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Bush Tries Diplomacy To Tackle Iran Nukes

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration is working with European governments on a plan to kick the question of Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the United Nations Security Council as a part of a broader examination of nuclear proliferation.The strategy — combining gradualism, multilateralism and a reliance on the United Nations — contrasts sharply with theRead More


Young Guard Vies for Power As Gaza Explodes in Violence

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

TEL AVIV — As Gaza teetered on the brink of chaos this week, with signs that the West Bank might follow, Israelis were anxiously peering through the fog to try and understand what lay ahead in the territory from which Israel has vowed to withdraw in the coming months.Gaza erupted into violence last Friday, beginning with a seriesRead More


New Zealand Ups Ante in Spy Affair

By Chemi Shalev

SYDNEY — The left-leaning government of New Zealand has imposed a series of sanctions on Israel in the wake of the bungled Mossad-passports affair, and the diplomatic rupture is likely to be “long lasting” unless Israel “explains, apologizes and reassures” the Wellington government, said the island nation’s foreign minister.“We areRead More


Court Faces Fight Over Teen Executions

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In an effort to end America’s status as the only Western nation to execute juveniles, more than 30 religious organizations have come together to urge the Supreme Court to outlaw the practice.The coalition of Christian, Jewish, Muslim and Buddhist organizations signed on to a friend-of-the-court brief filed Monday, which arguedRead More


American Peace Activist Detained in Israel

By Josh Richman

Israel’s refusal to let an American peace activist into the country is the product of a political double standard and a violation of her rights as a Diaspora Jew, supporters say.Jamie Spector, 32, a social worker from San Francisco, was told upon arriving July 10 at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv that she was barred from enteringRead More


Ice Cream Mogul Aims To Give Bush His Just Desserts

By Max Gross

Ben Cohen is determined to send George W. Bush on the Rocky Road back to Texas.The co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream is no stranger to political activism. His company, which he founded along with his boyhood pal Jerry Greenfield, has a long history of raising money for environmental and social justice causes.“Growing up in LongRead More


Newsdesk July 16, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Iranian Role DisputedJust days before the 10th anniversary of the bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, the Swiss federal office laid to rest one of the most intriguing investigative leads in the case by announcing Tuesday that no evidence had been found of Swiss bank accounts being used to fund the attack.According to theRead More


France Riled by Bias Hoax

PARIS — After what seemed a rabid antisemitic attack that grabbed headlines and prompted condemnation from all corners turned out to be a hoax, Jewish advocates are expressing concern that both the French government and the press will tone down their condemnations of antisemitism.Roger Cukierman, the head of CRIF, the umbrella organizationRead More


Israel Moves On Holocaust-Era Assets

By Nathaniel Popper

Just before the Nazis invaded Poland, Maurycy Moses Tempelhof, a resident of Lodz, bought about 1.25 acres of land just north of Haifa in what was then British-run Palestine. Tempelhof, his wife and two of his children died during the war, but one daughter, Isabelle, survived him. In search of her father’s property, Isabelle wentRead More


Israel Open To Rethinking Nuclear Policy

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — In the turmoil of a busy political week, the visit here by Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, largely escaped public notice. Most Israelis consider their country’s nuclear policies to be way over their heads; in a country where almost everything is subject to debate, “the last taboo” (as scholarRead More


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