Newsdesk July 23, 2004

Chirac: No Note to SharonFrench President Jacques Chirac denied reports that he rescinded an invitation to Israel Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to visit Paris.On Monday, it was reported that Chirac had sent a letter to Sharon after the Israeli leader called on French Jews to move to Israel because of antisemitism in France.Read More

France Riled by Bias Hoax

PARIS — After what seemed a rabid antisemitic attack that grabbed headlines and prompted condemnation from all corners turned out to be a hoax, Jewish advocates are expressing concern that both the French government and the press will tone down their condemnations of antisemitism.Roger Cukierman, the head of CRIF, the umbrella organizationRead More

Israel Moves On Holocaust-Era Assets

By Nathaniel Popper

Just before the Nazis invaded Poland, Maurycy Moses Tempelhof, a resident of Lodz, bought about 1.25 acres of land just north of Haifa in what was then British-run Palestine. Tempelhof, his wife and two of his children died during the war, but one daughter, Isabelle, survived him. In search of her father’s property, Isabelle wentRead More

Israel Open To Rethinking Nuclear Policy

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — In the turmoil of a busy political week, the visit here by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, largely escaped public notice. Most Israelis consider their country’s nuclear policies to be way over their heads; in a country where almost everything is subject to debate, “the last taboo” (as scholarRead More

Sharon Eyes New Coalition With Labor

JERUSALEM — Israeli politics were thrown into greater chaos than usual this week as Prime Minister Sharon began talks to widen his governing coalition, sparking an open rebellion within his own Likud party.Sharon surprised his colleagues last week by announcing that he would be opening coalition talks this week with Labor Party leader ShimonRead More


By E.J. Kessler

Hell in a Hand Basket: The Washington representative of a national Jewish organization is urging federal officials who attend the McLean Bible Church to distance themselves from the northern Virginia institution, which has launched a drive to convert Jews.The church, whose pastor, Lon Solomon, is a Jewish convert to Christianity,Read More

Netanyahu Seen Angling To Control Shoah Funds

By Nathaniel Popper

As its annual board meeting approaches next week, the main international Jewish body charged with negotiating and distributing Holocaust reparations, known as the Claims Conference, has all the appearances of an organization under siege.The conference, which oversees assets totaling some $800 million, is being accused of givingRead More

Protestant Group OKs Divestment From Israel

By Eric J. Greenberg

In an unprecedented victory for pro-Palestinian activists, leaders of the largest Presbyterian denomination officially equated the Jewish state with apartheid South Africa and have voted to stop investing in Israel.With the decision, approved in a 431-62 vote at the 216th annual General Assembly of Presbyterian Church (USA), the church, boastingRead More

For God and Country Music: Vote Kinkster for Governor

By Kinky Friedman

Why would anyone in his right mind want to get into politics? Now, that’s a two-part question.If I’m crazy enough to write this piece, I’m probably crazy enough to get into politics. I’m a little too smart to be governor of a large state, but I think I can handle it. I sure hope so, because in two year’s time I’ll either be governor ofRead More

Senate Report on Iraq Intel Points to Role of Jerusalem

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Cooperation between Israel and the United States helped produce a series of intelligence failures in the lead up to the Iraq war, according to separate reports issued by members of the Senate and the Knesset.The Senate Intelligence Committee, in its report issued last week, blasted the Central Intelligence Agency forRead More

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