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  • 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…

  • REPORTER’S NOTEBOOK Fighting over the front seat; taking the long road around

    JERUSALEM, May 4 (JTA) — Fighting over the front seat: Israel’s obsession with security almost caused a diplomatic incident last week as agents with the Shin Bet and the U.S. Secret Service feuded over seating arrangements in Vice President Al Gore’s motorcade when he arrived at Ben-Gurion Airport. Much to the surprise of the Americans,…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.S. administration responding to Jewish concerns of pressure

    WASHINGTON, May 12 (JTA) — The organized American Jewish community is warning the White House that it has gone too far. After giving President Clinton a pass as he sought for months to get Israel to break the Middle East impasse, Jewish groups this week objected with near unanimity as Israel increasingly faced pressure, blame…

  • Jewish activists celebrate Senate vote on food stamps

    WASHINGTON, May 13 (JTA) — The only thing that stands between 250,000 legal immigrants to the United States and food stamps is action by the House of Representatives and President Clinton. And that action is expected soon. The U.S. Senate this week approved a sweeping restoration of the nutrition program by an overwhelming 92-8. Jewish…

  • NEW ANALYSIS Jewish split over policies spills over to public arena

    WASHINGTON, April 7 (JTA) — An aggressive lobbying campaign to warn against American pressure on Israel has led to an unusually bitter and public split in the American Jewish community over both policy and tactics. The effort, which resulted in a recent flurry of congressional letters, has also sent competing signals to the Clinton administration…

  • Jewish refugees, immigrants benefit from Clinton budget plan

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 2 (JTA) — Jewish refugees and legal immigrants emerged among the big winners when President Clinton unveiled his proposed $1.73 trillion budget this week. Aiming to fulfill his promise to “fix” the 1996 welfare law that cut federal benefits to legal immigrants, Clinton proposed a $535 million food stamps program. But for the…