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Ex-Mideast Envoy Zinni Charges Neocons Pushed Iraq War To Benefit Israel

By Ori Nir and Ami Eden

The simmering debate over the role of Jewish neoconservatives in drawing America into war in Iraq erupted with new fury this week. One of America’s most respected ex-generals took to the airwaves to charge on CBS News’ “60 Minutes” that the war had been fought for Israel’s benefit, just days after a similar charge was leveledRead More


Under Attack for Gaza Foray, Sharon Dodges a Legal Bullet

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Ariel Sharon was seen smiling broadly Tuesday for the first time in months, and few doubted the reason: the unconfirmed report, broadcast the day before on Israel Television, that Attorney General Menachem Mazuz had decided not to indict the prime minister on bribery charges in the so-called Greek Island affair.It was only aRead More


...Or Save the Sick?

By Arlen Specter

I have a constituent by the name of Jim Cordy who suffers from Parkinson’s disease. When I am at events in the Pittsburgh area, I often see Jim hold up an hourglass to demonstrate how delays in critical medical research have left him watching the hours of his life slip away just as the sand slips a grain at a time through the hourglass.JimRead More


Wig Ban Creates Chaos Across the Global Shtetl

When word reached an ultra-Orthodox enclave in Beit Shemesh, Israel, that wigs made from Indian hair may not be kosher because of the hair’s heathen origins, pandemonium erupted.Women replaced their $2,000 wigs with $5 kerchiefs, simple snoods and synthetic-hair substitutes as they waited to hear the final word on a religious ruling that hasRead More


O.U. Keeping Quiet in Stem Cell Debate

By Steven I. Weiss

With embryonic stem cell research re-emerging as a matter of contentious ethical and political debate, the country’s largest Orthodox organization has kept out of the fight, though it opposes President Bush on the issue.The president’s August 2001 decision to limit federal funding for stem-cell research has come under increasing criticism inRead More


Outspoken Philanthropist Henry Everett Dies at 78

By Miriam Colton

Henry Everett, an indomitable Jewish philanthropist known for his often lonely battles for unpopular causes, died Saturday in Manhattan at the age of 78, after a difficult battle with cancer.Along with his wife, Edith, Everett was known as one of the most outspoken and creative Jewish philanthropists of the last generation, taking a lead role inRead More


Conference Focuses on U.S. Inaction During Holocaust

By Nathaniel Popper

A fledgling institute for Holocaust studies is stepping up its efforts to advance the notion that Franklin Roosevelt and the Jewish community did not do enough to save European Jews during World War II. In the sensitive realm of Holocaust scholarship, a number of academics are already questioning the scholarly credentialsRead More


Working Overtime To Ruin Overtime Pay

By Gus Tyler

In America’s historic struggle to pull itself out of the Great Depression of the 1930s, one of the key pieces of legislation was the Fair Labor Standards Act, commonly called the Wage and Hour Law.It set a minimum wage of 25 cents an hour — a ridiculously tiny sum by current standards, but a giant step up for workers who were beingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clap, Clap (Grumble, Grumble): President Bush got more than 20 standing ovations during his speech this week at the annual policy conference of Aipac, the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse. At one point he was interrupted by a lengthy chant of “four more years,” prompting Aipac president Amy Friedkin, a Democrat, to joke to Bush that she “oughtRead More


Bush Wins Aipac Crowd By Citing Common Cause

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With his approval ratings plummeting, President Bush took his case for war in Iraq and a wider fight against terrorism to the annual Aipac convention — and was rewarded with more than 20 standing ovations from thousands of cheering delegates.The applause came despite Bush’s failure to quell Israeli worries that, in the face ofRead More


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