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  • U.S. Supreme Court questions merits of case involving AIPAC

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 19 (JTA) — A 9-year-old legal battle involving the American Israel Public Affairs Committee neared its culmination with arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court last week that left its outcome as unpredictable as ever. In a closely watched case that could have broad implications for groups that lobby in Washington, the justices began…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Fallout from prayer amendment looms over the political landscape

    WASHINGTON, June 9 (JTA) — From the moment it was introduced in Congress last year, the “Religious Freedom Amendment” was seen by its opponents as a thermonuclear device looming over the church-state battlefield. The proposed constitutional amendment would have allowed for prayer in schools, religious displays on public property and taxpayer funding of religious schools…

  • China restores synagogue in advance of Clinton visit

    WASHINGTON, June 23 (JTA) — As President Clinton seeks a high profile for religious freedom issues during his trip to China, the anticipation of his arrival has already yielded one small, but meaningful achievement. Just weeks ago the Chinese government completed long-sought restoration work on a synagogue located in the heart of Shanghai. The synagogue,…

  • Clinton reappoints chairman of Holocaust museum council

    WASHINGTON, March 5 (JTA) — President Clinton has moved to avoid another flare-up at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum by reappointing Miles Lerman this week as the head of its governing body. Lerman, whose five-year term as chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council was set to expire in May, embroiled the museum in controversy…

  • Religious persecution legislation hailed by Jews and religious right

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — Finding rare common ground, Jewish groups and members of the religious right are hailing the passage of legislation aimed at punishing countries guilty of religious persecution. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act on May 14 by a vote of 375 to 41. The bill…

  • 2 Supreme Court justices don’t need lottery tickets

    WASHINGTON, May 27 (JTA) — Looking at the net worth of each of the nation’s nine top jurists, this much can be said with certainty: You won’t find Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg or Justice Stephen Breyer lining up for Powerball tickets anytime soon. President Clinton’s two Jewish appointees to the Supreme Court are far and…

  • Study raises questions about school vouchers

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — A study of one of the nation’s few school voucher programs has found that students who receive tuition subsidies to attend private schools are not doing any better than students in public schools. The findings drew a predictably mixed reaction in the Jewish community, which remains divided over school vouchers…

  • 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…

  • 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…