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Bush Keeping Slots Open for Resettlement of Refugees

By Nathaniel Popper

The Bush administration announced last week that it will leave the door open for the resettlement of as many as 70,000 refugees in the United States over the next year, allaying fears of refugee advocates that the resettlement program was on the brink of demise after years of declining admissions.Since the September 11 terrorist attacks, theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Unreliable Survey?: A Jewish Democratic group is challenging a recently reported finding that 35% of Jewish voters cast their ballots for Republicans in last November’s midterm election.The statistic comes from exit polls conducted by the Voter News Service in 2002; the release of those polls’ findings was delayed for nearly a year becauseRead More


Swiss Bank Scandal Gets Hearing in Israeli Court

By Marc Perelman

Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to hold a hearing November 6 on a complaint filed against several of Israel’s top financial authorities that accuses them of failing to investigate a multimillion-dollar scam by the Swiss subsidiary of Bank Leumi, Israel’s second-largest bank.Two foundations representing Israeli and FrenchRead More


Peace Now Project Keeps an Eye on Settlements

By Elli Wohlgelernter

MIGRON, West Bank — As head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes is charged with taking note of everything that happens in the territories: the expansion of every existing settlement, the paving of every new road and, especially, the placement of every new shipping container or trailer on a new piece of land, signaling theRead More


Scholars: Article on Hitler House Shows Press Failure on Holocaust

By Rachel Zuckerman

More than 60 scholars signed a petition this week calling on a British magazine to release a 1938 article that cheerfully described Adolf Hitler’s summer house. The scholars say the article is an important example of the press’s failure to cover the Holocaust accurately .The article, “At Home With Hitler,” which was publishedRead More


West Bank Residents Slam Geneva Peace Plan

By Elli Wohlgelernter

EFRAT, West Bank — Meat cleaver in hand, Simcha Levy stands behind his counter in the Ish Efrat supermarket, preparing fresh chicken schnitzels for sale.He takes a piece and lays it on the counter, carefully trimming off the outer fat before cutting it in two and laying the two pieces side by side.Placing a thin piece of plastic across aRead More


Historic Boise Synagogue Preparing for Its Dramatic Relocation

By Eric Marx

This year during the High Holy Days, in addition to praying for the health of their families and the welfare of the State of Israel, the members of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, Idaho, prayed for the physical well-being of their synagogue. And with good reason: It is being uprooted, literally. The synagogue — the oldest continuouslyRead More


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





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