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Rap Star Takes Pro-Israel Stance

By Max Gross

Tuesday night was Hammer time on the Tovia Singer Show.The erstwhile rap star M.C. Hammer voiced his staunch support for Israel on Singer’s New York-based radio show, which airs on Israel’s Arutz 7 radio station. Hammer (nè Stanley Kirk Burrell) spoke about the Holy Land, black-Jewish relations and the loss of his fortune in theRead More


Sharing Painful Memories Reveals Many Unexpected Connections

By George Salton

I have just returned home after spending the weekend with several thousand fellow Holocaust survivors. We gathered in Washington, D.C., most of us brought together by the notion that this collective minyan may well be our last. We have reached our golden years — we who once lived as if each day, each hour, would surely be our last.We gathered toRead More


Dancers Kick Up Their Heels In Pursuit of a World Record

By Max Gross

LAKEWOOD, N.J. — It was supposed to be one for the record books.Thousands of people from all over New Jersey descended on Sunday’s Garden State Jewish Festival in First Energy Park—home of the minor-league Blueclaws baseball team—in an attempt to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by creating the largest hora ever recorded.IfRead More


Inmate Claims JDL Head Had a Change of Heart

By Howard Blume

In the days before his death, Jewish Defense League head Irv Rubin had second thoughts about his radical philosophy, according to one of his fellow prison inmates.In a letter obtained by the Forward, the inmate claims that through conversations with Muslim and Palestinian prisoners, Rubin had grown almost repentant for his Israel-for-Jews-onlyRead More


Making a Film About Jesus Without Raising Hell

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — While filmmaker Mel Gibson faces charges of antisemitism surrounding his controversial upcoming film about Jesus, another movie producer is garnering praise for making a different movie about Jesus.Garth Drabinsky, a Toronto-based show-business impresario, is the producer behind “The Gospel of John,” a movie based on the highlyRead More


UJC May Shrink Jewish Agency Funding

By Nacha Cattan

On the eve of the annual gathering of North American Jewish charitable federations in Jerusalem, supporters of their main Israeli beneficiary, the Jewish Agency for Israel, are in an uproar over a proposal by fundraisers that could slash the agency’s funding.Federation representatives recommended this week that funding to their otherRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Conspiracy Theories: It is, it seems, an age-old tradition: The more antisemitic the world gets, the more Jews try to figure out why.Recent headlines have made for many a wrinkled brow: A German parliamentarian calls Jews “a race of perpetrators,” and he’s offered ideological support by a commander of an elite German special-forcesRead More


Tories Rallying Around New Contender

By Jonathan Freedland

LONDON — British politics just got a lot more interesting. After six years of uncanny good luck, facing only the most lackluster competition, Prime Minister Tony Blair suddenly has a serious opponent — and just at the moment when he has begun to feel vulnerable. Britain’s Conservative Party, in the doldrums since 1997, has anointed a newRead More


Kremlin Targets Jewish Tycoons In War on Critics

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Oil titan Mikhail Khodorkovsky is not the first Jew who has risen to become Russia’s richest citizen. Before him Roman Abramovich and Boris Berezovsky had their stints, while Vladimir Gusinsky got close.In Russia, however, life at the top is not all that it’s cracked up to be.Berezovsky and Gusinsky are now in exile,Read More


Think Tank Head Defends Invitation to Fatah Activists

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Facing criticism for hosting prominent Fatah activists at the Washington think tank he heads, former special Middle East envoy Dennis Ross defended inviting them in a letter to the institute’s board of trustees in which he wrote that government decision-makers should be exposed to authentic Palestinian leaders.Ross, directorRead More


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