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  • Israeli Prisoner Returns Home As Egypt-israel Relations Warm Up

    In the Middle East, nothing signals rapprochement quite like a prisoner release. So when Azzam Azzam returned to Israel on Sunday after Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak reduced his 15-year jail sentence for espionage by half, he brought with him a new sense of diplomatic goodwill that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon hopes will last through next… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Ostrich-farming Jews Mark 120 Years in Rural South Africa

    The glimmer of gold once drew thousands of prospectors to the Western United States, and the promise of oil has attracted myriad entrepreneurs to the Middle East. But for Jews in the little town of Oudtshoorn, in the middle of the parched “Little Karoo” lands of South Africa, it’s another commodity that once fueled their… More ▸

  • Libyan Jews Plan Return to Tripoli Hoping They’ll Meet Gadhafi This Time

    A group of exiled Libyan Jews living in Italy did not meet as expected with Col. Muammar Gadhafi during a four-day visit to Tripoli last week. But they look forward to doing so in a follow-up visit planned for next month. Delegation member Angelo Mantin said the six-member delegation, and probably several additional people, were… More ▸

  • As Part of His ‘charm Offensive,’ Gadhafi Courts Former Libyan Jews

    In Libya, a land that at times has shown as little hospitality to Jews as its Sahara Desert does to travelers, a visiting Jewish delegation is getting the royal treatment. A group of Libyan Jews who now live in Italy met early Monday afternoon with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, according to a statement… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Unknown Immigration from Libya Has Swelled Ranks of Italian Jewry

    One year ago, Rina Debach landed at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport after a flight across the Mediterranean from the Libyan capital of Tripoli. On the plane traveling with her were two officials from the Libyan Foreign Ministry. In the arrivals hall to greet Debach were the Italian consul general in Tripoli, and family members who had… More ▸

  • After Sinai Attacks, an Opening for Israeli-egyptian Cooperation

    The coordinated terrorist attacks on Israeli tourists in Sinai may have some significant, unintended consequences: a deepening of anti-terrorism cooperation between Israel and Egypt and greater Egyptian readiness to guarantee security in the Gaza Strip after Israel’s planned withdrawal next summer. At first glance, the Oct. 7 attacks were a blow to Middle Eastern rapprochement…. More ▸

  • As Gaza Withdrawal Looms, Egypt’s Role Becomes Essential

    While Israelis were engaged in a heated national debate over disengagement from Gaza, the political scene on the Palestinian side was rife with drama of its own. As Dov Weisglass, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s outgoing chief of staff, was coordinating disengagement plans with the Americans, the Palestinians were busy negotiating with Omar Suleiman, head of… More ▸

  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5764 October 2003

    MOSCOW Belarus’ Jewish community protests a decision by the country’s Education Ministry to close a Jewish studies institute. NEW YORK Russian Jewish scientist Vitaly Ginzburg is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Ginzburg is honored “for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids,” the Nobel Prize committee says. JERUSALEM Twenty-one people are killed… More ▸