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Lawmakers See Israel in Record Numbers

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When members of Congress returned to their offices this week and were asked what they did on their summer vacation, a record number had a shared answer: I went to Israel.House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican, made headlines for a strongly pro-Israel speech he gave to the Knesset at the end of July. ARead More


Settlement Expands As Road Map Ends

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

KEDUMIM — A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists said was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is dead.“They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony,” said Mossi Raz, a former Meretz KnessetRead More


Suspected Jewish Terrorists’ Detention Extended

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem Magistrates Court this week extended detention orders for three men, including two settlers and a soldier, suspected of involvement in a Jewish terrorist network that authorities believe carried out a series of attacks against Arab targets in recent years.At least seven Palestinians have been killed and 19 woundedRead More


Renewing a Historic Partnership

By Alcee L. Hastings

Last week, America marked the 40th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, an event that should not only be remembered for the accomplishments of the time, but also as a milestone in the great civil rights alliance between blacks and Jews.For years, the black and Jewish communities in the United States have worked together to combatRead More


International Agency Eyes Israeli Nukes

By Marc Perelman

Even as the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs cast a pall over world security, an upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency will discuss the “threat” of Israel’s nuclear capability.The IAEA’s board of governors is expected to meet September 8 to debate a much-awaited report on Tehran’s nuclear forays, but theRead More


Lastman Out: Toronto’s Motormouth Mayor Stands Down

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is witnessing the end of a political era: Mayor Mel Lastman, a Jewish millionaire businessman who has spent the past 30 years as an unbeatable municipal official in the Toronto area, will be missing from the ballot in November.Lastman, 70, is ailing from hepatitis C treatments and will not seek a third term asRead More


Or Commission Calls for ‘Real Equality’

By Ori Nir

The Israeli judicial commission charged with investigating the death of 12 Israeli Arabs during riots in 2000 has released a final report slamming police and the government and calling for steps to establish “real equality” between Jewish and Arab citizens.Headed by Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, the three-memberRead More


As Charges Grow, Austria Seen Aiding Sharon Probe

JERUSALEM — Austria would welcome a new Israeli request for assistance in investigating a suspicious loan to the sons of Prime Minister Sharon, according to senior sources in the Austrian Justice Ministry. A Vienna court turned down Israel’s initial request in July.The sources said Austria would have approved the Israeli request to investigateRead More


Eisner, ‘The Survivor’

Jack Eisner, a Holocaust survivor who made tens of millions of dollars and then told the world about his wartime experiences, died August 24 at 77. Eisner, who made his money in the import-export business, helped found several Holocaust remembrance organizations and wrote an autobiography, “The Survivor,” which was made into a play and aRead More


As Road Map Collapses, U.S. Focuses on Saving Abu Mazen

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration’s Middle East diplomacy, shattered by the collapse of the Israeli-Palestinian cease-fire and sideswiped by the president’s own troubles, has been reduced in recent days to jawboning a peace agreement between the feuding leaders of the Palestinian Authority, Yasser Arafat and Mahmoud Abbas, who is alsoRead More


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