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Orthodox Rabbis Forbid Birthright Trips for Youths

Several of the world’s most prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbis are urging parents not to allow their children to participate in Birthright Israel, a multimillion-dollar program that offers free trips to Israel for young Jews.Rabbis in the United States and Israel signed separate statements condemning Birthright, which is funded byRead More


Newsdesk August 15, 2003

Prison Confab ProtestedThe state of Ohio is being accused by Jewish groups of violating the separation of church and state.At issue is an August 12 conference, sponsored by Promise Keepers, an Evangelical Christian men’s ministry, which took place at Ohio’s Marion Correctional Institution and was broadcast to prisons across theRead More


Chechnya Shows Signs of ‘Palestinization’

By Vance Serchuk

WASHINGTON — In the wake of this month’s devastating suicide bombing of a hospital near Chechnya, diplomatic analysts have increasingly been speaking of the “Palestinization” of the Chechen conflict.In recent weeks, suicide bombings have suddenly become the most visible, if not dominant, métier of the Chechen resistance. SinceRead More


Study Urges Investment in Arab Schools

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Education is the key to liberalizing and stabilizing Arab countries, according to a new study that recommends that the United States invest money to help develop high-quality, secular schools in the Middle East.The study, “The Youth Factor,” was published by the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at Washington’s BrookingsRead More


Overseas Travel Rebounding for Israelis

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Propelled by the optimism of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and a modest economic upturn, Israelis are traveling abroad this summer in numbers not seen since before the intifada, government and industry spokesmen say.The number of Israelis who left Israel during the first seven months of this year was up 8.5% over the same periodRead More


Jobs Wash Away in Trade War

By Gus Tyler

The common expression “He’s his own worst enemy” is usually applied to individuals. But it can also be applied to nations that pursue self-destructive policies.The current circumstance that serves as a perfect case is a “war” between the United States and China over their respective share of the American market. It is a war that China isRead More


Faith-Based Prison Program’s Success Questioned

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A recent study that was widely presented as documenting the success of an all-Christian rehabilitation program in a Texas state prison — and serving as proof that the Bush administration-backed programs should be expanded — actually shows that the program is a failure.The two-year study (2000-2002), published jointlyRead More


Dems Blast Bush Over Threats to Israel

By Eric Marx

In what some observers are describing as a campaign to shore up Jewish electoral support, congressional Democrats are blasting the White House for allegedly pressuring Israel to cease construction of its West Bank security fence.Thirty-one congressmen, all but two of them Democrats, signed on to a recent letter blastingRead More


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


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