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  • Jewish Merchants in Cuba Need No Longer Fear Blackmail, Castro Says

    Premier Fidel Castro of Cuba gave specific assurances, in a recent 90-minute interview with a Milwaukee attorney, that discrimination against any religious or minority groups including Cuban Jews, would not be tolerated by his regime, it was reported here today. The assurances were given by the Cuban leader to N. Paley Phillips, former president of… More ▸

  • President of Cuba Greets Jewish Press; Castro Condemns Religious Bias

    Dr. Manuel Urrutia Lleo. President of Cuba, today greeted the Jewish press here througha.personal note to the correspondent of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency extending “cordial” wishes to the Jewish publications. Dr. Fidel Castro, leader of the revolution in Cuba, told a press conference here that he condemns racial and religious discrimination. “Our revolution would not… More ▸

  • Jew Named Cabinet Member in Havana; First Time in History of Cuba

    For the first time in the history of Cuba a Jew has been named a member of the Cabinet, it was revealed here today. He is Enrique Oltuski, son of immigrant parents from Poland who settled in Santa Clara where they still have a shoe factory. An engineer and graduate of the University of Miami,… More ▸

  • Israel Recognizes Castro Regime in Cuba; Sends Formal Communication

    Israel today extended formal recognition to the new regime in Cuba. Mrs. Golda Meir, Israel’s Foreign Minister, in a cable to the new Cuban Foreign Ministry, said Israel wished to continue relations and sincere friendship and mutual understanding with Cuba. Mrs.Meir today entered Beilison Hospital for what was described as a routine three-day check-up. Prior… More ▸

  • Jewish Organizations in Cuba Express Confidence in New Regime; Send Greetings to Castro

    Jewish organizations today sent greetings to the Castro Government, expressing complete confidence in the new regime. Jewish communal life is completely restored. Activities at the “patronato,” Havana’s Jewish Center, and in all other Jewish institutions have reverted to normalcy. The “Patronato” conducts Jewish cultural, social and religious activities. It also houses an Orthodox synagogue. Jewish… More ▸

  • 125 Jewish Enterprises Looted in Havana Riots; No Anti-semitism Noted

    Between 125 and 150 Jewish-owned shops and stores in Havana have been looted and sacked by the mob in the rioting in the Cuban capital that has followed the collapse of the Batista regime, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency learned today. Most of these establishments were in the Prado section of the city where roving mobs… More ▸

  • Jews in Havana Fear Violence; Seek Reassurance from Castro Regime

    Jewish stores in Havana were attacked today by mobs following the fall of the Batista government, while leaders of the Jewish community there were seeking reassurances from representatives of the new regime which brought Fidel Castro into power. A number of Havana Jewish families, including children, arrived by air in Miami this morning. They reported… More ▸

  • Cuba and Israel Sign Trade Pact; Israel to Purchase Cuban Sugar

    Israel and Cuba signed this week-end a trade pact giving Israel the status of a “most favored nation.” The agreement, signed at the Cuban Foreign Ministry by David Shaltiel, Israel’s Minister to Cuba, provides for Israel to purchase Cuban sugar and sell a number of Israeli products in Cuba, chiefly textiles and plywood. More ▸

  • Gen. Shealtiel, Israel Minister, Presents His Credentials in Cuba

    Gen. David Shealtiel, Israel Minister to Cuba, presented his credentials today to the President of Cuba. He was received at the Presidential palace with a parade, with a military orchestra playing the national hymns of Cuba and Israel. In the evening he was honored at a gathering arranged by leaders of the local Jewish community…. More ▸