Newsdesk March 14, 2003

Tisch Eyed for ConferenceJames Tisch has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate to be the next chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, according to a report in the New York Sun Wednesday.The Sun reports that Tisch, the CEO of Loews Corp and chairman of the board of the United Jewish Communities, is setRead More

Embattled Bay Area Police Chief To Be Honored

By Josh Richman

OAKLAND — A San Francisco Jewish group is moving forward with plans to honor the city’s police chief, who this week was cleared after being indicted in one of the highest-profile police scandals in recent American history.The Bay Area Council for Jewish Rescue and Renewal, a human rights group working on behalf of Jews and members of otherRead More

Report Finds Alarming Rise in Uninsured Americans

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — As a wide coalition of civil rights organizations, unions, faith-based groups and medical professionals launched “Cover the Uninsured Week” Monday, a new study published this week shows an alarming increase in the number of Americans without health insurance.The report, prepared for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which isRead More

Judge Bars Web Site’s Sales of Dead Sea Balms

By Nacha Cattan

Ahava, the Israeli Dead Sea cosmetics line, is at the center of a court battle as caustic as the world’s saltiest body of water. And a federal court has recently weighed in on the mudslinging.The official American distributor of Ahava, Ahava USA, has succeeded in getting Manhattan federal Judge Victor Marrero to bar an Israeli InternetRead More

Americans Killed in Attacks Traveled Uncommon Paths

By Noga Tarnopolsky

Three American citizens residing in Israel lost their lives in two separate terrorist attacks during the last week.Abigail Litle, 14, a Haifa eighth grader, was killed when the No. 37 bus she was riding after school blew up last Wednesday. A 20-year-old Hamas militant named Mahmoud Hamdan Kawasme of Hebron had detonated a bomb he strapped to hisRead More

Palestinian Economy Faces Devastation Under Intifada

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A new World Bank report on the imploding Palestinian economy is fueling calls for an immediate resumption of peace talks.In the report, which assesses the economic repercussions of the Palestinian intifada and Israeli counter-measures, the World Bank explicitly argues for the first time that economic development in the West Bank andRead More

Book Banned by Ultra-Orthodox Brings ‘Torah Personality’ To Life

By Lawrence Grossman

This path-breaking work, the product of 15 years of painstaking research, brings to pulsating life the world of pre-war “Lithuanian,” or non-chasidic, Orthodoxy, in particular its yeshivas, which have come to serve as educational models for contemporary Orthodoxy in the United States, Israel and elsewhere around the world. Yet the book hasRead More

Little Evidence of Hezbollah Operative’s Role in Attack

By Marc Perelman

His name keeps popping up.Imad Mughniyeh, the infamous top Hezbollah operative, has been linked to a long list of terrorist acts during the last 20 years. His name is on a warrant for his alleged role in the March 1992 bombing of the Israeli embassy in Buenos Aires. But until recently he was never formally linked to the 1994 bombing of theRead More

Good Morning, Ruppin Street: Okay, Now I’m Really Scared

By Melvin Jules Bukiet

Shortly after dawn on my second morning in Tel Aviv, I heard a loudspeaker. Jet-lagged and groggy, I staggered to the terrace of my apartment overlooking the Mediterranean. Down below, a man inside a military-looking vehicle repeated a message that blasted out of a bullhorn mounted on the hood. My Hebrew ends at “shalom” so I desperatelyRead More

Indictments in Argentina Bombing Draw Denials, Threats From Iran

By Marc Perelman

Iranian officials threatened a possible cut-off of diplomatic relations with Argentina this week, after Argentina issued its long-awaited indictment of senior Iranian officials for masterminding the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish communal center in Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people.The 400-page indictment, issued last weekendRead More

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