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  • Lawmakers Fight Possible Visit to Israel by Pinochet of Chile

    A group of 28 Knesset members have signed a petition to bar Augusto Pinochet, the former military strongman of Chile, from visiting Israel. Pinochet, who remains Chile’s military chief of staff after being ousted from the presidency in 1990, is rumored to be planning a visit to Israel that would involve an arms deal worth… More ▸

  • Chile Tells Wjc It Won’t Establish Diplomatic Relations with the PLO

    Chile, which earlier this year authorized the opening of a Palestine Liberation Organization information office, has said it will not proceed to establish diplomatic relations with the PLO. “I can assure you that Chilean foreign policy does not contemplate the establishment of diplomatic relations with the PLO,” Chile’s ambassador to Washington, Particio Silva, told the… More ▸

  • Jews Protest Opening of PLO Office in Chile

    Jews in Latin America are unhappy with the Chilean government’s decision earlier this month to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization officially and have asked the World Jewish Congress to deplore the move in meetings with Chilean diplomats. On Jan. 5, the Chilean government approved the opening of a PLO information office in the capital city… More ▸

  • Chile Expanding Ties with JNF

    The chief forester of the Chilean Forestal Corporation was in Israel last week in an effort to upgrade official ties between the afforestation department of Chile and the Jewish National Fund of Israel. An official agreement has existed between the two countries for almost 10 years, but it was more a formality that never translated… More ▸

  • Chile Says It Won’t Recognize PLO

    Chile’s vice president has assured the Latin American Jewish Congress that his government is not going to recognize the Palestine Liberation Organization. After meeting with the Representative Committee of Chilean Jewish Entities, Enrique Krauss said, “The Jewish community can rest assured that this situation is not going to happen.” He told the group that “any… More ▸

  • Graffiti Scrawled on Gravestones in Chile Refer to Spanish Expulsion

    Some 100 gravestones were vandalized Monday in a Jewish cemetery in southern Chile, the World Jewish Congress reported. Among the anti-Semitic graffiti at the cemetery in Temuco, Chile, were slogans referring to the 500th anniversary of the expulsion of Jews from Spain, said Elan Steinberg, executive director of the WJC. One of the slogans said,… More ▸

  • Golda Meir Square Dedicated in Chile

    In a formal ceremony in the city of Vina del Mar, a central plaza was dedicated as Golda Meir Square, the World Jewish Congress reported here. According to the Latin American branch of the WJC, the mayor of the city, Eugenia Garrido, and Israel’s Ambassador David Ephrati unveiled a plaque giving the name of Golda… More ▸

  • B’nai B’rith Denounces Bombing of Home of One of Its Leaders in Chile

    B’nai B’rith International denounced the terrorist bombing of the home of one of its leaders in Santiago, Chile, on May 8. The blast seriously damaged the house of Amiti Pilowski, a former president of the B’nai B’rith Santiago Lodge and a representative to the Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith. Neither Pilowski nor anyone in his… More ▸