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Conservatives Ramp Up Abortion Fight

By Ori Nir, With Reporting by Ami Eden in New York.

Washington — Emboldened by the passage of a ban on so-called “partial birth” abortions last week, Republican conservatives in Congress now plan to push several other bills aimed at limiting abortions on a national level.Congressional staffers confirmed this week that Congress is planning to restart the legislative process in the nearRead More


Russian Immigrants Struggle in Small German Towns

By Nathaniel Popper

HAMELN, Germany — Sounds of hammering and sawing came from the back of the six-year-old Jewish community center in this Lower Saxony town. Three older men, all volunteers, were at work on a stage for the new prayer room.Surrounded by sawdust and pine planks, the men took a break to debate, in Russian, the proper way to affix a mezuza to the doorRead More


Israeli Army Splits With Pols On How to Govern Territories

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — With fears growing that Israeli-Palestinian relations are reaching a dangerous stalemate, a power struggle has erupted within the Israeli security establishment over the conduct of Israel’s war against terrorism.Israel’s military brass is pressing for an easing of some recent restrictionsRead More


Sharansky Article On Campus Tour Irks Hillel Leader

By Eric Marx

In a rare rebuke, a top American Jewish organizational official is criticizing the Israeli minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs, former Soviet dissident Natan Sharansky, for penning a scathing critique of American Jewish campus activism.Avraham Infeld, interim president of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, said thatRead More


‘Coleman Republicans’ Wave Moderate GOP Flag

By E.J. Kessler

Call them the “Norm Coleman Republicans.”A surprising number of Jews running for office in 2003 appear to be modeling themselves after the newly minted Minnesota senator and former mayor of St. Paul — moderate, Jewish Republicans running on urban-friendly platforms.In mayoral, city council and state senate races in New York, New Jersey andRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Cheers, Jeers Greet Democratic Contenders

By E.J. Kessler

Lieberman Defections: A number of fundraisers are joining the exodus of staffers from Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s presidential campaign.Fundraisers Jaclyn Brot of his New York operation and Chad Fitzgerald and Colleen McCarthy of his Washington-area operation have left, campaign spokesman Jano Cabrera confirmed.Cabrera suggested theRead More


Moms’ Plight Spurs Action By Agencies

By Nathaniel Popper

Three years ago, Cathy Markowitz had it all together. A house in a Long Island suburb, an accountant husband and a steady day job at a doctor’s office that gave her plenty of time to spend with her three young sons.Then her husband had a serious stroke. In the weeks that followed, Markowitz said that she discovered he had been leading a secondRead More


Probe Demanded of Ford Foundation Funding

By Nacha Cattan

A recent investigative report on the Ford Foundation’s funding of Palestinian groups is triggering calls for a federal investigation.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, and the American Jewish Congress are urging a federal probe into the alleged financial ties between what might be the country’s most prestigious foundation andRead More


What Fate for Arafat? Sharon Decides To Trust Grim Reaper

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Israeli government apparently has given up plans to assassinate, deport or otherwise harm Yasser Arafat and is now relying on nature to take its course and remove the Palestinian leader from power, via his allegedly deteriorating health.Sources in Prime Minister Sharon’s office told the Forward this weekRead More


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