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  • Jewish communities asked to help medically needy Kosovar refugees

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — The work for Jewish federations that have agreed to resettle refugees from Kosovo is just beginning now that NATO peacekeepers have taken control of the region. Local Jewish federations are likely to be asked to shift in the coming months from family reunification efforts to helping resettle medically needy refugees,…

  • Clinton rejects Yeltsin’s request to repeal Jackson-Vanik Amendment

    WASHINGTON, June 22 (JTA) — President Clinton has rejected an appeal by Russian President Boris Yeltsin to repeal a law that conditions U.S.-Russian trade relations on the freedom of Jews and others to leave the country. Responding to Yeltsin’s request during a meeting in Cologne, Germany, over the weekend, Clinton said the law, known as…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Four years after congressional move, U.S. Embassy is still rooted in Tel Aviv

    WASHINGTON, June 21 (JTA) — Four years after the U.S. Congress overwhelmingly passed a law requiring the United States to move its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the mission remains firmly rooted outside the Jewish state’s capital city. President Clinton last Friday blocked the embassy move by invoking his authority to waive…

  • Congress’ initiatives on Palestinians spur Jewish support — and criticism

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — Critics of the peace process have launched a campaign on Capitol Hill to reveal embarrassing details about the Palestinian Authority chairman’s lack of compliance with his peace accords. The proposals, highlighting those unfulfilled Palestinian promises made in peace deals with Israel, are drawing fire from supporters of the peace process…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Gore injects religion into campaign, sparking anxiety among some Jews

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — Unhappy with the draft of a speech he was to deliver at the Jewish state”s 50th anniversary celebration and frustrated with five Jewish aides who were unable to discuss the first biblical references to Israel, Vice President Al Gore took a break for dinner while his staff scoured Air Force…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES If and when Hillary Clinton runs, she’s going to need Jewish votes

    WASHINGTON, June 7 (JTA) — First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton believes that it is in the long-term interests of the Middle East for there to be a state of Palestine. New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had Yasser Arafat removed from a 1995 concert at Lincoln Center saying the Palestinian Authority chairman is a terrorist…

  • Senate warns Yeltsin to combat anti-Semitism or aid could be cut

    WASHINGTON, June 8 (JTA) — All but one of the 100 members of the U.S. Senate are threatening to end economic and political support for Russia unless President Boris Yeltsin confronts the rise in anti-Semitic rhetoric there. “The United States predicates its support for democratic institutions in Russia upon unwavering opposition to anti-Semitism at any…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS AIPAC must again shift gears to reflect a new Israeli regime

    WASHINGTON, May 25 (JTA) — A decision to drop its long-standing opposition to a Palestinian state could not have come at a better time for the pre-eminent pro-Israel lobbying group. Stung by attacks from aides to Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak who have charged that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee is a Likud-oriented organization…

  • Jewish groups attack Gore’s plan to aid religious charities

    WASHINGTON, May 25 (JTA) — Vice President Al Gore walked into the minefield of church-state separation this week when he proposed expanding a controversial “charitable choice” program that gives federal money to religious organizations. Gore’s plan, announced in a campaign speech Monday in Atlanta, drew immediate fire from some of his strongest supporters in the…

  • Gore rejects Palestinian demands to revive partition, ‘single out’ Israel

    WASHINGTON, May 24 (JTA) — Vice President Al Gore is siding with Israel in two key disputes with the Palestinian Authority. Speaking to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee on Sunday night, Gore rejected Palestinian demands to resurrect the United Nations’ 1947 Partition Plan that divided Palestine into Jewish and Arab states with Jerusalem as…