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Newsdesk November 7, 2003

Israel Introduces U.N. ResolutionAfter facing hostile resolutions at the United Nations for a half-century, Israel this week introduced its own resolution in a General Assembly committee, voicing concern for Israeli children living under the threat of Palestinian terrorism.“Until now we were only playing defense; now we are playing offense,”Read More


Work Begins on Ukraine Holocaust Memorial

By Rachel Zuckerman

DNEPROPETROVSK, Ukraine — On a frosty evening last week, 1,200 people gathered around an empty lot on Gogol Street in this former military-industrial city for what some observers said was a long-overdue dedication.Shivering Holocaust scholars, local businessmen and boldface names from Israeli politics and society — including Israeli MinisterRead More


In Argentine Poverty War, an Uphill Fight

By Marc Perelman

BUENOS AIRES — Tamara Potaz always thought the first important decisions of her young life would come when she had to choose between becoming a violinist, a luthier or a sound engineer.Her parents had good jobs, the family lived in a large apartment, teenage life in bustling Buenos Aires was fun and Potaz figured she would make up her mind aboutRead More


Gun Control Ad Highlights Jews on NRA ‘Blacklist’

By Eric Marx

In their latest campaign against the National Rifle Association, gun-control groups are highlighting the names of Jewish organizations and individuals found on an NRA-compiled “blacklist,” in what observers say is an effort to spur one of the gun-control lobby’s key constituencies to action.The Brady Campaign to Prevent GunRead More


High-Stakes Drama in Israel Pits Top Cop Against Attorney General

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — It is a showdown worthy of a Hollywood script, where “The Sopranos” meets “Law and Order” deep inside “The West Wing.” It is a confrontation that is shaking Israel’s law-enforcement apparatus to the core and rocking its political establishment. It is depicted on both emotional sides as a fateful battle betweenRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Sunshine State Scramble: Rep. Peter Deutsch, a Jewish Democrat from south Florida, has emerged as the best-financed of the several contenders vying to replace Senator Bob Graham, who declared this week that he would not run for re-election in 2004.Deutsch, whose district stretches from Broward County south to Key West, has some $3 million cashRead More


Legislators Focus On Jews Who Fled From Arab Lands

By Marc Perelman

A group of American lawmakers has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for recognition of the plight of the 900,000 Jews who fled Arab countries after 1948.The congressional move is part of a larger campaign by Israel and its supporters here to link the fates of Jews and Arabs who fled their homes in 1948, in an apparentRead More


Legislators Focus On Jews Who Fled From Arab Lands

By Marc Perelman

A group of American lawmakers has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives calling for recognition of the plight of the 900,000 Jews who fled Arab countries after 1948.The congressional move is part of a larger campaign by Israel and its supporters here to link the fates of Jews and Arabs who fled their homes in 1948, in an apparentRead More


Conservative Head Calls Sabbath-Driving Rule a ‘Mistake’

By Nacha Cattan

The head of Conservative Judaism’s flagship institution is arguing that the movement made a “mistake” when it issued a landmark ruling a half-century ago permitting Jews to drive to synagogue on the Sabbath.Rabbi Ismar Schorsch, chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary, made his declaration last week in Dallas during a speech at theRead More


Former CIA Director Calls for Tougher Policy on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Washington should send an American aircraft carrier to the Syrian coast, summon strongman Bashar al-Assad aboard, chide him vigorously for sponsoring terrorism, meddling in Iraq and pursuing weapons of mass destruction — and take special care to confront him over Syria’s occupation of Lebanon.So says the CIA’sRead More





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