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  • Religious leaders urge Clinton to raise freedom issue in China

    WASHINGTON, June 18 (JTA) — President Clinton is seeking to bring a high profile to religious freedom issues before his trip to China. “When in China, I will speak as clearly as I can about human rights and religious freedom,” Clinton told a gathering of religious leaders at the White House on Thursday. “Our message…

  • House poised to debate school prayer amendment

    WASHINGTON, March 4 (JTA) — A coalition of religious groups and church-state watchdogs are stepping up their opposition to a controversial school prayer amendment to the U.S. Constitution as the measure moves to the House of Representatives for a vote. The so-called Religious Freedom Amendment, sponsored by Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), would pave the way…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Congress, Jewish groups concerned over Iran policy

    WASHINGTON, May 25 (JTA) — The Clinton administration has come under intense fire from some members of Congress and Jewish groups for what they say is a demonstrable failure to contain Iran. The criticism comes in the wake of President Clinton’s increasing reliance on diplomacy rather than sanctions aimed at curtailing Iran’s development of ballistic…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Israelis, Palestinians dispute details of bloody 1948 assault

    WASHINGTON, April 7 (JTA) — Fifty years after Israel became a state, the tragic story of an Arab village on the western outskirts of Jerusalem once again haunts the delicate relations between Jews and Arabs. In the early hours of April 9, 1948, Jewish underground fighters from two dissident groups stormed Deir Yassin, killing at…

  • U.S. Jewish groups press E.U. on Middle East policy

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (JTA) — American Jewish officials are urging the European Union to take a more balanced approach to the Middle East peace process. In a meeting with a senior European Union official organized by B’nai B’rith, Jewish officials criticized what they say has been a “tilt” by the European Union over the years…

  • 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…

  • AIPAC claims a victory in Supreme Court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 2 (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee claimed victory this week in a 9-year-old legal standoff with several staunch critics of U.S. policy toward Israel. The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling issued Monday, made it highly unlikely that the pro-Israel lobby will have to disclose information about its membership…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Controversy second nature to U.S. Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — The leadership of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has spent much of the past year trying to put out fires. First it was the on-again, off-again invitation to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to visit the museum that brought on a wave of criticism and embarrassment. Then it was the…

  • 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…

  • 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…