U.S. Report

NEW YORK (JTA) — A man accused of being a Nazi concentration camp guard during World War II could have his U.S. citizenship revoked. Federal prosecutors say Jakiw Palij, 78, was an armed guard at Trawniki, an SS slave-labor camp in Poland.

The U.S. Justice Department alleges that Palij, a resident of Queens, played a key role in the Holocaust by rounding up, guarding and helping to murder Jews.

Campaign launched to better Israel's image

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A campaign has been launched to improve Israel's image in the United States. A series of television advertisements are already airing on television news channels in Washington, with plans to make the campaign national.

"I really firmly believe the U.S.-Israeli relationship is in serious danger," said Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, a Washington political consultant, who is organizing the effort. The initiative, funded by individual donations and family foundations, is seeking $10 million to reach its goal.

Dancers to perform at Holocaust Museum

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A dance company will perform a special tribute in Washington for Holocaust survivors.

The Beloit College Chelonia Dance Company will give a national premiere at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum of "Wreath of Memories," a work inspired by the story of the children of the Terezin ghetto. The backdrop for the performance includes images of drawings and poems that children created at Terezin.

81 Israeli students thrive in robot contest

HARTFORD, Conn. (JTA) — Eighty-one Israeli students joined 500 contestants to participate in the Ninth Annual Trinity College Fire Fighting Robot Contest.

One hundred-eighty robots competed in Hartford on April 20-21 in what is billed as the largest public robot competition in the world.

Teams from Israel placed first, second and fourth in the high school division; and second in the senior division.