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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan
Aug. 12, 1996 V4, #147
All the News the Big Guys Missed
Israel in Uproar as Teenage Girls Call Amir "Cute"
Three teenaged girls who revealed a secret infatuation with
assassin Yigal Amir have placed the Religious Zionist educational
system again under fire. An interview with the girls was broadcast
on national television, in which they said that they admire Yigal
Amir. "I love him; he's attractive, and has a cute smile," said
Across-the-board condemnations of the remarks, and, to some extent,
of the school system and environment in which they live and study,
have been aired radio and television. Kiryat Gat Mayor Ze'ev Boim
said that an investigation would be made into the school at which
the girls study.
Mrs. Leah Rabin said, "I have said all along that behind the
murderer stands an entire community that supports him."
When questioned Sunday by a reporter, one of the Kiryat Gat girls
clarified that her admiration of Amir was not connected with the
murder. "He's very cute, and he's famous. But if I feel this way,
it has nothing to do with my education - didn't you hear about the
secular high school girls who faxed the radio talk show today,
saying how cute they think he is?"
Arab Leaders Unifying Against Israel
By Laurie Kassman (VOA-Cairo)
Palestinian Authority leader Yasir Arafat met with President Hosni
Mubarak in Cairo Saturday for consultations about the peace
process. Arafat is also meeting with the leadership committee of
his Fatah faction of the PLO.
Arafat has been frustrated by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu's reluctance to implement the self-rule deal signed by
the previous government. He briefed Mubarak on the situation in
Gaza and the West Bank.
The meeting is the latest in a round of consultations between Arab
leaders since the hardline prime minister was elected in Israel.
Mubarak met last Wednesday with Syrian leader Hafez al Assad.
After their talks, Assad publicly rejected Israel's new offer to
resume negotiations by dealing first with the security issues in
southern lebanon. A day after the Assad-Mubarak summit, the
Egyptian leader made a surprise visit to Saudi Arabia.
Arab leaders remain concerned that Israel now opposes continuing
peace talks on the basis of land for peace.
60-Year-Old Sacrifices Life to Save Children
Yosef Yeshayahu, a resident of the Ramot Jerusalem neighborhood,
was buried after being mortally wounded in the course of saving
youngsters from near death.
Last Thursday, when Yeshayahu spotted a parked minibus which began
rolling towards a group of small children playing on the sidewalk,
he ran and quickly turned the steering wheel to change the course
of the vehicle. He subsequently sustained critical wounds when he
was thrown with great force to the street. Police have opened an
investigation against the minibus driver.
Navy Commissions Muslim Chaplain
By Akmal Aleemi (VOA-Washington)
The American Muslim Council, a Washington-based lobby group, has
celebrated the commissioning of the Navy's first Muslim chaplain
(imam). Military chaplains of other faiths, senior officers from
the armed services and leaders of the Muslim community were on hand
last week to greet Lt. Monje abd el-Muta' Ali Noel Jr., whose
commissioning at a Pentagon ceremony was presided over by
Secretary of the Navy John Dalton.
Noel, a native of Salem, N.J., has served the Navy for nearly 16
years. He sought a position as chaplain after receiving a Master of
Divinity degree at the Lutheran School of Theology and the American
Islamic College in Chicago. Military chaplains offer religious
services and counseling to men and women of all religions in
Noel becomes the second Muslim chaplain in the armed services.
Capt. Abdul Rashid Muhammad became an Army imam in 1993. AMC
Executive Director Abdurahman Alamoudi said he hopes to see Muslim
chaplains in the US Air Force. Qaseem ali Uqdah of the AMC says
the number of Muslims serving in the armed forces has risen to more
than 10,000 and it is growing at a fast pace as the Muslim
population in the country grows.
The Navy's new chaplain says he is apprehensive, yet confident.
"Here I am standing on the threshold of something new. I am not
really afraid. Although I will be untruthful with you and lying to
myself if I said I am not apprehensive. But I am coming into a
corps, a team, that has a proven track record -- the team of
winners, team committed to service. And so I am simply a part of
the team ... A new player. I have been drafted by the best. So I
feel comfortable with that."
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