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Key Senator Takes Up Displaced Jews' Plight

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), the third highest-ranking Senate Republican, has agreed to be the point man for the Jewish community on the emerging issue of seeking justice for hundreds of thousands of Jews displaced from Arab lands following the creation of the State of Israel. This follows meetings with a coalition of Jewish organizational leaders engaged in a campaign contending that along with Palestinian refugees, the rights of Jewish refugees from Arab lands must also be addressed by the international community.

War On Terror Goes Apocalyptic

10/24/2003
Staff Writer
Despite President Bush's insistence that the war on terrorism is not a religious conflict pitting the West against Islam, prominent members of his administration and leaders of Islamic countries are pushing inexorably in that direction. And as the president came to the defense of the Jewish community this week, Jewish leaders were warning of dire long-term consequences in the wake of the anti-Semitic tirade unleashed last week by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.

Red Cross, Israeli Counterpart

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
The American Red Cross and Israel’s Magen David Adom signed an agreement Monday designed to strengthen relations between the two following a period of controversy. It spells out increased cooperation on several fronts, including preparedness for incidents involving weapons of mass destruction, international tracing and family reunification, and biomedical services. “It will take away the suspicions of the past between us,” said MDA director general Avi Zohar.

‘Beautiful Day’ For Bono

11/22/2002
Staff Writer
What’s one of the world’s greatest rock stars doing at a Jewish benefit dinner? The answer came Monday night when Bono, the voice and wordsmith driving the fabulously popular band U2, became the first rock and roll personality to receive the Humanitarian Laureate Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. Bono, a 43-year-old native of Dublin, was honored for his international campaign to raise public awareness of the AIDS epidemic killing millions in Africa and forgive the crushing monetary debt of poverty-stricken Third World countries.

Columbia President Blasts Divestment Petition

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger Thursday night criticized as “grotesque and offensive” a faculty-sponsored petition calling for the university to divest from Israel. “The petition alleges human rights abuses and compares Israel to South Africa at the time of apartheid, an analogy I believe is both grotesque and offensive,” Bollinger said in a statement. “As president of Columbia ... I want to state clearly that I will not lend any support to this proposal.”

Divestiture Storm Hits Columbia

11/08/2002
Staff Writer
Columbia University is the latest battleground in a national drive to persuade universities to stop investing in Israel because of its ongoing conflict with the Palestinians. Dueling petitions are circulating on the Internet this week on both sides of the divestiture issue. A group of faculty members from Columbia and Barnard College launched a petition Oct. 26 calling on Columbia to use its “political and financial influence to encourage the United States to suspend military aid and arms sales to Israel.”

N.Y. Rabbis Planning Major Rally

04/05/2002
Staff Writer
With Islam’s top religious leaders publicly sanctioning suicide bombings against Jews, outraged New York rabbis plan to protest the behavior of their religious counterparts at a demonstration in front of the Palestine Mission next Monday.

No Peace In Peace Camp

03/29/2002
Staff Writer
Three prominent liberal New York rabbis have abruptly resigned from the advisory board of a new national Jewish peace group after their names appeared in a controversial full-page New York Times ad that likened Israel to the Passover story’s evil Pharaoh, and also used a Nazi allusion to describe the Sharon government’s military actions in the West Bank and Gaza.

Hail To The Uzbeki Chief

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
What does a Brooklyn yeshiva have to do with the president of Uzbekistan? Plenty, if you ask Pearl Kaufman, executive director of Be’er Hagolah Yeshiva, an oasis of Jewish learning for 1,000 kids from the former Soviet Union, located just off the Belt Parkway in the Starrett City section. Be’er Hagolah, Hebrew for “well in the diaspora,” planned to give President Islam Karimov its “international leader award” at a gala Plaza Hotel reception Wednesday night.

‘Enough Is Enough’

03/01/2002
Staff Writer
Last Passover, as Jeffrey Rubin and his son Benjamin were heading for early morning prayers at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem, they discussed how to help Israel as the Palestinian attacks against the nation increased. Benjamin, then a 15-year-old junior at Long Island’s Hebrew Academy for the Five Towns and Rockaway, came up with the idea to unite American yeshiva teens to show support. With the help of fellow student Baruch Danziger, they formed the National Council of Yeshivot in Support of Israel.
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