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

Mosque Crackdown Alarms London Jews

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — Jews in the British capital are on “high alert” for attacks after a recent crackdown on Islamist extremists and because of a heightening of tensions owing to the likelihood of a war in Iraq.The Community Security Trust, a wing of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s central Jewish representative council, isRead More

Iranian Parliamentarian Says Tehran May Free Last Five Jewish Prisoners

By Marc Perelman

The five remaining Jewish prisoners held in Iran on spying charges may be freed within the next two months, according to the sole Jewish member of the Iranian parliament.“From the discussions I had in Iran, I sincerely hope they will be released either on the occasion of the anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 12 or for the IranianRead More

Anti-Israel Rhetoric Divides Anti-War Coalitions

By Daniel Treiman

Anti-Israel rhetoric within the anti-war movement is raising concerns among Jews who oppose an American attack on Iraq.Much of their anxiety surrounds a controversial group, International Answer, formed after the September 11 attacks, that has played a key role in anti-war organizing. It sponsored the massive anti-war demonstrations in Washington,Read More

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