Another suit was readied this week in behalf of former Nazi slave laborers living in Israel even as some Jewish leaders expressed concern with the proliferation of Holocaust-related litigation. “It’s becoming a cottage industry,” said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.
“This whole issue of restitution and reparation deals with a question of providing justice to the memory of those who are no longer here, and justice to history and individuals,” he said.
Jewish cemeteries will now be open on all secular holidays under a new, five-year contract ratified last week that ended a seven-month work stoppage at eight New York area Jewish cemeteries — the longest in history. Until now, families that wanted a funeral on holidays, such as Christmas Day or July Fourth, had to hope cemetery personnel could convince work crews to come in on their day off.
Liza Lister, 6, died from her two-year battle with leukemia the way she had wanted — in her mother’s lap. Her mother, Dr. Elena Lister, a psychiatrist and analyst at Columbia and Cornell medical centers, credits the support she received from hospice care with making that possible.
Although law enforcement officials acknowledge that there has been a 25 percent spike in bias crimes in the city since September, Crown Heights community activists claim the figures would be higher if not for a police cover-up.
“The Jews in this community are not being adequately protected,” charged Yissachardov “Barry” Sugar, president of the Jewish Leadership Council. “The police department has to [properly] characterize crimes and not play politics with my people. ...
An offer to allow an international tribunal to determine the ownership of two paintings possibly looted by the Nazis was placed in limbo this week after Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau issued a subpoena keeping them here.
As the Labor Party moved closer this week to joining Likud in a new coalition government to implement the Gaza disengagement plan, Israeli settlers stepped up their opposition by donning orange Stars of David and calling for civil disobedience against the withdrawal.
The orange Stars of David, reminiscent of the yellow stars the Jews of Europe were forced to wear by the Nazis, were to be distributed this weekend, but some settlers in Gaza began wearing them Tuesday and a picture of one of them with the star on her lapel ran on the front page of an Israeli newspaper.
Faith Abramowitz lives with her husband and two teenagers in Port Jefferson Station, on Long Island. While they used to feel like they were middle class and managing, because of illness coupled with rising expenses, they are now struggling — and really not making it at all, Abramowitz says.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit to Israel this week was seen as a veritable love-fest, reinforcing the perception that the once strained Israeli-European relationship is returning to more solid ground.