Germany to compensate Algeria Jews under Vichy rule

More than 25,000 Algerian Jews who Survived the Holocaust may now be eligible for compensation. (Photo courtesy: Claims Conference)
Updated 06 February 2018
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Germany to compensate Algeria Jews under Vichy rule

JERUSALEM: Germany is to pay compensation to Jews persecuted in Algeria under the rule of Vichy France in World War II, a group which works for Nazi victims announced Monday.
The Claims Conference said on its website that Jews who lived in Algeria under pro-Nazi Vichy rule which lasted from July 1940 to November 1942 would each receive 2,556.46 euros ($3,175).
“This is a long overdue recognition for a large group of Jews in Algeria who suffered anti-Jewish measures by Nazi allies like the Vichy regime,” said Greg Schneider, executive vice president of the Claims Conference.
“The Vichy government subjected these people to restrictions on education, political life, participation in civil society and employment, abolishing French citizenship and singling them out only because they were Jews.”
The Claims Conference said an estimated 25,000 Algerian Jewish Holocaust survivors are still alive around the world, and that it would open registration centers around France for claimants, with payments starting from July.
Since a first accord signed by the former West Germany in 1952, more than 800,000 Holocaust victims have received a total of over $70 billion in compensation payments, according to the New York-based Claims Conference which was established in 1951.


Turkey blocked from US F-35 program after Russian missile purchase

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Turkey blocked from US F-35 program after Russian missile purchase

  • “The US and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program"

WASHINGTON: The United States said on Wednesday that it was removing Turkey from the F-35 fighter jet program, a move that had been long threatened and expected after Ankara began accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system last week.
The first parts of the S-400 air defense system were flown to the Murted military air base northwest of Ankara on Friday, sealing Turkey’s deal with Russia, which Washington had struggled for months to prevent.
“The US and other F-35 partners are aligned in this decision to suspend Turkey from the program and initiate the process to formally remove Turkey from the program,” said Ellen Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
“The United States is spending between $500 and $600 million in non-recurring engineering in order to shift the supply chain,” she said.
Used by NATO and other US allies, the F-35 stealth fighter jet is the world’s most advanced jet fighter. Washington is concerned that deploying the S-400 with the F-35 would allow Russia to gain too much inside information of the stealth system.
“The F-35 cannot coexist with a Russian intelligence collection platform that will be used to learn about its advanced capabilities,” the White House said in a statement earlier on Wednesday.
Washington has long said the acquisition may lead to Turkey’s expulsion from the F-35 program.
The Pentagon had already laid out a plan to remove Turkey from the program, including halting any new training for Turkish pilots on the advanced aircraft.
“The situation with Turkey is a government-to-government matter and we’ll comply with any guidance issued by the United States Government,” said a spokesperson for Lockheed Martin Corp. , the prime contractor on the jet.