close Ranks

By Nathaniel Popper

A lone dissenter was left yelling his support for the settlers in Gaza at Sunday’s panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Policy Center, an offshoot of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The man was angry about how quickly the conservative panelists had dispensed with a question about the morality of forcing Israeli settlers out of Gaza.OneRead More


Leading Liberal Mag Yanks Ad Denying Holocaust

By Miriam Colton

A leading U.S. Holocaust-denial group’s advertisements were pulled from a liberal weekly, The Nation, after protests from editorial staffers and Jewish organizations.The May 3 issue of the magazine featured a promotional ad for the book “The Founding Myths of Modern Israel.” The ad claimed that the book dissects historical myths usedRead More


Its Leaders Liquidated, Hamas Looks to Tehran For Guidance on Terror

By Alex Fishman and Ori Nir

TEL AVIV — Even though he had been targeted for death since last fall, Israeli defense officials say the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi became an urgent priority only in the last month, after he became the head of Hamas and began upgrading Iranian involvement in the organization.Rantisi, 54, was killed April 17 by an IsraeliRead More


Israelis Celebrate an Emerging Consensus on Independence Day

By Abraham Foxman

As Israel’s 56th Independence Day approaches, stock-taking easily produces negatives. Continuing suicide bombs, unbridled hatred of Israel and Jews throughout much of the Arab world, international condemnation of the Jewish state, and unresolved economic and social issues do not make for a gala celebration.This year, while we give thanks for theRead More


Network Beams America Into Arab Living Rooms

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — After two months on the air, Alhurra, America’s Arabic satellite TV network, has become a favorite punching bag of Arab commentators and religious leaders throughout the Middle East.Cartoonists ridicule it. Columnists dismiss it. One Saudi cleric went so far as to issue an Islamic edict outlawing Muslims fromRead More


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