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A large and complicated subterranean water installation from the
10th century BCE has recently been unearthed at Tel Beersheva in
the Negev. The Antiquities Department reports that it was in
working order 3,000 years ago, with the water flow diverted from
streams rather than underground pumping. No other such installation
has been discovered in Israel.
Testimony in Carlos Trial Could be Bombshell
By Larry James (Paris)
Lawyers representing the international terrorist Carlos have begun
preparing to defend their client in a French court. Carlos is now
in a French prison and under investigation for a 1982 car-bombing
in Paris. The trial is likely to be among the most closely watched
in recent French history and there is already a great deal of
speculation about what Carlos' testimony could reveal.
Attorney Mourad Oussedik is threatening to sue the French
government, claiming his client was kidnapped from the Sudanese
capital, Khartoum. Carlos' other attorney, the controversial
French lawyer, Jacques Verges, says his client will try to justify
his politics in general and his ideological motivation when he
appears in court.
Carlos' two attorneys, Oussedik and Verges, who have made a career
of defending notorious clients, including Gestapo chief Klaus
Illich Ramirez Sanchez, or Carlos, is perhaps the world's most
notorious and sought-after terrorist. He is implicated in
numerous bombings, killings, and kidnappings in the Middle East
and Europe, most notably in France.
During a brief court appearance Tuesday, Carlos was officially
placed under investigation for a 1982 car-bombing in Paris. He
has already been tried and convicted in absentia for the 1975
murder of two French anti-terrorist agents, but under French law
he will have to be retried for those slayings.
Israeli-Palestinian Liaison Committee Meets in Alexandria
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
Top PLO negotiator Nabil Shaath and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon
Peres met Wednesday in the Egyptian resort of Alexandria to try to
work out snags that are holding up talks to extend Palestinian rule
to the West Bank.
Peres told reporters the two sides had worked out a joint
declaration on measures to curb violence in the self-rule areas, a
key concern for Israel. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin has
threatened to suspend implementation of the self-rule agreements if
the Palestinian authorities don't curb violence by extremists
opposed to the peace deal.
Earlier in the day, Shaath noted that Israel could not quell the
violence during its 27-year occupation so it should be more
realistic about how quickly the PLO can rein in the Hamas
Before the meeting, the PLO had complained about Israeli delays
in implementing parts of the self-rule deal. Shaath cited
delays in opening the safe passage links between the Gaza Strip
and Jericho on the West Bank, in releasing Palestinian political
prisoners and in posting Palestinian police at border crossings.
Later, Peres said the two sides agreed on Palestinian liaison
officers to help supervise border crossings and on the make-up of
the foreign observer missions to monitor the peace deal in Gaza and
Jericho. He said Israel also has agreed to release some 240
Palestinian prisoners by tomorrow.
Yankel Rosenbaum's Killer Pleads Not Guilty
By Chris Simkins (New York)
A New York teenager, acquitted of murdering a rabbinical student
during a racial riot three years ago, pleaded not guilty
Wednesday to new federal civil rights charges in the case. Nineteen
year old Lemrick Nelson pleaded not guilty to federal charges of
civil rights violations in the stabbing death of Australian
rabbinical scholar Yankel Rosenbaum.
Rosenbaum was killed during a racial disturbance in a largely
Jewish and black neighborhood of the borough of Brooklyn. The
rioting erupted after a car in a motorcade of a Chasidic Jewish
group accidentally struck and killed a young black boy. Blacks in
the community then attacked Jewish residents.
In a court appearance Wednesday, Nelson said the new charges
against him were not fair. He was released on $25,000 bail.
In 1992, Nelson was found not guilty of state charges in
connection with Rosenbaum's death. The acquittal angered Jewish
leaders. Since then they have pressed for an investigation into
whether federal civil rights laws could be used to retry Nelson.
He will be back in court on September 8.
Device Found, Detonated at LA Jewish center
(Reuter)--On Tuesday, police exploded a suspicious military-style
device outside the Los Angeles Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of
Tolerance. It was not immediately known if the object was a bomb.
The center is a leading Jewish establishment in the United States.
Wiesenthal, a death camp survivor, has led the fight to bring
former Nazis to trial for crimes against Jews during World War 2.
The incident at the museum followed the bombing deaths of more
than 100 people in a building housing Jewish organizations in
Buenos Aires, 21 people aboard a commuter plane in Panama and two
other bombings in London that left 18 people injured last month.
A three-block area surrounding the center in West Los Angeles was
evacuated around 7.30 p.m. EDT after police received a call from
center officials, Los Angeles police officer Don Cox said.
The device was detonated at 9 p.m. EDT without incident. Cox said
the device was exploded on the spot, indicating bomb experts did
not consider it dangerous. He said it would be some time before the
bomb squad could determine whether it was a bomb or not.
Reporter's Notebook: Jerusalem Reporting
By Art Chimes (Jerusalem)
Correspondent Art Chimes is finishing up a three-year assignment in
Jerusalem, where he has witnessed the change of the Arab-Israeli
conflict, one of the most enduring disputes of this century. He
offers some thoughts and memories from his reporter's notebook.
I went to a news conference the other day. Two officials emerged
from a meeting, made statements and answered questions from
reporters. A pretty routine event in the life of a foreign
correspondent? Well, not exactly.
The two officials were the prime minister of Israel and the head
of the PLO, a group once pledged to the destruction of the
Jewish state. That wasn't the really amazing part. Even more
astonishing was how routine it all seemed, as if this sort of
thing had been going on for years.
Changes here have been so dramatic that it's hard to remember how
different things were only three years ago, when I first arrived.
Back in mid-1991, it was the heyday of the intifada -- the
Palestinian uprising against the Israeli occupation. Clashes
between stone-throwing Palestinian youngsters and Israeli troops
were an almost-daily occurrence, the acrid smell of burning cars
drifting through the haze of tear gas in Jabalya or Ramallah or
The casualties added up -- Palestinian kids who have never known
anything but military occupation ... And soldiers, young recruits
and middle-aged reservists, who, along with the rest of Israel,
began to wonder whether the price of holding on to the occupied
territories wasn't getting too high.
Three years later, Yasir Arafat is living an hour's drive south
of Tel Aviv. This is a man who was demonized for a generation in
Israel as the personification of terrorism. Now, he lives in the
neighborhood, and Israelis hardly seem to notice.
First, came Israel's agreement with the Palestinians and then one
with the Jordanians. With breathtaking speed, Israel and Jordan
ended their state of war and, two weeks later, Yitzhak Rabin was
a guest aboard King Hussein's royal yacht.
An Israeli travel agency near our office displays posters of
Jordan, a portrait of the king and queen, even a Jordanian
tourist map that seems to include the West Bank as part of the
I always found it odd that the longing of the Palestinians for a
state of their own failed to resonate with residents of Israel --
a country, which itself, was founded as a homeland for the
long-dispersed Jewish people. As an outsider, I suppose I see
some of the similarities between Arabs and Jews that they often
fail to acknowledge. They eat the same food, listen to some of
the same music, and they all drive like maniacs.
One of the saddest and most disturbing stories I covered here was
a few months ago, when homosexual men and women gathered to pay
tribute to the lesbians and gay men who were killed by the Nazis.
They tried to hold a dignified memorial service at Yad Vashem,
Israel's Holocaust center and one of the country's most revered
sites, a secular shrine. The event was repeatedly disrupted by
Holocaust survivors who ran, screaming, across the memorial hall,
to try to stop the ceremony.
I know one of the things I'll miss is the sheer, exuberant beauty
of the land. I've always found it ironic that some of those most
passionately attached to the land, right-wing Israelis, seem to
be the ones most responsible for despoiling the landscape with
millions of signs, placards and bumper stickers bearing their
There have been, of course, good times, but the conflict was
never very far from the surface, and despite our professional
detachment, the violence sometimes got to us, journalists, too.
For me, it wasn't the mass murder in the Hebron mosque by a
Jewish settler earlier this year. It was the killing last year
of a middle-aged farmer, shot as he sat on his tractor plowing a
field. It was a pointless, stupid act of random violence by a
crazed extremist, ultimately signifying nothing. I'm not going
to tell you who in this sad tale was the Arab and who was the Jew
because, in the end, does it really matter?
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