U.S. Report

NORWALK, Conn. (JTA) — A man who told police he had prevented a firebomb attack at a synagogue here admitted he made up the story to avoid criminal charges.

Joseph Yellen had initially said that he had scared off two youths who were set to bomb Congregation Beth El in Norwalk on Nov. 2.

He later told police that he had planted the Molotov cocktails in the synagogue to support the story because he thought it would help him get a deal on charges of theft. Yellen could face a year in prison for falsely reporting the incident.

Jewish anti-Zionists praising Farrakhan

NEW YORK (JTA) — Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and leaders of a Jewish anti-Zionist group have condemned the "Zionist-controlled media" and the "Zionist lobby," according to the Final Call, the Nation of Islam's newspaper.

The recent comments came at the second meeting between Farrakhan and Neturei Karta leaders.

Rabbi Moshe Beck, who headed the Neturei Karta delegation, offered a blessing to Farrakhan generally reserved for nobility and royalty, and wished him "long life and healthy years to continue preaching the truth and doing good deeds," according to the newspaper.

Judge urged to OK Swiss bank accord

NEW YORK (JTA) — Jewish groups and lawyers for Holocaust survivors this week urged a judge to approve a $1.25 billion settlement against Swiss banks.

Hundreds of people attended the so-called fairness hearing Monday in New York. Lawyers told the judge that the overwhelming majority of the roughly half-million plaintiffs accept the lawsuit's settlement.

Conservative leader sues Jewish journalists

NEW YORK (JTA) — The head of a conservative group that has repeatedly sued the Clinton administration has filed libel lawsuits against two Jewish journalists.

Larry Klayman, chairman of Judicial Watch, said he has been unfairly attacked by the "liberal Jewish intelligentsia" because he is a "Jew who believes in Christ" and has close ties to social and economic conservatives.

The lawsuits were filed against Harvey Berkman of the National Law Journal and David Segal of the Washington Post. Lawyers for the newspapers said the suits have no merit.