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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
April 18, 1996 V4, #70
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Rabbi Stabbed in Budapest
Ahmed Bur, a Muslim fundamentalist, has stabbed the principal of a
Budapest Orthodox Jewish day school -- Rabbi Yisrael Taub of
Jerusalem -- in "revenge for Israel's actions in Lebanon." Taub is
listed in serious condition. The Foreign Ministry has instructed
all Israeli missions to tighten security and increase awareness in
the face of Hizbullah threats to attack Israeli and Jewish targets
abroad. Jewish Diaspora communities have taken similar measures
against the possibility that their organizations may be targeted.
Lebanese Fighting Enters Eighth Day
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem), Jennifer Griffin (VOA-Beirut)
The current round of fighting between Lebanese terrorists and
Israeli forces enters its eighth day Thursday. Rocket attacks and
Israeli air strikes continued yesterday.
Israel has promised to respond harshly to any Katyusha rocket
attacks and it did so Wednesday morning. A volley of Katyushas hit
the northern Israeli town, Kiryat Shmona -- wounding one man and
causing some damage. Israeli aircraft responded with strikes on
Lebanese villages the Hizbullah is believed to still be using to
launch the rockets.
Israel says it launched more than 1,000 air strikes and 11,000
artillery shells into Lebanon during the first six days of
fighting. Hundreds of Katyushas have hit northern Israel. More
than 30 people have been killed, all of them in Lebanon.
The ongoing strikes seem to be giving the militant Muslim group
greater support in Lebanon.
Other than the evening call to prayer, the skies over Beirut
remained relatively quiet Wednesday. On the road from the airport,
Lebanese soldiers sitting atop mobile anti-aircraft guns chatted
casually with civilians walking along the crowded streets.
Business appeared normal in Beirut, which was recuperating from the
recent Israeli air strikes that wiped out a portion of the city's
newly operational power grid earlier this week.
But with each Israeli attack on Hizbullah in southern Lebanon,
support for the militant Islamic fighters seems to be growing
throughout the country.
Ahab Abdullah is a smartly dressed, 28-year-old university graduate
who manages a shop near Beirut's upscale Hamra Street. He says he
did not support Hizbullah before the latest military operation,
known in Israel as Operation Grapes of Wrath. "Nobody likes to die.
But I like to die if I could give the chance to my family and for
my family to live -- OK, I would sacrifice myself for my family."
New Book Says Germans Were Anti-Semitic
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
A widely acclaimed new American book titled "Hitler's Willing
Executioners" has opened to scathing reviews in the German press.
The book, by Harvard University sociologist Daniel Goldhagen,
argues pre-Hitler Germany was uniquely anti-Semitic and millions of
ordinary people gladly took part in the Holocaust. German critics
call the book a poorly researched attempt to stereotype Germans as
Just one week after excerpts of Goldhagen's book appeared, nearly
every leading newspaper attacked the work as a one-sided view of
A cultural editor for the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung", Frank
Schirrmacher, says the book fails to back up its controversial
thesis, that pre-Hitler Germany was a fundamentally anti-Semitic
He says many commentators are concerned by the fact the book is so
widely publicized and so well received in the United States.
"The effect will be that many Germans think maybe there is a new
American way of trying to see Germany for the next century, so that
even nowadays Germany is still in the role of the old anti-Semitic
monster it used to be, and I think that makes politicians and
journalists and normal people very nervous about this book."
The leader of the Jewish community in Germany, Ignaz Bubis, says
he has not been surprised by the reaction to the book. "Many German
people after 50-years do not like to listen to the story, and we
have a certain group mainly of historians who would like very much
to change the history, maybe change the history is too strong of a
word, but at least to reevaluate the history."
Bubis agrees with one of the central themes of the Goldhagen book,
which says many more people in Nazi Germany were aware of the
killing of the Jews than is commonly acknowledged.
But following last year's emotional debate during the 50th
anniversary celebration of the end of the Second World War, Bubis
says Germans would simply like to forget the past.
"But this is difficult, as long as there are still survivors of the
past they will have to accept that even if Germany would like very
much not to discuss it, to forget it, but the rest of the world is
not ready to forget it, and to accept it."
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