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  • Iranian Jews are ‘tolerated,’ but still live in occasional fear

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — The Persian King Cyrus conquered Babylonia in 538 B.C.E., freed the Jews from captivity and provided the resources to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. Today, contemporary Persia — Iran — is one of the most virulently anti-Zionist countries, from which even a phone call to Israel is impossible. So…

  • After months of delay, Israel speeds up aliyah of Kwara Jews

    NEW YORK, June 15 (JTA) — Ariel Sharon was late for his appearance before the Zionist General Council meeting in Jerusalem this week. When Israel’s foreign minister arrived to the meeting on Tuesday, he explained that he had just come from a meeting with numerous government officials to discuss the immigration and absorption of the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jackson’s appeal for Iranian Jews signals a long way from ‘Hymiet

    NEW YORK, June 14 (JTA) — Those who remember the Rev. Jesse Jackson referring to New York as “Hymietown” in 1984 or embracing Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat in 1979, taboo at the time, may be surprised to see the African American leader taking up the cause of 13 Iranian Jews facing possible execution on charges…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jewish groups help prepare Kosovars to rebuild their lives

    NEW YORK, June 13 (JTA) — As NATO”s air war against Yugoslavia ends, the American Jewish community”s overseas relief agency is taking “a longer look” at providing aid to Kosovar refugees in Albania and Macedonia. Together with the World ORT Union, a Jewish international training and education agency, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee has…

  • Israelis heed the call of a people in need by aiding Kosovar refugees

    NEW YORK, June 13 (JTA) — Sitting and shmoozing in Jerusalem a few months ago, a small group of friends turned their discussion to the events in Kosovo. The 11 men, all children of Holocaust survivors, decided, “We have got to do something because when our parents were in trouble, nobody gave a damn, nobody…

  • Iranian Jews charged with spying amid stepped-up efforts for release

    NEW YORK, June 8 (JTA) — Israeli officials are refusing to comment on reports from Tehran that 13 Iranian Jews have been charged with spying for Israel and the United States. The officials expressed concern that any reaction from them could harm the detainees, who have been held since March. By contrast, the United States…

  • PROFILE Lauder’s strength as a listener could serve him well in new role

    NEW YORK, June 8 (JTA) — Ronald Lauder is known as a good listener, a trait that will be invaluable to him in his new role as chairman of an organization that represents 55 diverse Jewish organizations. Finding agreement on issues of concern to the American Jewish community will be the main task for the…

  • Iranian Jews charged with spying amid stepped-up efforts for release

    NEW YORK, June 8 (JTA) —Israel and the United States have strongly condemned the Iranian government for charging 13 Iranian Jews with spying for America and the Jewish state. Israel called for the immediate release of the detainees, and the United States criticized the arrests, saying, “They are a very disturbing signal.” Iran’s state-run radio…

  • Groups upset at the slow progress in bringing Ethiopian Jews to Israel

    NEW YORK, June 6 (JTA) — For the past year, the Israeli government has pledged that it would step up its efforts to bring a group of Jews remaining in Ethiopia to Israel. Disappointed with Israel”s progress on this front, and concerned about the welfare of emigrant hopefuls waiting in limbo, some American Jews, and…

  • Iranian Jews charged with spying amid stepped-up efforts for release

    NEW YORK, June 7 (JTA) — A group of Iranian Jews who were arrested in March have been charged with spying for Israel and the United States. Iran’s state-run radio broadcast the news Monday, according to a report by the Associated Press quoting the British Broadcasting Company. The 13 people from southern Iran “were accused…