July 19, 2007
Briefs: Delshad to Beverly Hills: Just say 'no' to investment in Iran; Survivors still fighting Germany for reparations
(Page 2 - Previous Page)The controversial priest founded the influential Radio Maryja station and other media outlets that frequently disseminate anti-Semitic statements.
In a letter to the pope and other church leaders, Rabbi Marvin Hier, founding dean of the Wiesenthal Center, likened Rydzyk to Nazi propaganda minister Goebbels, noting that "Once again, anti-Semitism has been injected into the mix of making the Jews, yet again, the scapegoats of another political crisis."
Pointing to the strides made over the last decades to improve Catholic-Jewish relations, Hier added, "It is inconceivable that Father Rydzyk be allowed to use his radio pulpit as a means of inciting people to bigotry and hatred ... it is the Church that must discipline him."
The Wiesenthal Center reported that on the first day the petition was posted on its Web site www.wiesenthal.com, 10,000 people had affixed their signatures.
Local Iranian Jews Supporting Israel Bonds Investments
A hundred enthusiastic local Iranian Jews met at the Bel Air home of Mahnaz and Kambiz Hekmat last week to buy Israel Bonds and to pledge to spread the word about the bonds to Southern California's Iranian Jewish community.
Attendees purchased several hundred thousand dollars worth of the securities and agreed to promote the Israel bonds concept, which is new to local Iranian Jews.
Leor Ziv, the Israel Bonds Executive Director for the Western Region, said that while Iranian Jews have only begun purchasing bonds in the last three years, the community's purchase now total in the millions.
"It has been beyond my wildest imagination how supportive the Iranian Jewish community has become in Israel Bonds," said Ziv. Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad and Consul General of Israel Ehud Danoch -- also at the gathering -- pitched investment in Israel through bonds.
"When I worked at the Ministry of Finance, we received reports from the government accountant every year and I can tell you that the $1.2 billion we received from Israel Bonds was a tremendous help to Israel's economy," said Danoch.
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