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Searches for Missing American Teens Intensify

JERUSALEM — Police in the north were intensifying their searches this week for two teenagers, both American Jews, who have been missing since last week.One of the missing teens, Eliezer Zussiya Klughoft, 19, is the grandson of a chasidic leader in Brooklyn, the Skoliner rebbe, Rabbi Yisrael Avraham Portugal. A yeshiva student, he wasRead More


ADL Rebukes Knesset Law

By Ami Eden

In a rare rebuke of Israel, the Anti-Defamation League is criticizing the Knesset for passing a bill that denies residency permits to Palestinians who marry Israeli citizens.The decision to speak out, albeit gently, puts the ADL in the unusual position of joining the European Union and international human rights organizationsRead More


Single Mothers’ Protest Losing Support

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — When single mother Vicky Knafo set out on foot from her home in the Negev July 1, she was alone. When she finished her 125-mile protest march — intended to bring attention to proposed economic measures that would hurt single mothers — in Jerusalem one week later, she had attracted a throng of supporters. As the protest enters itsRead More


Lieberman Comes Out Swinging at President, Liberal Democrats

By E.J Kessler

In his strongest criticism of President Bush’s Israel policies to date during the campaign, Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is blasting Bush for threatening Israel over its security fence.In an e-mail message sent Tuesday night to Jewish supporters, Lieberman wrote that he was “stunned” to learn of Bush’s threats to withdrawRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Saddam’s Skeletons: A remark about Iraq former Vermont governor Howard Dean made on television is drawing the scorn of a Jewish communal leader.In an interview late last month on Iowa Public Television, Dean made the case for sending American troops to stop situations of genocide, including the butchery going on in Liberia. But at the same time,Read More


Exporting Homegrown Culture: Can Israeli Cinema Go Global?

By Daphne Merkin

The first and – but can this be? – last truly memorable Israeli film I saw was “Sallah Shabbati.” That was way back in my impressionable, Zionism-infused youth, somewhere in the middle of the giddy 1960s, when Israel still shimmered before the eyes of Jewish day-school children like a biblical fable come true, an as-yet untarnished land ofRead More


Fight Over Belzec Memorial Turns Dirty

A dispute over a Nazi death camp memorial pitting a New York activist rabbi against the American Jewish Committee and the Israeli and Polish governments is turning personal and, literally, dirty.The rabbi, Avi Weiss, went to the Belzec death camp in Poland last week, spending the wee hours of the morning of July 30 blocking construction of theRead More


Confirmation Debate Morphs Into Bitter Religious Battle

By Ami Eden

Allies of embattled Bush judicial pick William Pryor Jr., whose nomination is being opposed by Democrats over his controversial views on church-state issues, are trying to enlist a leading Orthodox Jewish organization in their fight to paint his foes as anti-Catholic extremists.The Committee for Justice, an advocacy group createdRead More


Rights Activist Named to Top Canada Court

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — Morris Fish, a 64-year-old judge widely respected for being a “mensch on the bench,” last week became the first Quebec Jew named to the Supreme Court of Canada.He is only the second Jew ever appointed to the high court. The late Bora Laskin, an Ontarian, served as chief justice from 1972 until he retired in 1984.While the JewishRead 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


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