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                             ISRAEL
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Publisher\Editor Don Canaan

                      Oct. 25, 1996 V4, #195
All the News the Big Guys Missed

Court Allows Women in Prayer Shawls at Kotel

The Supreme Court today obligated the State of Israel to set aside within four months a special section at the Western Wall where female Reform Jews may pray while wearing tallitot (prayer shawls). The Court further obligated the State to pay court costs of 5000 shekels (about $1,562).

Nation Marks Anniversary of Rabin's Assassination

By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)

Israel, Thursday, marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, according to the lunar-based Jewish calendar. There was a memorial ceremony at his gravesite in Jerusalem and other events throughout the country.

Once again, his widow, his daughter and his granddaughter cried, battle-hardened generals fought back tears and a nation paused to ponder how such a thing could happen in a country where, as Rabin used to say, all are friends.

Many Israelis believed that -- until the fateful moment in Tel Aviv when three shots rang out.

A young Israeli man -- a religious Jew -- shot Rabin, believing that his policies were endangering Israel. Rabin's son, Yuval, told Israel Radio Thursday the country changed last Nov. 4 And is no longer the same as the place in which his father grew up.

"Israel on that day became another country. If somebody among us, in the name of our religion, our faith, was willing to commit such an act, we are no longer the same as we used to (be) as far we regard ourselves and, I'm quite sure, as others regard us. Therefore, we should do whatever it takes to understand, learn and teach ourselves and definitely our younger generation everything that is needed that such incidents will never happen again."

Expressions of sympathy and support for the assassination anniversary flowed in from around the world.

President Clinton called on people everywhere to help fulfill Rabin's legacy of peacemaking. "On the anniversary of his death, I ask all men and women of good will to join me in adding to the memory of this remarkable man by carrying on the struggle for security and peace for Israel, and reconciliation for the peoples of the Middle East."

Speaking to Israeli reporters, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat -- who made peace with Rabin in 1993 -- spoke of his former enemy using the now-famous Hebrew phrase Clinton coined last year, "Shalom chaver, goodbye friend."

"My friend Prime Minister Rabin, whom I have missed, I can't forget him. The whole area of the Middle East has lost him. Shalom chaver, I miss you."

Israelis marked the anniversary of the Rabin assassination with special study sessions, a candlelight march, the unveiling of a memorial at the site of the killing and a special session of parliament.

Pope Says He Supports Theory of Evolution

By Vatican Information Service and Israel Faxx

VATICAN CITY -- Pope John Paul II has given his support to the theory of evolution, calling it compatible with Christian faith in a step welcomed by scientists but likely to raise criticism from the religious right.

The pope's recognition that evolution is "more than just a theory" came in a written message to a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, a body of experts that advises the Roman Catholic Church on scientific issues.

The theory of evolution, expounded by 19th century English naturalist Charles Darwin, had until now been viewed by the Catholic church as serious and worthy of discussion but still an open question.

The pope observed that "The elaboration of a theory such as that of evolution, while obeying the exigency of homogeneity with the data of observation, borrows certain ideas from the philosophy of nature. To tell the truth, more than the theory of evolution, one must speak of the theories of evolution...There are thus materialistic and reductionist readings and spiritual readings."


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