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  • Timetable for payments uncertain after Swiss settlement agreement

    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (JTA) — Estelle Sapir had mixed emotions. “My heart is very happy,” the 73-year-old Holocaust survivor said in a slight voice outside the Brooklyn federal courthouse where Switzerland”s leading commercial banks had just agreed to a $1.25 billion settlement of Holocaust-era claims. But at the same time, Sapir, who fled a…

  • Arafat’s party calls for end to Israel on group’s Web site

    NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (JTA) — The Web site of Yasser Arafat’s mainstream Fatah movement contains a constitution that supports armed struggle against Israel instead of a negotiated peace. The group’s constitution — posted in www.fateh.org — says Fatah opposes “any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine.” The…

  • 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…

  • Carlos claims Jews responsible for his alleged terrorist attacks

    NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (JTA) — The international terrorist known as “Carlos the Jackal” is attempting to blame Jews for the crimes he is accused of committing. At his trial Monday in Paris, Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, denounced the proceedings against him as a “judicial scandal.” “I refuse to prostitute myself…

  • Judge orders deportation of former Nazi camp guard

    NEW YORK, Dec. 17 (JTA) — A Philadelphia man who served as a guard at the Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps has been ordered deported to his native Slovakia. A federal immigration judge issued the deportation order Monday against Johann Breyer, 72, who admitted that he served in the Nazi SS at the two camps…

  • 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…

  • Palestinians blame terrorism on Netanyahu’s peace policies

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority said this week that the fatal attack on an Israeli family in the West Bank was caused by Israel’s refusal to implement the Israeli-Palestinian self-rule accords. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obviously has not “learned the lessens of last September’s tragic events,” the Palestinian statement said, referring…