What Was the Real Reason for the War in Iraq?

By Gus Tyler

The report of the the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States (also known as the 9-11 Commission) on why and how America was drawn into a war in Iraq compels some critical rethinking. This is no ordinary commission. When it was named, the almost universal feeling was that the commission members were people of intelligenceRead More

Israel’s Fence, New Tactics Seen Behind a Decline in Bombings

TEL AVIV — Israelis cheered silently Tuesday when the government published its latest terrorism statistics, holding their collective breath lest their streak of good luck run out. For the Israeli Defense Forces, the announcement was an occasion for a careful pat on the back, a sign of a job well done. The announcement of the tally of terroristRead More

Israeli Arabs Try New Strategy for Rights

By Ethan Porter

A group of Arab-Israeli human rights activists have spent the last month in America meeting with Jewish groups and government officials in order to agitate for the improvement of the unequal status of Arab citizens in Israeli society.The group, a delegation from the Mossawa Advocacy Center for Arab Citizens (Mossawa means “equality” inRead More

Judge’s Memo Displays Heat Of the Debate On Restitution

By Nathaniel Popper

In a sign of the growing personal and emotional dimensions of the Swiss bank settlement, the federal judge overseeing the case, Edward Korman, fired off an unexpected attack at a prominent lawyer who has had little to do with the case, and who, even the judge called a “latecomer to the proceedings.”Korman filed a legal memorandumRead More

Bin Laden Aimed To Link Plot to Israel

By Marc Perelman

In an interim staff report released last week, the presidential commission investigating the September 11, 2001, attacks shed new light on the role of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in Al Qaeda’s worldview.The disclosures seem to weaken Israeli claims that the issue was only a secondary priority for Osama bin Laden, and they could rekindle theRead More

Annan Urges U.N. To Fight Antisemitism

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Secretary General Kofi Annan’s speech here this week, delivered to the first seminar on antisemitism held at the U.N. headquarters, is being seen by some as a sea change in the way the organization has dealt with Israel and Jews internationally.Acknowledging that the U.N.’s record on antisemitism had fallen shortRead More

Claims Conference Focuses on Securing Funds for Home Health Care

By Nathaniel Popper

Responding to a groundswell of requests from aging Jewish Holocaust survivors, the organization responsible for securing support for survivors is putting an increasing emphasis on winning funding for home health care.In the first step of this effort, last month the Conference on Jewish MaterialRead More

Terror Plots Strike Fear in Community Down Under

By Chemi Shalev

SYDNEY, Australia — The Australian Jewish community is a “prime target” of Al Qaeda and other Islamic terrorist groups operating in Southeast Asia, according to intelligence analysts and Jewish officials in Australia. An attack on the Jewish community here would serve a dual purpose for the terrorists, the experts say, striking at anRead More

Following an Unlikely Tip, Auschwitz Dig Unearths a Trove of Lost Judaica

By Joshua Cohen

OSWIECIM, Poland — A crew of Polish archeologists searching for a buried treasure at the former site of the Great Synagogue here struck gold Monday when they discovered a trove of artifacts, including three synagogue menorahs, a Chanukah menorah, the eternal light and several synagogue chandeliers.The diggers were acting onRead More

School Fights Local Federation

By Miriam Colton

A Jewish community school in Margate, N.J., is alleging that it is being systematically and purposefully destroyed by what at first glance seems an unlikely candidate: the local Jewish federation.What began as a dispute over Trocki Hebrew Academy’s financial management has escalated into an all-out community war, with a defamation lawsuit by theRead More

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