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Groups Clashing On Bill To Provide Security Funding

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As some observers suggest that the threat of terrorist strikes against American targets is intensifying, an increasingly bitter dispute has erupted among Jewish groups over a bill that would provide federal funds to enhance security at nonprofit organizations deemed particularly vulnerable to attack.The bill, which supporters expectRead More


Lithuanian Power Struggle Ends in Lubavitch Defeat

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Lubavitch leaders are crying foul after one of their own was passed up for the newly created post of chief rabbi of Lithuania.Rabbi Sholom Krinsky, the Chabad emissary who has served in Vilnius for a decade, said he was being ignored by the Association of Jewish Religious Communities of Lithuania because it now wants to be the heirRead More


Newsdesk March 26, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Islamist Warns of PlotLeaders of the Jewish community in Serbia received a letter from an inmate with links to Islamist militants stating that he had been ordered to attack Aca Singer, president of the Jewish federation of Serbia-Montenegro, during the High Holy Days last year and that the plot was still on, the Forward has learned.Dated JanuaryRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Socking Specter: Rep. Patrick Toomey, the conservative Pennsylvania Republican challenging Senator Arlen Specter in a primary, is criticizing Specter for “poor judgment” and “striking up relationships with some of the world’s worst dictators” in regard to the senator’s dealings with Syria and Iran.Specter, one of two Jewish RepublicansRead More


Groups Say Ban on Gay Vows Breaches Religious Freedom

By Nacha Cattan

In an unusual move, a local prosecutor’s effort to stop ministers from performing same-sex marriages is drawing fire from Jewish civil rights agencies not only on grounds of privacy or gay rights, but also of religious freedom.Officials with the American Jewish Congress and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism charge that the districtRead More


Newsdesk March 19, 2004

By Forward Staff and Jta

Beilin To Lead New PartyTEL AVIV — Foreign policy maverick Yossi Beilin won the election Tuesday as leader of the newly formed Yahad Party, edging out veteran Meretz lawmaker Ran Cohen.Beilin won 53.5% of the votes, showing strongly in big cities and Arab communities, while Cohen took 46.5%, doing well among kibbutzim.Yahad was created this yearRead More


After Attack, Tanks Roll Back Into Gaza

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — As Israeli tanks and armored vehicles rumbled into Gaza this week, responding to Sunday’s double suicide bombing in the port city of Ashdod, officials cautioned that the incursions would not be a repeat of the massive 2002 operation known as Defensive Shield. Israel does not intend to reoccupy the streets of Gaza, officials said. InRead More


Tooker Gomberg, 48, Presumed Dead

Tooker Gomberg, an environmental activist known as one of Canada’s most colorful political figures, was reported missing and presumed dead after apparently jumping off a bridge March 5 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was 48, and was said to have suffered from depression.In the early 1990s, Gomberg served one term as a member of the Edmonton cityRead More


J. Gutman, Rights Advocate, 80

By Miriam Colton

Jeremiah S. Gutman, one of the nation’s leading civil rights attorneys and a vocal advocate for Israeli civil liberties, died February 25 after suffering a heart attack at a Metro-North Railroad station. He was 80.The night before his death, Gutman presided at a meeting of Meretz USA, a Jewish organization promoting peace and civil rights inRead More


PLO Militant Turns Diehard Israel Supporter

By Marc Perelman

Walid Shoebat is arguably the most unlikely diehard supporter of Israel.A former militant of the Palestine Liberation Organization who used to hate Israel, did time in Israeli jails and nearly beat an Israeli soldier to death, Shoebat is now singing Israel’s praises to North American audiences.“I am against a Palestinian state and I prefer theRead More


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