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By Oren Rawls

Gleanings From the Media Continental Divide: It’s not just London Bridge that seems to be falling down these days in Europe, judging by articles in several European newspapers translated and reprinted in the April issue of World Press Review.“Europe is cracking,” Leopold Unger writes in the February 11 issue of the liberalRead More


Academy Awards Often Shine For Holocaust-Themed Films

By Lisa Keys

This Sunday, documentary film directors Malcolm Clarke and Stuart Sender will don their tuxedos, smile for the paparazzi and sit anxiously in the Kodak Theatre, waiting to see if their names will follow the words, “And the Oscar goes to…”In the 2002 Academy Awards Best Documentary Feature category, Clarke and Sender face tough competition.Read More


A Brooklyn Boy Whose Childhood Dreams Stop Here

By Lisa Keys

It’s a typical morning at Borough Hall in downtown Brooklyn. Politicians are meeting and greeting, children are dancing jigs and an impressive amount of Irish coffee is being consumed at 9 a.m. The borough’s stentorious president, Marty Markowitz, a smiling, roly-poly man, is wearing a tall striped hat that seems plucked from the pagesRead More


Wooden Synagogue Project Abandoned

By June Bell

BERKELEY, Calif. — A Modern Orthodox congregation that hoped to build a replica of the wooden synagogue of Przedborz, Poland, has reluctantly abandoned its dream after failing to garner national financial support for the project.Instead of re-creating the famous 17th-century structure destroyed by the Nazis, Congregation Beth Israel will spendRead More


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


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