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Newsdesk July 25, 2003

Feinstein Backs VouchersSenator Dianne Feinstein of California has come out in favor of experimental school-voucher program being pushed by fellow Democrat, Washington Mayor Anthony Williams.In an opinion article in Tuesday’s Washington Post, Feinstein wrote that although she has never before supported a voucher program and still deeply believesRead More


Lobbyists Quiet Before White House Visits

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — On the eve of back-to-back White House visits by the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, and with pressure mounting for Israeli gestures to strengthen the Palestinian leader, Washington lobbyists for Israel were keeping an uncharacteristically low profile this week.With a handful of exceptions on the right and left, lobbyistsRead More


ZOA Blasts State Dept. Advisers as Anti-Israel

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Zionist Organization of America is blasting the State Department for naming what it called “hostile critics of Israel” to the new Advisory Group on Public Diplomacy in the Arab and Muslim World.The panel was assembled at the request of Congress to study the efficacy of the State Department’s public outreach to the Arab andRead More


Fear of Informants Leaves Arab Americans Reluctant To Speak Out

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Covering the Arab-American community here in the Windy City is not easy. People hide from reporters. They don’t want their names to appear in print. They seem irrationally mistrustful and refuse to speak on the record for any number of reasons: one “because I have a sister in Ramallah,” another because he didn’t want toRead More


Bush Losing Arab Voters

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A new poll is showing a dramatic drop in Arab-American support for President Bush. The poll, conducted by Zogby International, found that if presidential elections were held today, Bush would win only one-third of the overall Arab vote and a mere 10% of the vote among Arab Muslims.Pollster John Zogby, who conducted the survey,Read More


A Boom, if not a Renaissance, In Modern-Day Germany

By Josef Joffe

Michel Friedman may not be a household name in the shuls and temples of America. But this talk-show host extraordinaire, who until this month doubled as vice president of the Council of Jews in Germany and head of the European Jewish Congress, has lately been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic — and not as a source of boundless prideRead More


Pro-Israel Groups Focus on Christians Under P.A. Rule

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — With the Palestinian Authority retaking control of Bethlehem earlier this month, several pro-Israel organizations are hoping to focus greater attention on the plight of Christians living in the territories.Several groups, including the Anti-Defamation League, American Jewish Congress and National Christian Leadership Conference forRead More


U.S.-Israel Showdown Seen on Security Fence As Sharon Meets Bush

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Officials here are concerned that growing American-Israeli disagreements over the so-called “separation fence” between Israel and the West Bank may mar next week’s planned meeting in Washington between Prime Minister Sharon and President Bush.Sharon is coming to the United States on the heels of the first-ever visitRead More


Recruitment Plan Divides Canadian Religious Leaders

By Ethan Porter

When Jews for Jesus announced plans recently to recruit members in Canada, it caused a firestorm of controversy that revealed a rift between the Jewish and Christian communities.The group made a public announcement that it would recruit this summer in Toronto; in contrast to previous efforts, Jews for Jesus announced that they intendedRead More


Democratic Council Moves On Web Site’s Mideast Bulletin

By E.J. Kessler

A Jewish Democratic group is seeking to remove what it considers “unbalanced” material from the Web site of a group it is calling “an important and influential progressive organization.”The National Jewish Democratic Council is asking its members to contact MoveOn.org, a grassroots left-liberal organization that uses the InternetRead More


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