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Groups Win Support for Israel on Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With the International Court of Justice set to open hearings on Israel’s West Bank security fence, American Jewish organizations are claiming partial credit for the decision by Western governments to side with Jerusalem and promising a full-blown campaign in support of the barrier.“We perceive it as a new frontRead More


Egypt, Jordan Fear Deterioration of P.A.

By Marc Perelman

Moderate Arab countries are growing increasingly concerned that the Palestinian Authority may collapse, according to diplomats and observers. Countries such as Egypt and Jordan openly worry that the demise of the P.A., coupled with the perceived American disengagement in an election year and the Israeli government preparing to takeRead More


Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Joe!: Confounding the fears of many, including the candidate, Jewish voters in the states that voted February 3 did support Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman in greater percentages than did non-Jews.In the end, however, that did not provide much help for Lieberman, who ended his centrist bid for the presidency Tuesday.According to exitRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Looking past Saturday’s presidential caucuses in Michigan, Democratic strategists were predicting this week that the results in the Wolverine State would point the way for the party’s strategy in the general election.What the Michigan campaign showed, pundits said, was that voters in the center — “white,Read More


Jewish Poverty Deepens in New York City

By Nathaniel Popper

Both the depth and distribution of Jewish poverty in New York City has increased during the past decade, according to a new study.The study found that nearly 60% of Jews living in Brooklyn’s heavily ultra-Orthodox Williamsburg neighborhood live in poverty.More surprising to some observers is the finding that the number ofRead More


Investigations Multiply for Oil Giant Halliburton

By Marc Perelman

Mired in controversy over Iraq contracts, the giant oil services company Halliburton is being scrutinized over its business dealings in Iran and is now reportedly the subject of a French corruption investigation that could lead to charges against its former CEO, Vice President Dick Cheney.An investigative judge in France, Renaud van Ruymbeke, isRead More


Israeli Government in Turmoil Over Sharon Gaza Pullout Plan

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Israel’s political establishment began preparing itself this week for a major political shake-up in the wake of Prime Minister Sharon’s detailing of his “disengagement plan” for Gaza and the West Bank.The plan, first disclosed Monday in an interview in the daily Ha’aretz, was far more detailed than any withdrawal plan SharonRead More


Murder-Suicide Spotlights Woes Of Immigrants

By Miriam Colton

It reads like a warped novel of murder and betrayal: A Jewish man in a French jail awaiting extradition to the United States. A wife held on $1 million bail. Parents committing double-suicide over a family disgrace.But for the Goldman, Sapiro and Zonis families, the story is all too real.Paul Goldman, a 39-year-old immigrant from Uzbekistan,Read More


State Budget Crunches Turning Up Pain for Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

With state after state releasing dismal budget projections for the coming fiscal year, Jewish social service providers are bracing for cutbacks and further economic hardships.State governments provide anywhere from 10% to 60% of the funding to Jewish agencies nationwide that care for the most vulnerable segmentsRead More


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