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Calls Mount for Int’l Troops in Territories

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration stepped up its pressure on Israel and the Palestinians to accept a cease-fire this week, pressure was mounting on Capitol Hill for an international military force to patrol the troubled territories and separate the sides.The proposal, which Israel rejects and President Bush has not embraced, was endorsedRead More


Oil for Food Sales Seen As Iraq Tie To Al Qaeda

By Marc Perelman

The hunt for Saddam Hussein’s money could provide some clues to one of the claims made by the Bush administration to justify its war in Iraq — the possible link between the former Iraqi regime and the Al Qaeda terrorist group.Two entities, a shadowy banking network linked by the administration to Al Qaeda and a Saudi oil company close to theRead More


Settlers Are Challenging Evacuations Of Outposts

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — While American and Egyptian mediators were huddling this week with Israelis and Palestinians over the anti-terrorism provisions of President Bush’s ”road map” to peace, another key point in the plan — dismantling Israeli settlement outposts in the territories — has stalled.Sharon committed himself at the June 4 Aqaba summitRead More


Feith Seen as War-Plans Fall Guy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Douglas Feith, one of the leading hawks in the Pentagon, is coming under increasing criticism from within the administration, leading some to speculate about his future.Administration officials, particularly in the State Department, claim that Feith and his staff mishandled preparations for postwar IraqRead More


German Communal Leader Probed After Drug Bust

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Germany’s most prominent Jewish leader is under investigation after police found cocaine in his apartment and office last week. Reports on the scandal have since associated Michel Friedman — vice president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as well as a television talk show host — with prostitution and a crime ring, inRead More


New Mayor Puts a Different Face On Father Flanagan’s Boys Town

BOYS TOWN, Neb. — In a large Tudor-style house on a quiet, well-kept cul-de-sac, Daniel Ocanto, 17, proudly shows a visitor his bedroom. Shy yet articulate, he talks about his love of classic rock — hence the Pink Floyd posters and drum set — and his plans to attend Brandeis University next year.It seems like a typical suburbanRead More


Orthodox Rabbis Strut Their Stuff at Fashion Show Benefit

By Max Gross

GREAT NECK, N.Y. — In many ways it resembled the typical fashion show: The lights were blinding, the music was loud, the cameras were flashing. And Steve Moskowitz, the model sashaying down the runway in a charcoal-colored wool crewneck and crepe flat-front pants, looked the part, too.Yes, the rabbi was a hottie.A few hours after the SabbathRead More


Bumpy Road to Success: From Strip Joints to Academia

By Alana Newhouse

There are coming-of-age books about Jewish identity, lesbianism, daughters’ relationships with their mothers, the Holocaust, being born out of wedlock, and the dark world of burlesque dancing. But Lillian Faderman’s autobiography, “Naked in the Promised Land” (Houghton Mifflin), just may be the first to cover all these bases in oneRead More


Meir Wilner, Israeli Communist Head, Dies at 85

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Meir Wilner, the last surviving signer of Israel’s Declaration of Independence and longtime leader of the Israel Communist Party, died last week at 85.A member of the Knesset from 1949 until he retired in 1990, Wilner was an unrepentant communist to the end. He said in a 1998 interview, on the 50th anniversary of Israel’sRead More


C O R R E C T I O N

In “Everything is NOT Illuminated” (June 6, 2003), the Forward incorrectly reported that Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Everything Is Illuminated” was going to be made into a movie. At present, there are no suchRead More


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