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Legislators Split Over Funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

Jewish Democrats in Congress were deeply divided by President Bush’s call for $87 billion in emergency funding for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.Emergency supplementary appropriation bills for Iraq and Afghanistan passed the House of Representatives October 17 by a vote of 303-125 and the Senate the same day by aRead More


Bush Policy Said To Fuel Coercion Of Abortion

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A coalition of pro-choice religious groups is accusing the White House of inadvertently helping to prop up Beijing’s coercive population-control policies.The coalition, composed of representatives from Jewish, Muslim and Christian groups, is urging Congress to restore funding to the United Nations Population Fund that was cut lastRead More


Details of the ‘Geneva Understanding’

Following are the main points of the so-called Geneva Understanding initialed this week in Jordan following informal talks between a group of Israeli political activists led by Yossi Beilin and a Palestinian group led by former Palestinian Authority information minister Yasser Abed Rabbo. The understandings, part of a 60-page draftRead More


Ford Foundation Aided Groups Behind Biased Durban Parley

By Edwin Black

In August 2001, thousands of human rights activists from around the globe gathered in Durban, South Africa, for a United Nations conference that many participants hoped would address racial injustices plaguing humanity, from Rwanda to Sri Lanka to the United States.Instead, anti-Israel agitation, anti-Zionist propaganda and blatantRead More


Gaza Bombing Unlikely To Affect Process

By Aluf Benn

JERUSALEM — The deadly attack on an American diplomatic convoy in Gaza this week is not likely to have any major impact on American involvement in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which has been at a low ebb anyway since the resignation of former Palestinian prime minister Mahmoud Abbas in early September.The attack, whichRead More


What Did Adam Know And When Did He Know It?

By Lore Segal

We breathe Genesis with the air, as if we need never to have read a Bible to list the creation of light and dark, land, sea and heaven, animals and vegetables, time, work and holiday, and the beautiful idea that these things are Good with the inevitable corollary that other things are Bad, followed, hard on the heels, by the questionRead More


Secular-Religious Clash Threatens Coalition

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A sweeping plan to restructure Israel’s religious infrastructure took a big step forward last week, delighting liberals but presenting Prime Minister Sharon with his first major coalition crisis.The Cabinet voted 18 to 3 to dissolve the Religious Affairs Ministry, a major stronghold of rabbinic and Orthodox political patronage, andRead More


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


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