AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Security measures at the European Maccabiah Games here have been tight, with more than 500 police officers on duty during the games.
More than 1,500 athletes from 26 nations, mostly European, are taking part in the games, which have drawn thousands of spectators. More than 5,000 people attended the opening ceremony.
The lighting of the flame was carried out by Anouk Spitzer, the daughter of Andre Spitzer, one of the Israeli athletes who died in the 1972 Munich Olympics attack by Palestinian terrorists.
The security measures at the games here include roadblocks set up in front of event locations and around sports facilities, offices and hotels in the area. Concrete blocks have been installed at certain locations to enhance security as well.
The games are comprised of many sports including soccer, tennis, bowling, karate and basketball.
40,000 Argentinians mark year-old tragedy
BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — More than 40,000 people gathered on the streets of Buenos Aires this week demanding that those responsible for last year's bombing of the Jewish community's headquarters be brought to justice.
Exactly one year after the devastating attack, Argentines paid tribute to the 86 Jews who died in the July 18, 1994 explosion. The silent crowd listened as the names of the victims were read and then observed a moment of silence.
Tuesday's rally and memorial service that followed were two of dozens of ceremonies across the country. Commemorations were also held elsewhere around the world, including in New York, where the Anti-Defamation League sponsored a tree-planting ceremony and memorial service.
Reflecting the frustration of the crowd at the lack of progress in the investigation of the attack, Argentine Interior Minister Carlos Corach — himself a Jew — was booed. Argentine President Carlos Menem did not attend.
Argentina denies sale of reactor to Syria
LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Argentina has denied trying to sell a nuclear reactor to Syria after Israeli media reported that a deal was in the making.
According to a wire service report, an unidentified source in the Foreign Ministry in Buenos Aires said Tuesday that a 1992 law forbade nuclear sales to countries with which Argentina did not have a nuclear cooperation treaty specifying what could be sold.
On Monday, a letter from the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center was hand-delivered to Argentine Foreign Minister Guido Di Tella, expressing concern about reports that his government was considering the sale to Syria of a 5-megawatt research reactor fueled by enriched uranium.
Di Tella is scheduled to visit Israel soon, and it is believed that the question of Argentine-Syrian nuclear relations would be raised at that time.
ORT reopens school in St. Petersburg
NEW YORK (JTA) — ORT has returned to its Russian birthplace.
In May, the Organization for Rehabilitation through Training inaugurated its technical education program within St. Petersburg's International School of General Education.
Part of the local school system, the 300-student institution has a Hebrew department that provides Jewish education under the sponsorship of the Israeli government.
The new ORT program, which first opened its doors last September, teaches computer usage, secretarial skills, desktop publishing and computer-assisted design.
Providing a high-tech touch to the inauguration, Vladimir Dribinsky, a teacher of engineering and director of ORT St. Petersburg, transmitted a live report on the proceedings over the Internet to interested onlookers in England, Israel, Switzerland and New York.