Menu JTA Search

Central America

  • New Jewish Agenda Plans Mission to Nicaragua, Reiterates Call for PLO Talks, Enters Soviet Jewry Fra

    New Jewish Agenda (NJA) decided at its biennial convention here last week to send a Benjamin Linder Brigade to Nicaragua in December to reopen the confiscated Managua synagogue as a Jewish cultural center. Most of Nicaragua’s tiny Jewish community fled the country when the Sandinista-led revolution ousted Gen. Anastasio Somoza-Debayle, the military dictator, in 1979…. More ▸

  • Panama’s President Visiting Israel

    Panama’s President, Eric Arturo de Delvalle, arrived in Israel Sunday on a state visit. De Delvalle, who is Jewish, spoke of close ties between Israel and Panama at a state dinner hosted by President Chaim Herzog. More ▸

  • New Jewish Agenda to Send Work Brigade to Nicaragua

    The New Jewish Agenda (NJA) is sending a work brigade to Nicaragua next winter in memory of Benjamin Linder, the 27-year-old engineer from Portland, Oregon, killed three weeks ago in Nicaragua while working on a hydroelectric project. Plans for the brigade were announced Wednesday night at a memorial service for Linder at the Stephen Wise… More ▸

  • Guatemala’s Defense Minister Says His Country Has ‘broad Military Relations’ with Private Israeli Bu

    Israel is supplying weapons and military aircraft to Guatemala on a business basis without the Israel government’s involvement, Haaretz reported Thursday. The newspaper quoted Guatemala’s Defense Minister, Gen. Hector Alejandro Gramajo Morales, as telling its correspondent at an interview in Guatemala City that his country has “broad military relations” with Israel conducted by private Israeli… More ▸

  • Delegation from Nicaragua Cancels Scheduled Visit to Israel

    A delegation from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Agriculture which was to have visited Israel next month at the invitation of Mapam has indicated it will cancel the trip. It would have been the first official delegation from that Central American country to visit Israel since the Sandinista government came to power in 1979. The apparent… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Israeli Rescue Team in El Salvador

    A two-member Israeli rescue team that went to El Salvador to help the victims of the devastating earthquake there October 10 said they “encountered scenes of terrible destruction and human agony. Many efforts were made to save trapped children, men and women under the rubble caused by the earthquake — but many people are still… More ▸

  • El Salvador Jewish Community Escapes Injury in Earthquake

    Members of the small Jewish community of El Salvador escaped injury in last week’s massive earthquake and even managed to hold Yom Kippur services Monday, according to information received by Rabbi Morton Rosenthal, Latin American Affairs director of the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. He said, however, that ADL was advised by Jean-Claude Kahn, president… More ▸

  • Costa Rica’s New President Appoints Three Jews to Key Cabinet Offices

    The new President, Dr. Oscar Arias Sanchez, who takes office Thursday, has appointed three members of the Jewish community, all women, as Deputies to key Cabinet offices. They are: Ophelia Rubinstein, Housing; Sandra Pisk, Planning; and Rebecca Grynspan, Treasury. The Israeli delegation to the inauguration of Arias Sanchez is led by Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir,… More ▸

  • Shamir: Israel Willing to Sell Arms to Honduras, but Will Not Aid Contras

    Israeli Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir said in Honduras Monday that Israel will be forthcoming to a request by Honduras for Israeli arms. But Shamir, according to an Israeli spokesperson in New York, stressed that Israel’s willingness to sell arms to Honduras has nothing to do with the situation in Nicaragua. “Israel will not extend any… More ▸

  • Israel Denies Supplying Weapons to Contra Forces in Central America

    The Foreign Ministry today denied charges that Israel has supplied arms directly to the United States-backed rebel forces fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua. The Ministry, in a statement issued after Nicarguan President Daniel Ortega asserted that Israel is training and arming the rebel Contra forces, said also that Israel has been making persistent efforts… More ▸