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In a Time of Dissent, Jewish Conservatives Close Ranks

By Nathaniel Popper

A lone dissenter was left yelling his support for the settlers in Gaza at Sunday’s panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Policy Center, an offshoot of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The man was angry about how quickly the conservative panelists had dispensed with a question about the morality of forcing Israeli settlers out of Gaza.OneRead More


Its Leaders Liquidated, Hamas Looks to Tehran For Guidance on Terror

By Alex Fishman and Ori Nir

TEL AVIV — Even though he had been targeted for death since last fall, Israeli defense officials say the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi became an urgent priority only in the last month, after he became the head of Hamas and began upgrading Iranian involvement in the organization.Rantisi, 54, was killed April 17 by an IsraeliRead More


Israeli Requests for Shoah Funds Denied

By Nathaniel Popper

A court-appointed special master overseeing distribution of money from Holocaust-era Swiss bank accounts has turned down two Israeli proposals for a dramatically increased share of unclaimed funds.In a report released April 16, the special master, Judah Gribetz, rejected Israeli requests that the Brooklyn federal court allocate almost halfRead More


Fund Helps Persecuted Scholars Reach Safe Havens

By Nathaniel Popper

In a seemingly different life, Ahmed Subhy Mansour was a scholar at Cairo’s venerated Al-Azhar University. He studied the history of dictatorship in Islam and the place of death and paradise in the Koran. But some aspect of his research did not go over well with the authorities, and in 1987 he was fired from his position and jailed for twoRead More


Handing Over the Reins

By Gus Tyler

On April 12, in one of his rare press conferences, President Bush laid out a road map on America’s approach to Iraq’s future. Just two days later, he agreed to change — really reverse — the route. What happened?Much of Bush’s opening statement at the press conference consisted of what was once famously labeled “glitteringRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Schumer Speaks: The appearance of New York Senator Charles Schumer at a fundraiser for the All Stars Project, a theater group founded by fringe politician Lenora Fulani, is being criticized by some New Yorkers.“What needs to be asked is, ‘Why, Mr. Schumer, are you addressing a group that only recently staged a show about the murder of YankelRead More


Israelis Celebrate an Emerging Consensus on Independence Day

By Abraham Foxman

As Israel’s 56th Independence Day approaches, stock-taking easily produces negatives. Continuing suicide bombs, unbridled hatred of Israel and Jews throughout much of the Arab world, international condemnation of the Jewish state, and unresolved economic and social issues do not make for a gala celebration.This year, while we give thanks for theRead More


Network Beams America Into Arab Living Rooms

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — After two months on the air, Alhurra, America’s Arabic satellite TV network, has become a favorite punching bag of Arab commentators and religious leaders throughout the Middle East.Cartoonists ridicule it. Columnists dismiss it. One Saudi cleric went so far as to issue an Islamic edict outlawing Muslims fromRead More


Maverick Gumshoe Unearths Leads in 1960s Czech Death

By Nathaniel Popper

Since August of 1967, when the body of an executive at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee was found floating in the Vltava river, a fog of international intrigue has surrounded the death.Now, a Czech historian and documentary filmmaker, Martin Smok, has come upon new leads in the case suggesting that the executive, Charles Jordan —Read More


Young Donor Puts Passion for Debate Into Philanthropy

By Miriam Colton

A 25-year-old Jewish philanthropist has launched one of the nation’s most generous student writing contests with a whopping grand prize of $25,000, in the hopes of altering Christian-Jewish relations following the recent debate surrounding Mel Gibson’s film, “The Passion of the Christ.”Introduced last week in full-page advertisementsRead More


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