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Newsdesk October 3, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Arab Leader Praised BombingA top American Muslim leader who was charged this week for illegally obtaining money from Libya and financing terrorism in the United States and abroad once hailed the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Argentina, according to the court testimony of a federal agent.“The Jewish community center, it is aRead More


Survivors Sue Commission

WASHINGTON — An international commission charged with resolving Holocaust-era insurance claims is coming under attack from California politicians and segments of the Jewish community.Holocaust survivors are suing the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims over allegedly delayed payments. The suit has been joinedRead More


Labor’s Spiral Into Despair

By Gus Tyler

In recent weeks, major American unions in heavy industry — like auto, steel, communications, etc. — have been behaving in a nontraditional fashion. Instead of demanding wage increases, they are accepting wage freezes. Instead of insisting that plant closings by mammoth corporations be a no-no, they have agreed to such closings althoughRead More


Candidates Turn to Clinton Advisers

By E.J. Kessler

Who are the top economic advisers of the leading Democratic presidential candidates? Well, naturally enough, many of the same experts who were the top economic advisers of the last Democratic president. The following is a list provided by the top five campaigns.Retired general Wesley Clark: Brookings Institution economist Henry Aaron, formerRead More


Dems Divided Over Details on Economy

By E.J. Kessler

Voters can be forgiven if they didn’t notice too many differences among the economic policies proposed by the top Democratic presidential candidates at their debate in New York last week.One guy who was once in the candidates’ shoes didn’t notice many differences, either.“I was in 39 debates in 1987-88,” former Massachusetts governor andRead More


Charity Lays Off Survey Architect

By Nacha Cattan

The chief architect of the controversial National Jewish Population Survey, Jim Schwartz, has been laid off by the survey’s sponsor, United Jewish Communities, according to sources close to UJC.The philanthropy announced last week in an internal communication that Schwartz’s position as director of the North American Jewish Data Bank was beingRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Debate Drama: The reports are in: At the CNBC/Wall Street Journal debate in New York City on September 25, the candidate who took the most punches was the frontrunner, former Vermont governor Howard Dean, and not the newcomer, retired general Wesley Clark.Noticeably missing from the pileup on Dean, however, was Connecticut Senator JosephRead More


Russia Must Open Its Archives On Shoah Hero Raoul Wallenberg

By Tom Lantos

Twenty-two years ago this Sunday, Raoul Wallenberg became an honorary citizen of the United States. The honor, though, was truly ours: This extraordinary man helped save tens of thousands of lives, including my wife’s and mine, while working under the direction of the American government.Yet, the full truth about Wallenberg’s ownRead More


Dershowitz Rebuts Critics’ Plagiarism Charges

By Eric Marx

Harvard University law professor Alan Dershowitz is firing back at critics accusing him of plagiarism in his recently released book, “The Case for Israel.”“I’m coming out swinging,” Dershowitz said in an interview with the Forward, in which he responded to the charge made last week by Norman Finkelstein, a DePaul University professor whoRead More


Tourists Outnumber Residents In Storied Indian Community

By Jana Winter

“I feel like an endangered species, like a rhinoceros in a zoo,” Joseph Hallegua said with the faint helplessness of an old patriarchal figure slowly losing control over his domain.The 70-something Hallegua is one of the last Cochin Jews, trying to come to terms with the grim future of his community. On the island of Cochin in the southernRead More





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