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Settlement Expands As Road Map Ends

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

KEDUMIM — A new neighborhood in this northern West Bank settlement was dedicated in a festive ceremony this week, in what Peace Now activists said was a deliberate display by the government to show that the road map is dead.“They know exactly what is the meaning of this ceremony,” said Mossi Raz, a former Meretz KnessetRead More


Suspected Jewish Terrorists’ Detention Extended

JERUSALEM — The Jerusalem Magistrates Court this week extended detention orders for three men, including two settlers and a soldier, suspected of involvement in a Jewish terrorist network that authorities believe carried out a series of attacks against Arab targets in recent years.At least seven Palestinians have been killed and 19 woundedRead More


Renewing a Historic Partnership

By Alcee L. Hastings

Last week, America marked the 40th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, an event that should not only be remembered for the accomplishments of the time, but also as a milestone in the great civil rights alliance between blacks and Jews.For years, the black and Jewish communities in the United States have worked together to combatRead More


International Agency Eyes Israeli Nukes

By Marc Perelman

Even as the Iranian and North Korean nuclear programs cast a pall over world security, an upcoming meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency will discuss the “threat” of Israel’s nuclear capability.The IAEA’s board of governors is expected to meet September 8 to debate a much-awaited report on Tehran’s nuclear forays, but theRead More


Lastman Out: Toronto’s Motormouth Mayor Stands Down

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Canada’s largest city is witnessing the end of a political era: Mayor Mel Lastman, a Jewish millionaire businessman who has spent the past 30 years as an unbeatable municipal official in the Toronto area, will be missing from the ballot in November.Lastman, 70, is ailing from hepatitis C treatments and will not seek a third term asRead More


Or Commission Calls for ‘Real Equality’

By Ori Nir

The Israeli judicial commission charged with investigating the death of 12 Israeli Arabs during riots in 2000 has released a final report slamming police and the government and calling for steps to establish “real equality” between Jewish and Arab citizens.Headed by Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, the three-memberRead More


Debates on Gays Link Anglicans, Conservative Jews

By Ami Eden

Debates over homosexuality have produced national headlines throughout the summer, with much of the attention focused on the Episcopal Church and its groundbreaking decision to appoint an openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson.Yet an equally impassioned debate is raging within Conservative Jewish circles, as its top law-making body, the CommitteeRead More


Southern Teachers Hit the Road To Educate Rural Communities

By Lisa Keys

GREENVILLE, Miss.—When Lauren Antler accepted a position with Teach for America, she knew that her two-year assignment would find her teaching in a public school classroom five days a week, likely in a rural location far from her home in New York City.But when Antler, 23, landed in the Mississippi Delta community of Greenville last year, sheRead More


Marley Sings New Song for Peace

By Rachel Zuckerman

With the Middle East peace process again in tatters, one boldface name is offering a dose of reggae for the battered sides.Singer Ziggy Marley, son of late reggae superstar Bob Marley, has penned “Shalom Salaam,” which, as he told the Forward in an interview, calls for peace between Israelis and Palestinians.“I understand the points ofRead More


Soccer Brings Israeli, Palestinian Kids Together

By Max Gross

A visitor to the Tokyo Nisgaoka Soccer Stadium this week is likely to hear a strange mix of languages. A Palestinian child may shout, “’Urkud!” (“Run!”) An Israeli child may call for his teammate to pass the kadur (ball), while a Japanese child may put down the ball to prepare for a ko-na-kikku (corner kick).The latest movement to try toRead More


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