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Bush To Push Direct P.A. Aid

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is set to push for an end to the ban on direct American funding of the Palestinian Authority, according to congressional sources.The White House intends to ask Congress to allow transferring of American financial aid directly to the Palestinian Authority, rather than the current practice of funneling funds toRead More


Bumpy Road to Success: From Strip Joints to Academia

By Alana Newhouse

There are coming-of-age books about Jewish identity, lesbianism, daughters’ relationships with their mothers, the Holocaust, being born out of wedlock, and the dark world of burlesque dancing. But Lillian Faderman’s autobiography, “Naked in the Promised Land” (Houghton Mifflin), just may be the first to cover all these bases in oneRead More


Meir Wilner, Israeli Communist Head, Dies at 85

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Meir Wilner, the last surviving signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and longtime leader of the Israel Communist Party, died last week at 85.A member of the Knesset from 1949 until he retired in 1990, Wilner was an unrepentant communist to the end. He said in a 1998 interview, on the 50th anniversary of Israel’sRead More


C O R R E C T I O N

In “Everything is NOT Illuminated” (June 6, 2003), the Forward incorrectly reported that Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated” was going to be made into a movie. At present, there are no suchRead More


American-Israeli Relations Strained Following Attack

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The sudden surge of Israeli-Palestinian violence this week, and President Bush’s decision to criticize Israel for its role, appear to be driving Israel’s allies in Congress and the Jewish community toward a confrontation with the White House that most had sought to avoid until now.Bush angered pro-Israel groups on Tuesday byRead More


Ad Targets Lactose Intolerant Jews

By Ross Schneiderman

Lactose intolerant Jews, don’t be ashamed; you’re not alone. According to a new ad for Lactaid milk, 60% of Jewish Americans suffer from the painful cramps, excessive flatulence and other uncomfortable symptoms associated with the disorder.The ad, which first appeared in the June issues of Hadassah and Reform Judaism magazines,Read More


Jerusalem School Files Lawsuit Against Y.U.

An Israeli religious school has slapped Yeshiva University with a lawsuit in a contract dispute sparked by charges that a rabbi at the Israeli school sexually molested students.The Derech Etz Chaim yeshiva of Jerusalem filed a breach of contract lawsuit Monday in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The Jerusalem schoolRead More


From Start-Ups to Letdowns

By Lisa Keys

Khaleil Isaza Tuzman races into his corner office, mid-conversation on his BlackBerry cell phone. An hour and a half late for a Forward interview, he mouths the words “I’m sorry” to a reporter as he takes off his jacket and glances at his computer screen.At first blush it could be 1999, when Tuzman was flying high as the 28-year-old CEO ofRead More


Evangelicals Adopt Settlers

By Max Gross

A prominent Evangelical Christian organization is urging its members to pour money into West Bank settlements in its newest fundraising drive, “Adopt-a-Settler.”The Jerusalem Prayer Team, a Christian Zionist organization that opposes Israel giving up land in exchange for peace, conceived of the idea in mid-May after a meetingRead More


Putin Pledging More Scrutiny On Iran Nukes

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting From Lena Rozovskaya in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with a group of senior American Jewish communal leaders in a hastily arranged Kremlin session Tuesday evening, promised to tighten Russian monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, but he rejected a request to cut off ties with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.The two and a half hour meeting, which wasRead More


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