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Embattled Academic Tony Judt Defends Call for Binational State

By Nathaniel Popper

Tony Judt is a scholar who was until recently best known for his writings on European history. But then, in a 2,900-word essay in the October 23 edition of The New York Review of Books, Judt dropped the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear bomb on Zionism, calling for the dismantling of Israel as a Jewish state.Judt argued in his essay that IsraelRead More


Senator: Saddam Nab, Dean’s Rise Make GOP An Easy Sell

By E.J. Kessler

The capture of Saddam Hussein and the rise of Howard Dean are making President Bush and the Republican Party a much easier sell in the Jewish community, Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman says.“My effort is made easier by Howard Dean, by Dean’s not having a strong record on the war on terror, by his comments on Saddam, by his comments onRead More


In New Hampshire, People Power Drives Primary

By E.J. Kessler

LACONIA, N.H. — Standing before a roaring fire on a cold night in the living room of a comfortable home here, Josh Levin demonstrated why Howard Dean is running away with the hearts of New Hampshire voters — and, probably, his party’s nomination.Levin, 25, a native of Chicago transplanted to this small town by the Dean campaign, stood beforeRead More


Jazzman Strikes a Chord at Community Programs

By Andrew Muchin

He has hung out with Dizzy Gillespie, played piano with the Rolling Stones, written three books, hosted national radio and television shows, co-run a jazz record label, produced albums by top jazz and pop performers and composed a Grammy-nominated film score. But what’s tickling Ben Sidran’s ivories these daysRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Politics by Other Means: The secret of our success, goes an old CIA proverb, is the secret of our success. The essence of the adage, to judge by recent public criticism of the intelligence community, has been lost on the agency’s fellow spooks over at the Defense Department.For much of the last year, the Pentagon’s prominent roleRead More


Newsdesk December 26, 2003

WJC Meets With EnvoyThe World Jewish Congress has met at the State Department with America’s newly confirmed special envoy for Holocaust issues to request that funds from Holocaust restitution agreements be used to fight antisemitism.In the meeting with the envoy, Ambassador Ed O’Donnell, the WJC’s governing board’s chairman,Read More


Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book

By Allan Nadler

Leaders of the country’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.Written by Rabbi Saadya Grama — an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshivaRead More


Re-election Makes President Bush Run

By Gus Tyler

Recent moves by the White House make it increasingly evident that what makes George W. Bush run is his run for re-election in 2004. Consider his ambivalent antics on steel tariffs. The president imposed tariffs on imported steel. Why did he do it? The universal answer is that he did it to woo the votes of workers in the steel industry inRead More


Rabbis Urged To Quit Alliance

By Miriam Colton

Several rabbis are being urged to drop out of an anti-gay marriage coalition because it includes a Muslim organization with alleged ties to terrorist groups.One rabbi, Marc Gellman, a Reform clergyman best known for co-hosting the interfaith television program “God Squad,” has already severed ties to the Alliance for Marriage, citingRead More


Poll: Support for Israel is Strong

By Nathaniel Popper

By a two-to-one margin, 62% to 31%, Americans believe their government should back Israel even if it leads to an increased probability of terrorist attacks against this country, according to a new survey of American attitudes toward the Middle East sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.The poll, conducted from December 1- 4, shows strongRead More





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