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    U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell met with the head of Egypt’s intelligence. Powell and Omar Suleiman met Wednesday to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Thursday that Suleiman has been “very involved in trying to move progress down the ‘road map,’ progress towards ending violence and getting back to a… More ▸

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    A tiny Serbian Jewish community launched an international appeal to protect its beleaguered Jewish cemetery. In a dramatically worded e-mail message it said was sent to organizations and people in 130 countries, the community in Nis, Serbia, said the cemetery, founded in the 17th century, was now the site of a settlement of Roma, or… More ▸

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    European Jewish leaders pressed the European Union to pledge to fight anti-Semitism. The 15 E.U. member-states are scheduled to meet in Brussels on Friday. The call by the European Jewish Congress comes amid increasing attention to the recent rise in anti-Semitic incidents in Europe. More ▸

  • Jewish Elderly May Pay More for Drugs Under New Medicare Law

    A law that was supposed to ease the burden of prescription drug costs for the elderly may force some Jewish seniors to pay more than they do now. The Medicare reform legislation, signed by President Bush this week, grants some relief in prescription drug costs for seniors. But other provisions of the law may affect… More ▸

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    A Christmas tree controversy erupted at Indiana University. The dean of the university’s law school replaced a Christmas tree with two smaller trees and a sleigh after some students and professor Florence Roitman, a Jewish professor a I.U.’s law school, complained that the tree constituted a religious display. The dean says the new display represents… More ▸

  • Germans Debate Anti-semitism in Unique Parliamentary Session

    Seventy years ago, Germany was concerned with the “Jewish problem.” Today, Germany is concerned with the country’s anti-Semitism problem. In a wide-ranging, two hour debate on anti-Semitism in Germany’s Parliament on Thursday, legislators agreed that the country must combat both anti-Semitism on society’s fringes and antipathy toward Jews among Germans generally. Their solution: education. The… More ▸

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    Yasser Arafat said he recognizes Jewish historical ties to “Palestine.” The purported recognition was contained in a wide-ranging statement issued to summarize talks the Palestinian Authority president held last week with Henry Siegman, a U.S. Jewish leader, The New York Times reported. More ▸

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    Most French Jewish leaders are backing a recommendation to ban visible religious insignia in French state schools. Roger Cukierman, president of CRIF, an umbrella organization of French Jews, told JTA that the recommendation by a presidential commission represents “a body blow to Islamic fanaticism.” In its report to French President Jacques Chirac on Thursday, the… More ▸

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    The Palestinian Authority Prime Minister criticized Ariel Sharon’s plan for unilateral Israeli withdrawal. Asked by Israel’s daily Ma’ariv about the Israeli prime minister’s hints that Israel might move unilaterally to set a border with the Palestinians if no peace agreement could be reached, Ahmed Qurei said the move would be a recipe for conflict. More ▸

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    A car explosion near an Italian synagogue Thursday was not believed to be a terrorist attack. A Palestinian set himself on fire inside the car in the city of Modena at 4 a.m. Thursday. Investigators are pointing to the timing of the attack as evidence that the man did not intend to cause any injuries. More ▸