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Groups Take Issue With Bush Address

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — President Bush’s State of the Union Address drew mostly negative reviews among Jewish groups upset over his pointedly partisan stance on several domestic issues and his failure to make any mention of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.Just months after describing the push for peace as a personal priority to which he is deeplyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

O’Neill Observations: A story about President Bush told by former Treasury secretary Paul O’Neill in a new tell-all book is drawing fire from Jewish Democrats, including Howard Dean’s campaign chairman.Quoting O’Neill on the early days of the Bush administration in the book, “The Price of Loyalty: George W. Bush, the White House, and theRead More


Rabbi’s Trial Draws Protest

By Nathaniel Popper

The trial of an Israeli rabbi who attempted to physically block the demolition of two Palestinian houses is drawing increasingly vocal protest in the United States.In the boldest act of protest yet, Rabbi Arthur Waskow stood up in the middle of an event commemorating Martin Luther King Jr. at the Israeli embassy in Washington and deliveredRead More


Canada’s Court Weighs Religious Freedom

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — The Supreme Court of Canada heard an appeal this week by a group of seven condominium owners who contend that they have a constitutional right to build makeshift huts on their balconies in celebration of the autumn festival of Sukkot.Julius Grey, a constitutional lawyer representing the group of Orthodox Jews, argued at the three-hourRead More


French Ban on Muslim Veil Protects Girls, Advocates Say

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Proponents of a controversial law banning the conspicuous display of religious symbols in French public schools are rejecting charges that the measure is aimed at discriminating against Muslim girls who wear headscarves.Rather, said Patrick Weil, one of the 20 members of a presidential commission that proposed the lawRead More


Wary of Right, Sharon Punts On His Plans

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Under opposition pressure to spell out his still-murky “unilateral” plans on the Palestinian front, Prime Minister Sharon appeared before the Knesset last Monday and did just the opposite. Gone were the phrases that had caused such a stir last month, such as “dismantling outposts” and “unilateral withdrawal.” Instead, heRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

JEFFERSON, Iowa — In a machine shed on a farm here, standing in front of a large American flag and a green and yellow tractor, Rep. Richard Gephardt was betting his political career on the idea that family farmers are being hurt by free trade.“Our farmers can compete with anyone in the world, if we get them on a level playing field,”Read More


Communal Security Lax, Terror Experts, Leaders Warn at a N.Y. Meeting

By Nathaniel Popper

In an unprecedented public discussion last week, Jewish organizational leaders and counter-terrorism experts declared that the American Jewish community has not prepared adequately to protect itself from terrorist attacks.Among those voicing concern at the January 8 briefing, which drew 65 participants from 35 organizations, were Malcolm Hoenlein,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By Eric Marx; With Reporting by E.J. Kessler.

Despite pressure from various sources, the Republican National Committee and allied organizations are declining to speak out against two conservatives, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and New York Post columnist Ralph Peters, who compared opponents of the Bush administration to Nazis.The RNC led the charge last month against the liberal Web siteRead More


Neo-Nazis’ Billboard Triggers Showdown in Florida

By Sara Liss

MIAMI, Fla. — The erection of a neo-Nazi billboard near Orlando has triggered a showdown between a local business owner and a group of self-described Jewish militants.At issue is a billboard on Florida’s Turnpike, which sports the phrase “WHO RULE$ AMERIKA?” and contact information for the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group that theRead More


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