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Lastman Out: Toronto’s Motormouth Mayor Stands Down

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is witnessing the end of a political era: Mayor Mel Lastman, a Jewish millionaire businessman who has spent the past 30 years as an unbeatable municipal official in the Toronto area, will be missing from the ballot in November.Lastman, 70, is ailing from hepatitis C treatments and will not seek a third term asRead More


Or Commission Calls for ‘Real Equality’

By Ori Nir

The Israeli judicial commission charged with investigating the death of 12 Israeli Arabs during riots in 2000 has released a final report slamming police and the government and calling for steps to establish “real equality” between Jewish and Arab citizens.Headed by Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, the three-memberRead More


As Charges Grow, Austria Seen Aiding Sharon Probe

JERUSALEM — Austria would welcome a new Israeli request for assistance in investigating a suspicious loan to the sons of Prime Minister Sharon, according to senior sources in the Austrian Justice Ministry. A Vienna court turned down Israel’s initial request in July.The sources said Austria would have approved the Israeli request to investigateRead More


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


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


Soccer Brings Israeli, Palestinian Kids Together

By Max Gross

A visitor to the Tokyo Nisgaoka Soccer Stadium this week is likely to hear a strange mix of languages. A Palestinian child may shout, “’Urkud!” (“Run!”) An Israeli child may call for his teammate to pass the kadur (ball), while a Japanese child may put down the ball to prepare for a ko-na-kikku (corner kick).The latest movement to try toRead More


Searching for Daniel Pearl’s Killer in the Devil’s Home

By Max Gross

Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French-Jewish philosopher and intellectual, was in Karachi for not more than an hour — riding in a taxi from the airport to his hotel — when his driver turned to him and said: “And your religion? What is your religion?”For a moment Lévy was baffled.Lévy was in Pakistan to write about the kidnapping and murderRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Ami Eden

In God He Trusts: Writing in the September issue of GQ, Guy Lawson takes a stab at retracing President Bush’s religious transformation from hard-drinking oil man to God-fearing president. Titled “George W.’s Personal Jesus” and accompanied by an illustration depicting Bush as the Christian messiah, the article is packed with worthwhileRead More


Newsdesk August 29, 2003

Two Iranians ArrestedThe investigation into the alleged role of Iran in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires was given a boost over the past week with the arrest in Europe of two Iranians, including the former ambassador to Argentina. The two arrests were the first relating to the so-called “international”Read More





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