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  • Jewish delegation presses Russia over weapons support

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (JTA) — On the eve of a possible U.S. military strike against Iraq, Jewish officials were in Moscow last week pressing Russian leaders to end their support for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and Iran. The three-day Russia trip, which ended on Feb. 18, came as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan…

  • Iranian leader’s rhetoric still unchanged on Israel

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (JTA) — Iranian President Mohammed Khatami’s softened rhetoric toward the United States was not matched by his comments about Israel during a groundbreaking interview this week with CNN. Khatami lashed out against the Jewish state for being a “racist regime which does not even have the backing of the Jewish people.” Khatami,…

  • 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…

  • Jewish activist charges ADL head, Jewish journalist with defamation

    WASHINGTON, June 30 (JTA) — Jewish activist Morton Klein is charging the head of the Anti-Defamation League and a Jewish journalist with defamation, but appears to be backing away from the perceived threat of legal action. In letters from his attorney, Klein demanded apologies from Abraham Foxman, national director of the ADL, and J.J. Goldberg,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Netanyahu calls on U.S. Jews to help make the Israeli case

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — Striking an emotional and fiery tone, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended his U.S. visit this week with a call to pro-Israel activists to support his brand of peace with security. But Netanyahu, in a Sunday evening speech to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and in numerous other public…

  • 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…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Survey of U.S. Jews intensifies debate over just where they stand

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 22 (JTA) — The debate over just where American Jews stand when it comes to the Middle East peace process heated up this week with the release of a survey whose respondents were sharply critical of the current Israeli government. The Jewish Council for Public Affairs, an umbrella organization of local…

  • Cold vibes from White House on eve of Netanyahu meetings

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 (JTA) — The White House is turning a cold diplomatic shoulder toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even as it prepares for his arrival. In the wake of recent Israeli Cabinet decisions that signal further defiance of an American call for a “credible and substantial” redeployment from the West Bank, President Clinton…

  • Jewish lawyer charges CIA with ‘double standard’ for Jews

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — A Jewish lawyer with the CIA is threatening to sue the federal government for singling out Jews as security risks. Adam Ciralsky, 28, was placed on administrative leave in October, when CIA officials revoked his security clearance after he was questioned about his Jewish connections, according to a source with…

  • Arrest of Palestinian opens way for probe of U.S.-Hamas link

    WASHINGTON, March 2 (JTA) — American prosecutors may finally have the chance to prove their accusations that Hamas uses money raised in the United States to facilitate terrorist attacks against Israel. Israel over the weekend made public the December arrest of a Palestinian accused of channeling U.S. donations to families of Hamas suicide bombers. Israeli…