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  • Author Birnbaum Dead at 83

    Funeral services were held here Monday for renowned Jewish author and editor Dr. Philip Birnbaum of New York. Birnbaum died here Saturday of natural causes at age 83. Responsible for about 75 works in Hebrew and English, Birnbaum is probably best known for his version of the Hebrew prayerbook “Ha Siddur Hashalem,” also known as… More ▸

  • Jews, Arab Americans Demonstrate As Shamir Winds Up His U.S. Visit

    More than a thousand Arab Americans took to the streets of Brooklyn Sunday evening to protest the policies of Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir as the Israeli leader was making a speech in honor of Israel’s 40th anniversary at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Waving the red-, black-, green- and white-striped flags of the Palestine Liberation… More ▸

  • Shamir Mum on Peace Ideas Upon Arrival in New York

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir met with reporters and Jewish leaders upon his arrival in New York on Monday, but declined to disclose details of the counterproposals he plans to present to Secretary of State George Shultz during their discussions of the Middle East peace process in Washington this week. Some two dozen representatives of… More ▸

  • Two Sides Protest in Washington

    Close to 2,000 people protested for Palestinian rights Sunday near the White House, while a few hundred Jews protested across the street from ABC News to protest media coverage of recent violence in the territories. The protest at Lafayette Square, across from the White House, was held following the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Washington conference… More ▸

  • White House Welcomes Senators’ Letter of Concern About Shamir

    The White House welcomed Monday a letter by 30 senators to Secretary of State George Shultz implying that Israeli Premier Yitzhak Shamir was obstructing the peace effort in the Middle East by opposing Shultz’s land-for-peace formula. The letter, signed by many of Israel’s most staunch supporters in the Senate, also criticized Jordan for “backing away”… More ▸

  • Hundreds of American Jews Rally in Support of Israeli Policies

    Hundreds of American Jews joined together in a rally Thursday to demonstrate support for Israel and the way it has been handling the disturbances in the administered territories. More than 350 people attended the rally across the street from the Israeli Consulate here, at 800 Second Ave. Members of more than a dozen Jewish organizations… More ▸

  • Ajcongress Deplores Beatings; Other Groups More Reticent

    The American Jewish Congress sharply criticized Israel’s stated policy of beating Palestinian Arabs in the administered territories, saying Tuesday that the “brutalization of innocents” must “not only be stopped immediately, but repudiated, if Israel is to preserve its good name.” Henry Siegman, the group’s executive director, condemned the Israeli policy Tuesday evening as he and… More ▸

  • 500 Demonstrate at Abc to Protest Media Coverage

    More than 500 demonstrators, spanning a city block in front of ABC headquarters, broke the silence today against what they consider one-sided press coverage against the State of Israel during the current unrest in the State of Israel during the current unrest in the administered territories. Carrying signs demanding the news media to “show victims… More ▸

  • American Jewish Leaders Express Range of Views on Unrest in Gaza

    Reactions by American Jewish organizations to unrest in Gaza and East Jerusalem have so far ranged from a call on Israel to achieve a political settlement of the Palestinian problem to harsh criticism of Jews and others outside of Israel who attempt to “dictate” Israeli policy. A third, more centrist position is being taken by… More ▸

  • In New York, Shamir Emphasizes Themes of His American Visit

    Premier Yitzhak Shamir of Israel spoke throughout the city Sunday and Monday reiterating the major themes of his six-day U.S. visit — his invitation for direct peace negotiations with King Hussein of Jordan and opposition to an international Mideast peace conference, his call for Jewish immigration and for a solution to conflicts over Jewish identity,… More ▸