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Exhibit Sheds Light on Nazi Suppression Of Free Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — For the past decade, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has focused on the Nazi campaign to persecute and murder Europe’s Jews. But this week, the museum marked its 10th anniversary by opening an exhibition on a topic that is not explicitly and specifically Jewish: Hitler’s war on free thought and free speech.“I was aRead More


Strike Shuts Down Government Services

About 700,000 public-sector workers, including more than 200,000 teachers, launched a nationwide strike this week effectively shutting down almost all government services offered by the state. The strike, which began Wednesday, was called to protest the government’s introduction of legislation that would cut $2.35 billion from Israel’s $56Read More


Only in America: Building Bridges at a Unique Seder

By Andrea Barron

LETTER FROM VIRGINIAEvery Passover, Jews begin telling the story of the exodus from Egypt by reciting the Four Questions, starting with, “Why is this night different from all other nights?” This year, one Seder I attended was different not simply because of the matzo and the maror, but because of the people seated around the table.There wereRead More


‘A Place... Close to Our Hearts’

By Lisa Keys

TEREZIN, CZECH REPUBLIC — Theresienstadt, the Nazis’ “model” ghetto, whose remains were nearly washed away by the waters of the Elbe and Eger rivers in last August’s disastrous floods, is on its way back to model condition. Thanks to the generosity of Jews throughout the world who answered cries for help, the site through which 140,000Read More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

When CNN military analyst Wesley Clark — a former general who is often mentioned as a potential Democratic presidential candidate — took a new job recently as chairman of the board of WaveCrest Laboratories, pundits pronounced him out of the political game. Not quite. The post just might help build Clark’s credentials amongRead More


U.S. Groups Seek To Cast Peace ‘Map’ As a Threat

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite American assurances that Israel will not be endangered by President Bush’s “road map” to peace — and despite Israel’s in-principle acceptance of the road map — several leading American-Jewish organizations are working to cast doubt on the plan and depict it as a threat to Israeli security.American assurances toRead More


U.S. Set To Verify Fulfillment of Peace Plan Requirements

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A special addendum to the “road map,” the American-led plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, says that the United States will take the lead in verifying that Israel and the Palestinians fulfill the plan’s requirements.This leading American role — especially on the question of whether the Palestinian Authority isRead More


Administration Said To Be Blocking Restitution Push

By Nacha Cattan

Holocaust survivors, a top Clinton administration official and a veteran congressman are warning that the Bush administration is undermining the fight to win compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration’s special envoy on Holocaust issues who struck global restitution deals totaling $10Read More


Shifting Gears, Syria Offers To Reopen Negotiations With Israel

After a barrage of American criticism for its disruptive role in Iraq and the Middle East, and with a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell looming on the horizon, Syria has swiftly shifted gears in recent weeks, moving from calls to resist the American invasion of Iraq to sudden peace overtures to Israel.Syria’s newest gesture was brought toRead More


Some Happy 55th: Pessimism, A Strike and Same-Old Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — On the eve of the country’s 55th Independence Day, most Israelis are in a somber and pessimistic mood, shackled by what they perceive as unbreakable military, political and economic chains.According to the newest polls, the public supports the American-sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, as well as the recentRead More


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