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Courtside Knishes Come to U.S. Open

The U.S. Open tennis tournament now has a kosher food cart. Hot dogs, pretzels and knishes are among the items available at the cart run by Jeffrey Striks of Strictly Kosher, who also operates kosher food carts at New York Yankees and Mets baseball games, and at Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. Every evening during the tournament, Striks isRead More


Bush Shows Chutzpah in Dealings With the U.N.

By Gus Tyler

The bombing of the United Nations’ headquarters in Iraq opens up a new chapter in the strained relationship between the United States and the U.N.It began with the charge of the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein was violating a provision under a U.N. agreement that forbade his (Hussein’s) building weapons of mass destruction. TheRead More


American Web Site Causes Stir Among Israeli Politicians

By Eric Marx

The most right-wing party in the Israeli government is vowing to sue a Philadelphia-based activist that they say is fraudulently claiming to be its North American representative.At issue is a Web site operated by Philadelphian Arno Weinstein, who identifies himself as the executive director and vice president of American Friends ofRead More


Russian Immigrants Combat Plan To Build Cell Tower

By Max Gross

ALBANY, N.Y. — They’re environmentalists, but not exactly the kind you’d see at a Greenpeace rally.The residents of the B’nai B’rith Parkview Apartments in Albany are elderly, and about half of them are immigrants from the former Soviet Union. Stepping out into the front lobby of the apartment complex, one is as likely to hear Russian asRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

A Vast Anti-Arab Conspiracy: The same right-wing forces that tried to scuttle Bill Clinton’s presidency have found a new target: Arabs. Or so argues leading Arab-American activist James Zogby in the August 18 Gulf News.Zogby, president of the Arab-American Institute, writes of an “organised multi-pronged effort targeting a variety ofRead More


Painting a Portrait of the Artist During the Third Reich

By Regina Weinreich

In May 2002, while some Jewish activists were inciting Hollywood regulars to boycott the Cannes Film Festival as a protest against a wave of antisemitism in France, screenwriter and playwright Ronald Harwood was attending the world’s most celebrated film festival for his movie’s premiere. “This is the perfect time for a film on theRead More


Newsdesk September 5, 2003

Crash Victims Plan SuitRelatives of passengers on the Libyan jetliner shot down by Israeli fighters in 1973 say they intend to demand financial compensation from Israel equivalent to the sums Libya has agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie disaster, according to an Egyptian report quoted in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.TheRead More


Lawmakers See Israel in Record Numbers

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When members of Congress returned to their offices this week and were asked what they did on their summer vacation, a record number had a shared answer: I went to Israel.House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, made headlines for a strongly pro-Israel speech he gave to the Knesset at the end of July. ARead More


Settlement Expands As Road Map Ends

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

KEDUMIM — A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists said was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is dead.“They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony,” said Mossi Raz, a former Meretz KnessetRead More


Suspected Jewish Terrorists’ Detention Extended

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem Magistrates Court this week extended detention orders for three men, including two settlers and a soldier, suspected of involvement in a Jewish terrorist network that authorities believe carried out a series of attacks against Arab targets in recent years.At least seven Palestinians have been killed and 19 woundedRead More





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