CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 31, 1999 |
Immigration by Jews from Russia to Israel rose significantly in the first half of 1999, Israel's Central Bureau of Statistics said Thursday. The bureau said 12,190 Jews from Russia came to Israel in the first six months of the year, an increase of 130% compared with the same period last year. Earlier this year, the quasi-governmental Jewish Agency attributed a rise in newcomers from Russia to the economic crisis there and a rise in anti-Semitism.
August 27, 1997 |
In a discovery that gives sudden credence to one of Israel's most persistent conspiracy theories, a California woman has been proved to be the daughter of a Yemenite Jewish immigrant whose baby was taken from her almost half a century ago. Tzila Levine, now of Sacramento, was 1 year old in 1949 when she was taken from her mother, Margalit Umassi, in a chaotic immigrant transit camp and given a short time later to apparently unsuspecting adoptive parents elsewhere in Israel.
March 8, 1997 |
Inside a cave-like bar near the old central bus station here, more than a dozen Romanian men drink beer and gaze listlessly at the pornography playing on a flickering television. A few blocks away, up a trash-strewn stairwell, a pristine, whitewashed church awaits the arrival of its Nigerian and Ghanaian faithful for evening prayers.
July 15, 1996 |
Jewish settlers said they planned to triple their numbers under Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Settler leaders in the Gaza Strip and Israeli-occupied areas of the West Bank said their plans included creation of settlements, although the focus would be on expanding existing communities. "There must . . . be an addition--I am not sure whether we will finish this in four years--of from 300,000 to 500,000 Jewish residents," settler leader Pinhas Wallerstein said.
December 21, 1995 |
Seven American Jews, including a New York rabbi, were cited as security risks and barred from entering the country by officials still reeling from the assassination last month of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The Interior Ministry said Rabbi Abraham Hecht, 73, of New York had given a religious justification for killing Rabin only months before the killing, although he apologized in a letter to Rabin days before the assassination.
June 28, 1995 |
Russian physicist Igor Fridman moved to Israel four years ago with the dream of evolving a type of explosion technology he had developed back home. Fridman arrived at the start of the Gulf War with his wife and two children, no money and no knowledge of Hebrew. "The beginning was so hard I can't even talk about it," Fridman said.