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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


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls, Nathaniel Popper

Executive Privilege: Malden Mills chairman Aaron Feuerstein has been hailed by many as the conscience of corporate America, the boss who stood by his workers after a devastating 1995 fire ravaged his factory. His moral standing has been instrumental in securing support in the fight to save his bankrupt company from creditors — and withRead More


Gephardt Backs ‘Fence’ Regardless of Path

By E.J. Kessler

Rep. Richard Gephardt of Missouri is offering a decidedly different position from President Bush on Israel’s controversial West Bank security barrier.Gephardt told the Forward that he has strongly supported the fence — regardless of exactly where it runs — ever since it was first proposed by then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. He said heRead More


Arrest Triggers a Crisis Among American Muslims

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Recent allegations by federal prosecutors that a prominent American Muslim leader attempted to smuggle hundreds of thousands of dollars to terrorist organizations have triggered a deep crisis in the organized Muslim community.The arrest of Abdurahman Alamoudi, president of the American Muslim Foundation and founder of the AmericanRead More


Poverty Figures Lift Veil, a Bit, On Ills of Needy

By Nathaniel Popper

The National Jewish Population Survey, the trouble-plagued study released last month by United Jewish Communities, is winning half a cheer from social service experts and anti-poverty advocates for its disclosure of a 5% estimated poverty rate among American Jews.The statistic appears to represent the first effort in at least a quarter-centuryRead More


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