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Chalabi Lashes Back at Critics As Furor Over Iran Ties Grows

Faced with a storm of attacks and uncertainty over its future role in Iraq, the Iraqi National Congress and its controversial leader Ahmed Chalabi are lashing back at their critics in America.Chalabi’s exile group-turned-political party issued a statement Monday denouncing what it described as “a CIA-orchestrated smear campaign,” afterRead More


Antisemitism Fight Provides Way For Mending Transatlantic Split

By Marc Perelman

BERLIN — Fresh from a major international conference here last week, diplomats and communal leaders say that the fight against antisemitism is emerging as a vehicle for mending the American-European split over Iraq, as well as easing tensions between Jewish groups and human rights organizations.Representatives of the 55-member Organization forRead More


U.S. Official Does ‘God’s Work’: Eradicating Slavery

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Critics think John Miller is a zealot. Supporters view the State Department official as a hero. Both sides agree that he is leading a crusade to abolish slavery worldwide.Backed by an unlikely coalition of conservative Evangelical Christian and liberal human rights advocates, Miller, whoRead More


Newsdesk May 7, 2004

Change Set on ChaplainsThe Jewish Welfare Board is set to lose its monopoly on authorizing Jewish military chaplains, according to a news report in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.According to the report, the military plans to open up the process to other non-profit organizations. Critics claim that the JWB has failed to meet the needs ofRead More


Passions Flare at Swiss Banks Hearing

By Nathaniel Popper

BROOKLYN —Even before the hearing opened here into the distribution of unclaimed funds from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement, a confrontation erupted.A group of elderly men stood outside the courthouse with signs around their necks that said “Mathausen” and “Dachau,” in English and Russian. An older woman approached them andRead More


Israel Criticizes Report On Swiss Holocaust Funds

By Nathaniel Popper, With Reporting From Jta.

Lawyers for the State of Israel issued a strongly worded rebuke of recommendations submitted to a U.S. federal court last week on how to distribute any remaining money from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement.Israel sent a memorandum to the court Tuesday criticizing last week’s report by Judah Gribetz, the court’s “special master” orRead More


Newsdesk April 30, 2004

WJC Pushes ResolutionThe World Jewish Congress has launched a campaign to get the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism at its next meeting this fall. The WJC has obtained the support of Secretary of State Colin Powell and a promise from Senator Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, toRead More


Former UJC Official, 65

Arthur Naparstek, former head of a department at the United Jewish Communities, died at 65. Naparstek died April 24 of complications from lung cancer. Naparstek headed the UJC’s Israel and Overseas Pillar from 2001 to 2002. An expert in urban redevelopment, Naparstek for a time was dean of the School of Applied Sciences at Case Western ReserveRead More


Geneva Coalition To Push Peace Initiative

By Marc Perelman

The authors of the Geneva peace initiative are trying to revive their advocacy campaign just as the Bush administration is endorsing Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.The group, an ad hoc coalition of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics and retired military and security officials, is opening an office in New York thatRead More


Envoy’s Daughter Resigns From CNN

CNN announced in Atlanta this week that reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, had resigned from the network last Friday. Her resignation followed the announcement that she was engaged to a Jordanian prince, the Associated Press reported.Brahimi is engaged to Prince Ali, a half-brother of KingRead More


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