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Tooker Gomberg, 48, Presumed Dead

Tooker Gomberg, an environmental activist known as one of Canada’s most colorful political figures, was reported missing and presumed dead after apparently jumping off a bridge March 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was 48, and was said to have suffered from depression.In the early 1990s, Gomberg served one term as a member of the Edmonton cityRead More


J. Gutman, Rights Advocate, 80

By Miriam Colton

Jeremiah S. Gutman, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys and a vocal advocate for Israeli civil liberties, died February 25 after suffering a heart attack at a Metro-North Railroad station. He was 80.The night before his death, Gutman presided at a meeting of Meretz USA, a Jewish organization promoting peace and civil rights inRead More


PLO Militant Turns Diehard Israel Supporter

By Marc Perelman

Walid Shoebat is arguably the most unlikely diehard supporter of Israel.A former militant of the Palestine Liberation Organization who used to hate Israel, did time in Israeli jails and nearly beat an Israeli soldier to death, Shoebat is now singing Israel’s praises to North American audiences.“I am against a Palestinian state and I prefer theRead More


Activist Rabbi Group Ramps Up Efforts

By Nacha Cattan

Rabbis for Human Rights, a multi-denominational international group, is ramping up efforts to clear its Israeli executive director of charges for attempting to block the demolition of Palestinian homes.The group is running an advertising campaign in North American Jewish newspapers calling on Israel to rescind its “illegal and immoral”Read More


The Blood of Martyrs

By Gus Tyler

While on a recent trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld predicted that Osama bin Laden would be captured “at some point.” The scuttlebutt is that such a “capture” seems likely to come near enough to Election Day to provide President Bush with the votes necessary to lift him out of his sagging standing in theRead More


Groups Back Bill To Monitor Universities

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Risking a clash with civil libertarians, major Jewish communal organizations are lobbying the Senate to approve a bill that would tighten federal monitoring of government-funded Middle East studies programs at universities.The bill, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, is pitting the JewishRead More


Author Challenges Rambam’s Principles

By Steven I. Weiss

A religious debate over intellectual freedom is brewing in the Orthodox world, following the recent publication of a book challenging the widespread view within Orthodoxy that Maimonides’s Thirteen Principles of Faith represents a binding articulation of Jewish theological dogma.In his book, “The Limits ofRead More


It’s a Rich Battle as O’Reilly, Times Critic Square Off in Culture War

By Nathaniel Popper

The culture war sweeping across America sometimes can appear to boil down to a sparring match between two men.In one corner is Bill O’Reilly, representing the Fox News Channel and the new brand of conservative populism sweeping the nation. In the other is Frank Rich, wearing the colors of the New York Times and liberal urban culture.ThisRead More


Middle Class Feeling Pain Of Lengthy Jobs Dearth

By Nathaniel Popper

One number stood out among the disappointing employment statistics for February released last week: The average length of unemployment rose to 20.3 weeks — the highest in two decades.The lengthening tenure of the unemployed comes as little surprise to Joel Shurkin, a reporter who shared the 1979 Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the ThreeRead More


U.S. Plans To Pressure Iranians Over Nukes

By Marc Perelman

In a bid to get Iran to halt its nuclear programs, the Bush administration is planning to expose the regime’s hidden nuclear activities in the run-up to a key meeting in June of the International Atomic Energy Agency, according to people close to the issue.Two sources said that the United States and Israel have intelligence on Iran’s nuclearRead More


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