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  • Behind the Headlines Professors Hear It As It is

    The first Israeli seminar of a new American group, the Zionist Academic Council (ZAC), ended here last week with its 30 participants, faculty members from colleges across the United States, all feeling that they had been presented with unadorned, straight-from-the-shoulder impressions of Israel’s problems. The mission organizers, officials of the American Zionist Federation in New…

  • Begin Receives Nobel Peace Prize

    The 1978 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded here today to Israeli Premier Menachem Begin and to Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, who was represented at the ceremony by former Parliament Speaker Said Marai. Both men, Begin in his address, and Sadat in his message read out by Marai, pledged themselves in the Israeli Premier’s words, to:…

  • Special to the JTA Khoumeini’s Aides Say the New Iran Might Renew Links with Israel

    Close advisers to the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khoumeini said here they were neither anti-Israeli nor anti-Jewish and that the “New Iran” might even renew at same future date some of its former links with Israel. They told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that Israel will have to fulfill, however, three basic conditions first sign a peace treaty…

  • Israeli City to Get Two Buffalos As Gift from U.S. Sister City

    After six months delay due to snow storms, air line strikes and the DC-10 groundings, the Israeli town of Kiryat Gat, a community of 29,000, will be presented with two American buffalos in mid-August. The bison will fly on a one-stop El Al flight from Chicago. The pair are a gift from Kiryat Gat’s sister…

  • Foreign Ministry Assails Security Council Resolution

    The Foreign Ministry issued a statement today declaring that there was no justification for the resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories which the UN Security Council adopted unanimously yesterday. The statement said that Jewish settlements in Judaea and Samaria are not only Israel’s right but part of its defense system and expressed regret…

  • Cabinet Rejects UN Resolution

    The Cabinet today angrily rejected the United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the occupied territories and Jerusalem and expressed “deep resentment” that the United States had voted for it. A government statement issued, after the meeting categorically rejected the resolution’s call for dismantling settlements in the territories and Jerusalem. Claiming that Jewish…

  • Stormy Weather in Israel

    Israel had a foretaste of winter when a sudden storm unleashed gale force winds over most of the country last night accompanied by heavy rain and substantial snowfall in Jerusalem and other high-lying areas. There were countless accidents as motorists skidded on ice-coated roads and traffic jams developed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem because signal…

  • Letter from Shcharansky Ends Worry

    Four months of mounting worry by Anatoly Shcharansky’s mother Ida Milgrom in Moscow that her son might have died in the Perm labor camp ended last weekend when she received a letter from him dated Aug. 30 from the camp hospital. In the letter, whose contents were phoned to Anatoly’s wife Avital in Jerusalem and…

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Morocco

    The Jews of Morocco are steadfast and strong, yet inwardly troubled by peril to their unity and numbers. This situation was gleaned in heart-warming and stimulating meetings this reporter had with the heads of Jewish communities in the half dozen urban centers late last month. The cause of the inner anxiety was expressed succinctly by…

  • News Brief

    A mass demonstration against violence and for freedom of expression, which was to have taken place here Saturday night, was cancelled because of meteorological forecasts of inclement weather. The organizers, the Peace Now movement and the Labor Alignment, feared that heavy rain, high winds and a cold spell, with possible snow in Jerusalem and its…

  • News Brief

    With spring just around the corner, Israel’s hitherto mild winter suddenly turned vicious Sunday night. Accompanied by lightning and thunder, high winds and freezing rain swept the coastal plain and turned to snow in the hill areas. By noon Monday, Jerusalem and the Judaea region of the West Bank were blanketed with snow. In the…

  • Marc Chagall Dead at 97

    Marc Chagall, the Jewish painter who was considered the last surviving master of this century, died Thursday night at his home in the south of France at the age of 97. Chagall, who had designed the stained glass windows and the tapestries at the Paris Opera and the Knesset building in Jerusalem, will be best…

  • Background Report a Case of Murder or Anti-semitism?

    In this provincial city of 100,000, tucked away in the Jura mountains 400 kilometers southeast of Paris, nine out of 10 of the inhabitants had never heard of William Nakash, a 25-year-old French Jew of North African origin, of Avraham Sharir, the Justice Minister of Israel, or of the fierce legal battle that erupted in…

  • Shultzes to Be Pampered

    Israelis seem to have spared no expense to make U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz’s four-day stay here comfortable. His huge entourage has been allotted the top four floors of the posh Jerusalem Hilton Hotel. Shultz and his wife Helena will occupy the Royal Suite on the 20th floor, which offers such amenities as a…

  • Storm Hits Israel, Sweeping Ship Away

    An 8,000-ton Dutch freighter was swept to sea from its anchorage at the port of Ashdod by a fierce storm Monday and grounded on a reef off Palmahim beach, south of Tel Aviv. Israeli navy divers managed to put a line on the stricken vessel and rescued its 17-member crew, which consisted of Israelis, Yugoslavs,…

  • Several Prominent British Jews Boycotting Solidarity Conference

    Some of Britain’s leading Jews are boycotting next week’s “Solidarity With Israel” conference in Jerusalem in an unprecedented snub to an Israeli prime minister. Of 130 prominent British Jews invited, only about 50 will respond to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s personal plea for “the entire Jewish people to stand at Israel’s side.” Absentees will include…

  • Esther, Rambo and Even Snow Mark Purim Holiday in Tel Aviv

    The streets of Israeli cities were merry today with youthful Queen Esthers, Mordechais, cowboys and Indians, Rambos, and even miniature versions of Alexis and Crystal from television’s Dynasty series. Youngsters paraded in brilliant sunshine and temperatures in the 70s on the first day of spring, which this year coincides with Purim, the traditional day for…

  • Israeli Government Brought to Brink by Small Parties’ Conflicting Demands

    Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir’s Likud-led government tottered on the edge of dissolution this week, as it struggled to satisfy the conflicting demands of its right-wing and religious coalition partners. Ironically, the government was brought to the brink in the waning hours of 1991 at least partly because Likud decided to oppose a pending electoral reform…

  • Snow Blankets Much of Israel, Cutting Power and Closing Roads

    Israel greeted the new year with large areas buried under snow, or inundated by flood waters and buffeted by high winds. It was the latest in a succession of fierce storms which meteorologists say were the worst to strike the Holy Land in well over a century. Scores of highways were closed, including the one…

  • Israel’s Heaviest Snowstorm Leaves Jerusalem in the Dark

    The snow that blanketed Jerusalem last week delighted children of all ages, but it also left the holy city in darkness and created numerous inconveniences for its residents. Tens of thousands of Jerusalemites were without electricity for up to four days following power outages created by the snowstorm and the floods that occurred elsewhere in…

  • Worst Storm to Hit Israel Yet Causes Death and Destruction

    A new winter storm, described as the worst in many years, cut a swath of death and destruction across Israel this week. Jerusalem was paralyzed by a record snow-fall, which forced the Knesset to postpone an important vote Tuesday. Much of the rest of the country was immobilized by ice, snow, hail and torrential rains…

  • It’s Confirmed: Storms in Israel This Winter Were Worst of Century

    For the thousands of Israelis who endured the gamut of woes from annoying inconvenience to loss of property, injury and death, it may have been small consolation to learn that the succession of fierce storms which has hit their country — and much of the Middle East — this winter is a meteorological phenomenon unprecedented…

  • Body of a 5-year-old Boy Found, Casualty of Storm and Flooding

    The body of a 5-year-old boy was found Thursday afternoon at Kibbutz Sdot Yam, on the coastal plain, after nearly 7 feet of water were pumped from a drainage ditch into which he apparently fell. A search for Roi Signer had been under way since Wednesday morning, when the youngster wandered out of his kindergarten…

  • At Least 23 Killed in an Avalanche That Destroys Jerusalem Coffeehouse

    Arabs and Jews worked shoulder to shoulder in a 24-hour rescue operation that ended Sunday afternoon with the removal of at least 23 dead and 22 injured from an Arab coffeehouse in East Jerusalem that was buried under a mudslide Saturday. But the human solidarity shown in the face of tragedy did not last. Some…