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Claims Conf. Reverses Course On Audit

06/22/2007
Editor At Large
In a change of course, the organization that disperses Holocaust restitution funds has decided to review the past financial practices of March of the Living, a Holocaust education group dogged by allegations of financial impropriety. The Conference on Material Claims Against Germany confirmed Monday that it had instructed its chief auditor to examine allegations that March of the Living wrongly dispersed $709,000 to a politically connected consultant from 2002 through 2005.

Lauder’s Challenge: Where To Lead WJC?

06/15/2007
Editor At Large
Seizing the reins of an historic organization riven by bitter feuds and charges of wrongdoing, cosmetics heir and philanthropist Ronald Lauder faces an array of daunting decisions to make about the World Jewish Congress.

Shoah Group Won’t Face Probe Of Past

05/18/2007
Editor At Large
A planned audit of March of the Living, a popular international Holocaust education group for teens, will not review the group’s past financial conduct despite allegations of past improprieties, The Jewish Week has learned. The Conference of Material Claims Against Germany announced last month that it had begun an “in-depth audit” of March of the Living “to review whether any of the recent allegations are true.”

Much Noise Over ‘Silence’

03/19/2008
Editor at Large
Harvard University’s Hillel president was not silent last week after Zionist Organization of America leader Morton Klein attacked his center for hosting  Breaking the Silence, a controversial Israeli photo exhibit. “As a result of your actions, our students are receiving hate e-mails,” fumed Dr. Bernie Steinberg in an open letter to Klein posted last weekend. “If you intended to injure and hurt young Jews, you recent actions and words are a success.”

Controversial Minister Gets Pass From Jewish Leaders

12/01/2006
Editor at Large and Washington Correspondent.
On the eve of his first U.S. visit since becoming deputy prime minister of Israel, Avigdor Lieberman, who calls for stripping Israeli Arabs of their citizenship, has received a provisional pass from much of the Jewish establishment — and a stamp of approval from one leader who denounced him just last May. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Jewish Week this week, “I don’t see anything extremist since he became part of the government.”

Iran-Israel Linkage By Bush Seen As Threat

04/21/2006
Washington Correspondent and Editor at Large.
President Bush is risking a backlash that could injure the Jewish community — and his own cause — by repeatedly citing Israel as his top rationale for possible U.S. military conflict with Iran, Jewish leaders and Middle East analysts warned this week.

Jews Turn Against Torture

02/27/2008

Editor At Large
As Attorney General Michael Mukasey’s stand on government torture meets widespread criticism — including, increasingly, from the organized Jewish community — a former Israeli military attorney who oversaw terrorist cases is pushing for the United States to borrow, selectively, from Israel’s approach to the issue. Since a 1999 High Court ruling mandated it, says Amos Guiora, Israel has established a “no-torture-based paradigm” that contain key elements the U.S. should adopt; but also some elements it should avoid.

A Picture Is Worth...

02/20/2008
Editor at Large
When David Horowitz, the prominent right-wing Internet pamphleteer, slapped Joel Beinin’s face on the cover of his new booklet, “Campus Support for Terrorism,”쳌 the unabashedly left-wing Stanford history professor faced a quandary.

Hoenlein Backing Off Apparent Swipe At Obama

02/13/2008
Editor At Large
The drumbeat call for “change” coming from the campaign of presidential candidate Barack Obama is generating “legitimate concern over the zeitgeist around the campaign,” the head of American Jewry’s primary umbrella group reportedly said Tuesday.

Liberal ’Hood Torn

02/06/2008

Editor At Large
For the storied liberals of Manhattan’s Upper West Side, the race between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination posed a tough choice. Few denied feeling torn. But based on random interviews with roughly evenly divided Jewish voters as they emerged from several polling sites, it seemed that many who chose Obama hungered for the excitement of a candidate they believed could inspire broad transformative change for the country.
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