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Russian Oligarch May Face Extradition

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — British authorities bowed to Kremlin requests to begin extradition hearings against Boris Berezovsky, a Russian Jewish tycoon and former politician who has been in self-imposed exile in London for more than three years.Berezovsky, along with a former business colleague, Yulii Dubov, was arrested and promptly released March 24, in anRead More


Conservatives Taking a Page From Orthodox Prayer Book

By Ami Eden

Spurred in large part by the growing popularity of an Orthodox publisher, leaders of Conservative Judaism are set to release the movement’s first prayer book with extensive built-in commentary.Movement rabbis acknowledge that a main impetus for commissioning the new commentary, titled “Or Hadash” and set to beRead More


Bush Plans To Privatize the Rebuilding of Iraq

By Gus Tyler

Although the war in Iraq is not yet over, it appears that our ever-provident president already has a set of ideas on how to rebuild the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein. A recent Wall Street Journal headline proclaims: “Bush Has an Audacious Plan To Rebuild Iraq Within a Year.”The Journal comments: “The U.S. plan as currently laid out couldRead More


U.N. Envoy See Opening as Blair Prods for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With fresh signs that the White House is set to release a controversial new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, tension mounted this week among American Jewish activists preparing to gather in Washington for an annual show of political strength.About 5,000 activists are expected to arrive in Washington Sunday for what is being billed asRead More


Keeping the Peace Poses New Battle for U.S. Troops

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is seeking ways to generate a favorable reaction from Iraqi civilians upon the conclusion of its drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein. But this battle for Iraqi opinion may prove as difficult as any military campaign.“Right from the start, winning the peace here will be a greater challenge than we haveRead More


Pro-Israel General Will Oversee Reconstruction of Postwar Iraq

By Alana Newhouse

With the United States poised to invade Iraq, attention has turned to retired army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man set to govern the country in the event of an American military victory.Garner — who in 1991 helped lead Operation Provide Comfort, which delivered food and shelter to Kurds in northern Iraq after the Persian Gulf War — will overseeRead More


Brazil Connection Links Terrorist Groups

By Marc Perelman

What was the top leadership of Al Qaeda doing in Brazil during the mid-1990s?This is the million-dollar question American and South American security officials are trying to answer since it became known that Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the top Al Qaeda operative snagged in Pakistan on March 1, spent three weeks at the end of 1995 in Brazil — in aRead More


American Killed By Israeli Bulldozer, As Civilian Deaths Mount

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In any other week, the death of Rachel Corrie would have touched off furious international shock waves. A blond, attractive 23-year-old American college student, Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer last Sunday while she stood with a group of fellow peace activists trying to stop a home demolition in Gaza.The armyRead More


Disagreements on Iraq, Pius XII Aired in Paris

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Senior Vatican and French Jewish communal officials attended the second “European Encounters Between Catholics and Jews” last week in Paris, a two-day event that climaxed on the evening of March 11 with a reception for more than 1,000 people in the honor ballroom of City Hall. Organized by the European Jewish Congress and theRead More


Disclosure of Unclaimed Properties Urged

By Nacha Cattan

As a young girl, Anita Hoffer spent hours on her grandparents’ laps listening to tales of their cosmopolitan lives in pre-war Berlin. They were thankful to escape Germany before the Holocaust. But as chicken farmers in Vineland, N.J., during the 1950s, Hoffer’s grandparents couldn’t help but pine for the furniture dealership theyRead More





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