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  • Group will test Israel’s Gaza blockade

    The international organization “Free Gaza” will test Israel’s blockade of the Hamas-controlled area by sailing to the Gaza port.

  • Seeking tribute for a Salvadoran rescuer

    El Salvador is trying to win global recognition for an obscure diplomat whose actions during World War II helped rescue at least 25,000 European Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps.

  • Castro quits, but his policies remain

    The end of Fidel Castro’s political career is not expected to change Cuba’s friendliness toward its Jews – or the state’s antipathy toward Israel.

  • Cheap gas pumps up Venezuela vs. West

    Despite their vast cultural differences, Venezuela and Iran’s leaders are building an alliance to use their countries’ oil wealth to turn world opinion against the United States and its support of Israel.

  • Jews relieved by Chavez defeat

    The defeat of Hugo Chavez’s broad-ranging referendum has eased Jewish fears in Venezuela. Yet many remain fearful about their future in the country and are making plans to leave.

  • Muslims restore Tunisia shuls

    With Jewish life in rural Tunisia all but disappeared, Muslim caretakers are helping restore its synagogues with the help of the country’s president. Meanwhile, in the Jewish enclave of Djerba, Jewish life is flourishing.

  • Seeing money in the rebbe

    A woman is trying to sell the late Bobover rebbe’s eyeglasses for $350,000.

  • Teens in D.C. for lobbying lessons

    Some 300 Jewish high school students are in Washington to learn to lobby.

  • Venezuela Jews assessing options

    With Hugo Chavez laying the groundwork for authoritarian rule, Venezuela’s Jews are fearful for the future in a country with an increasingly grim political prognosis, economic instability and warm ties with the regime in Tehran.

  • Arafat tomb being overhauled

    Yasser Arafat’s tomb is undergoing an overhaul.