January 9, 2003
Lieberman to Announce Candidacy Monday
Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.) will announce on Monday his intention to run for president. Lieberman, the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 2000, will announce his candidacy for president at his high school alma mater in Stamford, Conn. Lieberman received international attention three years ago when he became the first Jewish candidate on a major party ticket for the White House.
Israeli Tally 2002
The Israeli-Palestinian conflict claimed the lives of 447 Israelis in 2002. In addition, some 2,344 Israelis were injured in the conflict, according to the Israel Defense Force. Of those killed, 292 were civilians and 155 were security personnel. Of the dead, 299 were male and 148 female; 57 were children.
Some 50,000 businesses closed in Israel during 2002, according to Israel's Association of Independent Businesses. The association predicted that 60,000 businesses will close in 2003, Israel's Army Radio reported.
Britain Postpones Palestinian Conference
Britain reportedly postponed plans for a conference on Palestinian governmental reforms that had been scheduled for next week. Although British officials are saying that preparations are continuing as usual, they have stopped sending out invitations, according to the Israeli daily Ha'aretz. Sources told the paper Britain is planning to reschedule the conference as soon as possible.
The foreign ministers of Britain, Greece, Jordan and Saudi Arabia also were to have attended the conference, but Israel was not invited. On Tuesday, the office of British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced that Blair is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to allow the Palestinian delegation to attend the conference. Earlier this week, Israel announced it would bar Palestinian officials from attending as part of its response to a deadly terror attack Sunday in Tel Aviv.
New Accord on War Criminals
A planned agreement between the U.S. government's Nazi-hunting unit and an unnamed European government could lead to more prosecutions of suspected Nazi-era war criminals living in the United States. The agreement, scheduled to be announced later this month, could help the Justice Department's Office of Special Investigations (OSI) "identify previously unknown suspects," said Eli Rosenbaum, OSI's director. The OSI recently announced that during 2002 it initiated a record 10 prosecutions against suspected war criminals in the United States.
French Rabbi's Car Set Ablaze
The car of a French rabbi who was stabbed last week was set on fire. According to news reports, Rabbi Gabriel Farhi's car was set ablaze Monday outside his Paris apartment. Just hours before Farhi was stabbed last Friday, the synagogue received an anonymous letter threatening both him and the building.
Meanwhile, The University of Paris backed down from a campaign to cut ties with Israeli universities. The school issued a statement Monday saying school officials hoped the European Union would expand its educational accord to include Palestinian universities, according to The Associated Press.
Danish Police Crackdown
Danish police seized money belonging to a Palestinian charity that allegedly aided Palestinian terrorists. Danish officials would not comment on the case, but a spokesman for the Al Aqsa charity said Jan. 2 that the police were acting on new anti-terror laws making it a felony to give financial support to terrorist groups.
The charity denied that it backs terrorism, saying it gives money to groups in the West Bank that help orphans.
Monster.com for Jews
A new Web site is aiming to find jobs for Jews in the United States. The site, www.hatzlacha.com , was created recently by the Rabbinical Board of Greater New York as a resource for job seekers -- and for employers as well.
Hatzlachah (Hebrew for good luck) was created "in a time when more pink slips are likely to find their way to the hearts of an even larger number of Jewish households around the country, thousands of which have their children studying in private yeshivot," the company said in a news release.
Briefs courtesy Jewish Telegraphic Agency