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Specter Launches New Sanctions Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Emboldened by the overwhelming congressional vote this month to impose sanctions on Syria, Middle East hawks on Capitol Hill are pushing similar legislation targeted at Saudi Arabia.At the same time, most observers say the Bush administration appears unlikely to act against either country.Senator Arlen Specter, aRead More


Behind Every Successful Indian Hotel Owner…

By Max Gross

Not too long ago there was a story circulating around the Asian American Hotel Owners Association that a petition would be launched to change its president’s name.There are approximately 8,400 AAHOA members, all of them Indian or Indian American. And many of them said, albeit in jest, that their president should have a more Indian-sounding name.Read More


U.S. Peace Coalition Rejects Unofficial Israeli-Palestinian Pact

By Eric Marx

One of the country’s largest anti-war coalitions has voted against endorsing an informal diplomatic effort to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict — a move that perplexed some Jewish groups in the coalition.The November 16 vote by the Palestine Working Group of United for Peace and Justice reflected the belief among some members of theRead More


Newsdesk November 21, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Ford To Stop Funding HateThe Ford Foundation admitted it erred in funding anti-Israel groups and pledged to stop funding antisemitic activities. The foundation said it was “disgusted” by anti-Israel and antisemitic agitation at the 2001 U.N. Conference Against Racism at Durban, South Africa, which the foundation helped finance. In a letterRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Food Fight: Here’s a delicious piece of opposition research that crossed our desk: A campaign that does not want to be identified was hoping — tongue in cheek, of course — that it could get someone to slice into former Vermont governor Howard Dean for an old position he took on a Jewish hole-y matter.Seems that in the 1990s, whenRead More


General Assembly Draws Record Numbers to Jerusalem Meeting

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — With 4,000 delegates from North America and another 2,000 from Israel, this week’s General Assembly of Jewish philanthropic federations was the largest in history. The numbers tell the tale: 14 hotels in Jerusalem were fully booked, totaling 40,000 hotel nights. Some $15 million was injected into the Israeli economy, including $3Read More


At Federations’ Confab, Talk Focuses on Israeli Policies

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — It happens every year: Leaders of Jewish communal federations across North America gather in a different city to see old friends and meet new ones, to hear speakers on the hot topics facing Jews in their community and worldwide. Some issues are perennial and some problems persist, but this year, because the General Assembly of UnitedRead More


Billionaire Philanthropist Laurence Tisch Dies at 80

By Nacha Cattan

Laurence Tisch, the hotelier, corporate empire builder and champion of Jewish and general philanthropy, died of complications from cancer November 15 at the eponymous Tisch Hospital of the New York University Medical Center. He was 80.A self-made billionaire, Tisch built a sprawling business conglomerate with his brother Preston thatRead More


A Traveling Holiday

By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

This year, Thanksgiving falls on Thursday, November 27. Or so they would have you believe. With life as complicated as it is, and everything from DVD players to the Internet being “wireless,” doesn’t it stand to reason that holidays can be portable too?Holidays, especially Thanksgiving, are usually happy, food-filled marks of a specific timeRead More


The Spooks Speak: Former Shin Bet Chiefs Talk of Peace

Following are excerpts from a round-table discussion among four former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet General Security Service, published November 14 by Yediot Aharonot. The participants: Avraham Shalom (director 1980-1986), Yaakov Peri (1988-1995), Carmi Gillon (1995-96) and Ami Ayalon (1996-2000). All rose through the ranks, except Ayalon, aRead More


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