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  • 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 ▸

  • 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 ▸