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  • Should Arafat be honored by a Jewish group?

    What a difference a decade has made in reforming the reputation of Yasser Arafat, once almost universally considered the archenemy of the Jews. The United Jewish Communities is denying reports that it had planned to present its Isaiah Award to the Palesti

  • Israel a step closer to ending U.N. isolation

    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….

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Bradley avoids direct stumping but gives hint on Jewish issues

    NEW YORK, Oct. 12 (JTA) — Bill Bradley avoided direct political campaigning during his first address to a major Jewish organization since he declared his desire to become president. But his speech Monday evening subtly indicated that the Democratic presidential candidate would be a friend to Jewish voters on key issues: Israel and religious freedom….

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Taking first major steps, UJC cabinet approves changes to the central system

    NEW YORK, Aug. 31 (JTA) — Start spreading the news: North America”s umbrella fund-raising and social service organization is about to make a brand new start of it by concentrating two of its important offices outside of New York, New York. Organizational shifts approved this week by the United Jewish Communities would make Jerusalem and…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Birthright Israel prepares to launch as it labors over Jewish Agency role

    NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (JTA) — Increasing the number of Jewish youth spending time in Israel holds myriad benefits — for Jewish continuity, for Israeli-Diaspora relations and for tourism in Israel. So it”s no wonder that the Jewish Agency for Israel — for decades the premier organization running educational trips in Israel — wants to…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Burger King is put in a pickle as U.S. Arab groups show muscle

    NEW YORK, Aug. 30 (JTA) — Have it whose way? Burger King Corp. claims to have pulled its name from an Israeli franchise in the West Bank town of Ma”aleh Adumim for breach of contract. But some Jewish leaders — as well as Arab American and Muslim American groups — believe the Miami-based burger chain…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Federations begin to re-examine process of funding needs abroad

    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (JTA) — The 11th of August may have seemed like an ordinary Wednesday, but that summer afternoon marked the start of a transformation in the way many American Jews send funds to Israel and other parts of the Jewish world. Gathered in a hotel in Manhattan were representatives of more than…

  • Israeli justice minister to tackle rampant software piracy problem

    NEW YORK, Aug. 12 (JTA) — Israel is getting into hot water with the United States over the piracy of compact discs and computer software. “Israel is allegedly a hub of piracy in our part of the world” and a “candidate to be the only country in the highest level” of a U.S. list of…