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In Springfield, Mo., friends of a fish named Ethel are mourning her
loss and promising not to eat her. At about 20 pounds Ethel was
believed to be the largest bass in captivity. She died of old age
at her home, a fishing-equipment company. The owners plan a
memorial observance for the fish later this week.
Peres: Give Germany a Permanent Security Council Seat
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres, on a visit to Bonn, says
Germany should play a more active role in world affairs and have a
seat on the United Nations Security Council. Peres' visit to
Germany has focused on political and economic issues.
At a news conference in Bonn, Peres told reporters the world must
view Germany now not with a view to the past but with a view to
He said Germany should play a larger role in world politics and
deserves a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, which now has
five permanent members.
Peres also called on the European Union to expand its economic
cooperation with Israel. Germany is the current president of the
union. The Israeli foreign minister has also urged Germany to
invest more in his country.
During a meeting with German Foreign Minister Klaus Kinkel after
his arrival in Bonn Monday, Peres raised the issue of German
relations with Iran. Israeli Ambassador Avi Primor said Germany
believes a dialogue with Iran is the best way to get Iran to change
its policies, which Israel, the United States, and other countries
believe include the support of terrorism. Primor said Israel does
not agree with this view.
German Neo-Nazi Parties Join Forces
By Evans Hays (Bonn)
With Germany's federal election for a new parliament and chancellor
less than two months away, two right-wing extremist parties have
announced plans to join forces in the political campaign. This has
prompted the German Interior Ministry to order an investigation of
the Republican Party and keep it under surveillance.
Interior Minister Manfred Kanther has announced he has ordered
agents from his ministry to keep a close watch on the Republican
Party following the announcement that it was joining forces with
the German Peoples Union for the election campaign.
The Republicans, who are led by a former Nazi SS member, have
long claimed to be a conservative party representing traditional
German values. They have distanced themselves from the right-wing
and neo-Nazi violence that has plagued Germany since unification
four years ago.
But Kanther says the Republicans, by aligning themselves with the
German Peoples' Union, were sliding ever closer to extremism.
Kanther, in unusually blunt language for a cabinet minister,
said the Peoples' Union had been extremist for years and has no
rivals in what he described as political repulsiveness. He said any
organization that aligns itself with the Peoples' Union has dropped
its mask of respectability.
Reacting to a wave of right-wing violence directed mainly at
foreigners and Jews, authorities in Germany banned several small
neo-Nazi groups. But so far they have refrained from banning the
two biggest organizations: the Republicans and the German Peoples'
Right-wing political organizations have only a small, although
highly visible, following in Germany and most experts agree they
cannot win the five percent of voter support required to enter
But their existence is an embarrassment to the government, which
itself has come under fire for not doing enough to stamp out
Early Empowerment Agreement to be Signed Today
The Israeli and Palestinian delegations in Cairo have begun
drafting the final version of an agreement on early empowerment -
the transfer of certain civil responsibilities to Palestinians in
the West Bank. Head of the Israeli delegation to the talks in Cairo
Major General Danny Rothschild said he believes an agreement will
be signed today.
According to the report, the Civil Administration in the West Bank
will begin transferring authority for education in the Ramallah
area today. Then, tomorrow, education responsibilities for Nablus,
Jenin, Kalkilya and Tulkarm will be transferred to the
Amendment to New Capital Gains Tax Allows for Deduction of Capital
The Income Tax Commission is currently drafting the government's
proposed capital gains tax legislation which will include an
amendment allowing for the deduction of capital losses. The
benchmark Mishtanim index of stocks traded on the Tel Aviv Stock
Exchange rose 3% Tuesday. The Finance Ministry forecasts that the
gross domestic product will grow by 6.2% in 1994.
Schindler's Hits Videotape Market
By Keming Kuo (Washington)
One of the most highly-acclaimed films of the decade, "Schindler's
List," is being released on videotape this month -- and in a
special package allowing even further study of the events
surrounding the life and times of Oskar Schindler.
Schindler's List," director Steven Spielberg's Academy
Award-winning epic about the Holocaust and Oskar Schindler's
humanitarian efforts, has been seen by millions of moviegoers.
Since its release last December, "Schindler's List" has grossed
more than $300 million at theaters worldwide. But some screenings
in the United States of the film have been marred by insensitive
youths who have talked or laughed through portions of the film.
This month, "Schindler's List" is being released on video [$100
each] so families and groups may watch the film together at home or
in schools. A limited number of special collector's editions
[$140] will include a letter from Spielberg, a book of photographs
from the production and a copy of Thomas Keneally's novel, on
which the film is based. Spielberg and the film's director of
photography, Janusz Kaminski, reportedly spent a month ensuring the
film-to-video transfers was done just right. Each limited-edition
set also includes a compact disc of composer John Williams'
Oscar-winning soundtrack, with Williams conducting members of the
Boston Symphony Orchestra and violin soloist Itzhak Perlman.
U.S. Distributors Look to Israeli Films
The American Independent Film Producers Association, separate from
the big commercial Hollywood production corporations, has been
looking for films to distribute and has decided that Israel
represents one of three foreign sources to take part in this year's
On September 18 a seven-day screening of Israeli movies will take
place at the Angelica Film Center in New York, which has gained a
prestigious reputation in the past 10 years. It specializes in
small-budget productions with relatively new directors. Five
Israeli movies will be shown in the September screenings, including
'The Flying Camel' (Dir: Rami Na'aman); 'A New Land,' (Dir: Orna
Ben Dor); 'Coffee with Lemon' (Dir: Leonid Gurevitch); 'Black'
(Dir. Shmuel Hasifri); and 'In the Name of Love' (Dir: Idit
Shahori). None of these movies has yet been released in Israel.
Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit Opens at the Vatican
By Peggy Polk (Rome)
When they agreed to establish diplomatic relations last December
30, the Vatican and the State of Israel opened the door to dialogue
after nearly 2,000 years of mutual mistrust. A tangible proof of
this new era of friendship is the exhibition of fragments from the
Dead Sea Scrolls on view at the Vatican until October 2.
The Vatican setting for the exhibition could hardly be more
different from the desert where the Dead Sea Scrolls originated.
It is the Salone Sistina -- built in the late 16th century during
the reign of Pope Sisto IV as the main reading room of the Vatican
Library and now part of the Vatican museums. It is a huge room,
walls and ceilings covered with delicate frescos.
The Israeli Antiquities Authority has brought some of the Judean
desert to the Vatican -- huge photographs of the limestone caves
where the scrolls were found between 1947 and 1956, and of the
ruined city of Qumran where they are believed to have been written by
a Jewish sect called the Essenes between 200 BCE and 70 CE.
It was the dry, constant temperature of the desert that preserved
the fragments of goatskin. Glass display cases maintain that
temperature and humidity, and light flashes on them for only
seconds at a time.
The Dead Sea Scrolls have traveled to the United States several
times but never before to the Vatican. According to Massimo
Ceresa of the Vatican Library, the Israeli Antiquities Authority
proposed the exhibition within weeks of the agreement to establish
The Israelis organized and mounted the exhibition, bringing the
special display cases from Jerusalem. But Ceresa says the Israelis
did suggest a Vatican contribution. "We were asked to put some of
our manuscripts as a, let's say, as a, to enrich the exhibition
with the manuscripts of those authorities who talked about the
The authorities include Pliny the Elder, Josephus Flavius and
Philo of Alexandria, who lived in the period of the Essenes.
The scrolls contain quotations from Psalms, from Leviticus and
other books of the Old Testament, biblical commentaries,
apocalyptic visions, liturgical works and what appear to be the
rules by which the Essenes lived.
Fragmentary though they are, they supply a wealth of information
about a time that was crucial for Jews and Christians alike --
when the foundations were laid for rabbinical Judaism and the
early Christian church was emerging.
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