During an academic conference in Boston last month, Sasha Toperich, a multilingual native of Bosnia-Herzegovina, presented a speech on recent political developments in the Balkans.
That was appropriate — Toperich is a diplomat.
Toperich also gave a concert during the two-day conference.
That, too, was appropriate — he’s a concert pianist.
With millions of dollars in claims against Holocaust-era insurance policies still unresolved, Lawrence Eagleburger, the former U.S. secretary of state who now chairs the International Commission of Holocaust Era Insurance Claims, slammed down his gavel and stormed out of Tuesday’s commission meeting.
The outburst at the closed-door session in Washington came during a discussion of Eagleburger’s Nov. 1 decision to unilaterally terminate ICHEIC’s agreement with the Generali Trust Fund in Israel.
Libyan ruler Moammar Khaddafy met for the first time Monday with Libyan Jewish expatriates as a prelude to paying reparations to Libyan Jews who fled in the 1960s.
If Khaddafy makes good on his promise to make such payments, Libya would become the first Arab country to pay Jews who were forced to leave their homes. Jews lost $1 billion in Libya alone, officials representing the community said.
Iran is demanding that Britain, Germany and France support its efforts to obtain nuclear technology for both civilian and military purposes, alarming Western nations and bolstering American efforts to impose UN sanctions on Iran.
The Iranian demand was reported this week shortly after the London Sunday Times wrote that Israel had prepared and rehearsed a plan to destroy Iranian nuclear reactors, especially the one being built in Busheh.
To open a kosher restaurant, you have to lease the space, order food, buy pots and pans, train chefs in the laws of kashrut and hire a mashgiach.
In Athens on the eve of the Olympic Games, you also have to arrange for security guards.
“We’re very concerned about [security],” Rabbi Mendel Hendel said in a phone interview from Athens.