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Newsdesk May 14, 2004

Syria Dumps MinisterThe U.S. decision to slap Syria with sanctions appears to have cost the country’s defense minister, General Mustapha Tlass, his job.After serving more than 30 years in his post and 50 years in the Syrian military, Tlass has been booted from the cabinet of Syrian President Bashar Assad.Tlass left office Tuesday, the veryRead More


Junk-bond King To Keynote Israel Bonds Event

By Nathaniel Popper

Michael Milken, the former “junk-bond king,” will give what has been billed as a “stirring” talk at an event this Sunday for investors in Israel Bonds.Milken’s speech for investors carries some historical irony, as it comes from a man who has been barred for life by the United States from taking part in any transactions in the securitiesRead More


Thief Stole More Than Hearts on JDate

By Sara Liss

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — An Orlando man who used the Jewish Internet dating service JDate to lure women into dating him was arrested in Broward County last week with bail set at $21,000.Police charged Ivan Urquiza, 34, with grand theft, attempting to use another person’s identity without consent, and intimidating or threatening a witness orRead More


Zell Denies Salon Quotes on Chalabi

Jerusalem-based lawyer Marc Zell denied a report in the online magazine Salon.com that he had criticized Iraqi leader Ahmed Chalabi.In a letter to Salon dated May 6, Zell disavowed all the quotes contained in an article written by John Dizard, a Financial Times columnist. The quotes were mentioned in a story that appeared in the May 7 edition ofRead More


Death Ends Slain American’s Religious Journey

By Steven I. Weiss and Ami Eden

Being Jewish may have cost Nicholas Berg his life, said the father of the 26-year-old American contractor who was decapitated by Islamic militants in Iraq.The Forward has learned that the slain American had, during the past year, intensified his study and observance of Judaism, and taken to wearing tzitzit, or ritual fringes. His father, MichaelRead More


Chalabi Lashes Back at Critics As Furor Over Iran Ties Grows

Faced with a storm of attacks and uncertainty over its future role in Iraq, the Iraqi National Congress and its controversial leader Ahmed Chalabi are lashing back at their critics in America.Chalabi’s exile group-turned-political party issued a statement Monday denouncing what it described as “a CIA-orchestrated smear campaign,” afterRead More


Antisemitism Fight Provides Way For Mending Transatlantic Split

By Marc Perelman

BERLIN — Fresh from a major international conference here last week, diplomats and communal leaders say that the fight against antisemitism is emerging as a vehicle for mending the American-European split over Iraq, as well as easing tensions between Jewish groups and human rights organizations.Representatives of the 55-member Organization forRead More


U.S. Official Does ‘God’s Work’: Eradicating Slavery

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Critics think John Miller is a zealot. Supporters view the State Department official as a hero. Both sides agree that he is leading a crusade to abolish slavery worldwide.Backed by an unlikely coalition of conservative Evangelical Christian and liberal human rights advocates, Miller, whoRead More


Newsdesk May 7, 2004

Change Set on ChaplainsThe Jewish Welfare Board is set to lose its monopoly on authorizing Jewish military chaplains, according to a news report in the New Jersey Jewish Standard.According to the report, the military plans to open up the process to other non-profit organizations. Critics claim that the JWB has failed to meet the needs ofRead More


Passions Flare at Swiss Banks Hearing

By Nathaniel Popper

BROOKLYN —Even before the hearing opened here into the distribution of unclaimed funds from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement, a confrontation erupted.A group of elderly men stood outside the courthouse with signs around their necks that said “Mathausen” and “Dachau,” in English and Russian. An older woman approached them andRead More


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