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Mideast Peace Plan Gets Surprising Push

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As Israel debated in recent weeks whether to endorse the American-led “road map” peace initiative, Jerusalem and its allies in the United States received a surprising push — from Elliott Abrams, the National Security Council’s senior director for Near East and North African affairs.Before joining the security council sixRead More


Newsdesk May 30, 2003

Arabs To Visit AuschwitzSome 300 Israeli Arabs and Jews toured the former Jewish district of Krakow on Monday, beginning a visit that aims to help Muslims understand what Jews suffered in the Holocaust.The group of 150 Israeli-Arab intellectuals, athletes and businessmen, joined by as many Jews, were to spend the next two days touring and learningRead More


Ordained Daughter Follows in Her Father’s Footsteps

By Robin Heffler

Gabai’s father, Yosef, the chief Sephardic rabbi of northern Israel, had recently died, and she long had yearned to be a rabbi herself. But rabbinical school simply wasn’t an option for women in her family, which claims a lineage of Orthodox rabbis going back to the Jewish expulsion from Spain in 1492. So Gabai put her dream onRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Shot Seen ’Round the World: The most enduring image of the 32-month-long intifada is undoubtedly that of Mohammed Al-Dura, the 12-year-old boy who died in his father’s arms during an exchange of fire between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians in Gaza.The footage of the firefight, shot by a French television cameraman, has become a touchstone inRead More


Rabbi Denies Knowledge of Memorial

By Nacha Cattan

The former chief Ashkenazic rabbi of Israel who was said to have authorized a controversial plan to build a memorial at a Nazi extermination camp in Poland is now saying he knows nothing about the plan.The American Jewish Committee and other organizers of the plan have been pointing for months to a letter written on the letterhead of RabbiRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

‘Blue Book’: “There is a good reason why neither Congress nor the American Jewish leadership supports the release of Jonathan Pollard from prison,” John Loftus writes in the June issue of Moment magazine. “They all were told a lie — a humongous Washington whopper of a lie.”The truth, says Loftus, a former prosecutor and head of theRead More


Moving On After Crown Heights Verdict

By Nacha Cattan

Two days after the verdict in the third trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr., a mix of black and Jewish leaders met in Crown Heights to announce that the community would move forward not backward.The message was delivered at a press conference May 16 on Kingston Avenue to a handful of passersby — mostly children — and even fewer journalists. ManyRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman’s May 13 appearance in front of a group of young Democrats in New York prompted divergent reactions in the national media.The Associated Press led its story about Lieberman’s speech to 400 supporters of Democratic Leadership for the 21st Century by noting the “hissing” and “jeers” that greeted theRead More


Major Suspected Al Qaeda Attacks Since September 11, 2001

By Forward Staff and JTA

April 11, 2002 — Djerba, Tunisia. In a suicide attack, a tanker truck explodes at an ancient synagogue on the island of Djerba killing 21 people, including 14 German tourists.Read More


WELCOME TO WASHINGTON

Split on Church-State CaseJewish organizations are gearing up for a landmark Supreme Court church-state case, following Monday’s decision by the court to hear an appeal regarding government funding for religious education.The case involves Joshua Davey, a theology student in the state of Washington who applied for a state grant to help pay hisRead More


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