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Some Gazans Talk Tough, Some Talk Money

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Jewish residents of the Gaza Strip seem to be splitting into factions in the face of the near-certain evacuation of settlements there, as evidenced by events this week in New York and Jerusalem. While the mayor of the Gush Katif settlement bloc, joined by a prominent Likud member of Knesset, was making his case for political and financial support here and vowing to fight, a group of settler leaders was meeting with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to discuss relocating their communities and negotiate compensation for the move.

Nine-Year Hate High

04/08/2005
Staff Writer
Note: Due to inaccurate statistics provided to The Jewish Week, the rate of anti-Semitic incidents on Staten Island was incorrectly reported to have risen drastically in the print edition. The number actually declined from 16 to 6 in 2004. ______________________The number of anti-Semitic incidents in Manhattan rose drastically last year, part of a surge in bias incidents against Jews across the country that reached a nine-year high, the Anti-Defamation League announced this week.

JDC Opening Aid Base In Sri Lanka

04/01/2005
Staff Writer
The New York-based American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee will dispatch two professional staff members to Sri Lanka this week to oversee programs funded by its massive relief effort, even as the second major earthquake in three months created new need in the area ravaged by the Dec. 26 tsunami disaster.

Democrats Ready To Rumble

03/25/2005
Staff Writer
Trying to whip up some partisan fervor in advance of upcoming city and state elections, Democratic operatives on Sunday belittled Republican gains among Jewish voters, even as others expressed concern over them. “Republicans made scant progress” in the last election, Rep. Jerrold Nadler told the crowd at the National Jewish Democratic Council’s breakfast, held at The Center for Jewish History in Manhattan in an apparent bid to reinforce the party’s longstanding traditional ties to the community.

Schumer’s Dire Prediction

03/11/2005
Staff Writer
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will fail to reach a lasting peace agreement with Israel, leading to another conflict in the Middle East, Sen. Charles Schumer predicted Sunday at a breakfast with Jewish leaders. Noting that the prospects for Israel-Palestinian peace hinge on whether Abbas can crack down on terrorist factions and form a government committed to coexistence, Schumer said in his opinion, the answer is “frankly, no.”

Tens Of Thousands Mark Talmud Completion

03/04/2005
Staff Writer
Shmuel Mermelstein found the time during a vacation in Anatalia, Turkey. Jay Radin took a meaningful pause outside the elephant cage of the Bronx Zoo. Abraham Biederman often indulged his spiritual pursuit at City Hall, when he was the city’s commissioner of finance in the 1980s.

Israelis Watching Muslim 9-11 Suits

02/25/2005
Staff Writer
Five Israelis arrested on 9-11 who allege in a civil suit that they were abused for weeks by guards at a federal prison in Brooklyn are closely watching two similar suits by Muslim detainees who make virtually the same allegations. Judge John Gleeson of U.S. District Court could rule at any time on a motion by the government to dismiss the case involving the Muslims, who were picked up following the terror attacks for visa violations and held for months while being investigated for ties to terrorist groups.

Curbing Their Enthusiasm

02/25/2005
Staff Writer
In 1999, far in advance of the 2001 mayoral race, Chanina Sperlin and his Crown Heights Political Action Committee gave their blessing to Fernando Ferrer, then the Bronx borough president seeking the Democratic nomination. This year, with barely nine months to go until this year’s election, the jury is still out in Crown Heights.

Tsunami Funds Now At $23 Million

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
More than seven weeks after the Asia tsunami disaster, donations to Jewish agencies’ relief funds have slowed somewhat as the millions already raised begin to flow to partner agencies in the affected areas. “There has been a natural trail-off, given that the attention has died down,” said Will Recant, assistant executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which oversees the Jewish Coalition for Asia Tsunami Relief. “But Jewish giving was overwhelming.”

Reunited Via The Web

02/18/2005
Staff Writer
Besides her parents, Ruth Neuwald Falcon knew of no other blood relatives who had survived the Holocaust.
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