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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


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


House Takes Aim at Judiciary on Church-State Cases

By Daniel Treiman

In what critics are describing as an unprecedented challenge to judicial power, the House of Representatives last week overwhelmingly approved two legislative amendments aimed at short-circuiting a pair of high-profile court rulings regarding church-state issues.In a 260-161 vote, the House approved an amendment to an appropriations bill July 23Read More


Ancient Tale of Mistaken Identity Sheds Light on Divorce Dilemma

By Ami Eden

Bringing a glossy magazine to synagogue would usually register as a religious faux pas, especially if it’s the flashy food issue of New York magazine and the holiday in question is the gloomy fast day of Tisha B’Av.This year, however, worshippers — and rabbis — would do well to come to services armed with copies of the magazine’s July 28Read More


Survivors Build Community Over Cinnamon Tea

By Jordan Stolper

LETTER FROM LA PAZWhen a hunger strike by government deputies forced the Bolivian president to call an emergency session of Congress in June, a group of men gathered at Eli’s Confiteria in downtown La Paz to assess the situation. When rival Bolivian security forces clashed in the capital earlier this year, leaving some 30 police and militaryRead More


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