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On a Mission, From Hospital Hallways to Capitol Hill

By Nathaniel Popper

At 79 years old, and a little over 5 feet tall, Myra Rosenbloom does not look like someone fighting the health-care establishment. But since her husband died 11 years ago, she has been on a divine mission to do just that.Jack Rosenbloom passed away in the critical care unit of a hospital where no doctor was on duty. He had a relapse of the heartRead More


Newsdesk December 19, 2003

Minister Backs Down on PrizeEducation Minister Limor Livnat on Tuesday night retracted her decision to deny Daniel Barenboim the prestigious Wolf Prize after she heard the maestro tell Israel Radio that he apologizes to anyone who might have been offended by anything he had done.Livnat, who chairs the Wolf Foundation in her capacity as minister ofRead More


Re-election Makes President Bush Run

By Gus Tyler

Recent moves by the White House make it increasingly evident that what makes George W. Bush run is his run for re-election in 2004. Consider his ambivalent antics on steel tariffs. The president imposed tariffs on imported steel. Why did he do it? The universal answer is that he did it to woo the votes of workers in the steel industry inRead More


Rabbis Urged To Quit Alliance

By Miriam Colton

Several rabbis are being urged to drop out of an anti-gay marriage coalition because it includes a Muslim organization with alleged ties to terrorist groups.One rabbi, Marc Gellman, a Reform clergyman best known for co-hosting the interfaith television program “God Squad,” has already severed ties to the Alliance for Marriage, citingRead More


Jerusalem Buzzes With Talk of Unilateral Moves Ahead of Sharon Speech

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s political establishment, from left to right, is waiting nervously for the expected unveiling next week by Prime Minister Sharon of his long-awaited plan for ending Israel’s current standoff with the Palestinians.Sharon is said to be planning to outline a detailed plan in a speech next Thursday at the conclusionRead More


Yeshiva University Countersues School In Rabbi Dispute

By Nacha Cattan

Yeshiva University, defending itself against a lawsuit by an Israeli religious academy with which it severed ties, is countersuing the Israeli school, alleging that it “utterly refused to protect” Y.U.’s exchange students from a rabbi affiliated with the academy.The Israeli school, Derech Etz Chaim yeshiva in Jerusalem, accused theRead More


Movie About Jenin Rouses Legal Debate

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A film alleging Israeli atrocities in the Palestinian town of Jenin has sparked an emotional legal debate over the limits of free speech and government censorship.The Israeli Supreme Court has already issued two rulings — first permitting screenings of the 50-minute film “Jenin, Jenin,” then putting that decision on hold. TheRead More


Washington Anger At Israel Grows As Outposts Stay

WASHINGTON — Distrust and anger in the Bush administration is growing over the refusal of Prime Minister Sharon to dismantle illegal outposts in the West Bank.Administration officials recently told pro-Israel activists in Washington that Sharon’s failure to dismantle these mini-settlements — some of them uninhabited and all of them erectedRead More


Sharon’s Son Ordered To Turn Over Files

The Israeli Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the son of Prime Minister Sharon must surrender documents linked to a fundraising scandal that some observers have said could eventually bring down the Israeli leader.Justices Theodor Or, Eliyahu Mazza, Michael Cheshin, Dorit Beinisch and Edmond Levy ruled that Gilad Sharon must hand the documentsRead More


Trying To See the World Through the Eyes of Terrorists

By Nathaniel Popper

The American ambassador in Beirut urged Jessica Stern not to proceed with her mission, but that did not deter her. She made a phone call to her husband in Boston, telling him that if she did not call later that day, he should consider alerting the embassy about her disappearance. Then, she set off to interview AyatollahRead More


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