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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…

  • 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 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…

  • Advocates for arrested Iranian Jews working for quick end to investigation

    NEW YORK, Aug. 24 (JTA) — With no formal charges brought against the 13 Iranian Jews accused of spying for Israel, their advocates are now focusing on resolving the investigation as quickly as possible and ensuring that the detainees receive a fair trial. Leaders of American Jewish organizations had quoted official Iranian sources indicating that…

  • Israeli researchers at Technion charged up by their better battery

    NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (JTA) — Prepare for a new breed of battery-powered bunnies. Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a high-energy “Super-Iron” battery that delivers power for longer periods and is more environmentally friendly than alkaline batteries. According to the Haifa-based institute, some 60 billion batteries are used around the globe…