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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


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


Poles Open Probe Into Jewish Role In Killings

By Marc Perelman

Poland’s official National Institute of Remembrance, created to investigate historic crimes of the Nazi and communist eras, is currently investigating allegations that Jewish partisans participated in a massacre of civilians in Poland in early 1944.The institute launched the investigation in February 2001 at the request of the CanadianRead More


Hawks Circle Israeli PM as Scandals Widen

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israeli politicians have begun gearing up for a battle of succession as Prime Minister Sharon struggles against a mounting wave of legal investigations and charges of corruption that could potentially drown his political career, perhaps in the coming months.During the last two weeks, hardly a day has gone by without another seriousRead 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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