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  • New Brazil President Recants Vows Made to Jews on Mideast

    Brazil’s new president, who was inaugurated on Thursday, seems to have retreated from assurances he made to Jewish leaders on his position toward the Middle East. Fernando Collor de Mello hinted in his inaugural speech that his government would condition its policy on the Middle East on the country’s economic ties with the Arab world…. More ▸

  • Presidential Election in Brazil Fails to Impress Jewish Electorate

    Brazil’s first free presidential election in 30 years has turned out to be something of a letdown for the country’s approximately 180,000 Jews. The first Jewish candidate for president of this overwhelmingly Catholic country, media tycoon and television entertainer Silvio Santos, was knocked off the ballot on a technicality less than a week before the… More ▸

  • Auschwitz Convent Casts a Shadow over Interfaith Ceremony in Brazil

    The issue of a Carmelite convent on the grounds of the former Auschwitz death camp cast a shadow over an interfaith ceremony here Sunday night at which a Catholic and a Jew were honored by the Brazilian Bishops Conference. Dr. Gerhart Riegner of Geneva, co-chairman of the World Jewish Congress Executive, and Cardinal Johannes Willebrands,… More ▸

  • Iranian Embassy in Brazil is Circulating “protocols of Zion”

    The Iranian Embassy in Brazil has been circulating a reprint of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” the notorious anti-Semitic hoax, on paper bearing the Embassy’s imprint, the American Jewish Committee reported here Wednesday. The Committee noted that the distribution of the “Protocols” has prompted a series of articles in the Sao Paulo daily,… More ▸

  • Wiesel Addresses Brazil’s Congress

    Characterizing the Bible as his “favorite constitution,” Elie Wiesel urged the Brazilian people to adopt a democratic constitution that would reflect scriptural values, including respect for human rights, concern for the poor and defenseless and an open door to those in need of refuge. “Give a haven to those who feel alienated from their former… More ▸

  • Elie Wiesel to Receive Brazil’s Highest Civilian Award Aug. 10

    Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel will go to Brazil next week to receive that government’s highest civilian award, the Gra Cruz of the Ordem Cruzeiro do Sul (Grand Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross), for his contributions to international peace. The award will be presented to Wiesel by Abren Sodre, Foreign Minister… More ▸

  • Brazil Protests to Iran for Distributing Portuguese ‘protocols’

    Brazil has protested to Iran for publishing and distributing a Portuguese translation of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” The Iranian charge d’affaires in Brasilia, Mouhmud Entiaz, was called to the Brazilian Foreign Ministry, where he was harshly admonished. He was told that the “Protocols” are a racist and anti-Semitic falsification forbidden by law… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Catholic-jewish Relations in Brazil

    The National Bishops’ Conference of Brazil has issued a 187-page “Guide for a Catholic-Jewish Dialogue in Brazil,” according to Rabbi Henry Sobel, coordinator of the National Commission for Catholic-Jewish Dialogue sponsored by the Bishop’s Conference there. Sobel, who heads the commission of five Jewish and five Catholic leaders, is rabbi at Congregacao Israelita Paulista in… More ▸