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  • Israel Philharmonic to Play in USSR

    The internationally renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra will perform for the first time in the Soviet Union next year, it was announced here. The IPO will give several concerts in Moscow and Leningrad in the autumn of 1990, under an agreement just reached between the IPO and the official Soviet concert and cultural management center in… More ▸

  • Ajcommittee Scraps China Visit

    The American Jewish Committee has canceled plans to send a delegation to China in September. It acted to protest the Chinese government’s use of force against student activists in Beijing on June 3 and its subsequent repression of the movement for democratic reforms. AJCommittee President Sholom Comay wrote last week to the Chinese ambassador, Han… More ▸

  • Black Rap Singer Fired over Anti-semitic Remarks

    A member of the popular rap music group Public Enemy has been fired after making anti-Semitic remarks in a newspaper interview. The member, who goes by the name Professor Griff, was removed from the group Sunday “because of his remarks and beliefs,” said Russell Simmons, president of Def Jam Records, Public Enemy’s record company. Griff… More ▸

  • $1.5 Million Worth of Rare Judaica Changes Hands at Auction in Geneva

    Judaica dealers and collectors from Europe, Canada and the United States bid on nearly a million and a half dollars worth of Judaica here on Monday night, at an auction organized by the Habsburg Feldman house. But the item that was to have been the highlight of the auction, the 14th-century Wolf Haggadah, did not… More ▸

  • Carmelite Convent at Auschwitz Won’t Be Relocated Until 1990

    The Carmelite convent at Auschwitz will be relocated, but not by next month, as a French Jewish leader appeared to suggest this week. The leader, Theo Klein, said earlier this week that he had received a letter from the archbishop of Lyon indicating that the convent would be relocated to a site some 550 feet… More ▸

  • Five Italian Skinheads Arrested

    Police detained five youths here Monday after finding a cache of swastika insignia, crowbars, truncheons and swords in the basement of a building in a working class neighborhood on the edge of Rome. The detainees are suspected of belonging to hooligan gangs of the far right wing known as “Naziskins.” They are part of the… More ▸

  • UNESCO to Consider ‘palestine,’ but Not PLO State, for Membership

    Israeli officials here said Tuesday they were “more or less satisfied” that efforts to have a “state of Palestine” admitted to the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization have suffered a major setback, even though a prolonged legal and diplomatic battle seems likely. UNESCO’s 51-member executive council announced Monday, after studying a proposal by… More ▸

  • Vengeful Settlers Attack Arabs, As Authorities Nab Murder Suspects

    Jewish settlers from the West Bank attacked Arabs in Israel proper Tuesday, apparently in retaliation for the murder over the weekend of a Jewish settler by Arab villagers in the West Bank. At least one Arab was seriously wounded by gunfire near Petach Tikva Tuesday evening. The attacks occurred after security sources confirmed they had… More ▸

  • Shamir, Sharon Reach Compromise on Date of Pivotal Party Session

    The U.S. ambassador’s Independence Day reception, scheduled for July 4, helped Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir and his Likud rival, Ariel Sharon, resolve a bitter dispute over when to convene the party’s Central Committee, which Sharon chairs. Both men saved face in the process. Sharon, the minister of industry and trade, called the Central Committee into… More ▸