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        2/1/2012, Shevat 8, 5772

      Israelis, Jews Mourn Late Czech Pres. Václav Havel


      The Knesset plenum marked the passing of former Czech President Václav Havel. He passed away on Sunday at the age of 75. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin,  and other spoke about the relationship between the Czech Republic and Israel.

      Natan Sharansky, head of the Jewish Agency told the Jewish Telegraphy Agency "Vaclav Havel was one of the few islands of intellectual freedom in the sea of totalitarian rule."