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By Oren Rawls

Unorthodox Behavior: A blogger going by the nom de guerre “Hasidic Rebel” and an agunah named Chayie Sieger are airing their ultra-Orthodox communities’ dirty laundry in the mainstream media.Sieger’s story of a Bobover chasidic marriage gone bad — real bad — is chronicled in the July 28 issue of New York, a weekly magazine. For sevenRead More


Officials Seek New Probe in Slaying by Cops

By Nacha Cattan

New York elected officials are demanding a second investigation into the four-year-old police slaying of a hammer-wielding Orthodox man in Brooklyn.Rep. Jerrold Nadler, whose district includes parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, and Assemblyman Dov Hikind of Brooklyn, both Democrats, have mobilized separate efforts calling for a reopeningRead More


Atheist Crusader Faces Starr in Legal Fight

Michael Arthur Newdow, the man best known for his crusade to remove “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance, has a new adversary: former solicitor general and independent counsel Kenneth Starr.

Starr is leading a team of lawyers representing Sandra Banning, the mother of Newdow’s daughter. The couple, who never married, is in theRead More


State Department Hawk Under Fire in Intelligence Flap Over Syria

By Marc Perelman

The uproar over the administration’s handling of intelligence on Iraq is prompting the intelligence community to try to regain the upper hand over the more hawkish elements in disputes over other “rogue” countries, analysts said.Last week, several media outlets reported that objections from the CIA and otherRead More


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


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