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Dems Mock GOP On Barbour Gaffe In Southern Race

By E.J. Kessler

A Republican gubernatorial candidate’s visit to the fundraiser of an allegedly racist group, and his subsequent defense of the appearance, has Democrats mocking White House efforts to woo Jewish voters.Haley Barbour, a Washington lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee who is running for governor of Mississippi,Read More


Activist Pushes for Senate Action

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A leading activist from Israel’s Peace Now movement last week urged the Senate to help stop Jewish settlement activity in the territories and prevent Israel’s security fence from cutting through the West Bank.The director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes, told the Senate Subcommittee for Near Eastern andRead More


Swiss Bank Scandal Gets Hearing in Israeli Court

By Marc Perelman

Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to hold a hearing November 6 on a complaint filed against several of Israel’s top financial authorities that accuses them of failing to investigate a multimillion-dollar scam by the Swiss subsidiary of Bank Leumi, Israel’s second-largest bank.Two foundations representing Israeli and FrenchRead More


Peace Now Project Keeps an Eye on Settlements

By Elli Wohlgelernter

MIGRON, West Bank — As head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes is charged with taking note of everything that happens in the territories: the expansion of every existing settlement, the paving of every new road and, especially, the placement of every new shipping container or trailer on a new piece of land, signaling theRead More


Scholars: Article on Hitler House Shows Press Failure on Holocaust

By Rachel Zuckerman

More than 60 scholars signed a petition this week calling on a British magazine to release a 1938 article that cheerfully described Adolf Hitler’s summer house. The scholars say the article is an important example of the press’s failure to cover the Holocaust accurately .The article, “At Home With Hitler,” which was publishedRead More


West Bank Residents Slam Geneva Peace Plan

By Elli Wohlgelernter

EFRAT, West Bank — Meat cleaver in hand, Simcha Levy stands behind his counter in the Ish Efrat supermarket, preparing fresh chicken schnitzels for sale.He takes a piece and lays it on the counter, carefully trimming off the outer fat before cutting it in two and laying the two pieces side by side.Placing a thin piece of plastic across aRead More


Historic Boise Synagogue Preparing for Its Dramatic Relocation

By Eric Marx

This year during the High Holy Days, in addition to praying for the health of their families and the welfare of the State of Israel, the members of Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel in Boise, Idaho, prayed for the physical well-being of their synagogue. And with good reason: It is being uprooted, literally. The synagogue — the oldest continuouslyRead More


Schwarzenegger Taps Wiesenthal Rabbi

JERUSALEM — When Arnold Schwarzenegger came under fire during the California recall campaign for past remarks praising Adolf Hitler’s speaking skills and former Austrian president Kurt Waldheim, his staunchest defender was the Simon Wiesenthal Center.Schwarzenegger appeared to return the favor last week when he announced the formation of hisRead More


Congressman Pushes To Abolish Racial Caucuses

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A Republican congressman is pushing to abolish all congressional ethnic caucuses, arguing that these hubs of minority political power perpetuate racial divisions in America.The proposal, made by Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado, drew criticism and ridicule on Capitol Hill. Tancredo launched his effort two days before the New York-basedRead More


Stalled Campaign Takes Joe on the Road

By E.J. Kessler

Ten months after announcing his candidacy for president, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is relaunching his sputtering campaign with a new slogan and a big idea.He is embarking on a six-state tour with the theme of “Leading with Integrity” and promoting an overhaul of the tax code to shift the burden back to the rich and give tax reliefRead More


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