Anti-Abortion Fringe Fires Debate Over Antisemitism

By Seamus Mcgraw

For four generations, Carol Speser’s family has been deeply rooted in Buffalo’s Jewish community and in the congregation at Temple Beth Zion, one of the city’s most prominent synagogues. Although her hectic schedule as a leader in the city’s gay and lesbian community leaves her little time to attend services, she still considers the shulRead More

Newsdesk January 24, 2003

Lebanese Envoy SlammedLebanon’s top diplomat in Canada has landed in political hot water following undiplomatic comments about the influence of Canada’s Jewish community.Raymond Baaklini, the Lebanese ambassador, drew a stern rebuke from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham following remarks to an Arabic-language newspaper in MontrealRead More

Lessons From Israel in Thinking About the Unthinkable

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The twisted wreckage of a bus and the burnt-out storefront of a fast-food place. The glare of police lights bouncing off of body bags. Technicians picking though debris in full-body infection suits.When Ralph Morten sees scenes like these, they usually are on television news reports from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or some other IsraeliRead More

Republican Jews: We’ll Take Manhattan

By E.J. Kessler

The Republican Jewish Coalition is planning to open an office in New York, in support of the GOP’s anticipated invasion of the Democratic — and Jewish — heartland when it mounts its 2004 national convention in Gotham.Republican strategists have been eyeing a plan to peel off Jewish support for the eventual Democratic nominee byRead More

Sharpton Will Seek Jewish Dollars, Says an Aide

By E.J. Kessler

Reverend Al Sharpton is seeking campaign contributions from the Jewish community like any other presidential candidate, according to his political adviser.Former Bronx Democratic Party chairman Roberto Ramirez told the Forward that Sharpton’s “progressive, populist and clear message” would attract JewishRead More

For the Likud, the Plot Thickens

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Cronyism, influence-peddling, the buying and selling of votes and mobsters in high places: The recent scandals swirling around the Likud Party sound like the stuff of a dozen bad (but must-see) movies. A guide to the episodes and characters:Primary ColorsA network of behind-the-scenes deal-making and chicanery was revealed whenRead More

Labor Says It Won’t Play Ball

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Desperate to turn the tide in the upcoming elections, Amram Mitzna and his Labor Party declared this week that they would refuse to join a national unity government headed by Ariel Sharon — under any circumstances. The end result, some observers are darkly predicting, could be the unimaginable: no government.Mitzna’s surprisingRead More

Jerusalem Weighs Danger Of an Unchecked N. Korea

By Ze’ev Schiff

JERUSALEM — About 10 years ago the deputy chief of Israel’s Mossad, Ephraim Halevy, and a top-level Foreign Ministry official, Eitan Bentsur, were invited separately to meet with North Korean leaders and discuss Pyongyang’s missile supplies to various countries in the Middle East. The North Koreans made it clear they expected a significantRead More

Sharon’s Private Envoy at Center of Talks, Scandals

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — When Ariel Sharon, newly elected prime minister in 2001, found he needed a confidant to deliver private messages to the White House, he turned to an old friend, the Israeli-born American businessman Arie Genger.With no experience in diplomacy or statesmanship but with a fortune based in agricultural chemicals, GengerRead More

Stars Shine on Black-Jewish Dialogue, but Is That All?

By Alana Newhouse

Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Russell Simmons, Stevie Wonder. No, this is not the nominee list for this year’s MTV Awards. They are the new faces of black-Jewish relations.Last November’s reception for an organization devoted to nurturing the relationship between the African-American and Jewish communities was a star-studded affair. The crowdRead More

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