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May 26, 1992 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the midst of the land of Israel's worst enemy, they are one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Their ancient synagogues languish along the banks of the Euphrates River, and the sound of their prayers can be heard in the old cobbled streets near the tomb of the Islamic warrior Saladin. Their kosher butchers stand quietly next to mosques.
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November 22, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Khodor Kabariti left them a few months ago, the vine-covered alleys, redolent of stewing onions and sharp saffron, seemed like passages to the past. But the Jewish quarter in this ancient city was dying. It was time to end 2,700 years of Jewish history here in the heart of the Arab world and move on to new lives.
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NEWS
December 6, 1993 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture clearly intended to improve the atmosphere for Middle East peace talks, Syrian President Hafez Assad agreed Sunday to allow U.S. investigators to visit Syria and Lebanon to try to learn the fate of seven Israeli soldiers who are missing in action, some for more than a decade. At the same time, Assad agreed to allow all remaining Syrian Jews, between 800 and 850 of them, to leave the country by the end of this month if they wish to do so.
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 200 Syrian Jews have received exit permits in recent days, kindling hope in the Clinton Administration and the U.S. Jewish community that Syrian President Hafez Assad will keep his promise to allow his country's Jewish citizens to leave by New Year's Day or soon thereafter. The flurry of exit visas covers almost one-quarter of the 850 Syrian Jews who previously had not been allowed to emigrate.
NEWS
November 22, 1994 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Khodor Kabariti left them a few months ago, the vine-covered alleys, redolent of stewing onions and sharp saffron, seemed like passages to the past. But the Jewish quarter in this ancient city was dying. It was time to end 2,700 years of Jewish history here in the heart of the Arab world and move on to new lives.
NEWS
December 12, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salim Kada was stowing the last of the children's clothing he hadn't managed to sell, tidying up his accounts and preparing to shut his tiny Oriental Shop for good when a visitor asked him how long his family has lived in Damascus. Kada shrugged. "Well, my father was born here," the 60-year-old replied. "My grandfather was born here. His grandfather was born here. And yes, I believe even his grandfather was born here. This is all I know. Thousands of years, I'm told."
NEWS
December 30, 1993 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At least 200 Syrian Jews have received exit permits in recent days, kindling hope in the Clinton Administration and the U.S. Jewish community that Syrian President Hafez Assad will keep his promise to allow his country's Jewish citizens to leave by New Year's Day or soon thereafter. The flurry of exit visas covers almost one-quarter of the 850 Syrian Jews who previously had not been allowed to emigrate.
NEWS
February 22, 1993 | DOYLE McMANUS
President Hafez Assad promised Sunday to allow the remaining members of Syria's ancient but dwindling Jewish community to leave the country if they wish, U.S. officials said. Assad made the promise to Secretary of State Warren Christopher after Christopher asked about reports that Jews' requests for exit visas were being denied, they said. In response to U.S. pressure, Assad decreed last year that Jews could travel abroad for the first time.
NEWS
April 28, 1992 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Syria lifted travel and property-transfer restrictions from its Jewish population Monday--a move Israel and the United States have sought for years--as Middle East peace talks resumed in an upbeat atmosphere that contrasted sharply with the stalemate of earlier rounds. The Israeli delegation, which welcomed the move, proposed municipal elections in the cities of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a plan that it said could serve as a "pilot" for more significant Palestinian elections.
OPINION
August 28, 2003
Re "Attack on U.N. Will Fuel the Suffering of Middle East," Commentary, Aug. 24: Bouthaina Shaaban suggests that, with the killing of the United Nations chief envoy to Iraq, Sergio Vieira de Mello, in Baghdad, the region has lost a champion of peace and caused the suffering of the Middle East to increase, yet she forgets that her country, Syria, has been in a state of war with its neighbor Israel since 1948. Israel was created by the decision of the members of the U.N. to partition the British mandate of Palestine into two areas, due to the conflicting claims of Muslims and Jews.
NEWS
December 6, 1993 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a gesture clearly intended to improve the atmosphere for Middle East peace talks, Syrian President Hafez Assad agreed Sunday to allow U.S. investigators to visit Syria and Lebanon to try to learn the fate of seven Israeli soldiers who are missing in action, some for more than a decade. At the same time, Assad agreed to allow all remaining Syrian Jews, between 800 and 850 of them, to leave the country by the end of this month if they wish to do so.
NEWS
February 22, 1993 | DOYLE McMANUS
President Hafez Assad promised Sunday to allow the remaining members of Syria's ancient but dwindling Jewish community to leave the country if they wish, U.S. officials said. Assad made the promise to Secretary of State Warren Christopher after Christopher asked about reports that Jews' requests for exit visas were being denied, they said. In response to U.S. pressure, Assad decreed last year that Jews could travel abroad for the first time.
NEWS
December 12, 1992 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Salim Kada was stowing the last of the children's clothing he hadn't managed to sell, tidying up his accounts and preparing to shut his tiny Oriental Shop for good when a visitor asked him how long his family has lived in Damascus. Kada shrugged. "Well, my father was born here," the 60-year-old replied. "My grandfather was born here. His grandfather was born here. And yes, I believe even his grandfather was born here. This is all I know. Thousands of years, I'm told."
NEWS
May 26, 1992 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the midst of the land of Israel's worst enemy, they are one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. Their ancient synagogues languish along the banks of the Euphrates River, and the sound of their prayers can be heard in the old cobbled streets near the tomb of the Islamic warrior Saladin. Their kosher butchers stand quietly next to mosques.
NEWS
April 28, 1992 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Syria lifted travel and property-transfer restrictions from its Jewish population Monday--a move Israel and the United States have sought for years--as Middle East peace talks resumed in an upbeat atmosphere that contrasted sharply with the stalemate of earlier rounds. The Israeli delegation, which welcomed the move, proposed municipal elections in the cities of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, a plan that it said could serve as a "pilot" for more significant Palestinian elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 16, 1991
Donald Bustany alleges that Israel has a law which prohibits the sale or lease of lands to Israeli Arab citizens. This is a fabrication. Israel has no such law. Most of the land in Israel is state-controlled and cannot be leased to individuals, only to organizations. The rest is privately owned and can be purchased by any Israeli citizen, be he or she a Jew or an Arab. In contrast to the rights enjoyed by Israeli Arab citizens, we should not forget that in most Arab countries Jewish citizens are oppressed under discriminatory policies, restricted in their freedom and subject to violence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1993 | MATHIS CHAZANOV, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Rev. Jesse Jackson called Wednesday for Atty. Gen. Janet Reno to help restore confidence in the justice system by walking the streets of Los Angeles with religious leaders before the jury gives its verdict in the Rodney G. King civil rights trial. "We need . . . to create confidence in the justice system now," he told a rabbinical convention in Century City. "Not react (after the fact), but (act) now."
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