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Israel’s Richest Woman Packs Her Bags

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – With an estimated worth of $2.4 billion, Shari Arison is the richest woman, and perhaps the richest citizen, in Israel. Or, rather, she was.Arison, a banking and corporate executive who ranked 158th on this year’s Forbes list of richest people in the world, is not suddenly facing poverty. She is no longer the richest woman inRead More


Author Battling Antisemitism at the Ice Rink

By Max Gross

In March 2002, Israeli ice dancers Sergei Sakhnovsky and Galit Chait won a bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan, edging out a Lithuanian pair who finished in fourth place. Within days, a petition was circulating among skaters and judges saying that the Israelis’ medal was “not justified.”“How much didRead More


At a Ripe Age, Eli Wallach Plays Juicy Jewish Roles

By Aviva Kempner

Round-faced and sunburned, with wild, kinky hair and a Mexican accent, Eli Wallach was in an utter rage at the end of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Clint Eastwood’s character had nearly killed him, and as Eastwood trotted away on a horse, Wallach chased after him, bellowing curses.It has been 36 years since Wallach co-starredRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

The Liberal Case for Palestine: “The loss of Professor Edward Said,” Christopher Hitchens eulogizes in a September 26 posting to Slate.com, “will be unbearable for his family, insupportable to his immense circle of friends, upsetting to a vast periphery of admirers and readers who one might almost term his diaspora, and depressing to allRead More


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


Beyond Mexicanidad: The Other Roots of Frida Kahlo’s Identity

By Leslie Camhi

In 1932, Frida Kahlo and her husband Diego Rivera were dining with other guests at the Detroit home of Henry Ford, the automotive titan and noted antisemite. (The city had commissioned Rivera to paint a series of murals devoted to the theme of modern industry.) During a lull in conversation, with a characteristic mixture of seeming naivete andRead More





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