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New Population Survey Retracts Intermarriage Figure

By Nacha Cattan

The long-awaited National Jewish Population Survey 2000-2001 sent shockwaves through the Jewish community this week by retracting the single most hotly debated number in American Jewish life, the 52% intermarriage rate.The figure, first published in the National Jewish Population Survey 1990, has become conventional wisdom in public discussionRead More


Rival Orthodox Parties Battle Over Army Exemptions

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Tensions are mounting between Israel’s two leading Orthodox parties after Shas spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef suggested it is acceptable to kill members of the rival National Religious Party who criticize army exemptions for yeshiva students.While Yosef has a long history of making incendiary remarks, last week’sRead More


Sharansky Set To Take Heat On Campus Speaking Tour

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In an effort to reinforce students’ Jewish identities and bolster Israel’s standing on North American college campuses, Israeli Minister for Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky is embarking next week on a whirlwind campus speaking tour.Believed to be the first time an Israeli minister has embarked on an extensive tour of NorthRead More


Mel Gibson Movie Fuels Excitement Among Hollywood’s Christian Filmmakers

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — With Jewish groups warning that Mel Gibson’s graphic film about the death of Jesus could resurrect charges of Jewish responsibility for the crucifixion, some in Hollywood appear to be spooked. Despite the movie’s rave reviews from prominent Christian conservatives, 20th Century Fox, which has the option of first refusalRead More


Sale of Arrow Missile Systems Put on Hold

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In response to negative reactions from the Bush administration, Israel is putting off attempts to sell the Arrow missile-defense systems to India.Pro-Israel lobbyists have recently raised the issue with senior officials at the State and Defense departments and congressional staffers, according to Jewish activists in Washington, asRead More


Painting a Portrait of the Artist During the Third Reich

By Regina Weinreich

In May 2002, while some Jewish activists were inciting Hollywood regulars to boycott the Cannes Film Festival as a protest against a wave of antisemitism in France, screenwriter and playwright Ronald Harwood was attending the world’s most celebrated film festival for his movie’s premiere. “This is the perfect time for a film on theRead More


Newsdesk September 5, 2003

Crash Victims Plan SuitRelatives of passengers on the Libyan jetliner shot down by Israeli fighters in 1973 say they intend to demand financial compensation from Israel equivalent to the sums Libya has agreed to pay the families of the Lockerbie disaster, according to an Egyptian report quoted in the Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.TheRead More


Lawmakers See Israel in Record Numbers

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When members of Congress returned to their offices this week and were asked what they did on their summer vacation, a record number had a shared answer: I went to Israel.House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, made headlines for a strongly pro-Israel speech he gave to the Knesset at the end of July. ARead More


Settlement Expands As Road Map Ends

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

KEDUMIM — A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists said was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is dead.“They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony,” said Mossi Raz, a former Meretz KnessetRead More


Suspected Jewish Terrorists’ Detention Extended

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem Magistrates Court this week extended detention orders for three men, including two settlers and a soldier, suspected of involvement in a Jewish terrorist network that authorities believe carried out a series of attacks against Arab targets in recent years.At least seven Palestinians have been killed and 19 woundedRead More


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