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Liberal Coalition’s Opposition Seen Likely To Stop Religious Freedom Bill

WASHINGTON — Opposition from a growing coalition of national civil rights organizations, as well as a tight legislative schedule in Congress, appear to be damaging the chances for approval of a religious freedom bill that is a top priority for Jewish groups, congressional aides and Jewish activists say.The bill, the Workers Religious FreedomRead More


Mending a Fractured Relationship Through Diplomacy

By Nathaniel Popper

Stefan Schlueter’s effort to heal Germany’s wounded past extends even to the linguistic level. When speaking about Germans today, he carefully uses the phrases “non-Jewish Germans” and “Jewish Germans” to emphasize that both are a part of the German community.“It would give Hitler a small victory to think of Jews and Germans asRead More


Newsdesk June 18, 2004

Rabbi Settles CaseThe senior rabbi of the Temple of Aaron in St. Paul, Minn., settled a lawsuit alleging that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a woman he was counseling. However, he has retracted his decision to resign from the Conservative synagogue.“Right now he’s reweighing his options, but is frankly overwhelmedRead More


Liberal Activists Strive To Reclaim Faith

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Vowing to break the religious right’s monopoly in harnessing religion to politics, hundreds of liberal activists — Christians, Jews, Muslims and others — convened in Washington last week for what they hope will be the kickoff of a new movement rooted in an historic tradition of religion-inspired American liberalism.“We areRead More


Putting the Squeeze on Social Security

By Gus Tyler

The Social Security system upon which millions of retired Americans depend for their daily bread is in danger. And it is not due to any inherent faults within the system itself. Indeed, the Social Security system is, by far, the most successful profit-making operation that Uncle Sam ever has run.Created in 1935, the system began to pay outRead More


Tenet Praised for Role in Talks

Few Washington insiders seemed prepared last week to accept the claim that George Tenet was resigning from his post as CIA director for “personal reasons.”Tenet and his agency have been under fire in recent months from critics who say the CIA supplied false intelligence used by the Bush administration to justify last year’s invasion of Iraq.Read More


Administration Pushes Disengagement Plan for Gaza

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Though skeptical about the reliability of the political process in Jerusalem, the Bush administration and its international partners are pushing hard for implementation of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s disengagement plan after it was approved Sunday by his Cabinet.The Bush administration reacted with guarded relief this weekRead More


Prison Abuse Scandal May Influence Detainees’ Cases

By Marc Perelman

The prison abuse scandal in Iraq could affect Supreme Court rulings in key pending terrorism-related cases, according to human rights advocates and lawyers involved with those cases.The cases pending before the Supreme Court include one filed on behalf of a dozen foreign detainees in the U.S. military facilityRead More


Paris Yeshiva Student Stabbed While Leaving School

By With Reporting by Jta.

PARIS — A teenage Jewish yeshiva student was stabbed and seriously wounded last Friday in a Paris suburb by a knife-wielding assailant shouting “Allahu akhbar,” Arabic for “God is great.”The teenager, Yisrael Yifrah, 17, was stabbed in the chest at approximately 4:00 p.m. on June 4 as he left a Jewish school, the Mekor Yisrael yeshiva,Read More


Sharon Passes Plan, but Pays Political Price

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — After weeks of struggle, Prime Minister Sharon finally and decisively launched his government this week toward his goal of disengaging from Gaza and parts of the West Bank. After considering the price paid and still to be paid — Sharon’s coalition in tatters, his Knesset majority gone, parties in turmoil, the plan nearly gutted,Read More


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