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  • Eizenstat: Added aid to Israel, the Palestinians ‘locked at hip

    WASHINGTON, March 8 (JTA) — U.S. aid to Israel and the Palestinian Authority promised during last October’s Wye peace talks is intrinsically linked and must move forward as one package, according to a senior State Department official. Responding to Israeli concerns that the United States was preparing to deliver money to the Palestinians but not…

  • Israeli ruling against extradition evokes dismay, but no aid threats

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Official Washington reacted with relative calm to an Israeli Supreme Court decision not to extradite a Maryland teen-ager to stand trial for a 1997 murder. Although officials, including Attorney General Janet Reno, expressed disappointment with the ruling, the reaction contrasted sharply with Israel’s initial announcement that it would not extradite…

  • Israeli ruling against extradition evokes dismay, but no aid threats

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Official Washington reacted with relative calm to an Israeli Supreme Court decision not to extradite a Maryland teen-ager to stand trial for a 1997 murder. Although officials, including Attorney General Janet Reno, expressed disappointment with the ruling, the reaction contrasted sharply with Israel’s initial announcement that it would not extradite…

  • Umbrella group kills resolution on funding for Jewish education

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — A move to call for increased local Jewish spending on Jewish education has collapsed amid concerns over turf. Delegates at the annual conference of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs killed by a wide margin a resolution that would have called on local Jewish community relations councils to convene priority…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES In tackling affirmative action, group considers student views

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — The cab driver taking Ari Alexander to his internship did not like that a white teen-ager was going to teach in a predominately black public school in West Philadelphia. “Oh, you’re going to help the black kids,” the black cab driver said, accusing the University of Pennsylvania sophomore of heaping…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Gore joins Israeli festivities celebrating state’s 50 years

    JERUSALEM, April 30 (JTA) — With a heavy dose of pomp and sentimentality, Vice President Al Gore joined Israel in celebrating its 50th anniversary. Gore began his two-day visit to Israel by focusing on Israel’s future potential during a visit to the Weizmann Institute in Rehovot. He then traveled on to Jerusalem, where he sought…

  • Jewish delegation presses Russia over weapons support

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 19 (JTA) — On the eve of a possible U.S. military strike against Iraq, Jewish officials were in Moscow this week pressing Russian leaders to end their support for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and Iran. The three-day Russia trip, which ended late Wednesday, came as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan traveled…

  • Bowing to pressure, Smithsonian pulls plug on `Israel at 50’ series

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — The Smithsonian Institution has canceled a controversial “Israel at 50” series that was slated to take a critical look at the Jewish state. Bowing to pressure from some American Jewish groups and threats of congressional hearings, the Smithsonian pulled the plug on a seven-week speaker series scheduled for this spring….

  • Holocaust scholar apologizes; museum stands by appointment

    WASHINGTON, June 9 (JTA) — The incoming director of a Holocaust studies center at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has apologized for a 10-year-old article that compared Israeli policies toward the Palestinians to the Nazis’ treatment of Jews. In interviews and statements, John Roth, an internationally renowned Holocaust scholar who serves as chairman of the…

  • Israel’s Labor head launches own lobbying campaign in D.C.

    WASHINGTON, March 3 (JTA) — Two years after slamming Israel”s Likud Party for lobbying in the United States against the sitting Israeli government, the opposition Labor Party has begun a similar initiative on this side of the Atlantic. The White House warmly received Labor Party leader Ehud Barak on Feb. 20, as two top Labor…