Muslim Students Get Apology In a Tiff Over ‘Shahada’ Scarf

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Anti-Defamation League last week issued an unusual retraction and apology for suggesting that Islam’s declaration of faith, the Shahada, is an “expression of hate” that is “closely identified” with terrorism.The ADL did not apologize, however, for suggesting that Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine,Read More

O.U. To Require Water Filters In N.Y. Eateries

By Steven I. Weiss

The Orthodox Union is preparing to require New York City restaurants under its supervision to filter their tap water, and to recommend that observant Jews in the city do the same.The decision results from the recent discovery of minuscule (and nonkosher) crustaceans called copepods in NewRead More

Newsdesk July 2, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Survivors’ Funds ReleasedBefore the end of August, $174 million will be released to Holocaust survivors by a German foundation set up to compensate slave laborers from the Holocaust era. A similar amount also will be released to non-Jewish survivors.The money comes from interest earned on the $5.5 billion original compensation settlementRead More

Israeli Cabinet Members Hurl Insults Over Demographic Study

A newly released report on the state of world Jewry has revealed dramatic demographic trends — and prompted a vicious shouting match in the Israeli Cabinet, with government ministers calling each other antisemitic and racist.The abstract is a summary of a larger, 600-page study due out in the fall. It was issued last week by the JewishRead More

Giving ‘Seinfeld’ Fans a Taste of Reality, Kramer-style

By Max Gross

Kenny Kramer wasn’t allowed to be himself.In the late 1980s, the stand-up comedian was living next door to Larry David, co-creator of television’s “Seinfeld,” which was then in the development stage. David saw infinite comic possibilities in his neighbor, who spent his time golfing, scheming, chomping cigars, falling head-firstRead More


By E.J. Kessler

Bill’s Bigs: “The American-Jewish community has been very good to me,” former President Clinton writes on Page 947 of his new memoir, “My Life.”You know it, baby.Without American Jews, Clinton couldn’t have funded his campaigns or run his administration. But what’s more, he genuinely has an affinity for Jews, as many of hisRead More

Defend the Civil Right to Freedom Of Religion for America’s Workers

By Eliot Spitzer

At first glance, Donovan Reed and Kalman Katz have very little in common. Though both are from New York State, Reed is an African-American from Mount Vernon, while Katz is an chasidic Jew from Borough Park. But both Reed and Katz are devoutly religious, and both were put in the untenable position of having to choose between keeping their faith andRead More

What Was the Real Reason for the War in Iraq?

By Gus Tyler

The report of the the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) on why and how America was drawn into a war in Iraq compels some critical rethinking. This is no ordinary commission. When it was named, the almost universal feeling was that the commission members were people of intelligenceRead More

Israel’s Fence, New Tactics Seen Behind a Decline in Bombings

TEL AVIV — Israelis cheered silently Tuesday when the government published its latest terrorism statistics, holding their collective breath lest their streak of good luck run out. For the Israeli Defense Forces, the announcement was an occasion for a careful pat on the back, a sign of a job well done. The announcement of the tally of terroristRead More

Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

By Ethan Porter

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” inRead More

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