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Dershowitz Backtracks After Causing Stir at Parley

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz only showed up at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum for about an hour-and-a-half, but during that time he managed to stir up about as much controversy as the other three days of the conference combined.Outside historic Faneuil Hall, where the JCPA convened to honor Dershowitz, hisRead More


Israelis Watch Nervously as Court Weighs Case on Security Fence

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

TEL AVIV — Officially Israel considered the hearings on its security fence, held this week at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, to be virtually meaningless. Jerusalem declined to appear before the court, instead submitting a preliminary affidavit questioning the court’s jurisdiction in theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

While religious conservatives are hailing President Bush’s endorsement Tuesday of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, some Republicans are expressing alarm that it could backfire.Bush’s move seemed aimed at evangelical Christian supporters, who have been pressuring the president to speak out clearly in favor of such anRead More


Czech Records Tell the Story of How Jewish Kohn Became Catholic Kerry

OPAVA, Czech Republic — Ever since The Boston Globe broke the story of Senator John Kerry’s Jewish roots last year, the rise of the humble Kohn family of Silesia to Boston Brahmanism has been presented to the public as a prime example of the American Dream.Earlier this month, I set out to trace the route from Kohn to Kerry, beginningRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Harlem Two-fer: If there are satellite trucks in the neighborhood, this must be a good time for an Al Sharpton rally…In Harlem on Monday, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry rallied with some of his supporters among Harlem’s establishment Democratic politicos.But what is a New York event without some good old upstaging street theater? LyingRead More


Liberalism Gains at Election-Year Policy Forum

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — With the presidential election approaching, American Jewry’s main policy body shifted hard back to its liberal roots, pushing through several domestic-oriented resolutions, including a call for the repeal of the Bush administration’s most recent round of tax cuts.The resolution, which passed with only a smattering ofRead More


Charity Giant Vows To Fight Barriers Facing Female Leaders

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare public self-rebuke, United Jewish Communities this week released a study outlining barriers that have prevented women from gaining top leadership positions at Jewish charitable federations, and vowed to take steps to close the gap.The study, conducted for UJC by the advocacy group Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community,Read More


Europeans Seen Shifting On Mideast, Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

After several years of mounting criticisms and increasingly harsh condemnations, American Jewish groups are rushing to praise European governments for their efforts to combat antisemitism and strike a more “balanced” approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.In the wake of a high-level parley in Brussels last week to deal withRead More


Dashed Hopes in Iran

By Shaul Bakhash

Only a few years ago Iran appeared to be on the cusp of fundamental democratic transformation. The 1997 landslide victory of President Mohammad Khatami had ushered in an era of expanding social freedoms and increasingly open political debate. Then, in 2000, a coalition of reformist parties won a working majority in parliamentary elections,Read More


PASSION UPDATE

Now that Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ” is actually playing in theaters (it opened Wednesday), Americans have the luxury of seeing the film before arguing about it. Perhaps the harshest newspaper review so far of the cinematic depiction of the final 12 hours of Jesus’ life came from Jami Bernard in the NewRead More


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