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Catholics Greet Gibson’s ‘Passion’ With a Cacophony, Not a Chorus

By Andrew Greeley

If I were Jewish, I’d be worried about Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion of Jesus. I’d remember the blatant antisemitism of the Oberammergau Passion play and wonder whether Catholics were not up to their old tricks again. Hopefully I’d also remember that, while some Romans and some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus, even theyRead More


Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking pointRead More


Christians Launch Effort To Counter Film’s Impact

By Nacha Cattan

With the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson’s account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as aRead More


Taiwan Entertains Communal Leaders in Bid for Allies

By Nathaniel Popper

When five Jewish communal leaders returned last week from their all-expenses-paid five-day trip to Taiwan, they were exhausted from the 24-hour flight but laden with exotic gifts.At one meeting with high-ranking Taiwanese officials, the delegates received tea-cups, at another colorful ties were distributed.“The whole time I was thinking:Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler; With Reporting by James Kirchick in New Hampshire.

With Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman polling a scant 9% in the New Hampshire primary Tuesday, the word on the street was not whether he would drop out, but when.“He’s kind of the Bob Graham of January,” said independent analyst Stuart Rothenberg, referring to the Florida senator who ended his bid for president inRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

With Jewish support for the Democratic presidential candidates shifting after Monday’s Iowa caucuses, the campaigns are stepping up their outreach to the Jewish communities in New Hampshire and across the country.Following his rout at the hands of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who inRead More


Sharon Aide: U.S. ‘Indifferent’ To Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Bush administration, while focused intensely on its “grand plan” for remaking the Middle East, is “indifferent to the situation” between Israel and the Palestinians and is unlikely to re-engage until after the November elections, according to Israel’s defense minister, Shaul Mofaz.Speaking to the Forward in an exclusiveRead More


Cardinals Meet For a Dialogue With Top Rabbis

By Nacha Cattan

In a move that may reestablish the World Jewish Congress as the primary Jewish partner for dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church, this week the organization arranged an unprecedented gathering of top-level Catholic and Jewish religious leaders from around the world.The two-day “open dialogue” included current and former chief rabbis from sixRead More


Newsdesk January 23, 2004

Groups Back Gay MarriageA coalition of Jewish organizations has joined the push to legalize gay marriage in Massachusetts.The Jewish Community Relations Council of Boston, a public-policy umbrella organization representing 40 local groups, overwhelmingly passed a resolution last week in support of a law sanctioning same-sexRead More


Anti-tax Activist Defends Holocaust Comparison

By Eric Marx

A top anti-tax activist and White House ally is standing by his comparison of proponents of the estate tax to the perpetrators of the Holocaust, while taking the analogy further and dismissing his critics as “socialists.”“The Nazis were for gun control, the Nazis were for high marginal tax rates,” said Grover Norquist in an interviewRead More


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