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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


Shock Jock, Old GOP Pal, Turns Basher Of President

By Eric J. Greenberg

Howard Stern, the radio shock-jock who delights in tweaking minorities, gays and women, is emerging as liberalism’s newest and most unlikely poster boy after unveiling his latest persona: dump-Bush militant.Stern, who has habitually endorsed Republicans and helped elect at least two Republican governors, announced his opposition to PresidentRead More


Al Qaeda Spinoff Sets Sights On Jews

By Marc Perelman

The apparent evolution of Al Qaeda into a loose network of autonomous terrorist cells, as a result of U.S.-led attacks on Osama bin Laden’s inner circle, may be having the unintended effect of boosting the importance of Jewish targets as a primary focus of international Islamic terrorism.Declassified U.S. documents,Read More


The Other Preacher From the Galilee

By Allan Nadler

Physician of the Soul, Healer of the Cosmos:

Isaac Luria and his Kabbalistic Fellowship By Lawrence Fine Stanford University Press, 504 pages, $25.95. * * *He was a charismatic preacher from the Galilee whose teachings challenged the regnant Jewish doctrines of his day and undermined rabbinical authority. He communed with the spirits ofRead More


Minister Urging Americans To Protest Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel’s housing minister, Effi Eitam, called on American Jews this week to “speak out, both as Americans and as supporters of Israel” against his own prime minister’s plan for disengagement in Gaza.“American Jewry should approach this issue both as citizens of a superpower that is fighting a global war againstRead More


Ex-Soviet Republic Counts Many Critics, Few Friends

By Stephen Schwartz

The ex-Soviet republic of Uzbekistan is the largest and wealthiest of the core states of Central Asia, and it is home to 23 million citizens, 88% of whom are Muslim. Few Americans can find it — or its capital, Tashkent — on a map, a point that was highlighted in a popular American TV sitcom, “The George Lopez Show,” in which a teenagerRead More


Refugees Facing End of Federal Aid As Deadline for Citizenship Looms

By Nathaniel Popper

CHICAGO — As her husband Iosif explains their dire situation in broken English, 70-year-old Polina Kats sits on the couch in her small Chicago apartment, rubbing her hands while staring out the window with her brows furrowed anxiously.Since they arrived from Latvia as Jewish refugees almost seven years ago, the Katses have known that they neededRead More


Groups Say Ban on Gay Vows Breaches Religious Freedom

By Nacha Cattan

In an unusual move, a local prosecutor’s effort to stop ministers from performing same-sex marriages is drawing fire from Jewish civil rights agencies not only on grounds of privacy or gay rights, but also of religious freedom.Officials with the American Jewish Congress and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism charge that the districtRead More


Newsdesk March 19, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Beilin To Lead New PartyTEL AVIV — Foreign policy maverick Yossi Beilin won the election Tuesday as leader of the newly formed Yahad Party, edging out veteran Meretz lawmaker Ran Cohen.Beilin won 53.5% of the votes, showing strongly in big cities and Arab communities, while Cohen took 46.5%, doing well among kibbutzim.Yahad was created this yearRead More


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