Central America

  • President of Costa Rica Gets 1985 Wjc Human Rights Award

    Luis Alberto Monge, the President of Costa Rica, was presented with the 1985 Human Rights Award of the World Jewish Congress’ Latin American branch at the National Theater here last week. He was the 19th recipient of the award, presented annually since 1966 for distinguished service in the struggle for human rights. Monge, in his… More ▸

  • Mapam Leader to Visit Nicaragua at Invitation of the Sandinistas

    Chaika Grossman, a Mapam member of Knesset, said here last night that she will be going to Nicaragua at the invitation of its ruling Sandinista government. “I am going to Nicaragua because I am a representative of Mapam and I’m invited, ” she told an audience of more than 100 people at the Stephen Wise… More ▸

  • Dispute over Report from Nicaragua: Members of Fact-finding Mission Claim There is No Officialanti-s

    There is no official anti-Semitism in Nicaragua today but there are strong anti-Israel sentiments because of Israeli policies in Central America which appear to support rightwing dictatorships, according to three members of a recent fact-finding mission to Nicaragua organized by the New Jewish Agenda. The three members, part of a 10-member delegation, who briefed reporters… More ▸

  • Capital City of Panama Honors Rabbi

    The capital city of Panama has honored a prominent Jewish scholar and educator. Rabbi Heszel Klepfisz was recognized as a “deserving citizen of the District of Panama” according to the citation that accompanied the “Key to the City” presented to him by Mayor Nelson Espino. The ceremonies at the Municlpal Palace were attended by members… More ▸

  • Costa Rica Confirms Jerusalem Stance

    President Luis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica has affirmed his country’s “free and sovereign determination to honor Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” Monge made that statement in a cable to Edgar Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress. It was in response to a cable of encouragement Bronfman sent to the Costa Rican President… More ▸

  • Costa Rica Boycotted by Arabs, Moslems

    The delegations of Arab and Moslem countries walked out of the annual conference of the International Labor Organization (ILO) here today in a gesture of protest against President Louis Alberto Monge of Costa Rica which recently moved its Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The delegates, joined by representatives of a number of… More ▸

  • Guatemala Jewish Leader Says Soviet Intervention in Central America Threatens Future of Jews in the

    A prominent Jewish leader from Guatemala City said here today that turmoil in Central America caused by Soviet intervention was threatening the future of Jewish communities in the region. Speaking at a news conference at the American Jewish Committee’s 78th annual meeting, continuing through Sunday at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, Moises Sabbaj, the vice-president of FEDECO,… More ▸

  • Costa Rica’s President Says He Will Defy ‘Diplomatic Terrorism’ and Keep His Embassy in Jerusalem

    The President of Costa Rica declared that he would "not give in to diplomatic terrorism" and move his nation’s Israeli Embassy out of Jerusalem. Addressing the annual convention of B’nai B’rith International’s Caribbean District here, President Luis Alberto Monge said that he transferred the Costa Rican Embassy from Tel Aviv "not for military or economic… More ▸