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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


Newsdesk April 9, 2004

Poll: Jews Get More BlameThe belief that Jews were responsible for the death of Jesus is on the rise among Americans, particularly young people and blacks, according to a new nationwide survey conducted after the release of Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”The telephone survey conducted March 17-21 by the Pew Research Center inRead More


‘Grandfather’ Lends a Helping Hand

By S.A. Greene

BATUMI, Autonomous Republic of Adjara, Georgia — Emil Krupnik and Oksana Vasilkova may not yet live in a Jeffersonian democracy, but politics in their home country has certainly changed since the collapse of the Soviet Union.One day before the March 28 parliamentary elections here, a reporter from the local radio station paid a visitRead More


White House Pressured To Send Powell to Conference on Antisemitism

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is feeling heat from human rights and Jewish groups pressuring it to send a high-level official — preferably Secretary of State Colin Powell — to head the U.S. delegation to the upcoming Berlin conference on antisemitism.The executive director of Human Rights First, Michael Posner, sent a letterRead More


‘Suicide-Bombing Capital’ Thrives As New Barrier Nears Completion

By Ofer Shelah

JENIN, Northern Samaria — Life is returning to normal here in the city once known as the suicide-bombing capital of the West Bank. The economy is picking up, services are being restored and local leaders describe a new optimism.The reason, Israeli military officials say, is the nearly completed security fence separating this sector of the WestRead More


Grand Jury Scrutinizes Right-Wing Bingo King

By Nathaniel Popper

A grand jury in Los Angeles County has been seeking information about the California gambling operations of Dr. Irving Moskowitz, a Miami Beach philanthropist known for his financial support of Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.Scott Wildman, a former Democratic member of the California state Assembly, told the Forward thatRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Embattled Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff is fighting back against his congressional critics, accusing them of “improper conduct” and demanding an ethics investigation into their activities.Abramoff, a top fund-raiser for President Bush’s reelection campaign and one of the capital’s leading Orthodox philanthropists, is being investigatedRead More


‘Campus SuperStar’ Sexes Up College Life With Song

By Benyamin Cohen

It was 7:58 p.m. on Thursday night, and 700 screaming fans were gathered inside EarthLink Live, a hip concert venue in Midtown Atlanta. Outside, another 300 eager ticketholders lined the street. A young 20-something shrieked into her cell phone, taunting a jealous friend as she sauntered through the throngs into the sold-out event. In the lobby,Read More


In This Week’s Yiddish Forward

• In our color supplement: photos of Passover from the Forward archive, and the Abel Pann exhibit at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.• We reprint a rare article on the origins of the Haggada by Isaac Bashevis Singer from when he used the pseudonym “Yitskhok Varshavsky.”In This Week’s Russian Forward• An interview with Israel’s foreignRead More


Pullout Plan Faring Well With Bush, Arab States

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite his mounting legal and political problems at home, Prime Minister Sharon is making headway in securing U.S. support for his unilateral withdrawal plan and aggressive efforts to crush Hamas, according to American and Israeli sources.Encouraged by the relatively mild response of Arab leaders to Israel’s assassinationRead More


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