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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


With ‘Road Map’ Set, Battle Shifts To Its Implementation

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Having apparently failed to secure any changes to the internationally sponsored “road map” to peace, Israel and its supporters in Washington are gearing up for diplomatic battles over the plan’s implementation.The Israeli government said this week that it would submit 15 proposed amendments to the document, which is expected to be releasedRead More


ZOA Protests Campus Speaking Engagements by Tutu

By Max Gross

The Zionist Organization of America has denounced two universities for inviting Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak on their campuses.Citing at least half a dozen instances in which the anti-apartheid activist spoke out against Israel, ZOA president Morton Klein criticized Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law for hosting TutuRead More


National Population Survey Postponed — Again

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey, the $6 million study whose release was postponed last November so that its methods could be reviewed, has been postponed again for a second review.The new delay means that the survey, commissioned by United Jewish Communities and originally set for completion in 2000, will not be published forRead More


Minnesota Ethics Case Turns Into Shoah History Lesson

By Burl Gilyard

ST. PAUL — The ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives met this week to hear the case of a Republican colleague under fire for repeatedly suggesting that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Part history lesson, part political circus, the hearing featured testimony from a wheelchair-bound Holocaust survivor and callsRead More


Report: 3.3 Million Dead in Africa’s Bloodiest Conflict

By Daniel Treiman

An estimated 3.3 million people have died during the last four and a half years as a result of the bloody war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a report issued Tuesday by a relief group.The International Rescue Committee report said that about 85% of the deaths were from hunger and disease brought on by the chaotic fightingRead More


Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, Wrote On Prayers, Holidays, Spirituality

Rabbi Sidney Greenberg, 85, one of Conservative Judaism’s most respected writers on Jewish prayer, holidays and spirituality, died of a stroke Monday at his home in Manhattan.A native New Yorker, Greenberg served as rabbi of Temple Sinai, now in the Philadelphia suburb of Dresher, for more than 50 years. Following his retirement in 1996,Read More


Democrats Hone Appeal At Parleys In Capital

By E.J. Kessler

WASHINGTON — Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Joseph Lieberman came out swinging left on Monday, invoking the name of liberal icon Paul Wellstone as he told a conference here that he would work to pass a bill mandating spousal benefits for domestic partners of gay federal employees.The Connecticut senator’s remarks stoodRead More


Reform Parley Raps Bush Domestic Agenda

By Daniel Treiman

WASHINGTON — While thousands of pro-Israel activists gathered a short distance away for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference, with many voicing support for the Bush administration’s handling of foreign policy, leaders of America’s largest synagogue movement were focused on the president’s domesticRead More


Israel, Activists Train Sights on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Openly pleased with the Bush administration’s recent warnings to Syria not to aid Iraq, Israel and its supporters here have begun ratcheting up their accusations against its radical neighbor in apparent hopes of widening the rift between Damascus and Washington.Senior officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee told the ForwardRead More





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