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One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemetery

One-man campaign to save Karachi's Jewish cemetery

KARACHI — It might seem that the only Jews left in Pakistan are underground — in Karachi’s lone Jewish cemetery. But that’s not quite so.

Faisal (Fishel) Benkhald, the son of a Muslim father and Iranian Jewish mother, dares to call himself a Jew in a country where the Jewish minority began dwindling in the 1940s with the British partition of India and today has all but vanished.

Benkhald also leads a one-man campaign to save the Karachi cemetery from being sold to provide more burial space to the surrounding city.

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1997 Goldfogel murder solved

1997 Goldfogel murder solvedEighteen years after the brutal murder of Surle Goldfogel, a confession obtained from the killer’s mother has brought factual closure to the baffling case — but justice remains elusive. Jonathan Clinton, now identified as the man who killed Goldfogel on Jan. 25, 1997, died of complications from a heroin overdose in 2003. Right after the murder, Clinton, then 20, told his mother that he killed the 67-year-old widow — and she quickly provided her son with an alibi.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 February 2015 14:19 )

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Seattle's Jewish population soars 70%

SEATTLE — A study found that Seattle’s Jewish population has increased by 70% since 2001. The newly released Greater Seattle Jewish Community Study, which was conducted by a research team from Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Jewish Studies, tallied the region’s Jewish population at 63,400. It also found that 89% of Jews in the area are college graduates. “Given how Seattle has developed economically, it makes sense,” Leonard Saxe, one of the study’s authors and a Brandeis ...
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Reprint from 2005: World recalls Auschwitz liberation

Reprint from 2005: World recalls Auschwitz liberation• Reprinted on the occasion of the passing of Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld; from the IJN, Feb. 4, 2005 • Sixty years to the day — the 27th of January — is what it took for Rabbi Israel Rosenfeld to speak publicly of his time at Auschwitz. He has denied all previous opportunities to speak of it publicly, even courteously turning down the Shoah Visual History Foundation when it requested an interview. In similar spirit, he has never read a word written by Elie Wiesel or any other author who wr...
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The last reunion?

The last reunion?PRAGUE — When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday, Jan. 27, at the former Nazi death camp near Cracow may be the last gathering of its sort. The generation of Holocaust survivors, after all, is dying out. Yet critics are charging that politics and tensions between Russia and its neighbor...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 January 2015 15:25 )

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Sherman quits Boteach Iran confab following ‘vulgar’ ad

Ron Kampeas The California congressman objected to the widely condemned ad accusing National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. ... [Link]

Forbes’ billionaires list features new and old Jewish faces

Gabe Friedman On Monday Forbes released its 29th annual list of every billionaire on the planet. As in previous years, Jews feature prominently on it. ... [Link]

Argentine president: Nisman letters accused and praised me

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Power: Don’t politicize U.S.-Israel relations

Ron Kampeas The stakes for Israel and the United States are too high to politicize the relationship, Samantha Power, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations, told AIPAC. ... [Link]

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