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Administration Said To Be Blocking Restitution Push

By Nacha Cattan

Holocaust survivors, a top Clinton administration official and a veteran congressman are warning that the Bush administration is undermining the fight to win compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration’s special envoy on Holocaust issues who struck global restitution deals totaling $10Read More


Shifting Gears, Syria Offers To Reopen Negotiations With Israel

After a barrage of American criticism for its disruptive role in Iraq and the Middle East, and with a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell looming on the horizon, Syria has swiftly shifted gears in recent weeks, moving from calls to resist the American invasion of Iraq to sudden peace overtures to Israel.Syria’s newest gesture was brought toRead More


Some Happy 55th: Pessimism, A Strike and Same-Old Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — On the eve of the country’s 55th Independence Day, most Israelis are in a somber and pessimistic mood, shackled by what they perceive as unbreakable military, political and economic chains.According to the newest polls, the public supports the American-sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, as well as the recentRead More


Legal Twist: Crown Heights Killer Asking To Get Away With Murder

By E.J. Kessler

It was a legal tactic breathtaking in its chutzpah. Some compared it to the old joke about the fellow who murders his parents, then asks for the mercy of the court because he is an orphan. But few doubted it might work.Through 12 years and two trials, Lemrick Nelson, the black youth arrested, tried and acquitted in the knife slaying of aRead More


Jews’ Role Murky As Rebel Banner Drops in Georgia

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Thanks to a last-second compromise reached by lawmakers last week, the state flag of Georgia is about to drop the notorious Confederate battle emblem for the first time in nearly 50 years..The deal — widely seen as a rebuke of Republican Governor Sonny Perdue — came quickly, catching most observers by surprise. But for TyroneRead More


Prolific Writer Awarded for Letters to the Editor

By Max Gross

Stephen A. Silver knows how to get his name in print.He is the recipient of a media watch group’s Letter Writer of the Year Award because of the dozens of letters he published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world on behalf of Israel.Silver, who lives in Concord, Calif., is one of more than 3,500 American members of theRead More


Israeli Ambassador Gets Down to Business at the U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — In the aristocratic world of the United Nations, where diplomats land appointments only after slowly climbing the ranks of their foreign services, Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman is a maverick.Gillerman is no career diplomat. He is a businessman who has agreed to forgo shares and profits for a while and instead fight overRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Alternate Route: “The Oslo accords, which were produced by direct negotiations, have collapsed and have been replaced by a violent interaction that the two sides cannot end by themselves,” Martin Indyk writes in the May/June issue of the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs. “Without some form of effective international intervention, IsraelisRead More


Misquoted About Schools, Paige Is Hearing Apologies

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Two national Jewish organizations are apologizing to Education Secretary Rod Paige for their criticisms of him over a public endorsement of schools that teach “the values of the Christian community,” after it was disclosed that he had been misquoted.The Anti-Defamation League and the Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismRead More


Newsdesk May 2, 2003

Bush Lauded on AIDSHadassah is praising President Bush for endorsing a plan to fight AIDS in Africa. “President Bush has moved the battle against HIV/AIDS into a position of global importance,” said Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah’s national president. “By his actions, he has demonstrated the talmudic maxim that saving one life is akin to savingRead More





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