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  • Jewish groups repair, manage once-abandoned Kosovo schools

    LONDON, Aug. 25 (JTA) — Children are again learning in two Kosovo schools that were abandoned during the recent Balkan war, thanks to the efforts of two Jewish organizations. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and the World ORT Union, the worldwide educational and training network, got the two schools functioning again. A total of…

  • 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…

  • Conductor Zubin Mehta admits he has illegitimate son living in the Jewish state

    LONDON, Aug. 23 (JTA) — Conductor and musical director Zubin Mehta has admitted that he is the father of an 8-year-old illegitimate Israeli boy. An interviewer for the London Sunday Telegraph this week mentioned rumors that Zubin Mehta had “a smattering of illegitimate children from various affairs” during the course of his 30-year marriage to…

  • 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…

  • Hamas gets $5 million gift from Iran to launch terror attacks, paper says

    LONDON, Aug. 15 (JTA) — Iranian intelligence recently transferred some $5 million to Hamas to fund terrorist attacks on Israeli targets, according to the Sunday Telegraph newspaper here. The money, reportedly paid into the accounts of Hamas officials in Jordan in late July, was the first in a series of monthly payments being made in…

  • 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…

  • Former Warsaw Ghetto escapee accused of persecuting Polish hero

    LONDON, Aug. 12 (JTA) — A 79-year-old Jewish woman who escaped from the Warsaw Ghetto is facing extradition to Poland on charges of fabricating evidence that led to the postwar execution of a Polish war hero. Helena Brus — then known as Helena Wolinska — survived the war as a partisan fighter and after the…

  • British minister for the Mideast wrote intensely anti-Israel articles

    LONDON, Aug. 8 (JTA) — Britain’s new foreign minister with special responsibility for the Middle East, who once called for Israel to be “dismantled,” is now trying to woo the Jewish community. Peter Hain, a leading British anti-racist campaigner who was appointed July 29, said his own history of outspoken support for the creation of…

  • British minister for the Mideast wrote intensely anti-Israel articles

    LONDON, Aug. 5 (JTA) — A leading British anti-racist campaigner who once called for Israel to be “dismantled” has been appointed foreign minister with special responsibility for the Middle East. Peter Hain, who arrived in Britain at the age of 16 when his anti-apartheid parents were forced to leave South Africa, has never retracted his…