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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


Israel Appeals to U.S. To Block U.N. Resolution on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is making an urgent appeal to the Bush administration to block two Arab-initiated resolutions in the United Nations Security Council calling on Israel to stop building its West Bank security fence and authorizing the U.N. to press for the implementation of the “road map” peace plan.Israel’s ambassador to the U.N.,Read More


Chill in U.S.-Syria Ties Helps Clear Way for Israeli Raid on Terror Camp

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Marc Perelman.

WASHINGTON — Syria has in recent weeks stopped supplying Washington with valuable intelligence, which in the past was helping the United States in fighting Al Qaeda and terrorism in Iraq, congressional, diplomatic and intelligence sources told the Forward.The Syrian reversal appears to have played a major role in the BushRead More


Report Urges Using Funds To Help Indigent Survivors

By Nacha Cattan

The “special master” appointed by a federal judge to oversee distribution of the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement is recommending that all funds not claimed by owners of Holocaust-era Swiss bank accounts should eventually go to assist indigent Holocaust survivors.The October 2 recommendation by the special master, former New York deputyRead More


Building a Latino-Jewish Alliance

By Henry Cisneros

The interwoven histories of Jewish and Latino people have played important roles in the development of many American communities, and our joint contributions will only gain in significance. The prospects for cooperation between our communities are great — if we act upon areas of common interest and build working relationships basedRead More


Damage on Temple Mount Could Bring Deadly Results

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Another damaged structure on the Temple Mount is raising fears once again that a serious international crisis could be just a burst water pipe away.Two weeks ago, a section of a wall that is part of the Islamic Museum on the Temple Mount collapsed, leaving a gaping hole of dirt about 120 square feet, located just to the rightRead More


Jerusalem Ups Mideast Ante

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Facing a potential conflagration on its northern border and a storm of domestic criticism over its bombing of a deserted terrorist training camp in Syria, Israel decided this week to escalate its land campaign against Palestinian terrorists in the West Bank.Among its planned measures, senior military sources said,Read More


Cubs, Red Sox Fans Long To Enter Promised Land

By Ami Eden

Call it a quirk in the calendar or a dose of divine inspiration, but each year as Jews turn the page on a spiritual year and complete the annual Torah reading cycle, one baseball team is finishing the final leg of its march to a World Series championship.It could be argued that in both cases the story always turns out the same. TheRead More


New Republic Cancels an Invite to Foe of Saudis

By Eric Marx, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington.

The New Republic magazine is coming under attack for co-sponsoring a recent forum with Saudi Arabia and allegedly agreeing to the kingdom’s demand that it withdraw its invitation to a leading critic of Riyadh.Author Stephen Schwartz told the Forward that he was removed from the panel at the behest of Saudi Arabia, whichRead More


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