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Newsdesk December 26, 2003

WJC Meets With EnvoyThe World Jewish Congress has met at the State Department with America’s newly confirmed special envoy for Holocaust issues to request that funds from Holocaust restitution agreements be used to fight antisemitism.In the meeting with the envoy, Ambassador Ed O’Donnell, the WJC’s governing board’s chairman,Read More


As Needs Rise, Few Receive Emergency Food Assistance

By Nathaniel Popper

Holocaust survivor Yankel Teytelman left behind the hardships of Ukraine only to find poverty in Brooklyn.When 73-year-old Teytelman and his wife, Vera, immigrated to America in late 2000 they quickly found themselves burdened with $650 in monthly rent, and only $500 in federal aid to cover all their expenses. The Teytelmans would seem to haveRead More


Army: Hamas Halting Strikes Inside ’67 Lines

TEL AVIV — The Israeli army’s military intelligence division believes that Hamas has deliberately refrained over the last 100 days from carrying out terror strikes against Israeli civilians inside the Green Line, Israel’s pre-1967 border. The last Hamas attack within the Green Line, according to military intelligence, took place atRead More


U.S. Officials Supporting Sharon Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite an initial White House rebuke and continuing State Department objections, Bush administration officials are now voicing support for a major policy address delivered last week by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.The Israeli leader appeared to throw U.S. officials a curve December 18 in a speech at the Herzliya securityRead More


Charedi Rabbis Rush To Disavow Anti-Gentile Book

By Allan Nadler

Leaders of the country’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox yeshiva are scrambling to distance themselves from a book by one of their disciples, which argues that gentiles are “completely evil” and Jews constitute a separate, genetically superior species.Written by Rabbi Saadya Grama — an alumnus of Beth Medrash Govoha, the renowned yeshivaRead More


In Rare Speech, Shin Bet Chief Cites Iran, Jewish Terror as Threats

HERZLIYA, Israel — In a rare public appearance, the director of the Shin Bet security service this week called Iran the “No. 1 terror state in the world,” urged the government to build the West Bank fence as quickly as possible and admitted the security services, “including the Shin Bet,” had not provided the Israeli public with “theRead More


Worshippers Indicted After Entering Palestinian Areas

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a move intended to deter Israelis from entering Palestinian-controlled areas, Israeli state prosecutors have filed charges against a group of Bratslav chasidim who illegally went to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last week — and were attacked by Palestinian gunmen as they left the site.Eight of the 16 Jews who enteredRead More


Envoy Under Fire for Discussing Terror Suspect’s Trial

By Sheldon Gordon

OTTAWA — The Israeli ambassador to Canada came under fire last week after publicly disclosing that a Hamas official had allegedly tried to recruit a Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin to assist in terrorist attacks in North America.The Canadian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli Ambassador Chaim Divon to protest comments heRead More


Sen. Santorum Blasts France On Religious Symbol Ban

By Marc Perelman

A leading Republican senator is blasting the French government for its efforts to impose a ban on the wearing of religious symbols or garments in public schools.Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, told the Forward that the French decision was “very dangerous.”“This is further evidence of the postmodernRead More


Saddam Nab Turns U.S. Focus Back To Mideast

By Ori Nir; With Reporting by Ha’aretz and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

WASHINGTON — The capture of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein will lead to an intensification of White House efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, diplomatic sources say.Hussein’s capture, administration officials told Israeli and Arab diplomats this week, is likely to create a changed atmosphere in the Middle EastRead More


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