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  • Grass-roots campaign launched to push for gun control legislation

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (JTA) – Seizing on public frustration over gun violence in America and Congress’ failure to enact tougher gun control laws, the American Jewish Congress has launched a grass-roots campaign aimed at prodding lawmakers to action. Democratic members of Congress and gun control advocates joined with the group in calling for meaningful gun…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Hate crimes, guns, religious freedom top the agenda for returning Congress

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (JTA) – After a summer marred by anti-Semitic violence, Jewish lobbyists are vowing to push lawmakers to enact stricter laws to combat hate crimes and control guns. As Congress returns from its August recess, both efforts are likely to garner a high profile, although it remains unclear whether meaningful changes will be…

  • Probe of Nazi business dealings shifting to role of U.S. companies

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 (JTA) – The investigation into Nazi Germany’s business dealings, the bane of Swiss banks and a host of European companies in recent years, has found its way to American shores. Historians and lawyers researching class-action lawsuits on behalf of former prisoners of war have uncovered evidence showing that two of America’s leading…

  • 44 nations to gather in D.C. to discuss Holocaust assets

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (JTA) – At the conclusion of last year’s historic conference on Nazi gold, the United States called on the 42 nations gathered in London to act by the end of the century to bring closure to all issues related to the fate of Holocaust-era assets. The intervening year has yielded significant progress…

  • Court backs ADL claim to keep files confidential

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (JTA) – The Anti-Defamation League has claimed victory in a court decision affirming that its files and sources are protected by the same confidentiality rules that apply to journalists. The 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the ADL can keep information it gathered about pro-Palestinian and anti-apartheid activists confidential, but must…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Court action may clear way for more school voucher programs

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (JTA) – The U.S. Supreme Court has turned away an opportunity to enter into the school voucher fray, and with it, the potential for a landmark church-state ruling many in the American Jewish community said was sorely needed. The justices on Monday left intact Wisconsin’s controversial school voucher program, which provides tuition…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Holocaust survivors bemoan D’Amato’s impending departure

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 9 (JTA) – No one was more saddened than Estelle Sapir to see Alfonse D’Amato lose his Senate seat. The 73-year-old Holocaust survivor credits the New York Republican with helping her attain a measure of justice that eluded her all her life. “I almost gave up after so many years,” Sapir, who lives…

  • Court orders U.S. to support survivor’s compensation claim

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (JTA) – In the long-running, carefully considered process of securing compensation for Holocaust survivors who suffered at the hands of Nazi Germany, somehow Jack Miller has fallen through the cracks. The 70-year-old survivor only wants what he believes should be rightfully his – the same lump-sum payment other U.S. nationals who were…

  • Rabbis urge Senate to uphold veto of late-term abortion ban

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 13 (JTA) – More than 700 rabbis are urging U.S. Senators to sustain President Clinton’s veto of the so-called partial-birth abortion ban. The rabbis, representing all streams of Judaism, sent a letter last week to lawmakers expressing opposition to efforts to outlaw the late-term procedure to end pregnancy, calling it a deeply personal…

  • Swiss bank account panel under pressure to finish work

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 15 (JTA) – One month after Switzerland’s two largest banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle Holocaust-era claims, a panel conducting a sweeping audit of Swiss banks is coming under pressure to wrap up its work. So far, auditors have discovered just over $50 million in dormant accounts belonging to Holocaust victims,…