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    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 ▸

  • Thousands Rally Against Settlements

    Thousands of demonstrators protested yesterday against settlements in Judaea and Samaria. The protest rally took place in the brand new partially completed town of Efrat, halfway between Bethlehem and Hebron. Peace Now activists joined forces for the first time with activists from poverty neighborhoods who charged that the government was taking money away from public… More ▸

  • News Brief

    High-priced sweet water prawns a large type of shrimp — are being grown in Israel and have become a fast-growing export — though none are sold locally because of the kashrut laws. Israel grows and markets locally some 10,000 tons of fresh-water fish in fish ponds annually. The prawns were first introduced to diversify the… More ▸

  • 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 ▸