Gaza Settlers See Evacuation Plan As Looming Catastrophe

By Mati Milstein

NEVEH DEKALIM, Gaza — While politicians and the media debate the threat of violent resistance from settlers when the army comes to evacuate them, residents of this settlement in southern Gaza say they remain convinced that day never will come.The morning after an Israeli army outpost was blown up near here by Palestinian militants — the sameRead More

Congregants Protesting After Czechs Oust Rabbi

By Joshua Cohen

PRAGUE — On June 29, the Jewish Community of the Czech Republic abruptly dismissed its chief rabbi, Karol Sidon, a playwright and a well-known communist-era dissident, after 12 years of service.Two days later, the Jewish Community named Manis Barash — the longtime Chabad Lubavitch rabbi in Prague, who is a native of New York and of RussianRead More

In Address, Chirac Vows To Tackle Bias Attacks

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — In an indication of France’s concern over an upsurge of antisemitic incidents, President Jacques Chirac was to deliver a major speech Thursday calling on French citizens to mobilize against all forms of discrimination.A Chirac aide and a Jewish communal official told the Forward that the president intended to personally call uponRead More


By E.J. Kessler

ARLINGTON, Va. — If President Bush succeeds in increasing his share of the Jewish vote above the estimated 19% that he won in 2000, it will have a great deal to do with his with-us-or-against-us posture on the world stage. True, the Jewish community is sharply divided over the wisdom of the president’s stance. At least one Jew isRead More

Israeli Mobsters Muscling Their Way Into Las Vegas Ecstasy Trade

By Seamus Mcgraw

It’s been half a century since Las Vegas, that glittering Mecca of excess and indulgence in the Nevada desert, was last in the thrall of big-time Jewish mobsters. Even then, the godfathers — men like Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky — were U.S. born and as distinctly American as Vegas itself.But recently, authorities say, a new strain of JewishRead More

Sharon Warned of Right-Wing Threat

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Less than a decade after the murder of Yitzhak Rabin, political assassination has moved once again to the center of Israel’s public debate, with intelligence officials warning of an “imminent threat” as right-wing rabbis openly debate how violently to resist the evacuation of settlements.“I have no doubt that some peopleRead More

Brando Remembered as Family Friend

The death of stage and screen legend Marlon Brando has brought on a plethora of obituaries and appreciations that have covered all aspects of his life and career — except one. In myriad interviews throughout his life, Brando noted that the most important influences on his career were his early training with acting teacherRead More

Then They Came for the Gypsies: The Legacy of Death’s Calculator

By Edwin Black

In April 1941, a Romanian census taker came to the home of a suspected Roma Gypsy working as a blacksmith in the picturesque town of Schaas. The senior Nazi statistical official observing the process wrote, “He did not dare to deny his ethnical descent as Gypsy.” The census taker instructed: “Now, please write: Gypsy.”Shortly thereafter,Read More

Joining the Battle To Capture the Hearts of Young Jews

By Nathaniel Popper

When Hillel’s newly minted executive, Kinney Zalesne, was in college, the Hillel on her campus at Yale held little appeal for her. For four years, she maintained a skeptical distance from the whole institution.“To me, Hillel was for people who were only socially comfortable with other Jews and whose cultural interests were mainlyRead More

Newsdesk July 9, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Austrian President DiesAustrian President Thomas Klestil, the first head of the Alpine state to visit Israel, died Tuesday, two days before his scheduled retirement.Klestil became president in 1992 and restored the reputation of the Austrian presidency after his predecessor, Kurt Waldheim, was revealed to have had links to the Nazis. He alsoRead More

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