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AJCongress Opens Talks With Group Of Islamists

By Marc Perelman

The American Jewish Congress has opened an initial discussion with a Muslim group associated with the main Islamist party in Pakistan and is considering deeper contacts.The dialogue, involving the Jewish group and the Islamic Circle of North America, has been approved by Jewish, Israeli and American officials, according to AJCongressRead More


Wesley Clark Jumps in With Kosher-Style Kickoff

By E.J. Kessler

It was only in his 20s that Wesley Clark, the retired general and Iraq war critic, discovered his Jewish ancestry. But the newest entry in the Democratic presidential race has wasted no time in bringing his fledgling campaign to Jewish precincts — and by this week he seemed poised to inherit some Jewish voters uncomfortableRead More


Suit To Press Bush on Jerusalem’s Status

By Eric Marx

A New Yorker living in Israel filed a law suit this past week against the Bush administration in an effort to press it to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Ari Zivotofsky claims in the suit that the State Department broke the law when it refused to list Israel as the place of birth on his 11-month-old son’s passport, even though heRead More


Jewish Groups Choose Sides on Vouchers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With Congress battling over a bill that would strongly influence the future of the school vouchers debate nationwide, Jewish groups on both sides are jumping into the fray.Orthodox Jewish organizations are rallying behind a measure passed by the House of Representatives last week that would bring vouchers to the DistrictRead More


Welfare Bill Drawing Strong Opposition

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A welfare-reform bill endorsed by the Bush administration and working its way through the Republican-controlled Congress is drawing fierce opposition from a coalition of Jewish organizations.The Senate Finance Committee approved a version of the bill last week, which would increase work requirements and cutRead More


Democrats Differ Over Loan Guarantees

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s decision this week to deduct funds that Israel spends on West Bank construction from American loan guarantees pointed up the cleavages in the foreign policy stances of the top Democratic presidential candidates.Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman and Missouri Rep. Richard Gephardt chose to attackRead More


Jewish Terrorist Suspects Released

JERUSALEM — Nine of the 12 men arrested on suspicion of links to a Jewish terrorist cell were released from custody last week. Sources involved in the investigation say the police and the Shin Bet General Security Service failed to prove the suspects’ involvement in terrorist activities.“The mountain has turned into a molehill,” said oneRead More


Molestation Case Is Dismissed By Rabbinical Court

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The rabbinical court that was to hear testimony from American-born Rabbi Matis Weinberg regarding accusations of alleged molestation of yeshiva students has dismissed the case because of a lack of witnesses to recent alleged impropriety.Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch, head of the three-rabbi beit din, or rabbinic tribunal, told the ForwardRead More


Likud Lawmakers Facing Indictment in Voting Scandal

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Two Likud Knesset members are set to be indicted for double voting, marking the first time that such action has been taken against legislators relating to activities conducted inside the Israeli parliament building.Likud lawmakers Michael Gorlovsky and Yechiel Hazan will be indicted shortly on charges thatRead More


Rabbinical Election Stirs Confusion in Ukraine

KIEV — When Rabbi Azrael Haikin of Brussels was elected earlier this month to be Ukraine’s new chief rabbi, many saw it as a positive sign of Jewish renewal in a former Soviet republic.“This decision, without doubt, represents a milestone in the history of the rebirth of Jewish life in Ukraine,” said a statement by the Jewish communityRead More


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