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Sharon Faces Ire As He Eyes Hamas Prisoner Release

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon braced for fierce Cabinet opposition this week in the wake of his decision to release Palestinian security prisoners belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the Forward that following next week’s planned meeting betweenRead More


Green Dreams and Red Tape: A Tale of Innovation, Squelched

By Michael Tomasky

Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the Corporate Squeeze By Lis Harris Houghton Mifflin, 241 pages, $25. * * *The City of New York publishes a little booklet called the Green Book, which is a directory of every government agency in the city and all their leading officials. A copy sits on any serious urban reporter’sRead More


Palestinians Head to D.C. To Fight West Bank Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A team of young Palestinian policy advisers is coming to Washington this week in an effort to sway political opinions about the security fence that Israel is building in the West Bank. The group’s presentation on the subject has already influenced at least one member of the Bush administration: NationalRead More


Knesset Vote Scandal Puts Democracy in the Dock

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The fraud squad of Israel’s national police is expected to complete its investigation into the Knesset double-voting scandal this week and will make its recommendations to Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on whether to pursue a full prosecution.The scandal involves Knesset members, most of them from Likud, who are suspected ofRead More


The Tortilla Steps Up to the Plate, Filling the Hole Left by the Bagel

By Lisa Keys

MILLBURN, N.J. — Surveying his colorful, recently opened restaurant, David Fishman points to the smoky, saucy and decidedly untough meat being devoured by a reporter. “That’s not your bubbe’s brisket,” he said, raising an eyebrow and smiling.Indeed. While the word “brisket” conjures images of Passover Seders and home-cookedRead More


9/11 Report Ups Heat On Saudis, Washington

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already embattled over its use of doubtful intelligence in building its case for the war against Iraq, is gearing up for renewed scrutiny over reports that it has hampered investigations of the September 11 attacks.A congressional report on the attacks is set to be released in the middle of next week,Read More


California Budget Woes Threaten Elderly

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s ongoing budget crisis has Jewish federations and their social service agencies bracing for deep cuts that may leave some of their most vulnerable clients in dire straits.Topping administrators’ fears are proposed cuts in their already deficient reimbursements from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid healthcareRead More


Specter Squeezed From Left, Right On Support for Bush’s Bench Picks

By E.J. Kessler

Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter is getting the political squeeze from both the left and right over his support of President Bush’s anti-abortion judicial nominees. The jam has Democrats predicting that Specter will lose the Jewish vote and fail in his bid for a fifth term.The nation’s senior Jewish lawmaker and a senior member of the SenateRead More


Hollywood Celebrities Slow To Mobilize in Support of Israel

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — Judging from his work on several gruesome Quentin Tarantino films, Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender seems like an obvious candidate to brave the intifada and visit Israel. But Bender’s trip there last month marked the first time that the “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” producer had ever been to theRead More


Filmmaker Finds Inspiration in a Bar’s Motley Crew

By Lisa Keys

Slumping in his chair, debut film director Eitan Gorlin oozes California cool. His hair, almost blond, flops into a bowl cut; his corduroys, white but slightly dirty, are rolled above his ankles, and his lone accessory, an unadorned silver ring, sits oh-so-defiantly on his thumb.If Gorlin comes across as cool, however, his new film is almost tooRead More





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