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  • Kosovar Albanian Leader Promises to Prevent Revenge Attacks on Jews

    The leader of Kosovar Albanians issued a written promise to safeguard Kosovo’s Jews and their property. Hashim Thaci met twice in recent days with a special envoy of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Eli Eliezri, to whom he issued a letter ordering “the entire Kosovo Liberation Army under my control to respect and protect… More ▸

  • Pristina Jewish Leader, Family Guided to Safety in Macedonia

    International Jewish representatives have entered Kosovo for the first time since the NATO air war against Yugoslavia began and evacuated the leader of Pristina’s Jewish community and his family. Chedar Prlincivic, 61, his wife, Vidosava, and his 81-year-old mother, Bea Mandil, were brought Tuesday to the Macedonian capital of Skopje by Vikto Mizrachi, president of… More ▸

  • Report: with West Busy in Serbia, Iraq Buying Nuclear Arms Material

    Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is exploiting NATO’s preoccupation with the Balkans by accelerating the search for components used in nonconventional weapons, according to the London-based newsletter Foreign Report. Quoting Middle East sources, the newsletter said Saddam’s representatives abroad have been ordered to purchase equipment for developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missile delivery systems. They have… More ▸

  • Serbian Jewish Activists Horrified by the War, Stress Common History

    When Dusica Savic Benghiat makes her daily phone call to her mother in Belgrade, she can frequently hear the air raid sirens as a backdrop to the 78-year-old. woman’s increasingly discouraged voice. “My mother tells me she doesn’t care anymore. She just stays in bed. If the bombs miss her, that’s fine, and if they… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Workers Tackle Tricky Aid Distribution in Albania

    It did not take long for Jewish Agency for Israel relief workers in Albania to find out just how desperately ethnic Albanian Kosovars needed their aid. In early April, the first trucks carrying Jewish Agency relief chugged down Albania’s dilapidated, single-lane roads toward a dozen isolated camps in the southern Fier and Berat regions, a… More ▸

  • Rabbi Returns from Yugoslavia with Ambivalence About Bombing

    When Rabbi Steven Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday along with other members of Jesse Jackson’s mission to Belgrade that freed three U.S. soldiers, he passed on a message to President Clinton. It came from Aca Singer, the 70-year-old head of the Yugoslav Jewish community, who had told Jacobs, “I did not… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Worker for Interethnic Peace Frets As War Touches Macedonia

    Eran Frankel has a lot invested in the Balkans, and as the Kosovo conflict threatens to widen, he is watching nervously. The Jerusalem-born American works in Macedonia as head of the nonprofit Search for Common Ground. For five years, the group has worked to bring together Macedonians and their large ethnic Albanian minority. Among the… More ▸

  • Report: Serbia and Iraq Forging Military Alliance to Combat Allies

    The two international pariahs, Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic and Iraq’s Saddam Hussein, have entered a secret military alliance that will improve their ability to defy the West and withstand Allied bombing raids, according to reports this week in London. There is also mounting concern that Moscow, which opposes military action against both Serbia and Iraq, actively… More ▸