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Newsdesk April 30, 2004

WJC Pushes ResolutionThe World Jewish Congress has launched a campaign to get the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism at its next meeting this fall. The WJC has obtained the support of Secretary of State Colin Powell and a promise from Senator Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, toRead More


Former UJC Official, 65

Arthur Naparstek, former head of a department at the United Jewish Communities, died at 65. Naparstek died April 24 of complications from lung cancer. Naparstek headed the UJC’s Israel and Overseas Pillar from 2001 to 2002. An expert in urban redevelopment, Naparstek for a time was dean of the School of Applied Sciences at Case Western ReserveRead More


Geneva Coalition To Push Peace Initiative

By Marc Perelman

The authors of the Geneva peace initiative are trying to revive their advocacy campaign just as the Bush administration is endorsing Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.The group, an ad hoc coalition of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics and retired military and security officials, is opening an office in New York thatRead More


Envoy’s Daughter Resigns From CNN

CNN announced in Atlanta this week that reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, had resigned from the network last Friday. Her resignation followed the announcement that she was engaged to a Jordanian prince, the Associated Press reported.Brahimi is engaged to Prince Ali, a half-brother of KingRead More


Its Leaders Liquidated, Hamas Looks to Tehran For Guidance on Terror

By Alex Fishman and Ori Nir

TEL AVIV — Even though he had been targeted for death since last fall, Israeli defense officials say the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi became an urgent priority only in the last month, after he became the head of Hamas and began upgrading Iranian involvement in the organization.Rantisi, 54, was killed April 17 by an IsraeliRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Even as many mainstream Jewish groups hailed the White House endorsement of the disengagement plan of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, President Bush is catching flak from some Jewish hardliners and evangelical Christians for backing the initiative, which would uproot all the Jewish settlements in Gaza and many in the West Bank.Some JewishRead More


U.S. Leads the Way at Berlin Conference

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration has launched a major diplomatic effort to ensure a positive outcome to a major conference on antisemitism being held next week in Berlin.The administration drew cheers from Jewish groups after Secretary of State Colin Powell decided to join the American delegation to the two-day gathering of the Organization for theRead More


Israeli Requests for Shoah Funds Denied

By Nathaniel Popper

A court-appointed special master overseeing distribution of money from Holocaust-era Swiss bank accounts has turned down two Israeli proposals for a dramatically increased share of unclaimed funds.In a report released April 16, the special master, Judah Gribetz, rejected Israeli requests that the Brooklyn federal court allocate almost halfRead More


Fund Helps Persecuted Scholars Reach Safe Havens

By Nathaniel Popper

In a seemingly different life, Ahmed Subhy Mansour was a scholar at Cairo’s venerated Al-Azhar University. He studied the history of dictatorship in Islam and the place of death and paradise in the Koran. But some aspect of his research did not go over well with the authorities, and in 1987 he was fired from his position and jailed for twoRead More


Handing Over the Reins

By Gus Tyler

On April 12, in one of his rare press conferences, President Bush laid out a road map on America’s approach to Iraq’s future. Just two days later, he agreed to change — really reverse — the route. What happened?Much of Bush’s opening statement at the press conference consisted of what was once famously labeled “glitteringRead More


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