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  • Palestinian Attorney Says Arabs Really Want to Live in Peace

    The Palestinians are serious about living in peace with Israel and therefore the Israeli government should be prepared to negotiate with the Palestine Liberation Organization, a prominent Arab attorney told a high-level delegation of American Jewish leaders here Wednesday. “This people has decided that it wants to be free, that it is prepared to pay… More ▸

  • Jewish Organizations Urge U.S. to Deny Any Arafat Visa Request

    The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued a statement Thursday urging the State Department to continue to deny a U.S. visa to Yasir Arafat. Its statement came amid reports that the Palestine Liberation Organization chairman would request a visa to address the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s annual convention in Washington on April 13…. More ▸

  • Hecklers Hound Hauser over Stockholm Meeting

    Screaming “collaborator,” “bitch” and “exterminate the Arabs,” a handful of hecklers managed to foil a heavy security detail and turn a Middle East discussion at New York’s 92nd Street Y into a scene out of the “Morton Downey Jr. Show.” The main target of the heckler’s venom Thursday night was the program’s moderator, Rita Hauser,… More ▸

  • Organizations Support U.S. Move, but Want More Demanded of PLO

    With few exceptions, major American Jewish groups said Thursday they understood U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s decision to allow “substantive talks” between representatives of the United States and the Palestine Liberation Organization. The Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith said the United States is “living up to its commitments.” Both the American Jewish Congress and… More ▸

  • U.S. Says Arafat Did Not Meet Its Conditions for a Dialogue

    The U.S. State Department, the Israeli Embassy here and several major American Jewish groups expressed disappointment Tuesday over Yasir Arafat’s statements to the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva. Arafat did not meet the conditions set by the United States for a dialogue with the Palestine Liberation Organization, the State Department said. Department spokesman Charles Redman… More ▸

  • Arafat Statement in Stockholm on Israel Draws Mixed Reaction

    Reaction to a statement issued in Stockholm Wednesday by Yasir Arafat and a group of American Jews ranged from scathing criticism to qualified encouragement, with many U.S. Jewish groups taking a position of wary skepticism. The statement, drafted jointly by Arafat and five American Jews who met with him Tuesday, was an explanation of the… More ▸

  • ZOA Urges U.S. to Boycott Arafat Address in Geneva

    The Zionist Organization of America has urged the United States to boycott the session of the U.N. General Assembly in Geneva, where Palestine Liberation Organization chairman Yasir Arafat will speak. In letters Monday to Secretary of State George Shultz and Ambassador Vernon Walters, the U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, ZOA President Milton Shapiro… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Welcome Decision to Deny Arafat Entry to U.S.

    Major American Jewish organizations are gratified that the United States will not allow Palestine Liberation Organization leader Yasir Arafat to enter the country for a speech Thursday at the United Nations. In a number of public statements made after the decision was announced Saturday, groups praised the Reagan administration for rejecting terrorism and for repeating… More ▸

  • Drive to Pass ‘who is a Jew’ Worries U.S. Jewish Groups

    The attempt of Israel’s religious parties to resurrect the “Who is a Jew” amendment in coalition-building negotiations with Likud and the Labor Party is causing deep concern among major American Jewish organizations. In separate cables sent after the religious parties’ stunning success in the elections became apparent, Zionist and religious organizations here urged Likud leader… More ▸

  • Refusenik on Rare Visit to West Appeals at Rally for U.S. Support

    Galina Zelichonok, one of the few Soviet refuseniks to be granted a temporary visitors visa to the West, and the first to speak out in public abroad, quietly thanked a crowd rallying for Soviet Jewry for its continued support. “It’s a very strange feeling because I can’t believe that I have the opportunity to be… More ▸