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April 23, 2004 - Image 20

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2004-04-23

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Zurich/JTA — Switzerland boycotted
a ceremony honoring a Swiss citizen
who saved Jews during World War II.
The country's ambassador to Israel
was ordered to stay away from the cer-
emony honoring Paul Grueninger
because it was held in Pisgat Ze'ev, a
Jerusalem neighborhood that came
into Israeli hands during the 1967 Six-
Day War.
Grueninger is a former Swiss police
commander who provided more than
3,600 Jewish refugees fleeing the
Nazis with false papers, enabling them
to seek refuge in neutral Switzerland.
As a result of his actions, Grueninger
lost his post as a commander, was
treated as a criminal even many years
after the war; and was forced to end
his life in poverty.
The Swiss Parliament rehabilitated
Grueninger in 1997 only after heavy
pressure from U.S. Jewish groups
and the U.S. ambassador to Switzer-
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Washington/JTA — Colin Powell will
attend a conference on anti-Semitism
in Berlin. The U.S. secretary of state
will join the U.S. delegation to the
Organization for Security and
Cooperation in Europe conference on
April 28 - 29.

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Jerusalem/JTA — A memorial siren
brought Israel to a standstill for two
minutes Monday, part of annual
observances for Yom HaShoah.
Flags throughout the country were
at half-staff for the 24-hour memorial,
and Israeli television showed films and
documentary footage of the
Holocaust.

Swiss Funds Urged In FSU

New York/JTA — Most money left
from the $1.25 billion Swiss banks
settlement likely will go to poor
Holocaust survivors in the former
Soviet Union.
In his recommendation this week,
the special master in the case echoed
U.S. District Court Judge Edward

Korman. So- far, Korman has approved
$593 million in restitution for Swiss
account holders or their heirs, slave
laborers at German firms that used
Swiss banks, Jewish refugees from
Switzerland and various humanitarian
programs.

Lawmaker Likely To Lose

Paris/JTA — One of Europe's leading
pro-Israel legislators is unlikely to
return to the European Parliament fol-
lowing elections in June.
French Socialist Francois Zimeray
was not chosen for a high position on
the party's list at a closed-door meet-
ing of the party's National Committee
in Paris. Zimeray has been heavily
involved in demanding that the
European Union investigate the mis-
use of funding it has provided to the
Palestinian Authority.

Mossad Trial In New Zealand

Sydney, Australia/JTA — Two Israelis
alleged to be Mossad agents appeared
in a New Zealand court.
Uri Zoshi Kelman, 30, and Eli
Cara, 50, have denied the charges
against them. The New Zealand
Herald reported that senior govern-
ment ministers believed the men were
Mossad agents.

• igh

T ISSUE
Palestinians continue to claim they
))
are waging legal "grassroots
protests against Israeli policies and
"occupation." Their use of weapon-
ry belies the truth.

BEHIND THE ISSUE
In addition to firing automatic
weapons at Israelis -- weapons
issued to the Palestinian Authority
security forces for peacekeeping as
part of the Oslo accord — organ-
ized Palestinian attackers have just
this week used Kassam ground-to-
ground rockets, fragmentation
grenades and anti-tank missiles. All
are illegally possessed, - according to
those same accords.

— Allan Gale, Jewish .Community.

Council ofMetropolitan Detroit

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