Balkans

  • Museum’s Exhibit on Bosnia Draws Ire — and Letter — from Serbs

    A photo exhibit at the U.S. Memorial Holocaust Museum here has drawn the ire of some in the Serbian community who say it ignores Bosnia’s record during World War II and glorifies its role in the ongoing war in the Balkans. The controversy over the exhibit on the atrocities of war in the former Yugoslavia… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: in Ethnically Mixed Serbian Town, a Community Recalls Wwii Deportations

    In the gloriously ornate, tragically abandoned synagogue in this ethnically mixed town in Serbia’s Vojvodina province, a Roman Catholic choir sings “Shalom Aleichem” to an audience of Hungarians, Serbs, Croats and Jews. The song was part of a unique ecumenical service that joined Yugoslavia’s only rabbi, Cadik Danon, with local Catholic, Protestant and Serbian Orthodox… More ▸

  • Groups Hail Vote by House to Lift Bosnia Arms Embargo

    Jewish groups are hailing a resolution adopted by the House of Representatives urging President Clinton to lift the arms embargo against war-ravaged Bosnia-Herzegovina. Despite strong White House pressure to defeat the resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Frank McCloskey (D-Ind.), the measure passed by a vote of 244-178. A Democratic leadership deeply divided on the… More ▸

  • Kahane Chai Leader Shows Support for Serbian Side of Yugoslav War

    As hundreds of people gathered before Toronto’s stately Ontario parliament buildings earlier this month to remember those killed by the Nazis, a speaker from New York drew a taut connection between the Jewish people’s history and the situation in the former Yugoslavia. Then he led the crowd in a chant. Serbska! Judea! Serbska! Judea! Serbska… More ▸

  • Knesset Speaker Urges Action on Bosnia

    The speaker of the Knesset, Shevach Weiss, sent a letter to speakers of parliaments around the world on Monday, calling for international action to stop the atrocities in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He called the events there “a mark of shame on human society.” The letter was sent two days after a mortar killed more than 68 people… More ▸

  • Aid Efforts Derailed in War-ravaged Bosnia

    With the crisis in Bosnia fading from the front pages, Jewish organizations are beginning to recognize that providing humanitarian assistance and delivering food and medical supplies may at this point be the most they can do. A recent National Strategies for Bosnia conference brought together over 50 organizations that make up the World Alliance for… More ▸

  • Giant ‘postcard’ Puts Focus on Muslims’ Plight in Bosnia

    Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House, has for a long time been the site of various signs and placards calling attention to problems around the world. On Nov. 22, the park became the temporary home of the “World’s Largest Postcard,” unveiled by a coalition of Jewish and other groups concerned with the… More ▸

  • Israel Offers Medical Treatment for Wounded Children in Bosnia

    Israel has offered to fly a group of 25 wounded children from Bosnia-Herzegovina to Israel for medical treatment. The children, most of whom suffer from limb wounds, would be jointly cared for by the Health Ministry, the Foreign Ministry, Histadrut sick fund and the air force. The effort would be carried out with the cooperation… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Hail Clinton Stance on Possible Use of Force in Bosnia

    A coalition of Jewish and other religious groups supporting stronger U.S. action in Bosnia-Herzegovina praised the president this week for his decision to support the use of U.S. air power in the former Yugoslav republic under certain circumstances. The American Task Force for Bosnia, a coalition of Jewish, Muslim, Christian, Arab American and other groups,… More ▸