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Help the Arab World Help Itself

By Osama El Baz

It would be a travesty of justice and the truth to assume that the governments of the Middle East are blind or deaf to the needs of their own peoples, or that they are unaware of the need to pursue a long-term plan for sustained reform that would enrich and improve the quality of life within their borders and generate new opportunities for theirRead More


Controversial Memorial Unveiled at Belzec

The notorious Nazi death camp at Belzec in Poland was rededicated last week as a shrine to the dead, in the presence of 1,000 witnesses from Israel, Germany, Poland and America.The centerpiece of the new $5 million memorial is a controversial, 600-foot walkway descending 30 feet into the ground, its walls lined with namesRead More


Nun Who Inspired Gibson Is Moved Toward Sainthood

By Eric J. Greenberg

If it weren’t for Mel Gibson, Sister Anne Catherine Emmerich might have remained an obscure figure, unknown to everyone but select Catholic scholars and a cult of the devoted.But Gibson’s inclusion of some of the 18th-century nun’s antisemitic visions in his controversial blockbuster “The Passion of the Christ” has placed herRead More


Preparing a New Battle Plan in Israel’s War on Drugs

By Mati Milstein

HERZLIYA PITUAH, Israel — In Israel’s war on drugs, Ronny Douek is fighting on the front lines.As the new chairman of the Israel Anti-Drug Authority, Douek faces a formidable challenge. The Israel Anti-Drug Authority estimates that there are 20,000 drug addicts in Israel, among 300,000 periodic drug users. Ten percentRead More


Newsdesk June 4, 2004

Ruling Helps ConvertsThose who convert to Judaism after immigrating to Israel can receive automatic citizenship, Israel’s high court ruled. Monday’s ruling, which capped seven years of deliberations, was seen as a victory for those who move to Israel and then convert abroad, usually under the auspices of Reform or Conservative rabbis.UntilRead More


Dramatic Reversals Bring New Support for Gaza Plan

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel’s military intelligence chief warned the Cabinet this week that America’s mounting troubles in Iraq might prompt it to seek broader international backing and pay for it with the “Israeli coin” of forced concessions that Israel can ill afford.The intelligence chief, Major General Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, told the CabinetRead More


Justice Dept. Takes Heat Over Survivors’ Lawsuit

By Nathaniel Popper

A bipartisan group of 17 senators, including Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, and Trent Lott, a Mississippi Republican, came together last week to chastise the Department of Justice for its handling of the so-called “Gold Train” case.The Justice Department has fought at every turn against the federal lawsuit brought by Hungarian HolocaustRead More


The Lament of the Damned Detainee

By Gus Tyler

The recent scandals about the maltreatment of prisoners in Iraq have raised the question of whether such wartime captives have any rights. According to the Geneva Convention on the prisoners of war, they do. And the rights they have would have made impossible the hair-raising abuses they suffered at the hands of their American jailers. But — aRead More


Pro-American French Author Blasts Bush Administration

By Marc Perelman

Coming from another Frenchman, the argument hardly would seem surprising: The war in Iraq was a tragic mistake that derailed the war on terror and damaged America’s image to a point where it now needs a major intellectual, moral and political shake-up to restore its credibility.But when Bernard-Henri Levy, France’s most prominentRead More


Agreement To Preserve Jewish Sites in Poland Hailed

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Underscoring an intensifying effort to confront its troubled past, Poland has signed an agreement with the United States to preserve and restore historic Jewish sites in Poland.The agreement, signed last month in Washington, is the latest in a series of accords America has signed with European governments since 1992 toRead More


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