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August 15, 1994 Volume 2, #151 / /\__/_/\
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Unrest in Gaza and Jerusalem
By Patricia Golan, Art Chimes (Jerusalem) & EWCnews Service
In the Gaza Strip Sunday, Palestinian gunmen opened fire on Israeli
vehicles in two separate incidents, killing one Israeli and
wounding several others. The radical Islamic resistance movement
Hamas claimed responsibility for the attacks. The attacks follow
another attack planned by Hamas in Jerusalem that was foiled by
The fatal attack near Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip was the
second in the area in less than 12 hours. In a drive-by attack,
gunmen pumped bullets into a civilian car, killing one person and
seriously wounding another two.
The earlier shooting was also a drive-by attack on a main highway.
Palestinian gunmen opened fire on a delivery truck and a passenger
car. In both incidents the attackers fled into the newly
autonomous Palestinian area in Gaza. Palestinian and Israeli
police launched joint patrols to track down the gunmen.
Approximately 4,000 Israeli settlers still live in the Gaza Strip.
Hamas is opposed to the Israeli/PLO peace process, and has claimed
responsibility for the attacks. A leaflet distributed in the Gaza
Strip said the attacks were in retaliation for the death of a Hamas
member in a shoot-out late Friday with Israeli police in Jerusalem.
Police say the dead man and other Hamas gunmen were planning to
kill Israeli soldiers.
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Television
that he holds PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat responsible for not
keeping Palestinian extremists in check.
Three Israeli law enforcement officers were shot and wounded Friday
in an attack claimed by Hamas. One of the attackers was seriously
wounded when police returned fire.
The exchange of fire in the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood, began when
two police vehicles stopped a suspicious-looking car. Three
policeman left their vehicles to question the occupants of the car
and then came under fire. One policeman received serious injuries
and the other two received moderate to light wounds.
During the exchange of fire, the terrorists fled the scene in their
car. After searching for the car, police found the vehicle with one
injured terrorist still inside. According to the report, a Galil
assault rifle and various types of ammunition were found in the
car. Authorities believe the terrorists were on their way to carry
out a major attack in Jerusalem. The Hamas organization has claimed
responsibility for the incident.
Hamas is one of several Palestinian groups opposed to the Israel
/PLO peace process. In a message sent to international news
agencies in Jerusalem, the group said it wanted to emphasize the
Muslim character of what it called "occupied Jerusalem."
U.S. Develops New Proposal for Israeli-Syrian Peace Settlement
By Peyman Pejman (Cairo) & EWCnews Service
Syria appears to be toughening its position on the Middle East
peace process. After meeting with Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak
Sunday, Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa says his
government wants Israel to complete its withdrawal from the Golan
Heights within months, not years, after the process begins.
Israel so far says it is willing to withdraw partially from the
Golan, but has been vague about how long it would take. Israeli
officials talk a period of many years.
According to officials in Jerusalem the United States has completed
a new proposal for an Israeli-Syrian peace settlement. According to
the plan, Israel would withdraw from the Golan Heights in three
stages over two years. Formal diplomatic relations between Israel
and Syria would come in the third stage and the Golan Heights would
According to government sources, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has
reservations about the U.S. proposal and has reportedly asked U.S.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher not to present the plan to
Syria for the time being. Davar reports that Syria is willing to
reach a peace settlement with Israel, including open borders and
full diplomatic relations, only after a complete Israeli withdrawal
from the Golan Heights. Syria has reportedly relaxed its position
on demilitarization and is willing to accept Israel's view that all
areas from which the IDF would withdraw be totally demilitarized
and that Israel carries out a symbolic demilitarization in the
Abu Nidal Terrorists Plead Guilty in St. Louis
Associated Press reports that three Palestinian immigrants accused
of plotting to kill American Jews and bomb the Israeli Embassy in
Washington on behalf of the Abu Nidal terrorist group have pleaded
guilty to racketeering.
A fourth suspect already on death row awaits trial on federal
murder-conspiracy charges in the stabbing death of his 16-year-old
daughter, allegedly killed to prevent her from revealing the
The FBI tape-recorded him shouting "Die! Die quickly! Die, my
daughter, die!" in Arabic as he stabbed her. Her mother held her
down. Tawfiq Musa, 45, of Racine, Wisc., and brothers Saif Nijmeh,
35, of St. Louis, and Luie Nijmeh, 30, of Dayton, Ohio, pleaded
guilty last Tuesday to one count each of racketeering. They face up
to 20 years in prison at their Oct. 21 sentencing.
The three admitted involvement in a criminal enterprise that
included smuggling money and information, buying weapons,
recruiting members, illegally obtaining passports, obstructing
investigations and helping plan terroristic acts, U.S. Attorney
Edward L. Dowd Jr. said. The fourth man, Zein Isa, 63, is scheduled
for trial Sept. 19.
The four faced life in prison if convicted of all charges in the
six-count 1993 indictment that says they plotted to kill Jews, blow
up the Israeli Embassy in Washington and kill anyone who could
expose them, including Isa's daughter, Palestina.
Her 1989 death in her family's St. Louis apartment was the only
slaying carried out, prosecutors said. FBI agents who had bugged
the apartment to see if Isa was involved with the Palestine
Liberation Organization taped the slaying.
At Isa's 1991 murder trial, prosecutors said the girl was killed
because of a clash between her Americanized values and those of her
devout Muslim parents. Federal prosecutors later alleged that she
was killed to keep her quiet about terrorist activities she'd
discovered. The girl's mother, Maria Isa, 50, was convicted but the
state Supreme Court overturned her death sentence last year. She
awaits a rehearing.
Neo-Nazi Demonstrations in Germany
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
Scores of neo-Nazis have been arrested in Germany and Luxembourg as
they tried to mark the anniversary of the death of Hitler Deputy
Police were braced for what they warned could turn out to be a
weekend of neo-Nazi violence. But the preparations have paid off
and no major violence was reported.
Dozens of neo-Nazis were detained in several eastern parts of the
country as they tried to hold rallies. Several hundred leftists
also demonstrated to protest right-wing extremism.
Across the border in Luxembourg, police detained dozens of
neo-Nazis from Germany and France who had gathered outside the
German Embassy and then went on a rampage.
Hess was tried for war crimes after Hitler's defeat and spent the
rest of his life in Spandau Prison outside Berlin. He committed
suicide in 1987 at age 93. His family claims he was murdered.
Hess has since become a hero to the neo-Nazi movement. Last year,
the German government was embarrassed by neo-Nazi rallies to mark
the Hess anniversary with little or no police intervention. This
year most towns have banned a repeat of such demonstrations.
Hizbullah Pummelled by Israel Missile
By Edward Yeranian (Beirut)
Israeli forces fired a new 1,100 pound surface-to-surface missile
at Hizbullah terrorist positions for the first time Thursday in
southern Lebanon. Observers predicted the weapon is likely to
change the nature of the conflict in Israel's self-proclaimed
Residents in the south Lebanese town of Nabatiyeh scurried for
shelter late Thursday after three immense explosions raised fears
of an Israeli air raid. But, security forces in Lebanon confirmed
Israel had in fact fired three new surface-to-surface missiles at
Hizbullah positions on a strategic mountainside.
The rocket's 1,100 pound charge is said to leave a huge crater in
its wake, sending debris over 1-¬ mile radius. An official at the
Lebanese Defense Ministry said the new weapon is likely to leave
terrorist positions carved in mountain cliffs more vulnerable.
The Beirut daily An Nahar newspaper wrote the use of the new
missile could mean a significant change in the military conflict
in southern Lebanon.
South American Security Alert
By Dawn Makinson (Buenos Aires)
A national security alert has been called in Argentina because of
fears of another terrorist attack in that country. The last one
happened three weeks ago and killed close to 100 people. The
government of Argentina continues to investigate that incident and
is now setting up contingencies in the case of another bomb.
The government is asking the Argentine public to remain calm but
alert. Provincial governors have been warned of possible danger
and 33-hospitals have had their emergency rooms put on red alert.
The announcements come after the Israeli ambassador here warned the
Argentinean president that Argentina, or its neighboring
countries, could be the target of another terrorist attack.
According to the Department of the Interior, the information comes
from various reliable international sources.
B'nai B'rith Canada Wants Zundel Out
Toronto--B'nai B'rith Canada is dismayed that Ernst Zundel, one of
the most notorious Holocaust deniers in the world, has recently
applied for Canadian citizenship.
"That his propaganda is intentionally distributed from Canada is a
blight on the reputation of this country," according to Brian
Morris, the national president of B'nai B'rith Canada. "Mr. Zundel
realized that his only option to avoid being sent back to Germany,
where he is a convicted criminal, was to get a Canadian passport.
We are strongly urging Ottawa to deny this request, and to rid this
great country of a hatemonger whose continued presence in Canada is
a daily blight on this country.
"This man does not deserve the privilege of Canadian citizenship,"
Morris said. "Not only would this be an affront to minority
communities throughout Canada, but it would send the message to
hatemongers the world over that Canada is a haven for racism. Ernst
Zundel has brought dishonor to this country, and must not be
allowed to stay."
Zundel, who arrived in Canada in 1958, is still a citizen of his
native Germany. He is the author of "The Hitler We Loved and Why,"
one of many anti-Semitic books that he publishes. In addition,
Zundel is the distributor of numerous Holocaust denial materials,
including the Leuchter Report and the Ball Report. In recent
months, he has been attempting to discredit the film Schindler's
List, saying that the movie is a work of fiction devoid of any
basis in fact.
Police Arrest Rioting Orthodox Jews at Excavation Site
Israeli police arrested 25 Orthodox Jews in the Jaffa neighborhood
of Tel Aviv last week after a demonstration against archaeological
excavations turned into a riot.
Over 100 demonstrators attacked police last Wednesday, but most of
those arrested were released by evening. Religious groups claim
that the remains being dug up were those of Jews.
Archaeologists at the Jaffa site say the graves being investigated
are Muslim and Christian dating back to the Byzantine period. The
excavations are being carried out before building several hundred
new apartment buildings in Jaffa. Archaeologists are concerned that
the construction will destroy all artifacts at the site.
The Jaffa excavations, like those elsewhere in Israel, are
permitted by the attorney general on condition that if human
remains are found at any sites, they will be transferred to the
Religious Affairs Ministry for examination and burial.
D'Amato Calls for End to Autopsies on Victims of Terror
U.S. Senator Alfonse M. D'Amato (R-NY) wrote Secretary of State
Warren Christopher protesting the Argentine government's policy
regarding the autopsies of Jewish victims of the recent terrorist
attack at the community center in Buenos Aires.
D'Amato called on the Secretary of State to assist in putting an
end to "the callousness being exhibited toward the families of the
victims through autopsy procedures."
The senator sent similar letters to the U.S. ambassador to
Argentina, and to the Ambassador of Argentina.
Anti-Semitic Catholic Cult Banned
Austrian Bishop Reinhold Stecher has banned an anti-Semitic cult
that worships a small child said to have been ritually murdered by
Jews during the Middle Ages.
For over 500 years, the Catholic inhabitants of Rinn, a small
community set in the mountains outside Innsbruck, have worshiped
the bones of a three-year-old said to have been tortured and
sacrificed by wandering Jews.
The so-called blood libel, used throughout the Middle Ages as a
pretext for the persecution of Jews, "cost innumerable Jews their
homes, wealth, freedom, health and life," Stecher said in his
decree. The decree denied that Jews ever took part in ritual
murders, adding, "This was a terrible superstition all over
Israel will Not Help to Invade Haiti, but Will Provide Humanitarian
Israel will not join a U.N.-sponsored international military force
for a possible invasion of Haiti.
Speaking on Army Radio, Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin said
Israel was willing to send humanitarian assistance to Haiti. But he
ruled out sending members of the Israel Defense Force, saying the
climate in the Middle East prevented Israel from taking such a
"I don't think as long as there is not peace in the Middle East we
can send military aid," said Beilin, adding that the United States
had asked Israel to provide military, logistical or humanitarian
support in case an international force were to invade Haiti.
"We responded to an appeal by the U.S. so that if and when a
peacekeeping force is created for Haiti and democracy is restored,
we will agree to participate in humanitarian aid to Haiti, with
medical, not military, staff," Beilin said.
Despite Israel's refusal to send armed forces to Haiti, the U.S.
request marked the first time that Israel has been included in U.N.
planning for an international military operation.
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