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Hawks, Doves Face Off Following UCLA Fracas

LOS ANGELES — After reading news of devastating fire storms, widespread local labor strikes and Middle East suicide bombings, readers of the Los Angeles Times may have found some relief in the headline “UCLA Rabbi Accused of Kicking Woman.”The incident may generate some laughs, but it has triggered a face-off between supporters and criticsRead More


Sharon Feeling Pressure As Neocon, IDF Chief Slam West Bank Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Still smarting from an embarrassing dust-up with his top general a day earlier, Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon received a stunning public rebuke last week from a key ally in Washington when Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz endorsed a peace plan that envisions Israel withdrawing to its June 1967 borders.Wolfowitz, consideredRead More


Religious Right Fights To Save Pro-Settler Radio Station

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Last month’s closure of the major media outlet of the pro-settler religious right, radio station Arutz-7, has left supporters scrambling to get it back on the air and critics satisfied that the law against illegal broadcasting has been upheld.The Oct. 20 ruling by a Jerusalem Magistrates Court, after four and a half yearsRead More


Throw Full Weight of Washington Behind Middle East Peace Process

By Wesley Clark

as a cadet at west point, i learned that a state cannot survive for long unless it alone controls the use of force. the story that most vividly illustrates this point started back in 1948. it is the story of the state of israel.In June of that year, a ship named the Altalena dropped anchor off the coast of Tel Aviv. The vessel was loadedRead More


Volunteers at Tracing Center Help Relatives Reunite

By Max Gross

Ann Robins knows 156 different ways to spell the name “Schwartz.”As a volunteer for the Holocaust and War Victims Tracing Center, Robins has gone through every permutation of that name, as well as hundreds of other names in many languages, as she searches through documents looking for information about those whoRead More


Once More, Survivors Find Comfort in One Another

By Martin Rosenberg

Allegra Tevet, like so many others, could not take the strange, hot, fall-afternoon sun this past Sunday.So my 81-year-old mother-in-law sat in the shade of a cavernous white tent as she looked up at a big video screen at Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel speaking from the plaza outside of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.He was addressingRead More


Dogmatists and Pragmatists

By Gus Tyler

Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz was credited this week by The New York Times as being the “intellectual architect of the plan to oust [Saddam] Hussein.” The occasion for mentioning him was his recent trip to Iraq to get a firsthand sense of what was happening there.While there is no doubt that he did playRead More


Bush Keeping Slots Open for Resettlement of Refugees

By Nathaniel Popper

The Bush administration announced last week that it will leave the door open for the resettlement of as many as 70,000 refugees in the United States over the next year, allaying fears of refugee advocates that the resettlement program was on the brink of demise after years of declining admissions.Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Unreliable Survey?: A Jewish Democratic group is challenging a recently reported finding that 35% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Republicans in last November’s midterm election.The statistic comes from exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service in 2002; the release of those polls’ findings was delayed for nearly a year becauseRead More


Labor Party Claims Victory After Municipal Elections

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a sign of voter apathy, only 41% of registered voters participated in Tuesday’s municipal elections, the lowest turnout in Israel’s history.The election, however, was a victory for Israel’s center-left Labor Party, which has not held power in the national government for three years. The center-right Likud bloc lost controlRead More





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