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French Ban on Muslim Veil Protects Girls, Advocates Say

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Proponents of a controversial law banning the conspicuous display of religious symbols in French public schools are rejecting charges that the measure is aimed at discriminating against Muslim girls who wear headscarves.Rather, said Patrick Weil, one of the 20 members of a presidential commission that proposed the lawRead More


Religious Overtones Color a Murder in Texas

By Seamus Mcgraw

The victim was a Jew, slaughtered in a Houston apartment, his throat slit so deftly with a 6-inch butterfly knife that he was nearly decapitated.The killer was an Arab, a newly minted religious Muslim and the son of a millionaire Saudi businessman. He had been bailed out of trouble by the Saudi consulate after previous scrapes with the law, and inRead More


U.S. Advice To Israelis: Don’t Start Syria Talks

By Ori Nir, With Reporting From Jta.

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration recently advised the Israeli government against taking up the offer of Syrian President Bashar Assad to resume peace negotiations, Israeli and American diplomats in Washington confirmed.The administration, according to sources, voiced several concerns regarding Assad’s recent public claims that heRead More


Communal Security Lax, Terror Experts, Leaders Warn at a N.Y. Meeting

By Nathaniel Popper

In an unprecedented public discussion last week, Jewish organizational leaders and counter-terrorism experts declared that the American Jewish community has not prepared adequately to protect itself from terrorist attacks.Among those voicing concern at the January 8 briefing, which drew 65 participants from 35 organizations, were Malcolm Hoenlein,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By Eric Marx; With Reporting by E.J. Kessler.

Despite pressure from various sources, the Republican National Committee and allied organizations are declining to speak out against two conservatives, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and New York Post columnist Ralph Peters, who compared opponents of the Bush administration to Nazis.The RNC led the charge last month against the liberal Web siteRead More


Neo-Nazis’ Billboard Triggers Showdown in Florida

By Sara Liss

MIAMI, Fla. — The erection of a neo-Nazi billboard near Orlando has triggered a showdown between a local business owner and a group of self-described Jewish militants.At issue is a billboard on Florida’s Turnpike, which sports the phrase “WHO RULE$ AMERIKA?” and contact information for the National Alliance, a neo-Nazi group that theRead More


Newsdesk January 16, 2004

Arabs Debate ReformIslamists and nationalist opposition leaders in Jordan, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are trying to block government educational reforms directed mainly at revamping textbooks. Challenges to educational reform are particularly overt in Jordan, where the political system and media are more open and government critics more outspokenRead More


Survivors’ Group Leaders Split Over Aid

By Nacha Cattan

Four leaders of a prominent Holocaust survivors’ coalition, including its board chairman, have broken with the group’s approach to the allocation of Holocaust-era restitution payments, saying the group’s campaign for increased aid to American survivors had become overly combative and had “backfired.”The four dissenters are chargingRead More


The Illusion of the Latest Medicare Reform

By Gus Tyler

Just about every major industrial democracy in the world has a single-payer system to provide medical services. The payer is the government that, in turn, is financed by taxes paid by those who someday may require medical care.The United States has a multi-party system involving insurance companies, health maintenance organizationsRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Clark Climb: Capitalizing on his surge in New Hampshire, retired general Wesley Clark is stepping up his push for support in the Jewish community, which some observers have identified as a key source of the more than $10 million in contributions that he posted for the fourth quarter of 2003.According to an e-mail message being circulatedRead More


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