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  • Clinton promises Jewish leaders he’ll speak out against anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 (JTA) — President Clinton is promising American Jewish leaders that he’ll use his bully pulpit to denounce anti-Semitism, but said he doubts Congress will follow his lead on gun control. With the specter of the shooting spree at a Los Angeles-area Jewish community center hanging overhead, Clinton and roughly 30 Jewish leaders…

  • Families want retailers not to sell Olympic massacre planner’s book

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (JTA) — Families of terrorist victims are pressuring American booksellers not to sell a controversial volume written by the mastermind of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. The issue has touched off debate between the retailers, who cite their First Amendment right to publish the book, and the families, who believe an accused…

  • Jewish groups renew their call for gun control after L.A. shooting

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 11 (JTA) — This week’s shooting rampage at a Jewish community center in California has prompted renewed calls for stricter gun control laws. Although few believe sweeping changes can be enacted, even in the wake of the string of assaults across the country, some U.S. lawmakers and gun control advocates say it is…

  • Jewish, civil rights activists gather in D.C., but neo-Nazis are no-shows

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 10 (JTA) — Neo-Nazis may have failed to show up for their much-ballyhooed rally here last weekend, but for counterdemonstrators who gathered here, it marked an opportunity to make a stand against anti-Semitism and racism. Hundreds of people gathered at Lafayette Park near the White House and at the base of the Lincoln…

  • HIGH HOLIDAY FEATURE In 5759, Monica played martyr while Goldberg stormed the Hill

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (JTA) — From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead. As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following his…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Ruling in favor of Christian Coalition not likely to change Jewish advocacy

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 3 (JTA) — A federal judge’s ruling that cleared the Christian Coalition of wrongdoing in advocating the election of Republican candidates could prompt other interest groups to engage in more vigorous partisan political activity. But Jewish groups and other non-profits that have long been constrained by federal tax law from taking sides in…

  • New appointee to terror panel gets thumbs up from Jews, Arabs

    WASHINGTON, Aug. 2 (JTA) — Just weeks after American Jewish groups erupted in anger over the appointment — and Arab groups opposed the subsequent withdrawal — of a controversial Muslim leader to a counterterrorism commission, leaders of both communities have welcomed a new appointee. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) last Friday named Juliette Kayyem…

  • Russian prime minister pledges to ‘eradicate’ ant-Semitic violence

    WASHINGTON, July 28 (JTA) — In Russia’s strongest condemnation to date of an upsurge in anti-Jewish violence, Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin is pledging to “eradicate” anti-Semitic and racist acts. Speaking with Jewish leaders Tuesday at the conclusion of a two-day visit to Washington, Stepashin condemned “radical politicians” in Russia who he said were using…

  • Jewish groups applaud Senate for approval of hate crimes bill

    WASHINGTON, July 25 (JTA) — The U.S. Senate’s swift approval of legislation strengthening the federal hate crimes statute came as welcome — and somewhat unexpected — news to Jewish and civil rights activists. The Senate approved the bill, which allows the federal government to prosecute hate crimes sparked by sexual orientation, gender and disability, without…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish lawmakers, groups differ on new religious liberty legislation

    WASHINGTON, July 19 (JTA) — There have been few recent issues on which the organized Jewish community has been so firmly unified as the need to protect religious freedom in America. Every major Jewish organization, joining together with a broad coalition of religious and civil liberties groups, had thrown its support behind legislation known as…