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  • Report: Israel checked Assad’s urine

    LONDON, Jan. 10 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad may well have been impressed to discover that a toilet had been erected for his exclusive use when he visited Jordan last February for the funeral of King Hussein. He would not have known, according to a report in the London Sunday Times this week, that…

  • War crimes suspect to leave Britain

    LONDON, Jan. 3 (JTA) — A Latvian war crimes suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II is expected to leave Britain voluntarily after the British government announced that he would be deported. Konrad Kalejs, who has previously been deported from the United States and Canada, is likely…

  • Holocaust to go on trial in London

    LONDON, Jan. 3 (JTA) — The Holocaust is scheduled to go on trial in a courtroom here next week. A leading Holocaust denier, David Irving, is suing a U.S. historian, Deborah Lipstadt, and her publisher for libel. The case is expected to produce the most detailed judicial inspection of the Holocaust since the trial of…

  • Accused war criminal found in Britain

    LONDON, Dec. 29 (JTA) — Nazi-hunters are again urging the Latvian government to extradite a war crimes suspect who was recently discovered to be living in Britain. The suspect, 86-year-old Konrad Kalejs, is being investigated by British police over his alleged involvement in the killing of 30,000 Latvian Jews during World War II, and British…

  • Neo-Nazi fugitive from Germany surfaces in Britain four years later

    LONDON, Oct. 19 (JTA) – A neo-Nazi activist who fled Germany in 1995 after being sentenced to 14 months in prison for inciting racial hatred has been found hiding in Britain. Germar Rudolf faces two additional Holocaust denial charges in Germany, and the chairman of the London-based Holocaust Educational Trust, Lord Janner, urged the German…

  • Newly discovered document reveals Allies knew about Auschwitz in 1942

    LONDON, Oct. 12 (JTA) – A British student has discovered a 20-page document in the Foreign Office archive that proves conclusively that Britain and the United States knew about the gas chambers at Auschwitz as early as December 1942. While it has been known that the Allies knew about the Final Solution – and even…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Austrian estate of far-right leader belonged to Jews before the war

    LONDON, Oct. 11 (JTA) – The fortune that fuels the political career of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party leader Jorg Haider is a $15 million estate that was acquired from Jewish owners during World War II. The 3,700-acre Barental property was owned by Russian-born Giorgio Roifer, a wealthy Jewish businessman who studied law in Vienna before…

  • Grandson of Holocaust victim fights for pope’s Poland birthplace

    LONDON, Oct. 4 (JTA) – The pope’s boyhood home has become a battleground between a New York psychiatrist and the Polish government. After a 30-year campaign, Dr. Ron Balamuth has started legal action in a Polish court to recover the house, an imposing structure overlooking the town square. The house in the Polish town of…

  • Israeli security issues warnings on final-status talks, report says

    LONDON, Sept. 29 (JTA) – Israel’s Shin Bet domestic security service has reportedly cautioned Israel’s leaders against driving too hard a bargain with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat in the final- status talks. Achieving an agreement that is “better than strictly necessary” for the Jewish state “may play against us in the future,” Shin Bet…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Despite Barak’s warm reception, Europe remains strongly pro-Arab

    LONDON, Sept. 27 (JTA) – The Israeli prime minister is enjoying a blissful honeymoon with the United States, but he must still worry about placating Europe. While Israel’s relations with Washington – based on an intricate web of political, economic, strategic and cultural ties – are generally warm and cordial, its relations with Europe are…