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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


Vote on Ethiopians Exposing Aid Rift

By Ami Eden

The decade-long battle over Ethiopian refugees is shifting to the United States, after the Israeli Cabinet’s unanimous vote Sunday approving the immigration of more than 18,000 languishing Ethiopians.At issue is a little-noticed clause in the approved Cabinet resolution that is sparking debate among American Jewish groups over how much aidRead More


Anti-Israel Voices Muted as Millions Rally

They cheerfully rode the New York City subway uptown: three Jewish women in their late 50s or early 60s, bundled up in heavy coats decorated in peace buttons. Millions of protesters in 600 cities around the world were rallying against a looming war in Iraq, and these New Yorkers did not intend to be left out.Members of a half-dozenRead 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


As the Left Says No to War, a Journal’s Editor Dissents

By Daniel Treiman

Mitchell Cohen is not the first commentator to make the case that the United States should use force to remove Saddam Hussein’s “fascist-like” regime from power — sooner rather than later — warning that “his menace, especially nuclear, will only swell” with time.What makes Cohen’s arguments noteworthy, if not original, is that theyRead More


States Put Up Fight, Dollars To Defeat Divestment Push

By E.J. Kessler

New York is the latest state to adopt measures to counter the movement to force governments and universities to withdraw their investments in Israel.The state’s second highest-ranking official, Comptroller Alan Hevesi, told the Forward that he intends to increase the investments of the state’s $105 billion pension in Israel, and has spokenRead More


Divorce, Israeli Style: Populace Loses Its Illusion About Politics

By Nahum Barnea

Among the stars of this year’s Israeli election campaign was a pair of senior citizens. Back in 1999, after being happily married for nearly 60 years, the husband asked his wife for the first time in their life together whom she voted for that year. She foolishly decided to answer: the Labor candidate, Ehud Barak. TheRead More


Young Jewish Republicans Toss Off Their Family Ties

By Max Gross

Matt Brooks, the 36-year-old head of the Republican Jewish Coalition, has what in his circle amounts to a dirty little secret: His parents were once Democrats.“I’ve always been Republican,” Brooks told the Forward. This from a boy whose mother volunteered for John F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign and whose grandparents were active inRead More


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