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French Heat Wave Causes Deaths, Burial Delays

As France endures 100-degree temperatures, Parisian Jewish organizations have struggled to cope as unburied corpses have had to wait up to four days for burial.Reports suggest that as many as 3,000 people have died during France’s August heat wave. Hardest hit were the elderly and those with serious medical conditions. Death rates in ParisRead More


Ethiopians Face Threat of Malaria Epidemic

By Nacha Cattan

With an outbreak of malaria sweeping through Ethiopia, American lawmakers are criticizing Israel for failing to open its doors to 18,000 would-be immigrants from the African nation.Several members of Congress raised the issue during recent meetings with Israeli officials in an attempt to win support for the impoverished Ethiopians, known as FalashRead More


Newsdesk August 22, 2003

Complex’s Murals To StayHistoric preservationists scored a victory last week when shareholders of the Seward Park housing complex voted 376 to 202 to maintain the murals that grace the buildings’ lobbies. The murals, painted in 1959 by well-known artist Hugo Gellert, were at risk of being covered up in a redesign of the lobbies. The buildingRead More


Christians Split Over Bush, Peace Process

By Ami Eden

A split is emerging among influential pro-Israel Evangelical Christians over the American-backed plan for Middle East peace, sparking debate over whether the issue could cut into President Bush’s support in 2004.On one side of the divide are Christian activists, including former Reagan administration official Gary Bauer, who accuse the WhiteRead More


Labor’s First Loss in Haifa Produces New Battle Plan

By Elli Wohlgelernter

HAIFA — To most observers, Israel’s municipal elections last June were memorable mainly because Jerusalem elected its first-ever ultra-Orthodox mayor. But to political insiders, the real revolution may have been here in the port city of Haifa, where the Labor Party lost control of City Hall for the first time.The new mayor, Yona Yahav,Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Catch: The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is tapping a top staffer of New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton to head its operation in New York state. Basil Smikle, Clinton’s deputy state director, will be joining the Lieberman campaign in September, spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed. The appointmentRead More


Century of Hatred: ‘Protocols’ Live To Poison Yet Another Generation

By William Korey

History’s most virulent antisemitic propaganda essay, “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” was first published 100 years ago this week. Though the Protocols turned out to be both a notorious plagiarism and a shocking forgery, the essay would exercise a powerful impact upon the modern era, principally as a critical factor inRead More


Who Are the Rogues, and Who Are Not?

By Gus Tyler

The United States is suspending military aid to 35 countries because they refuse to grant immunity to American citizens under the International Criminal Code. The basis for this unusual action is a provision of our anti-terrorism law that calls upon our government to withhold all military aid to any country that joined the International CriminalRead More


DeLay: Tammany on the Potomac

By Joshua Micah Marshall

Last May a few dozen members of the Texas House of Representatives fled the state to stymie a Republican redistricting plan, halting the process. Remember that? If so, you probably also know that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, Republican of Texas, and his allies enlisted the FBI, the Federal Aviation Administration and even the new Department ofRead More


Campaign Launched To Help Liberians

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish World Service, a nonprofit group providing support to developing countries, is hoping that the media spotlight on Liberia will help it launch a successful emergency campaign to assist the war- and poverty-stricken West African country.“As Jews, we have a duty to respond to those emergency situations,” RuthRead More





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