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  • As Ruling Nears in Swiss Bank Case, Groups Demand a Piece of the Money

    A chunk of the remaining money in the $1.25 billion Holocaust-era Swiss banks settlement seems headed to the poorest of Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet Union. That was the most likely scenario after the presiding judge in the case, Edward Korman of the U.S. District Court of Eastern New York, issued a scathing rebuke… More ▸

  • Some Swiss Jews Shed Jewish Signs After Anti-semitic Incidents Create Fear

    Anti-Semitic incidents are causing fear among some Jews in Switzerland — and prompting the government to call for a conference on the issue. A Jewish researcher who often wears a Star of David says she recently was attacked in a campus elevator by Arab students. In another incident, the researcher said, an Arab student refused… More ▸

  • Swiss Legislators Blast Government for Its Support of the ‘geneva Accord’

    Swiss legislators are criticizing their government for offering financial and logistical support to the “Geneva accord” initiative for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Foreign Minister Micheline Calmy-Rey came under fire Tuesday from some legislators and a group called the Swiss Taxpayer Association. “The support of the so-called Geneva initiative is a waste of taxpayers’ money,” the association’s president,… More ▸

  • Swiss Police Raid the Offices of Local Group Linked to Hamas

    Swiss police have raided the branch office of a pro-Palestinian organization. The police recently searched offices and apartments where the organization, known as Pro-PLO, was operating in Schaffhausen, a city 30 miles east of Zurich. Police arrested several people and confiscated a computer and other materials, said Patric Illi, founder of the group. A Swiss… More ▸

  • Swiss Holocaust Denier Working for Muslim Jihad As Well, He Tells JTA

    A Swiss Holocaust denier took a job as a liaison between Islamic organizations and a European Neo-Nazi group, he has revealed to JTA. “A few years ago, my friends in the Iran regime motivated me to function as go-between with the international Revisionist Szene and the Islamic groups in Europe,” Albert “Ahmed” Huber told JTA…. More ▸

  • Swiss Group Boycotts Israeli and Jewish Products

    More than a dozen Palestinian and left-wing organizations in Switzerland are calling for a boycott of Israeli consumer goods to protest Israeli policy toward the Palestinians. The boycott is aimed not only at Israeli products, but also at products of Jewish-owned businesses. Organizers concede that the campaign is unlikely to have a significant impact on… More ▸

  • Mideast Terror Link Suspected in Probe of Swiss Islamic Center

    The trail of international terrorism against Jews has reached the Swiss city of Biel. French and Spanish investigators asked Swiss police recently to probe an official at the Islamic Center of Biel, who is suspected of channeling money to the Al-Qaida terrorists who perpetrated an attack on a synagogue in Djerba, Tunisia, in April 2002…. More ▸

  • Uproar over Swiss Officials’ Letter Condoning Suicide Attacks on Israel

    Swiss legislators are calling for the dismissal of a senior Foreign Ministry official who wrote a letter that appeared to sanction terrorist attacks against Israel. In his letter to the Swiss-based group “Pro-PLO,” the head of the ministry’s Middle East department, Amb. Thomas Kupfer, described Palestinian suicide bombers as “resistance fighters” who did not “obtain… More ▸

  • Swiss President Retreats on Vow Made to Help Holocaust Survivors

    The president of Switzerland has backtracked on a vow to help Holocaust survivors made by a predecessor. In an interview this week, Swiss President Kaspar Villiger said it would not be legally possible to make payments to survivors or Jewish groups from a $5 billion foundation to help victims of genocide, war and natural disasters…. More ▸

  • Swiss Keep Kosher Slaughter Ban, but Will Guarantee Import of Meat

    Switzerland has decided not to ease a ban on kosher slaughter. But the Swiss government did promise Swiss Jewish leaders last week that the import of kosher meat will be guaranteed by law, according to a spokeswomen for Economy Minister Pasqual Couchepin. “The decision was made in close cooperation with the Swiss Federations of Jewish… More ▸