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Europeans Seen Shifting On Mideast, Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

After several years of mounting criticisms and increasingly harsh condemnations, American Jewish groups are rushing to praise European governments for their efforts to combat antisemitism and strike a more “balanced” approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In the wake of a high-level parley in Brussels last week to deal withRead More


Dashed Hopes in Iran

By Shaul Bakhash

Only a few years ago Iran appeared to be on the cusp of fundamental democratic transformation. The 1997 landslide victory of President Mohammad Khatami had ushered in an era of expanding social freedoms and increasingly open political debate. Then, in 2000, a coalition of reformist parties won a working majority in parliamentary elections,Read More


PASSION UPDATE

Now that Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” is actually playing in theaters (it opened Wednesday), Americans have the luxury of seeing the film before arguing about it. Perhaps the harshest newspaper review so far of the cinematic depiction of the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life came from Jami Bernard in the NewRead More


Gibson’s Jesus Film Triggers Worries Across the Globe

By Eric J. Greenberg

Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” is set to open in Brazil early next month — and Rabbi Henry Sobel is worried.Sobel, the religious leader of Brazil’s Congregacao Israelita Paulista, the largest synagogue in Latin America, fears that the film about Jesus’ death will inflame antisemitism in his country, where 95% of the 170Read More


Newsdesk February 27, 2004

Quebec Nixes SpeakerA civil servant in the Quebec government has been blocked from participating in a lecture series on Montreal Jewry, after his supervisors discovered that it includes a discussion of fascism and antisemitism in Quebec during the 1930s, according to one organizer of the program.The series on Montreal Jewry, to be held in New YorkRead More


Activist Harry Louis Selden Dies

Harry Louis Selden, a newspaperman at the forefront of the rescue of European Jews during the Holocaust, died February 14 in Rockville, Md., after a short illness. He was 96.A reporter for the Long Island Daily Press and an associate editor at Newsweek during the early 1930s, Selden came to support the establishment of a Jewish homeland,Read More


Conference Gets Close Look at Bombing

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Malcolm Hoenlein is accustomed to being updated by Israeli officials about “the situation,” but he has never been as close to it as he was this week.Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, personally witnessed his first suicide bombing up close, and was visibly shaken describing itRead More


White House Unclear About Sharon Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bush administration officials remain confused and divided over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unilateral disengagement plan, even after high-level talks with Israeli leaders last week.Three Bush advisers — White House aides Steven Hadley and Elliot Abrams, and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns — returned toRead 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





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