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  • Latest pluralism imbroglio focuses on new IDF directive

    NEW YORK, March 23 (JTA) — Reports of new threats of a Reform boycott of Diaspora fund-raising efforts for Israel are unfounded, said the leader of the Reform movement in the United States. The Israeli media widely reported last week that the head of the Reform movement’s Israel Religious Action Center, Rabbi Uri Regev, threatened…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli settlements place U.S. Jews in awkward role

    NEW YORK, Dec. 23 (JTA) — President Clinton”s public criticism of Israeli settlement policies last week put American Jews in a position they most dislike and fear — squarely between the U.S. and Israeli governments. It also exposed, however briefly, deep differences in the community that ordinarily are papered over by the preference for consensus….

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Mix of relief, disappointment pervades U.S. Jewish community

    NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (JTA) — Relief, resignation and disappointment rippled through the American Jewish landscape in the wake of this week”s signing of the long-delayed agreement on the Israeli redeployment in Hebron. But despite the range of reaction, there was little fear that the accord would sow the kind of deep divisions here that…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli diplomatic appointments exacerbate foreign policy tensions

    NEW YORK, June 1 (JTA) — The Israeli prime minister”s pick of two American immigrants for top U.S. diplomatic postings is exacerbating tensions in Israel”s foreign policy arena. Both Dore Gold, Israel”s ambassador-designate to the United Nations, and Leonard Davis, slated to be No. 2 at the embassy in Washington, are veterans in U.S. policy…

  • U.N. debate targets Israel as tensions mount in Jerusalem

    UNITED NATIONS, March 12 (JTA) — The international community stepped up pressure on Israel this week when the U.N. General Assembly called an urgent session to debate plans for construction in eastern Jerusalem. One speaker after another accused Israel of undermining the peace process by altering the “facts on the ground” and pre-empting final- status…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.N. charges of Israeli torture spur debate over painful issues

    NEW YORK, May 13 (JTA) — Israel, more than many nations, has grappled to find a balance between its security needs and the protection of human rights and democratic principles. The state’s judicial and law-enforcement establishments believed they had more or less come to grips with that balance in a complex codification of rules governing…

  • Jewish coalition joins effort to enhance Ethiopian absorption

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — One year ago in Jerusalem, a violent protest of Ethiopian Jews erupted after the discovery that Israeli health officials were disposing of their blood donations for fear of HIV contamination. Consensus was that health officials had bungled badly. But there was also a recognition that the Ethiopians were expressing…

  • Regional leaders monitor progress of reform at JNF

    NEW YORK, Dec. 29 (JTA) — Regional leaders of the Jewish National Fund of America are watching and waiting to see whether plans to reform the organization will be carried out and will be sufficient to restore confidence in its operation. The charity has been scrambling to put its house in order after upheaval over…

  • Regional presidents of JNF overcome dissent in the ranks

    NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Leaders of the Jewish National Fund of America from across the country have given their blessing for now to the reform process pledged by the charity. In doing so, they appear to have overridden dissent from at least one regional chapter, which had threatened to disband in protest. The…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Slogans, ballots and intrigue: Time for another Zionist Congress

    NEW YORK, May 29 (JTA) — “In one very important election concerning Israel, only Americans can vote,”” blares the blue- and- white form in bold black letters. “Send for your ballot today.”” The race is on. All across the country, rabbis are calling on their congregants to vote in the upcoming election of representatives to…