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French Rabbi Denies Report He Stabbed Self

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — The strange case of the assault on French Rabbi Gabriel Farhi turns ever stranger.Early in the evening of Friday, January 3, Farhi called the police to say he had been stabbed by a helmeted man screaming “God is great” in Arabic as he prepared to enter his small Paris synagogue. Later on, he presented himself, with torn shirt andRead 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


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


Terrorism Stokes New Set of Fears Among Jews: Poll

By Steven M. Cohen

Alarmed by the growing specter of terrorism abroad and at home, American Jews report feeling high levels of anxiety and fear of further attacks — on their nation, their community and themselves. The September 11 attacks, ongoing violence in Israel and reports of antisemitic threats worldwide have combined to create a widespread feelingRead More


At Home and Abroad, Bush Has Some Explaining To Do

By Gus Tyler

President Bush is involved in a two-front war. One is being fought on the international front and the other upon the domestic front. The former is the war against Iraq; the latter is the war against a threatening “depression” devil. And he is losing both.Who says so? It’s not The New York Times and not TheRead More


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