JERUSALEM (JPS) — The chairman of the House International Relations Committee, Rep. Benjamin Gilman (D-N.Y.), visited convicted spy Jonathan Pollard last week at the Butner, N.C., federal prison, aides to Gilman confirm in this week's edition of U.S. News and World Report.
The Gilman visit, the first by a member of Congress since the former U.S. Navy intelligence officer was sentenced in 1987 to life imprisonment for passing secrets to the Israeli government, raises speculation that Gilman may be active in the drive to grant Pollard clemency.
London Jewish lawyer called hero after IRA attack
LONDON (JTA) — A Jewish lawyer was hailed as a hero last week for a courageous act after an Irish Republican Army bomb ripped apart a London bus.
For Raymond Levy, who helped to turn off the engine of the shattered bus to avoid a bigger explosion, being caught up in a bomb blast was not a new experience.
When the IRA bombed the Baltic Exchange in April 1992, Levy was badly cut by flying glass as he ate Friday night dinner near the Bevis Marks Synagogue.
Fourteen years earlier, he had driven within 20 feet of a bomb that exploded in a garbage bin in a street in Manchester.
Levy, 35, was driving home when his car was hit by debris from the London bus explosion. But he quickly made use of his longtime interest in transportation. Unable at first to locate the lever, he enlisted help from a passing taxi driver. Together, they disconnected the engine.
Beijing business selling neo-Nazi items shut down
NEW YORK (JTA) — A Beijing business that was selling Nazi paraphernalia was shut down by Chinese police.
German diplomats in Beijing, commenting on the report via Chinese state television, announced the police action recently.
"This must mean there is a wider problem or they [the government] would not be reporting it so widely. They would be keeping it quiet," one diplomat reportedly said .
Elan Steinberg, executive director of the World Jewish Congress, said the announcement was significant because it indicates that renewed Jewish and Israeli contact with China "has heightened China's sensitivity" to this matter.
The Chinese radio said Nazi paraphernalia available at the store included gas masks, helmets and clothing, and badges and medals with the Nazi swastika — "everything but weapons."