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  • Swiss document shows bank moved money for senior Nazis

    NEW YORK, Jan. 7 (JTA) — At least one Swiss bank was involved in transferring money for high-ranking Nazi officials from Germany to Switzerland at the end of World War II, according to a document found in the Swiss Federal Archives. Some of the money allegedly transferred by the director of the Swiss Agricultural Bank…

  • Israeli-Palestinian survey shows accord on separation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — Israel and the Palestinian Authority may not agree on much these days, but a recent poll shows that their respective peoples agree on at least one thing — the need to create a complete separation between them. According to the survey, conducted jointly by a Tel Aviv University research…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Palestinians on sidelines of U.S.-Israeli negotiations

    NEW YORK, May 10 (JTA) — The Israeli-Palestinian peace process appears to hinge on Israeli-American negotiations. And those negotiations lately seem to have some of the acrimony that for more than a year has characterized talks involving the Israelis and Palestinians. In one sign of that acrimony, Israeli officials blamed American pressure for the collapse…

  • Swiss fund to distribute $150 million to survivors

    NEW YORK, Jan. 21 (JTA) — The executive board of Switzerland’s Holocaust Memorial Fund approved in principle the total allocation Jewish groups are seeking to distribute to survivors worldwide. The board also approved at its meeting Wednesday some $8 million for immediate payment to Hungarian survivors, according to a statement issued by the board. Some…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.S. report shifts spotlight to other wartime ‘neutrals

    NEW YORK, June 2 (JTA) — This week”s release of a long-awaited report about the role of six so-called neutral nations in the Nazi war effort means that Switzerland no longer stands alone under the microscope. But have Swiss government and banking officials been let off the hook? Swiss officials had been looking forward to…

  • Swiss blast report alleging wartime pro-Nazi influence

    NEW YORK, June 10 (JTA) — Swiss Jewish leaders and government officials have lambasted a report alleging that Switzerland was “thoroughly saturated” with Nazi sympathizers during World War II. The report, released here Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, claims that there was a close relationship between senior Swiss government officials and Swiss…

  • Israel begins to implement proposed conversion solution

    NEW YORK, March 24 (JTA) —The conversion crisis in Israel is well on its way to being resolved. This was the assessment offered this week by the Israeli minister who heads a government-appointed committee that spent seven months seeking a compromise that would be acceptable to the three main streams of Judaism. But according to…

  • Hussein, gentle champion of peace, succumbs to cancer

    NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (JTA) — The most-fitting summation of King Hussein bin Talal”s nearly five decades as Jordan”s ruler may well come from the title of his own 1962 autobiography: “Uneasy Lies the Head.” His reign would certainly have been less uneasy had he possessed more cards to play in the region”s shifting sands…

  • European firms latest to join rush to settle Holocaust claims

    NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (JTA) — In a major step toward settling wartime claims, four European insurance companies signed an agreement this week that will eventually provide millions of dollars in compensation to Holocaust survivors. The agreement, signed here Tuesday by the insurers, Jewish officials and U.S. insurance officials, comes one week after Italy’s largest…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Swiss settlement adds momentum to Holocaust-era claims in Europe

    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (JTA) — The $1.25 billion settlement agreed to by Switzerland”s leading banks has created a momentum that will likely lead to additional agreements to settle Holocaust-era claims against European companies and governments. In the wake of last week”s agreement, officials with the World Jewish Congress believe that the focus will now…