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Diplomats: Focus on Iraq

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Despite a growing sense of shared fate in the war against Islamic terrorism, last week’s deadly bombing of the United Nations headquarters in Baghdad appears to have sharpened rather than reduced the debate between America and the world body over how to proceed in Iraq.The reason, diplomats here say, is the continuing standoffRead More


Israelis Remain Unfazed After Cease-fire Fizzles

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM – Just days after a bus bombing that killed 21 people, downtown Jerusalem was bustling with activity this week. The Chutzot Hayotzer street fair that has taken over the city’s pedestrian mall every evening for the past month continued unaffected. In fact, the crowds were thicker than ever.Two months of relative calm following theRead More


President Bush Rejects A Heaven-sent Gift

By Gus Tyler

It was not easy for President Bush to manipulate matters to get the United States involved in a war in Iraq. But, he did it — although it cost him his credibility with many Americans. But now he faces a tougher task: getting out of Iraq.Officially, the war ended May 1. But now it appears that the real war started on the day our presidentRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Issa the Enforcer?: Rep. Darrell Issa, the San Diego Republican who has been spending millions of his own money promoting the recall of California’s Democratic governor, Gray Davis, is emerging as a power-broker among the several Republicans running to replace Davis.Issa, who himself bowed out of the governor’s race earlier this month,Read More


A Failed Israeli Society Collapses While Its Leaders Remain Silent

By Avraham Burg

The Zionist revolution has always rested on two pillars: a just path and an ethical leadership. Neither of these is operative any longer. The Israeli nation today rests on a scaffolding of corruption, and on foundations of oppression and injustice. As such, the end of the Zionist enterprise is already on our doorstep. There is a real chance thatRead More


Egyptian Scholar Planning Lawsuit Over Exodus Gold

By Max Gross

A prominent Egyptian legal scholar is preparing a lawsuit against Jews around the world over gold allegedly stolen in biblical times during the Jewish exodus from Egypt.Nabil Hilmy, dean of the faculty of law at Egypt’s Zagazig University, announced his plan in the Egyptian government weekly, Al-Ahram Al-Arabi, according to the Middle East MediaRead More


U.S. Presses Abu Mazen Over Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Palestinian Authority was under intense pressure this week to clamp down forcefully on terrorists in order to save the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire from collapse following this week’s horrific bus bombing in Jerusalem.Israeli officials said that Washington had warned the Palestinian prime minister, Mahmoud Abbas, also knownRead More


Groups Rebuking Feds’ Move On Asylum

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare, unified rebuke of the Bush administration, 15 prominent Jewish organizations have come together to decry what they say is the unlawful prosecution of legitimate asylum seekers.The groups are objecting to the federal government’s growing practice of prosecuting asylum seekers for using false documents to enter the United States. TheyRead More


Dean Losing Support on Left For His Stances on Its Issues

By E.J. Kessler

Howard Dean has rocketed to the front of the Democratic presidential pack with his angry, outsider style and his overt appeals to the anti-war left. But even as the former Vermont governor galvanizes the party’s left flank, many liberals are voicing concern over his stances on some of their most cherished issues.Many single-issue activists whoRead More


Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America

By Rachel Zuckerman, Forward Correspondent

Shortly after their community was awarded permanent residency status in Israel, a dance troupe hailing from the country’s controversial African Hebrew Israelite community completed its first “goodwill tour” of the United States at New York’s National Black Theatre in Harlem.Members of the Spirit of David Dance Theatre — whoRead More


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