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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Official’s ouster revives debate over role of Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (JTA) — The recent ouster of the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has reignited questions about the politicization of the museum and how best to memorialize the Holocaust. Walter Reich’s resignation, forced by the museum’s governing body last week, came one month after he refused to escort Palestinian Authority Chairman…

  • A demand for justice issued as Arafat arrives in Washington

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 (JTA) — Members of Congress, Jewish leaders and the parents of American citizens killed in Palestinian terrorist attacks in Israel are urging the Clinton administration to demand that Palestinian Authority leader Yasser Arafat extradite the suspected perpetrators for trial. Nine Americans have been murdered by terrorists in Israel since the Oslo accords…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Swiss talks reach ‘critical’ stage as unofficial deadline approac

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — As negotiations to settle Holocaust-era claims against Switzerland reach a critical stage, there is no clear indication that efforts to reach an agreement will succeed. Despite an unofficial June 30 deadline, a key player in the negotiations said there was unlikely to be any agreement soon. At the same time,…

  • Swiss-Jewish negotiations on settlement near collapse

    WASHINGTON, June 24 (JTA) — Talks between Jewish and Swiss negotiators all but collapsed this week, leaving only the dimmest prospects of settling Holocaust-era claims anytime soon. Daylong discussions at the U.S. State Department Tuesday failed to yield progress, with Swiss banks again saying their best offer was $600 million, and the World Jewish Congress…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Restitution efforts focus on liberating art prisoners

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (JTA) — They have been called “the last prisoners of war” — the Renoir portraits, Monet landscapes, Cezanne still lifes and tens of thousands of other artworks that remain scattered around the world. Seized from thousands of public and private collections as the Nazis swept across Europe nearly six decades ago, the…

  • Jewish group overcomes conflict with last ‘Seinfeld

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — An estimated 80 million people tuned in last week as the “Seinfeld” foursome signed off — from the slammer. Among those not watching were some 1000 Jewish activists who were locked up in their own right listening to speeches at an American Jewish Committee dinner. Why? Jason Alexander, for one,…

  • FBI issues terror alert in wake of Hamas threat

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — The FBI has warned security personnel at major U.S. corporations to be on alert for terrorism attacks in the United States. The move comes in response to recent threats by the Islamic militant group Hamas to attack Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide. Hamas has accused Israel of murdering Hamas bomb-maker…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Religious persecution bill gains momentum in Congress

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Legislation aimed at fighting religious persecution abroad has a fighting chance in Congress now that religious leaders, lawmakers and human rights activists have worked out some of the wrinkles. From the beginning, proponents of the cause have sought input from Jewish leaders, seeking to model their campaign after the Jewish…

  • 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…