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Allies Balk at Role In Implementing Sharon-Bush Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House decision to side with Israel on the issues of Palestinian refugees and West Bank settlements is producing an international backlash that could undermine efforts to implement Prime Minister Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan, diplomats and Middle East experts said this week.American officials have been urging Egypt,Read More


Prison Term Ends for Nuclear Tattletale

Mordechai Vanunu, the convicted nuclear spy, slammed the State of Israel and its law enforcement agencies immediately upon his release Wednesday morning from jail, but said he had no intention of harming the country.Vanunu, 49, walked out of Ashkelon’s Shikma prison a free man around 11 a.m. Israeli time, as his 18-year prison term forRead More


Newsdesk April 16, 2004

Hungary Uncovers PlotHungarian police said Tuesday that they had detained a Hungarian citizen of Palestinian origin who planned to blow up a Jewish museum in Budapest, as well as two Syrian men suspected of links to the plot.But police said there was no connection between the arrests and the state visit by Israeli President Moshe Katsav, who wasRead More


Israel Hears Lebanese Echoes In American Occupation Woes

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

TEL AVIV — Stung by accusations that his agency botched its pre-war Iraqi threat assessments, Israel’s military intelligence chief insisted this week that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were real and would eventually be found.“We have verified intelligence,” the spy chief, Major General Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, told the dailyRead More


Groups Question Own Inaction on African Killings

By Nathaniel Popper

With the commemoration last week of the 10th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, amid growing warnings of new atrocities in Sudan, human rights activists complain that the organized Jewish community has failed to act on its implied commitment to see that such tragedies “never again” be allowed to occur.Jewish organizations,Read More


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


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