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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


Right Slams Plan, Center Remains Quiet

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The U.S.-backed “road map” to Middle East peace is coming under mounting attack from conservative pundits and several right-wing Jewish groups, while most influential Jewish organizations are offering either tepid support or subtle criticisms of the plan.As a result, some observers say, the weight of visible Jewish opinion….Read More


Former Political Hand Embraces Kid’s Conversion

By Ross Schneiderman

The Jewish community has gained a new member — and a prominent new in-law.Katherine Gergen, a recent convert to Judaism and the daughter of former presidential adviser David Gergen, married Mark Barnett last Sunday in a Jewish ceremony held at Music Mountain in Falls Village, Conn. Rabbi James Ponet, a Conservative clergyman and the JewishRead More


Bush’s Maneuvers Bewilder Jerusalem and Activists

By Ami Eden

Shortly before leaving for his trip to Europe and the Middle East, President Bush met in Washington with members of the foreign press corps. One reporter questioned whether, with an election coming up next year, the president had the political ability to pressure Israel.“Can you really do that?” the reporter asked.“Of course I can,” BushRead More


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