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  • Pnc Conference in Algeria Bodes Ill for the Middle East Peace Process

    The five-day conference of the Palestine National Council, which opened in Algiers Monday under the chairmanship of Yasir Arafat, bodes ill for the Middle East peace process and particularly for those in Israel and elsewhere who support an international peace conference with Palestinian participation. The PNC, which calls itself the Palestinian parliament in exile, is… More ▸

  • Israel Offers Aid to Algeria’s Earthquake Victims

    Premier Menachem Begin has offered to extend aid to the victims of the earthquake in Algeria if the Red Cross and the government of Algeria give their approval the offer was made in a cable to a local Arab committee aiding earthquake victims which has set up its headquarters in the village of Boqa el… More ▸

  • Algerian Born Rabbi Elected New Chief Rabbi of France

    Rabbi Rene Sirat, a 50-year-old Algerian-born Jewish educator and professor of Oriental languages was elected France’s new Chief Rabbi yesterday, to succeed 85-year-old Chief Rabbi Jacob Kaplan who will retire at the end of this year. Sirat is the first Sephardic Jew of North African origin to become Chief Rabbi and his election attests to… More ▸

  • Algerian Jews Visit Former Home

    Over 100 Algerian Jews returned to Paris last week from a 10-day pilgrimage to their former home. It is the first time since the European mass exodus from Algeria in 1962 that Jews have returned, even if only for a brief visit, to what is one of the most extremist Arab states. The visit was… More ▸

  • Algerian President Orders Police to Track Down Synagogue Vandals

    Algerian President Houari Boumedienne said today that he has ordered police to track down with all available means the vandals who desecrated and looted the Algiers synagogue last month and bring them to trial. Boumedienne, who received Marcel Said, president of the city’s Jewish community, in a private audience, asked him to convey to all… More ▸

  • Israeli Secret Service Implicates Algeria, Libya, Iraq in Terrorist Attack at Opec Headquarters

    The Israeli secret service implicates Algeria, Libya and Iraq directly in last month’s attack by Palestinian and European terrorists on the headquarters of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in Vienna in which three persons were killed and 11 oil ministers kidnapped. According to the newspaper France Soir, the Israelis are convinced that Algeria… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Algeria

    French President Valery Giscard d’Estaing’s visit to Algiers last week, where he spent several days discussing French-Algerian relations and the Middle East with President Houari Boumediene and other government leaders has spotlighted a small Jewish community less than an hour’s flight from metropolitan France, that of Algeria where 140,000 Jews lived some 10 years ago…. More ▸

  • U.s.-algeria Relations Restored

    The State Department announced today that the U.S. and Algeria have resumed formal diplomatic relations. Algeria was one of the Arab states that broke diplomatic relations with this country during the Six-Day War. The White House is still considering whom to name as Ambassador to Algeria. During the past seven years Algerian interests in Washington… More ▸

  • Clark Clifford is Also Aiding Algerian Operations in the U.S.

    Former Secretary of Defense Clark Clifford also is associated in helping the Algerian government’s operations in the United States and has worked with former Attorney General Richard G. Kleindienst in the latter’s services to Algeria, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency has learned. The United States and Algeria have not had diplomatic relations since 1967. Unlike Kleindienst,… More ▸

  • Special to JTA Kleindienst Working for Algeria; Receiving $12,000 a Month

    Former U.S. Attorney General Richard S. Kleindienst is working for the Algerian government in the United States and getting $12,000 a month in salary and expenses for his services, records at the U.S. Department of Justice disclosed. Kleindienst was hired a year ago by Algeria’s oil chief M. Abdesselam, who is Minister for Industry and… More ▸