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  • News Analysis: Sanctions Did Little Damage to Israeli-south African Ties

    The economic and cultural sanctions against South Africa that the Israeli Cabinet voted to lift Sunday appear to have done little practical damage to dealings between the two countries during the four years that they were in effect. Commercial, cultural and even military contacts continued, as long as they were conducted on the basis of… More ▸

  • Aryan Boxing Champ Hid Two Jews for Four Days After Kristallnacht

    Former heavyweight champion Max Schmeling sheltered two young Jewish brothers in his apartment while a Nazi mob raged outside, one of the brothers recently told guests at a party honoring the German boxer. Henri Lewin, now president of the Sands Hotel in Las Vegas, was a 14-year-old boy in Berlin on Nov. 9, 1938, when… More ▸

  • In Seoul, No Medals for Israel, but Hope of Better Relations

    Israel won no medals at the 24th Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea, but several of its 20-member team turned in “highly respectable” performances. That was true in the Flying Dutchman class yacht races off Pusan, where Yoel Selah and Eldar Amir came in fourth out of 22 boats. They missed a bronze medal by… More ▸

  • Israeli Boxers Reinstated

    The International Boxing Federation lifted its suspension of three Israeli boxers Thursday, allowing them to compete in the Summer Olympic Games which begins its two-week run in Seoul, South Korea, on Saturday. The boxers had been barred for touring South Africa last June, in violation of the international sports boycott of the apartheid state. As… More ▸

  • Special Interview Se Habla Mome Loshen

    As the Yiddish theater in Argentina was drawing its last breath some 20 years ago, Jackie Jacob began reviving tired Yiddish show tunes with his Latin-American beat. Jacob’s reasoning was quite simple. With the decline of the Yiddish language in Argentina and the rest of the world, the only way to save the songs and… More ▸

  • Odessa Hebrew Teacher Given Exit Visa

    Yakov Mesh, a 33-year-old Jewish activist and Hebrew teacher in Odessa, has received permission to leave for Israel, the National Conference on Soviet Jewry reported today. Mesh, who first applied to leave the Soviet Union in 1977, will go to Israel with his nine-year-old son Marat and wife Marina. Mesh’s brother and mother live in… More ▸

  • 12th Maccabiah Games Begin

    Some 50,000 persons are expected in Ramat Gan Stadium tonight to witness the colorful opening ceremonies of the 12th Maccabiah Games, scheduled to run through July 25. Some 4,000 athletes from 39 countries will participate in the Jewish olympic contests. The central theme of the two hour program scheduled for tonight is the ingathering of… More ▸

  • Muhammad Ali Steps into Ring

    The 700-odd Shiite Moslem prisoners in the Atlit detention camp have a real champion. He is Muhammad Ali, who held the world heavyweight boxing title from 1964-67 and 1974-78. Ali arrived in Israel today “to arrange for the freeing of the Muslim brothers imprisoned by Israel.” He said he would be discussing the release of… More ▸