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  • Jordanian king: Ties with Israel take back seat to Arab relations

    LONDON, April 12 (JTA) — Jordan’s King Abdullah has pledged he would never pursue relations with Israel “at the expense” of relations with fellow Arab countries, including Iraq, Syria, Egypt, or with the Palestinian self-rule government. “With the new reign, we are opening a clean sheet with everyone based on mutual respect,” Abdullah told the…

  • Jewish roots of the ‘Waltz King’ emerge amid planned celebrations

    LONDON, April 5 (JTA) — As Austrian organizers plan celebrations to mark the centenary of the death of “Waltz King” Johann Strauss in June, reports are emerging that when the Nazis co-opted Strauss as a great “German” composer and incorporated his music into the pantheon of Teutonic cultural achievements, they carefully airbrushed out his Jewish…

  • Britain’s first war crimes trial ends with conviction of retiree

    LONDON, April 5 (JTA) — British Jewish leaders are hailing the two life sentences given a man convicted of murdering 18 Jews during World War II while serving in a Nazi-allied police unit in Belarus during World War II. After a two-month trial in Britain’s first war crimes prosecution, Anthony Sawoniuk, a 78-year-old retired British…

  • Report: Serbia and Iraq forging military alliance to combat Allies

    LONDON, March 29 (JTA) — The two international pariahs, Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, have entered a secret military alliance that will improve their ability to defy the West and withstand Allied bombing raids, according to reports this week in London. There is also mounting concern that Moscow, which opposes military action against…

  • Suit seeks to declassify papers in Israeli Embassy blast in London

    LONDON, March 28 (JTA) — Lawyers for two Palestinians jailed for their role in the August 1994 bombing of the Israeli Embassy here are scheduled this week to challenge a decision by Britain’s MI5 intelligence agency to suppress two documents that show the agency had prior knowledge of the attack. The disclosure that MI5 knew…

  • Report: Iraq’s Hussein trying to set up suicide bomber squad

    LONDON, March 21 (JTA) — Plans by Saddam Hussein to assemble a group of 60 suicide pilots to attack U.S. and British military targets are being hampered by the Iraqi leader’s inability to trust the volunteers to carry out their missions, according to reports from Western intelligence sources in London. Saddam has appealed for volunteers…

  • Terrorist Abu Nidal is in Cairo, says biographer of Syria’s Assad

    LONDON, March 16 (JTA) — Top international terrorist Abu Nidal is alive and well and living in Cairo, according to an article in the London-based daily Al-Hayat on Tuesday. Noted Arabist Patrick Seale, a biographer of Syrian President Hafez Assad and reportedly close to the Syrian regime, said Abu Nidal — the nom de guerre…

  • British publishers compete over Anne Frank biographies

    LONDON, March 2 (JTA) — Three of Britain’s most prestigious publishing houses are engaged in a big-money tussle over what each claims to be the “definitive” biography of Anne Frank. The rival biographies will be published later this month to mark the 70th anniversary of the birth of Frank, one of the most enduring and…

  • Croatia to revisit wartime past as camp commander stands trial

    LONDON, Feb. 28 (JTA) — Croatia’s determination to confront its fascist past will be tested this week, when the trial of a commander of the country’s largest World War II concentration camp begins. On Thursday, Dinko Sakic, a commander at Jasenovac— known as the “Auschwitz of the Balkans” — will be indicted on charges of…

  • Kurdish leader calls on Jews to push Turkey for settlement

    LONDON, Feb. 28 (JTA) — A senior Kurdish political source with close ties to the separatist Kurdistan Workers Party is calling on Jewish leaders throughout the world to pressure Turkey to seek a political settlement with the separatists. The call comes after three supporters of the PKK, as the Kurdish party is known, were killed…