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Rescuing the Remnants of Iraq’s Jewish Community

By Nathaniel Popper

At 3 a.m. on a hot June morning, Rachel Zelon set off from Amman, Jordan, on a 14-hour drive to Baghdad. Refugees, reporters and commercial trucks were lined up at the border, waiting to enter Iraq — after months in which all traffic had streamed in the opposite direction. Once inside the border, the convoy that Zelon had joined for protectionRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls; With Max Gross

Strait Talk I: The Muslim world is fighting back against the West, one Mecca Cola at time. The French-produced, ethnically conscious soft drink was the beverage of choice at last week’s Organization of the Islamic Conference, the gathering of world Muslim leaders at which Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad charged Jews with ruling theRead More


Newsdesk October 24, 2003

Senator Backs SephardimThe chairman of the powerful Senate Republican Conference, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, is spearheading congressional efforts to seek redress for Jews displaced from Arab countries.The senator has joined other high-profile political figures signing up to back Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, a coalition ofRead More


Former Congresswoman Becomes Darling of the Left

By Josh Richman

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A year ago Cynthia McKinney’s political stock hit rock bottom. The five-term Democratic congresswoman from Georgia suffered an embarrassing primary loss — never having recovered from her suggestion that the Bush administration had ignored warnings about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.But sinceRead More


Legislators Split Over Funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

Jewish Democrats in Congress were deeply divided by President Bush’s call for $87 billion in emergency funding for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.Emergency supplementary appropriation bills for Iraq and Afghanistan passed the House of Representatives October 17 by a vote of 303-125 and the Senate the same day by aRead More


Bosnian Leader Championed Religious Pluralism

By Stephen Schwartz, Forward Correspondent

Alija Izetbegovic, the courtly, avuncular former leader of the Muslim-led Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, died October 19 in Sarajevo, at age 78. His health had been deteriorating in recent weeks, a result of heart disease, and his end was hastened by a bad fall, in which he broke several ribs.Izetbegovic became a global figure following theRead More


Ford Foundation Aided Groups Behind Biased Durban Parley

By Edwin Black

In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that many participants hoped would address racial injustices plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States.Instead, anti-Israel agitation, anti-Zionist propaganda and blatantRead More


Gaza Bombing Unlikely To Affect Process

By Aluf Benn

JERUSALEM — The deadly attack on an American diplomatic convoy in Gaza this week is not likely to have any major impact on American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has been at a low ebb anyway since the resignation of former Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas in early September.The attack, whichRead More


What Did Adam Know And When Did He Know It?

By Lore Segal

We breathe Genesis with the air, as if we need never to have read a Bible to list the creation of light and dark, land, sea and heaven, animals and vegetables, time, work and holiday, and the beautiful idea that these things are Good with the inevitable corollary that other things are Bad, followed, hard on the heels, by the questionRead More


Secular-Religious Clash Threatens Coalition

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A sweeping plan to restructure Israel’s religious infrastructure took a big step forward last week, delighting liberals but presenting Prime Minister Sharon with his first major coalition crisis.The Cabinet voted 18 to 3 to dissolve the Religious Affairs Ministry, a major stronghold of rabbinic and Orthodox political patronage, andRead More





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