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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Recent remarks revive question: Is U.S. meddling in Israeli election?

    WASHINGTON, April 19 (JTA) — The U.S. State Department’s decision to accuse Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of breaking his word and to question his commitment to the peace process would have been remarkable at any time. But coming only five weeks before Israelis go to the polls, the accusations have renewed charges that the…

  • Jewish attorney to sue CIA; claims rampant anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — A Jewish attorney on forced leave from the CIA has decided to file a lawsuit which claims that rampant anti-Semitism at the spy agency has destroyed his career. Armed with memos from top CIA brass and similar horror stories from other Jewish government officials, Adam Ciralsky is suing for unspecified…

  • Coalition for foreign aid lobbies Congress to make ‘a difference

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — For decades U.S. foreign aid was a legislative pariah with many more opponents than supporters. Many members of Congress only heard calls for support from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the pro-Israel lobby. A lot has changed in the late 1990s. This week an unprecedented coalition of American businesses,…

  • Victims appeal to U.S. Congress in quest for terrorists’ extradition

    WASHINGTON, March 29 (JTA) — In the murky world of Middle Eastern terrorism, at least two things are certain: Palestinian terrorists have killed 12 American citizens since the 1993 Oslo accords were signed and the United States has not extradited any suspects connected with the attacks. An attempt to find out why the United States…

  • Activists fear budget proposals could endanger U.S. aid to Israel

    WASHINGTON, March 29 (JTA) — Budget proposals speeding their way through Congress could endanger U.S. aid to Israel, Egypt, Jordan and the Palestinians. That’s the charge from many in the Jewish community, which represents the loudest U.S. supporters of foreign aid. A $1.74 trillion House budget resolution approved last week would cut foreign affairs spending,…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES The decline in Jewish immigration forces dramatic shift in communities

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) — Since the gates of the Soviet Union opened up a decade ago, more than 1,000 Jews have traveled halfway around the globe to settle in the shadow of Arizona”s desert. But now few Jews are coming, and the Tucson, Ariz., Jewish community has embarked on a radical experiment — opening…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arafat seeks support for state; battle over Jerusalem rages on

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) — The question of Palestinian statehood may have garnered most of the attention during Yasser Arafat”s visit here this week, but the battle over Jerusalem lurked just below the surface. For Arafat, chairman of the Palestinian Authority, the issues are linked — he wants a state with “Holy Jerusalem” as its…

  • Reasons for decline are many; ‘alarming’ INS refusal rate is one

    WASHINGTON, March 23 (JTA) — There is no question that Jewish immigration to the United States has slowed dramatically in recent years. Jewish organizational officials expect between 5,000 and 7,000 Jews to arrive this year from the former Soviet Union, down from a record 47,000 only seven years ago. There are many reasons for this…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS As Clinton awaits Arafat visit, Congress rejects unilateral move

    WASHINGTON, March 16 (JTA) — If pictures speak louder than words, photos of President Clinton’s third meeting in three months with Yasser Arafat will roar. The Palestinian Authority chairman, scheduled to meet with Clinton on Tuesday, has embarked on a world tour aimed at securing pledges of support for a unilateral declaration of Palestinian statehood….

  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Jewish cooking: Preserving a heritage along with recipes

    WASHINGTON, March 15 (JTA) — When Joan Nathan serves gefilte fish for Passover, she puts a carrot in the fish head. For her, the reason is simple: That”s the way her mother-in-law always did it. “This is what her mother did. She died in the Holocaust,” Nathan said during an interview last Friday in the…