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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Nov. 9, 1995, V3, #204
All the News the Big Guys Missed
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Israeli Police Search for Co-Conspirators
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli police have arrested three more alleged conspirators in the
assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The police presented
one of the new suspects before a judge in Tel Aviv and accused him
of conspiring to murder Rabin.
He is Avishai Raviv, the leader of a militant right-wing group
called Eyal, a remnant of the outlawed anti-Arab group Kach. The
suspect admitted he heard the confessed assassin make threats, but
said he never took him seriously or knew of any specific plan. He
also accused police of carrying out what he called "a political
The other man arrested Wednesday also is reported to be a member of
Eyal, but he was not immediately identified or brought into
Police already have two brothers in custody -- Yigal Amir, the
confessed assassin; and his brother Hagai Amir, who has admitted
to altering a bullet used in the killing in a way which made it
more lethal. But Hagai Amir says he did not know what his
brother was going to do with the bullet.
The police also have arrested several men who publicly expressed
support for the killing, and one who threatened that Acting Prime
Minister Shimon Peres will be next. A senior official said
Wednesday the government will do everything in its power to
prevent further violence by militant Israelis.
GSS Investigation Reveals Serious Security Lapses
The head of the General Security Service's dignitary protection
division announced his resignation Wednesday. Israel Radio reported
heads of the GSS' security division were present at the rally and
personally supervised security at the event. Ha'aretz reported that
the findings of the GSS committee clearly reveal severe mistakes in
all activities of the GSS' dignitary protection division. Evidence
gathered from witnesses shows that the security layout surrounding
the Prime Minister was defective before the assassination and
totally collapsed at the moment of the first shot.
Rabin's car drove to the hospital without an escort and with no
guards except for the head of his security detail, who had also
been wounded. The driver was not aware of the safest and quickest
route to the hospital, which was never notified that the Prime
Minister would be arriving wounded.
US Resumes Palestinians' Payments
By Victor Beattie (VOA-Washington)
In a move that may have been affected by last week's assassination
of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the US House of
Representatives approved continued financial aid to the Palestinian
Authority. The measure must be reconciled with a similar Senate
measure before the final bill goes to President Clinton.
The house, on a voice vote, has temporarily renewed, until Dec. 31,
the Middle East Peace Facilitation Act, allowing about $500 million
in aid to the self-rule authority, paid out over five years.
The PLO is also granted permission to keep open an office it has in
Washington. The act, which allows the president to waive
restrictions against the PLO, had expired last week. The measure
must be reconciled with a Senate version which extends the act only
until Dec. 1.
International donors pledged nearly $2.5 Billion to the Palestinian
Authority following the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord signed two
years ago. Palestinians have received about $800 million. PLO
Chairman Yasir Arafat has warned of worsening economic conditions
and appealed for aid as a way to create jobs.
German Neo-Nazis sentenced
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
A German court has handed down a two year jail term to the leader
of a neo-Nazi group that was outlawed in 1992. Two other members of
the outlawed National Front were also sentenced to jail terms.
The presiding judge of the Dortmund court said neo-Nazi leader
Meinolf Schoenborn had deep inside never accepted the government's
ban on the National Front.
The party, which was outlawed in November 1992 following an upsurge
in anti-foreigner violence in Germany, echoed many of the policies
first espoused by Adolf Hitler.
The 27-month jail sentence imposed on the National Front's one time
leader, was tougher than the two years prosecutors had requested.
In handing down the sentence, the court also expressed amazement
police had allowed the suspect to engage in a flourishing home
business, selling radical right wing T-shirts, button badges and
bumper-stickers. Two other members of the outlawed group were
sentenced to 10-month jail terms.
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