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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


Cardinals Meet For a Dialogue With Top Rabbis

By Nacha Cattan

In a move that may reestablish the World Jewish Congress as the primary Jewish partner for dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, this week the organization arranged an unprecedented gathering of top-level Catholic and Jewish religious leaders from around the world.The two-day “open dialogue” included current and former chief rabbis from sixRead More


Newsdesk January 23, 2004

Groups Back Gay MarriageA coalition of Jewish organizations has joined the push to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts.The Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston, a public-policy umbrella organization representing 40 local groups, overwhelmingly passed a resolution last week in support of a law sanctioning same-sexRead More


Anti-tax Activist Defends Holocaust Comparison

By Eric Marx

A top anti-tax activist and White House ally is standing by his comparison of proponents of the estate tax to the perpetrators of the Holocaust, while taking the analogy further and dismissing his critics as “socialists.”“The Nazis were for gun control, the Nazis were for high marginal tax rates,” said Grover Norquist in an interviewRead More


Groups Take Issue With Bush Address

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s State of the Union Address drew mostly negative reviews among Jewish groups upset over his pointedly partisan stance on several domestic issues and his failure to make any mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Just months after describing the push for peace as a personal priority to which he is deeplyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

O’Neill Observations: A story about President Bush told by former Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill in a new tell-all book is drawing fire from Jewish Democrats, including Howard Dean’s campaign chairman.Quoting O’Neill on the early days of the Bush administration in the book, “The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and theRead More


Rabbi’s Trial Draws Protest

By Nathaniel Popper

The trial of an Israeli rabbi who attempted to physically block the demolition of two Palestinian houses is drawing increasingly vocal protest in the United States.In the boldest act of protest yet, Rabbi Arthur Waskow stood up in the middle of an event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Israeli embassy in Washington and deliveredRead More


Canada’s Court Weighs Religious Freedom

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — The Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal this week by a group of seven condominium owners who contend that they have a constitutional right to build makeshift huts on their balconies in celebration of the autumn festival of Sukkot.Julius Grey, a constitutional lawyer representing the group of Orthodox Jews, argued at the three-hourRead 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





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