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  • Clinton turns to Jewish group for support for child care plan

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Twenty-five years after the National Council on Jewish Women issued a landmark study exposing the child-care crisis in America, President Clinton turned to the group this week in his effort to build support for his child care initiative and broader educational goals. In his first personal appearance before a Jewish…

  • Arafat delays indefinitely visit to Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Perhaps owing to Monica Lewinsky, the limitations of a tight schedule, the aftertaste of being snubbed — or a combination of the three — Yasser Arafat’s much-ballyhooed visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum awaits another day. The Palestinian Authority chairman said he could not find time in his schedule…

  • Closely watched voucher case could make way to Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — The debate over school vouchers, the controversial idea of giving families taxpayer dollars to use at private or parochial schools, has moved a step closer to an inevitable U.S. Supreme Court date. In a closely watched case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a school voucher program in Milwaukee…

  • Court: suspected war criminals cannot invoke Fifth Amendment

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (JTA) — The Supreme Court has issued a decision that is likely to boost efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. The high court, by a 7-2 vote Thursday in a case of a suspected Nazi collaborator, ruled that the Fifth Amendment’s right to remain silent applies only to criminal proceedings…

  • Senate to consider bill to open Nazi-era records

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — The U.S. Senate will soon be taking up legislation that would open to the public all American records on Nazi war criminals and stolen assets of Holocaust victims. The Nazi War Crimes Disclosure Act, approved unanimously last week by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would amend the Freedom of Information Act…

  • Rabbis join opposition to ‘partial-birth’ abortion

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) — In a departure from the prevailing Jewish stance on what is known as partial-birth abortion, a group of Reform, Conservative and Orthodox rabbis have joined the movement to eliminate the controversial procedure. While Catholics and Christian fundamentalists have traditionally led the battle against abortion in all forms, some 70 rabbis…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES AIPAC delegates look to future despite cloud over U.S.-Israel ties

    WASHINGTON, May 19 (JTA) — As pro-Israel activists gathered here this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee”s annual policy conference, this much was clear: There is no conflict or lack of clarity when it comes to backing Israel on its right to determine its own security requirements. Indeed, recent attempts by the United…

  • U.S. moves to create panel to examine assets

    WASHINGTON, April 1 (JTA) — Jewish groups welcomed a move this week by U.S. lawmakers to create a presidential commission to examine Holocaust victims’ assets in the United States. The proposed commission would be charged with examining the fate of dormant bank accounts, artworks, insurance policies, looted gold, and a range of other assets that…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Shedding light, not heat, on questions about Jewish genes

    WASHINGTON, April 26 (JTA) — When researchers first discovered certain genetic mutations believed to predispose some Ashkenazi Jewish women to breast cancer, fear and confusion quickly spread through the Jewish world. While the discovery brought the promise of life-saving medical breakthroughs, it also led to a misperception that Jews are more prone to genetic defects…

  • U.S. Congress considers action on plundered artwork

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (JTA) — As the search for assets of Holocaust victims is broadening to include pillaged artworks and confiscated insurance policies, the U.S. Congress is taking a stand. The House Banking Committee was scheduled to hold hearings on Thursday to address the legal status of art objects seized by the Nazis and the…