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‘Suicide-Bombing Capital’ Thrives As New Barrier Nears Completion

By Ofer Shelah

JENIN, Northern Samaria — Life is returning to normal here in the city once known as the suicide-bombing capital of the West Bank. The economy is picking up, services are being restored and local leaders describe a new optimism.The reason, Israeli military officials say, is the nearly completed security fence separating this sector of the WestRead More


Grand Jury Scrutinizes Right-Wing Bingo King

By Nathaniel Popper

A grand jury in Los Angeles County has been seeking information about the California gambling operations of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a Miami Beach philanthropist known for his financial support of Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.Scott Wildman, a former Democratic member of the California state Assembly, told the Forward thatRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Embattled Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is fighting back against his congressional critics, accusing them of “improper conduct” and demanding an ethics investigation into their activities.Abramoff, a top fund-raiser for President Bush’s reelection campaign and one of the capital’s leading Orthodox philanthropists, is being investigatedRead More


‘Campus SuperStar’ Sexes Up College Life With Song

By Benyamin Cohen

It was 7:58 p.m. on Thursday night, and 700 screaming fans were gathered inside EarthLink Live, a hip concert venue in Midtown Atlanta. Outside, another 300 eager ticketholders lined the street. A young 20-something shrieked into her cell phone, taunting a jealous friend as she sauntered through the throngs into the sold-out event. In the lobby,Read More


In This Week’s Yiddish Forward

• In our color supplement: photos of Passover from the Forward archive, and the Abel Pann exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.• We reprint a rare article on the origins of the Haggada by Isaac Bashevis Singer from when he used the pseudonym “Yitskhok Varshavsky.”In This Week’s Russian Forward• An interview with Israel’s foreignRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvanian’s Powder: Senator Arlen Specter, the moderate Pennsylvania Republican who is facing a primary challenge from conservative Rep. Patrick Toomey, is being criticized by his rival’s campaign and a conservative pro-family organization for refusing to take a position on the constitutional amendment against gay marriage pushedRead More


Bill To Ban Discrimination Based on Travel Introduced

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — New legislation introduced in Congress would bar life insurance companies from denying coverage or otherwise discriminating against Americans based on their lawful past travel to Israel or any other country.The “Life Insurance Anti-Discrimination in Travel Act” was introduced in the House earlier this month by Rep. Rahm Emanuel,Read More


Facing Gaza Withdrawal, Egypt Eyes Larger Role in Peace Process

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

Egypt is stepping up its involvement in Israel-Palestinian negotiations and pressing to revive a postponed Arab League summit in advance of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s visit to the United States, which is set for later this month.The Arab nation has also reportedly proposed establishing a new leadership for theRead More


Cairo Calls for Unified Palestinian Security Force

Egypt has mediated a deal to divide responsibilities and spheres of influence between Jibril Rajoub, the current national security adviser to Yasser Arafat, and Mohammed Dahlan, former head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Services in Gaza, as Cairo moves ahead with its plan to create a unified security force in the areas controlled by theRead More


‘Passion’ Stirring Controversy Among Middle East Muslims

By Eric J. Greenberg

Just when you thought the issue had faded from view, Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the torture and death of Jesus again is causing conflict, this time in Arab Muslim countries.Again, the dispute revolves around the film’s depiction of Jews.As it did in the United States, Gibson’s bloody hit “The Passion of the Christ” has sparkedRead More


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