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NEW YORK (JTA) — Florida's insurance commissioner has unveiled a plan to provide free home health-care to the 10,000 Holocaust survivors living in the state.

Bill Nelson added this week that he would urge the panel to approve up to $10 million for the proposal, using funds already deposited into an account by European insurers suspected of not honoring survivors' policies.

U.S. drops charges against Palestinian

NEW YORK (JTA) — The U.S. Justice Department has dropped its efforts to deport a Palestinian suspected of plotting to kill Attorney General Janet Reno.

Monday's decision led to the release of Hany Mahmoud Kiareldeen, who had been jailed for 19 months. According to secret evidence collected by the FBI, Kiareldeen allegedly threatened to murder Reno because of her role in prosecuting those responsible for the February 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

He was freed Monday after immigration judges described that evidence as unreliable.

KKK rally in N.Y. sparks violence

NEW YORK (JTA) — About a dozen members of the Ku Klux Klan faced thousands of angry protesters during a weekend KKK rally in Manhattan.

The Klan members, who appeared in their traditional hoods and robes but without masks, complained that they could not get their message across because the city had denied them a sound system.

Seven protesters, including one Brooklyn Jew, were arrested on a variety of charges. Three police officers were injured while trying to control the anti-Klan crowd.

Baptist policy on Jews angers former leader

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Southern Baptist Convention's campaign to target Jews, Muslims and Hindus for recruitment goes against Christian teachings, according to a former convention leader.

"We need to cultivate personal relationships rather than launch a new crusade that's confrontational and abrasive," Keith Parks said this week.

Parks, who spent 13 years as head of the group's International Mission Board, left the convention after the group elected more conservative leaders in 1990.

Catholics deny honor for poet Ezra Pound

NEW YORK (JTA) — The dean of a New York cathedral decided not to honor the poet Ezra Pound with a place in the cathedral's Poets' Corner because of Pound's anti-Semitism.

This month's decision by the Rev. Harry Pritchett Jr., which overruled a vote by a group of American writers, came after members of St. John's the Divine threatened to protest if Pound was honored.

The United States arrested Pound in 1943 after he aired broadcasts for two years in Italy that partially blamed Jews for the world's economic problems. He was later confined to a mental hospital before being released in 1958.