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  • U.S. Congress considers action on plundered artwork

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (JTA) — As the search for assets of Holocaust victims is broadening to include pillaged artworks and confiscated insurance policies, the U.S. Congress is taking a stand. The House Banking Committee was scheduled to hold hearings on Thursday to address the legal status of art objects seized by the Nazis and the…

  • Reported U.S. hate crimes up, as are incidents against Jews

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 8 (JTA) — A record 8,734 hate crimes were reported to the FBI in 1996, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno announced this week. Of the 1,400 religion-motivated hate crimes, more than 1,100 — or nearly 80 percent — were anti-Jewish. Overall, hate crimes against Jews accounted for nearly 13 percent of all hate…

  • U.S. Congress authorizes fund to pay $25 million to survivors

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation this week authorizing the United States to provide $25 million to Holocaust survivors. Tuesday’s action fulfills a pledge made by the Clinton administration in December to contribute $25 million to a new international fund to benefit Holocaust survivors around the world. The United…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Swiss banks face boycott threat as settlement talks reach impasse

    WASHINGTON, June 14 (JTA) — Swiss banks are on the verge of facing a renewed boycott threat as U.S. public finance officers prepare to meet early next month. New York City Comptroller Alan Hevesi has asked state and local finance officers to reconvene July 1 amid reports that talks between the banks and Jewish representatives…

  • 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. court orders Iran to pay $247.5 million to N.J. family

    WASHINGTON, March 11 (JTA) — As he stood in a federal courtroom here, listening to a judge issue a landmark ruling, Stephen Flatow’s thoughts turned to his daughter’s smiling face. “Alisa had this very big smile on her face all the time, and she’s smiling today,” Flatow said Wednesday, moments after U.S. District Court Judge…

  • Jewish groups challenge suit against anti-terror law

    WASHINGTON, March 25 (JTA) — Humanitarian activists are suing the U.S. government over a law that makes it illegal to aid the activities of foreign groups the State Department has deemed to be terrorist organizations. The lawsuit contends that two provisions of the Anti-Terrorism Act of 1996 are unconstitutional because they criminalize fund raising for…

  • Gingrich could spark fireworks when he arrives in Jewish state

    WASHINGTON, May 20 (JTA) — U.S. Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) is promising to spark some fireworks when he heads to Israel this week. He said this week that he plans to visit the site of the future U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and declare that it is time to break ground. Gingrich and…

  • Kiryas Joel loses new bid to establish school district

    WASHINGTON, April 5 (JTA) — The New York State Supreme Court has dealt another blow to attempts to allow a Chasidic Jewish community in New York to set up its own school district. The court ruled that the latest bid by state lawmakers to create a special school district for Kiryas Joel — an Orange…

  • U.S. Holocaust museum plans extensive educational outreach

    WASHINGTON, April 28 (JTA) — When the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum opened its doors in 1993, officials held out modest hopes, but expressed quiet trepidation, about how the museum would be received by the public. Five years and 10 million visitors later — nearly four times the number initially projected — officials are still amazed…