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  • 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….

  • U.S. Jews to meet with Russian minister about rising anti-Semitism

    WASHINGTON, March 16 (JTA) — Russia’s prime minister will be met with a barrage of criticism of his country’s policies when he meets with representatives from the American Jewish community during a scheduled visit to Washington next week. Yevgeny Primakov has agreed to a March 25 meeting with representatives from the National Conference on Soviet…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • ADL expresses satisfaction in wake of minister’s conviction

    WASHINGTON, March 2 (JTA) — A Florida jury has convicted the president of the National Baptist Convention USA of racketeering and grand theft, in part for stealing close to $250,000 donated by the Anti-Defamation League. The Rev. Henry Lyons was found guilty on Saturday of stealing a $244,500 donation from the ADL to rebuild black…

  • 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…

  • Umbrella Jewish group set to reaffirm voucher opposition

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — A yearlong Jewish communal study on vouchers is ending the way it began — under attack. With the Jewish Council of Public Affairs poised to reaffirm its overwhelming opposition to vouchers for private and parochial school students, the Orthodox Union has lambasted the umbrella body of national Jewish organizations and…