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Unionist Jack Sheinkman, 77

Jack Sheinkman, a former head of America’s largest clothing-workers’ union and a leading strategist of the post-Vietnam-era labor movement, died in New York last week of pneumonia. He was 77.Sheinkman was president of the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union from 1987 to 1995, after serving for three decadesRead More


Egon Mayer Reached Out to Interfaith Couples

By Rela Mintz Geffen

I write this reflection as a friend and professional colleague of Egon Mayer’s for the last quarter-century.He died last week at age 59, after battling gall bladder cancer.Egon, formerly director of Jewish studies at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and chair of Brooklyn College’s sociology department, wasRead More


Suicide Blast Kills Counselor, Ten Others

TEL AVIV — Riding together recently on a Jerusalem bus, Devora Goldberg, 19, asked her uncle whether being on buses in Israel frightened him.Outside of his home, where relatives and friends now gather to sit shiva for the 42-year-old Yechezkel “Chezi” Goldberg, one of 11 people killed in last Thursday’s bus bombing, she repeats his answer:Read More


Israel Makes Play for Swiss Bank Funds

By Nacha Cattan

The Israeli government and an international Holocaust restitution organization with which it is allied are raising eyebrows — and hackles — with a proposal that 48% of any funds left unclaimed from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement be assigned to Israeli charities and government ministries.The request comes in a proposal submitted by theRead More


Arrests in France Shed Light on ‘Chechen’ Network of Terrorists

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — French officials claim they foiled a campaign of chemical and biological terrorist attacks in Western Europe by militants trained in the Caucasus region.The arrest of several Arab Muslim activists in central France in late December has provided investigators with clues about the goals of a so-called “Chechen” terrorist network thatRead More


Palestinians Debate Recruitment of Suicide Bombers

By Ori Nir

Palestinians are waging an unusual debate over terrorist tactics following recent suicide attacks carried out by a mother of two and the bereaved brother of an Arab killed by Israeli troops.The brouhaha has centered largely on whether they should stop recruiting vulnerable candidates for suicide operations. Many Palestinians, includingRead More


Prisoner Swap With Hezbollah Sparks Heated Debate

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Amid preparations for the homecoming of four captives — three soldiers presumed dead and a kidnapped businessman — in a prisoner swap with Hezbollah, Israelis this week were fiercely debating the wisdom of the deal and speculating on its fallout.The deal dominated public discussion for days, pushing Prime Minister Sharon’sRead More


Manufacturing Declines, Millions Suffer

By Gus Tyler

American manufacturing has been on a steady decline for many years. It started just a few years after the end of World War II. The first sectors of the economy to start losing jobs were those that were labor-intensive: apparel, dolls, toys, shoes, millinery, novelties, electronic assembly and so forth. Then the job loss hit capital-intensiveRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Push Calls?: Howard Dean’s campaign is accusing John Kerry’s of stoking anti-Jewish sentiment in what the Dean campaign is describing as “dozens” of so-called “push calls” it claims that Dean supporters received in New Hampshire.The Kerry campaign hotly denied the charge and threw it back at the Dean campaign, accusing itRead More


Cost of Medicine Imperiling Lives Of Sick Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

For Melvin Tilles, the oft-recycled phrase “your money or your life” has had a more literal applicability than for most.After two heart attacks and as many bypasses, Tilles, a Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles, had one hope to continue living: a heart transplant. But his doctors did not want to perform the surgery. They arguedRead More


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