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Major Suspected Al Qaeda Attacks Since September 11, 2001

By Forward Staff and JTA

April 11, 2002 — Djerba, Tunisia. In a suicide attack, a tanker truck explodes at an ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba killing 21 people, including 14 German tourists.Read More


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Split on Church-State CaseJewish organizations are gearing up for a landmark Supreme Court church-state case, following Monday’s decision by the court to hear an appeal regarding government funding for religious education.The case involves Joshua Davey, a theology student in the state of Washington who applied for a state grant to help pay hisRead More


For the Health of Our Nation, Insure All American Children

By Howard Dean

In the richest, most advanced country in the world in the 21st century, it’s simply wrong for sick children to go without seeing a doctor because their parents can’t afford it. It’s wrong for a woman to find out she has late-stage breast cancer, because she couldn’t afford a mammogram. It’s wrong for seniors to have to choose betweenRead More


Wolfowitz Slammed on Turkey Comment

By Ami Eden

A veteran Democratic congressman is calling for the resignation of Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, claiming the Pentagon official is “undermining” democracy in Turkey.Speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives on Monday, Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank called on Wolfowitz to resign over remarks he made in an interviewRead More


Terror Attacks Said To Wound Sharon’s Image

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — A new wave of terrorist attacks has plunged Israel back to the bloodiest days of the Palestinian intifada and dashed fledgling hopes for an early resumption of the peace process.The renewed outbreak of violence may also have damaged Prime Minister Sharon’s public stature, after two and a half yearsRead More


Texas Democrats See Jewish Seats at Risk

By E.J. Kessler

Those Texas Democratic state legislators who went on the lam last week to kill a Republican redistricting plan were defending, among other things, Jewish political representation, one Houston Democrat told the Forward.Fifty-one lawmakers slipped across state lines in the dead of night on Mother’s Day, May 11, to deny Republicans the quorumRead More


Streams Unite To Fight Ministry on Conversion

By Nacha Cattan

In a rare moment of cross-denomination solidarity, Reform and Conservative rabbis in Israel are joining their Orthodox colleagues in opposing an Interior Ministry move to end automatic citizenship for those who convert to Judaism in Israel.The Interior Ministry, led by the anti-clerical Shinui Party, announced plans this weekRead More


State Department Ratchets Up Pressure on Syria To Halt Support of Terror Groups

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department’s top Syria expert warned this week that Damascus will face a sharp escalation of American pressure if it fails to act quickly to halt its support of terrorist groups.“Damascus finds itself at a crossroads,” said the official, Stephen Seche, director of the Syria, Lebanon and Jordan desk in the StateRead More


New Islamist Network Seen Emerging From Blasts

By Marc Perelman

As terrorists struck on three continents in an explosive wave of suicide attacks last week and the United States was put on its second-highest level of alert, Western analysts noted growing signs of coordination between Al Qaeda and regional Islamic groups previously seen as unrelated to it, including Hamas.The links, some experts suggested,Read More


Report Mulls West Bank Fence’s Impact

By Arnon Regular

JERUSALEM — A World Bank report warns that the security fence being built by Israel will have far-reaching effects on the Palestinians living in the vicinity of the fence to the east of the 1967 border. The report was drawn up at the request of the United States, United Nations, European Union and Norway.So far only about 8 miles have beenRead More





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