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  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Spain

    For the first time since 1492, Spanish Jewry is on the eve of a major breakthrough: the forging of an historic concordat with the government of Spain, which will ensure total religious freedom, rights and privileges on a par with those enjoyed by their Catholic neighbors. A State Commission on Religious Liberty has recently been… More ▸

  • Navon Says UN Chief Promised to Intervene on Behalf of Shcharansky

    President Yitzhak Navon of Israel reported here last week at the conclusion of an II-day visit to the United States that UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar had assured him that he would do all he can to intervene with the Soviet authorities on behalf of imprisoned Soviet Jewish activist Anatoly Shcharansky. The Israeli… More ▸

  • News Brief

    An Israeli soldier was slightly wounded north of Tyre Sunday when his vehicle was ambushed by terrorists, an army spokesman announced. The attackers opened fire with light arms and Israeli troops returned the fire and launched a search for the attackers. The vehicle that was ambushed was travelling in a convoy, which has become mandatory… More ▸

  • News Brief

    President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt will visit Ottawa January 31 and February I for talks with Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau and government officials, the Prime Minister’s office announced. Mubarak will be the first Egyptian President to visit Canada and his talks will focus on finalizing an agreement to purchase a Canadian reactor and other… More ▸

  • Israel, Lebanon and the U.S. to Hold Parallel Negotiations

    The negotiations between Israel, Lebanon and the United States switched to a double track over the weekend. The official talks being held alternately in Kiryat Shmona and Khalde will continue on the basis of the agenda agreed to last Thursday. But parallel negotiations involving U.S. special Ambassador Philip Habib with Israelis and Lebanese–apparently in shuttles… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The cost of living index rose by 5.5 percent during December, the Central Bureau of Statistics announced. The increase brought the total inflationary rate during 1982 to a near-record 131.5 percent — marginally below the all-time high of 132.9 percent in 1980. The 1981 rate was 101 percent — close to the two-figure rate promised… More ▸

  • Bolivia May Kick out the ‘butcher of Lyon’

    The Bolivian public prosecutor, Hernando Acha Siles, has asked the Supreme Court to extradite Klaus Altmann, who as Klaus Barbie was known as the “butcher of Lyon” during the Nazi occupation of France, to West Germany, according to French radio reports from La Paz. Acha Siles told the court that West Germany had demanded his… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel has formally asked France to close the PLO office in Paris and to expel its representative, Ibrahim Suss. Ambassador Meir Rosenne of Israel handed this request to the head of the Middle East desk at the Quai d’Orsay, Marc Bonnefous, himself a former French Ambassador to Israel. French sources said it was “highly unlikely”… More ▸

  • Inquiry Panel Holds Final Session

    The commission of inquiry into the Beirut refugee camps massacre held its final session today. The panel, meeting behind closed doors, heard attorneys for six of the nine witnesses who had been warned last November that they might be harmed if certain conclusions were drawn on the basis of their original testimony. Since the warning… More ▸

  • Sharon Postpones Trip to Zaire ‘for a Few Days’

    Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, under fire from several quarters, has postponed his trip to Zaire “for a few days.” Sharon was to have left last night for Kinshasa on a five-day official visit. Aides said he delayed his departure “because he had to be in Israel to deal with current matters” and that he had… More ▸