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Newsdesk September 5, 2003

Crash Victims Plan SuitRelatives of passengers on the Libyan jetliner shot down by Israeli fighters in 1973 say they intend to demand financial compensation from Israel equivalent to the sums Libya has agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie disaster, according to an Egyptian report quoted in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.TheRead More


Lawmakers See Israel in Record Numbers

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When members of Congress returned to their offices this week and were asked what they did on their summer vacation, a record number had a shared answer: I went to Israel.House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, made headlines for a strongly pro-Israel speech he gave to the Knesset at the end of July. ARead More


Settlement Expands As Road Map Ends

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

KEDUMIM — A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists said was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is dead.“They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony,” said Mossi Raz, a former Meretz KnessetRead More


Suspected Jewish Terrorists’ Detention Extended

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem Magistrates Court this week extended detention orders for three men, including two settlers and a soldier, suspected of involvement in a Jewish terrorist network that authorities believe carried out a series of attacks against Arab targets in recent years.At least seven Palestinians have been killed and 19 woundedRead More


Renewing a Historic Partnership

By Alcee L. Hastings

Last week, America marked the 40th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, an event that should not only be remembered for the accomplishments of the time, but also as a milestone in the great civil rights alliance between blacks and Jews.For years, the black and Jewish communities in the United States have worked together to combatRead More


International Agency Eyes Israeli Nukes

By Marc Perelman

Even as the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs cast a pall over world security, an upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency will discuss the “threat” of Israel’s nuclear capability.The IAEA’s board of governors is expected to meet September 8 to debate a much-awaited report on Tehran’s nuclear forays, but theRead More


White House Plans Renewed Mideast Peace Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as the White House pledges to salvage the Middle East peace process, administration officials are rejecting more aggressive steps being advocated by some lawmakers and former American diplomats, including the use of American troops.The effort to step up American peace-making efforts follows what critics pannedRead More


Debates on Gays Link Anglicans, Conservative Jews

By Ami Eden

Debates over homosexuality have produced national headlines throughout the summer, with much of the attention focused on the Episcopal Church and its groundbreaking decision to appoint an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson.Yet an equally impassioned debate is raging within Conservative Jewish circles, as its top law-making body, the CommitteeRead More


Southern Teachers Hit the Road To Educate Rural Communities

By Lisa Keys

GREENVILLE, Miss.—When Lauren Antler accepted a position with Teach for America, she knew that her two-year assignment would find her teaching in a public school classroom five days a week, likely in a rural location far from her home in New York City.But when Antler, 23, landed in the Mississippi Delta community of Greenville last year, sheRead More


Marley Sings New Song for Peace

By Rachel Zuckerman

With the Middle East peace process again in tatters, one boldface name is offering a dose of reggae for the battered sides.Singer Ziggy Marley, son of late reggae superstar Bob Marley, has penned “Shalom Salaam,” which, as he told the Forward in an interview, calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.“I understand the points ofRead More





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