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Activist Harry Louis Selden Dies

Harry Louis Selden, a newspaperman at the forefront of the rescue of European Jews during the Holocaust, died February 14 in Rockville, Md., after a short illness. He was 96.A reporter for the Long Island Daily Press and an associate editor at Newsweek during the early 1930s, Selden came to support the establishment of a Jewish homeland,Read More


Conference Gets Close Look at Bombing

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Malcolm Hoenlein is accustomed to being updated by Israeli officials about “the situation,” but he has never been as close to it as he was this week.Hoenlein, head of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, personally witnessed his first suicide bombing up close, and was visibly shaken describing itRead More


White House Unclear About Sharon Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bush administration officials remain confused and divided over Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s unilateral disengagement plan, even after high-level talks with Israeli leaders last week.Three Bush advisers — White House aides Steven Hadley and Elliot Abrams, and Assistant Secretary of State William Burns — returned toRead More


Jewish Groups Rally Support for Civil Rights Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A major initiative aimed at setting aside a string of conservative judicial decisions and restoring the protections in the landmark 1964 Civil Rights Act is drawing strong support from national Jewish organizations.Seventeen Jewish groups — including the community’s leading women’sRead More


Specter Takes No Position On Appointment of Judge

By Miriam Colton

President Bush’s recess appointment last week of William Pryor to a federal judgeship is dividing Congress along partisan lines, but critics say that at least one Republican senator seems unwilling to take a firm stand on the issue.Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter, a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is refusing to voice support forRead More


Vulnerable on War Stance, Lantos Battles Primary Challengers

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — Fresh off a historic meeting with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi, Tom Lantos, the only Holocaust survivor in Congress, is gearing up for the final leg of his first primary challenge in more than a decade.In his quest for a 13th term, Lantos, a California Democrat, must defeat a pair of political neophytes, lawyers RoRead More


Dershowitz Backtracks After Causing Stir at Parley

By Nathaniel Popper

BOSTON — Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz only showed up at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs plenum for about an hour-and-a-half, but during that time he managed to stir up about as much controversy as the other three days of the conference combined.Outside historic Faneuil Hall, where the JCPA convened to honor Dershowitz, hisRead More


Israelis Watch Nervously as Court Weighs Case on Security Fence

By Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

TEL AVIV — Officially Israel considered the hearings on its security fence, held this week at the International Court of Justice in The Hague, to be virtually meaningless. Jerusalem declined to appear before the court, instead submitting a preliminary affidavit questioning the court’s jurisdiction in theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

While religious conservatives are hailing President Bush’s endorsement Tuesday of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, some Republicans are expressing alarm that it could backfire.Bush’s move seemed aimed at evangelical Christian supporters, who have been pressuring the president to speak out clearly in favor of such anRead More


Czech Records Tell the Story of How Jewish Kohn Became Catholic Kerry

OPAVA, Czech Republic — Ever since The Boston Globe broke the story of Senator John Kerry’s Jewish roots last year, the rise of the humble Kohn family of Silesia to Boston Brahmanism has been presented to the public as a prime example of the American Dream.Earlier this month, I set out to trace the route from Kohn to Kerry, beginningRead More


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