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>PD Nov. 27, 1996. Vol. 4, No. 216
World Jewry Seeks Holocaust Gold from Swiss Banks
The World Jewish Congress has made plans to launch an "attack"
on Swiss bank secrecy in search of the unclaimed wealth of
Holocaust victims. Former U.S. Federal Reserve Board Chairman Paul
Volcker, who heads a commission probing Swiss banks' cooperation
with the Nazis in World War II, briefed a WJC meeting in Oslo the
commission's strategy. The preliminary search is expected to last
six months and will be followed up by an entire audit of 450 Swiss
banks that will take another 12 months.
Fourth Israeli Identified in Comoros
By Sonya Laurence Green (VOA-Nairobi) and Arutz-7 News
A fourth Israeli victim of Saturday's crash of the hijacked
Ethiopian airliner was identified Tuesday. He is Gadi Levy, a
manager at Israel Aviation Industries. Two other senior employees
of IAI, victims of the crash, were identified yesterday: Shraga
Bar-Nissan, 50, of Carmei Yosef, and Amram Ben-David, 46, of
Yaakov Braun, 30, a student from Tel Aviv also perished in the
crash landing. Three other Israelis who were aboard the plane are
still unaccounted for. Lior Fuchs, the only Israeli survivor,
returned to Israel, and efforts are being made to fly the bodies of
the four deceased back to Israel via Nairobi.
Ethiopian authorities say two men suspected of hijacking an
Ethiopian airliner that crashed off the Comoros Islands may not be
the hijackers. Nevertheless, police in the Comoros are keeping the
pair in custody until investigations into the crash -- which killed
more than 120 people -- are complete.
The head of Ethiopia's investigation team, Guetachew Assefa, said
the three men who hijacked Flight 961 died in the crash, and the
two men held by Comoran police had nothing to do with the crime.
He said the hijackers were Ethiopians, while the suspects are from
Kenya and Djibouti.
Confusion about the hijackers may stem from the fact they spread
out in the airplane, and held the pilot and co-pilot separately
while threatening passengers. That may make it difficult for any
one survivor to identify all three hijackers. According to
various survivors' reports, the men spoke English, French and
the Ethiopian language of Amharic. Judging from appearance, some
guessed the hijackers might have been from Ethiopia, Djibouti or
After the crash, the two suspects were arrested when surviving
passengers, recovering at a local hospital, pointed them out as
hijackers. But, the pilot and co-pilot, who also lived through
the crash, have not agreed on an identification. Co-pilot Yonas
Mekuria, taken to see the men, said he did not recognize them, nor
did he find them among some of the dead at a makeshift morgue.
The hijackers' motive remains unclear, but pilot Leul Abate said
they told him they -- wanted to make history. Even though he told
them the aircraft was running out of fuel, they refused to let him
land at an airport in the Comoros. In the end, the pilot tried to
ditch the plane in the water. It bounced, then cartwheeled before
breaking into pieces.
Salvage workers tried Tuesday to free the last bodies from parts
of the airliner wreckage, still partly submerged in the shallow
azure waters near a beach resort. The French News Agency said a
Comoran volunteer diver died while trying to help extricate some
of the crash victims. Police have cordoned off the area, and had
to keep away onlookers and souvenir hunters interested in the
Identification of bodies continued Tuesday. Passengers on the
ill-fated jetliner came from 35 countries. Comoran government
leaders reportedly met with airline officials, hotel staff near
the crash site, and others to discuss how to send the bodies to
their home countries. The operation has run into problems,
including a lack of coffins on the island to transport the
Netanyahu Visits Settlers on West Bank
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Tuesday, made his first
visit to an Israeli settlement since his election in May. The visit
came at a time when Palestinian leaders are particularly upset
about Netanyahu's plans to expand settlements in areas the
Palestinians want to be under their control.
In ordinary times, it would have been a routine visit for an
Israeli prime minister to the large Ariel settlement on the West
Bank. But with Palestinian leaders saying Netanyahu's settlement
policy could destroy the peace process, the prime minister faced
questions about whether he might not be talking peace, but
working against it. Not surprisingly, standing on the barren hills
just outside Ariel, he was undeterred.
"People live here. They haven't lived here for thousands of years.
Look at these hills. Are we depriving anyone of anything? It's
barren land. You know what? If we hadn't come here, it would have
stayed that way for another 2,000 years."
Netanyahu is diverting government funds to expand West Bank
settlements like Ariel. And he says he might start some new
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