The U.S. Attorney's Office in New York has arrested 17 people for participating in a $42.5 million fraud at the Claims Conference.
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A former FBI agent who outed himself as the "Deep Throat" of the Watergate scandal is not Jewish, though Nixon and his aides believed he was. Mark Felt, 91, revealed himself to Vanity Fair this week as the best-known anonymous source of the last century.
Israel claims that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has no jurisdiction to rule on the West Bank security barrier, but at the same time, the government is preparing detailed legal, security and diplomatic arguments and an intensive public relations campaign.
The government also announced this week that it may make significant changes in the fence's route, ahead of the Feb. 23 proceedings at The Hague.
Survivors are suing the commission on Nazi-era insurance claims, a commissioner has called for the resignation of its chief and Jewish officials handling the claims acknowledge serious problems.
But they also say there probably isn't a better way to dole out the claims.
The anger and frustration some lawmakers and survivors feel toward the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims peaked last week when several survivors filed suit, claiming the organization was delaying payments.
California's insurance commissioner, John Garamendi, a member of the commission, later joined the suit and called for the resignation of the commission's chairman, former U.S. Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.
Since she fled the former Soviet Union more than a decade ago, Anya Verkhovskaya has come more than full circle.
Virtually all Jews locked up in concentration camps, ghettos and similar places of incarceration during the Holocaust may now apply for compensation from a newly created $5 billion German foundation.
Three out of every four insurance policy claims submitted by Holocaust survivors or heirs of victims are being rejected by European insurers.
State Sen. Tom Hayden handed Quackenbush a petition that called for the suspension of 64 insurance companies practicing in California which have failed to honor Holocaust-era claims.