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We have often been somewhat critical of some of the war reparations class-action lawsuits filed against Germany and other European countries. Given the relatively paltry sums realized as measured against the horrors of the Holocaust, they tend to provide unwarranted public absolution, as if money could ever compensate. Moreover, the large number of entitled claimants meant that only the lawyers involved would realize significant sums.
Yet we welcome the recent reinstatement by a federal court of a lawsuit brought against the French national railway, Societ? Nationale des Chemins de Fer. The suit charges that the railway delivered 72,000 Jews and others to Nazi concentration camps to their deaths during World War II and billed the German and French governments per person, per kilometer.
A lower court had dismissed the suit on the grounds that the railroad was immune to suit under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976.
Whatever the concerns we have with aspects of Holocaust-related lawsuits, this case is different and the coffers of the Societ? Nationale des Chemins de Fer should be suitably emptied.
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Desperate people take what they can, seizing opportunity to advance their main goal; the Arabs don’t
There was a glaring void in the President’s State of the Union speech: Israel.
Let’s focus not on becoming an ATM for that little bundle of joy, but on what you can save in taxes.
Israel has some wild places left; places to reflect and think, to get lost, to try to find ourselves
The British government assured Anglo-Jewry that it is attacking the rising levels of anti-Semitism.
Obama’s Syrian policy failures created the current situation in the Golan Heights.
Our journey begins by attempting to see things differently, only then can we be open to change.
Despite Western ‘Conventional Wisdom&PC,’ the Arab/Israeli conflict was never about the Palestinians
Confrontation & accountability, proven techniques, might also help dealing with religious terrorists
In fact, wherever you see soldiers in Paris today, you pretty much know you’re near Jewish site
Inspired by the Perek Shira pasuk for “small non-kosher animals” we named the bunny “Rebbetzin Tova”
The abuse following publication proved a cautionary tale: no one followed in Peters’s footsteps
Plainly, there is no guiding hand dictating choices across the board.
In this particular case, the issue was whether the Arkansas prison system could prohibit, for security reasons, a devout Muslim’s maintaining a beard of a certain length as a matter of religious practice.
Despite the president’s respectable anti-terrorism record, he doubtless has little interest in being identified with anything that might suggest, however tangentially, criticism of Muslims or Islam.
One wonders what connection that rejection has with turning to the ICC, which would allow the Palestinians to bring war-crime charges against individual Israelis and is certainly one more step away from seeking a negotiated settlement.
In the NPR interview, Mr. Obama said Iran could become a “very successful regional power” if it agreed to a long-term nuclear deal.
Thus, despite the increasingly serious problems for the mayor arising out of the current anti-police protests, Mr. de Blasio apparently will be cut no slack by those who seem to be aiming for a significant role in running the city from the streets and who will do whatever they can to prevent their momentum from ebbing.
Despite strong pressure to throw the book at the accused, Mr. Thompson allowed him to plead guilty to assault.
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