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Arafat Places Stumbling Blocks in Abu Mazen’s Path

JERUSALEM — Israeli and American officials were watching nervously this week as the prime minister-designate of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, tried to maneuver his way through a series of obstacles laid in his path by his boss, P.A. chairman Yasser Arafat.Several sources close to the Palestinian leadership told the Forward thisRead More


Foreign Policy Scholars Criticize Pipes Nomination

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Foreign policy hands and Middle East pundits responded with surprise and disbelief this week to the presidential nomination of Daniel Pipes, an outspoken Middle East hawk, to the board of the United States Institute of Peace, a federal institution dedicated to preventing, managing and peacefully resolving internationalRead More


German Official’s Visit Focuses On Israeli-European Relations

JERUSALEM — German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer told Israeli officials this week that he is worried by Israel’s deteriorating relationship with Europe.Visiting Israel for the first time in 10 months, Fischer told Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom on Monday that he cannot “carry the burden alone” for concern for Israel’s positionRead More


Think Tank Deliberates ‘World War III’

By Marc Perelman

Senior politicians, academics and intelligence and law enforcement officials gathered Sunday at the Waldorf Astoria in New York for the launching of the Strategic Dialogue Center, a think tank affiliated with Netanya College in Israel. The center organized a conference on global terrorism and asked the panelists to provide an answer to theRead More


Hearing To Probe Pol’s Denial That Nazis Persecuted Gays

By Ami Eden

The Minnesota state legislature is set to hold an ethics hearing next week concerning one Republican member’s repeated claims that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Democrats will argue in front of the ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives that State Rep. Arlon Lindner should be censured over what they sayRead More


Newsdesk April 4, 2003

FBI Seeks Out Arab CommunityFBI Director Robert Mueller has directed his field offices to establish contacts with local Muslim and Arab activists, in order to encourage the reporting of hate-crime victims, and to promote cultural sensitivity and tolerance.In Washington, the FBI’s field office last week established the first Arab-AmericanRead More


Push for Evangelical Ties Splits Crowd

By Jeff Zell

ATLANTA — Reviews were mixed in the heart of the New South, as 300 people packed a posh hotel ballroom to hear a pitch from two leading proponents of stronger ties between Jews and Evangelical Christians.Of the two main speakers, it was the baby-faced Republican and Christian leader, Ralph Reed, who seemed most intent on extending an oliveRead More


Few Large Donations Go to Jewish Causes

By Nacha Cattan, With Reporting by Jta

Jewish philanthropists may be more generous than other Americans at cutting supersized checks to charities, according to a new study, but they give mere pennies on the dollar of their largest donations to Jewish causes.The study, titled Mega-Gifts in American Philanthropy, found that among the 865 Americans who awarded a single grantRead More


Put the French Back in Fries

By Gus Tyler

The eatery where the members of Congress go for their chow no longer serves “french fries,” serving “freedom fries” instead.This dramatic and dizzying deed is not without precedent. During World War I, sauerkraut (a German word) was changed to “liberty cabbage” — and we won the war. So, why not try it again against France, withRead More


CAMPAIGN CONFIDENTIAL

By E.J. Kessler

The presidential campaign of Connecticut Senator Joseph Lieberman is adding staff. The campaign has tapped Jay Footlik, chief liaison to the Jewish community for the Clinton White House during the mid-1990s, as its director of community outreach, a job that includes the Jewish portfolio. Also on board is Jared Ash, a young former stafferRead More


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