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  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish war veterans dead but not forgotten at Arlington

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (JTA) — For decades, Christmas wreaths have decorated many of the Jewish graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Well-intentioned volunteers lean thousands of donated wreaths on headstones throughout the nation’s premier cemetery for veterans. And each year for the past few years, a couple of days before Christmas, Ken Poch removes the wreaths…

  • Israeli finance minister moves to phase out U.S. economic aid

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — For years, Israel has talked about ending its dependence on American foreign aid. Now the Jewish state is doing something about it. Israeli Finance Minister Ya’acov Ne’eman came to Capitol Hill and the White House this week to respond to Republican congressional proposals aimed at phasing out $1.2 billion in…

  • U.S. demands Iraqi apology for slur against Martin Indyk

    WASHINGTON, June 24 (JTA) — The United States has called on Iraq’s foreign minister to apologize for referring to a senior State Department official as a “known Jew and Zionist.” Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf criticized Martin Indyk, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, for pledging to help political opponents of Iraqi President…

  • New hurdles mark double blow for non-U.S. citizen immigrants

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — Immigrants to America took a double hit from Washington last week when a plan to restore food stamps hit a snag in Congress at the same time that the Clinton administration erected new hurdles in the citizenship process. In an effort to eliminate fraud in the citizenship process, the Immigration…

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton steps into Mideast diplomatic quagmire

    WASHINGTON, May 12 (JTA) — When Hillary Rodham Clinton called for Palestinian statehood in a satellite hookup with a Middle East youth summit last week, she entered a debate that had begun days earlier. Long before the first lady set off diplomatic fireworks, the 75 teen-age delegates in Switzerland had grappled with the explosive issue….

  • First lady’s ‘Palestine’ words: An intended shift in U.S. policy?

    WASHINGTON, May 13 (JTA) — Did Hillary Rodham Clinton send a message of support for a Palestinian state on purpose? Speaking during a satellite hookup with teen-agers in Switzerland last week, she said “Palestine” or “state” at least seven times. The White House contends she did not mean to signal a shift in U.S. policy…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Gore ventures into peacemaking, boosts outreach to American Jews

    WASHINGTON, April 28 (JTA) — Wrapping himself in the blue and white of Israel’s flag, Vice President Al Gore has launched his campaign for American Jewish support. From the dais at Jewish conferences to a Jewish day school in Washington — and now Israel itself — Gore has begun to step out from behind President…

  • Report: Israel, Palestinians commit ‘serious’ rights abuses

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 3 (JTA) — Israel and the Palestinian Authority continue to commit “serious human rights abuses,” according to the annual U.S. State Department report on human rights. The voluminous account on virtually every country in the world chronicles everything from deaths in police custody to rights of women and the disabled. “You’ll find evidence…

  • 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…