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JERUSALEM (JTA) — The U.S. State Department is re-examining the travel warning it issued on travel to Israel shortly after Palestinian violence erupted last September.

On March 29, the assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern affairs, Edward Walker, acknowledged the impact the advisory has had on tourism to Israel.

The review comes on the heels of a TWA decision last week to suspend all flights on its New York to Israel route, citing business considerations having nothing to do with the security situation in Israel.

The move left people stranded at JFK and Ben-Gurion Airports, and left many wondering how they would get to Israel for Passover.

Meanwhile, El Al Israel Airlines said Tuesday it will stop flying to Vienna and will offer flights to Copenhagen only in the peak summer months. In addition, El Al will reduce the number of its flights to Manchester, England.

"These routes are not profitable for us," an airline spokeswoman said Tuesday

6 decades later, Nazi sentenced for murder

PRAGUE (JTA) — A German court sentenced a former Nazi SS officer to 12 years in jail for killing seven Jewish prisoners in 1945 as they dug trenches in what is now the Czech Republic.

Czech Jewish leaders welcomed Tuesday's conviction of 83-year-old Julius Viel. "It sends an important message that such people, even after 60 years, cannot and should not escape justice," said Tomas Kraus, executive director of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities.

German media dubbed the case the nation's "last Nazi war crimes trial."

Restituted art sells for twice the estimate

LONDON (JTA) — A collection of artworks restituted through the efforts of the World Jewish Congress fetched just over $500,000, more than twice the pre-sale estimate, at a Sotheby's auction here on March 29.

The 54 works on paper by Austrian artist Max Klinger from the Gustav and Clara Stein Kirstein Collection were part of the first group of Nazi-looted art to be restituted through the WJC's Commission for Art Recovery.