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U.S. Group Pushes Israeli Nutrition Bill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual step, the National Council of Jewish Women has called on its members and supporters to encourage Israeli legislators to support a bill that would provide every Israeli student with a daily hot, nutritious meal.American Jewish organizations rarely lobby Israeli Knesset members on legislation, and the NCJW isRead More


Software To Aid Military in Civilian Areas

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The American military is looking to Israel for expertise in dealing with Iraq’s civilian population, possibly adapting Israeli software for use in teaching American soldiers how to minimize friction with occupied Iraqis.The IDF officer who initiated and directed the production of the educational software, Lt. Col. Amos Guiora,Read More


Newsdesk January 2, 2004

Church-State SuitThe American Jewish Congress is asking the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for summary judgment declaring unconstitutional a program by AmeriCorps, the federal service corps, placing religion teachers in sectarian schools.The AmeriCorps program promotes religious indoctrination of elementary- andRead More


Chanukah Menorahs Recalled by Crate and Barrel

By Miriam Colton

Just hours before Chanukah began, the popular catalog store Crate and Barrel recalled 800 menorahs because of a fire hazard.If the candles in the menorah are allowed to burn down completely, the menorah’s acrylic base can ignite, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in an official statement on December 19 (Chanukah began thatRead More


Demographics Drive Likud’s Shifting Agenda

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Driving the Likud’s metamorphosis from “Greater Israel” dogmatism to separation pragmatism are not constraints of geography but of demography.“Above all hovers the cloud of demographics,” Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot last week, explaining his dramatic decisionRead More


Crisis Looms Over Settlement Evacuations

JERUSALEM — The debate over the future Israel’s settlement policy continued to rage furiously this week, following Prime Minister Sharon’s December 18 speech outlining possible unilateral steps to separate from the Palestinians and redeploy some settlements.While the Labor Party and the left continued to dismiss Sharon’s plan as eitherRead More


Jerusalem Returns to Normal: That Is, Chaos, Paralysis and Strikes Abound

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Things were briefly back to normal in government offices last week, and that meant chaos.For the last three months, a rolling series of work stoppages, slowdowns and outright strikes have brought Israel’s infamous government bureaucracy to a virtual standstill. The result has been a nightmare for those needing anything from aRead More


After Rebuke, Bush Officials Voice Support For Israel Plan Israeli Sends Signal to Iran Over Airwaves — In Persian

By Marc Perelman

When Israel’s defense minister chatted on-air with radio listeners last week about the possibility of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he did more than just send a warning to the leaders in Tehran. He also shed light on one of the strangest media phenomena in the Middle East: the Farsi-language program of IsraelRead More


Gibson Film Exposes Rift In Vatican Hierarchy

By Nacha Cattan

The debate over a papal screening of Mel Gibson’s controversial film has become a flashpoint between liberals and conservatives struggling for power in the Catholic Church under the ailing pope.The pope saw “The Passion of Christ” and is said by conservatives to have praised it in a few words, saying, “It is as it was.” But in anRead More


Embattled Academic Tony Judt Defends Call for Binational State

By Nathaniel Popper

Tony Judt is a scholar who was until recently best known for his writings on European history. But then, in a 2,900-word essay in the October 23 edition of The New York Review of Books, Judt dropped the intellectual equivalent of a nuclear bomb on Zionism, calling for the dismantling of Israel as a Jewish state.Judt argued in his essay that IsraelRead More


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