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UJC Names Vice President For Policy, Replacing Aviv

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The country’s leading Jewish charitable network has tapped someone to replace its departed powerhouse Washington director.The United Jewish Communities last week announced that it had hired Charles Konigsberg, a longtime congressional staffer, to replace Diana Aviv as the organization’s vice president forRead More


Winning War on Terror Requires Reconsideration of Saudi Alliance

By John Kerry

More than a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks, the Saudi interior minister, Prince Nayef, told an Arab media outlet that he thought “the Jews” were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.When a senior member of the Saudi ruling family — its top law enforcement officer responsible for trackingRead More


Former Bosnian Official Rails From Jail

By Marc Perelman

Ten years ago, when his native Bosnia was wracked by bloody ethnic warfare, Muhamed Sacirbey was able to fly from New York to Sarajevo and back without a moment’s fear. Today the war is over, yet Sacirbey, a former Bosnian foreign minister, is scared to go home.Once the Balkan nation’s most visible spokesman, Sacirbey has been in a NewRead More


Unbeloved Bush Aide Baker Reemerges in Mideast Thicket

By E.J. Kessler

A former secretary of state noted for his strained relations with Israel and American Jewry is back in the thick of Middle East affairs — just in time to throw a wrench into the 2004 election.Last week, President Bush tapped James Baker III, a Texas oil man, longtime family friend and political fixer who helped secure Bush’s hold on the 2000Read More


Rabbi May Meet With Lesbian Inmates

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Reform and Conservative movements appeared to win a small victory against Israel’s Orthodox religious establishment this week when a representative of the Israel Prison Service said a Conservative rabbi would be granted permission to meet with two lesbian inmates.While attorneys working on behalf of the Conservative rabbiRead 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


Israel Rules ‘Treason’ Label Rude But Legal

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Elli Wohlgelernter in Jerusalem and Ha’aretz.

Israel’s attorney general has declined to bring incitement charges against 250 rabbis who signed a religious ruling branding liberal opposition leaders as traitors for their role in the Geneva Understandings.The decision not to prosecute was hailed by Orthodox leaders in Israel and the United States, many of whom were vehemently opposed to theRead More


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