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U.S. Adviser Faults ‘Failure of Nerve’ Regarding Sadr

By Marc Perelman

PALO ALTO, Calif. — The Bush administration made a fatal mistake by deciding not to crack down on the firebrand Shiite cleric Moktada el Sadr during a period of several months, according to an adviser to the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority, who just returned from Baghdad.“It was a disastrous failure of nerve,” Larry Diamond, aRead More


Canadians Raise Security After Wave of Antisemitic Vandalism

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canadian Jewish leaders are seeking federal and provincial government support to help offset dramatically rising security expenses burdening the Jewish community.The demand comes amid what is arguably the worst spate of antisemitic vandalism ever seen in Canada.A firebombing destroyed the library at United Talmud Torah schoolRead More


Scandal Turns Sabras and Kiwis Into a Prickly Pair

By Chemi Shalev

SYDNEY, Australia — A job title like “Treasurer of the Jewish Agency for Israel” may sound prestigious in New York, but in remote New Zealand it seems to conjure up a shadier image — moneyman, perhaps for a covert organization. Small wonder, then, that Shai Hermesh, whose official Israeli passport carries just that title,Read More


Old Prejudices Persist, Even Among Younger Generation

By Avi Rubel

The man holding the antisemitic sign at this month’s May Day rally in front of the Kremlin could not have been more than 25 years old. The placard depicted a hook-nosed Jew riding a donkey tattooed with the word “goy,” holding two carrots labeled “capitalism” and “democracy” in front of the donkey’s face.The sign was just oneRead More


Save the Unborn...

By Eric Cohen

The stem-cell debate has started again in earnest.Last month, more than 200 congressmen sent a letter to President Bush demanding more federal funding for more embryonic stem-cell lines. Last week, Elias Zerhouni, director of the National Institutes of Health, responded by explaining the great scientific progress we have made under the currentRead More


Ties With Israel Look Solid Following Indian Election

By Marc Perelman and Ori Nir

A leading Israeli politician expressed confidence that relations between India and Israel would remain on a sound footing despite the change of government in Delhi.“I very much hope that the strong contacts we have with India will not be harmed [as a result of the change in government in India] because they are based onRead More


Making Sure Art, Politics Don’t Get Lost in Translation

By Adelle Waldman

In 1929, 5-year-old Beate Sirota’s parents fortuitously moved their family out of Vienna. But unlike many European Jews, the Sirotas did not leave because of antisemitism, and they did not flee to the relative safety of the United States or to Israel. They moved to Japan, from one soon-to-be Axis country to another.For Beate Sirota — now BeateRead More


Newsdesk May 14, 2004

Syria Dumps MinisterThe U.S. decision to slap Syria with sanctions appears to have cost the country’s defense minister, General Mustapha Tlass, his job.After serving more than 30 years in his post and 50 years in the Syrian military, Tlass has been booted from the cabinet of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Tlass left office Tuesday, the veryRead More


Junk-bond King To Keynote Israel Bonds Event

By Nathaniel Popper

Michael Milken, the former “junk-bond king,” will give what has been billed as a “stirring” talk at an event this Sunday for investors in Israel Bonds.Milken’s speech for investors carries some historical irony, as it comes from a man who has been barred for life by the United States from taking part in any transactions in the securitiesRead More


Thief Stole More Than Hearts on JDate

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — An Orlando man who used the Jewish Internet dating service JDate to lure women into dating him was arrested in Broward County last week with bail set at $21,000.Police charged Ivan Urquiza, 34, with grand theft, attempting to use another person’s identity without consent, and intimidating or threatening a witness orRead More


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