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Jewish Organizations Try To Block Al Jazeera in Canada

By Sheldon Gordon

TORONTO — Jewish groups are fighting to keep the Al-Jazeera television network off the air in Canada.Calling the Qatar-based network “antisemitic,” the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’nai Brith Canada are opposing efforts by an association of the country’s largest cable companies to broadcast Al-Jazeera. The Canadian CableRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of the Rev. Al Sharpton has yet to post any first-quarter contribution filing, but that’s okay, according to Sharpton’s chief strategist.“Why do political candidates raise money? To get their message out and energize voters. My candidate starts with that as his greatest strength,” the strategist, NewRead More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

By Ori Nir

Senate Approves ‘Faith-Based’ BillThe Senate last week passed an amended version of the Charity Aid, Recovery and Empowerment (CARE) Act, a bill that encourages charitable donations to faith-based organizations by offering donors tax breaks and other incentives. Ninety-five senators backed the bill. Only five were opposed.The bill, whichRead More


Schools Chief Boosts Christian Values

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Secretary of Education Rod Paige is refusing to resign or even apologize for comments he made in an interview praising schools that teach Christian values over public schools.In an interview published earlier this month in the Baptist Press, a news service of the Southern Baptist Convention, Paige said: “All thingsRead More


Syria Tensions May Stall Plan

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Rising tensions between Washington and Damascus may serve to delay the launch of the much-anticipated “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, senior Israeli officials told the Forward this week.An escalation in U.S.-Syrian tensions is likely to heat up Israel’s northern border, the officials said, forcing Washington toRead More


Labor Leaders Blast Netanyahu’s Budget Plan

Labor federations around the world are protesting the emergency economic program being proposed by Israel’s government, saying the burden of the plan unfairly falls on Israel’s workers.The AFL-CIO, the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, the Australian Council of Trade Unions and a variety of labor-affiliated groupsRead More


U.S.-Israel Differences Deepen on Peace ‘Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As the Bush administration turns its attention from war in Iraq to peace between Israel and the Palestinians, differences seem to be deepening between Washington and Jerusalem over the terms of the American-led “road map” to peace.The main dispute between the two allies hinges on what conditions, if any, the PalestiniansRead More


Sharon Says He Is Ready For Painful Concessions

By Ari Shavit

There are some matters regarding which we will be ready to take far-reaching steps. We will be ready to carry out very painful steps. But there is one thing that I told President Bush a number of times — I made no concessions in the past, and I will make no concessions now, or ever make concessions in the future, with regard to anything thatRead More


Behind Warnings to Damascus: Reassessment of Younger Assad

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting By Ori Nir in Washington.

A sudden flurry of U.S. warnings to Syria in recent days indicates that Washington has undertaken what Israel and its supporters here have been urging for months: a comprehensive reassessment of Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.In the past two weeks, while U.S. troops were taking control of neighboring Iraq, a string of top American officials —Read More


Rabbis Backed by Ultra-Orthodox Win

JERUSALEM — Israel elected two new chief rabbis this week, after a hard-fought race pitting the religious Zionist movement, which founded and long led the state rabbinate, against the ultra-Orthodox rabbinate that has traditionally shunned it.Both races ended in victories for ultra-Orthodox-backed candidates, dealing a humiliating blowRead More


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