International

Split On French Boycott

05/17/2002
Staff Writer
Although Jewish leaders agree that France is experiencing the worst outbreak of anti-Semitism since the Holocaust, a rift has emerged over whether a boycott is justified while French President Jacques Chirac warns of "repercussions" if anti-French attacks persist.

'No Real Danger' From Le Pen

05/10/2002
Staff Writer
Although Jean-Marie Le Pen received one of the largest votes of any far-right candidate in western Europe since World War II in his failed bid for the French presidency, his National Front party is unlikely to do as well in parliamentary elections next month.

'Serious Lesson' In Hate

05/03/2002
Staff Writer
Members of the World Jewish Congress executive who had flown to Brussels to discuss the wave of anti-Semitism in Europe felt the sting of that hate firsthand in the Belgian capital. During the 36-hour meeting last week, there were four separate anti-Semitic attacks against members of the 100-member group, according to its secretary general. "If you analyze the statistical probability [of that happening], it's a serious lesson," said Avi Beker. "And our people were [primarily] not in the streets but in the hotel."

Summit Scrambling

The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

10/16/1998
Washington Correspondent
Summit Scrambling The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

Fear Factor In France

04/26/2002
Staff Writer
The surprise second-place finish of French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen in Sunday's presidential vote has at least one Israeli official calling on French Jews to make aliyah. Interior Minister Eli Yishai spoke with French community leaders, his spokesman was quoted as saying, and "implored them to start packing their bags and come to Israel."

Iran Airs Spy Charges Against Jews

06/01/1999
Staff Writer
Jewish leaders for weeks have quietly urged European leaders, businessmen, humanitarian groups and United Nations diplomats to press Iran to release 13 Jews arrested 10 weeks ago. Perhaps in response, Iran publicly announced their arrests Monday and said they had been charged with spying for Israel and the United States.

Celebrating Oslo, Somberly

Sunday’s anniversary of the Oslo Accords was marked with a notable lack of ceremony and a growing feeling of dread about what may happen on May 4, 1999 — the date “final-status” negotiations, which haven’t even started except for a ceremonial opening sess

09/18/1998
Washington Correspondent
Five years ago this week, Washington was awash in celebration as Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin shook hands for the first time on the White House lawn. But Sunday’s anniversary of the Oslo Accords was marked with a notable lack of ceremony and a growing feeling of dread about what may happen on May 4, 1999 — the date “final-status” negotiations, which haven’t even started except for a ceremonial opening session, are due to be completed.

A New Way To Count U.S. Jews

12/05/2008
Editor and Publisher
Normally about now we would be hearing of preparations for the next National Jewish Population Study (NJPS), undertaken since 1970, at the beginning of each decade, by the Jewish federation movement to determine the size of the American Jewish community and to formulate strategic plans based on the results.

UJC Now Reassessing Aid To Ethiopians

07/23/2008
Staff Writer
As Rabbi Jerome Epstein left the synagogue in the Ethiopian city of Gondar Tuesday morning, a dozen children were pounding on the door of the closed food pantry next door. The children, ages 4 to 7, had come to the pantry as they had for months, apparently “too young to understand that the cupboard is now bare,” said Rabbi Epstein, executive vice-president of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.

London Jews Seeing No Backlash

07/15/2005
Staff Writer
As police in London continued to hunt for those responsible for four terrorist bombings last week that claimed at least 52 lives, including four of the British-born suicide bombers themselves, Jewish leaders vowed to combat any increase in anti-Semitism but said none had arisen.
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