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Stifled Discussion Dampens Student Advocacy Efforts

By Nathaniel Popper

When Jeff Silver arrived at the University of North Carolina for his freshman year, Israel advocacy was at the top of his slate of extracurricular interests. His motivation, though, was quickly quashed after he attended the first few meetings of the Carolina Students for Israel and found participants unwilling to broach any criticism of the JewishRead More


Washington Puts Weight Behind Gaza Withdrawal

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Caught in a deepening Iraqi quagmire with barely any international support, the Bush administration is lobbying the international community heavily to endorse Ariel Sharon’s plan for unilateral disengagement from Gaza.Even before the Israeli prime minister returned to Jerusalem from Washington to promote his disengagement planRead More


Iraqi Crisis May Hinder U.S. Reform Of Mideast

By Marc Perelman

The unfolding chaos in Iraq is threatening the Bush administration’s ambitious plan to promote democratic reforms in the Middle East, experts and diplomats said.The administration’s so-called Greater Middle East initiative, which is to be presented formally during a meeting of the G-8 group of industrialized nationsRead More


Japan Teaches One Jew the True Meaning of Diaspora

By Tobias Harris

TOKYO — From my seat at the Seder table on the first night of Passover, I could see the lights of Roppongi, a fashionable entertainment district near the heart of Tokyo, where the streets were lined with club-goers and illuminated by ubiquitous neon signs. We were a small group huddled together, wandering Jews in a city whose people wereRead More


El Al May Stop Operating Flights for Immigrants

JERUSALEM — El Al may stop flying immigrants to Israel from certain destinations after it is privatized, sources in the World Zionist Organization said.In a recent closed meeting of the WZO’s financial committee in Jerusalem, participants said with the takeover of El Al by Arkia, a privately owned Israeli airline, it may stopRead More


Newsdesk April 9, 2004

Poll: Jews Get More BlameThe belief that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus is on the rise among Americans, particularly young people and blacks, according to a new nationwide survey conducted after the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”The telephone survey conducted March 17-21 by the Pew Research Center inRead More


‘Grandfather’ Lends a Helping Hand

By S.A. Greene

BATUMI, Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia — Emil Krupnik and Oksana Vasilkova may not yet live in a Jeffersonian democracy, but politics in their home country has certainly changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union.One day before the March 28 parliamentary elections here, a reporter from the local radio station paid a visitRead More


White House Pressured To Send Powell to Conference on Antisemitism

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is feeling heat from human rights and Jewish groups pressuring it to send a high-level official — preferably Secretary of State Colin Powell — to head the U.S. delegation to the upcoming Berlin conference on antisemitism.The executive director of Human Rights First, Michael Posner, sent a letterRead More


‘Suicide-Bombing Capital’ Thrives As New Barrier Nears Completion

By Ofer Shelah

JENIN, Northern Samaria — Life is returning to normal here in the city once known as the suicide-bombing capital of the West Bank. The economy is picking up, services are being restored and local leaders describe a new optimism.The reason, Israeli military officials say, is the nearly completed security fence separating this sector of the WestRead More


Grand Jury Scrutinizes Right-Wing Bingo King

By Nathaniel Popper

A grand jury in Los Angeles County has been seeking information about the California gambling operations of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a Miami Beach philanthropist known for his financial support of Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.Scott Wildman, a former Democratic member of the California state Assembly, told the Forward thatRead More


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