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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Pained families of terror victims demand justice for the perpetrators

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (JTA) — It has been almost two years since Matthew Eisenfeld and Sara Duker boarded Jerusalem’s bus No. 18 on the last day of their lives. For the parents of the two Americans killed in that February 1996 terrorist bombing attack, the pain endures. “Our families hoped and prayed that one day…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Israel not making the grade in educating Ethiopian youth

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (JTA) — The rescue of Ethiopian Jewry stands as an enduring source of pride for the Jewish community — a heroic undertaking that exemplified what Israel and Zionism are all about. Operation Moses in 1984 and Operation Solomon in 1991 brought tens of thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, where the promise…

  • Both sides declare victory in court’s Bible course ruling

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 (JTA) — Both sides in a church-state standoff are declaring victory in the wake of a split ruling in a case involving a controversial school Bible course in Florida. The decision allows a school district in Lee County, Fla., to teach a course based on the Old Testament, but bars it from…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Swiss banks face boycott threat as settlement talks reach impasse

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — Swiss banks are on the verge of facing a renewed boycott threat as U.S. public finance officers prepare to meet early next month. New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi has asked state and local finance officers to reconvene July 1 amid reports that talks between the banks and Jewish representatives…

  • Schools to use secular text in controversial Bible course

    WASHINGTON, March 3 (JTA) — A Florida school district has agreed to use a secular, university-level textbook to teach a Bible class as part of a settlement reached in a church-state dispute. Seven parents, clergy and other community members — including the president of the local Jewish federation — had filed suit to block the…

  • Swiss banks may face sanctions if ‘global settlement’ not reached

    WASHINGTON, March 17 (JTA) — As the key players in the standoff with Swiss banks over Holocaust-era claims prepare to meet in New York next week, the prospects for reaching a “global settlement” remain far from clear. If negotiations do not produce a settlement or significant progress toward a settlement by March 31, Swiss banks…

  • Jewish support builds for anti-persecution bill

    WASHINGTON, March 31 (JTA) — As Congress took its first action last week on legislation targeted at religious persecution abroad, support for such a law continued to build among Jewish groups. The House International Relations Committee approved the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act last week by a vote of 31-5, handing a victory to religious…

  • 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…

  • Senate budget resolution blesses 10 Commandments

    WASHINGTON, April 7 (JTA) — The budget resolution passed by the U.S. Senate last week contains a curious non sequitur: Thou shalt not remove the Ten Commandments from government offices. As the Senate hurried to adopt the budget resolution before leaving for its spring recess, lawmakers slipped in an amendment endorsing the display of the…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Church-state tug of war to heat up Congress’ session

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 13 (JTA) — When Congress returns later this month from its winter recess, the tug of war across the line separating church and state is likely to increase in intensity. This is, after all, an election year. Indeed, as the November congressional campaigns heat up, many issues long on the legislative agenda acquire…