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Israeli Arab Wins Political Asylum in U.S.

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal appeals court in San Francisco has granted political asylum to an Israeli Arab who claims that he suffered from persecution at the hands of the Israeli government and military.As a result of last week’s ruling, Ibrahim Baballah; his wife, Ula, and their teenage son, Ahmad, can’t be deported from their San JoseRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Hamptons Holiday: Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is spending the weekend of July 26 and 27 in New York’s posh Hamptons resort area, in particular Westhampton, where he is speaking on the Sabbath at the Westhampton Synagogue and attending a fundraiser on Sunday at The Prime Grill. The Orthodox synagogue is led by RabbiRead More


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


Out of Africa: Zimbabwean Jewry Faces Extinction

By David Saks

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Political turmoil in neighboring Zimbabwe is threatening southern Africa’s second-largest Jewish community with extinction.Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of sub-Saharan Africa, has rapidly become a basket case in recent years, as the regime of President Robert Mugabe has resorted to ever more extreme measuresRead More


Perverting the Will Of the Electorate

By Gus Tyler

The 5-4 decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Georgia v. Ashcroft may very well turn out to be a turning point in the history of the American democracy. It all has to do with the way in which the gerrymander has perverted the will of the electorate and what can be done to make electoral resultsRead More


Comedy Giants Gather To Mourn One of Hollywood’s Great Clowns

By Hank Rosenfeld

The Encyclopedia of Jewish Humor includes 14 pages of jokes on death, so when Buddy Hackett passed away in Malibu at age 79 last week, the chapel at Hillside Memorial in Culver City was packed with every comedy icon that hadn’t booked a Fourth of July gig out of town.Sid Caesar sat up front with Jan Murray. Don Rickles was there.Read More


Creating Common Cultural Identity in a Diverse Israel

By Daniel Treiman

Benjamin Ish-Shalom and Elazar Stern are the quintessential odd couple.Professor Ish-Shalom, dressed formally in a suit and tie with wire-rim glasses, sideburns and slightly disheveled hair, looks every bit the academic. The founder and rector of Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center for Jewish Studies and Leadership, Ish-ShalomRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Sensible Anti-Zionism: “There is a legitimate ground for taking a moral and sensible stand against Zionism,” firebrand Israeli-Arab politician Azmi Bishara writes in the July 3 issue of the Egyptian Al-Ahram Weekly. “We can retain our anti-Zionist cultural stand without being enemies of the Jews or to coexistence.”Bishara’s ownRead More


Newsdesk July 11, 2003

Tel Aviv ‘Don’ Gives ThanksZe’ev Rosenstein, reputed “don” of the Tel Aviv underworld, attended a synagogue in Jerusalem on Monday to recite Gomel — the public prayer of thanksgiving for escaping danger — after surviving an apparent assassination attempt.Rosenstein narrowly escaped death last week when a bomb went off outside hisRead More


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