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  • 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….

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Despite boiling sex scandal, U.S. vows to move ahead on peace

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — President Clinton”s decision to bring the Middle East peace process into the Oval Office has set the stage for dramatic U.S. intervention. But even before the high-stakes presidential plan fully emerges, unrelated events are threatening to scuttle the initiative. The sex scandal that has rocked the White House and the…

  • Palestinians press their case to upgrade status at the U.N.

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (JTA) — The Palestinians appear determined to press their claim to statehood at the United Nations. U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright this week failed to convince the Palestinians to halt their effort to upgrade their status at the world body from observer to what is called “near state.” Instead, Palestinian Authority…

  • U.S. official fires back at Jews as Netanyahu takes case to Hill

    WASHINGTON, May 14 (JTA) — America’s top official for Middle East affairs has fired back at the organized Jewish community for criticizing President Clinton’s peace policies. “I would urge people who in this time of difficulty are worried about what President Clinton might or might not do to remember that this president did not get…

  • Oops, this Jew’s not in Iraq

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 9 (JTA) — Washington was abuzz this week for all of five minutes amid a rumor that a prominent Jewish organizational official was visiting Iraq. It turns out Rabbi David Saperstein, the director of the Religious Action Center for Reform Judaism, was in I-RAC, the Israel Religious Action Center, which is located in…

  • 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…