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Prayer Rally, Memorial Service Held for Slain Iraqi Jews’

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef led a mass prayer rally and memorial service today at the Ramat Gan synagogue in memory of Jews reported slain in Iraq. These include five members of the family of Reuven Kashkosh who were reported gunned down by Iraqi secret police in their Baghdad home April 12.

Knesset member Moshe Shachal said Friday that the Christian churches in Switzerland have promised to intercede on behalf of Dori Kashkosh, the sole surviving member of the Kashkosh family. Shachal said that the International Red Cross was also intervening with the Iraqi government on behalf of Dori who is reportedly staying with a Jewish family in Baghdad, surnamed Shoukry.

It was learned today that memorial services for slain Iraqi Jews were held yesterday at the Choral Synagogue in Bucharest, led by Rumania’s Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen. He eulogized the victims and read a list of names of Iraqi Jews reportedly missing or kidnapped. He demanded that they be freed and that the dead be buried according to Jewish rites. (An open air memorial service for the Kashkosh family was held yesterday outside the Iraqi Embassy in London.)