Sonntag, April 27, 2008

Swiss Jew remembering 1948, when Israel was founded

The former president of the Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities says a solution to the Middle East conflict is possible despite seemingly irreconcilable differences. Rolf Bloch was speaking to swissinfo shortly before Israel is due to celebrate its 60th anniversary as a state on May 14. Bloch, who was 18 in 1948, grew up in Bern where he studied law before he joined the family-owned chocolate firm, Camille Bloch.

He says he can represent both the Swiss and Jewish point of view as a result of a double sensitivity. In the 1990ies Bloch was instrumental in helping to settle a dispute over Switzerland's role during World War Two, including its restrictive policy towards the Jewish community

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