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  • NEW ANALYSIS Jewish split over policies spills over to public arena

    WASHINGTON, April 7 (JTA) — An aggressive lobbying campaign to warn against American pressure on Israel has led to an unusually bitter and public split in the American Jewish community over both policy and tactics. The effort, which resulted in a recent flurry of congressional letters, has also sent competing signals to the Clinton administration…

  • 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. 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…

  • 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…

  • Supreme Court upholds creche on public property

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (JTA) — A Supreme Court decision could lead to a proliferation of religious displays on public property. Without comment the court decided Monday to not hear a case challenging a lower court’s ruling upholding the right of Syracuse, N.Y. to sponsor a Nativity scene in a public park in the days surrounding…

  • 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…

  • 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…