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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 —…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Palestinian intellectual fabricated his personal history, writer asserts

    LONDON, Aug. 24 (JTA) — An intellectual powerhouse of the Palestinian cause fabricated his past to promote himself as a symbol of dispossession and exile, according to the September issue of Commentary magazine. Edward Said, professor of English and comparative literature at Columbia University, has always claimed to have spent his formative years at his…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Documents reveal Ford was part of the Auschwitz industrial complex

    LONDON, Aug. 22 (JTA) — While Auschwitz is synonymous with the Nazi destruction of European Jewry, little attention has been given to the thriving industrial and commercial complex that was built adjacent to the camp. That changed last week, when the Auschwitz archive provided further evidence last week that the German operation of Ford Motor…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arab states nervous Palestinians may be in their countries to stay

    LONDON, Aug. 16 (JTA) — Prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinians are bringing harsh facts of life into sharp focus for Arab leaders. Not only will they be losing the Palestinian issue as a cornerstone of Arab unity and pan-Arab ideology, but they will be gaining a demographic problem that is, to a…

  • Saudis continue volley of criticism leveled at Arafat in the Arab world

    LONDON, Aug. 15 (JTA) — As Israel and the Palestinians appear to be removing obstacles that have hindered their march to peace, moves to discredit Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat are intensifying in the Arab world. Publicly snubbed by Kuwait and verbally abused by Syria in recent weeks, Arafat was the subject of a ferocious…