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  • 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 ▸

  • Shultz Urged to Lobby Allies to Repeal Zionism Resolution

    Jewish leaders urged Secretary of State George Shultz on Friday to enlist the support of U.S. allies in working for the repeal of the 1975 U.N. General Assembly resolution equating Zionism with racism. Preparing for the General Assembly session which begins Tuesday, Morris Abram, chairman of the National Conference on Soviet Jewry, and nine other… More ▸

  • ZOA Deplores U.S. Decision Not to Appeal Ruling on PLO

    A top official of the Zionist Organization of America has sharply criticized the Reagan administration’s decision earlier this week not to contest a federal court ruling barring the closing of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s observer mission to the United Nations. “It appears that President Reagan has drawn a fundamental conclusion that the PLO may be… More ▸

  • U.S. Decides Not to Appeal Ruling Barring Closing of PLO Mission

    The Reagan administration has decided not to appeal a U.S. District Court ruling in June barring the closing of the Palestine Liberation Organization’s observer mission to the United Nations. Initial reaction from Jewish groups was mixed, with some expressing dismay and others greeting the decision with equanimity. In a statement released Monday, the Justice Department… More ▸