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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…