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  • Jewish groups blast proposal to compensate slave laborers

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — Jewish groups and lawyers seeking compensation from German companies for World War II slave laborers have rejected a German proposal to settle all claims for $1.7 billion. German industrial companies accused of profiting from the use of slave labor unilaterally announced the plan on Thursday, leaving Jewish negotiators utterly mystified….

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Retracing ‘Freedom Summer’ steps: Organizers hope to renew old bonds

    WASHINGTON, June 8 (JTA) — To the outside world, they seemed an unlikely trio: a black Catholic from Mississippi and two Jews from New York. But their fates were drawn together in the summer of 1964 by a common commitment to the struggle for equality and social justice. James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner…

  • Lawyers in Swiss case seek $25 million; campaign to find the beneficiaries is slated

    WASHINGTON, June 2 (JTA) — Lawyers who represented Holocaust survivors in a class-action lawsuit against Swiss banks are requesting $25 million in legal fees for their role in last year’s $1.25 billion settlement. But any decision regarding fees must be approved by the federal judge in New York serving as an arbiter between the banks…

  • Proponents of school vouchers claim victory in Ohio court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 2 (JTA) — School voucher proponents are claiming victory in an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that upholds the controversial practice of giving low-income students taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at parochial schools. Although the court last Friday struck down a Cleveland voucher program because of a technicality, it ruled that the program does not…

  • U.S. lawmakers pressure Clinton to relocate U.S. Embassy in Israel

    WASHINGTON, June 1 (JTA) — Stepping up pressure on the Clinton administration to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, U.S. lawmakers on Monday slammed President Clinton for failing to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and threatened to force the move through legislation. A 1995 law passed by Congress required…

  • Proponents of school vouchers claim victory in Ohio court ruling

    WASHINGTON, June 1 (JTA) — School voucher proponents are claiming victory in an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that upholds the controversial practice of giving low-income students taxpayer-funded scholarships to use at parochial schools. Although the court last Friday struck down a Cleveland voucher program because of a technicality, it ruled that the program does not…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Carville and company credit Barak, not themselves, for win

    WASHINGTON, May 20 (JTA) — So confident was James Carville of Ehud Barak’s victory in Israel’s elections that the American political consultant flew home to his Virginia farm three days before Israelis cast their ballots. The only thing that surprised Carville and his partners, Stanley Greenberg and Robert Shrum — who have been credited with…

  • U.S. tries again to strip alleged Nazi camp guard of his citizenship

    WASHINGTON, May 19 (JTA) — The Justice Department has launched a second attempt to strip alleged Nazi death camp guard John Demjanjuk of his U.S. citizenship. The department’s Nazi-hunting unit, the Office of Special Investigations, filed a complaint in U.S. District Court in Cleveland on Wednesday alleging that the 79-year-old retired Cleveland autoworker was a…

  • Federal law on hate crimes gains momentum, but still faces hurdles

    WASHINGTON, May 18 (JTA) — Recent public outrage over well-publicized hate crimes has prompted lawmakers to push for a tougher federal hate crimes statute. But it remains unclear whether a lobbying effort by Jewish and civil rights activists will be enough to overcome opposition in Congress. The Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish groups have been…

  • U.S., Germany press to meet deadline for slave laborers fund

    WASHINGTON, May 16 (JTA) — Negotiations aimed at compensating tens of thousands of Holocaust survivors used as slave and forced laborers during World War II will have to move rapidly in order to meet a Sept. 1 deadline, Jewish representatives said at the conclusion of U.S.-led talks aimed at resolving the issue. In what was…