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Israel Programs Rebound

By Miriam Colton

Rebecca Blank, a sophomore at Blind Brook Public High School in Westchester County, N.Y., has wanted to study abroad for several years. Highly active in her temple youth group and a longtime attendee of the Reform movement’s summer camps, her first choice was Israel. So last week, Blank boarded an El Al plane at Kennedy Airport to embarkRead More


Groups Win Support for Israel on Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With the International Court of Justice set to open hearings on Israel’s West Bank security fence, American Jewish organizations are claiming partial credit for the decision by Western governments to side with Jerusalem and promising a full-blown campaign in support of the barrier.“We perceive it as a new frontRead More


Egypt, Jordan Fear Deterioration of P.A.

By Marc Perelman

Moderate Arab countries are growing increasingly concerned that the Palestinian Authority may collapse, according to diplomats and observers. Countries such as Egypt and Jordan openly worry that the demise of the P.A., coupled with the perceived American disengagement in an election year and the Israeli government preparing to takeRead More


Syria Diplomat Seeking Friends Among Public

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — It has gone almost unnoticed in this media-saturated city that the man sent by Syrian President Bashar Assad to represent his country here at one of the lowest moments in bilateral relations is one of Syria’s most prominent reformists. Yet, in a little less than a year, Ambassador Imad Moustapha, 43, has reformed —Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Jews for Joe!: Confounding the fears of many, including the candidate, Jewish voters in the states that voted February 3 did support Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman in greater percentages than did non-Jews.In the end, however, that did not provide much help for Lieberman, who ended his centrist bid for the presidency Tuesday.According to exitRead More


Cost of Medicine Imperiling Lives Of Sick Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

For Melvin Tilles, the oft-recycled phrase “your money or your life” has had a more literal applicability than for most.After two heart attacks and as many bypasses, Tilles, a Holocaust survivor living in Los Angeles, had one hope to continue living: a heart transplant. But his doctors did not want to perform the surgery. They arguedRead More


Groups Seek To Monitor Faith-Based Initiatives

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a tacit admission of their inability to block President Bush’s faith-based initiative, the Anti-Defamation League and other civil-liberties groups are shifting their fight to the field, in a concerted effort to monitor social service programs run by religious organizations.The Forward has learned that ADL staffers in WashingtonRead More


Catholics Greet Gibson’s ‘Passion’ With a Cacophony, Not a Chorus

By Andrew Greeley

If I were Jewish, I’d be worried about Mel Gibson’s film on the Passion of Jesus. I’d remember the blatant antisemitism of the Oberammergau Passion play and wonder whether Catholics were not up to their old tricks again. Hopefully I’d also remember that, while some Romans and some Jews were involved in the death of Jesus, even theyRead More


Arab States Push To Reaffirm Proposal for Treaties and Ties

By Marc Perelman; With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

Desperate to kick-start the deadlocked Middle East peace process, Arab states are pushing to reaffirm their 2-year-old proposal to normalize relations with Israel in exchange for a negotiated peace, diplomats and observers said.Already, however, the issue of Palestinian refugees is emerging as a major sticking pointRead More


Christians Launch Effort To Counter Film’s Impact

By Nacha Cattan

With the controversial film “The Passion of the Christ” set to open next month, some Christian groups are launching campaigns to counter theological errors that may exist in Mel Gibson’s account of the death of Jesus, while several Roman Catholic scholars are calling on their church to outline publicly its doctrinal belief as aRead More


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