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Moms’ Plight Spurs Action By Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

Three years ago, Cathy Markowitz had it all together. A house in a Long Island suburb, an accountant husband and a steady day job at a doctor’s office that gave her plenty of time to spend with her three young sons.Then her husband had a serious stroke. In the weeks that followed, Markowitz said that she discovered he had been leading a secondRead More


Probe Demanded of Ford Foundation Funding

By Nacha Cattan

A recent investigative report on the Ford Foundation’s funding of Palestinian groups is triggering calls for a federal investigation.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, and the American Jewish Congress are urging a federal probe into the alleged financial ties between what might be the country’s most prestigious foundation andRead More


What Fate for Arafat? Sharon Decides To Trust Grim Reaper

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government apparently has given up plans to assassinate, deport or otherwise harm Yasser Arafat and is now relying on nature to take its course and remove the Palestinian leader from power, via his allegedly deteriorating health.Sources in Prime Minister Sharon’s office told the Forward this weekRead More


Vintage Synagogues, Extravagant But Empty

By Cara Greenberg

A French archbishop in a synagogue, wearing a yarmulke, drinking kosher wine and singing the praises of the Torah? Believe it. It happened at an unusual book party earlier this month at France’s oldest synagogue in Carpentras. Jules Farber, an American Jewish journalist who has lived in the south of France since 1997, presented MonsignorRead More


Bush Drops Opposition To Building Of Barrier

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has abandoned its opposition to Israel’s construction of a security fence in the West Bank, easing a major point of tension between Washington and Jerusalem in recent months, according to pro-Israel activists in Washington, Palestinian diplomats and sources close to the Bush administration.UntilRead More


Organizers of Initiative Seek U.S. Support

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The leaders of an Israeli-Palestinian grassroots peace initiative came to Washington this week seeking support for their undertaking to revive peace efforts on the basis of mutually accepted principles to guide a final settlement between the parties.The two leaders of the initiative, Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’sRead More


Tour of U.S. Schools Reveals Why Zionism Is Flunking on Campus

By Natan Sharansky

When I got to Rutgers University in New Jersey last month, I almost forgot I was on a college campus. The atmosphere was far from the cool, button-down academic reserve typical of such institutions. It was more reminiscent of a battlefield.My arrival was greeted by a noisy demonstration of Palestinian and JewishRead More


Groups Rap Mahathir, ADL Rips Chirac

By Marc Perelman and Ami Eden

With Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad standing by his claims that Jews rule the world, Israeli leaders and Jewish groups say they are stepping up efforts to organize a “global rejection” of the Asian leader’s remarks.Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky issued a statement Wednesday announcingRead More


Dems Mock GOP On Barbour Gaffe In Southern Race

By E.J. Kessler

A Republican gubernatorial candidate’s visit to the fundraiser of an allegedly racist group, and his subsequent defense of the appearance, has Democrats mocking White House efforts to woo Jewish voters.Haley Barbour, a Washington lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee who is running for governor of Mississippi,Read More


Activist Pushes for Senate Action

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A leading activist from Israel’s Peace Now movement last week urged the Senate to help stop Jewish settlement activity in the territories and prevent Israel’s security fence from cutting through the West Bank.The director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes, told the Senate Subcommittee for Near Eastern andRead More


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