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Palestinians, Israelis To Release Joint Peace Initiatives

By Marc Perelman

While the world’s attention is focused on President Bush’s “road map” to peace, high-level groups of Israeli and Palestinian activists are crafting a brace of independent initiatives, several of which are due to be published soon. The initiatives, which spell out the nature of a final agreement in greater detail than the roadRead More


Settlements Top the Agenda As Bush, Sharon Meet in D.C.

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The issue of Jewish settlements in the territories is the main obstacle awaiting Prime Minister Sharon when he meets with President Bush at the White House next Tuesday, according to informed sources here.Israel views Sharon’s White House visit, his first since October, as “crucial” to continued progress toward peace with theRead More


Egyptian Activist Sees Opening for Democratic Reform

By Marc Perelman

The American victory in Iraq is offering a unique opportunity to promote and spread democracy in the Middle East, according to the leading Egyptian human-rights activist.“Objectionable as the war may have been, the area has one fewer dictator. So there is a true opportunity to establish new institutions, new practices and new values, includingRead More


Groups Aim To Torpedo President’s Judge Pick

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With congressional battles heating up over President Bush’s judicial nominees, two major Jewish organizations known for their liberal views have weighed in against the latest controversial Bush candidate, Alabama state Attorney General Bill Pryor.Pryor was nominated last month to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta. TheRead More


No Contest Pleas in L.A. Assault

Two Iranian men accused of attacking two men whom they believed were Jewish outside a West Hollywood nightclub pleaded no contest to a hate-crime charge, according to the Associated Press.Daoud Mohammad Majid, 19, and Mohammed Hassan Aref, 22, would have faced as many as eight years in state prison had they been convicted of the original chargesRead More


Iranian Jew Nabbed In L.A. Shul Arsons

By Ruth Andrew Ellenson

LOS ANGELES — Alarmed at a string of recent arson attacks against synagogues and other religious institutions in the affluent San Fernando Valley, residents of this city were relieved last weekend when a suspect was arrested — and then shocked when the suspect was identified as a Jewish immigrant from Iran.Farshid Tehrani, 40, is accusedRead More


New Insurance Law To Protect Victims of Hate Crimes

By David Chesanow

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Hate-crime victims here no longer need to worry about losing their insurance, thanks to a new state law proposed and pushed by Jewish organizations. The measure prohibits insurance companies from canceling or not renewing coverage on property targeted in hate crimes.The new law, which applies toRead More


Parley Takes a Fresh Look at World’s Oldest ‘Demon’

By Benjamin Soskis

There is often comfort in the familiar, even in a familiar evil. That is why in the analysis of antisemitism, the historical approach, the search for continuities, is often an emotionally and rhetorically conflicted one. Casting one’s eyes back on the past millennia of persecution offers a terrifying vista. But if such a perspective can make oneRead More


Ashkenazim Storm Sepharad

By Dale Fuchs

In 1986, when Buenos Aires native Isidoro Gravier decided it was time to find a better future for his family, he moved to Madrid, thinking he could settle comfortably into the established Jewish community there. But it was not so easy.“The people were very friendly and supportive,” he recalled, “but the culture felt alienRead More


Russian Student Uncovers Community’s History

MOSCOW — Twice a day for 10 years, Alexei Evstratov passed by an abandoned cemetery in his hometown of Borisoglebsk. “I knew that this was a cemetery, but not until a few month ago did I know it was a Jewish cemetery,” said the 11th-grader, who is not Jewish.He decided to take research matters into his own hands by interviewing localRead More


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