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Writer Discovers Romance in Kafka’s Happiest Chapter

By Max Gross

Kathi Diamant didn’t really like Franz Kafka when she first read him.Even today — more than 30 years after she first read “The Metamorphosis” — she doesn’t express the kind of veneration one would expect from the director of the Kafka Project at San Diego State University. “I prefer Kafka’s personal writing to hisRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

French Gentleman’s Agreement: In May 2001, David De Rothschild, scion of the French branch of the family banking dynasty, told an Israeli newspaper that despite reports to the contrary, he did not feel that France was drowning in a wave of antisemitic acts.“Within hours of its publication, his comment would rocket through e-mailsRead More


Muslim Clergymen Repudiate Schoolbooks’ Bigoted Content

By Ori Nir

Two of New York’s most prominent Muslim clerics have publicly spoken out against antisemitic content in Islamic textbooks used in local Muslim schools, after the issue was brought to their attention by a group of Jewish community leaders.The textbooks, used in Muslim parochial schools in Brooklyn and Queens, contain claims thatRead More


Newsdesk May 9, 2003

Syria Sanctions Bill RevivedEncouraged by an apparent reversal in the Bush administration’s position toward Damascus, Congress is reviving the Syria Accountability Act.The original bill ran out of steam last fall in the face of stiff administration opposition. But this week, a new version of the bill was introduced by Senators Barbara Boxer, aRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler, Forward Staff

Florida Senator Bob Graham, one of the nine Democratic presidential hopefuls, may not be gaining as many contributors as he needs to win the party nod, if one Florida source is correct. “He’s picked up a lot of people, but nothing near what he should have picked up,” said a South Florida Democratic county chairman, who spoke on conditionRead More


Congregation in Flap Over Activist

By Daniel Treiman

A New York synagogue known for its throngs of young congregants and liberal politics is scrambling to distance itself from an event it had been scheduled to host next month, honoring pro-Palestinian activist Adam Shapiro, following the appearance of a critical article in a right-leaning newspaper.Congregation B’nai Jeshurun posted a statement onRead More


Young Israel’s Eviction Plans Draw Criticism

By Nacha Cattan

A national organization charged with aiding Orthodox synagogues plans to sell its building and evict two congregations in the process.In a statement, leaders of one of the congregations accused the National Council of Young Israel of driving the synagogue “out of existence” by deciding to sell its main office building to a realRead More


U.S. Favors Small Team To Monitor Road Map Progress

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration is finalizing plans to send a team of monitors to verify the implementation by Israel and the Palestinians of the “road map” peace plan. The size and composition of that team, though, is a source of disagreement.While the administration appears ready to settle on a small CIA team, as Israel would prefer, the otherRead More


In Post-Saddam Middle East, Now Is the Time for a Separated Peace

By Alon Pinkas

While it is still too early for an accurate assessment of how America’s toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq will change the Middle East, one thing is certain: The strategic landscape in the region has changed significantly, and is inexorably on course to further change.From Israel’s regional perspective, Iraq has been eliminated as aRead More


No Discussion Of Settlements, Diplomats Say

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite the road map’s requirement of Israeli steps toward a settlement construction freeze, Israel and the United States have not held any detailed discussions of the steps that would be involved in such a move, senior Israeli diplomatic sources said. American administration sources confirmed the Israeli account.The text of theRead More


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