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  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Hate group linked to shootings is one of fastest growing in U.S.

    WASHINGTON, July 6 (JTA) — The white supremacist who went on a shooting spree against minorities over the weekend belonged to an overtly racist and anti-Semitic group that advocates a racial holy war. It is also a group whose leader found some unlikely Jewish supporters earlier this year in his battle to gain a license…

  • Pro-Israel lobby protests comment by Clinton on Palestinian refugees

    WASHINGTON, July 5 (JTA) — President Clinton tripped a few land mines last week when he said the Palestinians should be “free to live wherever they like.” His comments during a joint news conference with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Thursday left Israeli and Jewish officials wondering whether he was signaling support for the right…

  • Claimants for Swiss fund begin application process

    WASHINGTON, July 1 (JTA) — Ten months after Swiss banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion to settle Holocaust-era claims, potential beneficiaries are beginning to stake their claims for compensation. Holocaust survivors around the world began responding this week to a media campaign designed to notify hundreds of thousands of possible claimants about how to apply…

  • 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…

  • Display of Ten Commandments gets Congress’ nod, Jews’ rebuke

    WASHINGTON, June 21 (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives has passed legislation that many observers say takes a sledgehammer to the wall separating church and state. In a frenzy of activity last week regarding legislation to deter juvenile crime, lawmakers passed a series of amendments they said were aimed at instilling children with traditional…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Sephardim gauge financial losses during exodus from Arab countries

    WASHINGTON, June 20 (JTA) — More than 50 years after Islamic countries began expelling Sephardi Jews from the Middle East and North Africa, Jewish officials are mounting a massive campaign to document financial losses that could total billions of dollars worth of property and seized assets. The politically contentious effort, which could carry important ramifications…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish groups eye own books in light of Christian Coalition’s loss

    WASHINGTON, June 14 (JTA) — Pat Robertson’s Christian Coalition, once a powerful political juggernaut with grand plans of putting a Bible in every classroom and a Republican in every elected office, has slammed headlong into a wall set up by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS concluded that the political activities of the conservative Christian…