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Why We Israelis and Palestinians Took Peace Into Our Own Hands

By Yossi Beilin

When the Geneva Understandings were made public in Jordan three weeks ago, people asked me how I could dare to conduct a private negotiation with a Palestinian leader to reach a draft peace accord without the authorization of my government.Given the current state of affairs in my country and my region, how could I not?The optimistic moments ofRead More


Washington Lobbyist Rips ZOA Leader About Firing

By Eric Marx

The Zionist Organization of America, an organization known for its aggressive tactics and harsh criticisms of the White House, has dismissed its top Washington lobbyist, Sarah Stern.Stern told the Forward that she and ZOA president Morton Klein had repeatedly clashed over his intense criticism of the Bush administration. But, sheRead More


Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast

By Marc Perelman

Despite mounting criticism of the administration’s Iraq policy, Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President Bush’s war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his national security staff in a little-noticed move lastRead More


Frustrated Sociologists Want Census Religion Question

By Nacha Cattan

Jewish researchers frustrated with the trouble-plagued National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 are calling for a question on religion to be added to the decennial United States Census.Bucking the Jewish community’s historic opposition to government inquiries on religion, three leading scholars now say it may be the only way to count JewsRead More


Conservatives Ramp Up Abortion Fight

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ami Eden in New York.

Washington — Emboldened by the passage of a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions last week, Republican conservatives in Congress now plan to push several other bills aimed at limiting abortions on a national level.Congressional staffers confirmed this week that Congress is planning to restart the legislative process in the nearRead More


Russian Immigrants Struggle in Small German Towns

By Nathaniel Popper

HAMELN, Germany — Sounds of hammering and sawing came from the back of the six-year-old Jewish community center in this Lower Saxony town. Three older men, all volunteers, were at work on a stage for the new prayer room.Surrounded by sawdust and pine planks, the men took a break to debate, in Russian, the proper way to affix a mezuza to the doorRead More


Israeli Army Splits With Pols On How to Govern Territories

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — With fears growing that Israeli-Palestinian relations are reaching a dangerous stalemate, a power struggle has erupted within the Israeli security establishment over the conduct of Israel’s war against terrorism.Israel’s military brass is pressing for an easing of some recent restrictionsRead More


Sharansky Article On Campus Tour Irks Hillel Leader

By Eric Marx

In a rare rebuke, a top American Jewish organizational official is criticizing the Israeli minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, for penning a scathing critique of American Jewish campus activism.Avraham Infeld, interim president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said thatRead More


‘Coleman Republicans’ Wave Moderate GOP Flag

By E.J. Kessler

Call them the “Norm Coleman Republicans.”A surprising number of Jews running for office in 2003 appear to be modeling themselves after the newly minted Minnesota senator and former mayor of St. Paul — moderate, Jewish Republicans running on urban-friendly platforms.In mayoral, city council and state senate races in New York, New Jersey andRead More


Scientist’s ‘Theory of Everything’ Could Realize Einstein’s Dream

By Ariel Zilber

Many observers have anointed scientist Brian Greene the intellectual heir to the late Carl Sagan, the famed author, astronomer and television host credited with popularizing science to a mass audience through his 1980 public television series, Cosmos.“It’s very flattering,” Greene said of the comparison. “Carl Sagan was a hero ofRead More





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