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Bush Drops Opposition To Building Of Barrier

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration has abandoned its opposition to Israel’s construction of a security fence in the West Bank, easing a major point of tension between Washington and Jerusalem in recent months, according to pro-Israel activists in Washington, Palestinian diplomats and sources close to the Bush administration.UntilRead More


Organizers of Initiative Seek U.S. Support

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The leaders of an Israeli-Palestinian grassroots peace initiative came to Washington this week seeking support for their undertaking to revive peace efforts on the basis of mutually accepted principles to guide a final settlement between the parties.The two leaders of the initiative, Ami Ayalon, former head of Israel’sRead More


Tour of U.S. Schools Reveals Why Zionism Is Flunking on Campus

By Natan Sharansky

When I got to Rutgers University in New Jersey last month, I almost forgot I was on a college campus. The atmosphere was far from the cool, button-down academic reserve typical of such institutions. It was more reminiscent of a battlefield.My arrival was greeted by a noisy demonstration of Palestinian and JewishRead More


Groups Rap Mahathir, ADL Rips Chirac

By Marc Perelman and Ami Eden

With Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad standing by his claims that Jews rule the world, Israeli leaders and Jewish groups say they are stepping up efforts to organize a “global rejection” of the Asian leader’s remarks.Israeli Minister for Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Natan Sharansky issued a statement Wednesday announcingRead More


Dems Mock GOP On Barbour Gaffe In Southern Race

By E.J. Kessler

A Republican gubernatorial candidate’s visit to the fundraiser of an allegedly racist group, and his subsequent defense of the appearance, has Democrats mocking White House efforts to woo Jewish voters.Haley Barbour, a Washington lobbyist and former chairman of the Republican National Committee who is running for governor of Mississippi,Read More


Activist Pushes for Senate Action

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A leading activist from Israel’s Peace Now movement last week urged the Senate to help stop Jewish settlement activity in the territories and prevent Israel’s security fence from cutting through the West Bank.The director of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes, told the Senate Subcommittee for Near Eastern andRead More


Swiss Bank Scandal Gets Hearing in Israeli Court

By Marc Perelman

Israel’s Supreme Court is expected to hold a hearing November 6 on a complaint filed against several of Israel’s top financial authorities that accuses them of failing to investigate a multimillion-dollar scam by the Swiss subsidiary of Bank Leumi, Israel’s second-largest bank.Two foundations representing Israeli and FrenchRead More


Peace Now Project Keeps an Eye on Settlements

By Elli Wohlgelernter

MIGRON, West Bank — As head of Peace Now’s Settlement Watch Project, Dror Etkes is charged with taking note of everything that happens in the territories: the expansion of every existing settlement, the paving of every new road and, especially, the placement of every new shipping container or trailer on a new piece of land, signaling theRead More


Scholars: Article on Hitler House Shows Press Failure on Holocaust

By Rachel Zuckerman

More than 60 scholars signed a petition this week calling on a British magazine to release a 1938 article that cheerfully described Adolf Hitler’s summer house. The scholars say the article is an important example of the press’s failure to cover the Holocaust accurately .The article, “At Home With Hitler,” which was publishedRead More


West Bank Residents Slam Geneva Peace Plan

By Elli Wohlgelernter

EFRAT, West Bank — Meat cleaver in hand, Simcha Levy stands behind his counter in the Ish Efrat supermarket, preparing fresh chicken schnitzels for sale.He takes a piece and lays it on the counter, carefully trimming off the outer fat before cutting it in two and laying the two pieces side by side.Placing a thin piece of plastic across aRead More


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