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Black History Museum Is Moving Ahead in Congress

By Daniel Treiman

With the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993, Washington gained a widely acclaimed museum lauded for its emotionally moving permanent exhibit. The launch of a government-sponsored institution devoted to a genocide perpetrated overseas also highlighted, if unintentionally, the absence of a major national museum addressingRead More


Arizona Border Posses Tied to White Extremists, ADL Asserts

By Nacha Cattan

In secret missions with military code names like Operation Thunderbird and Operation Falcon, ordinary Americans in the Southwest are donning camouflage uniforms, grabbing rifles, motion sensors and global positioning systems and tramping — or swooping in Skyhawks — through the Arizona desert in search of illegal migrants.The scenario is laidRead More


Arrests Hit Israeli Muslim Group

TEL AVIV — Israeli authorities are working to outlaw the Islamic Movement, a fast-growing organization with tens of thousands of followers in Israel’s Arab community, mainly in the Galilee.The head of the Islamic Movement, Sheik Ra’ad Salah, was taken into police custody for questioning this week and court proceedingsRead More


New Front Sets Sights On Toppling Iran Regime

By Marc Perelman

A budding coalition of conservative hawks, Jewish organizations and Iranian monarchists is pressing the White House to step up American efforts to bring about regime change in Iran.For now, President Bush’s official stance is to encourage the Iranian people to push the mullah regime aside themselves, but observers believe that the policyRead More


Palestinians, Israelis To Release Joint Peace Initiatives

By Marc Perelman

While the world’s attention is focused on President Bush’s “road map” to peace, high-level groups of Israeli and Palestinian activists are crafting a brace of independent initiatives, several of which are due to be published soon. The initiatives, which spell out the nature of a final agreement in greater detail than the roadRead More


Settlements Top the Agenda As Bush, Sharon Meet in D.C.

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The issue of Jewish settlements in the territories is the main obstacle awaiting Prime Minister Sharon when he meets with President Bush at the White House next Tuesday, according to informed sources here.Israel views Sharon’s White House visit, his first since October, as “crucial” to continued progress toward peace with theRead More


Egyptian Activist Sees Opening for Democratic Reform

By Marc Perelman

The American victory in Iraq is offering a unique opportunity to promote and spread democracy in the Middle East, according to the leading Egyptian human-rights activist.“Objectionable as the war may have been, the area has one fewer dictator. So there is a true opportunity to establish new institutions, new practices and new values, includingRead More


Mitzna Resignation Batters Labor, But Raises Unity Coalition Hopes

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The sudden resignation of Labor Party leader Amram Mitzna, just six months into his tenure, has opened up possibilities for the formation of a new Likud-Labor national unity government that could advance the Middle East peace process.Coming amid a flurry of post-Iraq diplomatic activity, including the introductionRead More


Movement Creates Shoah Scroll To Ritualize Holocaust Holiday

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — In a revolutionary attempt to ritualize the observance of Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Conservative movement has produced the first-ever formal liturgy for the holiday.Dubbed “Megillat Hashoah” — “The Scroll of the Holocaust” — the document was recited publicly for the first time in North America during an AprilRead More


Illinois Senate Candidates Eyeing State’s Jewish Voters

By E.J. Kessler

Illinois State Comptroller Dan Hynes is considered the early favorite for the Democratic nomination in the race to succeed his state’s Republican senator, Peter Fitzgerald, who decided last month not to run for re-election. The son of another popular politician, Hynes, 34, can count on the support of Cook County’sRead More





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