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Under Pressure, Israel Acts To Prop Up Birthright Trips

By Daniel Treiman

Under heavy criticism from Israeli politicians and American Jewish leaders, the Israeli government abandoned a proposal to end its support for a popular program offering young Diaspora Jews free trips to Israel.Reports early this week that the cash-strapped Israeli government was set to eliminate its financial support for Birthright IsraelRead More


Secrets of the City

A SERIALIZED NOVELBy Anne RoipheCHAPTER 68: THE FINAL CHAPTER* * * This is the final installment of Anne Roiphe’s serialized novel, “Secrets of the City,” which can be found online at www.forward.com. A hardcover version of the novel will be published in October by Random House’s Shaye Areheart Books imprint.

In Chapter 67, aRead More


Russian Oligarch May Face Extradition

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — British authorities bowed to Kremlin requests to begin extradition hearings against Boris Berezovsky, a Russian Jewish tycoon and former politician who has been in self-imposed exile in London for more than three years.Berezovsky, along with a former business colleague, Yulii Dubov, was arrested and promptly released March 24, in anRead More


Conservatives Taking a Page From Orthodox Prayer Book

By Ami Eden

Spurred in large part by the growing popularity of an Orthodox publisher, leaders of Conservative Judaism are set to release the movement’s first prayer book with extensive built-in commentary.Movement rabbis acknowledge that a main impetus for commissioning the new commentary, titled “Or Hadash” and set to beRead More


Bush Plans To Privatize the Rebuilding of Iraq

By Gus Tyler

Although the war in Iraq is not yet over, it appears that our ever-provident president already has a set of ideas on how to rebuild the land once ruled by Saddam Hussein. A recent Wall Street Journal headline proclaims: “Bush Has an Audacious Plan To Rebuild Iraq Within a Year.”The Journal comments: “The U.S. plan as currently laid out couldRead More


U.N. Envoy See Opening as Blair Prods for Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — With fresh signs that the White House is set to release a controversial new Israeli-Palestinian peace plan, tension mounted this week among American Jewish activists preparing to gather in Washington for an annual show of political strength.About 5,000 activists are expected to arrive in Washington Sunday for what is being billed asRead More


Author Paints a Picture of Iraq’s Future After Saddam

By Max Gross

In “The New Iraq,” author Joseph Braude paints a vivid portrait of modern-day Iraq and lays out a detailed plan for rebuilding the country after the war. But Braude — who has lived in Cairo, Amman, Riyadh, and Tehran — has never actually been to Iraq. Not yet, anyway.“I’ll be on the first plane to Baghdad” after Saddam Hussein isRead More


IN OTHER WORDS

By Oren Rawls

Shock and Flaw: “Most Arabs are in a state of shock,” The Daily Star, a Lebanese daily, editorialized on March 21, the day after war broke out in Iraq.“The passive manner in which we watch events unfolding around us, unable or unwilling to muster the political will to chart our own history, is a terrible symptom of someRead More


Newsdesk March 28, 2003

Campus Incidents UpThe Anti-Defamation League released its annual Audit of Antisemitic Incidents this week, showing that antisemitic incidents on college campuses totaled 106 in 2002, an increase of 24% over the previous year. Overall, the audit showed a slight increase in activity over the previous year, with 1,559 anti-Jewish incidentsRead More


Muslims More Likely To Vote on Values Than Foreign Policy

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Republican outreach efforts to the American-Muslim community during recent years have yielded considerable fruit that is not likely to be undercut by the war in Iraq, according to the GOP activist most closely identified with that outreach, Grover Norquist.The reason, Norquist said in an interview with the Forward, is thatRead More


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