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With ‘Road Map’ Set, Battle Shifts To Its Implementation

By Marc Perelman, With Reporting by Ori Nir in Washington and the Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Having apparently failed to secure any changes to the internationally sponsored “road map” to peace, Israel and its supporters in Washington are gearing up for diplomatic battles over the plan’s implementation.The Israeli government said this week that it would submit 15 proposed amendments to the document, which is expected to be releasedRead More


ZOA Protests Campus Speaking Engagements by Tutu

By Max Gross

The Zionist Organization of America has denounced two universities for inviting Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu to speak on their campuses.Citing at least half a dozen instances in which the anti-apartheid activist spoke out against Israel, ZOA president Morton Klein criticized Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law for hosting TutuRead More


National Population Survey Postponed — Again

By Nacha Cattan

The National Jewish Population Survey, the $6 million study whose release was postponed last November so that its methods could be reviewed, has been postponed again for a second review.The new delay means that the survey, commissioned by United Jewish Communities and originally set for completion in 2000, will not be published forRead More


Minnesota Ethics Case Turns Into Shoah History Lesson

By Burl Gilyard

ST. PAUL — The ethics committee of the Minnesota House of Representatives met this week to hear the case of a Republican colleague under fire for repeatedly suggesting that homosexuals were not persecuted by the Nazis.Part history lesson, part political circus, the hearing featured testimony from a wheelchair-bound Holocaust survivor and callsRead More


Report: 3.3 Million Dead in Africa’s Bloodiest Conflict

By Daniel Treiman

An estimated 3.3 million people have died during the last four and a half years as a result of the bloody war in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, according to a report issued Tuesday by a relief group.The International Rescue Committee report said that about 85% of the deaths were from hunger and disease brought on by the chaotic fightingRead More


For Jewish Soldiers, Base Is Lonely Place

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Since getting the call to leave Long Island and fly to an army base somewhere in the Midwestern corn belt, where she’s in final combat training exercises before heading to Iraq, Specialist Joanna Cohen has had plenty of time to meet the other Jewish soldiers stationed with her — all three of them.“I feel a bitRead More


Alleged Kurdish-Jewish Links Stir Turkish Conspiracy Theories

The war in Iraq has ended, and the Kurds in the country’s north emerge as one of the war’s great victors, liberating themselves from Saddam Hussein’s oppressive rule and declaring an independent state.To the world’s surprise, it turns out that one of the Kurds’ top leaders is actually Jewish and that, as a result, the nascent KurdishRead More


Israel, Activists Train Sights on Syria

By Marc Perelman

Openly pleased with the Bush administration’s recent warnings to Syria not to aid Iraq, Israel and its supporters here have begun ratcheting up their accusations against its radical neighbor in apparent hopes of widening the rift between Damascus and Washington.Senior officials with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee told the ForwardRead More


D.P. Moynihan as ‘American Cincinnatus’

By Bill Bradley

Sir Isaiah Berlin wrote of the classic Greek dichotomy between the fox and the hedgehog. The fox knows a lot about many things, but the hedgehog knows everything about one big thing.In his own way Daniel Patrick Moynihan was the foxiest hedgehog in American life. He was blessed with the fox’s interest in many, many things, and the hedgehog’sRead More


Foreign Minister Brings Word Of Concessions on ‘Road Map’

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite its public criticisms of the internationally sponsored “road map” to Middle East peace, the Israeli government quietly has agreed to accept the plan and help shore up the new Palestinian prime minister.These concessions came in a surprise meeting Monday between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and President Bush.ApparentlyRead More


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