Salaries of Jewish Communal Leaders in the U.S.
In their fight to pass legislation allowing military chaplains to offer sectarian prayers at public services, conservative congressional leaders have lost an erstwhile ally: the Orthodox Union.
As congressional Republicans press a series of legislative initiatives aimed at mobilizing religious conservative voters, Jewish organizations are fighting two of the measures that they say would further erode the wall separating church and state.
Jewish organization are seeking to mobilize the international community, through direct meetings with foreign diplomats and by lobbying the Bush administration, to impose sanctions on Iran for defiantly carrying on with its nuclear program.
Two American scholars who earlier this year authored a paper charging that the “Israel Lobby” had seized control of America’s Middle East policy have reopened their attacks, this time claiming that Jerusalem’s allies pressured the Bush administration into supporting Israel during its recent war in Lebanon against Hezbollah.
For the past 17 years, a concrete Latin cross that crowns a picturesque hilltop in La Jolla, Calif., has been the object of a convoluted local legal battle between the city of San Diego and an atheist who contends that the 29-foot monument cannot stand on public land. But this month the legal tussle turned into a national fight, pitting the Jewish War Veterans against the federal government, and splitting Jewish Democrats in California.
As international human rights organizations decry the high toll of civilian deaths suffered in the Lebanon war, America’s main organization of Modern Orthodox rabbis is calling on the Israeli military to be less concerned with avoiding civilian casualties on the opposing side when carrying out future operations.
In a reflection of growing tensions between Canada’s Jewish and Arab communities, spawned by the Lebanon War, B’nai Brith Canada last week called for a crackdown on protesters who wave the Hezbollah flag at anti-Israel demonstrations.
Three weeks into Israel’s latest Lebanon War, Israelis and their friends and allies around the world remain united in the certainty that this is a just war. They know that Israel had a right to respond as it did to Hezbollah’s provocations, and they believe that Israel’s future safety requires a clear victory over the terrorists who would destroy it.
Facing an unprecedented Israeli military onslaught, Hezbollah could turn back the clock a decade and resort to terrorist strikes against Jewish and Western targets outside of Lebanon, experts warn.While it is not believed to have struck abroad since the bombing of a Jewish communal center in Argentina in 1994, the Lebanese Shiite militia has