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Ethiopians Protest Immigration Delays

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting From Ha’aretz.

Israel’s absorption minister is under fire for reportedly speaking out in opposition to a Cabinet decision to immediately bring up to 20,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent to Israel.Several Israeli media outlets have reported that the minister of immigrant absorption, Tzipi Livni, disparaged the idea of bringing the Falash Mura, descendents ofRead More


Showdown Looms for Sharon in Party Fight

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon traded verbal blows this week with the apparatus of his ruling Likud party, with disputes ranging from pure ideology to naked power in the background. The stage has now been set for a dramatic showdown next month that could have a profound effect on both.The party’s top decision-making authority, the LikudRead More


Culture Wars Spark Flip-Flop On States’ Rights

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a historic about-face in the debate over federalism, conservatives are increasingly attempting to curtail states’ rights over social issuues through congressional legislation and the federal courts, while liberals are arguing for local control on several fronts.This shift was onRead More


Right Wing Gears Up for Clash With Sharon

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s right wing is gearing up for a confrontation with the government in the coming days, in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s decision this week to start removing so-called illegal Jewish settlement outposts in the West Bank.Sharon announced on Sunday that he had decided to remove four outposts, out of an estimated 50 toRead More


Jewish Paper Uses ‘Latin Flavor’ To Fill a Void

By Max Gross

Jacqueline Donado, managing editor of the New York-based Spanish-language newspaper El Diario La Prensa, has seen many Spanish papers pop up in the city.“There are monthly, biweekly, weeklies, dailies,” Donado said. “There are Mom and Pop newspapers…. [There are] papers that are going by nationality; there is one for taxiRead More


Rhodes Scholar Heads to Iraq as Military Officer

By Ariel Zilber

By virtue of the Rhodes Scholarship he was awarded in November, Daniel Helmer is scheduled to study at Oxford University this fall. Before he heads to England, however, he is going to Iraq.Helmer, a 22-year-old from Colts Neck, N.J., was an academic overachiever as an undergraduate. He was also a member of the gymnastics team, president of theRead More


Orthodox Warrior Keeps Kosher on the Front Lines

By David Klinghoffer

Mikhail Ekshtut is a warrior. His mom is a worrier.So when the Air Force Reserve called Ekshtut up to active duty in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, he had a problem. One of the relatively few Orthodox Jews in the American military, Technical Sergeant Ekshtut hesitated to commit an untruth. But he also guessed that his mother would be consumedRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Neoconspiracy Theories: The notion that neoconservatives are “Jews who serve the interests of Israel” has been embraced “with varying degrees of delicacy” by political actors ranging from Patrick Buchanan to European news outlets, writes Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing editor to The WeeklyRead More


U.S. Group Pushes Israeli Nutrition Bill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual step, the National Council of Jewish Women has called on its members and supporters to encourage Israeli legislators to support a bill that would provide every Israeli student with a daily hot, nutritious meal.American Jewish organizations rarely lobby Israeli Knesset members on legislation, and the NCJW isRead More


Software To Aid Military in Civilian Areas

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The American military is looking to Israel for expertise in dealing with Iraq’s civilian population, possibly adapting Israeli software for use in teaching American soldiers how to minimize friction with occupied Iraqis.The IDF officer who initiated and directed the production of the educational software, Lt. Col. Amos Guiora,Read More





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