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International Agency Eyes Israeli Nukes

By Marc Perelman

Even as the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs cast a pall over world security, an upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency will discuss the “threat” of Israel’s nuclear capability.The IAEA’s board of governors is expected to meet September 8 to debate a much-awaited report on Tehran’s nuclear forays, but theRead More


Lastman Out: Toronto’s Motormouth Mayor Stands Down

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is witnessing the end of a political era: Mayor Mel Lastman, a Jewish millionaire businessman who has spent the past 30 years as an unbeatable municipal official in the Toronto area, will be missing from the ballot in November.Lastman, 70, is ailing from hepatitis C treatments and will not seek a third term asRead More


Or Commission Calls for ‘Real Equality’

By Ori Nir

The Israeli judicial commission charged with investigating the death of 12 Israeli Arabs during riots in 2000 has released a final report slamming police and the government and calling for steps to establish “real equality” between Jewish and Arab citizens.Headed by Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, the three-memberRead More


As Charges Grow, Austria Seen Aiding Sharon Probe

JERUSALEM — Austria would welcome a new Israeli request for assistance in investigating a suspicious loan to the sons of Prime Minister Sharon, according to senior sources in the Austrian Justice Ministry. A Vienna court turned down Israel’s initial request in July.The sources said Austria would have approved the Israeli request to investigateRead More


Eisner, ‘The Survivor’

Jack Eisner, a Holocaust survivor who made tens of millions of dollars and then told the world about his wartime experiences, died August 24 at 77. Eisner, who made his money in the import-export business, helped found several Holocaust remembrance organizations and wrote an autobiography, “The Survivor,” which was made into a play and aRead More


As Road Map Collapses, U.S. Focuses on Saving Abu Mazen

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s Middle East diplomacy, shattered by the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and sideswiped by the president’s own troubles, has been reduced in recent days to jawboning a peace agreement between the feuding leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, who is alsoRead More


Solender, UJA Leader

Sanford Solender, former executive vice president of the UJA-Federation of New York, died Saturday at age 89. Solender, the father of Stephen Solender, the former president of the United Jewish Communities federation umbrella group, headed the New York federation from 1970 to 1981. From 1948 to 1970 he was an executive with the National JewishRead More


Peace Front Faces Schism Over ‘Right Of Return’

By Eric Marx

Arab groups are threatening to quit the country’s largest anti-war coalition unless it does more to support the Palestinian cause, but Jewish members say that such a move would lead them to break ranks.Several Arab and Muslim groups announced last week that they would drop out of United for Peace and Justice, a leading American-based coalitionRead More


Top Middle East Scholar Protests Pipes Appointment

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A top Middle East scholar is suspending his ties with the United States Institute of Peace to protest the recent appointment of Daniel Pipes to the board of the federally funded think tank, sparking fears of a wider boycott.Former presidential adviser William Quandt told the Forward that he is suspending work on several projectsRead More


Study: 22% Of Israeli Households Go Hungry

By Nacha Cattan

A feud between Israel’s prime minister and Diaspora Jewish charities over the use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool blew up in the prime minister’s face last week, following publication of an American-backed study showing that hunger not only exists but is widespread in Israel.The study, which was leakedRead More


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