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Zell Denies Salon Quotes on Chalabi

Jerusalem-based lawyer Marc Zell denied a report in the online magazine Salon.com that he had criticized Iraqi leader Ahmed Chalabi.In a letter to Salon dated May 6, Zell disavowed all the quotes contained in an article written by John Dizard, a Financial Times columnist. The quotes were mentioned in a story that appeared in the May 7 edition ofRead More


Death Ends Slain American’s Religious Journey

By Steven I. Weiss and Ami Eden

Being Jewish may have cost Nicholas Berg his life, said the father of the 26-year-old American contractor who was decapitated by Islamic militants in Iraq.The Forward has learned that the slain American had, during the past year, intensified his study and observance of Judaism, and taken to wearing tzitzit, or ritual fringes. His father, MichaelRead More


As Prisoner Abuse Controversy Rages, Most Groups Keep Quiet

By Miriam Colton

As the scandal over U.S. abuse of Iraqi prisoners mounts, only a handful of Jewish organizations have stepped forward to speak out on the issue.Three of the organizations — the Anti-Defamation League, the National Council for Jewish Women and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism — issued statements condemning the turn of the events.Read More


White House Pressures Sharon on Disengagement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as he struggles for his political survival, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is under pressure from the Bush administration to push ahead with his disengagement plan and fulfill his other commitments to the White House.Sharon has been scrambling to maintain support for the disengagement plan — which calls for aRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Critique: The campaign of John Kerry is missing an opportunity to criticize President Bush’s lack of adroitness in selling Prime Minister Sharon’s disengagement plan internationally, some Democrats are saying.Others feel that Kerry should be attacking the president for immediately backtracking on his promises to Sharon.In otherRead More


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


Ousted Student Leader Becomes Darling of Left

By Nathaniel Popper

An irate e-mail to the Israeli Embassy in Washington may have cost Jilian Redford her job as the leader of the Jewish student organization on her campus, but it transformed the 20-year-old into a darling of Jewish peace activists nationwide.Since her ouster in February as president of the Hillel at the University of Richmond, Redford hasRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Among the cherished family memorabilia in the home of Inez Tenenbaum, the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate in South Carolina, is a signed letter to her father-in-law from Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.“It’s written on this tiny little piece of notebook paper,” Tenenbaum told the ForwardRead More


Aipac Shelves Major Lobbying Effort After Likud Voters Nix Sharon’s Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In the first clear sign of damage to Prime Minister Sharon’s standing here following the Likud Party’s repudiation of his Gaza disengagement plan, the pro-Israel lobbying powerhouse Aipac has shelved plans for a major advocacy blitz on his behalf.Sources inside the American Israel Public Action Committee say the organizationRead More


With German Jewry Assimilated, Is it Auf Wiedersehen for Aufbau?

By Ruth Westheimer

Were it not for Aufbau, I would never have become “Dr. Ruth.”I was in this country on a visit in 1956. While looking for a cheap furnished room in Washington Heights, I bought a copy of the German-language newspaper and learned of a scholarship being offered at New School University for victims of the Holocaust. I got one of those scholarshipsRead More


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