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Groups Rebuking Feds’ Move On Asylum

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare, unified rebuke of the Bush administration, 15 prominent Jewish organizations have come together to decry what they say is the unlawful prosecution of legitimate asylum seekers.The groups are objecting to the federal government’s growing practice of prosecuting asylum seekers for using false documents to enter the United States. TheyRead More


Dean Losing Support on Left For His Stances on Its Issues

By E.J. Kessler

Howard Dean has rocketed to the front of the Democratic presidential pack with his angry, outsider style and his overt appeals to the anti-war left. But even as the former Vermont governor galvanizes the party’s left flank, many liberals are voicing concern over his stances on some of their most cherished issues.Many single-issue activists whoRead More


Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America

By Rachel Zuckerman, Forward Correspondent

Shortly after their community was awarded permanent residency status in Israel, a dance troupe hailing from the country’s controversial African Hebrew Israelite community completed its first “goodwill tour” of the United States at New York’s National Black Theatre in Harlem.Members of the Spirit of David Dance Theatre — whoRead More


Conductor Recreates Requiem of Musical Defiance

By Max Gross

Conductor Murry Sidlin was browsing through a table of used, tattered books when he discovered a slender book about the Terezin concentration camp that told an unusual musical story. According to the book, Terezin held a disproportionate number of artists and intellectuals. One inmate — Rafael Schachter of Prague — organized a chorusRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Daniel Treiman

Godfather Knows Best: Pundits and journalists lately have had a field day with the word “neoconservative.” A quick Nexis search reveals that the word pops up in press accounts five times more often than it did just two years ago.Nevertheless, there seems to be little agreement about the term’s meaning or exactly who these neocons are andRead More


Activists Mourn U.N. Envoy Killed in Iraq

By Marc Perelman

Jewish activists mourned the violent death of the United Nations high commissioner for human rights and expressed hope that his successors will pursue his efforts to reach out to Jews and Israel.The high commissioner, Sergio Vieira de Mello, was among at least 18 people killed in Tuesday’s bombing of the U.N. headquarters in Baghdad, whereRead More


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


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