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Activists: Ethiopians Die As Care Is Denied

By Nacha Cattan

A dozen Ethiopians, including nine children, reportedly died last month after being refused care by American Jewish relief organizations as they waited for permission to immigrate to Israel.Among the dead were starvation victims Emaye Molla, 18, and her 8-year-old brother, Berhane, Ethiopian activists said. According to the activists, othersRead More


Spotlight Shifts to Lieberman’s Children

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman lost its two top finance staffers this week in a staff purge that drew attention to the six-figure salaries the campaign was paying to Lieberman’s children for their work as fundraisers.Finance director Shari Yost and her deputy, Jennifer Yocham, resigned, in what the campaignRead More


Sharon Faces Ire As He Eyes Hamas Prisoner Release

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Sharon braced for fierce Cabinet opposition this week in the wake of his decision to release Palestinian security prisoners belonging to the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist groups.Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office told the Forward that following next week’s planned meeting betweenRead More


Green Dreams and Red Tape: A Tale of Innovation, Squelched

By Michael Tomasky

Tilting at Mills: Green Dreams, Dirty Dealings, and the Corporate Squeeze By Lis Harris Houghton Mifflin, 241 pages, $25. * * *The City of New York publishes a little booklet called the Green Book, which is a directory of every government agency in the city and all their leading officials. A copy sits on any serious urban reporter’sRead More


Palestinians Head to D.C. To Fight West Bank Fence

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A team of young Palestinian policy advisers is coming to Washington this week in an effort to sway political opinions about the security fence that Israel is building in the West Bank. The group’s presentation on the subject has already influenced at least one member of the Bush administration: NationalRead More


Knesset Vote Scandal Puts Democracy in the Dock

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — The fraud squad of Israel’s national police is expected to complete its investigation into the Knesset double-voting scandal this week and will make its recommendations to Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein on whether to pursue a full prosecution.The scandal involves Knesset members, most of them from Likud, who are suspected ofRead More


The Tortilla Steps Up to the Plate, Filling the Hole Left by the Bagel

By Lisa Keys

MILLBURN, N.J. — Surveying his colorful, recently opened restaurant, David Fishman points to the smoky, saucy and decidedly untough meat being devoured by a reporter. “That’s not your bubbe’s brisket,” he said, raising an eyebrow and smiling.Indeed. While the word “brisket” conjures images of Passover Seders and home-cookedRead More


9/11 Report Ups Heat On Saudis, Washington

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already embattled over its use of doubtful intelligence in building its case for the war against Iraq, is gearing up for renewed scrutiny over reports that it has hampered investigations of the September 11 attacks.A congressional report on the attacks is set to be released in the middle of next week,Read More


California Budget Woes Threaten Elderly

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — California’s ongoing budget crisis has Jewish federations and their social service agencies bracing for deep cuts that may leave some of their most vulnerable clients in dire straits.Topping administrators’ fears are proposed cuts in their already deficient reimbursements from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid healthcareRead More


Jewish Voters Still Overwhelmingly Democratic

By E.J. Kessler

Jewish Democrats become apoplectic when they hear Republicans swaggeringly predict a shift in the Jewish vote toward the Republican column. The overwhelming preponderance of polling, Democrats say, supports the opposite view — that Jews, alone among white groups, remain overwhelmingly Democratic.Last month, an independent poll for the Ipsos/CookRead More


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