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  • Assad may drop Hezbollah support for peace with Israel, observer says

    LONDON, June 29 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad may be preparing to abandon his support for the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement in Lebanon just as he abandoned Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, according to the editor of a leading London-based Arabic daily. Writing in al-Quds al-Arabi on Monday, Abdelbari Atwan said Assad’s failure to condemn…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Former Kindertransport refugees gather for a last full-scale reunion

    LONDON, June 27 (JTA) — Between 1938 and 1940, some 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Poland were plucked from the imminent threat of the Nazi inferno and brought to safety in Britain. Earlier this month, with age increasingly taking its toll, survivors of the Kindertransport, or children’s transport, converged on London from all over…

  • British judges clash over whether Nazi should serve his life sentence

    LONDON, June 24 (JTA) — Two British judges are disputing the length of time a convicted war criminal should spend in jail. Anthony Sawoniuk, 78, was sentenced to life in prison last April after he was found guilty of having killed Jews as a member of the pro-Nazi local police force in the Belarus village…

  • Controversial Cousteau letter found

    LONDON, June 21 (JTA) — The biographer of Jacques Cousteau has uncovered evidence that the late underwater explorer harbored anti-Semitic attitudes. A letter written 58 years ago by Cousteau during the wartime rule of the pro-Nazi Vichy government was published last week in the French daily Le Monde after being found by the biographer. The…

  • Hezbollah gunmen reported ready to open new battle front in Lebanon

    LONDON, June 16 (JTA) — Iranian-backed Hezbollah gunmen are poised to escalate their attacks on positions occupied by Israel and the Israeli-allied South Lebanese Army in the southern Lebanon security zone, according to the London-based newsletter Foreign Report. Two weeks after the SLA withdrew from the Christian enclave of Jezzine, Hezbollah is now planning to…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Artwork taken by Nazis returned, opening the door to further claims

    LONDON, June 7 (JTA) — When German authorities hand over a $5 million sketch by Van Gogh to Gerta Silberberg in the next few weeks, a small fragment of a destroyed world will be returned. The 85-year-old widow greeted with mixed emotions last Friday’s news that the umbrella body representing most of Germany’s museums, the…

  • Assad said ready for negotiations as Barak plans for Golan withdrawal

    LONDON, June 6 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad is about to embark on direct peace talks with Israel without prior consultation with the Palestinians, according to sources in Damascus. The sources’ comments come amid reports in Israel that Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak has devised a plan for concluding a peace agreement with Syria that…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD British group launches campaign to honor man as Righteous Gentile

    LONDON, June 3 (JTA) — Unlike the legendary Oskar Schindler, Albert Gustave Bedane’s acts of courage were not enacted in the horror-filled world of wartime Poland. His heroism was played out on British soil — on the Nazi-occupied Channel Island of Jersey, which now glories in a reputation as a tax haven and home to…

  • Report: With West busy in Serbia, Iraq buying nuclear arms material

    LONDON, June 3 (JTA) — Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is exploiting NATO’s preoccupation with the Balkans by accelerating the search for components used in nonconventional weapons, according to the London-based newsletter Foreign Report. Quoting Middle East sources, the newsletter said Saddam’s representatives abroad have been ordered to purchase equipment for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic…

  • British rabbi: Millennium should be Christian, religious celebration

    LONDON, June 2 (JTA) — Britain’s official millennium celebrations should be marked with Christian prayers, according to the nation’s chief rabbi. Citing the religious nature of the millennium, Jonathan Sacks said Tuesday that it is by definition a Christian celebration. “It is not and cannot be a Jewish moment or a Muslim moment,” he said….