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  • Controversy over Religious Pluralism

    The perennial controversy over religious pluralism in Israel and its political ramifications threatened to boil over this week as a new vote loomed in the Knesset on the divisive Who is a Jew amendment and the government was under orders by the Supreme Court to register as a Jew American immigrant Shoshana Miller who was… More ▸

  • Israel Conerned over Sla Casualties

    Israeli officials are worried over the mounting casualties suffered by the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army (SLA) in recent days. Four SLA soldiers were killed in a roadside bomb ambush in the south Lebanon security zone Monday and a fifth died of his wounds Tuesday. Six SLA soldiers were killed and two were wounded last Friday… More ▸

  • O’connor Chides Americans for Stereotyping Arabs

    John Cardinal O’Connor ended his tour of Israel by chiding Americans for stereotyping Arabs. “I feel we have a stereotype in the U.S. for the Arab and Palestinian. If you use either term, Arab or Palestinian, many people see terrorist,” he told reporters at Ben Gurion Airport Monday evening, just before leaving for Rome. “We… More ▸

  • Peres Supports the Lavi

    Vice Premier and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said Tuesday that he continues to support the Lavi, Israel’s second generation jet fighter plane, despite U.S. efforts to persuade Israel to abandon the project on grounds of excessive costs. Peres spoke to reporters following a meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Dov Zackheim who came to… More ▸

  • Vanunu Stages Hunger Strike

    Mordechai Vanunu, accusing his jailers of cruel treatment, has gone on a hunger strike, his brother, Asher Vanunu, told reporters after visiting him at Ramle prison Sunday. Vanunu, a former technician at the Dimona nuclear facility, is on trial for allegedly selling Israeli nuclear secrets to a British newspaper. His brother said he told him… More ▸

  • At the Zionist Assembly Convention: Aliya and Soviet Jewish Emigration Dominate the Opening Session

    The urgent need for North American aliya and the problems of Soviet Jewish emigration and drop-outs (neshira) dominated the opening session of the First Zionist Assembly here Sunday. Leon Dulzin, chairman of the World Zionist Organization and Jewish Agency Executives, and Israeli Deputy Prime Minister David Levy addressed about 1,000 delegates of American Zionist organizations,… More ▸

  • Special Interview Soviet Hype on the Emigration Issue

    McGill University law professor Irwin Cotler, an internationally known human rights activist, believes the Soviet Union is presently conducting “a human rights offensive magisterially organized by Mikhail Gorbachev” but signifying little or no change in human rights policies, including the emigration of Soviet Jews. In an exclusive interview with the Jewish Telegraphic Agency here, Cotler… More ▸

  • PLO Ferrying Fighters from a Base in North Yemen to Beirut

    The Palestine Liberation Organization is using civilian aircraft with Red Crescent markings to ferry PLO fighters from a base in Sanaa, North Yemen, to Beirut by way of Jedda in Saudi Arabia, the Arab affairs correspondent of Voice of Israel Radio reported Monday. According to the report, El Fatah, the PLO’s military branch, acquired four… More ▸