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  • Israel a step closer to ending its isolation at United Nations

    UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 20 (JTA) – France has opened the way for Israel’s full participation at the United Nations by withdrawing its objection to Israel joining the European regional bloc at the world body. Now only a handful of European states remain opposed to Israel’s membership in the group, a prerequisite for joining important U.N….

  • Ethiopians in Israel appeal for quick action on relatives

    NEW YORK, Oct. 19 (JTA) – Hundreds of Ethiopian Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv over the weekend to raise public awareness of the plight of thousands of their relatives they say remain stranded in Ethiopia. Organizers of the meeting appealed to Prime Minister Ehud Barak to personally intervene to bring the group of immigrant hopefuls…

  • France to raise arrests of Jews as Europe takes lead with Iran

    NEW YORK, Oct. 18 (JTA) – Efforts to mobilize international support for the 13 Iranian Jews arrested in March for spying for Israel continue, advocates in the United States say. European officials have been at the forefront recently of advancing the issue with the Iranian government, which has said it will try the Jews in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS UJC’s appointment of new triad prompts speculation, anticipation

    NEW YORK, Oct. 11 (JTA) –The decision to appoint three professionals to the top tier of leadership at the United Jewish Communities is being presented as the perfect blend of vital experience, management skills and visionary inspiration. But the appointments announced last week – of Stephen Solender as the UJC”s president, Louise Frankel Stoll as…

  • Disney World exhibit links Jerusalem to Israel, without a mention of capital

    ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 4 (JTA) – Visitors to the gold-hued stone building that houses the Israel exhibit at Walt Disney World”s Millennium Village are warned that “Journey to Jerusalem” – the eight-minute video that is its centerpiece – “is a mildly turbulent simulator ride.” The opening of the exhibit itself has been something of a…

  • Disney World exhibit links Jerusalem to Israel, without a mention of capital

    ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 30 (JTA) – The Israel exhibit at Walt Disney World”s Millennium Village makes no explicit mention of Jerusalem as Israel”s capital. But there is no doubt that the exhibit inextricably links Jerusalem with Israel and that Israel intended that message to come across loud and clear in the 2,200-square-foot exhibit designed to…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli foreign minister issues warning as he engages in diplomacy

    NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (JTA) – Despite a new burst of energy in Middle East peace efforts, Israel”s foreign minister came to town with a warning for the world. “The language of peace will have no meaning if it remains on paper alone,” Israel”s foreign minister, David Levy, said here last week during a visit…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli foreign minister issues warning as he engages in diplomacy

    NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (JTA) – Despite a new burst of energy in Middle East peace efforts, Israel”s foreign minister came to town this week with a warning for the world. “The language of peace will have no meaning if it remains on paper alone,” Israel”s foreign minister, David Levy, said here last week during…

  • Both Israel and Arabs claim victory as Disney exhibit opens to the public

    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (JTA) – The standoff over the depiction of Jerusalem at Disney World’s EPCOT center continued last week, as Israel expressed confidence that the Walt Disney Co. “will honor its commitments.” At the same time, Arab groups believe that Disney has acceded to their point of view. Israel is sponsoring a national…

  • European nations link relations with Iran to fair trial of 13 Jews

    NEW YORK, Sept. 23 (JTA) – European nations pursuing expanded relations with Iran are raising the issue of 13 Jews being held on charges of spying for Israel and the United States. During a meeting this week with Iran’s spiritual leader, Austrian President Thomas Klestil discussed the “fears and concerns of the European Union” regarding…