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Newsdesk March 12, 2004

Arabs Fight Syria Sanctions Several of Washington’s Arab allies are urging the Bush administration not to impose sanctions on Syria, arguing that such measures would discourage reform in Damascus and further foment anti-American sentiments in the Middle East, Arab diplomatic sources said.The administration leaked to reporters and membersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Flipping for Florida: Pounding the Republicans’ main line of attack on the apparent Democratic presidential nominee, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman rapped Massachusetts Senator John Kerry on Monday for “flip-flopping” on Israel’s security fence and for “mistakes in judgment” regarding a 1997 remark praising Yasser Arafat as aRead More


The Blood of Martyrs

By Gus Tyler

While on a recent trip to Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld predicted that Osama bin Laden would be captured “at some point.” The scuttlebutt is that such a “capture” seems likely to come near enough to Election Day to provide President Bush with the votes necessary to lift him out of his sagging standing in theRead More


Groups Back Bill To Monitor Universities

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Risking a clash with civil libertarians, major Jewish communal organizations are lobbying the Senate to approve a bill that would tighten federal monitoring of government-funded Middle East studies programs at universities.The bill, which passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly, is pitting the JewishRead More


Author Challenges Rambam’s Principles

By Steven I. Weiss

A religious debate over intellectual freedom is brewing in the Orthodox world, following the recent publication of a book challenging the widespread view within Orthodoxy that Maimonides’s Thirteen Principles of Faith represents a binding articulation of Jewish theological dogma.In his book, “The Limits ofRead More


Aufbau Must Relocate or Close

By Nathaniel Popper

For the Jewish immigrants who founded the German-language newspaper Aufbau in 1934, America represented the future and Germany the past. Things certainly have changed.Just days after the Jewish newspaper’s 70th-anniversary issue was published last week, editors said the paper’s financial situation in America had grown so tenuous thatRead More


My Cruel Valentine

By Amy Sohn

An Almost Perfect Moment By Binnie Kirshenbaum Ecco, 336 pages, $23.95. * * *Binnie Kirshenbaum’s new novel, “An Almost Perfect Moment,” is a good sad book, which means Kirshenbaum seduces you into caring about each of her characters, and just when you think they might get what they want, she robs them of real joy one by one. Set inRead More


Bishops Slammed for Support of ‘Passion’

By Eric J. Greenberg

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is drawing harsh condemnations in some circles over its much-anticipated review of “The Passion of the Christ.”Using terms like “outrage” and “betrayal,” several Jewish and Catholic interfaith leaders are saying that in praising Mel Gibson’s film on Jesus’ last 12 hours, theRead More


‘Passion’ Critics Endanger Jews, Angry Rabbis Claim, Attacking Groups, Foxman

By Nacha Cattan

The debate within the Jewish community over the proper response to “The Passion of the Christ” was turned up a notch last week when an outspoken Orthodox rabbi declared the film’s Jewish critics can be placed in the religious category of rodef, or pursuer.The term is used in rabbinic jurisprudence to describe an assailant who threatensRead More


Crisis Erupting Over Soldier Won Back in Hezbollah Trade

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — The simmering debate over Israel’s January 29 hostage exchange deal with Hezbollah erupted into a full-scale political crisis this week, following news reports that Prime Minister Sharon had a personal relationship with the father-in-law of the sole Israeli brought home alive in the deal, reserve colonel and suspected drugRead More


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