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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


U.S. Relations Are Top Priority for Syria

By Zvi Bar’el

JERUSALEM — During his recent interview with The New York Times, Syrian President Bashar Assad raised the possibility of normalization between his country and Israel. But he was really sending a message about the sour state of relations between Washington and Damascus.When asked to explain what he meant by “normalization”Read 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


Newsdesk November 28, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Hillel Leader SuedLos Angeles freelance journalist Rachel Neuwirth filed a complaint against UCLA Hillel Director Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller and UCLA Hillel, Los Angeles Hillel Council and Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, in the Los Angeles Superior Court on November 20, seeking undisclosed damages for battery, intentional inflictionRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Smacking the Saudis: Trying to sound tough on Middle East terrorism, former Vermont governor Howard Dean smacked Saudi Arabia in response to a question from Tom Brokaw during Monday night’s NBC-televised presidential candidate debate in Iowa.Asked by Brokaw whether he considered Saudi Arabia a “friend” or an “enemy,” DeanRead More


Echoes of Ataturk Seen in Turkey’s Strong Stand

By Gus Tyler

When two synagogues were blown up this month in Istanbul, Turkey, the government reacted promptly and pointedly. It vowed to get the culprits. It had alternatives. It could have said that the bombing was regrettable but that America’s occupation of Iraq provoked the event. But the Turkish government said nothing of the sort. It took a straightRead More





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