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  • Congress seeks to cut funds to Palestinian T.V.

    WASHINGTON, April 21 (JTA) — Every day in the West Bank and Gaza, Palestinian children gather in front of television sets to watch the “Children’s Club.” But unlike “Sesame Street,” on which the show is loosely based, these children learn more than simple math and the value of sharing. They learn about the glory of…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Long-awaited Netanyahu visit goes according to premier’s plan

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 20 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu”s long-sought visit to Washington this week could be headlined, “The crisis that wasn”t.” Despite predictions that the visit would highlight the gap between Israel and the Clinton administration, Netanyahu”s own analysis of his meetings were echoed by American officials. “The goodwill is there, the pieces…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Arab Americans voice anger as Clinton backs off pressure

    WASHINGTON, June 15 (JTA) — With great pains and no clear-cut conclusions, the American Jewish community has debated for months whether the Clinton administration is exerting too much pressure on Israel. But among many in the Arab American community, there is no uncertainty. In their view, Clinton capitulated in his showdown with Israeli Prime Minister…

  • Egyptian tabloid mocks U.S. ambassador as ‘rabbi

    WASHINGTON, March 10 (JTA) — This time the notoriously anti-Semitic Egyptian press went too far. A government-supported tabloid magazine accused the U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Daniel Kurtzer, of masquerading as a “Jewish rabbi disguised as a diplomat.” Kurtzer, an Orthodox Jew who took up his post in mid-January, had flown a rabbi in from Washington…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Case of fugitive U.S. teen focuses attention on others

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Are Israelis committing crimes in the United States and fleeing home to avoid prosecution? In some cases, yes. But recent developments suggest that while these alleged criminals can run, they can’t necessarily hide. The issue came to the fore in September, when a Maryland teen-ager claimed Israeli citizenship in an…