Balkans

  • Albanian Jews Hear Blast of Shofar at JDC Celebration

    The sound of the shofar was heard in Albania this High Holiday season for the first time in at least 50 years. About two-thirds of Albania’s estimated 60 Jews gathered in the capital of Tirana just before Rosh Hashanah for a High Holiday celebration organized by the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. “We talked with… More ▸

  • Jewish Relief Groups Shift Focus to Help Rebuild Bosnia

    Donors around the world should move away from rescue efforts and toward the rebuilding of Bosnia, the hosts of a recent Paris gathering stressed. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, in conjunction with the Sarajevo Jewish community’s humanitarian aid society La Benevolencija, sponsored the one-day conference here last week. Both La Benevolencija and the JDC… More ▸

  • News Analysis: U.S. Peacekeeping Role on Golan May Depend on Mission in Bosnia

    With Israel and Syria talking peace again, the prospect for deploying U.S. peacekeepers to help monitor an agreement could hinge on the success or failure of the United States’ mission in Bosnia. Experts say a successful Balkan peacekeeping venture with minimal casualties could facilitate congressional approval for U.S. participation in a multinational monitoring force on… More ▸

  • Wiesel Joins Clinton to Support an `honorable’ Mission in Bosnia

    Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel joined President Clinton on Wednesday to support the deployment of U.S. peacekeeping troops to Bosnia. Wiesel, who had long urged that world to stop the atrocities in Bosnia, called the peacekeeping roll “an act of morality” that “will be remembered in history.” “It is with a… More ▸

  • U.S. Official: Forces in Bosnia Must Apprehend War Criminals

    A little-noticed provision of the emerging peacekeeping mission plan for Bosnia requires U.S. soldiers to apprehend indicted war criminals. “It will be the responsibility of the Implementation force to apprehend war criminals,” said Samuel Berger, deputy assistant to the president for national security affairs. As the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, as the… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Back Call for U.S. Troops in Bosnia

    When President Clinton asks members of Congress to support sending 20,000 U.S. troops to enforce a peace agreement in Bosnia, he will have overwhelming support from the organized Jewish community. “As Jews we have a special responsibility and cannot be absent from this next chapter,” said Hyman Bookbinder, a longtime Jewish communal activist who is… More ▸

  • Group Urges Clergy to Pray for Peace in War-torn Bosnia

    The Appeal of Conscience Foundation is urging religious leaders in the former Yugoslavia to pray for a “united stand for peace” in Bosnia, according to Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the group’s president. The foundation, an ecumenical group that pursues religious rights issues worldwide, was taking out advertisements this week – in The New York Times and… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Uncertain About U.S. Troops in Bosnia

    Jewish groups are awaiting the outcome of Bosnia peace talks before deciding whether to support the dispatch of U.S. peacekeeping troops to help enforce a settlement. “If it is a carefully defined peacekeeping role, it’s one we would support,” said Jason Isaacson, Washington director of the American Jewish Committee. With U.S. – brokered peace talks… More ▸

  • Ceremony in Croatia Recalls Jewish Victims from Bosnia

    As the possibility of peace arose once again in the former Yugoslavia, seven Jewish victims from war-torn Bosnia were memorialized with a ceremony and tombstone unveiling at the Jewish cemetery in the Croation coastal city of Split. After escaping from Bosnia, the seven refugees died while they were living in emergency refugee housing run by… More ▸