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  • 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…

  • Jewish Agency seeking $60 million emergency aid

    WASHINGTON, March 24 (JTA) — Reeling under a mountain of debt, the Jewish Agency for Israel has turned to North American Jewry for emergency assistance. At a closed-door meeting in Washington this week, Jewish Agency leaders implored top officials of about a dozen large federations to send an emergency advance of $60 million to the…

  • Jewish group urges Clinton to release Jonathan Pollard

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Four weeks after promising to call on President Clinton to free convicted spy Jonathan Pollard, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations has sent a letter to the White House urging “immediate” action. Pollard is serving a life sentence for passing classified information to Israel. The delayed letter…

  • 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…