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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


U.S. Taking Heat for An Afghan Drug Boom

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration, already under fire for under-funding the rebuilding of Afghanistan and permitting that country’s warlords to retain their power, is now facing charges that it is allowing Afghan drug production to boom.The charges, initially raised by a handful of independent experts, were aired at a Senate hearing inRead More


Liberal Protestant Churches Rebuff Pro-Israel Speakers

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Liberal Protestant churches are coming under renewed fire from Israelis and their American allies who accuse the churches of unwillingness to hear Israel’s side in the Middle East debate.The newest unrest began to emerge after the start of the intifada, as Jewish observers noticed that the five prominent Protestant denominations wereRead More


Leaders Gamble on Road Map Amid Tempered Expectations

By Chemi Shalev

AQABA, Jordan — In the end, President Bush could not have hoped for more. He got Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas to say as much as either man could permit himself to say. Sharon gave his strongest-ever endorsement of Palestinian statehood and pledged to start immediately dismantling illegal settlement outposts. Abbas issued his bluntestRead More


Friedman: Will Jews Still Care?

The following exchange was excerpted from Charlie Rose’s May 30 television interview with New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman. CHARLIE ROSE: The other thing is that the American Jewish community does not speak with one voice either.THOMAS FRIEDMAN: Absolutely. The rank-and-file are a lot more moderate than the, quote unquote,Read More


Charities’ Focus on the Hungry Draws Israel’s Ire

By Nacha Cattan

American Jewish philanthropies are coming to blows with their main beneficiary, the State of Israel, following an unprecedented Israeli Cabinet vote to deplore Diaspora charities’ use of Israeli hunger as a fundraising tool.Prime Minister Sharon unleashed the opening salvo at a weekly Cabinet meeting last Sunday, lambastingRead More


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