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  • Jacob Ostreicher in U.S. after more than two years in Bolivia

    December 17, 2013 | 10:20 am

    Jacob Ostreicher, a New York businessman held in Bolivia since 2011, has returned to the United States, a U.S. State Department spokesman confirmed.

    “Mr. Ostreicher arrived in the United States Monday morning,” a spokeswoman told JTA in an email, confirming an Associated Press...

  • Sean Penn lobbies for Charedi man imprisoned in Bolivia

    May 21, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Actor Sean Penn urged a congressional hearing to pressure Bolivia to release a Charedi Orthodox father of five under house arrest in the country.

    Penn appeared Monday at a hearing on the case of Jacob Ostreicher of Brooklyn, who has been held nearly two years in Bolivia on...

  • N.J. congressman Christopher Smith visits jailed Chasid in Bolivia

    June 14, 2012 | 1:34 pm

    U.S. Rep. Christopher Smith, the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee, visited with a jailed American Chasidic man in Bolivia.

    Smith (R-N.J.) accompanied American businessman Jacob Ostreicher this week to a hearing and argued against the Bolivian...

  • Congress holds hearing on Chasid imprisoned in Bolivia

    June 7, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    A retired FBI official told a House subcommittee that the imprisonment of a New York Chasidic Jew in Bolivia is “state-sponsored kidnapping.”

    Along with the ex-official, Steve Moore, the U.S. House of Representatives human rights subcommittee on Wednesday heard testimony from the...

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  • House committee to hold hearing on Chasidic Jew held in Bolivia

    June 6, 2012 | 10:46 am

    The House Foreign Affairs human rights subcommittee will hold a hearing about the plight of a Chasidic Jew from Brooklyn being held in a Bolivian jail.

    New York businessman Jacob Ostreicher has been on a hunger strike for nearly two months until he is either put on trial to defend...

  • Bolivia boots Iranian defense minister over ‘94 bombing

    June 1, 2011 | 10:08 am

    Iran’s defense minister left Bolivia following complaints from Argentina over his alleged involvement in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Jewish community center.

    Ahmad Vahidi reportedly left Bolivia late Tuesday night under a cloud of secrecy, Reuters reported, after arriving the...

  • Bolivia recognizes Palestine

    December 19, 2010 | 1:15 pm

    Bolivia became the third country in recent weeks to recognize a state of Palestine.

    “Bolivia recognizes the Palestinian state on the 1967 borders, like Brazil and Argentina,” the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported Bolivian President Evo Morales as saying last Friday during a...

  • Passover In Bolivia

    By Shana Tabak

    April 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    I found myself at a seder in Cochabamba, Bolivia on a cool spring evening during Passover 1999. At the time I was spending a semester abroad as part of my major in international studies at Macalester College.

    On a daily basis in Bolivia, I experienced most situations from the...

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