Agencies Warn Medicaid Shifts Could Imperil Elderly, Refugees

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Jewish welfare and refugee agencies are watching nervously to see the impact of a new Bush administration regulation that could restrict access to emergency room services for poor patients on Medicaid.The regulation, issued last month in a letter to state Medicaid directors from the federal Department of Health and Human Services,Read More

Officials: U.S., Israel Readying Call for Palestinian Statehood

By Noga Tarnopolsky

JERUSALEM — Israel and the United States are preparing a new joint peace initiative for possible release following Israel’s January 28 general election, the Forward has learned.The initiative, details of which are still being ironed out in high-level, behind-the-scenes talks, would reportedly include a joint American-Israeli call for theRead More

Anti-Abortion Fringe Fires Debate Over Antisemitism

By Seamus Mcgraw

For four generations, Carol Speser’s family has been deeply rooted in Buffalo’s Jewish community and in the congregation at Temple Beth Zion, one of the city’s most prominent synagogues. Although her hectic schedule as a leader in the city’s gay and lesbian community leaves her little time to attend services, she still considers the shulRead More

Newsdesk January 24, 2003

Lebanese Envoy SlammedLebanon’s top diplomat in Canada has landed in political hot water following undiplomatic comments about the influence of Canada’s Jewish community.Raymond Baaklini, the Lebanese ambassador, drew a stern rebuke from Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Bill Graham following remarks to an Arabic-language newspaper in MontrealRead More

Lessons From Israel in Thinking About the Unthinkable

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The twisted wreckage of a bus and the burnt-out storefront of a fast-food place. The glare of police lights bouncing off of body bags. Technicians picking though debris in full-body infection suits.When Ralph Morten sees scenes like these, they usually are on television news reports from Tel Aviv or Jerusalem or some other IsraeliRead More


Of Noteworthy Items in the Press Spies Like Us: The privately run Israeli intelligence Web site reports that the real arms inspection in Iraq is being carried out by special forces representing the United States, Turkey, Jordan and Israel. “This means the second [that] President Bush wants them to, those Special Forces will surroundRead More

Antisemitic Incidents Roiling Brooklyn

By Alana Newhouse

A rash of antisemitic incidents in Brooklyn has sent shivers through communities at the borough’s heavily Jewish southern end, prompting a local congressman to convene a town hall meeting this week where Democratic Senators Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton were to appear, along with assorted state and local officials.Antisemitic incidentsRead More

Eizenstat’s Book Cover Is Target of Swiss Lawsuit

By Marc Perelman

In the latest twist to the Holocaust restitution saga, the main American negotiator of a landmark agreement with Switzerland has become embroiled in a scandal over the cover of his recently published book.A Swiss lawyer is suing Stuart Eizenstat, a former deputy treasury secretary in the Clinton administration, on the grounds that the jacketRead More

Holland Could See Its First Jewish P.M.

By Rachel Levy

AMSTERDAM — A son of Holocaust survivors with deep roots in the Socialist movement was poised to become the Netherlands’ first-ever Jewish prime minister in this week’s too-close-to-call parliamentary elections.Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen, 55, emerged as the top name on the surprisingly strong Labor ticket following an announcement Sunday byRead More

Arab Envoys Planning Translation Service

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Arab governments are planning a service that would translate favorable news and commentary from the Arab media, in an effort to counterbalance the Middle East Media Research Institute and what detractors say is its distribution of typically critical material from the Arab press.The idea is being discussed by Arab informationRead More

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