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‘Passion’ Debate Risks Alienating Christian Allies

By Sara Liss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Standing before a room full of Anti-Defamation League leaders at the Italian Renaissance-style Majestic Breakers hotel here, Rabbi Robert Levine appeared to be preaching to the converted as he tore into Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”But then Levine, the religious leader of Congregation Rodeph Shalom inRead More


Chabad, Secular Groups Battle in Austria

VIENNA — A group linked to the Chabad movement has been cozying up to the government of Austria and the European Commission, angering secular groups that have been battling those entities in an attempt to get them to act against rising continental antisemitism.Last week, a three-day rabbinical conference organizedRead More


Newsdesk February 13, 2004

Melee at KnessetViolence broke out in the Knesset last Monday, when several local Likud party activists ran amok after being denied entry to a closed committee meeting.The dispute arose when a group of Likud Central Committee members arrived to monitor a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, which was to discuss privatization of anRead More


French Judge Sees Growing Cooperation With U.S. Against Terrorism

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Despite their public sparring over Iraq and other issues, America and France have stepped up their cooperation against terrorism during the past three years.French and American police, intelligence and judicial officials involved in tracking radical Muslim groups and individuals have been exchanging information and tips on anRead More


Skepticism Greets Bush’s Mideast Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s new Greater Middle East Initiative, touted by officials as a major push to promote democracy across the Arab and Muslim world, is receiving mixed reviews from Middle East experts, diplomats and even some administration officials.Critics said that the initiative, disclosed February 9 by the Washington PostRead More


Egypt, Jordan Fear Deterioration of P.A.

By Marc Perelman

Moderate Arab countries are growing increasingly concerned that the Palestinian Authority may collapse, according to diplomats and observers. Countries such as Egypt and Jordan openly worry that the demise of the P.A., coupled with the perceived American disengagement in an election year and the Israeli government preparing to takeRead More


Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Joe!: Confounding the fears of many, including the candidate, Jewish voters in the states that voted February 3 did support Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman in greater percentages than did non-Jews.In the end, however, that did not provide much help for Lieberman, who ended his centrist bid for the presidency Tuesday.According to exitRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Looking past Saturday’s presidential caucuses in Michigan, Democratic strategists were predicting this week that the results in the Wolverine State would point the way for the party’s strategy in the general election.What the Michigan campaign showed, pundits said, was that voters in the center — “white,Read More


Jewish Poverty Deepens in New York City

By Nathaniel Popper

Both the depth and distribution of Jewish poverty in New York City has increased during the past decade, according to a new study.The study found that nearly 60% of Jews living in Brooklyn’s heavily ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood live in poverty.More surprising to some observers is the finding that the number ofRead More





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