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  • Holocaust payments may be delayed

    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (JTA) — Holocaust survivors may have a longer-than-expected wait before they get their measure of justice. Sixteen months after Switzerland’s leading banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion in a court-supervised settlement of Holocaust-era claims, it remains unclear whether payments to survivors will be delayed. Asking Holocaust survivors to be patient would…

  • Wye II, at a glance

    NEW YORK, Sept. 6 (JTA) – The Israeli-Palestinian agreement signed Saturday night in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheik comes after a 10-month suspension of the peace process. The accord, known as Wye II because it revises the Wye accord signed last October, includes the following provisions: * Israel will hand over 11 percent, or…

  • Peace process chronology: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (JTA) – The following is a time line of key events since the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was launched five years ago on the White House lawn. The period was marked by at least 15 bombings of Israeli targets by Palestinian terrorists – as well as numerous drive-by shootings and stabbings of…

  • Greek Jewish Holocaust victims honored with Salonika memorial

    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (JTA) – Greece has dedicated a memorial to a once-thriving community of Jews who perished in the Holocaust – a move that some said was aimed at repairing the country’s ties with Israel. In a moving ceremony Sunday in Salonika, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos unveiled the monument dedicated to the approximately…

  • Holocaust survivors in Latvia to get first Swiss fund checks

    NEW YORK, Nov. 11 (JTA) – A 75-year-old Latvian Jew who narrowly escaped death by fleeing a Nazi labor camp will be the first Holocaust survivor to receive payment from a Swiss fund created earlier this year. Riva Sefere’s receipt of a $400 check at a ceremony scheduled for Nov. 18 in the Latvian capital…

  • Swiss banks release 14,000 names of dormant accounts

    NEW YORK, Oct. 29 (JTA) – Swiss banks have released the names of an additional 14,000 dormant accounts opened before the end of World War II. Because of the large number of names – and complaints from account holders that their privacy had been invaded when the banks published in July a list of some…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Netanyahu meets with Arafat to move beyond Mossad fiasco

    NEW YORK, Oct. 8 (JTA) – Beyond anything else, political self- interest was the driving force behind this week’s sudden meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat. Questions about how the long-dormant peace process would unfold took a back seat to a more important issue for the two –…

  • Peace process may get boost in wake of failed assassination

    NEW YORK, Oct. 7 (JTA) – As Israel dealt with the aftermath of a disastrous undercover operation, there were indications that the Israeli- Palestinian peace process may be moving forward. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat may soon meet, Israel Radio reported Tuesday. The meeting would represent an attempt by…

  • Doubts raised on early Jew in China

    NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (JTA) – The distinction of being the first European to visit China almost went to a Jew. Publisher Little, Brown and Company was set to publish a book claiming that an Italian Jewish trader, Jacob d’Ancona, traveled to China in 1270 – four years before Marco Polo, the Italian merchant who…

  • New imbroglio erupts after Jews fail to show at Swiss meetings

    NEW YORK, Sept. 16 (JTA) – Another storm has developed between Jewish organizations and the Swiss government. The brouhaha erupted after 12 officials of the World Jewish Restitution Organization were absent from meetings scheduled for Monday in Bern. Jewish leaders gave advance notice last week that they would be unable to attend the meetings, but…