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GROUND ZERO AS A LAB FOR NEW ART

By Gavriel D. Rosenfeld

The recent selection of Daniel Libeskind as one of two finalists in the competition to redesign the site of the former World Trade Center in lower Manhattan is, at the most obvious level, a personal triumph that testifies to his status as one of the world’s most respected architects. But it also highlights the unprecedented rise to prominence inRead More


Amid Intifada’s Violence, a Flurry of Diplomatic Moves

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The 29-month-old intifada continued to reap a harvest of blood this week, with fighting ranging inside the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank. But the violence came as a surprising complement to a flurry of Israeli and Palestinian diplomatic moves.An Israeli delegation flew to London Monday to attend two separateRead More


Argentina Faces a Suit Over Probe Of Bombing

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Despairing of the criminal trial which has dragged out for more than eight years, family members of some of the 85 victims killed in the 1994 bombing of the Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires have filed a civil suit against the Republic of Argentina. The suit charges that by failing to investigate the 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy inRead More


Isser Harel, Father of Spy Network

TEL AVIV — Isser Harel, who founded Israel’s intelligence community and directed the capture of Nazi official Adolf Eichmann, died this week at 91 after a lengthy illness.Harel ran the Shin Bet security service for 15 years and the Mossad foreign intelligence service for 11 years, and was largely responsible forRead More


Charities Set To Fight President On Budget

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Ending a months-long reluctance by major Jewish institutions to challenge the Bush administration on domestic issues, representatives of the nation’s largest Jewish charitable network are gearing up for a fight with the administration over plans to revamp Medicare and Medicaid.Lobbying efforts are planned at both the federal andRead More


Israeli, Arab Colleges Unite To Protest Canada Aid Cut

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — The presidents of universities in Israel, Jordan and the West Bank have joined in an unusual joint appeal to Canada’s foreign aid agency to preserve funding for a McGill University program that brings together Arab and Israeli social work students, training them to be “peace ambassadors” in their homelands.The survivalRead More


Gary Hart Says ‘Dual Loyalty’ Barb Was Not Aimed at Jews

By E.J. Kessler

Former Colorado senator Gary Hart insists he never meant to impugn the patriotism of any particular ethnic group of Americans — especially Jews — when he said in a speech last week that certain Americans can’t separate their “loyalties to their original homelands” from their loyalty to America.It was only a “general proposition,”Read More


Israel Seeks to Counter Belgian ‘War Crimes’ Ruling

By Marc Perelman

Israel is seeking to mobilize American and Jewish support for a diplomatic battle with Belgium after the Belgian Supreme Court upheld a law that would allow the prosecution of Israeli officials — including, eventually, Prime Minister Sharon — for war crimes related to their role in the Sabra and Shatila massacre two decades ago.IsraeliRead More


French Rabbi Denies Report He Stabbed Self

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The strange case of the assault on French Rabbi Gabriel Farhi turns ever stranger.Early in the evening of Friday, January 3, Farhi called the police to say he had been stabbed by a helmeted man screaming “God is great” in Arabic as he prepared to enter his small Paris synagogue. Later on, he presented himself, with torn shirt andRead More


Mosque Crackdown Alarms London Jews

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Jews in the British capital are on “high alert” for attacks after a recent crackdown on Islamist extremists and because of a heightening of tensions owing to the likelihood of a war in Iraq.The Community Security Trust, a wing of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s central Jewish representative council, isRead More


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