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  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Recent spate of anti-Semitic attacks does not indicate a trend, experts say

    WASHINGTON, July 18 (JTA) — The disturbing headlines of recent weeks have generated considerable trepidation among American Jews about a rising tide of anti-Semitism. Even before the recent outbreak of hate activity, Jews had identified anti-Semitism as one of the greatest threats to Jewish life in the United States, according to a recent survey by…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Newly released statements add to evidence against wartime pope

    WASHINGTON, July 11 (JTA) — Jewish groups are stepping up their criticism of Pope Pius XII’s role during the Holocaust as the Vatican continues to consider the World War II-era pontiff for sainthood. Documents newly released by Jewish groups show that Pius’ representative warned President Franklin D. Roosevelt against the creation of a state for…

  • Jewish groups: Muslim leader on U.S. panel condones terrorism

    WASHINGTON, June 29 (JTA) — The appointment of a controversial American Muslim leader to a counterterrorism commission has prompted a strong rebuke from Jewish officials. House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.) earlier this month named Salam Al-Marayati to serve on the newly created National Commission on Terrorism, which will review policies aimed at preventing acts…