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Rescuing the Remnants of Iraq’s Jewish Community

By Nathaniel Popper

At 3 a.m. on a hot June morning, Rachel Zelon set off from Amman, Jordan, on a 14-hour drive to Baghdad. Refugees, reporters and commercial trucks were lined up at the border, waiting to enter Iraq — after months in which all traffic had streamed in the opposite direction. Once inside the border, the convoy that Zelon had joined for protectionRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls; With Max Gross

Strait Talk I: The Muslim world is fighting back against the West, one Mecca Cola at time. The French-produced, ethnically conscious soft drink was the beverage of choice at last week’s Organization of the Islamic Conference, the gathering of world Muslim leaders at which Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad charged Jews with ruling theRead More


Newsdesk October 24, 2003

Senator Backs SephardimThe chairman of the powerful Senate Republican Conference, Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, is spearheading congressional efforts to seek redress for Jews displaced from Arab countries.The senator has joined other high-profile political figures signing up to back Justice for Jews from Arab Countries, a coalition ofRead More


Former Congresswoman Becomes Darling of the Left

By Josh Richman

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. — A year ago Cynthia McKinney’s political stock hit rock bottom. The five-term Democratic congresswoman from Georgia suffered an embarrassing primary loss — never having recovered from her suggestion that the Bush administration had ignored warnings about the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.But sinceRead More


Legislators Split Over Funding for Iraq, Afghanistan

Jewish Democrats in Congress were deeply divided by President Bush’s call for $87 billion in emergency funding for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and Afghanistan.Emergency supplementary appropriation bills for Iraq and Afghanistan passed the House of Representatives October 17 by a vote of 303-125 and the Senate the same day by aRead More


Bosnian Leader Championed Religious Pluralism

By Stephen Schwartz, Forward Correspondent

Alija Izetbegovic, the courtly, avuncular former leader of the Muslim-led Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, died October 19 in Sarajevo, at age 78. His health had been deteriorating in recent weeks, a result of heart disease, and his end was hastened by a bad fall, in which he broke several ribs.Izetbegovic became a global figure following theRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Cheers, Jeers Greet Democratic Contenders

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Beilin’s ‘Unofficial’ Peace Plan Raises Hopes, Ire

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — An unofficial but comprehensive peace agreement, hammered out by groups of informal Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, is fueling Israel’s fiercest political debate in years and could ultimately redraw the political map here.Supporters of the so-called Geneva Understandings, which were initialed at a ceremony in Jordan this week,Read More


Envoy: France Will Back U.S.-led Iraqi Council

By Marc Perelman

France is committed to a successful transition in Iraq and is on the same page as the Bush administration on key issues such as the war on terrorism and the need to fight the proliferation of nuclear weapons, France’s top diplomat in the United States told the Forward.“The bitter page of the French-American relationship is turned, and weRead More


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