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>JN July 27, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 136
Bomb Discovered in Moscow Synagogue
An explosive device was found in the Lubavitch synagogue near
Moscow's Pushkin Square Sunday. The rabbi's son detected the
incendiary device and congregants carried it outside where the
police, confirmed it to be a real bomb. The discovery of the bomb
took place a short time before congregants were to arrive for the
first haircutting of the son's of one of the members, a tradition
which takes place when a boy reaches the age of three.
Barak: Wye will be Implemented
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak says he will propose combining
implementation of the Wye River peace accords with negotiations on
a permanent peace settlement with the Palestinians when he meets
today with Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.
During a speech to the Knesset Monday night, Barak said combining
implementation of the final steps of the Wye River accords with
talks on issues such as a Palestinian state and the future
of Jerusalem will increase the chances for a permanent peace
Barak says he is proposing a 15-month time frame for the talks to
show there is no magic formula to achieve peace within weeks, and
to let the Palestinians know Israel does not want to prolong the
negotiations for years.
He called the time frame a "window of opportunity" to reach peace
agreements with all Israel's neighbors, including Syria and
Lebanon. Barak says he intends to negotiate "on all levels
and on all fronts at the same time."
Painting Looted by Nazis Turns Up in the Israel Museum
Israel Faxx Staff Report
The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has learned that one of the finest
Impressionist paintings in its collection was looted by the Nazis.
The painting, "Boulevard Montmartre, Spring 1897" by Jewish master
Camille Pissarro, was donated to the museum several years ago, and
has been displayed there for the past two years.
But the European commission on looted art has now identified the
painting, worth an estimated $8 million, as part of a large pre-war
collection belonging to a Jewish businessman who died in a Nazi
Max Silberberg, of Breslau, had been forced by the Nazis to sell
his collection of art and furniture at cut-rate prices in one of
many notorious "Jew auctions."
Just last month, another of his paintings, a $5,2 million Van Gogh
drawing, was recovered and returned to his only surviving relative,
an 85-year-old widow living in Britain.
Silberberg's Pissarro was bought by a German collector, and sold
after the war. After moving through various collectors and dealers,
it was bought by a New York Jewish family in 1960, and subsequently
donated to the Israel Museum, the institution's director, James
He said the matter was a painful and highly sensitive one, and that
the museum was trying to react to the claim as quickly and
appropriately as possible. Asked what options were open besides
restoring the picture to its rightful owner, should the claim prove
correct, Snyder declined to speculate.
David Stern, a London gallery owner - and husband of Pissarro's
great-granddaughter - is quoted in a British Jewish newspaper as
saying the artist's family hoped the surviving Mrs. Silberberg
would redonate the painting to the museum so it could remain on
display. Gerta Silberberg, who fled Germany with her husband Alfred
in 1939, has lived in the same modest Leicester house for the past
Asked why he thought it had taken to long for the painting's
identity to become known - it has, after all, been on public
display for many years, here and elsewhere - Snyder said it was
hard to judge. "Sometimes people don't know where to look, even
though it may seem obvious."
Burial Society Refuses to Erect Tombstone for 12-Year-Old
The director of the Rishon L'Tzion Hevra Kadisha (burial society)
stated they will not permit a tombstone to be erected on the
grave of a 12-year-old girl until "her parents pay the last penny
owed for the burial."
Orli Berkowitz was interred last month after she died of a brain
tumor. Since she was not listed as a resident of Rishon, her
parents, who wanted her buried in Rishon, were compelled to pay NIS
20,000 for the funeral service.
Burial society report that half of the agreed upon sum has been
paid and the parents agreed to pay the balance prior to erecting a
tombstone. The remaining NIS 10,000 remains outstanding but the
parents insist they do not have the ability to make the payment.
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