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  • Israel Reacts with Pain, Surprise at Tough Talk from Washington

    Israel has reacted with hurt and astonishment to the stern rebuke it got from U.S. Secretary of State James Baker during his appearance Wednesday before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington. The secretary bluntly accused Israel of not being serious about peace. Attempts by the Bush administration Thursday to soften the blow did little… More ▸

  • Mandela May Meet with Sharansky During Next Week’s Visit to U.s

    Nelson Mandela and Natan Sharansky have agreed in principle to meet in the United States during the African National Congress leader’s upcoming visit here, an American Jewish leader confirmed Monday. “Both sides have indicated that they are interested in the meeting,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. “Now it’s… More ▸

  • U.S. Could Suspend PLO Dialogue, but Decision Awaits Baker’s Return

    The Bush administration is still pondering whether to continue its dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization following last week’s attempted raid on Israeli beaches by a PLO-affiliated terrorist group. Both the White House and the State Department said Tuesday that the administration was still studying whether the PLO had violated its December 1988 pledge renouncing… More ▸

  • U.N. Won’t Dispatch Observer Team, but Other Action Under Discussion

    In a policy shift, the United States blocked the U.N. Security Council over the weekend from sending a team of U.N. observers to the West Bank and Gaza Strip. But the matter is expected to come up again when the Security Council reconvenes Tuesday at U.N. headquarters in New York. In an extraordinary move, the… More ▸

  • Protest Against Soviet Writers Leads to Cancellation of Meeting

    “Russian Nazis out of New York!” and “No U.S. government money to anti-Semites!” was the greeting seven Soviet literary figures, some of whom are believed to be anti-Semitic, received upon arrival in New York. Members of the Jewish Defense Organization, a small militant offshoot of the Jewish Defense League, demonstrated outside their hotel Wednesday night… More ▸

  • Soviets Who Settle in Territories Would Face Arrest Back in USSR

    Soviet Jews who settle in the administered territories would be arrested and charged with war crimes if they were to return to the Soviet Union on a visit, a top Soviet official said last week. Yuri Reshetov, chief of the Soviet Foreign Ministry’s Department of International Humanitarian Cooperation and Human Rights, made the statements in… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Express Support of Senate Resolution on Jerusalem

    Sen. Daniel Moynihan (D-N.Y.) and Jewish organizations urged President Bush on Friday to join the Senate in declaring that Jerusalem is the united capital of Israel. The Jewish groups expressed their appreciation for the Senate’s unanimous voice vote adoption of Moynihan’s resolution on Jerusalem, which had 83 co-sponsors, 45 Democrats and 38 Republicans. The resolution,… More ▸

  • U.S. Now Says It’s Prepared to Back Housing Loan Guarantees for Israel

    The Bush administration has agreed to provide Israel with $400 million in housing loan guarantees, as long as the money is not used to build housing for Soviet immigrants in the West Bank or Gaza Strip. That condition is softer than one Secretary of State James Baker stated last Thursday, when he told a congressional… More ▸

  • Israel Bonds and Hadassah Launch Efforts to Aid Soviet Absorption

    Urgent action to help Israel absorb the tens of thousands of Soviet Jews beginning to arrive there has just been announced by the State of Israel Bonds Organization and by Hadassah, the Women’s Zionist Organization of America. Hadassah has allocated $1 million for a wide range of absorption needs. The Bonds Organization’s aim is to… More ▸