Furor Grows Over Cheney Remarks on Pearl Murder

By Eric J. Greenberg

Following a controversial speech by Vice President Dick Cheney, the father of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is urging Democrats and Republicans to refrain from turning his son’s death into a political football.Judea Pearl expressed his sentiments after Cheney’s August 12 speech, in which the vice president blastedRead More

Group Delays Appointment Of Diplomat

By Marc Perelman

The appointment of Alon Pinkas to head the American Jewish Congress was put on hold this week pending resolution in Jerusalem of accusations that the former high-profile Israeli diplomat violated his country’s civil-service regulations.The AJCongress decision comes after the Israeli press reported that Civil Service Commissioner Shmuel HollanderRead More

Report: Egypt, Militants Reach Deal

JERUSALEM — Egypt has reached agreements with Hamas and Islamic Jihad on their activities in Gaza after Israel’s disengagement, according to a report this week in the London-based Arabic-language daily Asharq Al-Awsat.Senior members of Islamic Jihad met last weekend with Egyptian diplomats at Cairo’s representation in Gaza to move ahead withRead More

Newsdesk August 20, 2004

Israeli Man Killed in D.C.Twenty-five-year-old Israeli Ehud Reich was murdered in Washington on August 15, apparently by a criminal gang.Reich, who had been living in the city for eight months and working as a locksmith, responded to a call in the southeast part of town from a burglary victim whose car keys had been stolen. While workingRead More

Poetic License: On a Quest for Cipel’s Art

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Almost from the first moments that aides to New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey began identifying his paramour as Golan Cipel, the media took to describing him as a poet, with some reports even tagging on the credential “published.” This week, one of Cipel’s attorneys derided this description, saying the Israeli had written some poemsRead More

Iranian Judo Jab No Surprise for Rabbi

By Eric J. Greenberg

The refusal of an Iranian Olympic superstar to compete against an Israeli opponent in a judo match shocked and outraged sports observers and Jewish communal leaders this week. But a Pittsburgh rabbi, Alvin Berkun, told the Forward he knew last week that such a controversy was coming.The rabbi said that he had been tipped off by two IranianRead More

Tehran Threatens Israel

Iran threatened to destroy the Dimona nuclear reactor if Israel attacks the Islamic republic. The warning comes amid increasing speculation that Israel might attack Iranian nuclear facilities, and shortly after Iran said it successfully tested an upgraded version of its Shihab-3 missile, which is capableRead More

Netanyahu’s Budget Riles Left, Threatens Unity Talks

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Benjamin Netanyahu, the spoiler of Ariel Sharon’s Cabinet, managed this week to throw Israeli politics into turmoil by pulling one of his most unexpected stunts ever: bringing in a 2005 state budget framework on time.Netanyahu’s draft budget, a Thatcherite mix of privatization and spending cuts, is winning plaudits from economistsRead More

Terror Threat Against Synagogue Was False Alarm

By Nathaniel Popper

With federal and city officials racing to respond to warnings of new terrorist strikes against the United States, the media appears to have set off a frightening false alarm about an alleged threat to a small Manhattan synagogue.Time magazine reported Monday that the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue on Manhattan’s Lower East Side wasRead More


By E.J. Kessler

‘Truth in Labeling?’ I: A glossy new White House publication titled “President George W. Bush: A Friend to the American Jewish Community” is raising the ire of Democrats, who contend that it is a thinly disguised — and dishonest — campaign document put out with public money.The 26-page booklet, issued by the White House’s Office ofRead More

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