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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • List of suicide bombings

    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (JTA) – Following is a list of suicide bombings carried out against Israel since it and the Palestinians signed peace accords in September 1993. It does not include the numerous drive-by shootings and stabbings. The death tolls refer only to the victims and do not include the bombers. 1994 April 6…