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Al Sharpton: I Want To Be Considered On the Merits

By E.J. Kessler

Ask Reverend Al Sharpton questions about public policy, and he gives terse, politically circumspect, moderate-left answers.Ask the controversial civil-rights activist and would-be Democratic presidential candidate whether he is being held to an unfair standard because of his race and history, however, and you get an earful.It’sRead More


Congressman Apologizes for Blaming War Push on Jews

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Embattled Rep. James Moran is apologizing for claiming that the Jewish community was pushing the country into war. But the Virginia Democrat’s apology failed to allay the increasing fears in some circles that Jews will be blamed for a war against Iraq.Moran, a seven-term congressman representing a heavilyRead More


Secret State Dept. Report Disputing Bush Claim on Arab ‘Domino Effect’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The State Department is circulating a classified report dismissing the White House claim that a regime change in Iraq would trigger a push for democracy throughout the Arab world.The report strongly criticizes the controversial prediction of a post-Saddam Hussein democratic “domino effect” in the Middle East, the Forward hasRead More


U.S. Troops Stationed in Israel Shoulder Unique Tax Burden

By E.J. Kessler

American servicemen manning Patriot missile batteries in Israel are having their wages garnished for federal taxes, even though other troops stationed in what is likely to become the Iraq war theater are exempted from such levies.That, said Democratic Rep. Gary Ackerman of New York, is an injustice that should be rectified.“Usually, whenRead More


Iranian Threat Looms Large In War’s ‘Day After’ Scenario

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — While Israelis gear up for an expected American war on Iraq, their leaders are increasingly preoccupied with “The Day After.”Most senior strategists here believe Israel would emerge in a stronger position after a war. A changed regime in Baghdad is widely expected to create new opportunities for IsraelRead More


As Iraq Crisis Deepens, Divisions Remain in Congress

By Daniel Treiman

With war seemingly imminent, Jewish members of Congress remain deeply divided on the wisdom and timing of an American attack on Iraq.Jewish members of the House, nearly all of whom are Democrats, voted by a ratio of more than two-to-one last fall in favor of a resolution authorizing President Bush to use force, while Democrats as a whole voted…Read More


Feds Seek Israeli Suspects in ‘Operation Stow Biz’

By Nacha Cattan

The FBI is planning to ask the Israeli government to extradite a dozen Israelis indicted in a crackdown on several South Florida moving companies that allegedly scammed hundreds of clients.Sixteen moving companies and 74 operators and owners, most of them Israelis, were indicted March 4 in Broward and Dade counties on chargesRead More


Slain Serbian P.M. Served as Symbol Of Multiethnic Era

By Ruth Ellen Gruber

ROME — When the news came that Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic had been gunned down on Wednesday by an assassin in Belgrade, I pulled out a stack of photographs I had taken of him almost a year ago to the day.It was March 17, 2002, and Djindjic was in the northern Serbian city of Subotica, making his first official visit as primeRead More


A Traveler in a Fabled City Where Tolerance Meets Islam

By Shalom Goldman

I went to Turkey because war was looming. It seemed inevitable that Turkey would be involved, and that once war began Americans would not be welcome. I had wanted to go to Istanbul for years. In my student days in Jerusalem during the late 1960s I had heard from travelers that if one loved Jerusalem for its history and diversity, one hadRead More


Comic Brings Down the House on Synagogue Circuit

By Lisa Keys

We’ll start with the most obvious: Comedian Joel Chasnoff is cute.At a performance at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan last week, this reporter’s date — er, sister — whispered this observation when Chasnoff emerged from the area serving as the backstage. A JCC volunteer concurred, kicking it up a notch: In introducing Chasnoff toRead More


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