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Newsdesk August 20, 2004

Israeli Man Killed in D.C.Twenty-five-year-old Israeli Ehud Reich was murdered in Washington on August 15, apparently by a criminal gang.Reich, who had been living in the city for eight months and working as a locksmith, responded to a call in the southeast part of town from a burglary victim whose car keys had been stolen. While workingRead More


Poetic License: On a Quest for Cipel’s Art

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Almost from the first moments that aides to New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey began identifying his paramour as Golan Cipel, the media took to describing him as a poet, with some reports even tagging on the credential “published.” This week, one of Cipel’s attorneys derided this description, saying the Israeli had written some poemsRead More


Iranian Judo Jab No Surprise for Rabbi

By Eric J. Greenberg

The refusal of an Iranian Olympic superstar to compete against an Israeli opponent in a judo match shocked and outraged sports observers and Jewish communal leaders this week. But a Pittsburgh rabbi, Alvin Berkun, told the Forward he knew last week that such a controversy was coming.The rabbi said that he had been tipped off by two IranianRead More


Newsdesk August 13, 2004

N.Z. Slams AntisemitismNew Zealand’s Parliament unanimously passed a statement Tuesday condemning all forms of antisemitism and racism. The move came days after 95 headstones were toppled in the Jewish cemetery near the capital, Wellington. The cemetery’s chapel, used for prayers before burials, was gutted by fire, leaving only swastika-etchedRead More


Netanyahu’s Budget Riles Left, Threatens Unity Talks

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Benjamin Netanyahu, the spoiler of Ariel Sharon’s Cabinet, managed this week to throw Israeli politics into turmoil by pulling one of his most unexpected stunts ever: bringing in a 2005 state budget framework on time.Netanyahu’s draft budget, a Thatcherite mix of privatization and spending cuts, is winning plaudits from economistsRead More


Terror Threat Against Synagogue Was False Alarm

By Nathaniel Popper

With federal and city officials racing to respond to warnings of new terrorist strikes against the United States, the media appears to have set off a frightening false alarm about an alleged threat to a small Manhattan synagogue.Time magazine reported Monday that the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side wasRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

‘Truth in Labeling?’ I: A glossy new White House publication titled “President George W. Bush: A Friend to the American Jewish Community” is raising the ire of Democrats, who contend that it is a thinly disguised — and dishonest — campaign document put out with public money.The 26-page booklet, issued by the White House’s Office ofRead More


Bush Relying on Pakistan, Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON – Faced with mounting criticism from the left and the right for its support of authoritarian regimes in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the Bush administration is visibly stepping up its reliance on both countries in the war on terrorism.Administration officials are hailing the role of Pakistan and, to aRead More


To War or Not To War

By Michael Walzer

Clausewitz’s famous line, that war is the continuation of politics by other means, probably was meant to be provocative, but it seems to me obviously true. The claim is equally obvious the other way around: Politics is the continuation of war by other means. It is very important, however, that the means are different. Politics is a form ofRead More


Pinkas Tapped After Feud With J’lem

By Ori Nir

Israel’s highest-profile diplomat in the United States, who resigned this month in a feud with his foreign minister, has agreed to take a job as chief executive officer of the American Jewish Congress.Alon Pinkas, who served as the Israeli consul general in New York until August 1, will assume a newly created postRead More


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