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August 29, 1994 Volume 2, #161 / /\__/_/\
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Experts say Hammerhead sharks aren't known to attack people in
Hawaii, but surfers and bathers off the island of Kauai didn't want
to take any chances. They got out of the water when a nearly 15
foot Hammerhead appeared. One boater says the shark apparently
gave birth, thrashing around before a baby shark appeared. Five
more sharks showed up to watch the process.
Cabinet Expands Palestinian Autonomy
By Patricia Golan and Al Pessin (Jerusalem)
Israel's Cabinet unanimously ratified an agreement expanding some
aspects of Palestinian autonomy throughout the West Bank. The
approval came despite weekend violence by Islamic militants who
killed two Israeli workers near Tel Aviv.
The agreement initialled last week in Cairo, known as "Early
Empowerment" calls for Israel's transfer to Palestinian control of
education, taxation, tourism, health and welfare in the West Bank.
The agreement excludes Arab East Jerusalem and Jewish settlements.
The timetable remains to be settled because of uncertainty about
the Palestinians' ability to obtain funding, but the transfer of
education has already been completed in time for the new school
Meanwhile, Israeli police have been staging a country-wide sweep
for Palestinian workers in Israel without government-issued work
permits. The action follows Friday's fatal stabbing of two
Israeli construction workers. The militant Islamic resistance
movement, Hamas, claimed credit for the attack, the first deep
incursion inside Israel since Palestinian autonomy began in May.
Hamas opposes the Israeli-PLO accord. A statement issued by
Hamas bragged the assailants crossed many Israeli checkpoints to
reach the construction site near Tel Aviv, where they killed the
two workers, both in their 20s.
Hamas says the attack was in retaliation for the Hebron mosque
massacre six months ago, in which a Jewish settler from the
occupied territories opened fire on worshipers. The terrorist
group threatens it will launch two more attacks against Israel
before the end of the year.
The attack came as Hamas and the more-moderate Palestinian
National Authority were talking about opening a dialogue. But,
Hamas says it is not willing to accept the peace accord with
Israel as a precondition for dialogue.
Also Saturday, unidentified guerrillas in southern Lebanon fired
on the region's Israel-backed militia. That attack came just one
day after an Israeli newspaper reported Lebanon's government
wants to negotiate peace with israel.
A police spokesman says over 200 Palestinians have been detained
so far, with heavy fines imposed on their employers. Another 23
Israelis were arrested in riots that broke out in Ramle, the site
of the attack.
300 Million Indians Want to Make Aliyah
Hatikvah News Service
Members of a people numbering more than 300 million who live in
India have applied for permission to come to Israel. The Israeli
ambassador to India, Efraim Dubek, has asked for instructions on
how to deal with these applications.
The Shinlung people live near the Burmese border and claim they
are descendants of the lost tribe of Menashe. About 64 of them have
already come to Israel and since their Judaism is in doubt they
were converted to Judaism by a group called Avishai headed by Rabbi
Avi-Chail. This same group also converted some Peruvians to Judaism
and brought them to Israel.
The 64 Shinlung people have been settled in the Hebron Hills area.
They were admitted to Israel by the Interior Ministry under a
tourist visa which is not limited in time. Now others have also
applied to the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi for visas.
At a meeting last Monday of senior Foreign Ministry officials
chaired by Deputy Foreign Minister Yossi Beilin, it was pointed out
that the Shinlung people number more than 300 million and one of
those present at the meeting described their intentions of coming
to Israel as "madness."
The Foreign Ministry is holding consultations with the Interior
Ministry on what to do with the Shinlung people. If the Interior
Ministry will recognize them as Jews they will be eligible to
immigrate to Israel in accordance with the Law of return.
Russia will Speak with Syria
By Al Pessin
A special envoy of Russian President Boris Yeltsin says Russia will
try to use its influence with Syria to press for progress in
Syria's talks with Israel. Ambassador Victor Posuvaliuk made the
offer Friday after meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak
Rabin in Tel Aviv.
The Russian envoy says Russia will use its good relations with both
Syria and Israel to push for progress in their talks. According to
Israel Radio, Rabin responded that Israel has long sought a direct,
secret dialogue with Syria, but Damascus has refused. On Friday,
Syria criticized the latest Israel-Palestinian agreement to expand
Palestinian autonomy on the West Bank.
The Russian representative also said Russia wants a role in future
talks about the status of Jerusalem. He said Russia wants to be
involved as the country with the world's largest population of
Orthodox Christians, as well as a sizable Muslim community. Rabin
said Israel is willing to listen to religious concerns related to
Jerusalem from Russia and any other country or group. But he said
the city's political future as Israel's capital is not open to
Israel is committed to talk about Jerusalem with the Palestinians
within two years. The Palestinians want the city, or at least
part of it, to be their capital, but Israel says Jerusalem will
be its capital only.
1937 Zionist Congress endorsed 'Transfer' of Arabs
Hatikvah News Service
[The Jewish claim to Judea and Samaria is threatened by individuals
who declare that Jews have no right to any territory where Arabs
are the majority. If such a principle had been applied during the
1940s, there would be no Jewish State today.]
JERUSALEM--This year's Zionist Congress marks the 50th anniversary
of the only Zionist Congress at which the Arab demographic problem
was seriously discussed.
Meeting in Zurich in July, 1937, the leaders of the Zionist
movement were confronted by the just published Peel report. The
Report recommended partition of the Land of Israel into separate
Arab and Jewish States. But because the proposed Jewish State would
have a large Arab minority, the Peel Commission suggested that
225,000 Arabs be transferred from the Jewish side to the Arab side.
If necessary, the Peel report declared, "the transfer would be
The delegates to the 1937 Zionist Congress were deeply divided
over the partition proposal. But they enthusiastically endorsed the
David Ben-Gurion said that the transfer idea's "importance exceeds
that of the Report's other merits and outweighs all of the Report's
Golda Meir said she was "in favor of transfer, as the Arabs had
vast territories in which the Arabs of Palestine could settle."
Chaim Weizman assured skeptics that "the Arabs could easily be
transferred in the course of time."
Actually, the transfer idea had already been endorsed by numerous
Zionist luminaries. Theodor Herzl urged the Zionist movement to
"try to spirit the penniless population across the border by
procuring employment for it in the transit countries, while denying
it any employment in our own country." Israel Zangwill recommended
that the Zionists facilitate an Arab trek into Syria or any other
of the new and neighboring Arab States. Berl Katznelson argued, "A
distant neighbor is better than a close enemy. They will not lose by
the transfer and we certainly will not. For a long time I have
felt that this is the best of solutions..."
Jewish Holidays 5755/1994-1995
September 5 Rosh Hashanah Eve
September 6 Rosh Hashanah Day 1
September 7 Rosh Hashanah Day 2
September 14 Yom Kippur Eve - Kol Nidre
September 15 Yom Kippur Day
September 20-October 27 Succot
November 28-December 5 Chanukah
December 13 Fast of Tevet 10
January 16 Tu B'Shvat
March 15 Fast of Esther & Purim Eve
March 16 Purim
April 15-21 Pesach
April 27 Holocaust Day
May 3 Remembrance Day
May 4 Independence Day
May 18 Lag B'Omer
May 28 Jerusalem Day
June 4 Shavout
July 16 Fast of Tammuz 17
August 6 Fast of AV 9
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