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  • Costa Rica Denies Report on Moving Embassy in Israel

    Costa Rican Foreign Minister Fernando Naranjo this week dismissed a published report that his country plans to move its embassy in Israel out of Jerusalem. “We are not thinking of changing its site,” Naranjo said Monday. “It stays in Jerusalem.” Last week, U.S. News & World Report said Costa Rica would pull its embassy out… More ▸

  • Israeli Legislators Implore Costa Rica to Deport Koziy

    Calling his presence here a “travesty of justice,” 72 members of the Israeli Knesset have called on Costa Rica to expel accused war criminal Bodhan Koziy. Joining in a campaign launched earlier this year by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem, members of every party in the Knesset except the Arab Democratic Party singed a… More ▸

  • Israel Puzzled by Costa Rica’s Vote on U.N. Lebanon Resolution

    Israel diplomats here have voiced concern about this Central American country’s decision to approve a recent U.N. vote that criticized Israel’s 16-day shelling campaign in Lebanon. But even as the diplomats were questioning the Costa Rican vote – its first- ever condemnation of Israel in a U.N. resolution – the government of Costa Rica made… More ▸

  • Yet Again, Costa Rica Implored to Expel Accused War Criminal

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem has formally asked the government of Costa Rica to expel and accused war criminal. The presence of Bodhan Koziy, 73, a Ukrainian police official during World War II, “brings shame on Costa Rica,” Efraim Zuroff, director of the center’s Israel office, said in a recent letter to Juan Diego… More ▸

  • Hand-delivered Letter Urges Costa Rica to Expel Accused Nazi

    A U.S. representative has personally delivered a letter signed by some 60 other congressmen to the president of Costa Rica, demanding that an accused Nazi war criminal be extradited to Ukraine. Bodhan Koziy, who apparently has been living in a suburb of the capital city of San Jose for the last decade, was a Ukrainian… More ▸

  • Kidnapped Leader of Jews in El Salvador Safe at Home

    The leader of El Salvador’s Jewish community returned safely home this week after being kidnapped last month in the capital city of San Salvador, according to a source familiar with the case. Jean-Claude Kahn, 51, a businessman of French descent, had been abducted Jan. 31 from his Mercedes-Benz by six armed men near a private… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader in El Salvador Abducted from Car in Capital

    The leader of El Salvador’s Jewish community has been kidnapped in the capital city of San Salvador, El Salvadoran police officials said. Jean-Claude Kahn, 51, a businessman of French descent, was abducted Tuesday from his Mercedes-Benz by six armed men near a private university in downtown San Salvador, police said. Kahn owns a textile warehouse… More ▸

  • Panama’s Jews Paranoid and Frustrated As Probe into July Explosion Drags on

    Nearly five months after the bombing of a small Panamanian commuter plane in which 21 people, including 12 Jews, died, authorities still do not know whether the attack was the work of Islamic fanatics or Colombian drug thugs out to kill one specific Jew aboard the plane. The lack of answers has led to frustration,… More ▸

  • Guatemala Returns to Jerusalem

    Guatemala is relocating its embassy to Jerusalem, Guatemalan President Ramiro de Leon Carpio has announced. Until 1980, the Guatemalan Embassy — along with 13 other embassies — was located in Jerusalem. But after the Knesset passed the Jerusalem Law, declaring Jerusalem to be Israel’s capital, Arab pressure led the embassies to relocate to the Tel… More ▸