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  • Summit sets tone for toughest talks yet

    LONDON, Nov. 3 (JTA) — Unlike previous efforts at Middle East summitry, this week’s Clinton-Barak-Arafat meeting in Oslo did not aim at achieving any dramatic breakthroughs. Instead, the three leaders had the more modest goal of creating a positive atmosphere as Israel and the Palestinian Authority embark on their most difficult negotiations to date —…

  • Former British chief rabbi dies at 78

    LONDON, Nov. 1 (JTA) — Britain’s former chief rabbi has died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage at 78. Lord Jakobovits, who died Sunday, was the leader of Britain’s Jewish community from 1967 until 1991. His successor, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, called him “the outstanding rabbinic figure of his generation.” Jakobovits was born in Germany in 1921….

  • Web list is bid to shame husbands

    LONDON, Nov. 1 (JTA) — An Orthodox rabbi in London is preparing to name and shame estranged husbands who refuse to give their wives a Jewish divorce that would enable them to remarry according to Jewish law. Rabbi Pini Dunner of the Saatchi Synagogue in London said the names will be posted on his shul’s…

  • Russia looks at artwork stolen from Jews

    LONDON, Oct. 27 (JTA) — Gerta Silberberg has come one step closer to regaining artworks that the Nazis looted from her family. The 85-year-old British widow lives modestly in northern England, but is the sole heir to an art fortune that remains scattered around the world. She welcomed word that Russia has agreed to take…

  • Reports: Syrian leader’s brother plotting against him

    LONDON, Oct. 25 (JTA) — The brother of ailing Syrian President Hafez Assad has reportedly offered British mercenaries tens of thousands of dollars to join his side in a struggle for Syrian succession. According to the London Sunday Times, the mercenaries were approached in London and asked to help protect Rifa’at Assad’s property in the…

  • World Jewish Congress troubled by pope’s planned Saddam meeting

    LONDON, Aug. 31 (JTA) — The World Jewish Congress finds it “deeply troubling” that the pope plans to meet Iraqi President Saddam Hussein in early December. Pope John Paul II will visit Iraq for three days starting Dec. 2, in a trip that will include a helicopter visit to the town of Ur, the traditional…

  • Palestinian scholar dismisses attack on his reputation as work of ‘Zionist

    LONDON, Aug. 31 (JTA) — A prominent Palestinian intellectual is attacking allegations that he fabricated portions of his personal history so he could claim he was a refugee. The allegations against Edward Said, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, were made in September’s Commentary magazine by Israeli academic Justus Weiner, who spent…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Survey: South African Jews retain divided identities in post-apartheid era

    LONDON, Aug. 29 (JTA) — More than 60 percent of South Africa’s estimated 100,000 Jews do not see a long-term future for the Jewish community there, according to a new report. But 54 percent of the 1,000 South African Jews polled by the London-based Institute of Jewish Policy Review and the Kaplan Center for Jewish…

  • Ex-slave laborers say German firms lack sensitivity to the victims in talks

    LONDON, Aug. 29 (JTA) — British Jews forced to work as slave laborers in Nazi Germany are bitter about the attitude adopted by German negotiators at last week’s compensation talks in Bonn. “They don’t seem to feel they owe us anything,” said Rudy Kennedy of London, who attended the talks that ended with both sides…

  • Eichmann aide, still hiding in Syria, may face trial for crimes in France

    LONDON, Aug. 29 (JTA) — French prosecutors are expected this week to indict Alois Brunner, who played a key logistical role in the Holocaust, on charges of crimes against humanity. Brunner, 87, was private secretary to Adolf Eichmann, chief engineer of the Holocaust, who was tried and executed in Israel in 1961. Brunner, whose trial…