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Ultra-Orthodox Officials Go To Bat for Anti-Gentile Book

By Steven I. Weiss

A leading ultra-Orthodox organization has launched a campaign to shift attention from a controversial book on Jewish superiority, choosing instead to attack the Forward’s reporting on it.Agudath Israel of America has refused to condemn the book by Rabbi Saadya Grama, published in Hebrew under the titleRead More


Wary of Right, Sharon Punts On His Plans

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Under opposition pressure to spell out his still-murky “unilateral” plans on the Palestinian front, Prime Minister Sharon appeared before the Knesset last Monday and did just the opposite. Gone were the phrases that had caused such a stir last month, such as “dismantling outposts” and “unilateral withdrawal.” Instead, heRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

JEFFERSON, Iowa — In a machine shed on a farm here, standing in front of a large American flag and a green and yellow tractor, Rep. Richard Gephardt was betting his political career on the idea that family farmers are being hurt by free trade.“Our farmers can compete with anyone in the world, if we get them on a level playing field,”Read More


Communal Security Lax, Terror Experts, Leaders Warn at a N.Y. Meeting

By Nathaniel Popper

In an unprecedented public discussion last week, Jewish organizational leaders and counter-terrorism experts declared that the American Jewish community has not prepared adequately to protect itself from terrorist attacks.Among those voicing concern at the January 8 briefing, which drew 65 participants from 35 organizations, were Malcolm Hoenlein,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By Eric Marx; With Reporting by E.J. Kessler.

Despite pressure from various sources, the Republican National Committee and allied organizations are declining to speak out against two conservatives, anti-tax activist Grover Norquist and New York Post columnist Ralph Peters, who compared opponents of the Bush administration to Nazis.The RNC led the charge last month against the liberal Web siteRead More


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


Panelists Claim New Republic Cut Their Anti-Saudi Remarks

By Eric Marx

Participants in a panel discussion sponsored by The New Republic and Saudi Arabia are claiming that their most hard-hitting criticisms of the kingdom were edited out of a transcript that appeared in the magazine.Billed as an opportunity to talk about Islam and its contemporary relationship with the West, the November 13 panelRead More


Newsdesk January 9, 2004

Israelis To Visit LibyaFollowing the announcement by President Muammar Gadhafi last month that Libya is willing to forgo its weapons of mass destruction, Israel has initiated diplomatic contacts with Tripoli.The head of the Foreign Ministry’s diplomatic team, Ron Prosor, met in Paris in late December with Libyan diplomats, in orderRead More


AJCongress Stands Alone on Pledge Issue

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Efforts to forge a compromise position on the debate over the Pledge of Allegiance have left the American Jewish Congress standing alone, at odds with its erstwhile allies in both the civil-rights community and religious groups.First the Jewish group broke with other civil-rights groups, including the Anti-DefamationRead More


Bush’s Odds in 2004 Depend on the Economy

By Gus Tyler

At this moment, one of the hottest political questions is: Who will be the Democratic candidate for president? Right now, Howard Dean appears to be the frontrunner. But he is not necessarily the only candidate who could fare well in a contest with President Bush. Almost any one of the serious present aspirants has a good chance to win comeRead More


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