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  • 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…