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Dishing the Dirt on Fashion Industry: Fact or Fiction?

By Lisa Keys

This week, the critical, expertly lined eyes of the fashion elite will be trained on Lauren Weisberger.It’s not because Weisberger is tall, blond and happens to look great in a pair of slim-fitting Seven jeans. She has found fame not with her model-good looks, but by taking a page from Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus, authors of theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

No Kidding: Hebrew University professor Omer Moav has devised an economic formula to combat global poverty: Fewer kids equals more wealth.“Why is rapid population growth bad for a country’s standard of living?”, the Jerusalem-based sociologist and economist writes in a March 2003 article on Project-Syndicate.org. “The math is simple:Read More


Ethiopian Leader Alleges Discrimination

By Nacha Cattan

A leader of the Ethiopian Jewish community in Israel is petitioning the Israeli Supreme Court, claiming the government discriminated against her by denying her a job because of her political party affiliation.Negist Mengesha claims she was denied a job leading an internationally funded Ethiopian welfare program after she became politicallyRead More


Newsdesk April 11, 2003

Israel: No U.S. PressureThe Israeli embassy in Washington denied this week that the Bush administration officially requested that Jerusalem suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. “There was no official request,” said Yossi Draznin, who handles American-Israeli defense cooperation at the embassy. DrazninRead More


Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy hands and Middle East pundits responded with surprise and disbelief this week to the presidential nomination of Daniel Pipes, an outspoken Middle East hawk, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution dedicated to preventing, managing and peacefully resolving internationalRead More


German Official’s Visit Focuses On Israeli-European Relations

JERUSALEM — German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Israeli officials this week that he is worried by Israel’s deteriorating relationship with Europe.Visiting Israel for the first time in 10 months, Fischer told Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Monday that he cannot “carry the burden alone” for concern for Israel’s positionRead More


Think Tank Deliberates ‘World War III’

By Marc Perelman

Senior politicians, academics and intelligence and law enforcement officials gathered Sunday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for the launching of the Strategic Dialogue Center, a think tank affiliated with Netanya College in Israel. The center organized a conference on global terrorism and asked the panelists to provide an answer to theRead More


Joe Claims Cash Surge, Reversing Slow Start

By E.J. Kessler

After a faltering start in the first quarter of the year, the presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman raked in between $300,000 and $400,000 in contributions during the first week of April, more than it received in the entire month of January.“Once we hit our stride, we really hit our stride,” said campaign spokesman JanoRead More


Marine Corporal Fatally Shot in Action in Iraq

By Max Gross

“He was a gung-ho, macho guy, and also very soft-hearted,” Rabbi Max Wall said of his grandson, Marine Corporal Mark Asher Evnin, who was killed in action in Iraq on April 3. The 21-year old Vermont resident was a scout sniper with the 1st Marine Division based in Twentynine Palms, Calif. Evnin was shot several times in the abdomenRead More





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  • Israeli soldiers want you to buy them socks. And snacks. And backpacks. And underwear. And pizza. So claim dozens of fundraising campaigns launched by American Jewish and Israeli charities since the start of the current wave of crisis and conflict in Israel and Gaza.
  • The sign reads: “Dogs are allowed in this establishment but Zionists are not under any circumstances.”
  • Is Twitter Israel's new worst enemy?
  • More than 50 former Israeli soldiers have refused to serve in the current ground operation in #Gaza.
  • "My wife and I are both half-Jewish. Both of us very much felt and feel American first and Jewish second. We are currently debating whether we should send our daughter to a Jewish pre-K and kindergarten program or to a public one. Pros? Give her a Jewish community and identity that she could build on throughout her life. Cons? Costs a lot of money; She will enter school with the idea that being Jewish makes her different somehow instead of something that you do after or in addition to regular school. Maybe a Shabbat sing-along would be enough?"
  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
  • "'What’s this, mommy?' she asked, while pulling at the purple sleeve to unwrap this mysterious little gift mom keeps hidden in the inside pocket of her bag. Oh boy, how do I answer?"
  • "I fear that we are witnessing the end of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I see no possibility for resolution right now. I look into the future and see only a void." What do you think?
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  • "We will do what we must to protect our people. We have that right. We are not less deserving of life and quiet than anyone else. No more apologies."
  • "Woody Allen should have quit while he was ahead." Ezra Glinter's review of "Magic in the Moonlight": http://jd.fo/f4Q1Q
  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
  • "My bat mitzvah party took place in our living room. There were only a few Jewish kids there, and only one from my Sunday school class. She sat in the corner, wearing the right clothes, asking her mom when they could go." The latest in our Promised Lands series — what state should we visit next?
  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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