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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


Author Paints a Picture of Iraq’s Future After Saddam

By Max Gross

In “The New Iraq,” author Joseph Braude paints a vivid portrait of modern-day Iraq and lays out a detailed plan for rebuilding the country after the war. But Braude — who has lived in Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Tehran — has never actually been to Iraq. Not yet, anyway.“I’ll be on the first plane to Baghdad” after Saddam Hussein isRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

Shock and Flaw: “Most Arabs are in a state of shock,” The Daily Star, a Lebanese daily, editorialized on March 21, the day after war broke out in Iraq.“The passive manner in which we watch events unfolding around us, unable or unwilling to muster the political will to chart our own history, is a terrible symptom of someRead More


Newsdesk March 28, 2003

Campus Incidents UpThe Anti-Defamation League released its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents this week, showing that antisemitic incidents on college campuses totaled 106 in 2002, an increase of 24% over the previous year. Overall, the audit showed a slight increase in activity over the previous year, with 1,559 anti-Jewish incidentsRead More


Muslims More Likely To Vote on Values Than Foreign Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican outreach efforts to the American-Muslim community during recent years have yielded considerable fruit that is not likely to be undercut by the war in Iraq, according to the GOP activist most closely identified with that outreach, Grover Norquist.The reason, Norquist said in an interview with the Forward, is thatRead More


Arab-American Anger Over War in Iraq Could Weaken Bush in 2004

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The war against Iraq is dramatically eroding President Bush’s support among Arab Americans and Muslim Americans and could weaken his 2004 reelection prospects in states with sizeable Arab- and Muslim-American immigrant populations, such as Michigan and Florida, some experts say.“I have told the White House and peopleRead More


Israelis Stay on High Alert For Possible Iraqi Attacks

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military is anxiously awaiting Saddam Hussein’s last stand in Baghdad, fearing that the Iraqi president may decide to attack Israel in an ultimate act of do-or-die desperation.But while the military is wary of the war’s last days, Prime Minister Sharon appears more preoccupied with the days that will follow. Sharon isRead More


Governors’ Trip Cemented Bush’s Bond With Sharon

By Marc Perelman

In November 1998, then-Texas governor George W. Bush did something very unusual, at least for him: He traveled abroad.Together with fellow governors Paul Celucci of Massachusetts, Mike Leavitt of Utah and Marc Racicot of Montana, all Republicans, Bush spent three days in Israel as a guest of the National Jewish Coalition, currently knownRead More


U.N. Envoy Views Window of Opportunity for Peace

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — Events in Washington and the Middle East have conspired to create a “window of opportunity” to put the Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track for the first time in two-and-half years, the United Nations special Middle East envoy told the Forward.Three factors make the current moment ripe for progress, said theRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Gleanings From the Media Continental Divide: It’s not just London Bridge that seems to be falling down these days in Europe, judging by articles in several European newspapers translated and reprinted in the April issue of World Press Review.“Europe is cracking,” Leopold Unger writes in the February 11 issue of the liberalRead More


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