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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Jewish groups blast proposal to compensate slave laborers

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — Jewish groups and lawyers seeking compensation from German companies for World War II slave laborers have rejected a German proposal to settle all claims for $1.7 billion. German industrial companies accused of profiting from the use of slave labor unilaterally announced the plan on Thursday, leaving Jewish negotiators utterly mystified….

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Retracing ‘Freedom Summer’ steps: Organizers hope to renew old bonds

    WASHINGTON, June 8 (JTA) — To the outside world, they seemed an unlikely trio: a black Catholic from Mississippi and two Jews from New York. But their fates were drawn together in the summer of 1964 by a common commitment to the struggle for equality and social justice. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner…

  • Proponents of school vouchers claim victory in Ohio court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 2 (JTA) — School voucher proponents are claiming victory in an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that upholds the controversial practice of giving low-income students taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at parochial schools. Although the court last Friday struck down a Cleveland voucher program because of a technicality, it ruled that the program does not…

  • Proponents of school vouchers claim victory in Ohio court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 1 (JTA) — School voucher proponents are claiming victory in an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that upholds the controversial practice of giving low-income students taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at parochial schools. Although the court last Friday struck down a Cleveland voucher program because of a technicality, it ruled that the program does not…