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  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Swiss talks reach ‘critical’ stage as unofficial deadline approac

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — As negotiations to settle Holocaust-era claims against Switzerland reach a critical stage, there is no clear indication that efforts to reach an agreement will succeed. Despite an unofficial June 30 deadline, a key player in the negotiations said there was unlikely to be any agreement soon. At the same time,…

  • Court: suspected war criminals cannot invoke Fifth Amendment

    WASHINGTON, June 25 (JTA) — The Supreme Court has issued a decision that is likely to boost efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. The high court, by a 7-2 vote Thursday in a case of a suspected Nazi collaborator, ruled that the Fifth Amendment’s right to remain silent applies only to criminal proceedings…

  • Swiss banks may face sanctions if ‘global settlement’ not reached

    WASHINGTON, March 17 (JTA) — As the key players in the standoff with Swiss banks over Holocaust-era claims prepare to meet in New York next week, the prospects for reaching a “global settlement” remain far from clear. If negotiations do not produce a settlement or significant progress toward a settlement by March 31, Swiss banks…

  • Religious persecution legislation hailed by Jews and religious right

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — Finding rare common ground, Jewish groups and members of the religious right are hailing the passage of legislation aimed at punishing countries guilty of religious persecution. The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Freedom From Religious Persecution Act on May 14 by a vote of 375 to 41. The bill…

  • U.S. justices hear AIPAC case even as they question its merit

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 (JTA) — The American Israel Public Affairs Committee was hit with sharp allegations about its political operations during oral arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court this week. In a closely watched case that could affect the pro-Israel lobby, a lawyer representing several staunch opponents of AIPAC charged the organization with violating federal…

  • Closely watched voucher case could make way to Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON, June 10 (JTA) — The debate over school vouchers, the controversial idea of giving families taxpayer dollars to use at private or parochial schools, has moved a step closer to an inevitable U.S. Supreme Court date. In a closely watched case, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a school voucher program in Milwaukee…

  • Holocaust scholar resigns post in wake of ongoing controversy

    WASHINGTON, June 30 (JTA) — In the end, John Roth decided his “happiness and well-being” would best be served 3,000 miles away from the specter of controversy hanging over the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Roth, an internationally renowned Holocaust scholar, resigned Monday as director of the museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, a post he…

  • U.S. Rabbi appeals to China to officially recognize Judaism

    WASHINGTON, March 22 (JTA) — When he met in Beijing with Chinese President Jiang Zemin, Rabbi Arthur Schneier delivered both a gift and a pointed appeal. The gift: a Jewish encyclopedia written in Chinese and published in Shanghai. The appeal: that China recognize Judaism as an official religion. Schneier carried that message to Jiang and…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES AIPAC delegates look to future despite cloud over U.S.-Israel ties

    WASHINGTON, May 19 (JTA) — As pro-Israel activists gathered here this week for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee”s annual policy conference, this much was clear: There is no conflict or lack of clarity when it comes to backing Israel on its right to determine its own security requirements. Indeed, recent attempts by the United…

  • U.S. moves to create panel to examine assets

    WASHINGTON, April 1 (JTA) — Jewish groups welcomed a move this week by U.S. lawmakers to create a presidential commission to examine Holocaust victims’ assets in the United States. The proposed commission would be charged with examining the fate of dormant bank accounts, artworks, insurance policies, looted gold, and a range of other assets that…