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  • Denmark, Finland upgrade Palestinian diplomatic missions

    (JTA) — Denmark and Finland updated their Palestinian diplomatic missions to embassy status. The countries made a joint announcement Saturday on the sidelines of a meeting of Nordic foreign ministers in Stockholm. “We hope that the intention to give, for all practical purposes, the Palestinian Missions in our capitals conditions for work identical to those… More ▸

  • A Short but Convoluted History for Finland’s Jewish Community

    For any forthcoming edition of Jewish Trivial Pursuit, the Jewish community of Finland might become a source of inspiration. Consider just these two stumpers: Which Diaspora community contributed the most volunteers per capita during the Israeli War of Independence? In which front did Jews fight alongside Nazi soldiers in World War II? Jewish roots in… More ▸

  • In Finland, Immigrants from FSU Revitalize a Dying Jewish Community

    Before Tamara Tuuminen left her native Moscow in 1978 with her husband, an ethnic Finn, she distanced herself from her Jewish roots. In the Soviet Union in the 1970s, “it was dangerous to be involved” in Jewish life, said Tuuminen, 51, a specialist in immunology and clinical microbiology who lives in Helsinki. “You could lose… More ▸

  • At Center of Storm, Finnish Official Personifies E.u. Approach to Israel

    When Europe’s leaders met over the summer to discuss the Lebanon war, the person leading the criticism of Israel for its "disproportionate" response was a thin, bearded, bohemian-looking man who favors baggy corduroy jackets over gray suits — Finland’s foreign minister, Erkki Tuomioja. Finland holds the six-month rotating presidency of the European Union and chairs… More ▸

  • Jewish Graves Vandalized in Finnish Town of Turku

    In an anti-Semitic attack unusual for Finland, vandals have overturned and smashed gravestones in a Jewish cemetery in the western town of Turku, the World Jewish Congress reported this week. About 125 headstones were toppled and some broken, according to a report from the Finnish news agency. Only the left side of the cemetery was… More ▸

  • PLO Protests Won’t Deter Finland from Aiding Aliyah of Soviet Jews

    Finland has officially rejected protests by the Palestine Liberation Organization over its decision to allow Soviet Jewish emitters to fly from a Finnish airport directly to Israel. But Finland has beefed up security for its 520-troop battalion serving in southern Lebanon as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force. The Finns advised the PLO they… More ▸

  • El Al Gets Permission to Fly Soviet Jews by Way of Finland

    Finland announced Tuesday that it will permit El Al Airlines to begin flying Soviet Jewish immigrants to Israel from Finnish territory. Christer Hagulund, press attache at Finland’s Consulate here, said an El Al plane will be permitted to fly emigres once a week from the eastern city of Lappeenranta to Israel. He said Finland had… More ▸