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  • 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 ▸

  • News Brief

    The World Zionist Organization approved a new platform. At its annual conference in Jerusalem, the WZO updated its Jerusalem Program, the Zionist tenets on which the institution rests, which first were passed in 1951. More ▸

  • News Brief

    The annual conference of the World Zionist Organization is focused on anti-Semitism. Opening the annual Zionist General Council at Israel’s Mount Herzl on Tuesday night, Israeli President Moshe Katsav compared the tenor of Theodor Herzl’s time to today’s. More ▸

  • Never Again? Anti-semitism is Rising to Historic Levels, Writes Adl’s Foxman

    If Abraham Foxman’s predictions are right, “we currently face as great a threat to the safety and security of the Jewish people as the one we faced in the 1930s — if not a greater one.” That’s the case the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, a child Holocaust survivor, makes in his new book,… More ▸

  • Obituary Simcha Dinitz, Jewish Agency Head and Ambassador to U.s., Dead at 74

    It was October 1973, the Yom Kippur War was raging and Israel was facing the abyss. Kalman Sultanik, a World Zionist Organization executive, was riding through New York City with Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Simcha Dinitz, when Dinitz interrupted to call U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. “Kissinger called him back right away,”… More ▸

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    About 850 workers at the Jewish Agency for Israel and World Zionist Organization agreed to pay cuts, and 50 staffers will be laid off. Overseas emissaries also will be reduced by about 10 percent, according to Israel’s daily Ha’aretz. More ▸

  • Israel’s New Settlement Policy: Move Jews to Arab Areas of Galilee

    Israel is launching a drive to settle Jews in a region awash with Arabs — but its plans are not for the West Bank or Gaza Strip. For the first time in the history of the World Zionist Organization, the group’s settlement department is planning settlements inside the Green Line, the boundary that divides Israel… More ▸

  • After Debate, Claims Conference Votes to Continue Education Funding

    The main Holocaust reparations organization is standing fast in its policy of using some restitution money to pay for Holocaust education, despite calls to spend all of the funds on needy survivors. The 57-member board of directors of the Conference of Jewish Material Claims Against Germany voted unanimously Tuesday to continue spending 20 percent from… More ▸

  • JDC Deflects Criticism of Ads Raising Money for Hungry Israelis

    The passage of an Israeli government resolution criticizing fund raising that depicts Israelis as poor and hungry has outraged one of American Jewry’s chief charities. Steven Schwager, executive vice president of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, sent a memo to federation leaders and the JDC’s own board of directors Wednesday, rejecting the notion that… More ▸