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Presidents Conference Taps Tisch As Next Leader

America’s central Jewish representative body is naming a billionaire philanthropist and tobacco mogul as its new chairman.James Tisch, president of Loews Corp. and chairman of United Jewish Communities, was selected by a nominating committee last Friday to become chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. IfRead More


Movie Could Resurrect Old Charges Against Jews

By Daniel Treiman

Silver screen star Mel Gibson is raising red flags for some Jewish groups, who fear that a movie he is making will resurrect the age-old charge that Jews are responsible for Jesus’ death.The heads of the Anti-Defamation League and the Simon Wiesenthal Center questioned Gibson’s motives after a March 9 New York Times Magazine article on theRead More


Powell Counters Cabal Charge

By Ami Eden

Secretary of State Colin Powell took the unusual step last week of assuring members of Congress that a “small cabal” of pro-Israeli American Jews is not orchestrating President Bush’s war push.Powell made his statement during a House appropriations subcommittee hearing March 13 dealing with foreign aid.“The strategy with respect toRead More


California Dems Table Israel Resolution

By David Drucker

SACRAMENTO — Working behind the scenes with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Democratic activist Howard Welinsky succeeded in tabling a resolution about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the California Democratic Party’s recently concluded convention.Welinsky, who is also chairman of Democrats for Israel Los Angeles,Read More


America’s Arabic TV Aims For 2003 Launch

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — An American government-sponsored Arabic language satellite television channel may be up and running before the end of this year, beaming news with an American style and spin to the Arab world. But doubts persist over whether such a station can change attitudes in the region.Broadcasting mogul Norman Pattiz, who aRead More


Keeping the Peace Poses New Battle for U.S. Troops

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration is seeking ways to generate a favorable reaction from Iraqi civilians upon the conclusion of its drive to overthrow Saddam Hussein. But this battle for Iraqi opinion may prove as difficult as any military campaign.“Right from the start, winning the peace here will be a greater challenge than we haveRead More


Pro-Israel General Will Oversee Reconstruction of Postwar Iraq

By Alana Newhouse

With the United States poised to invade Iraq, attention has turned to retired army Lt. Gen. Jay Garner, the man set to govern the country in the event of an American military victory.Garner — who in 1991 helped lead Operation Provide Comfort, which delivered food and shelter to Kurds in northern Iraq after the Persian Gulf War — will overseeRead More


Brazil Connection Links Terrorist Groups

By Marc Perelman

What was the top leadership of Al Qaeda doing in Brazil during the mid-1990s?This is the million-dollar question American and South American security officials are trying to answer since it became known that Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, the top Al Qaeda operative snagged in Pakistan on March 1, spent three weeks at the end of 1995 in Brazil — in aRead More


American Killed By Israeli Bulldozer, As Civilian Deaths Mount

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — In any other week, the death of Rachel Corrie would have touched off furious international shock waves. A blond, attractive 23-year-old American college student, Corrie was crushed to death by an Israeli army bulldozer last Sunday while she stood with a group of fellow peace activists trying to stop a home demolition in Gaza.The armyRead More


Disagreements on Iraq, Pius XII Aired in Paris

By Marc Perelman

PARIS — Senior Vatican and French Jewish communal officials attended the second “European Encounters Between Catholics and Jews” last week in Paris, a two-day event that climaxed on the evening of March 11 with a reception for more than 1,000 people in the honor ballroom of City Hall. Organized by the European Jewish Congress and theRead More


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