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Groups Backing Rally for Choice

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A massive abortion rights rally planned for April in Washington, D.C. is garnering support from several leading national Jewish groups.The April 25 march is planned as a major show of strength for abortion rights supporters at a time when anti-abortion forces are on the offensive, with President Bush lastRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Damage Update: More headaches for former Vermont governor Howard Dean: An outspoken Orthodox assemblyman says he is going to make an issue in the New York primary out of Dean’s September gaffe on Israel.Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat who represents Borough Park in Brooklyn, is vowing to give Dean grief for his remarkRead More


Senator Urges Orthodox Leaders To Wage War on Secularism

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Nacha Cattan.

The senate’s third-ranking Republican urged Orthodox leaders to fight the powers of “radical secularism” as if “the lives of your children are at stake.”Senator Rick Santorum, leader of the Senate Republican conference, issued his call Monday in Manhattan during the Monday keynote address at a gathering of Orthodox Union leaders,Read More


Rewriting the Script on Reagan: Why the President Ignored AIDS

By Michael Bronski

For the last two months I’ve been teaching a course titled “Plagues and Politics: The Impact of AIDS on U.S. Culture” at Dartmouth College, and have spent an enormous amount of time thinking about the AIDS pandemic. So when the political flap over the historical accuracy of “The Reagans” — the CBS miniseriesRead More


U.S. To Support Rare Israeli Resolution

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The administration has indicated that it would vote in favor of the first resolution introduced by Israel to the United Nations General Assembly in 27 years.The resolution, which is on the protection of children, was to be formally introduced in the third committee of the General Assembly on Wednesday in response to anRead More


Groups Rebuke Powell, Annan for Endorsement Of Geneva Peace Plan; Leader of Reform Steps Out Against Bush and Sharon

By Ori Nir, Ami Eden; With Reporting by Nacha Cattan in New York.

WASHINGTON — With American and international support building for an alternative Middle East peace plan opposed by Prime Minister Sharon, several Jewish groups stepped up their attacks on the initiative and its supporters.Both the Anti-Defamation League and the Zionist Organization of America publicly rebuked Secretary of State Colin Powell thisRead More


Washington Seeking To Reduce Number of Anti-Israel Votes at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — The United States is embarking on the most comprehensive campaign in years to reduce the number of anti-Israel resolutions routinely passed by the United Nations General Assembly.Top State Department officials, including Secretary of State Colin Powell, have lobbied capitals, ministers and diplomats in recent months toRead More


ADL Interfaith Official Quits, Stance on Film Questioned

By Nacha Cattan

A leading critic of Mel Gibson’s controversial film about the death of Jesus has resigned from his post at the Anti-Defamation League.Eugene Korn, the ADL’s director of interfaith affairs, told the Forward that his resignation last week represented a “mutual decision” resulting from his need for “a more reflective and contemplativeRead More


Baby Food Scare Breeds Fear, Suspicion Among Israelis

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israelis often suppose that their long history of warfare, capped by three years of bloody intifada, have all but immunized them against life’s more mundane fears and anxieties. But nothing could have prepared them for the sheer terror raised this week by the specter of tainted baby food.That terror swept the Jewish stateRead More


On National Mall, a Gathering of Guardians of Shoah Memory

By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

“Remember, fellow survivors, when we emerged from the ghettos and the forests and the death camps, hopelessly determined to invoke hope and tell the tales, few were willing to listen. Survivors were understood by survivors alone. They spoke in code. Those who were not there will never know what it meant being there. All outsiders could do was toRead More


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