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By Oren Rawls

Alternate Route: “The Oslo accords, which were produced by direct negotiations, have collapsed and have been replaced by a violent interaction that the two sides cannot end by themselves,” Martin Indyk writes in the May/June issue of the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs. “Without some form of effective international intervention, IsraelisRead More


Misquoted About Schools, Paige Is Hearing Apologies

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Two national Jewish organizations are apologizing to Education Secretary Rod Paige for their criticisms of him over a public endorsement of schools that teach “the values of the Christian community,” after it was disclosed that he had been misquoted.The Anti-Defamation League and the Religious Action Center of Reform JudaismRead More


Newsdesk May 2, 2003

Bush Lauded on AIDSHadassah is praising President Bush for endorsing a plan to fight AIDS in Africa. “President Bush has moved the battle against HIV/AIDS into a position of global importance,” said Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah’s national president. “By his actions, he has demonstrated the talmudic maxim that saving one life is akin to savingRead More


Archive Offers Campus New Era

By Josh Richman

SAN FRANCISCO — A mysterious discovery in a Holocaust survivor’s attic is fueling hopes of a Jewish studies renaissance on a campus plagued by antisemitic protests last year.Leaders of San Francisco State University’s Jewish studies program say the recent donation of original transcripts of the Nuremberg Trials will help usher in a new eraRead More


Exhibit Sheds Light on Nazi Suppression Of Free Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — For the past decade, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has focused on the Nazi campaign to persecute and murder Europe’s Jews. But this week, the museum marked its 10th anniversary by opening an exhibition on a topic that is not explicitly and specifically Jewish: Hitler’s war on free thought and free speech.“I was aRead More


Strike Shuts Down Government Services

About 700,000 public-sector workers, including more than 200,000 teachers, launched a nationwide strike this week effectively shutting down almost all government services offered by the state. The strike, which began Wednesday, was called to protest the government’s introduction of legislation that would cut $2.35 billion from Israel’s $56Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Does the presidential candidacy of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman have a Jewish problem? Some folks seem to think so.The Hartford Courant took its home-state senator to task last week for what it called his “dismal” first-quarter contribution filing, saying there was a “Jewish wrinkle” to Lieberman’s lackluster showing: TheRead More


A Farewell to Partisan Review, Bracing ‘Family of Freethinkers’

By Sanford Pinsker

It’s been more than a decade since I first submitted a piece to Partisan Review — it was a review of Sidney Hook’s letters — and received a typed note from William Phillips, the journal’s co-founder and longtime editor, telling me that, with some minor changes, he’d print it. I was overjoyed, partly because any acceptanceRead More


Third Trial In ’91 Riot Shows Race Still Divides

By Nacha Cattan

An air of frustration filled Courtroom 6 during jury selection in the Brooklyn federal courthouse last week when Juror 46 insisted that despite her own biases she could be fair in the racially charged trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr. When Judge Frederic Block admitted her to a pool of jury finalists, frustration boiled over into anger.JurorRead More


U.S. Probe Sees Terror Networks Sharing Men, Cash in Global Trail

By Marc Perelman

American authorities are investigating a suspicious money trail that leads from the jungles of South America to the suburbs of Dallas and may shed light on the interlocking finances of some key terrorist networks, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.Federal and Texas state investigators are seeking clues to the origin and destination of millions ofRead More





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