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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Report on Swiss-Nazi gold trade fuels demands for compensation

    WASHINGTON, May 26 (JTA) — A long-awaited report examining Switzerland’s hand in the Nazi gold trade is fueling Jewish demands for more Swiss compensation and accountability. The report, commissioned by the Swiss government and issued by an independent panel of historians, concludes that during the war, Swiss National Bank officials knew they were buying looted…

  • 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…