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Evangelicals Adopt Settlers

By Max Gross

A prominent Evangelical Christian organization is urging its members to pour money into West Bank settlements in its newest fundraising drive, “Adopt-a-Settler.”The Jerusalem Prayer Team, a Christian Zionist organization that opposes Israel giving up land in exchange for peace, conceived of the idea in mid-May after a meetingRead More


Putin Pledging More Scrutiny On Iran Nukes

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting From Lena Rozovskaya in Moscow

Russian President Vladimir Putin, meeting with a group of senior American Jewish communal leaders in a hastily arranged Kremlin session Tuesday evening, promised to tighten Russian monitoring of Iran’s nuclear program, but he rejected a request to cut off ties with Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.The two and a half hour meeting, which wasRead More


Lacking Alternative Plan, ‘Road Map’ Opponents Await Palestinian Change of Heart

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — As the euphoria of President Bush’s peace initiative fades, opponents of Bush’s “road map” are hardly voicing second thoughts about their refusal to go along with the plan. But with a handful of exceptions — Tourism Minister Benny Elon’s Jordan-is-Palestine doctrine, Housing Minister Effi Eitam’sRead More


Upstart Rabbinical School Set To Fight for Pulpit Jobs

By Nacha Cattan

An upstart rabbinical school housed in the basement of a Manhattan synagogue is poised to fill more Orthodox pulpits a year than the Modern Orthodox flagship Yeshiva University.This is the projection put forth by the fledgling Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, the brainchild of the charismatic Rabbi Avi Weiss of the Bronx.The college has justRead More


Muslim Charities Sue CBS, Investigator

By Marc Perelman

Two American Muslim charities and a Georgia-based poultry company are suing CBS and a terrorism investigator for designating them, in a book and on the prime-time CBS program “60 Minutes,” as sponsors of Al Qaeda.The Heritage Education Trust and the Safa Foundation, two Virginia-based charities under investigation for possible terrorism links,Read More


Rash of ‘Economic Suicides’ Heats Debate on Rising Inequality in Israel

By Elli Wohlgelernter, With Reporting by Ha’aretz.

JERUSALEM — Menashe Habakuk was once described as Israel’s golden boy. National judo champion during the late 1980s, he won the gold medal at the 1990 Maccabiah games, married an adoring fan and went to work as a trainer in a studio near Tel Aviv.Six years later he was working part time as an air conditioning repairman inRead More


Attack on Hamas Head Spurs Terror, Threatens Abu Mazen

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The failed assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantisi is likely to weaken the already precarious position of Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and to herald a new wave of terrorist attacks against Israelis.This was the assessment of most Israeli analysts even before the Hamas-backed suicide bombing in Jerusalem WednesdayRead More


A Maverick in the Ivory Tower

By Neal Sokol

“Think about it,” said author and anthologist Ilan Stavans, “the end of World War II happened not even 60 years ago. How to understand the amount of monographs and studies on Jewish themes published worldwide today, especially in English, if not as a revenge of a perseverant spirit?”Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring professor of LatinRead More


Liberals Vow Court Fight Over Limit On Abortion

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Liberal groups are vowing a constitutional court challenge if President Bush follows through on his promise to sign the first federal law banning an abortion procedure.The measure, a ban on a procedure widely known as “partial birth abortion,” passed the House of Representatives last week by a wide margin, after the SenateRead More


Former Foe of Affirmative Action Backs Policy in Michigan Case

By Daniel Treiman

During the 1970s, the neoconservative sociologist Nathan Glazer was one of affirmative action’s leading critics.Now, with the U.S. Supreme Court expected to hand down a decision this month determining the future of affirmative action in university admissions, Glazer has signed onto a friend-of-the-court brief along with six otherRead More


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