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  • Investigation Appears Likely into ‘senior Official’ Scandal

    An investigation appears inevitable into allegations that a “senior official” obstructed justice in the case of the unexplained deaths of two Arab terrorists who were captured alive by the Israel Defense Force after they hijacked a bus two years ago. Sources here said over the weekend that Attorney General Yitzhak Zamir would begin his probe… More ▸

  • Fate of Sephardic Community During Holocaust Detailed in New Book

    Educators and sociologists in Israel have been seriously concerned by the apparently widespread belief among members of the Sephardic (Oriental) community–which constitutes the majority of Israel’s population–that the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews during World War II, affected only Ashkenazic Jews, the Western Jewish community. To dispel this erroneous view of history and… More ▸

  • Secret UN File on Waldheim Made Public by Wjcongress

    The United Nations War Crimes Commission said in 1948 that Austrian Presidential candidate Kurt Waldheim should stand trial for “murder” and “putting hostages to death according to the secret file on the former United Nations Secretary General housed in the UN archives and released here. The file, part of some 40,000 sealed files on accused… More ▸

  • World Labor Body Reports on Conditions in Gaza, West Bank

    The most recent report of the International Labor Organization (ILO) commission on labor conditions in Israel’s occupied territories cited an alarmingly high unemployment rate among highly-educated youth and noted the persistence of a large black-market labor force. The commission will present the report for discussion at the annual ILO conference beginning June 4 in Geneva…. More ▸

  • Several Hundred Persons Rally Against Award to Revisionist

    Several hundred Jews and non-Jews demonstrated last week at the Memorial to the Unknown Jewish Martyr here to protest the award of an academic degree by Nantes University to the author of a thesis claiming that the Holocaust was “a figment of Jewish imagination.” In Nantes, in eastern France, the city council suspended a regular… More ▸

  • Pope Meets Rumanian Chief Rabbi

    Pope John Paul II conveyed his “best wishes” to Europe’s Chief Rabbis during a 30 minute meeting in Rome Friday with Rumanian Chief Rabbi Moses Rosen. Rosen is due to attend this week a meeting of European Chief Rabbis in the Swiss mountain village of Grindenwald. Vatican sources said the Pontiff, who took the initiative… More ▸

  • ‘kahanism’ Denounced at Cjcongress Plenary Session

    The Canadian Jewish Congress took strong stands on issues of Jewish and general concern at its 21st plenary session here last week. The 950 delegates from all over Canada voted to oppose moves to restore the death penalty, to condemn “Kahanism” as a perversion of Judaism and Zionism and to condemn apartheid in South Africa…. More ▸

  • Prize for French Writer

    The Foundation for French Judaism has awarded its annual prize to Alain Fienkelkraut, a writer and lecturer who is the author of eight books, most of which deal with Jewish matters. Fienkelkraut, 37, is also a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley. The Foundation, chaired by David De Rothschild, awards its prize each… More ▸