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Foreign Minister Brings Word Of Concessions on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite its public criticisms of the internationally sponsored “road map” to Middle East peace, the Israeli government quietly has agreed to accept the plan and help shore up the new Palestinian prime minister.These concessions came in a surprise meeting Monday between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and President Bush.ApparentlyRead More


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U.S. Presses Israel on India DealUnder American pressure, Israel grudgingly has agreed to suspend the sale of an advanced airborne radar warning system to India. Washington fears that the sale will increase tensions between India and Pakistan, as the Bush administration wages war in Iraq and keeps a watchful eye on North Korea.Israeli sources inRead More


‘Beautiful Things’: Drug Sting Nabs Chasidic Kingpin

By Seamus Mcgraw

Natan Banda seemed perfectly at ease as he slid his car into a parking space on a shadowy Washington Heights side street last July and shut off the engine. The 31-year-old businessman with addresses in the chasidic communities of Kiryas Joel and Williamsburg didn’t even bother to turn around and look at the man who walked to the rearRead More


Quiet Cooperation as U.S., Iran Battle Common Enemy

By Marc Perelman

Despite their declared enmity and public clashes over terrorism and nuclear reactors, Tehran and Washington have been quietly cooperating in waging the war on their common enemy, Saddam Hussein.To be sure, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld publicly warned Iran last week to keep the Badr brigades, the Iran-based military wing of an Iraqi oppositionRead More


ADL: Antisemitic Incidents Soar in N. California

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND, Calif. — Antisemitic incidents soared 800% in Northern California last year, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s annual audit released last week.Northern California logged only 13 events in 2001 but saw 117 in 2002. Thirty-five occurred in San Francisco; 27 occurred in Alameda County, including Berkeley and Oakland; and 13Read More


Bush Administration Scores Diplomatic Victory at U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — While the whole world was transfixed by military maneuvers in Iraq, the Bush administration scored a major victory on the diplomatic battlefield at the United Nations.Last Thursday, despite widespread resentment over the administration’s decision to bypass the Security Council regarding Iraq, the U.N. Human Rights CommissionRead More


Iraq War Pushes Little-Known Assyrians to Fore

By Simona Shapiro

CHICAGO — Waving American flags, more than 400 people gathered last Sunday in Chicago’s Warren Park, carrying signs that read “God Bless America.” At first glance, the scene was unremarkable in this time of rallies for and against the war. But there was something unusual about this crowd. Their Middle Eastern looks. The hand-lettered signsRead More


Wave of Antisemitic Crime Continues To Rise in France

By Marc Perelman

Violent hate crimes in France quadrupled in 2002 over the year before, rising to their highest level in a decade, according to a new report by the National Consulting Committee on Human Rights. More than half the assaults were aimed at Jews.A string of incidents have taken place in recent days, most notably the burning of a synagogue outside ParisRead More


Hollywood’s Saddam Impersonator Takes Time Off

LOS ANGELES — The most popular Saddam Hussein impersonator in Hollywood is putting his act on hold. A Sephardic Jew and pro-Israel activist, Jerry Haleva told the Los Angeles Times this week that the country was not in the mood for such antics.“We have a lot of brave people in harm’s way over there, many of whom have already made theRead More


South African Judge Condemns Attack Against Iraq as Unlawful, Unjustifiable

CAPE TOWN, South Africa — At a time when most Jewish leaders in South Africa are keeping a low profile on the war in Iraq, a leading Jewish jurist has called the American-led coalition attack “unlawful under international law.”In interviews published Sunday in two major newspapers, the Sunday Times and the Sunday Independent, Judge RichardRead More


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