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Daring Heist Spreads Fear

By Marc Perelman

ANTWERP — All hell broke loose on Jews here in mid-February. It was not antisemitism. It was not Iraq. It was merely the largest robbery to hit this Belgian port city in decades.Armed robberies are not usually issues that preoccupy Jewish communal defense experts. The problem this time was that the daring, $120 million robbery took place…Read More


Newsdesk April 18, 2003

By Forward Staff and Jta

Givat Haviva Head ResignsThe top professional of an organization supporting Jewish-Arab dialogue programs in Israel abruptly stepped down last week after a report linked him to leaders of the self-described anti-Zionist New Alliance Party.Robert Levy, executive director of the Givat Haviva Educational Foundation Inc., resigned 10 weeks after theRead More


Calling for Forgiveness From Brooklyn Dodgers Fans

By David Davis

On October 8, 1957, Brooklyn Dodgers publicist Arthur “Red” Patterson shocked the baseball world when he announced that the team was moving to Los Angeles.Since that time, Brooklynites have clung to their hatred of then-owner Walter O’Malley. Some would go so far as to say that the Dodgers’ abrupt departure destroyed Brooklyn’sRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Ami Eden

Now It’s Trotsky’s Fault? Conspiracy theories about a clique of Jewish neoconservatives hijacking U.S. foreign policy got bumped up a notch or two this month, when the celebrated Washington policy wonk Michael Lind published his version in the British journal New Statesman. Writing in the April 7 issue of the fabled Fabian sheet,Read More


Long Path Ahead for Establishing Rule of Law in Iraq

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Looting, vandalism and murderous retribution — the visible expressions of lawlessness that immediately followed the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime — do not even begin “to touch the tip of the iceberg” of the legal challenge that America and its allies face in Iraq, says Neil Kritz, one of the nation’s leading experts onRead More


Achieving Peace in Iraq Requires Staying the Course on Democracy

By Daniel Byman and Kenneth Pollack

It would be foolish to believe that democracy in a post-Saddam Iraq will be easy or certain — let alone that doing so might solve all of the problems of the Middle East. Iraq has real problems that are going to make the creation of a functional democracy there difficult and lengthy. As critics of intervention have noted, Iraq has littleRead 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


Jerusalem Urges Bush: Next Target Hezbollah

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israel is urging the Bush administration to target Hezbollah following the war in Iraq, arguing that the militant Shiite organization threatens the stability of the Middle East and the security of the United States worldwide.Based in southern Lebanon, Hezbollah has stepped up its anti-American rhetoric since the start of the warRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Former Vermont governor Howard Dean, who has positioned himself as the most antiwar of the top Democratic presidential contenders, is insisting that he did not mean to cast aspersions on the New York metropolitan area — or its Jews — when he called the region “hawkish” in remarks to a Southern newspaper.“The most hawkish areaRead More





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