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Making a Film About Jesus Without Raising Hell

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — While filmmaker Mel Gibson faces charges of antisemitism surrounding his controversial upcoming film about Jesus, another movie producer is garnering praise for making a different movie about Jesus.Garth Drabinsky, a Toronto-based show-business impresario, is the producer behind “The Gospel of John,” a movie based on the highlyRead More


UJC May Shrink Jewish Agency Funding

By Nacha Cattan

On the eve of the annual gathering of North American Jewish charitable federations in Jerusalem, supporters of their main Israeli beneficiary, the Jewish Agency for Israel, are in an uproar over a proposal by fundraisers that could slash the agency’s funding.Federation representatives recommended this week that funding to their otherRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Conspiracy Theories: It is, it seems, an age-old tradition: The more antisemitic the world gets, the more Jews try to figure out why.Recent headlines have made for many a wrinkled brow: A German parliamentarian calls Jews “a race of perpetrators,” and he’s offered ideological support by a commander of an elite German special-forcesRead More


Tories Rallying Around New Contender

By Jonathan Freedland

LONDON — British politics just got a lot more interesting. After six years of uncanny good luck, facing only the most lackluster competition, Prime Minister Tony Blair suddenly has a serious opponent — and just at the moment when he has begun to feel vulnerable. Britain’s Conservative Party, in the doldrums since 1997, has anointed a newRead More


Newsdesk November 7, 2003

Israel Introduces U.N. ResolutionAfter facing hostile resolutions at the United Nations for a half-century, Israel this week introduced its own resolution in a General Assembly committee, voicing concern for Israeli children living under the threat of Palestinian terrorism.“Until now we were only playing defense; now we are playing offense,”Read More


Why We Israelis and Palestinians Took Peace Into Our Own Hands

By Yossi Beilin

When the Geneva Understandings were made public in Jordan three weeks ago, people asked me how I could dare to conduct a private negotiation with a Palestinian leader to reach a draft peace accord without the authorization of my government.Given the current state of affairs in my country and my region, how could I not?The optimistic moments ofRead More


Washington Lobbyist Rips ZOA Leader About Firing

By Eric Marx

The Zionist Organization of America, an organization known for its aggressive tactics and harsh criticisms of the White House, has dismissed its top Washington lobbyist, Sarah Stern.Stern told the Forward that she and ZOA president Morton Klein had repeatedly clashed over his intense criticism of the Bush administration. But, sheRead More


Cheney Taps Syria Hawk As Adviser On Mideast

By Marc Perelman

Despite mounting criticism of the administration’s Iraq policy, Vice President Dick Cheney appears to be ratcheting up his commitment to the circle of neoconservative intellectuals who helped spearhead President Bush’s war policy, adding one of its most controversial proponents to his national security staff in a little-noticed move lastRead More


Frustrated Sociologists Want Census Religion Question

By Nacha Cattan

Jewish researchers frustrated with the trouble-plagued National Jewish Population Survey 2000-01 are calling for a question on religion to be added to the decennial United States Census.Bucking the Jewish community’s historic opposition to government inquiries on religion, three leading scholars now say it may be the only way to count JewsRead More


Conservatives Ramp Up Abortion Fight

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

Washington — Emboldened by the passage of a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions last week, Republican conservatives in Congress now plan to push several other bills aimed at limiting abortions on a national level.Congressional staffers confirmed this week that Congress is planning to restart the legislative process in the nearRead More


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