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Report Claims New York Times Columnist Took Swing at Critic

By Nathaniel Popper

A night devoted to talking about peace took a violent turn, according to one man who says he was physically assaulted by The New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman.Manhattan lawyer Harvey Schwartz says that Friedman hit and shoved him as the men were talking after the Israel Policy Forum’s annual dinner late in the evening ofRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Prescription for Disaster: “While much of the nation has been following the deliberations in Congress over a Medicare drug benefit, a quiet revolution has been taking place in the way benefits are managed for the 200 million Americans who already have insurance for prescription drugs,” Cindy Parks Thomas announces in the December 4 issueRead More


Arab States Mulling Endorsement of Geneva Initiative

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

several middle east countries are discussing ways to endorse the recent unofficial peace agreement known as the geneva understandings, according to an american scholar who played a key role in promoting a previous arab-backed peace initiative.Henry Siegman, a former head of the American Jewish Congress and longtime supporter of a two-stateRead More


Patent Office Rules Against Kabbalists

By Steven I. Weiss

Thanks to The Kabbalah Centre, various celebrities can be spotted donning red strings on their wrists that Jewish mystics say can ward off evil spirits. Apparently the threads, also known as bindles, do not work against the United States Patent and Trademark Office.The patent office has rejected an attempt by The Kabbalah Centre to trademark theRead More


Newsdesk December 12, 2003

Minister Pushing ReformIsrael’s interior minister, Avraham Poraz of the anti-clerical Shinui party, is planning to submit a sweeping reform of immigration and citizenship rules for Cabinet approval next week, according to a report in the daily Yediot Aharonot. The new rules would allow the granting of citizenship or permanent residency to tensRead More


Cummings Will Endorse Dean

The campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean is denying a newspaper report saying that questions about Dean’s support of Israel are delaying the endorsement of an influential black congressman.The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was delaying the announcementRead More


Funding Lower for Senior-care Program

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Federal funding for a senior-care program pioneered by Jewish welfare federations is being reduced, with a record number of communities splitting the decreased pie.Twenty-one Jewish federations — up from 13 in 2003 — are expected to receive federal funds for the experimental program, known as Naturally Occurring RetirementRead More


Battling a ‘Bunch of Thugs’

By Gus Tyler

In addressing troops in Colorado on his way to his ranch in Texas, President Bush declared that he would not be intimidated by a “bunch of thugs.” He was referring, of course, to those plaguing our troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan.The president’s use of the term “thugs” may shed light on why these many months after the war was wonRead More


Fear of Olympics Terror Hits Greece

By Marc Perelman

The recent bombings in neighboring Turkey have triggered heightened concern among Greek authorities and Western intelligence officials about possible terrorist strikes during next summer’s Olympics games in Athens.Security experts and Western officials have long warned that a world event held in the heart of the Mediterranean, spread over moreRead More


Leaders Call for Commitment in Fighting AIDS

Jewish groups from across the denominational spectrum are calling on the community to help fight AIDS in Africa and other places hit hard by the pandemic.In an open letter to the Jewish community issued by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist leaders called on “synagogues and rabbis to renewRead More


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