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Prisoner Swap With Hezbollah Sparks Heated Debate

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Amid preparations for the homecoming of four captives — three soldiers presumed dead and a kidnapped businessman — in a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, Israelis this week were fiercely debating the wisdom of the deal and speculating on its fallout.The deal dominated public discussion for days, pushing Prime Minister Sharon’sRead More


Manufacturing Declines, Millions Suffer

By Gus Tyler

American manufacturing has been on a steady decline for many years. It started just a few years after the end of World War II. The first sectors of the economy to start losing jobs were those that were labor-intensive: apparel, dolls, toys, shoes, millinery, novelties, electronic assembly and so forth. Then the job loss hit capital-intensiveRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Push Calls?: Howard Dean’s campaign is accusing John Kerry’s of stoking anti-Jewish sentiment in what the Dean campaign is describing as “dozens” of so-called “push calls” it claims that Dean supporters received in New Hampshire.The Kerry campaign hotly denied the charge and threw it back at the Dean campaign, accusing itRead More


Cost of Medicine Imperiling Lives Of Sick Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

For Melvin Tilles, the oft-recycled phrase “your money or your life” has had a more literal applicability than for most.After two heart attacks and as many bypasses, Tilles, a Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles, had one hope to continue living: a heart transplant. But his doctors did not want to perform the surgery. They arguedRead More


French Ban on Muslim Veil Protects Girls, Advocates Say

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Proponents of a controversial law banning the conspicuous display of religious symbols in French public schools are rejecting charges that the measure is aimed at discriminating against Muslim girls who wear headscarves.Rather, said Patrick Weil, one of the 20 members of a presidential commission that proposed the lawRead More


Religious Overtones Color a Murder in Texas

By Seamus Mcgraw

The victim was a Jew, slaughtered in a Houston apartment, his throat slit so deftly with a 6-inch butterfly knife that he was nearly decapitated.The killer was an Arab, a newly minted religious Muslim and the son of a millionaire Saudi businessman. He had been bailed out of trouble by the Saudi consulate after previous scrapes with the law, and inRead More


U.S. Advice To Israelis: Don’t Start Syria Talks

By Ori Nir, With Reporting From Jta.

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration recently advised the Israeli government against taking up the offer of Syrian President Bashar Assad to resume peace negotiations, Israeli and American diplomats in Washington confirmed.The administration, according to sources, voiced several concerns regarding Assad’s recent public claims that heRead More


A Flawed Fix, and an Opportunity To Address Immigration Problem

By Howard L. Berman

Jews know how it is to arrive in a foreign land as strangers — and not always to welcoming arms. In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, waves of Eastern European Jewish immigrants, including my father, arrived in the United States, often fleeing pogroms. Many were unskilled laborers who took low-paying jobs in factories where they wereRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

With Jewish support for the Democratic presidential candidates shifting after Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the campaigns are stepping up their outreach to the Jewish communities in New Hampshire and across the country.Following his rout at the hands of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who inRead More


Sharon Aide: U.S. ‘Indifferent’ To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Bush administration, while focused intensely on its “grand plan” for remaking the Middle East, is “indifferent to the situation” between Israel and the Palestinians and is unlikely to re-engage until after the November elections, according to Israel’s defense minister, Shaul Mofaz.Speaking to the Forward in an exclusiveRead More





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