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Eisner, ‘The Survivor’

Jack Eisner, a Holocaust survivor who made tens of millions of dollars and then told the world about his wartime experiences, died August 24 at 77. Eisner, who made his money in the import-export business, helped found several Holocaust remembrance organizations and wrote an autobiography, “The Survivor,” which was made into a play and aRead More


As Road Map Collapses, U.S. Focuses on Saving Abu Mazen

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s Middle East diplomacy, shattered by the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and sideswiped by the president’s own troubles, has been reduced in recent days to jawboning a peace agreement between the feuding leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, who is alsoRead More


Solender, UJA Leader

Sanford Solender, former executive vice president of the UJA-Federation of New York, died Saturday at age 89. Solender, the father of Stephen Solender, the former president of the United Jewish Communities federation umbrella group, headed the New York federation from 1970 to 1981. From 1948 to 1970 he was an executive with the National JewishRead More


Peace Front Faces Schism Over ‘Right Of Return’

By Eric Marx

Arab groups are threatening to quit the country’s largest anti-war coalition unless it does more to support the Palestinian cause, but Jewish members say that such a move would lead them to break ranks.Several Arab and Muslim groups announced last week that they would drop out of United for Peace and Justice, a leading American-based coalitionRead More


Top Middle East Scholar Protests Pipes Appointment

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A top Middle East scholar is suspending his ties with the United States Institute of Peace to protest the recent appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the federally funded think tank, sparking fears of a wider boycott.Former presidential adviser William Quandt told the Forward that he is suspending work on several projectsRead More


Study: 22% Of Israeli Households Go Hungry

By Nacha Cattan

A feud between Israel’s prime minister and Diaspora Jewish charities over the use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool blew up in the prime minister’s face last week, following publication of an American-backed study showing that hunger not only exists but is widespread in Israel.The study, which was leakedRead More


Pollard Gets Another Day in Court, But No Ruling Is Announced

WASHINGTON — It did not result in any decision, but just getting another day in court was a victory of sorts for Jonathan Pollard.Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel, Pollard had tried to get a new hearing for years, arguing that his former counsel was inept and that the government broke a plea-bargain agreement whenRead More


Restitution Leader Disbarred by Court After Investigation Of Job Misconduct

By Nacha Cattan

The former top American professional of an international Holocaust restitution commission has been disbarred.The move comes one year after the official, Neal Sher, former chief of staff in the Washington office of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, was investigated by the commission for allegedly misappropriating fundsRead More


New French Ambassador’s Remarks Strike Sour Note

PARIS — France’s new ambassador has yet to arrive in Tel Aviv, but already he has succeeded in antagonizing Israel’s political establishment and France’s Jewish community.Gerard Araud was sharing his views on his new posting with Foreign Ministry colleagues last week over crudités and cocktails when he failed to noticeRead More


A Litvak-less Birthday Bash

Happy 750th birthday, Vilnius, many happy returns of the day, and thanks for letting everyone share it all with you. Thanks for that memorable summer fest, that near-infinite parade glutting your newly refurbished main drag, Gedimino Prospekt (with a nice McDonald’s, complete with walk-through window); thanks for those three-plus hoursRead More





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