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Newsdesk March 5, 2004

Saudis Relent on VisasSaudi Arabia’s government last week dropped a reference on its official tourism Web site to “Jewish people” as a category of foreigners barred from receiving visas to visit Saudi Arabia. A spokesman for the Saudi Embassy in Washington told the Forward that the online content was “unauthorized,” andRead More


Violence, Anarchy Reign as P.A. Teeters

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

JERUSALEM — Amid growing indications that anarchy and lawlessness are reaching a critical stage within the Palestinian territories, observers now are wondering aloud if the financially broke and politically splintered Palestinian Authority is on the verge of collapse.The mayor of the West Bank city of Nablus, Ghassan Shakah, resigned last weekRead More


White House Is Cool to Settlement Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is rejecting Jerusalem’s demand for American approval of a plan to strengthen several key blocks of Jewish settlements in exchange for a complete Israeli pullback from the Gaza Strip and parts of the West Bank.Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to fortify large blocks of Jewish settlements in the West BankRead More


Jewish Groups Rally Support for Civil Rights Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A major initiative aimed at setting aside a string of conservative judicial decisions and restoring the protections in the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act is drawing strong support from national Jewish organizations.Seventeen Jewish groups — including the community’s leading women’sRead More


Specter Takes No Position On Appointment of Judge

By Miriam Colton

President Bush’s recess appointment last week of William Pryor to a federal judgeship is dividing Congress along partisan lines, but critics say that at least one Republican senator seems unwilling to take a firm stand on the issue.Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is refusing to voice support forRead More


Vulnerable on War Stance, Lantos Battles Primary Challengers

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a historic meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, is gearing up for the final leg of his first primary challenge in more than a decade.In his quest for a 13th term, Lantos, a California Democrat, must defeat a pair of political neophytes, lawyers RoRead More


Dershowitz Backtracks After Causing Stir at Parley

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz only showed up at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum for about an hour-and-a-half, but during that time he managed to stir up about as much controversy as the other three days of the conference combined.Outside historic Faneuil Hall, where the JCPA convened to honor Dershowitz, hisRead More


Israelis Watch Nervously as Court Weighs Case on Security Fence

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

TEL AVIV — Officially Israel considered the hearings on its security fence, held this week at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, to be virtually meaningless. Jerusalem declined to appear before the court, instead submitting a preliminary affidavit questioning the court’s jurisdiction in theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

While religious conservatives are hailing President Bush’s endorsement Tuesday of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, some Republicans are expressing alarm that it could backfire.Bush’s move seemed aimed at evangelical Christian supporters, who have been pressuring the president to speak out clearly in favor of such anRead More


Czech Records Tell the Story of How Jewish Kohn Became Catholic Kerry

OPAVA, Czech Republic — Ever since The Boston Globe broke the story of Senator John Kerry’s Jewish roots last year, the rise of the humble Kohn family of Silesia to Boston Brahmanism has been presented to the public as a prime example of the American Dream.Earlier this month, I set out to trace the route from Kohn to Kerry, beginningRead More





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