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  • Jewish Groups Welcome Decision to Deny Arafat Entry to U.S.

    Major American Jewish organizations are gratified that the United States will not allow Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat to enter the country for a speech Thursday at the United Nations. In a number of public statements made after the decision was announced Saturday, groups praised the Reagan administration for rejecting terrorism and for repeating… More ▸

  • Europeans Shun Arafat, Too; Greece May Recognize Israel

    Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat will not be invited to the summit meeting of European Community leaders in Rhodes next weekend, Greek Foreign Minister Karolos Papoulias assured Jewish leaders here. He also said that Greece would extend de jure recognition to Israel in the very near future. Papoulias met Thursday with Jean Kahn, vice… More ▸

  • Second Wave of Diaspora Leaders Lobbying Israelis on ‘who is a Jew’

    Leaders of 20 national Jewish organizations, more than half representing Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist groups, were scheduled to depart for Jerusalem Sunday night to protest proposed changes in the legal definition of who is a Jew in Israel. The high-level mission, joining a delegation of leaders who arrived over the weekend, is another in a… More ▸

  • Sharon Urging Shamir to Form Government Without Labor Soon

    Ariel Sharon, Likud’s most outspoken hard-liner, is urging his party to establish a new government quickly with the extreme right-wing and ultra-Orthodox parties. He was quoted Sunday as saying Premier Yitzhak Shamir “can present a government this week.” Sharon seems to be spurred by speculation that Shamir may be having second thoughts about aligning Likud… More ▸

  • Agudat Yisrael Attacks Letter to Shamir from Reserve Officers

    High-ranking Israel Defense Force reservists who urged Premier Yitzhak Shamir not to form a government with the religious parties were attacked Friday by the Agudat Yisrael newspaper Hamodia. It accused them of a “military revolt intended to force the hand of Shamir.” The delegation of 38 officers, ranging in rank from colonel through major general,… More ▸

  • Jewish Leaders Meet with Quayle for ‘get-acquainted Session’

    Vice President-elect Dan Quayle conferred last week in Washington with a delegation of Jewish leaders for a get-acquainted visit and an exchange of views on current developments in the Middle East. The meeting took place in the George Bush-Dan Quayle transition office in Washington. Morris Abram, chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American… More ▸

  • Bill Introduced to Decriminalize Violence by Jews Against Arabs

    Nine rightwing Knesset members have introduced a bill that would in effect decriminalize acts of violence by Jews against Arabs. The measure was given impetus by the stiff punishment the Israel Defense Force handed out to more than 20 soldiers who damaged private property during a rampage through a Palestinian refugee camp in the West… More ▸

  • Vast Majority of Palestinians in Custody Have Not Been Tried

    Only 377 of the 5,656 Arabs arrested for alleged participation in the Palestinian uprising have been tried and convicted in court, Haaretz reported Sunday. According to official Israel Defense Force statistics quoted by the newspaper, another 2,064 remain confined, pending completion of legal procedures, and 1,625 are in detention awaiting trial. But 1,590 others will… More ▸

  • 500,000 Visited Israel for Its 40th

    The celebration of the 40th anniversary of Israel’s independence this past year not only attracted more visitors than expected, but ended with a $1 million budget surplus, according to outgoing Education Minister Yitzhak Navon. Despite the Palestinian unrest in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, more than 500,000 visitors came to Israel during the anniversary… More ▸