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Beilin’s ‘Unofficial’ Peace Plan Raises Hopes, Ire

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — An unofficial but comprehensive peace agreement, hammered out by groups of informal Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, is fueling Israel’s fiercest political debate in years and could ultimately redraw the political map here.Supporters of the so-called Geneva Understandings, which were initialed at a ceremony in Jordan this week,Read More


Envoy: France Will Back U.S.-led Iraqi Council

By Marc Perelman

France is committed to a successful transition in Iraq and is on the same page as the Bush administration on key issues such as the war on terrorism and the need to fight the proliferation of nuclear weapons, France’s top diplomat in the United States told the Forward.“The bitter page of the French-American relationship is turned, and weRead More


Documentary on Sumo Wrestlers Hits the (Really) Big Screen

By Max Gross

Manny Yarbrough is big in Japan. In fact, he is big everywhere. At 6 feet 8 inches tall and 740 pounds, the 39-year-old African-American sumo wrestler is not easily mistaken for someone else walking through the streets of Tokyo, where he is a celebrity.Yarbrough is one of a handful of American sumo wrestlers that Ferne Pearlstein examines in herRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Dean Damage Control: Former Vermont governor Howard Dean has hired the former Washington bureau chief of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency to do outreach for him in the Jewish community.Matthew Dorf, a partner in Rabinowitz Media, a Washington public relations firm, has been hired as a senior adviser to the campaign. Before joining Rabinowitz asRead More


Gephardt Backs ‘Fence’ Regardless of Path

By E.J. Kessler

Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri is offering a decidedly different position from President Bush on Israel’s controversial West Bank security barrier.Gephardt told the Forward that he has strongly supported the fence — regardless of exactly where it runs — ever since it was first proposed by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He said heRead More


Arrest Triggers a Crisis Among American Muslims

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Recent allegations by federal prosecutors that a prominent American Muslim leader attempted to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars to terrorist organizations have triggered a deep crisis in the organized Muslim community.The arrest of Abdurahman Alamoudi, president of the American Muslim Foundation and founder of the AmericanRead More


Poverty Figures Lift Veil, a Bit, On Ills of Needy

By Nathaniel Popper

The National Jewish Population Survey, the trouble-plagued study released last month by United Jewish Communities, is winning half a cheer from social service experts and anti-poverty advocates for its disclosure of a 5% estimated poverty rate among American Jews.The statistic appears to represent the first effort in at least a quarter-centuryRead More


Israel Appeals to U.S. To Block U.N. Resolution on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is making an urgent appeal to the Bush administration to block two Arab-initiated resolutions in the United Nations Security Council calling on Israel to stop building its West Bank security fence and authorizing the U.N. to press for the implementation of the “road map” peace plan.Israel’s ambassador to the U.N.,Read More


Chill in U.S.-Syria Ties Helps Clear Way for Israeli Raid on Terror Camp

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Marc Perelman.

WASHINGTON — Syria has in recent weeks stopped supplying Washington with valuable intelligence, which in the past was helping the United States in fighting Al Qaeda and terrorism in Iraq, congressional, diplomatic and intelligence sources told the Forward.The Syrian reversal appears to have played a major role in the BushRead More


Report Urges Using Funds To Help Indigent Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

The “special master” appointed by a federal judge to oversee distribution of the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement is recommending that all funds not claimed by owners of Holocaust-era Swiss bank accounts should eventually go to assist indigent Holocaust survivors.The October 2 recommendation by the special master, former New York deputyRead More





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