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  • 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…

  • 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….

  • House blocks plan to initiate school vouchers across nation

    WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (JTA) – The House of Representatives has dealt a setback to school-voucher proponents, voting down a plan that would have made public funding available for low-income students to use at private and parochial schools across the country. After hours of heated debate, lawmakers voted 228-191 against an initiative that had been a…

  • 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…

  • Swiss fund’s first payments to Holocaust survivors delayed

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 9 (JTA) – Needy Holocaust survivors in Eastern Europe will have to wait a little longer. Jewish officials had previously indicated that the first payments from Switzerland’s Holocaust Memorial Fund would be made this month, but now they say it will be the end of November before the checks are in the mail….

  • Sanctions law backers dismayed by stance on French energy firm

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 8 (JTA) – The Clinton administration’s decision to defer sanctions against a French energy firm that signed a multibillion dollar gas deal with Iran has raised serious concerns among Jewish groups. Faced with trenchant opposition from the European Union, the administration decided to delay imposing sanctions required by a 1996 U.S. law against…

  • WJC claims a third of Nazi gold looted from individual sources

    WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (JTA) – Nearly one-third of all gold looted by the Nazis came from individual victims and private businesses, according to a new report issued by the World Jewish Congress. The report, released Tuesday, claims that the amount of such privately held gold amounted at current valuations to $2.6 billion out of a…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES New Supreme Court session includes case involving AIPAC

    WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 (JTA) – After a tumultuous end to the Supreme Court”s last term, the next session could mean trying times once again for the Jewish community. In June, the court dealt the Jewish community its most stunning legal blow in recent years when it invalidated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a law that…