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  • Spy sentence ends scandal

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 10 (JTA) — The conviction and suspended sentence of an Israeli spy appears to have ended a scandal that strained Israeli-Swiss relations. But after the trial, a Swiss lawmaker charged that the wrong man may have been tried in the botched 1998 wiretapping. After the Swiss Federal Court convicted a man known…

  • Swiss trial of Mossad agent begins

    LAUSANNE, Switzerland, July 3 (JTA) — Switzerland’s highest court is forcing Israel’s Mossad to relive one of its most embarrassing episodes. On Monday, the Federal Court began trying an agent with Israel’s foreign intelligence service for his role in a botched wiretap attempt. The defendant gave the court a pseudonym, Isaac Bental, out of concerns…

  • Swiss elections bring out anti-Semitism

    ZURICH, Oct. 19 (JTA) – Anti-Semitism is making its presence felt in the waning days of the campaign for the Swiss Parliament. A popular Swiss politician is being accused of praising a book that denies the Holocaust occurred. The charges are being leveled against Christoph Blocher, who claims he never read “On the Decline of…

  • Swiss panel charges politicians made anti-Semitism ‘acceptable

    ZURICH, Nov. 8 (JTA) – The debate about Switzerland’s wartime dealings with the Nazis has fueled a wave of anti-Semitism in the Alpine nation, the country’s human rights watchdog panel said. The Federal Commission Against Racism said in a report issued Nov. 5 that “latent anti-Semitism is again being increasingly expressed in public by word…

  • Swiss anger with Israel threatens joint conference

    BERN, Sept. 23 (JTA) – Angry at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Swiss officials may cancel an economic conference aimed at improving bilateral business ties. Their anger was sparked by a letter the premier recently wrote to Edgar Bronfman in which he thanked the president of the World Jewish Congress for his efforts to get…

  • Swiss government foundation to exclude assisting survivors

    BERN, Nov. 3 (JTA) – In an apparent effort to win popular support for its plan, the Swiss government has decided that no moneys from a proposed multibillion dollar foundation will be given to individual Holocaust survivors. Swiss President Arnold Koller proposed in April the establishment of the Swiss Foundation for Solidarity, whose investment income…

  • Baron Edmond de Rothschild, scion of banking family, is dead

    GENEVA, Nov. 4 (JTA) – Banker and philanthropist Baron Edmond de Rothschild died here this week at 71. A scion of the French branch of the famous Jewish banking family, Rothschild was president of his Geneva-based bank and was the former owner and president of the Israel General Bank in Tel Aviv. Along with the…

  • Jewish man suing Switzerland for deporting parents in 1944

    ZURICH, Oct. 29 (JTA) – A Jewish man whose parents perished in Auschwitz after they were deported from wartime Switzerland is suing the Swiss government. Charles Sonabend, 67, recently told Swiss Television that he was seeking 100,000 Swiss francs – about $68,700 at current exchange rates – in damages from the Bern government. This is…

  • Swiss firms impeding probe of wartime dealings with Nazis

    BERN, Oct. 26 (JTA) – Officials with the international panel of historians probing Switzerland’s wartime past are complaining that some Swiss companies are refusing access to records dating back to the Nazi years. The companies are “refusing to open their archives because they are afraid of compensation claims,” according to one member of the Independent…