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  • Israel allows Palestinians to return from Libya

    February 23, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Israel will allow 300 Palestinians from Libya to come to the West Bank.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said late on Wednesday that “for humanitarian reasons” he had acceded to a request by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to allow the Palestinians to flee the violence-plagued Libya for the West Bank.

    More than a dozen countries sent airplanes to Libya to evacuate their citizens. Thousands are reported dead in protests calling for an end to Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi’s 41-year reign; Gadhafi took power in a 1969 coup.

  • AJC: Suspend Libya from U.N. Human Rights Council

    February 22, 2011 | 8:31 am

    The American Jewish Committee called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Libya’s membership in the U.N. Human Rights Council.

    “The Gadhafi regime’s widespread use of brutal force against protestors makes a mockery of the U.N. Human Rights Council,” said AJC...

  • UN chief calls Gadhafi to demand immediate end to violence in Libya

    February 21, 2011 | 11:22 am

    United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called Libyan President Moammer Ghadafi on Monday and urged to respect the basic freedoms and rights of his people, amid the bloody unrest that has swept the country over the last seven days.

    Ban held an extensive phone conversation...

  • Libya’s Gadhafi tells Palestinians to challenge Israel

    February 14, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi called on Palestinians to mass on Israel’s borders until their demands are met.

    “Fleets of boats should take Palestinians ... and wait by the Palestinian shores until the problem is resolved,” Gaddafi said in a speech Sunday night on state television,...

  • Libya will allow Jews to visit homes

    September 3, 2010 | 11:03 am

    Libya will allow two Italian Jewish women to visit their ancestral homes.

    Al Hayat, a Saudi-owned daily based in London, reported that Libya granted permission for the visits during an official visit this week by its leader, Muammer Gaddafi, to Italy.

    Gaddafi, long a pariah in the West, has in recent years traded concessions and humanitarian gestures for signs of acceptance from major industrial nations.

    Most of Libya’s ancient Jewish community fled in 1967, when persecution of Jews in Arab nations intensified following Israel’s Six Day War victory.

  • BBI: Rebuke Libyan envoy for Nazi comments

    May 20, 2010 | 11:09 am

    B’nai B’rith International called on the United Nations’ Secretary General to rebuke the Libyan envoy, who currently leads the General Assembly, for likening Israel to Nazis.

    Ali Abdussalam Treki’s “comments are an outrage, a blight upon the United Nations and his high office, and...

  • Libya elected to U.N. Human Rights Council

    May 14, 2010 | 11:51 am

    The United Nations General Assembly voted to put Libya on the Human Rights Council.

    Among the 14 countries elected Thursday with Libya for as many seats on the 47-member body were Uganda, Mauritania, Malaysia, Qatar, Spain and Switzerland. The new members will serve three-year...

  • Israeli-Arab lawmakers visit Libya

    April 26, 2010 | 10:01 am

    A delegation of Israeli Arabs, including six Knesset members, is visiting Libya.

    The 40-member delegation arrived in Libya on Libyan President Muammar Gadhafi’s private jet on Saturday for a two-day visit. In a meeting with Gadhafi on Sunday, the Libyan leader reportedly told the...

  • Assad snubs Olmert at Sarkozy’s Mediterranean summit

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    PARIS (JTA)—It was the snub of the day.

    Despite overtures by Israel’s prime minister to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Assad refused to acknowledge, shake hands, be photographed with or listen to Ehud Olmert when the two shared a conference room at Sunday’s Union for the...

  • Family’s tale recounts Libyan Jewish dispersion

    By Danielle Berrin

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The trailer
    "Any time you have a community that is erased, it's a tragedy not only for the community but for humanity."

    The opening line from the documentary "The Last Jews of Libya" begins a nostalgic visit to an ill-fated community of 25,000 people living between the...

  • Letter from France: French first lady vanishes

    By Shirli Sitbon

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Where is Cecilia?

    French newspapers have been investigating the whereabouts of French first lady Cecilia Sarkozy because she has vanished from TV screens and media events. The spouse of President Nicolas Sarkozy has apparently disappeared from public life -- or at least from her...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Israel Asks U.S. Egypt Help in Gaza

    The United States and Egypt want to know more about Israel's proposal for Egypt to help secure Gaza after an Israeli withdrawal.

    Dov Weisglass, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's chief of staff, and Giora Eiland, Sharon's national security...

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