Central America

  • Costa Rica Won’t Act Unilaterally Against Accused Nazi War Criminal

    Costa Rican Foreign Minister Fernando Naranjo has said his government does not intend to take unilateral action to expel accused Nazi war criminal Bohdan Koziy. A Ukrainian police official under the Nazis, Koziy immigrated to the United States following World War II and was later prosecuted by the U.S. Justice Department for killing Jews in… More ▸

  • Ex-nazi Found Living in Costa Rica Despite Previous Extradition Requests

    Costa Rica’s Jewish community has located a Nazi war criminal who has been living freely in that country since fleeing the United States 10 years ago. Bohdan Koziy, a Ukrainian police official during World War II who was found to have shot and killed a 4-year-old Jewish girl at point-blank range, has been living in… More ▸

  • Nicaragua to Restore Ties with Israel

    Nicaragua will restore diplomatic ties with Israel, broken by the former Sandinista government in protest against Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in 1982, the Foreign Ministry reported Sunday. It said an understanding to that effect was given by Nicaragua’s newly elected president, Violeta Barrios de Chamorro, in a conversation with a senior Israeli diplomat, David Turgeman,… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Lobbying White House to Revive Panama’s Battered Economy

    American Jewish organizations are urging the White House and the Congress to work actively to repair and rebuild the battered economy of Panama. The business community, in which the 5,000 Jews of Panama play a major role, was not only hit hard by the widespread looting following the recent U.S. invasion, but has suffered from… More ▸

  • Panama Relief Fund Established

    B’nai B’rith launched a Panama disaster relief drive Thursday to aid the nation devastated by fighting and looting in the wake of the U.S. invasion to oust dictator Manuel Noriega. B’nai B’rith Community Volunteer Services, chaired by Harvey Gerstein of St. Louis, will coordinate the international effort. B’nai B’rith Panama will channel the funds for… More ▸

  • This Chanukah is a Time of Fear and Heroism for Jews of Panama

    Chanukah has not been a joyous time for the Jews of Panama, but its very first day was a time for heroics, in keeping with the mood of the holiday. Following the U.S. invasion of Panama on Dec. 21, the Jews, a majority of whom are merchants, found their businesses mercilessly looted, down to the… More ▸

  • Jewish Businesses in Panama Looted

    The major impact of the U.S. military operation in Panama on the country’s tiny Jewish population appeared to be the looting activity that was taking place Wednesday on the streets of Panama City. Businesses, of which a considerable number are owned by Jews, were being hit Wednesday by roving bands of heavily armed looters, according… More ▸

  • Panama’s Jews Fear Anti-semitic Reprisals in Face of Crisis

    The Jewish community of Panama is wary of the potential of an anti-Semitic backlash to the political and financial crisis boiling in the Central American country, according to Jewish officials who have been in touch recently with some of the 1,800 Jews there. Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, Latin American affairs director for the Anti-Defamation League of… More ▸

  • Koziy Sanctuary in Costa Rica

    A Ukrainian post-war emigre to the United States whose background as a Nazi collaborator was confirmed by U.S. federal court has received a temporary residency visa in Costa Rica, according to a report in the Sept. 20 edition of The Ukrainian Weekly, datelined San Jose, Costa Rica. Bohdan Koziy fled to Costa Rica from the… More ▸