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Israeli Says P.A. Used Swiss Accounts To Fund Terror

By Marc Perelman

Money invested in Switzerland by the Palestinian Authority during the peace process is being used to finance attacks carried out by violent factions associated with Yasser Arafat’s Fatah party, according to an Israeli businessman who helped set up secret Swiss accounts worth several hundred million dollars for the P.A.The businessman, a formerRead More


Israelis Back Strike, Brace for Bombers

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel braced itself for a plunge into the unknown this week, following the army’s March 22 assassination of the leader of Hamas, Sheikh Ahmed Yassin. The killing of the charismatic Islamic leader was the most controversial Israeli military action in the three and a half years of violence. Most observers agreed that by targeting aRead More


Gibson’s Christ Movie Is Greeted With Lack of Passion in Germany

By Nathaniel Popper

“The Passion of the Christ” may have dominated the box office for its first three weeks on American screens, but in Germany the Mel Gibson flick was flattened by a bear.A mega-hit in the United States, “The Passion” sold less than half as many tickets as the Disney animated film “Brother Bear” during its opening weekend in Germany,Read More


Hungarian Writers’ Spat Betrays Struggle Between ‘Urbanism’ and ‘Populism’

By Michael Standaert

In the past two weeks, more than 120 Hungarian writers have walked out on the Hungarian Writers’ Association in response to antisemitic statements made by one of the group’s executive members.Among those resigning from the 1,200-member writer’s association, the largest and most influential in Hungary, were prominent writersRead More


Terrorism Experts Warn Jewish Sites Endangered After Hit on Hamas Head; Groups Clashing On Bill To Provide Security Funding

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Following Israel’s assassination of Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, terrorism experts are warning that American Jewish sites are ripe targets for revenge attacks, as synagogues and other communal institutions race to step up security.“I am very concerned that Yassin’s assassination may come back to hit us in our soft underbelly: JewishRead More


Al Qaeda Spinoff Sets Sights On Jews

By Marc Perelman

The apparent evolution of Al Qaeda into a loose network of autonomous terrorist cells, as a result of U.S.-led attacks on Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, may be having the unintended effect of boosting the importance of Jewish targets as a primary focus of international Islamic terrorism.Declassified U.S. documents,Read More


The Other Preacher From the Galilee

By Allan Nadler

Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos:

Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship By Lawrence Fine Stanford University Press, 504 pages, $25.95. * * *He was a charismatic preacher from the Galilee whose teachings challenged the regnant Jewish doctrines of his day and undermined rabbinical authority. He communed with the spirits ofRead More


Minister Urging Americans To Protest Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel’s housing minister, Effi Eitam, called on American Jews this week to “speak out, both as Americans and as supporters of Israel” against his own prime minister’s plan for disengagement in Gaza.“American Jewry should approach this issue both as citizens of a superpower that is fighting a global war againstRead More


Ex-Soviet Republic Counts Many Critics, Few Friends

By Stephen Schwartz

The ex-Soviet republic of Uzbekistan is the largest and wealthiest of the core states of Central Asia, and it is home to 23 million citizens, 88% of whom are Muslim. Few Americans can find it — or its capital, Tashkent — on a map, a point that was highlighted in a popular American TV sitcom, “The George Lopez Show,” in which a teenagerRead More


Refugees Facing End of Federal Aid As Deadline for Citizenship Looms

By Nathaniel Popper

CHICAGO — As her husband Iosif explains their dire situation in broken English, 70-year-old Polina Kats sits on the couch in her small Chicago apartment, rubbing her hands while staring out the window with her brows furrowed anxiously.Since they arrived from Latvia as Jewish refugees almost seven years ago, the Katses have known that they neededRead More


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