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ADL: Antisemitic Incidents Soar in N. California

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — Antisemitic incidents soared 800% in Northern California last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit released last week.Northern California logged only 13 events in 2001 but saw 117 in 2002. Thirty-five occurred in San Francisco; 27 occurred in Alameda County, including Berkeley and Oakland; and 13Read More


Bush Administration Scores Diplomatic Victory at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — While the whole world was transfixed by military maneuvers in Iraq, the Bush administration scored a major victory on the diplomatic battlefield at the United Nations.Last Thursday, despite widespread resentment over the administration’s decision to bypass the Security Council regarding Iraq, the U.N. Human Rights CommissionRead More


Iraq War Pushes Little-Known Assyrians to Fore

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Waving American flags, more than 400 people gathered last Sunday in Chicago’s Warren Park, carrying signs that read “God Bless America.” At first glance, the scene was unremarkable in this time of rallies for and against the war. But there was something unusual about this crowd. Their Middle Eastern looks. The hand-lettered signsRead More


Wave of Antisemitic Crime Continues To Rise in France

By Marc Perelman

Violent hate crimes in France quadrupled in 2002 over the year before, rising to their highest level in a decade, according to a new report by the National Consulting Committee on Human Rights. More than half the assaults were aimed at Jews.A string of incidents have taken place in recent days, most notably the burning of a synagogue outside ParisRead More


Hollywood’s Saddam Impersonator Takes Time Off

LOS ANGELES — The most popular Saddam Hussein impersonator in Hollywood is putting his act on hold. A Sephardic Jew and pro-Israel activist, Jerry Haleva told the Los Angeles Times this week that the country was not in the mood for such antics.“We have a lot of brave people in harm’s way over there, many of whom have already made theRead More


South African Judge Condemns Attack Against Iraq as Unlawful, Unjustifiable

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — At a time when most Jewish leaders in South Africa are keeping a low profile on the war in Iraq, a leading Jewish jurist has called the American-led coalition attack “unlawful under international law.”In interviews published Sunday in two major newspapers, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent, Judge RichardRead More


Foxhole Mitzvah: Ranking Rabbi Heads to Front

By Lisa Keys

With a gentle voice, a doughy, pleasant face and a knit yarmulke atop thinning brown hair, Mitchell Ackerson is a sort of Every Man’s Rabbi.Except for the camouflage uniform, that is.The senior chaplain for the 220th Military Police Brigade and, incidentally, the senior rabbi of the army’s entire combat theater, Ackerson sat March 28Read More


Netanyahu’s Austerity Plan Comes Under Fire From Labor Groups

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu maintains that Israel is teetering on the edge of an economic abyss and desperately needs an emergency rescue plan.His critics counter that his proposed cure, a stiff austerity package mixed with hefty doses of tax-cutting and privatization, is worse than the illness and will ultimatelyRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Noam Echad: As a child, he summered at Camp Massad in the Poconos, where he organized Zionist youth groups and wooed his future wife with his fluency in Hebrew. He developed an analysis of modern Hebrew grammar for his undergraduate and master’s thesis. And he and his wife seriously contemplated immigrating toRead More


Israeli Budget Cuts May Leave New Immigrants Without Homes

By Nacha Cattan

The Jewish Agency for Israel is arguing that Israel’s new austerity plan would cut immigration absorption programs so drastically as to discourage aliya and prevent needy arrivals from ever leaving absorption centers.The chief complaint of new immigrants to Israel, or olim, and their advocates is the government’s plan to cease grants awardedRead More





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