Newsdesk September 3, 2004

Israel Blames SyriaIsrael implicated Syria in Tuesday’s double suicide bombing in Beersheva. Syria has continued to offer logistical and financial backing to terrorist organizations operating out of Damascus, a senior military official told Ha’aretz. At least 16 people died in the bombings. This is the first time that Palestinians haveRead More

Editor Sues Miami Herald for $3 Million

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — The former editor and publisher of Florida’s now-defunct Jewish Star Times is suing Miami Herald Publishing Company for defamation.Dwight Owen Schweitzer filed the $3 million lawsuit in Miami Dade circuit court last week. In a press release, he stated that The Miami Herald — which owned Jewish Star Times — publishedRead More

Dialogue With Moderate Muslims Urged

By Eric J. Greenberg

A new study says the American Jewish community must redefine its definition of militant Islam in order to create crucial new dialogue partnerships with American Muslims — the fastest-growing faith group in the United States.The as-yet-unreleased study, obtained by the Forward, argues that Jewish leaders are doing long-term damageRead More

Convicted of Kidnapping, Rabbi Faces Deportation

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — A rabbi who served two years in prison for kidnapping is fighting to retain refugee status in Canada, claiming that he has a “well-founded fear of persecution” if forced to return to Israel.In 1994 an American court in Brooklyn, N.Y., convicted Rabbi Erez Shlomo Elbarnes, 41, for kidnapping a 13-year-old boy. The child’sRead More

The Benefits of Insurance

By Gus Tyler

Last year, the number of people in the United States without health insurance hit a record-breaking level of 45 million, according to the Census Bureau. Actually, there was a time when no one in the U.S. enjoyed the benefits of “third-party medicine,” the “third party” being an agencyRead More

Orderly Protest Lacks Anti-Israel Vitriol

By Nathaniel Popper

The massive protest against the Republican National Convention in New York on Sunday made for big surprises of the quietest kind: The media prepped the city for chaos and violence that never materialized.Jewish groups taking part in the demonstration were braced for additional tensions, but these, too, were largely absent at the end of the day.TheRead More


By E.J. Kessler

Chosen Chicken: The National Jewish Democratic Council has a message for the Bush campaign’s Jewish surrogates, such as Senator Norm Coleman, Rep. Eric Cantor and campaign manager Ken Mehlman: “You’re yellow.” Trying to ruffle some feathers during the Republican National Convention, the group is claiming that the Bush campaign surrogatesRead More

American Authorities Ratchet Up Pressure on Hamas

By Marc Perelman

A recent spate of arrests, indictments and convictions of Hamas operatives is shining fresh light on the terrorist organization’s presence in the United States, experts said.The legal moves against the Palestinian group are also the latest indication that the aggressive anti-terrorism policies put in place to track down Al Qaeda are also beingRead More

Espionage Ruled Out in Case of Bad Art

By Seamus Mcgraw

Is it espionage or — worse — bad art?While officials in the United States are busy grappling with the question of whether Pentagon analyst Larry Franklin passed sensitive information to Israel and compromised national security, authorities in our neighbor to the north are trying to tamp down speculation that a platoonRead More

UJC Faces Questions As Rieger Takes Helm

By Nathaniel Popper

When Howard Rieger becomes president of United Jewish Communities on September 1, he will take the reins of an organization confronting defining questions about its role as the coordinating body for 155 North American Jewish federations.After three years in which giving to the federation’s annual campaign has declined, UJC has struggled with itsRead More

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