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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish purchase of Arab lands could trigger IRS investigation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 14 (JTA) — U.S.-based charities raising money to purchase Arab-owned land in Israel”s disputed areas could be scrutinized for possible violations of U.S. tax laws. Critics of these purchases charge that they are a political and provocative act by those who seek to change the facts on the ground and sabotage the…

  • Alarm sounds over conversion, but passage of measure probable

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — Israel runs a risk of dividing world Jewry if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. American Jewish leaders were bent on sounding this alarm in a flurry of meetings late last month with Israeli officials in Jerusalem. Nonetheless, most of the Americans left Israel…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES U.S. policy toward Har Homa draws mixed Jewish reaction

    NEW YORK, March 18 (JTA) — The international political uproar over Israeli construction of Jewish housing in eastern Jerusalem initially found American Jews circling the wagons. Some criticized the timing of Israel’s decision, saying that it would endanger the peace process. But most defended Israel’s sovereign right to build anywhere in the city of Jerusalem….

  • Jewish groups hail verdict in Crown Heights civil trial

    NEW YORK, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Jewish groups are hailing the federal jury conviction of Lemrick Nelson Jr. in the killing of a Chasidic scholar during the Crown Heights riots in 1991. They also called for greater racial tolerance. Nelson, 21, had earlier been acquitted in state court of killing Yankel Rosenbaum, prompting demands for…

  • 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…

  • U.N. General Assembly next in line to debate Jerusalem neighborhood

    NEW YORK, March 10 (JTA) — Not satisfied with the action of the U.N. Security Council on Israeli plans for Jewish housing in eastern Jerusalem, the Arabs have taken their case all the way to the General Assembly. The U.N. General Assembly debate, slated to begin Wednesday, follows the U.S. veto last Friday of a…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Compromises are sought after conversion measure is approved

    NEW YORK, March 25 (JTA) — The Israeli Cabinet received the news of last week”s Tel Aviv suicide bombing as it was debating an issue divisive to the Jewish world. At that meeting, the Cabinet approved an amendment that would bar the legal recognition of Reform and Conservative conversions performed in Israel. Whether the amendment…

  • Israel to pursue extradition as Hamas issues threat to U.S.

    NEW YORK, Jan. 29 (JTA) — Israeli officials say they intend to pursue the extradition of a Hamas leader from the United States after he withdrew his appeal of the initiative. Mousa Mohammed Abu Marzook could be sent back to Israel within 60 days to stand trial, despite warnings that it would provoke Hamas violence….

  • Major philanthropist is eyed as possible new JNF president

    NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (JTA) — It may be too soon to call, but Ronald Lauder — cosmetics heir, philanthropist and former U.S. ambassador to Austria — apparently is being eyed as the next president of the Jewish National Fund of America. Some believe he and his high profile could be just the prescription for…

  • Modified partnership plan sails through critical phase

    NEW YORK, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Leaders of the two major institutions of American Jewish philanthropy have agreed on a partnership plan to consolidate operations and raise more money. The blueprint, which stops short of earlier proposals for a formal merger, was crafted by leaders of the Council of Jewish Federations and the United Jewish…