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  • 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…

  • 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…