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  • U.S. Envoy Who Died in Bosnia Aided Exodus of Ethiopian Jews

    Fleeing a civil war and hoping to make their way to Israel, 20,000 Jews arrived in Addis, Ababa, Ethiopia, five years ago with no place to live and little to eat. Robert Frasure, then deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia, hopped on a truck and helped embassy staffers unload tents and… More ▸

  • Yugoslavia Turns to Israel for Aid

    Yugoslavia has appealed to Israel for humanitarian aid for the thousands of Serb refugees who fled last week’s Croatian onslaught on the Kranjina region. The region previously was held by rebel Serbs. The request comes only weeks after Israel sent aid to Bosnian Muslims in a joint airlift with Jordan. Ori Orr, head of the… More ▸

  • Lerman Takes Bosnia to Task for Not Admitting to the Past

    The head of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has taken the Bosnian government to task for failing to admit to the Bosnian history of collaborating with the Nazis during World War II. Miles Lerman, chairman of the museum’s memorial council, reproached Bosnia- Herzegovina’s ambassador to the United States after an ecumenical prayer service designed to… More ▸

  • Israel, Jordan Mark Historic Day with Joint Peace Flight to Bosnia

    One year after ending their state of belligerency, Israel and Jordan sent a joint humanitarian aid airlift to Bosnia’s besieged Muslims — along with a message of peace for the war-torn country. The Jordanian and Israeli planes took off separately from Amman and Tel Aviv for Split, Croatia. There, their cargoes of blankets, tents, food,… More ▸

  • Israel, Jordan Join to Help Muslims in War-torn Bosnia

    Israel and Jordan are coordinating a humanitarian aid effort for Muslim refugees in war-ravaged Bosnia. Two planes, one Israeli and one Jordanian, are scheduled to fly to Bosnia this week to bring medical supplies, clothing, blankets and other aid to the war victims. The Red Cross will assist in distributing the aid. Israeli and Jordanian… More ▸

  • Jews of Yugoslavia Avoid Stance on Bosnia

    As fighting continues to rage in Bosnia, the Jews of neighboring Yugoslavia are doing their best to avoid taking sides in the conflict. “Of course, we are against the war,” Aca Singer, president of the Federation of Jewish Communities in Yugoslavia, said in a recent interview. “But we do not want to support one side… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Renew Call to Lift Bosnia Arms Embargo

    In one of the first Jewish outcries against the escalating war in Bosnia- Herzegovina in months, leaders in the organized Jewish community have called on President Clinton and Congress to end the arms embargo on Bosnia. The renewed appeals come in the wake of the rebel Bosnian Serb capture of Srebrenica, a U.N. “safe haven,”… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: As War Rages in Bosnia, Humanitarian Efforts Persist

    BEHIND THE HEADLINES:. As war rages in Bosnia, humanitarian efforts persist With no end in sight to the war, Jewish communities throughout Europe are banding together to help Jewish and non-Jewish victims in the Bosnain capital of Sarajevo. In Austria, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands, Jewish societies have formed to raise funds and collect… More ▸

  • Silence on Bosnia Shattered As Jewish Activists Stage Arrests

    With a protest and a staged arrest in front of the White House last week, a group of rabbis and activists shattered months of virtual silence by the Jewish community concerning the war in Bosnia. Sixteen rabbis and rabbinical students affiliated with a group known as Jews Against Genocide in Bosnia were arrested by police… More ▸