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  • Jewish Television Owner in Brazil at Center of Riveting Hostage Drama

    The Jewish owner of Brazil’s second largest TV channel kissed his mezuzah and thanked God after being held hostage for seven hours by a man who previously had kidnapped the media mogul’s daughter. Silvio Santos — born Senor Abravanel — was freed last week after police and the governor of Sao Paulo state, Geraldo Alckimin,… More ▸

  • Bomb Victims Came from Israel, New Jersey, Netherlands and Brazil

    Hundreds of friends, family members, classmates and former students of Shoshana Greenbaum were among those gathered at Har Hamenuchot Cemetery in Israel to pay their last respects. Greenbaum, 31, of Passaic, N.J., had been five months pregnant. Buried last Friday, she was one of 15 people who died Aug. 9 when a suicide bomber entered… More ▸

  • Rio De Janeiro’s Jews Worried As Neo-nazis Thrive in City’s Suburbs

    Rio’s most popular newspaper sounded an alarm recently: Neo-Nazism is alive and thriving in the city’s suburbs. The report in the O Dia newspaper confirmed what many in the Jewish community long have feared. Other members of the community, however, believe the report gave lunatic fringe groups too much publicity. According to the report, some… More ▸

  • Hebrew Teacher in Brazil Insists He’s Innocent in Child-porn Case

    A Hebrew teacher jailed here on charges of engaging in child pornography is maintaining his innocence. In a jailhouse interview with JTA, George Steinberg said he had no idea that a 17-year-old girl who turned him in was underage. He assumed she was older than 18, he said, because she worked at a night club…. More ▸

  • Israeli Diplomat in Brazil Suspected of Child Pornography

    Brazilian police were searching this week for an Israeli diplomat suspected of hosting child prostitution sessions after they found pictures of nude teen-age girls allegedly taken at his apartment. Israeli officials said they are recalling Arie Scher to investigate the matter. The search for Scher, 35, who served the Israeli government in China for two… More ▸

  • Effort Launched to Pursue Nazi Loot Brought to Brazil

    Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso has signed a decree creating a special commission to trace gold and other assets stolen from Holocaust victims and believed to have been smuggled into the country by Nazis after World War II. The commission also will attempt to determine whether any former Nazis, many of whom found a safe… More ▸

  • Gubernatorial Candidate in Brazil is the Victim of Anti-semitic Attacks

    A Jewish candidate for governor of the Brazilian state of Parana has become the target of anti-Semitic attacks. Vandals sprayed anti-Jewish slogans on the wall of the Jewish cemetery and on 15 billboards advertising the candidacy of Jaime Lerner last week. Lerner, who is leading in his race for governor of Parana, is the former… More ▸

  • Brazil’s Foreign Minister Meets with American Jews

    Brazil’s Foreign Minister Fernando Henrique Cardozo told a visiting delegation of the American Jewish Committee that his aspiration is to be jointly honored by his country’s Jewish and Arab communities. The AJCommittee delegates met last week with Cardozo in Brasilia, the Brazilian capital, on the first leg of a South American tour that was also… More ▸

  • Sao Paulo University to Receive $10 Million from Odessa Group

    The University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, has been named to inherit some $10 million from the Nazi organization Odessa, according to a report in the Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. It is believed that the inheritance consists of a treasure of some 465 lbs. of jewels, rare coins, gold and precious stones, kept… More ▸

  • Brazil Has Ended Military Ties with Iraq, Ex-operative Claims

    Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait has put an end to more than a decade of Brazilian military cooperation with Saddam Hussein’s regime, according to a retired head of Brazil’s intelligence agency. Col. Carlos Cunha, a retired former senior operative of the Servico Nacional de Informacoes, said President Fernando Collor de Mello has ordered national companies to… More ▸