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  • Bulgaria Fails to Issue Promised Visas to Maccabi Football Team

    The Maccabi football team was marooned in Athens today after promised Bulgarian visas failed to arrive. The team was invited to play several games in Sofia, the Bulgarian capital, and was told by the Bulgarian Legation in Tel Aviv that visas would reach the team in Athens. When the visas failed to arrive, a phone… More ▸

  • Israel Body Decides to Accept Bulgaria’s Compensation Offer

    A Ministerial economic committee decided today to accept a long-standing offer by Bulgaria to pay compensation of $8, 300 for each victim of a Bulgarian attack on an El Al plane in 1955 in which all 58 persons aboard were killed. The payments would be made to relatives of the victims. Israel originally demanded a… More ▸

  • Nazi Envoy Who Deported Jews from Bulgaria Released in Germany

    Dr. Fritz Bauer, prosecutor-general of Hesse, filed an appeal today against a Frankfurt court order releasing Adolf Heinz Beckerle, Hitler’s ambassador to Bulgaria, who had been arrested on charges of complicity in the murder of 11,343 Macedonian and Thracian Jews. The victims were deported in March 1943 to the Treblinka extermination camp. The lower court… More ▸

  • Israel Renews Claim Against Bulgaria for Shooting Down El Al Plane

    Israel is going to take its claim for material damages growing out of the shooting down of an El Al plane over Bulgaria in 1955–with consequent loss of 58 lives–directly to the Bulgarian government, it was learned here today. Nathan Peled, Israeli Minister at Sofia, was said to have been given a note which he… More ▸

  • Bulgaria Arrests Head of Factory for Using “star of David” Trademark

    The manager of a Bulgarian textile factory, which for years has been using the “Star of David” as a trademark, has been arrested in Sofia on a charge of “sabotage against the national economic effort,” according to a report received here today. The Bulgarian plant had sold some textiles to Iraq, which returned the material… More ▸

  • Israel to Drop Court Action Against Bulgaria for Downed Plane

    The Foreign Ministry decided today to take no further court action against Bulgaria for shooting down an El Al passenger plane in 1956, when 58 passengers were killed through that Bulgarian action. The decision was made in accordance with the recommendation of Shabtai Rosenne, the Foreign Ministry’s legal advisor, who headed Israel’s team of attorneys… More ▸

  • International Court Refuses to Act on Israel’s Claim Against Bulgaria

    The International Court of Justice ruled today it had no competence to deal with Israel’s claim for damages against Bulgaria in the shooting down of an E1 A1 airliner in 1955 with a loss of all 58 lives aboard. England, Australia and China voted in favor of the Court’s jurisdiction but 12 nations voted against…. More ▸

  • Jewish Consistory in Bulgaria Decides to Liquidate Its Major Activities

    Decisions which amount to steps for liquidation of Jewish cultural and religious life in Bulgaria were taken at a recent meeting of the Consistory of Bulgarian Jews, according to a report received here today. The Consistory, the only remaining national organization of the Jewish community, engaged, according to the report, in “self-criticism.” This consisted of… More ▸

  • Verdict on Israel’s Claim Against Bulgaria Expected Next Week

    The International Court of Justice will deliver a ruling next Tuesday on the objections of Bulgaria in the suit by Israel over the shooting down of an El Al plane in 1955 with a loss of 58 lives. Bulgaria contended in the initial hearings that the International Court lacked jurisdiction in the case. Israel has… More ▸

  • Israel Argues Its Case Against Bulgaria Before International Court

    For the second successive day, today, Shabtai Rosenne, chief legal officer for the Israeli Foreign Ministry, argued Israel’s case here before the International Court of Justice, contending that Bulgaria cannot wipe out its obligation to pay damages in excess of $7,000,000 for shooting down an El Al Israel airplane in 1955, causing the loss of… More ▸