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  • Kenya Restores Ties with Israel, is Sixth African Nation to Do So

    Kenya on Friday became the sixth African country to restore diplomatic ties with Israel severed during the October 1973 Yom Kippur War, the Israeli Embassy announced here. In total, 11 African nations now have full diplomatic relations with Israel. Under Arab pressure, all but four African nations severed diplomatic relations with Israel following the 1973… More ▸

  • Shamir Reportedly Met Secretly Last Week with Kenyan President

    Premier Yitzhak Shamir last week met secretly with Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi during a stopover on the way to Togo, Maariv reported Tuesday. Moi promised he would consider establishing full diplomatic relations with Israel in the near future, but also outlined preconditions. Shamir’s entourage stayed on the plane during the 90-minute “refuelling stop,” and… More ▸

  • Relief for Kenyan Famine Victims

    Some 55 tons of food, medication, tents and mobile field kitchens donated by the Magen David Adom (MDA) First Aid Society, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross, have arrived in Kenya to aid famine victims in that country, it was reported here today. The relief supplies, shipped from Eilat to the Kenyan port of Mombasa,… More ▸

  • Kenya Officials Concerned over Activities of Arab Diplomats There

    Government officials in Kenya have expressed concern over recent activities officials in Kenya have expressed concern over recent activities of Arab diplomats in that country, according to reports by Radio Nairobi received here by the monitoring sources of the World Jewish Congress. Shariff Nassir, Assistant Minister for Lands and Settlement, and Emmanuel Maitha, a member… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Kenya

    The Nairobi Hebrew Congregation was founded in 1904, but no minutes were kept until 1907, when Il men adopted the name officially. One year later, the British colonial administration offered the congregation land for a synagogue, but fund-raising problems prevented construction until 1913. The cornerstone ceremony, attended by Kenya’s 30 Jews, was based on Masonic… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Kenya

    The history of the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation is somewhat intertwined with the “Uganda Plan” for a Jewish settlement in part of Kenya. According to business executive and communal leader Dr. Manfred Lehmann, the publicity it generated attracted Jewish settlers and by the end of 1903, the nucleus of a small but viable Jewish community existed…. More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Kenya

    The history of Jews and the history of Kenya, a Black East African country, have intersected three times in the past 80 years. The last, and perhaps best known of these encounters was Kenya’s role in the 1976 Israeli rescue of Jews in Entebbe, Uganda. Permission for the Israeli rescue aircraft to refuel in Kenya,… More ▸

  • Controversy over Israeli Dance Troupe in Kenya Backfires

    A leader of the Jewish community here expressed satisfaction that Kenya did not bow to Arab pressure to cancel the performances of the Israeli Bat Dor dance troupe at the National Theatre. Ivor Davis, a former president of the Council of the Nairobi Hebrew Congregation and its public affairs person, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency… More ▸

  • Israeli Dance Troupe a Hit in Kenya

    The Israeli Bat Dor Dance Company has started what appears to be a highly successful series of performances in Kenya, despite efforts by the PLO and their supporters to have their appearance banned. While still in Zaire, on their way to Nairobi, the company was told that there was firm opposition to their appearances in… More ▸