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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                     Nov. 9, 1995, V3, #204
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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 investigation."

The other man arrested Wednesday also is reported to be a member of Eyal, but he was not immediately identified or brought into court.

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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