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August 11, 1994 Volume 2, #149 / /\__/_/\
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As you might expect, Ruby Brown was very surprised when she got a
bill from her hospital in Saginaw, Mich. for labor and delivery
room service. "I just about flipped my lid," she says. "The
hospital wanted to charge me $173 for a baby I never had." Ruby
Brown, you see, is 89 and the youngest of her three children is 60.
The hospital admitted a computer had mistakenly included the new
baby charges with a statement of fees for physical therapy she
completed earlier this year.
Rabin and Arafat Meet at Erez Crossing
By Art Chimes (Israel-Gaza Border)
Israeli leader Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat
met in the Gaza Strip Wednesday. The summit was set up to discuss
obstacles in the peace process but a news conference afterward was
dominated by earlier controversial remarks by a senior PLO
The two leaders announced an accelerated schedule of meetings aimed
at speeding up Palestinian self-rule. They promised to minimize
their differences after their summit, which coincided with the
release by Israel of eight Palestinian women held in Israeli jails.
Journalists focused on comments by the head of the PLO Political
Department, Farouk Kaddoumi, who Tuesday made broadcast remarks
widely interpreted as calling for the destruction of the State of
Israel. Kaddoumi said no changes in the PNC Covenant will be
changed until Israel signs a peace treaty with all the Arab
Rabin warned that further such statements threaten to undermine the
peace process, calling Kaddoumi's comments an obstacle in the
ongoing negotiations. "Because if some high echelon person in the
PLO could come up with such a statement ... It is a real problem
and I do not want to deal with it publicly; but I said
continuation of it will serve as obstacles on the road for what we
are doing now."
Arafat said he is examining the controversial statement, which he
emphasized represented Kaddoumi's own point of view. But when asked
specifically whether Kaddoumi represents the PLO, Arafat declined
to distance himself from the statement. "Not to forget, he is the
foreign minister of the PLO."
Argentine Flip-Flopping Continues
By Roger Wilkison (Rio de Janeiro)
Argentine President Carlos Menem says Iran's ambassador in Buenos
Aires should be either withdrawn or expelled. Menem made the
remark after an Argentine judge concluded that four men he
identified as Iranian diplomats were involved in the bombing last
month of a Jewish community center.
Menem told a Buenos Aires radio station that he was speaking in
what he called the heat of the moment. But he said a final
decision on the fate of the Iranian ambassador rests with the
Investigating Magistrate Juan Jose Galeano issued arrest warrants
for the four Iranians he says were implicated in the July 18
bombing that killed at least 95 people. News media in Buenos
Aires report that Judge Galeano based his case against the four
on the testimony of an Iranian defector he questioned in Venezuela.
Iran has denied that it was involved in the bombing and has made
an official protest to Argentina, calling the charges by the judge
discourteous and baseless.
Argentine officials have said their country does not intend to
break diplomatic relations with Iran because they fear retaliation by
terrorists if they take such a step.
German Court Slaps Wrist of Holocaust Revisionist
By Dagmar Breitenbach (Bonn)
The German Government and Jewish community leaders are criticizing
a German court for its handling of the case of a far-right party
leader who denied the Holocaust ever took place.
A Mannheim regional court gave Guenter Deckert, head of the
far-right National Democratic Party, a one-year suspended prison
sentence, and the equivalent of a $6,000 fine after his conviction
of incitement to racial hatred. The court excused deckert's denial
of the Holocaust, saying he was defending his political conviction,
which the court described as a "matter of the heart" for him.
The court said Deckert was strengthening the resistance of
the German people to Jewish demands stemming from the Holocaust.
The ruling prompted an uproar from government officials and the
country's Jewish community.
Jewish leader Ignatz Bubis says the court's explanation has
practically made anti-Semitism by neo-Nazis and extreme rightists
socially acceptable. Justice Minster Sabine
Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger called the justification a slap in
the face for all victims of the Holocaust, and a shocking signal.
What good are the most effective regulations to combat
neo-Nazism, she said, if a German court calls the denial of the
Holocaust a "matter of the heart."
The case arose from a 1991 lecture in Germany by US neo-Nazi
activist Fred Leuchter. Leuchter insists Jews were never
killed at death camps run by the Nazis. Deckert translated
the lecture, and told the audience he agreed with Leuchter.
The regional court had previously convicted Deckert, and given him
the same suspended sentence. But Germany's highest appeals court
overturned the lower court verdict, saying the evidence presented
at the time did not prove he was guilty of a crime. It
instructed the regional court to reexamine the case to determine
whether Deckert really subscribed to Nazi ideology. The court
reached the conclusion that he did, and handed down the same
sentence as before.
State prosecutors, which had called for a two-year prison sentence,
say they will appeal the court's ruling.
Fatmeh Birnawi, the first female terrorist jailed after the Six Day
War and sentenced to two life sentences for the bombing of a
Jerusalem movie theater, was recently returned to Jericho by Yasir
Arafat to head the Palestinian policewomen.
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