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Newsdesk January 30, 2004

Judge Rules on HamasA U.S. federal judge ordered the Palestinian militant group Hamas to pay $116 million in damages for the deaths of an American citizen and his Israeli wife near the West Bank in 1996.The ruling Tuesday upheld a judge’s decision last month on behalf of relatives of Yaron and Efrat Ungar, who lived in Israel when theyRead More


Yossi Ginossar, Envoy to P.A., Dies

TEL AVIV — Yossi Ginossar, a former senior Shin Bet official and a key envoy to the leadership of the Palestinian Authority for three prime ministers, died January 12 of cancer at age 58.Ginossar served Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak as a liaison to Palestinian leaders, becoming particularly close to Palestinian AuthorityRead More


Women Pass the Pigskin On Israeli Football Team

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — This Sunday, large numbers of Israelis will be watching the Super Bowl, cheering on the New England Patriots and their philanthropic-minded owner, Robert Kraft. A few weeks later, they’ll be cheering on a very different football team backed by Kraft — a team of young women, many of them Orthodox Jews.Kraft does businessRead More


Arrests in France Shed Light on ‘Chechen’ Network of Terrorists

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — French officials claim they foiled a campaign of chemical and biological terrorist attacks in Western Europe by militants trained in the Caucasus region.The arrest of several Arab Muslim activists in central France in late December has provided investigators with clues about the goals of a so-called “Chechen” terrorist network thatRead More


Palestinians Debate Recruitment of Suicide Bombers

By Ori Nir

Palestinians are waging an unusual debate over terrorist tactics following recent suicide attacks carried out by a mother of two and the bereaved brother of an Arab killed by Israeli troops.The brouhaha has centered largely on whether they should stop recruiting vulnerable candidates for suicide operations. Many Palestinians, includingRead More


Prisoner Swap With Hezbollah Sparks Heated Debate

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Amid preparations for the homecoming of four captives — three soldiers presumed dead and a kidnapped businessman — in a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, Israelis this week were fiercely debating the wisdom of the deal and speculating on its fallout.The deal dominated public discussion for days, pushing Prime Minister Sharon’sRead 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


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