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  • Fortune survey ranks AIPAC No. 2 among interest groups

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (JTA) – A forthcoming edition of Fortune magazine ranks the American Israel Public Affairs Committee as the second most powerful interest group in Washington. The magazine, which based its findings on a survey of Washington political players, said AIPAC – along with the Association of Trial Lawyers and the American Medical Association…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Environmentalists sound alarm as unfettered growth continues

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 17 (JTA) – Their deaths could be viewed as a wake-up call. Two Australian athletes, who fell with dozens of others from a collapsed bridge during Israel”s Maccabiah Games, died this summer after swallowing water from the Yarkon River that runs through Tel Aviv. Several others became seriously ill from ingesting what analysts…

  • Swiss banks set to begin payouts of dormant accounts this month

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (JTA) – Swiss banks are planning to start paying out some dormant accounts belonging to Holocaust victims by the end of November. The announcement this week by a Swiss official comes just weeks ahead of a conference that will examine the ways American public institutions should deal with Swiss banks. “I’m quite…

  • Israeli citrus company cited for violating Helms-Burton Act

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (JTA) – An Israeli citrus company owned by a former Mossad official has been sanctioned by the United States for doing business in Cuba on land expropriated from Americans. The State Department announced this week that officials of the company, BM Group, will be barred from U.S. territory as a result of…

  • Clinton: Americans don’t need Israeli rifles to go deer hunting

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 (JTA) – In a move directed in part at Israel’s attempts to export guns to the United States, President Clinton has temporarily halted the importation of all modified assault weapons. Saying he would not “let people overseas turn our streets into battle zones,” Clinton last week ordered the Treasury Department to suspend…

  • Congress presses Russia to end support of Iran missile program

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 (JTA) – Congress is stepping up pressure on Russia to stop aiding Iran’s ballistic missile program. In a move aimed at containing Iran’s potential to rain terror on Israel and other nations, the House of Representatives has approved a bill that would provide for stronger sanctions against countries, companies or research institutes…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Swiss bedeviled by inability to do enough to satisfy critics

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 (JTA) – After seeing Switzerland”s image take a relentless beating during the past year, Swiss officials say they deserve credit for the positive steps they have taken. Just the same, some of the country”s critics remain as vociferous as ever, believing that only unremitting pressure on the Swiss government and Swiss banks…

  • White House conference marks first step in reducing hate crimes

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 11 (JTA) – When President Clinton convened a White House conference this week aimed at countering the scourge of hate-driven violence, a major breakthrough was achieved: A president had put the weight of his office behind such efforts. But activists involved in the fight against racism, bigotry and prejudice say the more important…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS China’s pledge on Iran welcomed although many remain skeptical

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (JTA) – Middle East military analysts and pro-Israel activists are welcoming China’s pledge to forgo new nuclear dealings with Iran, but remain skeptical about whether Beijing will honor its commitment. President Clinton last week concluded an agreement clearing the way for U.S. firms to sell nuclear reactors to China, provided that Beijing…

  • B’nai B’rith: National Gallery knew it displayed Nazi plunder

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (JTA) – When thousands of art enthusiasts viewed an exhibit of impressionist paintings at the National Gallery of Art here in 1990, little did they know Nazi plunder was hanging on the walls. The museum made no mention of that fact at the time. It also did not reveal the collector’s background….