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  • Israel Turns Back Gaza-bound Libyan Ship

    A Libyan ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza was turned back without incident. The ship, carrying an estimated 3,000 tons of food, medicine and other humanitarian aid, instead docked Monday at an Egyptian port. An Israeli navy boat approached the ship near the Gaza coast, the Israeli Foreign Ministry told reporters. Monday’s… More ▸

  • Libyan Aid Ship Bound for Gaza

    A boat carrying humanitarian aid for Palestinians has left Libya with plans to break Israel’s naval blockade of the Gaza Strip. A Palestinian lawmaker told The Associated Press that the ship, with thousands of tons of aid, will arrive in Gaza next week. The Palestine News Network also reported the start of the voyage, according… More ▸

  • ‘madagascar 2’ Stars Visit Israel

    The stars of the film “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa” received a warm reception in Israel. Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, were in the Jewish state over the weekend for the Israeli premiere of the animated movie. The trio of actors signed hundreds of autographs and were… More ▸

  • Livni: Israel Not Going to Durban Ii

    Israel will not participate in the Durban II anti-racism conference, Tzipi Livni said. Israel’s foreign minister made the announcement during an address Wednesday to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities of North America. The Durban Review Conference scheduled for Geneva in 2009 is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Slain in Johannesburg

    A well-known Israeli diamond dealer was shot dead outside the downtown Johannesburg Diamond Center as he left the building. Michel Rubinek, 50, of Rubinek Diamonds, was attacked Monday evening by five men, one of whom was thought to be Israeli, according to reports. The gunmen opened fire from two cars with AK-47s and 9mm pistols…. More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Murdered in Johannesburg

    An Israeli diamond trader was found murdered in South Africa. The murder occurred Monday night in Johannesburg, where the victim had lived for many years. The incident is being treated as a robbery gone awry, the Israeli daily Ha’artez reported Tuesday. More ▸

  • Ethiopia, Israel Celebrate Ties in D.c.

    Ethiopians, Israelis and American Jews celebrated their historic and cultural ties. Wednesday’s event at the Ethiopian Embassy in Washington, timed in part to mark the end of Ethiopia’s first year in its third millennium, featured an Ethiopian vegetarian buffet and a performance by an Ethiopian Jewish singer and musician who now lives in the United… More ▸

  • Amid Political Turmoil, Emigration from South Africa is Again on Rise

    The euphoria that permeated all sectors of the South African population with its first democratic election in 1994 has degenerated into widespread pessimism with the forced resignation of President Thabo Mbeki. Mbeki, who enjoyed a good relationship with the Jewish community and presided over a once-flourishing economy, was pushed out by his own party in… More ▸

  • Amid the Turmoil of South Africa, Jewish Activism Makes a Difference

    I recently had an opportunity, rarely afforded to presidents and CEOs, to spend six weeks in the shoes of one of my organization’s volunteers. I joined the American Jewish World Service’s Volunteer Corps, which places mid- and late-career professionals on assignments with nongovernmental organizations throughout the developing world. In this city, I was assigned to… More ▸

  • Aliyah from Ethiopia Must Continue

    The cold, rainy season in northwestern Ethiopia is at its peak, adding to the misery of thousands of Jews who recently have learned that Israel intends to abandon them in Ethiopia and that funds essential to their survival have run out. When the rains stop and malaria mosquitoes breed in the puddles, some of the… More ▸