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  • Court Clears Way for Dispatch of Volunteer Police Force to Haiti

    After temporarily blocking the move, Israel’s High Court of Justice this week unanimously approved sending a 30-member police contingent to assume peacekeeping duties in Haiti. The court’s decision, combined with the Cabinet’s approval of the mission last week, cleared the way for the departure of the 28 men and women who volunteered to help restore… More ▸

  • Departure of Haiti-bound Police Delayed for Political, Legal Concerns

    The departure of a 30-member Israeli police contingent that was to assume peacekeeping duties in Haiti has been postponed pending further consideration by the Cabinet and the High Court of Justice. The 28 men and two women who volunteered to help restore stability in Haiti were to have left Israel on Monday for Puerto Rico… More ▸

  • Israel Choosing Volunteers for Haiti in Wake of a Peaceful U.S. Occupation

    Israeli authorities are currently selecting candidates from among those volunteering to serve as part of an Israeli police force in Haiti. Gavriel Amir, the retired chief police inspector and former prison commissioner, will head the Israeli contingent, which will include 30 current members of the police as well as retirees. The Israeli detachment will be… More ▸

  • Israel Agrees to Send Police to Haiti

    As the United States readies for the possible invasion of Haiti, Israel has pledged to send 30 police officers to the island when the fighting concludes. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin authorized the contingent Sunday, after President Clinton telephoned last week for Israeli aid to oust the present military rulers of the Caribbean island. Clinton did… More ▸

  • Israel Rejects U.S. Request to Join Military Force in Haiti

    Israel has rejected an American request to join a U.N.-sponsored international military force for a possible invasion of Haiti. Speaking on Army Radio on Monday, Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin said Israel was willing to send humanitarian assistance to Haiti. But he ruled out sending members of the Israel Defense Force, saying the climate in… More ▸

  • Aristide Asks U.S. Jewish Leaders to Help Restore Democracy to Haiti

    Exiled Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide has asked Jewish organizational leaders to help rally the pressure needed to force out of power the military junta that overthrew him last fall. “The more people who know what’s going on in our country, the easier it will be to change things,” he told representatives of the New York… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA the Jews of Haiti

    The Jewish traveler abroad often finds that some countries do not list Jewish synagogues when they mention religious services. Haiti is one country that doesn’t have a synagogue, but still the. Haitian official Visitor’s Guide notes: “Although there are no synagogues in Haiti members of the local Jewish colony observe the Holidays .” Visitors of… More ▸

  • Special to the JTA the Jews of Haiti

    According to the cold statistics, there are only 45 Jewish families in Haiti, but the dynamics, the people, the will to survive as a community is an untold but easily discovered story by those who take some time out from enjoying this excellent vocation spot to look beneath the surface. True, there is no synagogue,… More ▸

  • Israel, Haiti Sign Accord

    Israel and Haiti signed agreements of mutual cooperation here today. The signing, by Foreign Minister Yigal Allon and the Foreign Minister of Haiti, Edner Brutus, marked the end of the latter’s official visit to Israel. Brutus, who serves as religious affairs minister in the Haitian government, visited the Yad Vashem Memorial and laid a wreath… More ▸

  • Bar Mitzvah Ceremonies in Haiti

    Religious history was made in the island of Haiti in July, For the first time in the annals of that Caribbean island a rabbi officiated at two Bar Mitzvah ceremonies. Veteran residents vaguely recall that sometime in the past a Bar Mitzvah took place, but without an ordained clergyman. But last month Rabbi Samuel Silver… More ▸