James D. Besser |
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has a vision, and Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to make sure the U.S. administration doesn’t buy it, although some State Department officials seem ready to sign on the dotted line.
That may be the diplomatic script as both leaders make their case to President George W. Bush in the next few days against a backdrop of continuing suicide bombings and mounting pressure on Washington from the European and Arab states.
Jewish communities in Great Britain are on a "heightened sense of alert" following 51 anti-Semitic incidents in April: the second highest monthly total in history, British lawmaker Gareth Thomas told the House of Commons.
He noted that the incidents included the April 27 desecration of a synagogue in Finsbury Park, north of London, by vandals who threw prayer shawls and yarmulkes to the ground and splashed green paint on them and the ark.
James Besser |
New U.S. Plan In Works?
by James D. Besser
With Palestinian terror attacks continuing unabated, the Bush administration is dropping broad hints that it may be almost ready to offer more detailed suggestions for ending 20 months of violence.
James D. Besser |
Anti-Semitism is a hot topic on Capitol Hill these days, but lawmakers sometimes seem to get confused about the difference between the good guys and the not-so-good guys.
That was apparent when plans by the Helsinki Commission to hold hearings on anti-Semitism in Europe touched off a political rumble after the chairman announced the list of witnesses.
The commission, an independent federal agency that monitors human rights across Europe, includes members of both houses of Congress and representatives of the State, Commerce and Defense departments.
Although Jewish leaders agree that France is experiencing the worst outbreak of anti-Semitism since the Holocaust, a rift has emerged over whether a boycott is justified while French President Jacques Chirac warns of "repercussions" if anti-French attacks persist.
Although Jean-Marie Le Pen received one of the largest votes of any far-right candidate in western Europe since World War II in his failed bid for the French presidency, his National Front party is unlikely to do as well in parliamentary elections next month.