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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 10, 1995, V3, #145
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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12 Ethiopian Rabbis Ordained in Israeli Rabbinate
The first group of rabbis from the Ethiopian community was
ordained in the Israeli rabbinate Wednesday as 12 immigrants were
certified to serve as rabbis on religious councils. The
newly-ordained rabbis -- who are all in their 30's -- emigrated to
Israel during Operation Moses and live in cities that are centers
of the Ethiopian community.
Talks Resume at Taba
By Laurie Kassman (Cairo)
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres
resumed talks Wednesday in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Taba.
The pressure is mounting to get an agreement on Palestinian
autonomy finished by the end of the month, but some key obstacles
still stand in the way. After missing several self-imposed target
dates last month, the two sides have shied away from setting any
more public deadlines. But the seriousness of this last-ditch
effort to get an agreement now is apparent in the presence of
Arafat and Peres for a series of high-level negotiations.
Some progress has been reported. On Tuesday, the two men reached
agreement on the timetable for redeploying Israeli troops in the
West Bank before and after Palestinian elections. The Palestinians
secured a definitive timetable but had to concede more time for
Israel to complete the pullout, stretching the time from three to
six months in each of three stages.
The date of the Palestinian Council elections needs to be set,
and security for Jewish settlers in the West Bank still needs to
be worked out. So does the situation of Hebron where 450 settlers
live among about 80,000 Palestinians. The rights to water and
electricity in the West Bank also remain unresolved.
While the negotiators hammer away at an accord, Jewish settlers
continue their protest throughout the West Bank against giving up
any land to the Palestinians.
Former Nazi Captain Won't Talk
By George Meek (Rio de Janeiro)
Italian authorities have failed to elicit testimony from a former
Nazi captain accused of genocide during World War 2. The suspect,
Erich Priebke, is being held in Argentina. Italian prosecutor
Antonio Intelisano flew to the southern Argentine city of Bariloche
in hopes of getting a statement from Priebke, who has been under
house arrest there for a year.
The two met Tuesday, but Priebke refused to say a word. His lawyer
said he would testify only if he is extradited to Italy.
After his arrest, the former Nazi officer admitted taking part in
the slaying of 335 civilians in caves near Rome in 1944, in
retaliation for the murder of German soldiers by Italian partisans.
Priebke says he was following orders of the Gestapo chief in Rome.
There is no indication when Argentina will rule on the
extradition request. The country has received a dozen requests for
extradition of World War 2 criminals, but granted only three.
"This is Our Land" Leader Indicted
Rehovot's Magistrates Court sentenced "This is Our Land" leader
Moshe Feiglin to a 10,000 shekel fine or 10 months in prison for
his role in disruptions that took place during demonstrations
The court issued a conditional prison sentence of a half-year
if Feiglin is found guilty of such activities in the next three
years. Feiglin said after the sentencing that he does not intend to
pay the fine, and will continue demonstrating.
"This is Our Land" demonstrators protested the peace process with
the Palestinians by blocking road junctions throughout Israel for
two hours during rush hour Tuesday evening, causing serious traffic
backups. Traffic was obstructed on the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway
for 40 minutes. Other roads that were blocked included the
Hebron-Beersheva highway, the Kiryat Shmoneh-Rosh Pina highway, and
central roads in the Yokneam area.
More than 100 demonstrators were taken into custody along with
Feiglin. Meanwhile, 15 new encampments were established Tuesday
beside highways in the West Bank. In Ofra, the IDF began
evacuating approximately 200 people from an outpost there. In
Kiryat Arba, 150 settlers established an encampment in an abandoned
building near the Harsinah hill.
Likud Knesset Member Benny Begin told Israel Radio that the
government rests on a majority in the Knesset, and one cannot
prevent it by force from carrying out its policies. There are legal
means of expressing protest, but blocking road junctions is
illegal, Begin said.
According to Begin, the settlers are law-abiding citizens and
should not be identified with "This is Our Land."
Suspected Iranian Spy Did Not Injure Israeli Security
Security officials said Hertzel Rad, who is being tried in the
Jerusalem District Court on charges of espionage, did not injure
Israel's security despite the fact he had access to secret
During his interrogation, Rad admitted he was sent by Iranian
intelligence, but afterward claimed the Iranians kidnapped him.
The prosecution charges that five months ago, Rad contacted
Iranian intelligence agents at the Iranian embassy in Istanbul
and proposed spying on Israel and the United States. According to
the charges, Rad promised his operatives that he would procure
information from IDF bases.
The defense is claiming that Rad was kidnapped from Turkey and
brought to Iran where he was tortured and forced to collaborate
with intelligence authorities.
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