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>PD Dec. 20, 1996, Vol 4, No. 231
60th Anniversary of Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates its 60th
anniversary with six concerts this month, featuring top artists
from around the world. The final concert, on the orchestra's actual
birthday, Dec. 26, will feature most of the well-known artists
conducted by Zubin Mehta, Daniel Barenboim and Pinkas Zuckerman.
Red Cross Had Access to Concentration Camps
During the waning days of World War 2, the Nazis allowed Red
Cross workers into the concentration camps to assist, but not
evacuate the prisoners, newly released documents show.
Those documents, which will be available for viewing at the U.S.
Holocaust Museum in Washington in February. The 25,000 pages of
documents, donated to the museum by the International Committee of
the Red Cross, says the workers visited the camps, sometimes for a
week to ensure the prisoners' well-being.
The letters, reports and other Red Cross records span a
22-year-period from 1939 to 1961. "(Red Cross) representatives made
it into the camps. They saw the unbelievable and recorded it and
kept it in your files," said Miles Lerman, chairman of the U.S.
Holocaust Memorial Council.
Those files "contain numerous firsthand accounts and reports on the
persecution of Jews and on political detention in general between
1939 and 1945."
"It takes time to face your own history," said Red Cross archives
director Georges Willemin. The Red Cross signed an agreement with
the Nazis in March 1945 to let relief workers into the camps,
Willemin said, and some workers calmed Nazi soldiers and prevented
PA Reports Conviction and Sentencing of Tzur Murderers
The Palestinian Authority announced Thursday that the two
terrorists who murdered Ita and Ephraim Tzur outside of Beit El
last week, Abdal Nasser Ismail al-Kaiso and Ibrahim Salah al-Kam,
and the driver of the car from which the fatal shots were fired,
Ibrahim Masdani, have been tried and sentenced to life imprisonment
at hard labor.
There have been conflicting reports from the PA as to the actual
sentence and day of the trial. Israel has announced that it still
plans to demand the extradition of the murderers.
Palestinian Handling of Terrorists is a Dangerous Sign
Meir Indor, chairman of the Association for Arab Terror
Victims, told Arutz-7 that families of terror victims were told by
senior security sources that the Palestinian Authority knew in
advance that the terrorists it convicted of last week's murders
were in fact planning such an attack. He said that the fact that
they were apprehended so quickly is a very dangerous sign that the
PA did not do anything to stop what they knew was about to happen.
Indor said that he does not believe that the PA tried or sentenced
the murderers, "The fact that it was reported that they were
sentenced to "hard labor" proves that the whole thing is a lie. For
where are they going to perform this hard labor? In the rock
quarries of Jericho? The whole thing is a play-act for the Israeli
Ross Returns to Middle East
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
The United States is sending Middle East envoy Dennis Ross back to
Israel and the Palestine Authority to try to overcome the remaining
difficulties in the negotiations over Israeli troop redeployment
Ross will be meeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian President Yasir Arafat this weekend to see if the last
obstacles blocking an agreement on Hebron can be overcome.
Secretary of State Warren Christopher says the United States is
concerned about the delay in the negotiations. Christopher says
Ross will return by Christmas Day next week to report on the status
of the Hebron negotiations. In his year-end remarks, Christopher
expresses confidence that a Hebron agreement can break the impasse
in the Middle East peace negotiations.
Dead Sea is Not so Dead
Further proof that the Dead Sea does not deserve its name is
provided by an Israeli research team cooperating with a botanical
expert from Kiev in the Ukraine in the discovery of three kinds of
mushrooms in the Dead Sea. One is also new in scientific records.
For centuries it was thought the Dead Sea was lifeless which gave
it its name by the Arabs and in the world's languages. About 60
years ago, unique microbes were found in the sea, by Dr. Eliezer
Volcani, then single-cell algae were discovered growing in the sea,
where the concentration of minerals reached 34 percent, higher than
any other sea in the world.
Now these micro fungi have been found, including penicillium. The
most important find is of a fungus called "arcaniotum maris-morti"
which is definitely new to science.
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