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Hollywood Celebrities Slow To Mobilize in Support of Israel

By David Finnigan

LOS ANGELES — Judging from his work on several gruesome Quentin Tarantino films, Hollywood producer Lawrence Bender seems like an obvious candidate to brave the intifada and visit Israel. But Bender’s trip there last month marked the first time that the “Reservoir Dogs” and “Pulp Fiction” producer had ever been to theRead More


Filmmaker Finds Inspiration in a Bar’s Motley Crew

By Lisa Keys

Slumping in his chair, debut film director Eitan Gorlin oozes California cool. His hair, almost blond, flops into a bowl cut; his corduroys, white but slightly dirty, are rolled above his ankles, and his lone accessory, an unadorned silver ring, sits oh-so-defiantly on his thumb.If Gorlin comes across as cool, however, his new film is almost tooRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Run of the Rumor Mill: Forget the so-called cabal of neoconservative “chicken hawks” whose oil interests supposedly drove the Iraq war redux. The real movers and shakers in occupied Baghdad, according to rumors spreading around the Saddam-less capital, are the Mossad and the Jewish Agency for Israel, under the overall leadership ofRead More


Organizations Divided Over Anti-Drug Campaign

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A Bush administration attempt to enlist churches, mosques and synagogues in the fight against teenage drug use is dividing Jewish organizations, but not along usual lines.The White House initiative has drawn support from B’nai B’rith Youth Organization and United Jewish Communities, the roof body ofRead More


Newsdesk July 18, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Lawmakers Back P.A. AidTwo staunchly pro-Israel Jewish members of the House of Representatives, Democrats Gary Ackerman of New York and Howard Berman of California, joined California Democrat Rep. Lois Capps in urging fellow House members to send President Bush a letter supporting his plan to send aid directly to the Palestinian Authority.In aRead More


Israeli Arab Wins Political Asylum in U.S.

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has granted political asylum to an Israeli Arab who claims that he suffered from persecution at the hands of the Israeli government and military.As a result of last week’s ruling, Ibrahim Baballah; his wife, Ula, and their teenage son, Ahmad, can’t be deported from their San JoseRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hamptons Holiday: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is spending the weekend of July 26 and 27 in New York’s posh Hamptons resort area, in particular Westhampton, where he is speaking on the Sabbath at the Westhampton Synagogue and attending a fundraiser on Sunday at The Prime Grill. The Orthodox synagogue is led by RabbiRead More


Activists: Ethiopians Die As Care Is Denied

By Nacha Cattan

A dozen Ethiopians, including nine children, reportedly died last month after being refused care by American Jewish relief organizations as they waited for permission to immigrate to Israel.Among the dead were starvation victims Emaye Molla, 18, and her 8-year-old brother, Berhane, Ethiopian activists said. According to the activists, othersRead More


Spotlight Shifts to Lieberman’s Children

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman lost its two top finance staffers this week in a staff purge that drew attention to the six-figure salaries the campaign was paying to Lieberman’s children for their work as fundraisers.Finance director Shari Yost and her deputy, Jennifer Yocham, resigned, in what the campaignRead More


Sharon Faces Ire As He Eyes Hamas Prisoner Release

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon braced for fierce Cabinet opposition this week in the wake of his decision to release Palestinian security prisoners belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the Forward that following next week’s planned meeting betweenRead More





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