Residents of Jerusalem, still reeling from two Palestinian terrorist attacks in six days that killed three Israelis and injured dozens, were anxiously awaiting implementation of a plan proposed this week to increase security in Israel’s capital city.
“The Zionist enterprise cannot survive if Israel becomes the most dangerous place for Jews [to live],” Housing Minister Natan Sharansky ominously told Jewish American leaders here Tuesday.
With no fanfare and little debate, the Claims Conference has overturned its controversial 17-year policy of setting aside 20 percent of its allocations for Holocaust education.
As a result, the group has decided to pump another $112 million into social-service programs for survivors over the next four years while freezing funds for educational, documentation and research projects at $18 million annually.
Fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip’s major power plant resumed Wednesday, four days after the plant closed down in response to the European Union’s refusal to continue paying for the fuel without assurances that none of its money was being diverted for other purposes, including terrorism.
An Albanian Muslim whose father was honored by Israel for saving Jews during the Holocaust, was granted political asylum last week by a judge in Boston after he testified that Islamic fundamentalists threatened him and his family if he stayed in Albania.
“Thank you, thank you,” Bujar Veselaj told Immigration Judge Robin Suter after she ruled that his testimony was “extremely credible” and that he and his family had faced not only persecution but “extreme psychological torture.”
A leader of the Jewish community in Argentina said here last week that Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’s recent state visit to Buenos Aires has placed the Jewish community on alert.
“We’ll be observing to see if relations between Iran and Venezuela bring problems to Jews in Argentina and other Latin American countries,” said Angel Schindel, first vice president of the DAIA, Argentina’s Jewish political umbrella group representing 140 institutions.
The water from the torrential rain that flooded the basement of Congregation Beth Shalom Chabad in Mineola, L.I., last month may have done significant damage to the shul, but its rabbi is looking ahead — even as he laid to rest an irreparably damaged Torah.
The water from a fierce storm that hit Mineola in mid-July was pumped out ahead of any mold damage and nearly 6,000 irreparably damaged prayer books and sacred works were placed in a repository.
The promise of Saudi Arabia Wednesday to attend this fall’s American-sponsored regional conference on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis received mixed reviews from analysts — one called it a “welcome development” while another was wary of strings that might be attached.
Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal told a press conference that his country is “interested in the peace conference ... and will discuss it and we will make sure that we attend the conference.
The New York Jewish community opened its pocketbook after Israel was attacked by Hezbollah last summer, contributing $45 million to a special UJA-Federation Israel Emergency Campaign, the group announced last week. That money — added to $151 million from its annual campaign, $44 million from planned giving and endowments and $51.5 million in capital gifts — helped the organization raise a record $290 million for the fiscal year that ended June 30. That was a whopping $80 million more than the previous record set just last year.
The war on terror has spread to America’s federal prisons — and Jewish inmates appear to have become unintended victims.
Fearful that some religious books — particularly those of Muslims — might promote “violence and radicalization,” the federal Bureau of Prisons has removed all but 150 books per religion from its prison chapels. As a result, Jewish inmates who have long had access to hundreds of Jewish books, complain that now even the Torah is denied to them.
President George W. Bush’s highly touted speech this week on the Israeli-Palestinian crisis was viewed critically by many analysts, and even White House officials backed off the hyperbole to stress that the administration was merely limiting its efforts to strengthening the government of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.