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Peace Front Faces Schism Over ‘Right Of Return’

By Eric Marx

Arab groups are threatening to quit the country’s largest anti-war coalition unless it does more to support the Palestinian cause, but Jewish members say that such a move would lead them to break ranks.Several Arab and Muslim groups announced last week that they would drop out of United for Peace and Justice, a leading American-based coalitionRead More


Top Middle East Scholar Protests Pipes Appointment

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A top Middle East scholar is suspending his ties with the United States Institute of Peace to protest the recent appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the federally funded think tank, sparking fears of a wider boycott.Former presidential adviser William Quandt told the Forward that he is suspending work on several projectsRead More


Study: 22% Of Israeli Households Go Hungry

By Nacha Cattan

A feud between Israel’s prime minister and Diaspora Jewish charities over the use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool blew up in the prime minister’s face last week, following publication of an American-backed study showing that hunger not only exists but is widespread in Israel.The study, which was leakedRead More


Pollard Gets Another Day in Court, But No Ruling Is Announced

WASHINGTON — It did not result in any decision, but just getting another day in court was a victory of sorts for Jonathan Pollard.Sentenced to life imprisonment in 1987 for spying for Israel, Pollard had tried to get a new hearing for years, arguing that his former counsel was inept and that the government broke a plea-bargain agreement whenRead More


Restitution Leader Disbarred by Court After Investigation Of Job Misconduct

By Nacha Cattan

The former top American professional of an international Holocaust restitution commission has been disbarred.The move comes one year after the official, Neal Sher, former chief of staff in the Washington office of the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, was investigated by the commission for allegedly misappropriating fundsRead More


New French Ambassador’s Remarks Strike Sour Note

PARIS — France’s new ambassador has yet to arrive in Tel Aviv, but already he has succeeded in antagonizing Israel’s political establishment and France’s Jewish community.Gerard Araud was sharing his views on his new posting with Foreign Ministry colleagues last week over crudités and cocktails when he failed to noticeRead More


A Litvak-less Birthday Bash

Happy 750th birthday, Vilnius, many happy returns of the day, and thanks for letting everyone share it all with you. Thanks for that memorable summer fest, that near-infinite parade glutting your newly refurbished main drag, Gedimino Prospekt (with a nice McDonald’s, complete with walk-through window); thanks for those three-plus hoursRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

God and Candidate I: It was hard not to miss the military symbolism in Senator John Kerry’s formal announcement of his candidacy for the presidency in front of the USS Yorktown at Mount Pleasant, S.C., Tuesday: kind of like being hit over the head with an aircraft carrier. What struck us about the event, though, were not the militaryRead 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





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