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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,…

  • Swiss-Jewish negotiations on settlement near collapse

    WASHINGTON, June 24 (JTA) — Talks between Jewish and Swiss negotiators all but collapsed this week, leaving only the dimmest prospects of settling Holocaust-era claims anytime soon. Daylong discussions at the U.S. State Department Tuesday failed to yield progress, with Swiss banks again saying their best offer was $600 million, and the World Jewish Congress…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Restitution efforts focus on liberating art prisoners

    WASHINGTON, March 9 (JTA) — They have been called “the last prisoners of war” — the Renoir portraits, Monet landscapes, Cezanne still lifes and tens of thousands of other artworks that remain scattered around the world. Seized from thousands of public and private collections as the Nazis swept across Europe nearly six decades ago, the…

  • Jewish group overcomes conflict with last ‘Seinfeld

    WASHINGTON, May 17 (JTA) — An estimated 80 million people tuned in last week as the “Seinfeld” foursome signed off — from the slammer. Among those not watching were some 1000 Jewish activists who were locked up in their own right listening to speeches at an American Jewish Committee dinner. Why? Jason Alexander, for one,…

  • FBI issues terror alert in wake of Hamas threat

    WASHINGTON, April 13 (JTA) — The FBI has warned security personnel at major U.S. corporations to be on alert for terrorism attacks in the United States. The move comes in response to recent threats by the Islamic militant group Hamas to attack Israeli and Jewish targets worldwide. Hamas has accused Israel of murdering Hamas bomb-maker…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Religious persecution bill gains momentum in Congress

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (JTA) — Legislation aimed at fighting religious persecution abroad has a fighting chance in Congress now that religious leaders, lawmakers and human rights activists have worked out some of the wrinkles. From the beginning, proponents of the cause have sought input from Jewish leaders, seeking to model their campaign after the Jewish…

  • Clinton turns to Jewish group for support for child care plan

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 24 (JTA) — Twenty-five years after the National Council on Jewish Women issued a landmark study exposing the child-care crisis in America, President Clinton turned to the group this week in his effort to build support for his child care initiative and broader educational goals. In his first personal appearance before a Jewish…

  • Arafat delays indefinitely visit to Holocaust museum

    WASHINGTON, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Perhaps owing to Monica Lewinsky, the limitations of a tight schedule, the aftertaste of being snubbed — or a combination of the three — Yasser Arafat’s much-ballyhooed visit to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum awaits another day. The Palestinian Authority chairman said he could not find time in his schedule…

  • 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…

  • 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…