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Marley Sings New Song for Peace

By Rachel Zuckerman

With the Middle East peace process again in tatters, one boldface name is offering a dose of reggae for the battered sides.Singer Ziggy Marley, son of late reggae superstar Bob Marley, has penned “Shalom Salaam,” which, as he told the Forward in an interview, calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.“I understand the points ofRead More


Soccer Brings Israeli, Palestinian Kids Together

By Max Gross

A visitor to the Tokyo Nisgaoka Soccer Stadium this week is likely to hear a strange mix of languages. A Palestinian child may shout, “’Urkud!” (“Run!”) An Israeli child may call for his teammate to pass the kadur (ball), while a Japanese child may put down the ball to prepare for a ko-na-kikku (corner kick).The latest movement to try toRead More


Searching for Daniel Pearl’s Killer in the Devil’s Home

By Max Gross

Bernard-Henri Lévy, the French-Jewish philosopher and intellectual, was in Karachi for not more than an hour — riding in a taxi from the airport to his hotel — when his driver turned to him and said: “And your religion? What is your religion?”For a moment Lévy was baffled.Lévy was in Pakistan to write about the kidnapping and murderRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Ami Eden

In God He Trusts: Writing in the September issue of GQ, Guy Lawson takes a stab at retracing President Bush’s religious transformation from hard-drinking oil man to God-fearing president. Titled “George W.’s Personal Jesus” and accompanied by an illustration depicting Bush as the Christian messiah, the article is packed with worthwhileRead More


Newsdesk August 29, 2003

Two Iranians ArrestedThe investigation into the alleged role of Iran in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires was given a boost over the past week with the arrest in Europe of two Iranians, including the former ambassador to Argentina. The two arrests were the first relating to the so-called “international”Read More


Rift Splits Divestment Drive on Campus

By Eric Marx

Following what some observers describe as a major rift within the campus divestment campaign against Israel, organizers of a controversial conference at Rutgers University are relocating the event to Ohio State University.The move is an attempt to minimize the influence of New Jersey Solidarity, a radical anti-Israel student group that hasRead More


Diplomats: Focus on Iraq

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Despite a growing sense of shared fate in the war against Islamic terrorism, last week’s deadly bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad appears to have sharpened rather than reduced the debate between America and the world body over how to proceed in Iraq.The reason, diplomats here say, is the continuing standoffRead More


Israelis Remain Unfazed After Cease-fire Fizzles

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – Just days after a bus bombing that killed 21 people, downtown Jerusalem was bustling with activity this week. The Chutzot Hayotzer street fair that has taken over the city’s pedestrian mall every evening for the past month continued unaffected. In fact, the crowds were thicker than ever.Two months of relative calm following theRead More


President Bush Rejects A Heaven-sent Gift

By Gus Tyler

It was not easy for President Bush to manipulate matters to get the United States involved in a war in Iraq. But, he did it — although it cost him his credibility with many Americans. But now he faces a tougher task: getting out of Iraq.Officially, the war ended May 1. But now it appears that the real war started on the day our presidentRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Issa the Enforcer?: Rep. Darrell Issa, the San Diego Republican who has been spending millions of his own money promoting the recall of California’s Democratic governor, Gray Davis, is emerging as a power-broker among the several Republicans running to replace Davis.Issa, who himself bowed out of the governor’s race earlier this month,Read More





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