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Newsdesk December 5, 2003

Argentine Judge DroppedAn Argentine court has dismissed the judge in charge of the investigation of the 1994 bombing of the Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. A court in charge of overseeing magistrates decided to take the case out of the hands of investigative judge Juan Jose Galeano and give it to another magistrate, Judge Rodolfo CanicobaRead More


Trying To Match Bush’s Monetary Might

By Gus Tyler

The decision of two Democratic presidential candidates, Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts and former Vermont governor Howard Dean, to forego federal funding in their campaigns must come as a shocker to many Democrats. Federal funding of presidential campaigns was supposed to be a way to liberate candidates from the need to obligate themselves toRead More


Candidates’ Representatives Discuss Jewish Vote, Middle East

By Eric Marx

Representatives for seven of the nine Democratic presidential candidates squared off this week on issues of importance to the Jewish community, ranging from health care and abortion to Israel and the war on terrorism.The “Democratic Presidential Insider Roundtable,” sponsored by the New York chapter of the National Jewish Democratic Council,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Clark: As retired general Wesley Clark campaigned at a large synagogue in south Florida this week, one of the grassroots groups supporting his campaign, “Jews for Clark,” was spreading the word about the general with an e-mail message that raised some eyebrows at Clark’s campaign headquarters in Little Rock.The e-mail message putsRead More


Forward Editor To Join Mideast Forum Online

Forward National Editor Ami Eden will be participating in a week-long online book discussion on “Wrestling With Zion: Progressive Jewish-American Responses to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict.” Visit amieden.com on Monday December 8 to view the discussion, which will also feature Steven I. Weiss and Pinchas Shapiro of protocols.blogspot.com,Read More


Israel Rules ‘Treason’ Label Rude But Legal

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Elli Wohlgelernter in Jerusalem and Ha’aretz.

Israel’s attorney general has declined to bring incitement charges against 250 rabbis who signed a religious ruling branding liberal opposition leaders as traitors for their role in the Geneva Understandings.The decision not to prosecute was hailed by Orthodox leaders in Israel and the United States, many of whom were vehemently opposed to theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

Counter Coulter: The search by Democratic presidential contenders for Jewish familial links, reported at length by the Forward last year, has been given a new spin by the Republican right’s favorite blond spinmeistress, Ann Coulter. The way she sees it, it’s all part of an elaborate plot by the Democrats — or, as she delicatelyRead More


Feinstein Leads Charge in Senate for Geneva Initiative

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Five U.S. senators introduced a resolution Tuesday applauding private Israeli-Palestinian peace initiatives and calling on President Bush and Israeli and Palestinian leaders to embrace them.A similar resolution is expected to be introduced in the House of Representatives early next month, following the symbolic signing ceremony inRead More


Senate Critic Undeterred by Ford Apology

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans say they plan to push forward with efforts to scrutinize the overseas activities of the Ford Foundation, despite the foundation’s promise last week that it would no longer fund Palestinian groups advocating violence or denying Israel’s legitimacy.“It is still appropriate for there toRead More


Muslim Feminist Manji Wows Crowd in Toronto

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Prominent Israeli personalities such as novelist A.B. Yehoshua and strategic analyst Barry Rubin were among the speakers earlier this month at the Toronto Jewish Book Fair. The biggest draw, however, was a Muslim Canadian author calling for an Islamic Reformation that would purge the Muslim world of antisemitism.Irshad Manji, a TorontoRead More





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