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Lawmakers Hail Netanyahu Plan For Economy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican senators are hailing the plans of Israel’s finance minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who is seeking to heal Israel’s war-ravaged economy with a set of reforms modeled on those of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher.Last week, Netanyahu impressed a crowd of 10 senators and dozens of congressional staffers on Capitol HillRead More


Community Gathers To Grieve in Istanbul

ISTANBUL, Turkey — Yoel Ulcer was so set on helping Istanbul’s Jewish community that he could hardly wait to turn 18, when he could join the corps of volunteer guards that stands outside synagogues and Jewish institutions in Turkey’s commercial capital.Ulcer’s devotion cost him his life: He was one of 25 people, including six Jews,Read More


The Lesson From Istanbul: Terrorism Knows No Borders

By Zeyno Baran

The terrorist attacks against two synagogues in Istanbul on November 15 should serve as another warning of the grand ambitions of the global jihadist movement. The territory of NATO’s only Muslim member, a country that has been an American ally for 50 years, is now part of the global battlefield in the war against terrorism. Al Qaeda and itsRead More


Europe’s Leaders Confront Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings of synagogues in Turkey and an attack on a Jewish school in France appear to have jolted European leaders into action against antisemitism.After the school near Paris was burned down last week, French President Jacques Chirac announced the creation of a special inter-ministerial entity to deal with antisemiticRead More


Hollinger Woes Casting a Pall Over Future of Neocon Papers

By Nathaniel Popper

A convergence of unrelated financial scandals is threatening to sink the tiny but influential boat of Jewish-flavored conservative journalism.At the center of the controversy is Hollinger International, a media company that owns dozens of conservative newspapers, including the hawkish Jerusalem Post. An internal investigation into improperRead More


Authorities Investigate Incidents at Jewish Sites

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Eric Marx.

Law-enforcement authorities have opened investigations into two incidents in the Washington area involving suspicious surveillance of Jewish institutions, the Forward has learned.The investigations began last month, but has gained new urgency in the wake of the November 15 terrorist bombings of two synagogues in Turkey, and amid new warningsRead More


Swallowing Hard, Sharon Mulls A New Palestinian Cease-Fire

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Faced with growing internal discontent and increasing international criticism of his policies, Prime Minister Sharon is reluctantly moving ahead with efforts to achieve a new Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and revive the moribund peace process.Sharon is expected to meet within the next few daysRead More


Rabbi Urges Review of Orthodox Ban on Interfaith Talks

By Nacha Cattan

A prominent leader of interfaith dialogue is calling for a reexamination of the decades-old Orthodox ban on theological discussions between Christians and Jews.In proposing a reassessment of the ban, Eugene Korn, an Orthodox rabbi who recently resigned as the Anti-Defamation League’s director of interfaith affairs, is taking on no less aRead More


Hearing Slated for Opera Mooner

By Ariel Zilber

This past August, following a performance of Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” in Rio de Janeiro’s opera house, the production’s eccentric Jewish director made sure the audience received a view of the full moon — and it was not to confirm the arrival of Rosh Chodesh.Brazilian prosecutors have charged theRead More


Comics Take Sides in Rift Over Anne Frank Jokes

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — For the past two years, the Comedy Central-sponsored “Sit ’n’ Spin” nights have provided a supportive setting for local comedy writers to try out new material on an audience of their peers. The humor is usually profane and often sexually explicit, and the writers who gather twice a month at Hollywood’sRead More





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