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U.S. Groups Seek To Cast Peace ‘Map’ As a Threat

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite American assurances that Israel will not be endangered by President Bush’s “road map” to peace — and despite Israel’s in-principle acceptance of the road map — several leading American-Jewish organizations are working to cast doubt on the plan and depict it as a threat to Israeli security.American assurances toRead More


U.S. Set To Verify Fulfillment of Peace Plan Requirements

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A special addendum to the “road map,” the American-led plan to restart Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, says that the United States will take the lead in verifying that Israel and the Palestinians fulfill the plan’s requirements.This leading American role — especially on the question of whether the Palestinian Authority isRead More


Administration Said To Be Blocking Restitution Push

By Nacha Cattan

Holocaust survivors, a top Clinton administration official and a veteran congressman are warning that the Bush administration is undermining the fight to win compensation for Jewish victims of Nazi Germany.Stuart Eizenstat, the Clinton administration’s special envoy on Holocaust issues who struck global restitution deals totaling $10Read More


Shifting Gears, Syria Offers To Reopen Negotiations With Israel

After a barrage of American criticism for its disruptive role in Iraq and the Middle East, and with a visit by Secretary of State Colin Powell looming on the horizon, Syria has swiftly shifted gears in recent weeks, moving from calls to resist the American invasion of Iraq to sudden peace overtures to Israel.Syria’s newest gesture was brought toRead More


Some Happy 55th: Pessimism, A Strike and Same-Old Terror

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — On the eve of the country’s 55th Independence Day, most Israelis are in a somber and pessimistic mood, shackled by what they perceive as unbreakable military, political and economic chains.According to the newest polls, the public supports the American-sponsored “road map” to Israeli-Palestinian peace, as well as the recentRead More


Third Trial In ’91 Riot Shows Race Still Divides

By Nacha Cattan

An air of frustration filled Courtroom 6 during jury selection in the Brooklyn federal courthouse last week when Juror 46 insisted that despite her own biases she could be fair in the racially charged trial of Lemrick Nelson Jr. When Judge Frederic Block admitted her to a pool of jury finalists, frustration boiled over into anger.JurorRead More


U.S. Probe Sees Terror Networks Sharing Men, Cash in Global Trail

By Marc Perelman

American authorities are investigating a suspicious money trail that leads from the jungles of South America to the suburbs of Dallas and may shed light on the interlocking finances of some key terrorist networks, including Hamas and Al Qaeda.Federal and Texas state investigators are seeking clues to the origin and destination of millions ofRead More


Intentions Unclear, Sharon Remains Sphinx of Jerusalem

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Does he or doesn’t he? This is the question asked most often these days about Prime Minister Sharon. Does the Israeli leader seriously intend to push the peace process forward, as he professes with growing vigor, or is he just playing for time, waiting for an opportunity to abort the process?The signals are mixed, the evidence isRead More


New Welfare Plan Said To Deal Blow To Single Mothers

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican efforts to tighten America’s chief welfare plan could drive poor single mothers deeper into poverty, according to a new report.The current welfare plan, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or TANF, was enacted as part of the celebrated welfare reform legislation passed by the Clinton administration in 1996.Read More


Sighs of Relief Greet Quebec Separatists’ Defeat

By Sheldon Gordon

MONTREAL — As they observed Passover last week, many members of Montreal’s 100,000-strong Jewish community were also celebrating what some called a liberation of another sort: the defeat in provincial elections of the nationalist Parti Quebecois, which had been trying since 1994 to promote Quebec’s secession from Canada.The PartiRead More


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