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Popular Market Chain Pulls Empire Products

By June D. Bell

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trader Joe’s supermarket chain recently decided to pull the products of the world’s largest kosher poultry provider and distributor, Empire Kosher, off the shelves of some 150 West Coast stores.Officials from both companies declined to say why Trader Joe’s, a 216-store boutique grocery chain, decidedRead 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


Freed From Shackles of the Past, Europe Forges a Unified Future

By Nils Muiznieks

This weekend, much of Central and Eastern Europe will be celebrating as my country of Latvia and nine other new member-states officially join the European Union. Last month, five of those states — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia — also joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.For many in Central and Eastern Europe,Read More


Jewish Vets Gather To Honor Christian Godfather of Israeli Military Doctrine

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As sirens wailed in Israel on Sunday, marking the day on which Israelis commemorate the 20,196 soldiers and civilians who died in hostilities since the Jewish state was born, American Jewish war veterans gathered in Arlington National Cemetery to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of Major General Orde Wingate, the spiritualRead More


Jerusalem Is Worried About Talk Of Linkage

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israeli leaders fear that increasing international efforts to link Iraq’s troubles with Israel’s will lead to American pressure on Jerusalem for concessions.Fueling these fears is the Bush administration’s determination to stand by the United Nations special envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, even after he partiallyRead More


Israeli Visions of ‘New Dawn’ Clouded by Storm Over Gaza

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Buoyed by a drop in terrorist attacks, rising economic indicators and a general feeling that a break may be coming in the deadlocked conflict with the Palestinians, Israelis celebrated their nation’s 56th birthday last Tuesday with a display of joie de vivre of the sort not seen in three years, since the intifada broke outRead More


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


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