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  • Central archive for Holocaust-era papers?

    The World Jewish Congress has put forward a new initiative to collect millions of pages of Holocaust-era documents into a central repository at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.

  • Sharon, Peres study peace moves before U.N. General Assembly meets

    NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (JTA) — Despite a daily drumbeat of terror and death in the Middle East, efforts continue to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough. In the past week, for example, Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat met twice, and Peres reportedly presented a peace plan to Prime Minister Ariel…

  • Israelis watch warily as U.S. attacks Afghanistan

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (JTA) — Israelis have gone on heightened alert after the launch of joint U.S.-British strikes against Taliban and suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan. Still, top officials said they believe the attacks would have no immediate repercussions on the lives of Israelis. “At this stage, I don’t see a danger” that Israel might…

  • Israelis watch warily as U.S. attacks Afghanistan

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (JTA) — Israelis have gone on heightened alert after the launch of joint U.S.-British strikes against Taliban and suspected terrorist targets in Afghanistan. Still, top officials said they believe the attacks would have no immediate repercussions on the lives of Israelis. “At this stage, I don’t see a danger” that Israel might…

  • Swiss banks publish account names

    NEW YORK, Feb. 5 (JTA) – The latest chapter of the saga of Swiss banks and Holocaust survivors reflects a compromise aimed at bringing the story to a close. Four years after publishing initial lists of dormant accounts that may have belonged to Holocaust victims, Swiss banks announced Monday that they had published the names…

  • Accused Lithuanian war criminal dies

    NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (JTA) — A man accused of handing over at least 75 Jews to Nazi death squads in Lithuania during World War II has died before the trial against him could be completed. The war crimes trial of Aleksandras Lileikis in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius was postponed several times, with the…

  • Holocaust survivors likely to get settlement

    NEW YORK, Sept. 12 (JTA) — Jewish organizations looking for a piece of a historic $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement are likely to be disappointed. Instead, payments from the fund are likely to go solely to Holocaust survivors or their heirs, according to a document submitted to a U.S. court overseeing the settlement. The distribution…

  • Israel, Palestinians, U.S. try again

    NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (JTA) — Few Middle East watchers are expecting that President Clinton will be able to achieve this week what he failed to accomplish at July’s Camp David summit. The future of Jerusalem remains as difficult an issue for Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resolve, nor has the rhetoric emanating from…

  • Slave laborers step closer to compensation

    NEW YORK, July 17 (JTA) — Holocaust-era slave and forced laborers are a step closer toward receiving payments, but Jewish leaders are reserving their applause. “Slave laborers are dying every day,” Rabbi Israel Miller, the president of the Claims Conference, said Monday after Germany joined other nations at a signing ceremony in Berlin creating an…

  • In ’78, Camp David’s campers were very different

    NEW YORK, July 11 (JTA) — When President Clinton invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to a summit at Camp David last week, he said he hoped the setting “will help to inspire them.” Clinton was alluding to the success that capped the 13-day effort in September 1978 involving President Carter, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin…