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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


Pro-Israel Activists Start Media Campaign

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of American Jewish activists launched a concerted pre-emptive media campaign this week to minimize negative publicity for Israel, as the International Court of Justice in the Hague rules on Israel’s West Bank security fence.The activists set off a newly created network and applied skills that they acquiredRead More


Sharon Faces American Diplomatic Chill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a sign of what could be an emerging chill in U.S.-Israeli diplomacy, the Bush administration is expressing disappointment with the slow pace at which Israel’s government is dismantling illegal outposts in the West Bank. The administration also is rejecting an Israeli demand that international financial aidRead More


Gaza Settlers See Evacuation Plan As Looming Catastrophe

By Mati Milstein

NEVEH DEKALIM, Gaza — While politicians and the media debate the threat of violent resistance from settlers when the army comes to evacuate them, residents of this settlement in southern Gaza say they remain convinced that day never will come.The morning after an Israeli army outpost was blown up near here by Palestinian militants — the sameRead More


Congregants Protesting After Czechs Oust Rabbi

By Joshua Cohen

PRAGUE — On June 29, the Jewish Community of the Czech Republic abruptly dismissed its chief rabbi, Karol Sidon, a playwright and a well-known communist-era dissident, after 12 years of service.Two days later, the Jewish Community named Manis Barash — the longtime Chabad Lubavitch rabbi in Prague, who is a native of New York and of RussianRead More


In Address, Chirac Vows To Tackle Bias Attacks

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — In an indication of France’s concern over an upsurge of antisemitic incidents, President Jacques Chirac was to deliver a major speech Thursday calling on French citizens to mobilize against all forms of discrimination.A Chirac aide and a Jewish communal official told the Forward that the president intended to personally call uponRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

ARLINGTON, Va. — If President Bush succeeds in increasing his share of the Jewish vote above the estimated 19% that he won in 2000, it will have a great deal to do with his with-us-or-against-us posture on the world stage. True, the Jewish community is sharply divided over the wisdom of the president’s stance. At least one Jew isRead More


Israeli Mobsters Muscling Their Way Into Las Vegas Ecstasy Trade

By Seamus Mcgraw

It’s been half a century since Las Vegas, that glittering Mecca of excess and indulgence in the Nevada desert, was last in the thrall of big-time Jewish mobsters. Even then, the godfathers — men like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky — were U.S. born and as distinctly American as Vegas itself.But recently, authorities say, a new strain of JewishRead More


Sharon Warned of Right-Wing Threat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Less than a decade after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, political assassination has moved once again to the center of Israel’s public debate, with intelligence officials warning of an “imminent threat” as right-wing rabbis openly debate how violently to resist the evacuation of settlements.“I have no doubt that some peopleRead More


Brando Remembered as Family Friend

The death of stage and screen legend Marlon Brando has brought on a plethora of obituaries and appreciations that have covered all aspects of his life and career — except one. In myriad interviews throughout his life, Brando noted that the most important influences on his career were his early training with acting teacherRead More


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