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  • U.S. Jewish Leaders Grill Shamir During CJF Broadcast

    Even as they praised Yitzhak Shamir for his success in shoring up Israel’s image during his talks with the Bush administration, Jewish leaders in 15 cities challenged the Israeli prime minister Wednesday with some of the toughest questioning of his 10-day visit. Would Shamir be willing to trade land for peace? Is he prepared to… More ▸

  • News Analysis: Shamir Inspiring New Optimism Among American Jewish Leaders

    Compared to a rabble-rousing speech to New York Jewish leaders last week, Yitzhak Shamir’s talk Tuesday afternoon to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations was positively mellow. The change in tone, said Jewish leaders who attended both meetings, is the result of Shamir’s success in Washington last week in regaining Israeli momentum… More ▸

  • Shamir Denounces ‘land for Peace’ in Speech to U.S. Jewish Leaders

    Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir arrived here Tuesday and bluntly defended his opposition to giving up more land for peace. “No Arab ruler has ever been asked to give territory for peace,” the prime minister said in a speech prepared for delivery to an audience of American Jewish leaders Tuesday night. Shamir did not go… More ▸

  • Protest Calls for an End to U.S. Dialogue with PLO

    About 200 members of right-wing Zionist organizations rallied outside the Palestine Liberation Organization’s U.N. mission here Sunday, calling for an end to the U.S.-PLO dialogue begun in December. “This rally is because there is an overflow of anger and impatience with the U.S. and PLO dialogue,” said Dr. Kenneth Kelner, president of the Manhattan Region… More ▸

  • W. German Company Dealing Chemicals Once Sold Poison Gas to Auschwitz

    A West German company which shipped potentially deadly chemicals to Libya was a major shareholder in the company that supplied poison gas to Auschwitz, according to the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles. The Wiesenthal Center made public Friday the information that the Frankfurt-based Degussa Company was a 42.5 percent owner of Degesch, a company… More ▸

  • 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 ▸