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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israel opposes international court, fearing it would target settlements

    NEW YORK, July 21 (JTA) — For 50 years, Jewish jurists in Israel and abroad were among the prime supporters of an international court that could prosecute war crimes whenever and wherever they were committed. But now Israel is among a handful of nations opposing a resolution, adopted over the weekend at a U.N.-sponsored conference…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish officials press Swiss on comprehensive settlement

    NEW YORK, Dec. 9 (JTA) — A decision to postpone American sanctions on Swiss banks has one clear goal. The delay until March 31 will give Jewish officials a chance to negotiate a final settlement of all Holocaust-era claims against the banks, according to an official involved in the negotiations. The so-called global settlement could…

  • Probe of Swiss banks dealings with Nazis reveals deeper ties

    NEW YORK, Dec. 1 (JTA) — Swiss commercial banks bought three times more gold from Nazi Germany than previously thought, according to a commission appointed by the Swiss government. The commission’s announcement that private Swiss banks purchased more than $61 million in gold looted by the Nazis could open the door to demands that the…

  • Swiss bankers discover more dormant Holocaust-era accounts

    NEW YORK, Oct. 14 (JTA) — Swiss banks have found as many as 4,000 more dormant accounts opened by non-Swiss citizens during the Holocaust era, according to the Swiss Bankers Association. Those accounts, worth a total of $4.1 million, are more than twice the number of accounts published by the association in July. But the…

  • WJC calls on Vatican to open archives in wake of document

    NEW YORK, July 23 (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress is calling on the Vatican to open its archives for an examination of its wartime past. The WJC issued the call Wednesday after researchers found a declassified U.S. Treasury Department document claiming that the Vatican had stored 200 million Swiss francs — worth about $500…

  • List of Islamic suicide bombings in Israel

    NEW YORK, March 23 (JTA) — The following is a list of suicide bombings carried out against Israel by Hamas and other militant Islamic groups during the past three years. The death tolls refer only to the victims and do not include the bombers. 1994 April 6 — A 19-year-old member of Hamas carries out…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES An unremarkable life sparks many questions in violent death

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (JTA) — He led an unremarkable life, but his final act of violence that brought it to an end has sparked a host of questions. Indeed, had it not been for his sudden, perhaps irrational, assault atop the Empire State Building this week, Ali Abu Kamal’s life may not have been…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS After months of renegotiation, deals include new commitments

    NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (JTA) — The agreement that Israel and the Palestinians reached this week for transferring most of Hebron to Palestinian control grew out of a mutually felt need to reopen an earlier agreement. This week’s accord has its roots in the Interim Agreement that Israel and the Palestinians signed in Washington in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Confronting wartime past consumes Swiss daily life

    BERN, June 1 (JTA) — The tidy Swiss people are trying to cope with a decidedly untidy situation. Months of mounting accusations about how their government and banks conducted business with the Nazis during World War II — and how the banks refused to return the assets of Holocaust victims after the war — have…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Swiss officials win plaudits from watchful Jewish groups

    NEW YORK, March 17 (JTA) — Matching deeds to their words, Swiss officials have won a vote of confidence from Jewish leaders that Switzerland is at last prepared to confront its wartime past. The Swiss have shown a willingness to “face their past with honesty and courage so they can have an honorable future,”” said…