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  • 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…

  • White House celebrates Israel’s 50th anniversary

    WASHINGTON, April 27 (JTA) — The stalled peace process has found its way into the White House’s celebration of Israel’s 50th anniversary. At a celebration this week on the White House’s South Lawn, President Clinton praised the relationship between the United States and Israel. “Let us in the United States say that we stand by…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • 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…