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  • 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…

  • House poised to debate school prayer amendment

    WASHINGTON, March 3 (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 House of Representatives appears prepared to vote on the measure. The so-called Religious Freedom Amendment, sponsored by Rep. Ernest Istook (R-Okla.), would pave the way…

  • U.S. Supreme Court takes case involving El Al Airlines

    WASHINGTON, May 21 (JTA) — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving El Al Israel Airlines that could affect the way the airline conducts security measures. The court will decide whether an international treaty bars a New York woman from suing for emotional trauma that she claims stemmed from a stringent…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…