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  • Jews in Chile and Brazil Affected by Adverse Economic Conditions

    Adverse economic conditions in South America are beginning to affect members of the Jewish community there, particularly in Chile and Brazil, according to reports presented to the Board of Directors of the World Council of Synagogues, the international arm of Conservative Judaism. Discussing the situation in Chile, Rabbi Angel Kreiman, the Grand Rabbi of Chile’s… More ▸

  • First Jew Elected to Brazil’s Academy of Literature

    Arnaldo Niskier, an author and former Rio de Janeiro government official, has been elected a member of Brazil’s Academy of Literature. He is the first Jew in the history of the Academy to have attained this honor. The vote to accept him was unanimous. The son of immigrants from Poland, Niskier was born here. He… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA Two Universities in Brazil Have Begun Teaching Courses in Hebrew Language and Jew

    Moshe Davis, academic chairman of the Jerusalem-based International Center for University Teaching of Jewish Civilization, reported here that two universities in Brazil have begun teaching courses in Hebrew language and Jewish culture. The developments, according to Davis, are the result of the continued efforts of the Center in Jerusalem in close cooperation of the Brazilian… More ▸

  • Brazil’s Jewish Community Protests Anti-zionist Vote of the Sao Paulo Municipality

    The Jewish community of Brazil has lodged a formal protest against a motion adopted by the Municipal Council of Sao Paulo which condemns “massacres and genocide” perpetrated by “Zionists in the Middle East,” the World Jewish Congress reported today. According to the Confederacao Israelita do Brasil, the central representative body of Brazilian Jewry and the… More ▸

  • Prejudice in Brazil

    Jews rank second only to homosexuals on a scale of prejudices held by Brazilians according to a recent poll conducted in 40 cities. Prejudice against women was third. The poll, conducted by Sao Paulo psychologist Jacobo Pinheiro Goldberg and a staff of 20 aides, measured prejudicial attitudes in terms of “inferior” and “superior.” It found… More ▸

  • Anti-israel Rally in Brazil

    An estimated 300 PLO supporters participated in an anti-Israel rally in the center of the city last Friday. The participants shouted anti-Zionist slogans and denounced Israeli Premier Menachem Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon. When a group of Bnai Akiva youngsters sought to distribute leaflets depicting PLO atrocities, they were attacked by the crowd. Leaders… More ▸

  • Brazil’s President Says He Holds Israel in High Esteem

    President Joao Boptista Figueiredo told a delegation of American Jewish Committee officials that “I hold the people of Israel in high esteem.” In a 40-minute meeting with the delegation, headed by AJCommittee president Maynard Wishner, the President recalled that before taking office, while he was a general in the army, he spent six weeks in… More ▸

  • Pro-plo Group Installed in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies

    The Parliamentary League for Arab-Brazilian Friendship, organized by the Palestine Liberation Orgranization, has been installed in Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies as part of intensive PLO efforts to strengthen its position in the nation. The installation, according to Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, director of the Latin American Affairs Department of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, took… More ▸

  • Diplomatic Strains Between Israel and Brazil on Uranium Rumor Fade

    Brazil’s Ambassador to Israel, Vasco Mariz, is expected to return to his post in Tel Aviv shortly, marking the end of a diplomatic crisis that developed between the two countries after a Brazilian newspaper claimed that agents of Mossad, Israel’s secret service, had accused Brazil of shipping Uranium to Iraq. Mariz was recalled a week… More ▸

  • Mossad Not Behind Media Claim That Brazil Gave Uranium to Iraq

    Recent newspaper reports accusing Brazil of supplying uranium to Iraq were based on Brazilian sources and not on Mossad, the Israeli secret service, according to the Brazilian correspondent of The Guardian, a leading British newspaper which had carried the report dismissing any Israeli involvement in the media assertions. The Guardian account was also confirmed by… More ▸