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Report Claims New York Times Columnist Took Swing at Critic

By Nathaniel Popper

A night devoted to talking about peace took a violent turn, according to one man who says he was physically assaulted by The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.Manhattan lawyer Harvey Schwartz says that Friedman hit and shoved him as the men were talking after the Israel Policy Forum’s annual dinner late in the evening ofRead More


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By Oren Rawls

Prescription for Disaster: “While much of the nation has been following the deliberations in Congress over a Medicare drug benefit, a quiet revolution has been taking place in the way benefits are managed for the 200 million Americans who already have insurance for prescription drugs,” Cindy Parks Thomas announces in the December 4 issueRead More


Arab States Mulling Endorsement of Geneva Initiative

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

several middle east countries are discussing ways to endorse the recent unofficial peace agreement known as the geneva understandings, according to an american scholar who played a key role in promoting a previous arab-backed peace initiative.Henry Siegman, a former head of the American Jewish Congress and longtime supporter of a two-stateRead More


Patent Office Rules Against Kabbalists

By Steven I. Weiss

Thanks to The Kabbalah Centre, various celebrities can be spotted donning red strings on their wrists that Jewish mystics say can ward off evil spirits. Apparently the threads, also known as bindles, do not work against the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The patent office has rejected an attempt by The Kabbalah Centre to trademark theRead More


Newsdesk December 12, 2003

Minister Pushing ReformIsrael’s interior minister, Avraham Poraz of the anti-clerical Shinui party, is planning to submit a sweeping reform of immigration and citizenship rules for Cabinet approval next week, according to a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot. The new rules would allow the granting of citizenship or permanent residency to tensRead More


Israelis Push for Bigger Cut of Shoah Funds

By Elli Wohlgelernter; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government is demanding a dramatically increased role in running the agency that administers Holocaust-era reparations and restitution payments, in what government leaders frankly acknowledged was an effort to direct a larger share of restitution funds toward Israel.In a blunt and sometimes confrontational meetingRead More


Statistics Show Tourism to Israel Continuing To Climb

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tourism to Israel continues to show a steady increase, with as many tourists coming to Israel in the first 10 months of 2003 as came in all of 2002.Figures released last week by the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Tourism Ministry show that a total of 852,400 tourists visited Israel from January to October this year, up 20% fromRead More


Israel Riled As Geneva ‘Pact’ Gains Supporters

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As tensions grew between Israel and America this week over the Bush administration’s support for the Geneva Understandings, backers of the informal peace plan appear to be winning over some American Jewish groups, threatening to split a key pillar of Jerusalem’s support base in the United States.In one dramatic sign of a loomingRead More


Philanthropist Aiming To Reach Out to Cultural Jews

If Felix Posen had his way, American Jewish schools would teach the Bible less as a holy book than as a classic work of literature.“You teach Judaism as a culture. You start with the Bible, the first piece of literature we Jews created,” the London philanthropist said. “God is not dead; he is a literary hero like AnnaRead More


Middle-Class Job Woes Persist Despite Bright Economic News

By Nathaniel Popper

Unemployed Jews were spilling out of the lecture hall at the Orthodox Union’s national office in downtown New York Tuesday morning. A total of 110 job seekers had signed up for the free employment workshop offered by the O.U., and another 45 had to be turned away for lack of space.The workshop took placeRead More





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