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  • 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…

  • Documents reveal Britain blocked U.S. plan to save Holocaust victims

    LONDON, July 21 (JTA) — The British government blocked a secret U.S. plan that would have saved thousands of Jews from Nazi concentration camps because Britain feared they would settle in Palestine, according to newly released British documents. The plan would have involved the exchange of captive Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory who held…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Radical Muslim groups hampered by internal disputes, peace climate

    LONDON, July 18 (JTA) — If ideologies were tradeable commodities, panic orders would be going out to sell Islamic radicalism. As Middle East leaders contemplate the political landscape — after the Israeli elections and before the start of the U.S. presidential campaign — they detect a small window of opportunity to surge ahead with peace…

  • Austria to begin atonement process during concert at site of Mauthausen

    LONDON, July 13 (JTA) — Austria will begin to exorcize its ghosts when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra moves from its comfortable, gilded home for a concert in the very heart of darkness: the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp. From the time it plays the opening notes to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony next May, the country…

  • U.S. rabbi gives ‘chained women’ divorces, causing a stir in Britain

    LONDON, July 12 (JTA) — A visit to Britain by a U.S. rabbi involved in the plight of Orthodox women whose husbands refuse to grant them religious divorces has provoked a bitter controversy within the British Orthodox community. The agunot, sometimes referred to as “chained women,” may be divorced according to civil law, but they…

  • United States seeks to extradite 2 suspects in embassy bombings

    LONDON, July 12 (JTA) — The United States is trying to extradite two men suspected of involvement in last year’s simultaneous bomb attacks on the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. The men, Ibrahim Hussein Adbel Hadi Eidarous, 42, and Adil Muhammad Abdul al-Majid Bari, 39 — believed to be Egyptians — were arrested on…

  • Bidders pay $90 million for pieces of Rothschild treasures and history

    LONDON, July 11 (JTA) — An art collection owned by the Austrian branch of the Rothschild banking dynasty has been auctioned in London for $90 million. The 218-piece collection — looted by the Nazis in 1938 and returned to the family by the Austrian government only last February — included 31 Old Masters, furniture, glass,…

  • Russia catalogs artwork lost by Nazi looting during war years

    LONDON, July 8 (JTA) — Officials in Russia and Scotland are confronting the issue of Nazi-looted art. Moscow has responded to demands by Jews and by Germany for the return of looted wartime artworks by producing an initial three-volume catalog of its own looted treasures. This is the first Russian attempt to quantify the extent…

  • Refugee physicist from Nazi Germany accused of being a spy for the Soviets

    LONDON, July 6 (JTA) — A German physicist who fled to Britain in 1933 to escape the Nazis is being accused of having passed vital atomic secrets to the Soviet Union during the 1940s. Former British lawmaker Rupert Allason, who writes on intelligence affairs under the name Nigel West, based his allegations against Sir Rudolph…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Assad on board the peace train because time is right, experts say

    LONDON, July 6 (JTA) — Syrian leader Hafez Assad, who has constructed his regime based on hostility to Israel, now says he is interested in talking about peace. However, the overtures raise many questions about Assad, long the most dangerous and obdurate of Israel’s neighbors, and how serious he really is about making peace. Among…