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

Wooing Labor, Sharon Begins P.A. Talks

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Under the shadow of the impending American war on Iraq, Prime Minister Sharon is expanding his talks with Palestinians and accelerating his drive for a “secular unity government,” with Labor in tow.Sharon and his advisers have met in recent weeks with a host of Palestinian leaders, including ArafatRead More

To Some Arabs, Iraq War Means Freedom

By Max Gross

Hatem Mukliss’s family comes from Tikrit, Iraq — Saddam Hussein’s hometown. And like the Iraqi leader, Mukliss is a Sunni Muslim.The similarities end there.Mukliss’s father was an official in the Iraqi government until 1993, when he was murdered by Saddam’s regime. The killing inspired Mukliss to dedicate his life to deposing Saddam.“IRead More

Vote on Ethiopians Exposing Aid Rift

By Ami Eden

The decade-long battle over Ethiopian refugees is shifting to the United States, after the Israeli Cabinet’s unanimous vote Sunday approving the immigration of more than 18,000 languishing Ethiopians.At issue is a little-noticed clause in the approved Cabinet resolution that is sparking debate among American Jewish groups over how much aidRead More

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