Colin Powell dies at 84


October 29, 2021

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US Secretary of State Colin Powell, left, shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister-elect Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on Feb. 25, 2001.

WASHINGTON (JTA) - Colin Powell will be remembered in history as the first Black U.S. national security adviser, the first Black military chief of staff and the first Black secretary of state.

He was also the first military chief to speak Yiddish as a second language, and he loved surprising Jews with his skill.

Powell, the former U.S. secretary of state who brokered the "road map" to a two-state peace deal that still informs much of U.S. policy in the region, died Monday aged 84. He died of COVID-19, his family said on Facebook. He was fully vaccinated and, according to news reports, had been...

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