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THE FEATHERMAN FILE

By Andrew Silow-Carroll

Return to Sender: Bill Cotterell, a reporter for the Tallahassee Democrat, earned a one-week suspension for a private e-mail he sent to a reader that, according to an account of the affair by the Associated Press, “criticiz[ed] Arab nations for the way they’ve reacted to Israel.”The Democrat’s executive editor, JohnRead More


Newsdesk January 10, 2003

Poll: Likud Losing GroundFollowing yet another week of scandal, this time involving the prime ministerial family, the Likud Party is continuing to lose support among Israelis, according to the latest Dialogue poll, which puts the Likud at just 27 seats.The poll also shows the Labor Party breaking through the 22-seat barrier for the first time,Read More


Brooking No Disagreement on the Sanctity of Life

By Lisa Keys

The Upper West Side apartment of Shulamith Koenig, the founder of an international human rights organization, could double as a museum of art from around the world. A visual proof of the nomadic nature of her work — she’s visited 42 countries during the last 12 years — Koenig’s living room overflows with Turkish rugs,Read More


An Orthodox Powerhouse in D.C. Suburb

By Alana Newhouse

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Neil and Fran Kritz are poster children for Modern Orthodoxy. Fran, a reporter for the Washington Post, won’t take a call from any source on the Sabbath. Neil, who is the director of the Rule of Law Program for the U.S. Institute of Peace, travels to war-torn countries to help rebuild their legal systems, yet he won’t soRead More


Reform Rabbis Protest Cuts to Outreach

By Nacha Cattan

An association of 150 Reform rabbis is calling on the Reform movement to reconsider its decision to eliminate the jobs of 13 regional coordinators who provide services for interfaith families.The job cuts, announced last month by the Union of American Hebrew Congregations to help relieve a $2 million budget deficit, would eliminate the part-timeRead More


Mr. Bush, Don’t Tear Down That Wall

By Gus Tyler

By executive decree, President Bush has decided that “faith-based” institutions, such as churches, synagogues and mosques, are entitled to receive government money for charitable purposes. This is a history-making move. Over the more than two centuries that the United States government has existed, no such policy has everRead More


Islamic Jihad Blazes a Bloody Trail in Bid for Dominance

By Matthew Gutman

HEBRON — Fresh off a string of bloody attacks, the local cell of Islamic Jihad here is tying Palestinian officials in knots even as it has earned the respect of many Palestinians for the audacity of its sorties and its unrelenting fight against the Jewish state.Consisting of no more than several score fighters, the Iranian-financedRead More


Attacks Target a Teeming Enclave for Foreign Workers

TEL AVIV — The double suicide bombing Sunday in the Neve Sha’anan district that most of the estimated 80,000 foreign workers who live in Tel Aviv call home cast a spotlight on a community living in fear of both terrorism and deportation.Of the 22 killed in the attacks near the old central bus station, six were foreign — two from Romania, oneRead More


Deadly Bombing Short-Circuits Rounds of Middle East Diplomacy

JERUSALEM — Seeking a response to last Sunday’s double suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, Israel this week took what it considered a string of mild retaliatory measures, meant to avoid embarrassing Washington on the eve of a war with Iraq. Instead, it found itself embroiled in a first-class diplomatic crisis with Washington’s most powerful ally,Read More


Likud Sweats As Scandal Tars Sharon

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — With Israel’s elections barely three weeks away, shell-shocked voters are experiencing a sort of whiplash, emotionally buffeted between horrific Palestinian terrorism and the ever-spreading revelations of corruption at the top — revelations that now point directly to Prime Minister Sharon.Last weekend, a double-bombing massacreRead More





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