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OU Censured On Ritual Slaughter

12/03/2004
Staff Writer
The animal rights group PETA has called into question the manner in which cows are killed at a kosher slaughterhouse in Iowa that is under the supervision of the Orthodox Union. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals videotaped the process, which it calls “evidence of cruelty to animals,” but the OU’s kosher supervisor said the animals were slaughtered in a painless manner.

Prospects For Peace Brighten

11/26/2004
Staff Writer
As two prominent Palestinian leaders announced plans to seek the presidency of the Palestinian Authority in elections Jan. 9 — one representing the younger generation and the other the “old guard” — Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon worked to keep his government in office while vowing to run for re-election should new elections be necessary next spring.

Moshe Rivlin, Ex-JNF Chair, Dies At 79

11/26/2004
Staff Writer
Moshe Rivlin, the former world chairman of the Jewish National Fund and director general of the Jewish Agency for Israel, died Tuesday at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan following a heart attack. He was 79. Mr. Rivlin, a seventh-generation Sabra who retired from JNF in 1997 after 21 years, lived in Jerusalem with his wife, Ruth. He and his wife were in the city visiting their two daughters.

Claims Processing Hits Snag

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
With millions of dollars in claims against Holocaust-era insurance policies still unresolved, Lawrence Eagleburger, the former U.S. secretary of state who now chairs the International Commission of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, slammed down his gavel and stormed out of Tuesday’s commission meeting. The outburst at the closed-door session in Washington came during a discussion of Eagleburger’s Nov. 1 decision to unilaterally terminate ICHEIC’s agreement with the Generali Trust Fund in Israel.

Lanner Seeking New Trial

11/19/2004
Staff Writer
The lawyer for Baruch Lanner, the Orthodox rabbi convicted of sexually abusing two girls in his New Jersey religious school, presented arguments to that state’s Appellate Division of Superior Court this week that the verdict should be thrown out and a new trial ordered because the judge gave improper directions to the jury and should have separated the two cases.

Israel Hoping Arafat Death Will Remove Peace Obstacle

11/12/2004
Staff Writers
Yasir Arafat, the Palestinian leader who brought his people to the brink of statehood only to throw it away on a senseless, four-year reign of terror that claimed the lives of thousands of Palestinians and Israelis, was near death Wednesday in a Paris hospital.

Suha’s Power

11/12/2004
Staff Writer
As Palestinian President Yasir Arafat struggled for his life in a Paris hospital this week, his wife, Suha, was lashing out at other Palestinian leaders and being branded by the press as the “first lady from hell” for being power and money hungry. She reportedly is seeking to keep as much as $6.5 billion her husband squirreled away.

Strengthening Catholic Ties

11/24/2004
Staff Writer
As a new Palestinian leadership begins to emerge along with the hope of a new era in Israeli-Palestinian relations, Israel’s ambassador to the Vatican has suggested that Israeli attention should now focus on improving relations with the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Determined To Make Voices Heard

11/05/2004
Staff Writer
Jews in the battleground states of Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania turned out in large numbers to vote Tuesday, despite rain and long lines in some parts of the country. In Florida, exit polls by Frank Luntz, who has worked with Republicans in the past, showed that 74 percent of Jews supported Kerry and 23 percent supported Bush. Robert Glaser, 72, of Boca Raton told The Jewish Week he had considered voting for Bush again but switched to Kerry in the last few weeks.

The New Wedge Issue

11/05/2004
Staff Writer
The bitterly fought 2004 presidential race may be remembered as the first election in recent memory in which the Republican incumbent put the Democratic challenger on the defensive about his support for Israel, essentially turning Israel into a wedge issue for Jews. Concern about Israel was heightened by the four-year Palestinian intifada that has killed more than 1,000 Israelis, the fear of another terrorist attack in the United States and apprehension about the war on terrorism launched after 9-11.
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