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  • Swiss Foreign Policy Blunders on Iran and Israel Positions

    Swiss Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey’s visit to Tehran was billed as an opportunity to deliver a stern message about the need for Iran to end its human rights violations and its threats to destroy Israel. This was according to the government’s official announcement of her March 17 diplomatic visit. As a secondary matter, the announcement… More ▸

  • Swiss Synagogue on Edge Awaiting Results of Fire Probe

    After backing off their initial claims that a fire in this Swiss city’s largest synagogue was set deliberately, Geneva police are saying they are unsure of the cause and are still investigating. The blaze in the early morning of May 24 seriously damaged the interior of the Hekhal Haness Synagogue, police spokesman Philippe Cosandey told… More ▸

  • Success in Swiss Banks Case Overshadowed by Lawyer’s Fee Row

    The success of a landmark $1.25 billion settlement for Holocaust victims risks devolving into a bitter public spat over the fee an attorney is charging on the case. A ruling is expected any day on whether Burt Neuborne, the New York University law professor who served as lead settlement counsel for survivors in the Swiss… More ▸

  • What to Do with Swiss Bank Award? Record-setting Payout Goes to Victims

    On April 14, Maria Altmann, a tall, animated lady of 89, found her story splashed on the front pages of The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. What had made her newsworthy, and had kept her phone ringing incessantly, was an award of $21.8 million to her and her extended family for losses… More ▸

  • Fires Strike Synagogue, Store in Resort Town in Switzerland

    This week’s fires in a synagogue and a Jewish-owned clothing store here are being called rare acts of anti-Semitic violence in Switzerland. “This kind of violence against Jewish institutions in Switzerland is new. Nobody remembers a similar act,” said Thomas Lyssy, a spokesman for the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities. Police are investigating both cases… More ▸

  • Agreement in Swiss Bank Case Could Mean More for Survivors

    Swiss banks and the U.S. judge overseeing a $1.25 billion settlement of Holocaust-era claims have reached an agreement that may yield hundreds of millions of dollars in additional assets for survivors and their heirs. Reached June 10 between Credit Suisse, UBS AG and the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, the agreement for the… More ▸