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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


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


Newsdesk January 9, 2004

Israelis To Visit LibyaFollowing the announcement by President Muammar Gadhafi last month that Libya is willing to forgo its weapons of mass destruction, Israel has initiated diplomatic contacts with Tripoli.The head of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris in late December with Libyan diplomats, in orderRead More


AJCongress Stands Alone on Pledge Issue

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Efforts to forge a compromise position on the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance have left the American Jewish Congress standing alone, at odds with its erstwhile allies in both the civil-rights community and religious groups.First the Jewish group broke with other civil-rights groups, including the Anti-DefamationRead More


Bush’s Odds in 2004 Depend on the Economy

By Gus Tyler

At this moment, one of the hottest political questions is: Who will be the Democratic candidate for president? Right now, Howard Dean appears to be the frontrunner. But he is not necessarily the only candidate who could fare well in a contest with President Bush. Almost any one of the serious present aspirants has a good chance to win comeRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Kerry Question: Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, after jumping down Howard Dean’s throat last fall when Dean suggested that America should pursue an “evenhanded” policy in Middle East negotiations, used a similar phrase himself on the campaign trail in New Hampshire, according to a tape supplied by a rival campaign.Dean later apologized forRead More


Moscow Moves To Install Chabad Ally as Top Rabbi

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The deputy mayor of Moscow is pushing for the merger of the offices of the two rival chief rabbis of Russian Jewry, the Forward has learned, in what is being seen as a bid by the government to install one as the sole representative of the divided community.The deputy mayor, Alexander Reisen, convened a meeting December 20Read More


Israel Fears Isolation, Sanctions Over Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Bracing for a ruling against its separation fence by the World Court — which could pave the way for South Africa-style international sanctions — Israel and its allies here are considering a campaign to discredit the court as a biased organ of the United Nations.The proposed campaign is highly controversial even amongRead More


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