“Earlier this month, about 40 people gathered at a Catholic-owned hotel in Kosovo’s second city to light the sixth candle of Hanukkah.

The Friday night ceremony was jointly organized by Votem Demiri, the 72-year-old patriarch of Kosovo’s tiny Jewish community, with help from Dr. Irfan Daullxhiu, a Muslim cardiologist in Prizren, and Steven Aiello, founder and co-director of the Arab-Israeli nonprofit group Debate for Peace. About two-thirds in attendance were local Albanian-speaking Jews and Muslims, and the rest visiting students from Israel.

It marked the latest in a series of Jewish events in this medieval Balkan stronghold far more famous for its Ottoman-era Sinan Pasha Mosque, and its 19th century Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, than for anything even remotely connected to Judaism.” (Times of Israel)

“Visiting Slovenian troops in Kosovo, Defence Minister Karl Erjavec labelled on Friday the NATO-led international peacekeeping force (KFOR) in the country a ‘guarantee for Kosovo’s stability.'” (STA)

“The 100% tariffs imposed by the Kosovo government on 21 November on imported products from Serbia have already begun to have a negative impact on the Serbian economy. Exports to Kosovo have stopped altogether, with 2662 Serbian companies that sold their products on the Kosovo market facing serious problems.

As Serbia’s Trade Minister Rasim Ljajic said today, from the day of the imposition of measures to date, direct losses to Serbia amount to 34.6 million euros. Mr Ljajic pointed out that Pristina’s decision led to an increase in the underground economy and the revival of smuggling networks, mainly in the northern part of Kosovo, where the Serb population is the majority. Trafficking phenomena are also observed in the south where some Serbian consumer products (biscuits, chocolates, detergents…) are sold on the black market.” (IBNA)

“Qatar Charity (QC) offices in Sudan, Kenya, Albania, Indonesia and Kosovo organised several activities for orphans and their mothers to mark the Qatar National Day (QND).

Such activities, attended by a number of Qatari diplomats in these countries, included cultural, sports and recreational competitions which reflected the love and appreciation of the participants for QC’s programmes and Qatar.” (Gulf Times)