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  • Masorti Movement: Synagogue in Concepcion destroyed in Earthquake

    According to the Masorti Olami, the Masorti synagogue in Concepcion was destroyed in the earthquake that rocked Chile this weekend.  The head of the Masorti Movement, Rabbi Tzvi Graetz, has been circulating an email stating that the walls were cracked, the roof caved in. “’In Concepcion, close to the epicenter of the earthquake, Rabbi Angel… More ▸

  • Ex-nazi Who Found Haven in Chile Now in Court, Charged with Torture

    An ex-Nazi-turned-commune-founder is facing multiple charges of child abuse, torture and murders in Chile. Paul Schaefer, founder of the a secretive German enclave in southern Chile called Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony, fled Chile in 1997. For more than seven years he had been a fugitive; that ended when he was arrested by Argentine Interpol… More ▸

  • As Rains Flood Central Chile, Jewish Community Offers Relief

    The Jewish community of Chile is pulling together to deal with the fallout of the worst rainstorm the country has seen in at least 80 years. After several days of rain, a heavy storm on Monday dumped an entire year’s worth of rain on the central area of Chile, including the capital Santiago, in just… More ▸

  • Chile Probes Blast at Zionist Center

    At the Jewish community’s request, police in the Chilean city of Concepcion have launched a second investigation into an explosion that rocked the Zionist Center there last month. The explosion occurred the morning of April 16, a few hours after the second Passover seder, and injured the center’s two caretakers, according to reports received here… More ▸

  • 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 ▸