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Falun Gong Suit Divides Capital

By Benjamin Soskis

Last October, while then-Chinese president Jiang Zemin was visiting the United States, he received an unwelcome surprise. Practitioners of the spiritual movement known as Falun Gong, which was outlawed by the Chinese government in 1999, served his security detail with notice of a lawsuit filed against him in a Chicago federal court.TheRead More


Rabbis Urging Action on Ethiopian Jewry

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Thousands of impoverished Ethiopians fighting for the right to enter Israel have received new support from top rabbis across the religious spectrum.In separate letters to Israeli officials, the head of Reform Judaism in America, Rabbi Eric Yoffie, and Israel’s newly elected Sephardic chief rabbi, Shlomo Amar, urged actionRead More


Israel Promises ‘Harsh Reaction’ If a Palestinian Cease-Fire Fails

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel is threatening a “harsh reaction” — including the “elimination” of the current Hamas leadership in Gaza and the possible expulsion of Yasser Arafat from Ramallah — if and when the emerging Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire falls apart.Senior defense officials told the Forward this week that despite widely reportedRead More


Views of Cease-Fire Differ Dramatically

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite intense efforts by the Bush administration to broker a temporary cease-fire agreement between Israel, the Palestinian Authority and the extremist Hamas organization, officials on all sides are making it plain that Palestinian visions of the cease-fire differ drastically — and perhaps dangerously —Read More


AJC Honored Indian Official Charged in Riot

By Ami Eden

Just days after being formally charged with inciting an anti-Muslim mob, the deputy prime minister of India was feted this month at a dinner organized by the American Jewish community’s oldest civil rights organization.On May 31, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation charged eight people, including Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani, withRead More


Hard-line Religious Rhetoric Raises Red Flags

JERUSALEM — The Knesset will hold a special meeting of its Constitution, Law and Justice Committee next week to discuss recent rulings and declarations by prominent right-wing rabbis who have rejected the government’s authority to cede land to the Palestinians under a future peace deal.The meeting was called by Labor lawmaker andRead More


Dems Seek To Mobilize California Jews Against Recall

By E.J. Kessler

California Democrats are attempting to mobilize Jewish communal leaders against the recall of Governor Gray Davis as part of an apparent bid to deflect attention from Davis’s record to the question of whether recalling a sitting governor serves the state’s stability.Plans are in the works for a July 8 news conference at which a host ofRead More


A Sly Strategy To Build Support for War

By Gus Tyler

At the Nuremberg trials, Nazi leader Hermann Goering explained what has to be done to win popular support for a war. “Why, of course, people don’t want war,” he said. “But, it is always a simple matter to drag the people along. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack ofRead More


Happy Hour With Freddie Roman, Master of the Well-Done Roast

By Danielle Stein

Happy hour was in full swing when Freddie Roman entered the room, late for a meeting with a reporter. Still, as he made his way down the bar, he stopped group by group to chat, leaving laughter in his wake. “Is it 4 o’clock already?” he asked. It was 4:30 p.m.The venerable Friars Club — famous for a membership of entertainers —Read 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





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