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Big Groups To Address Gay Rights Questions

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Nacha Cattan

WASHINGTON — The divisive national debate over gay rights is about to spill over into the Jewish organizational world, as leaders of a dozen of the nation’s largest Jewish groups prepare to gather in Boston and try to hammer out a joint Jewish communal position on the issue.The topic will take center stage later this month at theRead More


In Turmoil, Iran Snubs A Gesture By Specter

By Marc Perelman

The electoral turmoil in Iran has scuttled a controversial visit to Iran by congressional staffers that was seen by moderates as a possible turning point in U.S.-Iranian relations.Iranian officials decided to shelve a planned visit by aides of three lawmakers, Senator Joseph Biden of Delaware, Senator Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania and Rep.Read More


Passionate but Modest Proposal Calls for Sane, Humane Zionism

By Shlomo Avineri

The Fate of Zionism: A Secular Future for Israel & Palestine By Arthur Hertzberg HarperSanFrancisco,

208 pages, $19.95. * * *Arthur Hertzberg is a rare bird on the American Jewish scene: a Jewish public intellectual who is also a Jewish leader. Once upon a time — when there were not many Jewish academics in the United States —Read More


Israeli Intelligence Probe Asks: What Did We Know and When?

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — As a special Knesset investigative committee began drafting its report this week on Israeli intelligence leading up to the Iraq war, Israel’s defense establishment found itself caught up in an unexpected debate over whether Israel had overstated the Iraqi threat, and why.The Knesset probe, headed by LikudRead More


‘Passion’ Debate Risks Alienating Christian Allies

By Sara Liss

PALM BEACH, Fla. — Standing before a room full of Anti-Defamation League leaders at the Italian Renaissance-style Majestic Breakers hotel here, Rabbi Robert Levine appeared to be preaching to the converted as he tore into Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”But then Levine, the religious leader of Congregation Rodeph Shalom inRead More


Chabad, Secular Groups Battle in Austria

VIENNA — A group linked to the Chabad movement has been cozying up to the government of Austria and the European Commission, angering secular groups that have been battling those entities in an attempt to get them to act against rising continental antisemitism.Last week, a three-day rabbinical conference organizedRead More


Newsdesk February 13, 2004

Melee at KnessetViolence broke out in the Knesset last Monday, when several local Likud party activists ran amok after being denied entry to a closed committee meeting.The dispute arose when a group of Likud Central Committee members arrived to monitor a meeting of the Knesset Finance Committee, which was to discuss privatization of anRead More


French Judge Sees Growing Cooperation With U.S. Against Terrorism

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Despite their public sparring over Iraq and other issues, America and France have stepped up their cooperation against terrorism during the past three years.French and American police, intelligence and judicial officials involved in tracking radical Muslim groups and individuals have been exchanging information and tips on anRead More


Skepticism Greets Bush’s Mideast Plan

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s new Greater Middle East Initiative, touted by officials as a major push to promote democracy across the Arab and Muslim world, is receiving mixed reviews from Middle East experts, diplomats and even some administration officials.Critics said that the initiative, disclosed February 9 by the Washington PostRead More


Communal Organizations Eye Lieberman

By Nacha Cattan

Senator Joseph Lieberman may have given up the presidential ticket, but some of his Jewish admirers have a new mission for him: leader of a major Jewish organization.It’s a mission that his closest friends and relatives says he’s highly unlikely to accept. “No way, no how,” said one close associate of Lieberman’s.Leaders of severalRead More


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