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Funding Low for Ethiopian Absorption Program

By Nacha Cattan

Experts working to integrate new immigrants into Israeli society are saying the funding for a new project to help absorb recent arrivals from Ethiopia is grossly inadequate.Ethiopian activists and absorption experts in Israel are thankful nonetheless for the launching of the long-delayed Ethiopian National Project, a partnership between Israel andRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Penn Plotting: Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman stopped in Philadelphia on June 16 to headline a fundraiser for Republican mayoral candidate Sam Katz in what some observers are viewing as part of a Republican strategy to put the Keystone State — which went for Al Gore in 2000 — in the GOP column in 2004.Noting that PresidentRead More


Soros Pulls the Plug on Russia’s Open Society Institute

By Vance Serchuk

George Soros has made a life out of staying at least one step ahead of everyone else. The practice kept him alive when he was growing up as a Jew in Hungary during the Holocaust. As an international financier and currency speculator, it made him a billionaire. Even in his philanthropic pursuits, Soros has been a harbinger of sorts, embracingRead More


WHO LET THE DOGS IN? SHOWING OUR STRIPES Straight to the Sources: What Our Tradition Says About Affiliation

By Yossi Beilin

The Jewish Political Tradition, Volume II: Membership Edited by Michael Walzer, Menachem Lorberbaum and Noam J. Zohar Yale University Press, 662 pages, $40. * * *Interest in the question of membership in the Jewish collective has been steadily on the increase since the end of the 18th century, both in the Diaspora and in Israel. Against theRead More


Israel Welcomes Overtures Made By Pakistani Leader

By Marc Perelman

In response to recent overtures by Pakistani ruler Pervez Musharraf, Israel said this week that it is willing to establish relations with Pakistan, one of the world’s largest Muslim countries.“Israel is very encouraged with this new announcement of the president of Pakistan,” Foreign Minister Silvan ShalomRead More


Fenigstein Beats the Drum for the Israel Film Festival

By Oren Rawls

Israel is coming to a theater near you — courtesy of Meir Fenigstein.“Bali, Mali, it doesn’t matter where,” said the 52-year-old founder and executive director of the Israel Film Festival. “I’ll take it to Mahu, [India].”So far, Fenigstein is making annual stops in Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New York, where the 19th annualRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

The ‘The’: It’s not often you read articles about articles — the parts of speech, that is.Leave it to Midstream, a monthly Jewish review, to wash away any pretense of innocence on the part of the word “the.”“There is a conceptual, cultural, and, finally moral issue that bears directly on antisemitism in the common linkingRead More


ADL, Bush Hail Court’s Decision on Affirmative Action

By Daniel Treiman

Outspoken foes of affirmative action were bitterly disappointed Monday, as a majority of the high court’s justices for the first time upheld the use of racial preferences to promote student body diversity.In a twist, however, two guarded critics of affirmative action — the Bush administration and the Anti-Defamation League — joinedRead More


Newsdesk June 27, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Pressure Mounts on HarvardCritics are stepping up their efforts to pressure Harvard Divinity School into returning a $2.5 million donation from the president of the United Arab Emirates.The Jewish chaplain and director of Hillel at Columbia University and Barnard College, Rabbi Charles Sheer, recently sent out an email encouraging people to signRead More


Issa Defends Record on Mideast

By E.J. Kessler

Rep. Darrell Issa, the San Diego Republican who is funding the recall drive against Governor Gray Davis, says his record on Israel is solid, and Democratic efforts to depict him as a pro-Palestinian extremist are “a smear.”Issa, a third-generation Lebanese-American, met with Yasser Arafat in April along with two other congressman in an attemptRead More





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