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  • 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…

  • Syrian minister hurls personal abuse at Arafat for his stance in peace talks

    LONDON, Aug. 4 (JTA) — Syrian anger at the Palestinian leadership erupted into a full-frontal assault when Syrian Defense Minister Mustafa Tlas described Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat as the “son of 60,000 whores.” The outburst by the veteran Syrian minister came during an address Monday at Ras al-Ain, in the Bekaa Valley of eastern…

  • Heirs of French Holocaust victims to be compensated by British bank

    LONDON, Aug. 4 (JTA) — One of Britain’s largest financial institutions, Barclays Bank, is establishing a $3.6 million fund to compensate the heirs of its Jewish customers in France whose accounts were seized during World War II. In making the offer, the bank has broken with eight French financial institutions that were also named in…

  • Former WWII refugee to sue Poland to reclaim property seized after war

    LONDON, Aug. 4 (JTA) — A refugee from Nazi Germany who found sanctuary in Britain just before World War II says he will sue the Polish government for confiscating his family’s property after the war. Peter Koppenheim, 68, of Manchester, said his father and grandfather abandoned a thriving property business in Breslau when they fled…

  • Assad’s nephew meets with Arafat amid word of Syrian succession struggle

    LONDON, Aug. 2 (JTA) — A meeting between a nephew of Syrian President Hafez Assad and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat is stoking an intra-Arab feud and igniting speculation about a future struggle for succession in Syria. Sumer Assad, son of former Syrian Vice President Rifa’at Assad, told the London-based daily newsletter Mideast Mirror over…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Turkey-Iran dispute heats up; some worry about regional war

    LONDON, Aug. 1 (JTA) — With international attention firmly fixed on the slowly evolving Middle East peace process, there are growing anxieties about the possibility of war between Turkey and Iran. The gathering conflict between the two non-Arab nations — Turkey, Israel’s closest regional ally, and Iran, its most bitter foe — is over a…

  • Children of Holocaust victim claim London gallery painting was father’s

    LONDON, Aug. 1 (JTA) — The Tate Gallery here is facing a claim for a $300,000 painting made by the children of a Jewish banker shot to death by the Nazis in 1937. Two brothers and their sister who fled to England from Dusseldorf, Germany, soon after their father’s death say that “View of Hampton…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Assad extends no olive branch to Arafat in his peace campaign

    LONDON, July 25 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad has evidently concluded that openness is an essential ingredient in his diplomatic engagement with Israel. And his spin doctors have been working overtime in recent weeks to open a small gap in the veil that perpetually shrouds the opaque regime in Damascus. Through British-based journalist Patrick…