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Securing a Safe America Requires Accountability for 9/11 Mistakes

By Bob Graham

Last week, the declassified version of the House-Senate joint inquiry’s report into the September 11 terrorist attacks was finally released to the public, seven months after it was completed. The purpose of the report was not to assign blame for the horrific event, but to find out what could have been done to prevent it, or a more tragicRead More


Ancient Tale of Mistaken Identity Sheds Light on Divorce Dilemma

By Ami Eden

Bringing a glossy magazine to synagogue would usually register as a religious faux pas, especially if it’s the flashy food issue of New York magazine and the holiday in question is the gloomy fast day of Tisha B’Av.This year, however, worshippers — and rabbis — would do well to come to services armed with copies of the magazine’s July 28Read More


Survivors Build Community Over Cinnamon Tea

By Jordan Stolper

LETTER FROM LA PAZWhen a hunger strike by government deputies forced the Bolivian president to call an emergency session of Congress in June, a group of men gathered at Eli’s Confiteria in downtown La Paz to assess the situation. When rival Bolivian security forces clashed in the capital earlier this year, leaving some 30 police and militaryRead More


Labor Boss Finds Himself Kingmaker of the Israeli Left

By Jo-Ann Mort

TEL AVIV — Amir Peretz, chairman of the Histadrut labor federation, is a hot commodity these days, to the apparent surprise of just about everybody but him. He’s emerged as the main threat to Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial budget reforms. His name is spoken with awe on the streets ofRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Bonds That Bind: Comparisons between Israel and South Africa are usually of the less-than-charitable variety, seeking to draw parallels between apartheid-era policies and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.A July 23 opinion article in the South African paper of record, though, has Johannesburg looking to Jerusalem for guidanceRead More


Newsdesk August 1, 2003

Israel, Austria Renew TiesIsrael is resuming full diplomatic ties with Austria and will soon appoint an ambassador to Vienna, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom announced Tuesday at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with his Austrian counterpart, Benita Ferrero-Waldner.Israel downgraded relations with Austria in February 2000 after the far-rightRead More


Immigrant Policy Eyed as German Community Swells

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Barely two generations after the Holocaust, Germany may be edging Israel aside as the world’s most sought-after refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.That, at least, is the impression created by figures released this month showing that Germany had outpaced Israel last year for the first time ever as the main destination ofRead More


Budget Crusade Pits Single Mom Versus Netanyahu

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In 1955, Rosa Parks refused to stand up. In 2003, Vicki Knafo refused to lie down.It’s too early to say whether Knafo, the single mother from the Negev town of Mitzpe Ramon who marched to Jerusalem this month to protest the government’s austerity budget, will have the same impact as Parks. Parks’s refusal to give up her busRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Fierce Words: President Bush lied in making the case for the war in Iraq, and in at least one respect the situation there resembles Vietnam, Massachusetts Senator John Kerry suggested to reporters Monday.The Democratic presidential candidate, who spoke to the press in a conference call, said the president has “a clear credibility gapRead More


Waking Up the World to a Resurgence of Antisemitism

By Lisa Keys

Phyllis Chesler has made a career out of challenging the status quo. With over three decades of activism under her belt, the radical feminist author has exposed sexism in the field of psychology, fought against what she calls “gender apartheid” and, most recently, criticized women for their harmful, unsisterly ways.Now,Read More





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