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CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Agnostic About Arnold: California’s top Republican brass is decidedly agnostic about the gubernatorial bid of moderate Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger, despite the media frenzy it touched off and polls showing the actor to be the leading candidate. Basically, they’re waiting to see whether he will survive whatever dirt comes outRead More


Gay Muslims Work Toward a New Islam

By Mubarak Dahir

The melodic strains of the Muslim call for prayer reverberate off the walls of the odd-shaped room as a handful of men and women gather side by side in a row up front. Eventually, the small assembly of faithful bend and bow in the familiarly graceful motions that constitute the Muslim prayer.But this is no mosque, and certainly no ordinaryRead More


Political Cartoon Raises Ire in Philadelphia

By Andrea Schleider

A recent cartoon published in the Philadelphia Inquirer criticizing Israel’s security fence is creating a tempest among Philadelphia’s Jewish community and major Jewish organizations.Tony Auth, a Pulitzer Prize winner and staff editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Inquirer since 1971, illustrated a cartoon depicting Arabs cordonedRead More


In Ever-Richer European Union, Roma Still Live in Abject Poverty

By George Soros

The newly expanded European Union will stretch from the Atlantic to the Aegean, from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Europeans will have 23 official languages in which to discuss how to spend their common currency. Borders have been knocked down, and cooperation has increased. The E.U., however, has not been a partnership for all its citizens.TooRead More


Bank Head Steps Down After Praising Hitler

By Rachel Zuckerman

The president of a Chicago area bank stepped down last week after a furor erupted over his comments praising Hitler’s economic policies.In a 1,500-word article in the July issue of Outlook, the online newsletter of the Glenview State Bank, which serves thousands of customers in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago, President David RaubRead More


Israeli Underworld Surfaces as Gang Warfare Hits Street

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Despite the shaky cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians, Israel’s streets are stained with blood this summer, due to an explosion of gang warfare that has police baffled.One of Israel’s most feared mobsters, Yisrael “Alice” Mizrahi, 58, was killed last week when his Mercedes jeep was blown up near his south TelRead More


Austrian MP Calls for Inquiry Into Sharon’s Vienna Dealings

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Chemi Shalev in Jerusalem.

An Austrian lawmaker is calling for a formal inquiry into charges that Vienna is blocking an Israeli investigation of alleged campaign finance violations by Prime Minister Sharon — purportedly in exchange for Jerusalem’s agreement to restore diplomatic ties with the alpine nation.The lawmaker, Peter Pilz of the Green Party,Read More


Task Force Faults Bush Budget Cuts For Rising Poverty

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A national task force on poverty, set up in June by a coalition of major Jewish groups, is calling for community action to “raise public awareness” of how federal budget cuts are affecting health and social service programs “and the people they serve” — but stops short of proposing a plan to lobby against theRead More


Co-op Murals Face Plastering

By Saul Austerlitz

Faded and unkempt, the Hugo Gellert murals in the Seward Park Houses on the Lower East Side of Manhattan are once again at the heart of a budding controversy. This week the co-op’s shareholders are voting — ballots were due Friday — on whether they will be plastered over as part of a modernization of the buildings’ lobbies.Read More


Cheerleader Changed from Raiderette to Rebbetzin

By Max Gross

It is not uncommon to see a gaggle of NFL cheerleaders — covered up, of course, in unusually modest turtleneck sweaters and long skirts — lunching at one of the many kosher restaurants in Los Angeles.These former Los Angeles Raiders cheerleaders — Raiderettes, as they are called — are there to see one of their own: Elianah RochelRead More


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