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18 Tracking The Terrorists
42 'Children Of Abraham'
Local reaction plus analysis on the
assassination of Sheik Yassin.
Teen drama presents a common
basis for peace.
ARTS & LIFE
28 Taking The Bench
47 The Lion Queen
Talented litigator accepts Oakland
County Corcuit judgeship.
Julie Taymors Lion King'
takes the stage in Detroit.
41 Above-Average Jen
68 Exploring 'The Passion'
U-M ad student joins
cast o reality show.
Jesus did not fulfill the Jewish
Messiah role, explains rabbi.
On The Cover: Illustration, Philip Skarich/IRIS Design
Special Report photo, Sheik Ahmed Yassin
Page design, Kelli Johnson
25, 34, 41, 68 Letters
72 New Arrivals
63 Torah Portion
In Last Gag Columnist Harry
Kirsbaum remembers a terrorist's
numbers: page 87
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Security Stepped Up In N.Y.
New York/JTA — Security was stepped
up at synagogues and Jewish neighbor-
hoods in New York City this week.
The move was taken amid fears of
retaliatory strikes on Jewish targets after
Israel's assassination of Hamas leader
Sheik Ahmed Yassin on Monday in
Gaza. New York City's police chief,
Raymond Kelly, said there were no spe-
cific threats behind the efforts.
Gay Marriage Backed
New York/JTA — The Reconstruction-
ist Rabbinical Association endorsed
civil marriages for same-sex couples.
The rabbinical arm of the Recon-
structionist movement unanimously
approved a resolution urging "full and
equal civil marriage for gay men and
Reconstructionism, which according
to the National Jewish Population
Survey represents 3 percent of the 4.3
million religiously active Jews nation-
wide, was the first movement to ordain
gay rabbis in 1984. In 1993, the move-
ment approved religious rituals for gay
Hitler Controversy Melts
Berlin/JTA — A Berlin wax museum
that opened in January closed this
month following controversy over a
figure of Hitler.
The operator of the museum, Inna
Vollstadt, received notice from her
landlord after a slew of articles in Israeli
and German newspapers drew atten-
tion to the exhibit.
Vollstadt said Hitler was just one of
the attractions, but critics warned that
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the Hitler figure might attract people to
the waxworks for the wrong reasons.
French Monitor Anti-SemitisTri
Paris/JTA — The French government
and the country's leading Jewish organi-
zation will jointly monitor anti-Semitic
Following the third meeting of the
cabinet committee on anti-Semitism on
March 18, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre
Raffarin announced the creation of a
direct Internet liaison between the
CRIF umbrella organization of French
Jews, Internet providers and the
Central Office Against Criminality over
The government also announced a
study to examine how young children
pick up anti-Semitic sentiments.
House Bill Backs Fence
Washington/JTA — Top congressmen
introduced a bill on March 18 backing
Israel's West Bank security barrier.
The bill criticizes the Palestinian
Authority for bringing the matter of
the security fence, which in places cuts
into the West Bank, to the
International Court of Justice at the
"In going to the ICJ, the Palestinians
have yet again shown their preference
for scoring propaganda points instead
of doing the hard work needed to
achieve peace," said one of the bill's
sponsors, Rep. Gary Ackerman, D-N.Y.
Bush Defends Israel
Washungton/JTA — Israel has a right
to defend itself, but must consider the
consequences of its actions, President
Bush was asked to comment on
Israel's assassination of Hamas leader
Sheik Ahmed Yassin. 'Any country has
a right to defend itself from terror," he .
said. "Israel has the right to defend her-
self from terror, and as she does so, I
hope she keeps consequences in mind
as to how to make sure we stay on the
path to peace."
Bush said he still supports a two-
state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian
conflict and was sending a high-level
team to the Middle East next week to
"keep the process alive.""
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Over 1,500 Anti-Semitic Acts
New York/JTA — More than 1,500
anti-Semitic incidents were -reported
nationwide in 2003.
The Anti-Defamation League's annu-
al Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents
tracked 1,557 reports of Jews or Jewish
institutions being targeted, with 40 per-
cent involving vandalism and the rest
harassment or threats.
New York led 43 states that suffered
anti-Semitic acts — it saw 364 — fol-
lowed by California and Pennsylvania.
The highest reports of anti-Semitic
incidents typically correlate .with the
states with the most Jews.
The frequency of anti-Semitic inci-
dents was slightly higher than in 2001.
"There's good news that it stayed the
same, and bad news that it stayed the
same," said the ADL's national director,
Abraham Foxman. "The levels continue
to be disturbing and unacceptable."
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