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U.S. Relations Are Top Priority for Syria

By Zvi Bar’el

JERUSALEM — During his recent interview with The New York Times, Syrian President Bashar Assad raised the possibility of normalization between his country and Israel. But he was really sending a message about the sour state of relations between Washington and Damascus.When asked to explain what he meant by “normalization”Read More


Envoy Says Antisemitism Threatens France

By Marc Perelman

In a dramatic admission, the French government’s newly-appointed liaison to the worldwide Jewish community is saying that Paris underestimated the scope of domestic antisemitism and finally has decided to respond appropriately.While Jewish community leaders have expressed alarm about the growing antisemitism repeatedly during theRead More


Imperfect Justice, or None at All: ‘Legal Peace’ on Holocaust Claims

By Stuart Eizenstat

If there was ever an example of why I titled the book about my Holocaust restitution negotiations in the Clinton administration “Imperfect Justice,” it is the case of Simon Rozenkier. Every fiber of our beings screams out for justice for Rozenkier, a slave laborer and survivor of the infamous death march to Buchenwald who was sterilized by Dr.Read More


Anti-Sharon Political Cartoon Denounced

By Max Gross

A certain British society thinks antisemitism is comic — or at least cartoonish.A collection of 300 political cartoonists from newspapers throughout Great Britain are being accused of antisemitism for awarding a controversial cartoon of the Israeli prime minister first prize in their annual competition.The cartoon in question portrays a ravenousRead More


Israelis Push for Bigger Cut of Shoah Funds

By Elli Wohlgelernter; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government is demanding a dramatically increased role in running the agency that administers Holocaust-era reparations and restitution payments, in what government leaders frankly acknowledged was an effort to direct a larger share of restitution funds toward Israel.In a blunt and sometimes confrontational meetingRead More


Statistics Show Tourism to Israel Continuing To Climb

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tourism to Israel continues to show a steady increase, with as many tourists coming to Israel in the first 10 months of 2003 as came in all of 2002.Figures released last week by the Central Bureau of Statistics and the Tourism Ministry show that a total of 852,400 tourists visited Israel from January to October this year, up 20% fromRead More


Israel Riled As Geneva ‘Pact’ Gains Supporters

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As tensions grew between Israel and America this week over the Bush administration’s support for the Geneva Understandings, backers of the informal peace plan appear to be winning over some American Jewish groups, threatening to split a key pillar of Jerusalem’s support base in the United States.In one dramatic sign of a loomingRead More


Philanthropist Aiming To Reach Out to Cultural Jews

If Felix Posen had his way, American Jewish schools would teach the Bible less as a holy book than as a classic work of literature.“You teach Judaism as a culture. You start with the Bible, the first piece of literature we Jews created,” the London philanthropist said. “God is not dead; he is a literary hero like AnnaRead More


Middle-Class Job Woes Persist Despite Bright Economic News

By Nathaniel Popper

Unemployed Jews were spilling out of the lecture hall at the Orthodox Union’s national office in downtown New York Tuesday morning. A total of 110 job seekers had signed up for the free employment workshop offered by the O.U., and another 45 had to be turned away for lack of space.The workshop took placeRead More


Career Adviser Pushes New Paradigm for Job Seekers

By Nathaniel Popper

As participants at the Orthodox Union workshop were filing out of the room, about 15 people flocked to the mysterious bald man in the back of the room. He proceeded to tell them all that he felt was wrong with what they had just heard.His name is Shlomo Gewirtz and he might be called a prophet of sorts, out to expose the fallacies of theRead More


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