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Debate Planned for Sabbath Is Postponed

By E.J. Kessler

The New York Times is rescheduling an “informal debate” to which it invited the Democratic presidential candidates.In a May 1 letter obtained by the Forward, Times associate editor John Darnton invited the candidates to participate in the daytime event on Saturday, June 21 — in the middle of the Jewish Sabbath. Connecticut Senator JosephRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Much has been made of the barbs recently traded by former Vermont governor Howard Dean and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry over their respective postures toward the Iraq war, among other issues. Now a supporter of another presidential candidate, Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich, has decided to join the fray.George Spitz, Kucinich’s chief supporterRead More


Moral Issue of Our Time: Make Healthcare an American Right

By Richard Gephardt

In 1972, my 2-year-old son Matt was diagnosed with what doctors said was terminal cancer. My wife, Jane, and I were told he probably wouldn’t last six weeks. I remember those nights when I’d rock my son to sleep. Ask any father and he’ll tell you how much pride you feel when you’re able to soothe your children and watch them drift off toRead More


Antisemitic Article, Threats Roil Campus

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — In the face of death threats and a tidal wave of criticism, an embattled faculty adviser and student editor in Northern California are standing by their decision to publish an opinion article accusing Israel of genocide.Controversy over the article continues to rock the campus of Santa Rosa Junior College,Read More


Activists Scale Back Opposition to ‘Map’

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration steps up its drive to implement the president’s “road map” to Middle East peace, pro-Israel lobbyists and their allies in Congress are dropping their initial antagonism and moving toward active support of the administration’s stance.LastRead More


Black History Museum Is Moving Ahead in Congress

By Daniel Treiman

With the opening of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993, Washington gained a widely acclaimed museum lauded for its emotionally moving permanent exhibit. The launch of a government-sponsored institution devoted to a genocide perpetrated overseas also highlighted, if unintentionally, the absence of a major national museum addressingRead More


Arizona Border Posses Tied to White Extremists, ADL Asserts

By Nacha Cattan

In secret missions with military code names like Operation Thunderbird and Operation Falcon, ordinary Americans in the Southwest are donning camouflage uniforms, grabbing rifles, motion sensors and global positioning systems and tramping — or swooping in Skyhawks — through the Arizona desert in search of illegal migrants.The scenario is laidRead More


Arrests Hit Israeli Muslim Group

TEL AVIV — Israeli authorities are working to outlaw the Islamic Movement, a fast-growing organization with tens of thousands of followers in Israel’s Arab community, mainly in the Galilee.The head of the Islamic Movement, Sheik Ra’ad Salah, was taken into police custody for questioning this week and court proceedingsRead More


U.K. Looks Inward as Its Boys Turn Up as Suicide Bombers

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — The disclosure that two British citizens were involved in a Tel Aviv suicide attack has come as a shock to Britain. It has not, however, come as a surprise for British Jews.“I think we are saddened but not surprised,” said Henry Grunwald, president-elect of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s main JewishRead More


White House Is Aiming To Raise Iranian Nukes At U.N. Security Council

By Marc Perelman

In a possible softening of its attitude toward the United Nations, the Bush administration has decided to bring the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.While it bypassed the world body to deal with Iraq militarily and is trying to handle North Korea’s recently revealed nuclear capability through regional talks, theRead More





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