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Newsdesk April 23, 2004

Pro-Israel Socialist OustedThe main advocate for tighter European Union oversight over funding of the Palestinian Authority claims he was sidelined by his own party because of his Middle East positions. Francois Zimeray, a French Socialist Party member of the European Parliament, has been kept off the party’s list of candidates for theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Even as many mainstream Jewish groups hailed the White House endorsement of the disengagement plan of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Bush is catching flak from some Jewish hardliners and evangelical Christians for backing the initiative, which would uproot all the Jewish settlements in Gaza and many in the West Bank.Some JewishRead More


U.S. Leads the Way at Berlin Conference

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration has launched a major diplomatic effort to ensure a positive outcome to a major conference on antisemitism being held next week in Berlin.The administration drew cheers from Jewish groups after Secretary of State Colin Powell decided to join the American delegation to the two-day gathering of the Organization for theRead More


Stifled Discussion Dampens Student Advocacy Efforts

By Nathaniel Popper

When Jeff Silver arrived at the University of North Carolina for his freshman year, Israel advocacy was at the top of his slate of extracurricular interests. His motivation, though, was quickly quashed after he attended the first few meetings of the Carolina Students for Israel and found participants unwilling to broach any criticism of the JewishRead More


Washington Puts Weight Behind Gaza Withdrawal

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Caught in a deepening Iraqi quagmire with barely any international support, the Bush administration is lobbying the international community heavily to endorse Ariel Sharon’s plan for unilateral disengagement from Gaza.Even before the Israeli prime minister returned to Jerusalem from Washington to promote his disengagement planRead More


Iraqi Crisis May Hinder U.S. Reform Of Mideast

By Marc Perelman

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is threatening the Bush administration’s ambitious plan to promote democratic reforms in the Middle East, experts and diplomats said.The administration’s so-called Greater Middle East initiative, which is to be presented formally during a meeting of the G-8 group of industrialized nationsRead More


Japan Teaches One Jew the True Meaning of Diaspora

By Tobias Harris

TOKYO — From my seat at the Seder table on the first night of Passover, I could see the lights of Roppongi, a fashionable entertainment district near the heart of Tokyo, where the streets were lined with club-goers and illuminated by ubiquitous neon signs. We were a small group huddled together, wandering Jews in a city whose people wereRead More


El Al May Stop Operating Flights for Immigrants

JERUSALEM — El Al may stop flying immigrants to Israel from certain destinations after it is privatized, sources in the World Zionist Organization said.In a recent closed meeting of the WZO’s financial committee in Jerusalem, participants said with the takeover of El Al by Arkia, a privately owned Israeli airline, it may stopRead More


President Bush Failed To Heed His Father’s Warnings

By Gus Tyler

The gruesome events in Iraq on the day before April Fool’s Day are a painful confirmation of what the elder President Bush foretold would happen if Uncle Sam decided to go after Saddam Hussein and remove him from office.On March 31, four American civilians working for a security firm in Falluja, Iraq, were ambushed and killed. The victims’Read More


Newsdesk April 16, 2004

Hungary Uncovers PlotHungarian police said Tuesday that they had detained a Hungarian citizen of Palestinian origin who planned to blow up a Jewish museum in Budapest, as well as two Syrian men suspected of links to the plot.But police said there was no connection between the arrests and the state visit by Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who wasRead More


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