April 12, 2001
Auschwitz Disco Ordered Closed
The governor of the Polish province of Krakow ordered the closure of a disco located in a former tannery where inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp worked. The dance club, located about one mile from the main Auschwitz camp, opened last summer after local authorities ignored protests and granted an investor a permit to operate the disco.
Groups Want U.S. to Give Rewards
Jewish organizations are concerned about a U.S. State Department report released late last month that said the United States still will not offer rewards for information about American citizens killed by Palestinian terrorists.
In the semiannual report, the State Department said its international program offering rewards for information leading to the arrest or conviction of terrorists who have hurt U.S. citizens does not apply to Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
British Media Called Biased
Biased British media coverage of the Middle East crisis is contributing to an increase in anti-Semitic attacks in Britain, the director general of Britain's Board of Deputies warned.
Writing in the latest edition of the quarterly Journalist's Handbook, Neville Nagler said the British media "must realize the danger of unbalanced, biased news coverage."
Coalition Takes on Religious Right
A coalition bringing together Jewish and Christian groups in the United States is mounting a challenge to the religious right on issues such as abortion and welfare reform.
The Progressive Religious Partnership says clergy and lay leaders should play a more powerful role in the ongoing national dialogue about morality and politics.
TWA Customers File Lawsuit
Frustrated TWA customers filed a class action lawsuit against the bankrupt airline for suspending its New York-Israel route just before Passover.
The lawsuit, filed April 4 in Brooklyn, seeks unspecified compensatory damages.
Rice Berates Egypt Over Arafat
U.S. National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice had a heated exchange with Egypt's foreign minister last week, according to Israel Radio.
Rice told Amre Moussa that Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat is responsible for terror attacks, adding that Egyptian officials have not done enough to convey to Arafat the danger of his actions.
All briefs from Jewish Telegraphic Agency.