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Newsdesk June 6, 2003

Jerusalem Elects MayorJerusalem will get its first ultra-Orthodox elected mayor. Uri Lupolianski defeated Nir Barkat by 51% to 43% in Tuesday’s election, according to incomplete results. Lupolianski has been serving as Jerusalem’s acting mayor. In Haifa, Yona Yahav of the Shinui-Greens list will become mayor after defeating Likud-OneRead More


Conservatives Clash Over Gay Outreach

By Daniel Treiman

A prominent Jewish conservative is accusing leading social conservatives of “intolerance” after they criticized the chairman of the Republican National Committee for meeting with a gay advocacy group.David Horowitz, a former radical leftist turned right-wing provocateur, wrote an article blasting the conservative activists, citing byRead More


Duke, in Prison, Appeals for Cash

By Max Gross

David Duke has initiated yet another fundraising drive — from prison.The former grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and Nazi sympathizer, who is serving a 15-month sentence in the Big Spring federal prison in Texas, is asking for contributions to promote his latest book, an attack on Jews and Israel titled “Jewish Supremacism.”“Every day,Read More


Survivors’ Groups Decry Plan for Fund Disbursement

By Nacha Cattan

Plans for the disbursement of a Holocaust-related humanitarian fund established by German insurance companies are drawing fire from American groups of Holocaust survivors, as well as Israeli officials.At issue is a proposal, endorsed by the fund’s administrator, to use as much as one-fifth of the $165 million fund for Holocaust education andRead More


Bombing Suspect Tied to Antisemitic Sect

Eric Rudolph, the American white supremacist arrested last weekend for four bombings, including an attack at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was apparently motivated by an antisemitic ideology known as Christian Identity.Rudolph, 36, also wrote a paper espousing Holocaust denial while in high school.Although it is unknown whether Rudolph considersRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

A prominent Florida Democrat is challenging remarks made by Republican Rep. Mark Foley, who has been blaming Democrats for spreading rumors that he is gay.“It’s my understanding that a lot of the rumors about Rep. Foley were not generated by Democrats, but by the extreme right faction of the Republican Party in Florida,” said the chairman ofRead More


Cafe Talk: Aharon Appelfeld on Finding Peace Amid the Violence

By F.M. Black

JERUSALEM — Undeterred by the almost nonstop suicide bombings in Israel, Aharon Appelfeld, the acclaimed novelist, refuses to abandon a long-held, central part of his daily life as a writer: the cafe. “Why should I be afraid? All these years I’ve sat in cafes and worked — that’s my love,” Appelfeld told the Forward in late May.Read More


Investigation Into Ethics Violations Considered

JERUSALEM — Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein is considering calling for a police investigation of Likud Knesset members suspected of double-voting for the economic austerity plan passed by the Knesset last week.Rubinstein discussed the issue on Tuesday with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, who has filed a complaint with the Knesset ethicsRead More


Lieberman: Jews Should Overcome Anxieties

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman has some advice for the nervous folks in the Jewish community who say the country is not ready for his presidential candidacy.“I urge those in the Jewish community who are anxious about it to have faith in America. I do,” Lieberman told the Forward in a telephone interview.A number of recent reportsRead More


Israeli Rabbi Indicted for Inciting Racism

JERUSALEM — Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein decided this week to indict Rabbi Yitzhak Ginzburgh, a controversial West Bank settler activist and a leader in the Lubavitch chasidic community, for incitement to racism.Rubinstein’s decision followed a police investigation launched in response to a formal complaint by Jerusalem attorney DavidRead More


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