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  • Singled Out?

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In light of several recent security snafus, Washington's intelligence community is clearly under pressure to tighten the cordon around sensitive material.

    But the fact that the first diplomat ensnared in the dragnet - Martin Indyk, the U.S. ambassador to Israel - happens to be Jewish...

  • Not Good Enough

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iran appears to have made a concession by reducing jail time for the "Iran 10," but American Jewish advocates insist it's not nearly enough.

    Decrying the "justice denied" in the appeals verdict announced in Iran Thursday, activists vowed that the fate of the prisoners will not be...

  • Red-Carpet Treatment

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    It's after Labor Day, which means kids are back to school, the football season has kicked off and the presidential race is heating up.

    With much less fanfare, the Jewish diplomatic season is also under way.

    The three-day U.N. Millennium Summit last week presented American Jewish...

  • Settlement Negotiations

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    In February, Austria announced plans to rapidly resolve all Holocaust restitution claims against it. Vienna's enthusiasm for settling these claims came days after the European Union (E.U.) imposed sanctions against Austria for including a far-right party in its new government.


  • Facing Public Opinion

    September 14, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Efforts to arrange another peace summit with Yasser Arafat may have failed, but it seems Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak did not leave New York completely empty-handed.

    After a round of meetings with world leaders and regional powers at the U.N. Millennium Summit, Barak and his...

  • The Long Wait

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The waiting game continues in Iran, as the judiciary there has postponed at least for another week a decision in the appeals of 10 Iranian Jews convicted on charges of spying for Israel.The delay is ostensibly because the three judges reviewing the appeals are divided on whether the...

  • Speaking Out

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Amid a last-ditch push to salvage his peace efforts between Israel and the Palestinians, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak this week asked a unique gathering of world leaders here to play an active role in the Middle East peace process.

    Speaking to more than 150 heads of state at the...

  • Whose Money?

    September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Since 1996, Jewish groups and their lawyers have gone to the mat with the likes of the Germans, the Swiss and the French, extracting $9 billion in restitution for the evil wrought in Europe by Nazi forces and their collaborators.

    While the entire process is gradually winding down, a...

  • Kosher Candidate

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Sen. Joseph Lieberman's first Friday in the U.S. Senate posed a problem for him - not politically, but religiously.

    It was 1988, and the Senate session was running late into the night. Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, was obliged to stick around, despite the Sabbath.

    Instead of walking...

  • Unknown fate awaits ‘Iran 13’

    May 4, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Iranian hard-liners are showing no signs of backing down in the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel.

    However, what remains unclear -- in light of a state-televised confession Monday of the alleged leader, Hamid "Dani" Tefileen -- is whether Tefileen will take the...

  • Mixed Signals

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Despite unofficial assurances to the contrary, it appeared that the trial of 13 Iranian Jews accused of espionage would go ahead this week as originally scheduled.

    Last week, American Jewish activists were led to believe the April 13 trial would be rescheduled to just before or after...

  • Best Interests

    April 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When it first emerged in November that a Cuban boy named Elian Gonzalez had been fished out of the sea, Moises Asis relied on his lawyerly instincts.

    To the Cuban Jewish attorney, who immigrated to Miami in 1993, the case was a cut-and-dried legal issue: The boy must be reunited with...

  • Demonstrating Support

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After an appeal by Iran's chief rabbi, the Iranian judiciary has announced it will allow 13 Jews accused of spying for Israel and America to hire their own lawyers, said an American Jewish leader.

    The 13 will also get a few extra days to prepare their case, according to Malcolm...

  • Jews Mend Kosovo’s Spirit

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Having endured 10 years of oppression and the largest expulsion in Europe since the Holocaust, it is not uncommon to hear the Albanians of Kosovo draw parallels between themselves and Jews.

    So it was little surprise to Greta Kacinari that Jews would be among those lending a hand in...

  • An Israeli Mission

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Soaring above the sea of green and white canvas tents in the dusty, wind-swept Stenkovec refugee camp in Macedonia are a handful of Israeli flags. It is a jarring sight whose incongruity is compounded by the fact that just a stone's throw away are the Germans.

    Approximately 700,000...

  • Passover Refugees

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was March 31, the first night of Passover, and his native Yugoslavia was again convulsed by war.

    So it was fitting, perhaps, that young Ismael chose melodies from the repertoire of the old Sephardic rabbis of Bosnia and Kosovo while leading his first seder.

    In Bosnia, during the...

  • Hungarian Haven

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In other circumstances, there would be nothing unusual about busloads of Yugoslavs visiting the capital of their northern neighbor, Hungary.

    But with NATO's daily assault on Kosovo and other locations throughout Yugoslavia, these are no ordinary "tourists." Roughly 200 Yugoslav Jews...