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  • Bulgaria Agrees to Pay $195,000 to Israel for Shot Down El Al Plane

    Protracted negotiations over the question of compensation for the 22 Israelis who died in the crash of an El Al plane which was shot down by the Bulgarian Air Force in 1955, have been concluded with the signing of an agreement providing for the payment to Israel by Bulgaria of a total of $195,000, it… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Ready to Pay Damages to Families Killed in Downed Plane

    The Israeli and Bulgarian Governments have reached an understanding on payments by the East European country of damages to families of victims of the shooting down in 1955 of an El Al airliner over Bulgaria with a loss of 58 lives, official sources reported today. These sources said a final agreement on the lengthy and… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Releases Chief Rabbi from Jail; Was Imprisoned Several Months

    Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi Asher Hananel, who has been in prison at Sofia since early this year, when he was convicted of alleged “illegal trading, ” has been released from jail, it was learned here today. Rabbi Hananel telephoned his daughter here to inform her of his release. The venerable rabbi said he had been freed… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Chief Rabbi, Now Under House Arrest, Named for Post in Israel

    Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi Asher Hannanel was nominated here today as Sephardic Chief Rabbi for Tel Aviv. At the request of a number of local petitioners, his name was listed among the candidates for the post by the special election committee preparing the naming of Tel Aviv’s Chief Rabbi. Dr. Hannanel was recently sentenced to prison… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Chief Rabbi Denies Sofia Synagogue is Converted into Museum

    Bulgaria’s Chief Rabbi Asher Hannanel today told an Israeli rabbi, in a telephone conversation between Jerusalem and Sofia, that the great synagogue at Sofia has not been converted into a museum, as previously reported. Rabbi Hannanel, who has been convicted by a Bulgarian court and sentenced to four years’ imprisonment on allegations of “smuggling and… More ▸

  • Bulgaria’s Reluctance to Settle El Al Claims Regretted in Israel

    Foreign Minister Golda Meir today expressed regret over the fact that the Bulgarian Government had not jet settled the claims of the victims who lost their lives in the El Al aircraft shot down over Bulgaria in July 1955. Mrs. Meir was replying to a question in the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament, as to what steps… More ▸

  • Bulgarian Chief Rabbi, Released on Bond, Speaks over Telephone to Israel

    Dr. Asher Hananel, Chief Rabbi of the Bulgarian Jewish community, told relatives here last night over long-distance telephone that his health was improving and that he was at home after being released on bond for reasons of health, following his sentencing to four-and-one-half years’ imprisonment bh Bulgarian authorities for allegedly "speculating and smuggling." The relatives,… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Urged to Permit Emigration of Convicted Chief Rabbi

    An appeal to the Bulgarian Government to permit Dr. Asher Hananel, Chief Rabbi of the Bulgarian Jewish community, to emigrate to Israel, was issued today by the National Religious Party. Rabbi Hananel was sentenced last week by a Sofia court to three-and-one-half years’ imprisonment after being found guilty of “speculating and smuggling,” and of having… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Converts the Only Remaining Synagogue in Sofia into Museum

    The only remaining synagogue in Sofia has been converted into a museum, it was reliably reported here today. The move was foreshadowed earlier this year when the Bulgarian Government asked Chief Rabbi Asher Hananel to petition the Government to close the synagogue because of alleged poor attendance at services. Rabbi Hananel, who refused the Government’s… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Asked to Clarify Mystery of Missing Chief Rabbi Hannanel

    An appeal to the Bulgarian Government to confirm or deny reports that Bulgarian Chief Rabbi Asher Hannanel had been jailed on charges of “maintaining contact with foreigners,” was made here today by Dr. Zvi Harkavy, a former director of a Jewish school in Sofia before World War II, and a close associate of Dr. Hannanel…. More ▸