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Israel Donates $7,000 to Church After Its Collections Are Robbed

Israeli peace activist and philanthropist Abie Nathan yesterday donated $7,000 to St. Patrick’s Cathedral after he viewed media reports on a robbery there last weekend. “Last night I saw the story on TV and I was just mad, angry that people should do that,” Nathan told reporters. “There are so many places to steal from, I can’t understand it. It’s terrible, absolutely terrible.”

Two gunmen robbed the Cathedral last Saturday night of more than $7,000 in poor box, votive candle and collection plate donations. He reportedly called his bank in Israel had the donation wired to New York.

Nathan was here returning from a visit to Colombia where he aided victims of the volcano eruption last month. Nathan has been involved in various peace campaigns and relief efforts through the years.

Nathan, a former Israeli fighter pilot, operates the “Voice of Peace” radio station from the Mediterranean that broadcasts music and political messages, urging peace between Jews and Arabs.

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