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  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Alarm sounds over conversion, but passage of measure probable

    NEW YORK, March 4 (JTA) — Israel runs a big risk if it passes legislation reinforcing exclusive Orthodox control over conversions in Israel. That was the alarm sounded by American Jewish leaders during a flurry of meetings with Israeli officials this month. Nonetheless, the Americans believe that unless something dramatic develops, the legislation is likely…

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

    NEW YORK, May 20 (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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Netanyahu angers non-Orthodox on conversion bill during U.S. visit

    NEW YORK, April 7 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s cancellation of an appearance before a major Reform movement gathering this week in Washington deepened the anger provoked by the advance of divisive conversion legislation in the Knesset. And Netanyahu did not help the cause of harmony by quipping at a Monday afternoon news…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES As immigrants begin to lose aid, Jewish groups try to limit damage

    NEW YORK, April 1 (JTA) — Elizabetta Kostoveskaya is paralyzed from a stroke and suffering from Alzheimer”s, homebound in a subsidized apartment run by the Council for Jewish Elderly in Chicago. Since her emigration from Kiev in 1992, the 84-year-old has relied on government assistance, to which she was entitled for five years as a…