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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


Jewish Organizations Absent at Civil Rights Rally

By Daniel Treiman

In 1963 leading Jewish groups lined up to support the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, a climactic moment in the civil rights movement. The president of the American Jewish Congress, Rabbi Joachim Prinz, delivered an address that chief march organizer Bayard Rustin would later claim was the event’s “greatest speech,” eclipsingRead More


Diaspora Museum on the Verge of Economic Collapse

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The Museum of the Jewish Diaspora in Tel Aviv, once famed for its cutting-edge technology and innovative exhibitions, is on the verge of total economic collapse and will be forced to close unless additional funding can be found to keep it alive.A special committee headed by former finance and justiceRead More


New Afghan Constitution Is Worrying U.S. Panel

By Marc Perelman

The U.S. government’s top human rights body is warning that the new constitution being drafted in Afghanistan may fail to protect basic human rights while allowing conservative Islamic clerics to curtail religious freedom.A delegation from the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom, a bipartisan body set up by CongressRead More


White House Plans Renewed Mideast Peace Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Even as the White House pledges to salvage the Middle East peace process, administration officials are rejecting more aggressive steps being advocated by some lawmakers and former American diplomats, including the use of American troops.The effort to step up American peace-making efforts follows what critics pannedRead More


Debates on Gays Link Anglicans, Conservative Jews

By Ami Eden

Debates over homosexuality have produced national headlines throughout the summer, with much of the attention focused on the Episcopal Church and its groundbreaking decision to appoint an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson.Yet an equally impassioned debate is raging within Conservative Jewish circles, as its top law-making body, the CommitteeRead More


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