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Germans Reexamine Their Own WWII Suffering

By Nathaniel Popper

The landscape of German communal memory has undergone a seismic shift in the past year, if a series of film screenings and panel discussions over the next month at New York’s Goethe Institute is any indication.Until recently, any German discussion of World War II focused on the pain the Nazis inflicted on others. The suffering ofRead More


Congress Pushing Bush on Saudi Arabia

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The White House is standing by Saudi Arabia, even as congressional pressure mounts on the Bush administration to confront Riyadh’s alleged funding of Hamas.Congressmen from both parties are demanding that the administration pressure the Saudi government into enforcing a decree issued by Crown Prince Abdullah more than a year agoRead More


Kudos for the King of ‘Clowns’

By Wendy Wasserstein

Playwright Herb Gardner found success when he was just 27 years old. The Brooklyn boy, who graduated from the High School of Performing Arts and sold orange drink at the Cort and National theaters, won the New York Drama Critics Prize as most promising playwright of the season when his show “A Thousand Clowns” opened on Broadway in 1962. HisRead More


Morocco Considering Renewed Relations

By Marc Perelman

Morocco and Israel are mulling a resumption of diplomatic relations, which were severed by the Arab kingdom after the outbreak of the intifada.After resuming public meetings and contacts with Israeli officials in recent weeks, King Mohammed VI of Morocco told American Jewish communal leaders in New York last week thatRead More


Stymied Administration Slams Both Sides

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Stymied by the Israeli-Palestinian diplomatic deadlock and seemingly unwilling to risk its shrinking political capital, the Bush administration issued a round of contradictory, top-level messages this week that left observers convinced it was merely trying to buy time while appearing engaged.The apparent confusion reached its heightRead More


Israel’s Richest Woman Packs Her Bags

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – With an estimated worth of $2.4 billion, Shari Arison is the richest woman, and perhaps the richest citizen, in Israel. Or, rather, she was.Arison, a banking and corporate executive who ranked 158th on this year’s Forbes list of richest people in the world, is not suddenly facing poverty. She is no longer the richest woman inRead More


Author Battling Antisemitism at the Ice Rink

By Max Gross

In March 2002, Israeli ice dancers Sergei Sakhnovsky and Galit Chait won a bronze medal at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan, edging out a Lithuanian pair who finished in fourth place. Within days, a petition was circulating among skaters and judges saying that the Israelis’ medal was “not justified.”“How much didRead More


At a Ripe Age, Eli Wallach Plays Juicy Jewish Roles

By Aviva Kempner

Round-faced and sunburned, with wild, kinky hair and a Mexican accent, Eli Wallach was in an utter rage at the end of “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” Clint Eastwood’s character had nearly killed him, and as Eastwood trotted away on a horse, Wallach chased after him, bellowing curses.It has been 36 years since Wallach co-starredRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

The Liberal Case for Palestine: “The loss of Professor Edward Said,” Christopher Hitchens eulogizes in a September 26 posting to Slate.com, “will be unbearable for his family, insupportable to his immense circle of friends, upsetting to a vast periphery of admirers and readers who one might almost term his diaspora, and depressing to allRead More


Newsdesk October 3, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Arab Leader Praised BombingA top American Muslim leader who was charged this week for illegally obtaining money from Libya and financing terrorism in the United States and abroad once hailed the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Argentina, according to the court testimony of a federal agent.“The Jewish community center, it is aRead More


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