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Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy hands and Middle East pundits responded with surprise and disbelief this week to the presidential nomination of Daniel Pipes, an outspoken Middle East hawk, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution dedicated to preventing, managing and peacefully resolving internationalRead More


Foxhole Mitzvah: Ranking Rabbi Heads to Front

By Lisa Keys

With a gentle voice, a doughy, pleasant face and a knit yarmulke atop thinning brown hair, Mitchell Ackerson is a sort of Every Man’s Rabbi.Except for the camouflage uniform, that is.The senior chaplain for the 220th Military Police Brigade and, incidentally, the senior rabbi of the army’s entire combat theater, Ackerson sat March 28Read More


Netanyahu’s Austerity Plan Comes Under Fire From Labor Groups

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that Israel is teetering on the edge of an economic abyss and desperately needs an emergency rescue plan.His critics counter that his proposed cure, a stiff austerity package mixed with hefty doses of tax-cutting and privatization, is worse than the illness and will ultimatelyRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Noam Echad: As a child, he summered at Camp Massad in the Poconos, where he organized Zionist youth groups and wooed his future wife with his fluency in Hebrew. He developed an analysis of modern Hebrew grammar for his undergraduate and master’s thesis. And he and his wife seriously contemplated immigrating toRead More


Israeli Budget Cuts May Leave New Immigrants Without Homes

By Nacha Cattan

The Jewish Agency for Israel is arguing that Israel’s new austerity plan would cut immigration absorption programs so drastically as to discourage aliya and prevent needy arrivals from ever leaving absorption centers.The chief complaint of new immigrants to Israel, or olim, and their advocates is the government’s plan to cease grants awardedRead More


Hearing To Probe Pol’s Denial That Nazis Persecuted Gays

By Ami Eden

The Minnesota state legislature is set to hold an ethics hearing next week concerning one Republican member’s repeated claims that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Democrats will argue in front of the ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives that State Rep. Arlon Lindner should be censured over what they sayRead More


Newsdesk April 4, 2003

FBI Seeks Out Arab CommunityFBI Director Robert Mueller has directed his field offices to establish contacts with local Muslim and Arab activists, in order to encourage the reporting of hate-crime victims, and to promote cultural sensitivity and tolerance.In Washington, the FBI’s field office last week established the first Arab-AmericanRead More


Push for Evangelical Ties Splits Crowd

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Reviews were mixed in the heart of the New South, as 300 people packed a posh hotel ballroom to hear a pitch from two leading proponents of stronger ties between Jews and Evangelical Christians.Of the two main speakers, it was the baby-faced Republican and Christian leader, Ralph Reed, who seemed most intent on extending an oliveRead More


Few Large Donations Go to Jewish Causes

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting by Jta

Jewish philanthropists may be more generous than other Americans at cutting supersized checks to charities, according to a new study, but they give mere pennies on the dollar of their largest donations to Jewish causes.The study, titled Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy, found that among the 865 Americans who awarded a single grantRead More


Put the French Back in Fries

By Gus Tyler

The eatery where the members of Congress go for their chow no longer serves “french fries,” serving “freedom fries” instead.This dramatic and dizzying deed is not without precedent. During World War I, sauerkraut (a German word) was changed to “liberty cabbage” — and we won the war. So, why not try it again against France, withRead More





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