With Democrat Al Gore's presidential candidacy surging, the Republican National Committee and its Jewish support group are hoping to erode his support among Jews and whites by linking him to the Rev. Al Sharpton.
"Al Sharpton is a racist anti-Semite with blood on his hands," said Chris Paulitz, a spokesman for the RNC in Washington who is gathering information on controversial Sharpton statements on behalf of national chairman Jim Nicholson. "He is the David Duke of the Democrat Party. Why has Al Gore and most of the Democrat Party embraced this hate-monger?"
In asserting that America is "better off" for having a local black-owned radio station like WLIB, Vice President Al Gore, in a presidential debate Monday night in Harlem, may not have realized how controversial the station is, particularly to the Jewish community.
Nine months after he bolted the Republican Party to become a Democrat, Long Island Rep. Mike Forbes is no longer viewed as the most strident pro-Israel hawk in the House, seeming to settle instead into the Clinton administration's peace camp.
Acting on a tip from rabbinic leaders, police and narcotics investigators have arrested a 50-year-old Brooklyn man they allege is known as the "pot rabbi" among Orthodox youth.
Yitzchak Fried of Midwood, who has been the leader of a controversial congregation in Manhattan's East Village, was arrested outside the Munkaczer synagogue on 13th Avenue in Borough Park on Tuesday afternoon. He was charged with criminal sale of marijuana, a third-degree felony, and faces 16 months to four years in jail.
In a case that could have drastic implications for rabbinic courts, a judge ruled last week that a defamation lawsuit by a Brooklyn woman against a bet din will go to trial.
"This opens the door to a whole new genre of cases in which people are suing rabbis for doing what rabbis have done for centuries," said attorney Nathan Lewin, who is defending the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, known as Agudas Harabonim, one of America's oldest rabbinic courts.
The politically connected Brooklyn rabbi who has steered most of the city's day care vouchers toward Orthodox neighborhoods is now setting his sights on contracts for Head Start and day care centers, he told The Jewish Week.
"We are still experiencing an imbalance, if not in the voucher area, then in the day care and Head Start area," said Rabbi Milton Balkany, dean of the Bais Yakov of Brooklyn in Borough Park. "I want to correct that imbalance."
The Palestinian Authority's recent seizure of a monastery in the West Bank town of Jericho raises "serious concerns" about its ability to govern fairly, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani charged Tuesday, flanked by Russian Orthodox clerics and Jewish representatives.
"Unfortunately, this outlines some of the serious problems with regard to a jurisdiction that doesnít provide equal rights," said the Republican mayor and likely U.S. Senate candidate. "[The PA] isn't a system of law, isn't a democracy, it isn't a lawful regime in that sense."
As a member of the City Council, Eva Moskowitz has a say in how to spend billions of taxpayer dollars. But she admits to being perplexed about what to do with a certain check for $3,000.
The sum did not come from city budget discretionary funds, or from a wealthy campaign donor. The allocation was made by her mother, Anne, who fled Europe during the Holocaust.
The commemoration of Rev. Martin Luther King's legacy brought anything but harmony this week to the U.S. Senate race, as the campaigns of Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton waged a war of words.
And again, Jews were in the eye of the storm.
Clinton, apparently employing lessons learned from her recent West Bank foray, promptly denounced a controversial remark about Jews made during her visit Monday to the Harlem headquarters of Rev. Al Sharpton.
Amid speculation that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani would dump his top campaign aide, who faces questions in a state and federal investigation, the mayor did the opposite this week. He named Bruce Teitelbaum as manager of his Senate campaign, if and when he decides to run.
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