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Newsdesk January 31, 2003

‘Cloned Baby’ in Israel?The head of the group that claims to have cloned humans testified under oath this week that the first clone, a baby girl known as Eve, is in Israel rather than the United States, the Associated Press reported.Brigitte Boisselier, president of Clonaid, made the disclosure during a hearing into whether FloridaRead More


Arab Envoys Planning Translation Service

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Arab governments are planning a service that would translate favorable news and commentary from the Arab media, in an effort to counterbalance the Middle East Media Research Institute and what detractors say is its distribution of typically critical material from the Arab press.The idea is being discussed by Arab informationRead More


Prognosticators Turn to the ‘Day After’ a Sharon Win

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Ariel Sharon will be reelected prime minister, the Likud will be the largest party and the right-wing bloc will hold an absolute majority in the next Knesset. This is the collective prognosis of all major public opinion polls in advance of Tuesday’s elections in Israel. At this point, any other result will constitute anRead More


Schooled for Scandal, Israelis Barely Shrug in Face of Latest Charges

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In 1977, the Israeli press revealed that then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin and his wife Leah held a Washington bank account in their own names. The sum involved was under $10,000, but the money was clearly earmarked for private purposes, and Israelis were not permitted to hold foreign bank accounts at the time. Rabin was forcedRead More


The Party’s Over, and On Again, at Celebrations Web Site

By Alana Newhouse

Last month, a crash sent waves of dread and sadness throughout the world. It wasn’t the stock market, or the downing of a plane, but it nevertheless prompted a groundswell of communal reaction. On December 29, 2002, the lights at OnlySimchas.com went out.As it turned out, the darkness was only temporary. Within a week, the owners hadRead More


Conservative Leaders Blast Jewish Agency’s Funding of School

By Nacha Cattan

Already angry at the Jewish Agency for Israel for deep budget cuts to non-Orthodox streams in Israel, Conservative movement leaders are protesting a $250,000 agency grant to an Orthodox school in Jerusalem.Top leaders of Conservative Judaism are calling for a reevaluation of the funding to Beit Morasha of Jerusalem: The Academic Center forRead More


Jews Hardline, Yet Detached, In New Survey

By Steven M. Cohen

More than two years of violence in Israel and the territories have hardened American Jews’ attitudes toward the Palestinians, a new survey shows. The survey also found strong majorities backing the Sharon government’s tough anti-terrorist measures and opposing American pressure to moderate Israeli actions. Fully two-thirds of respondents sayRead More


Top Baltimore Fundraiser Taking a Job at the ‘Joint’

By Nacha Cattan

Darrell Friedman, one of the most respected professionals in the federated Jewish philanthropic system, is resigning as president of the Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and joining the staff of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.Friedman is one of four former executives from local federations across the countryRead More


U.S. Seen Close To Deal On Lockerbie With Libya

By Marc Perelman

Working to close the books on the Lockerbie case, the Bush administration is nearing an agreement that could lead to the re-establishment of relations with Libya, one of America’s most implacable enemies during the 1980s.American officials are slated to meet in London with Libyan and British envoys in coming weeks to iron out the remainingRead More


ADL Files Brief Opposing UMich’s Admissions Policy

By Daniel Treiman

With the Supreme Court set to take up the issue of affirmative action in university admissions for the first time in a quarter-century, the Anti-Defamation League appears to be the only major Jewish group to weigh in with a brief opposing the University of Michigan policies that are being challenged.“What we want is society to be as colorblindRead More


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