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Muslim Students Get Apology In a Tiff Over ‘Shahada’ Scarf

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Anti-Defamation League last week issued an unusual retraction and apology for suggesting that Islam’s declaration of faith, the Shahada, is an “expression of hate” that is “closely identified” with terrorism.The ADL did not apologize, however, for suggesting that Muslim students at the University of California, Irvine,Read More


O.U. To Require Water Filters In N.Y. Eateries

By Steven I. Weiss

The Orthodox Union is preparing to require New York City restaurants under its supervision to filter their tap water, and to recommend that observant Jews in the city do the same.The decision results from the recent discovery of minuscule (and nonkosher) crustaceans called copepods in NewRead More


Newsdesk July 2, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Survivors’ Funds ReleasedBefore the end of August, $174 million will be released to Holocaust survivors by a German foundation set up to compensate slave laborers from the Holocaust era. A similar amount also will be released to non-Jewish survivors.The money comes from interest earned on the $5.5 billion original compensation settlementRead More


Israeli Cabinet Members Hurl Insults Over Demographic Study

A newly released report on the state of world Jewry has revealed dramatic demographic trends — and prompted a vicious shouting match in the Israeli Cabinet, with government ministers calling each other antisemitic and racist.The abstract is a summary of a larger, 600-page study due out in the fall. It was issued last week by the JewishRead More


Giving ‘Seinfeld’ Fans a Taste of Reality, Kramer-style

By Max Gross

Kenny Kramer wasn’t allowed to be himself.In the late 1980s, the stand-up comedian was living next door to Larry David, co-creator of television’s “Seinfeld,” which was then in the development stage. David saw infinite comic possibilities in his neighbor, who spent his time golfing, scheming, chomping cigars, falling head-firstRead More


Empire State’s Kosher Law Advances, But Draws Tepid Support

By Steven I. Weiss

The New York State Legislature has passed legislation to protect kosher consumers from food products falsely advertised as kosher. The new law is intended to replace New York’s previous kosher law, which was struck down in the courts last year after being declared unconstitutional.New York is home to the country’s largest Jewish population, asRead More


Polluting Piety With Politics

By Gus Tyler

An article on the front-page of the June 3 New York Times was scary. It notes that the Bush campaign is reaching out to thousands of churches around the country to involve them in distributing campaign fliers and registering voters on behalf of the president’s November run. The move makes history. It seems that at no time in the nation’sRead More


Israel’s Fence, New Tactics Seen Behind a Decline in Bombings

TEL AVIV — Israelis cheered silently Tuesday when the government published its latest terrorism statistics, holding their collective breath lest their streak of good luck run out. For the Israeli Defense Forces, the announcement was an occasion for a careful pat on the back, a sign of a job well done. The announcement of the tally of terroristRead More


Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

By Ethan Porter

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” inRead More


Judge’s Memo Displays Heat Of the Debate On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

In a sign of the growing personal and emotional dimensions of the Swiss bank settlement, the federal judge overseeing the case, Edward Korman, fired off an unexpected attack at a prominent lawyer who has had little to do with the case, and who, even the judge called a “latecomer to the proceedings.”Korman filed a legal memorandumRead More


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