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>PD Jan. 7, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 3
Knesset Condemns Switzerland
Sharp condemnations of the Swiss government and banking system
were heard Monday at the first session of the new Knesset committee
dealing with the return of Jewish property stolen during the
Committee Chairman Avraham Herschson (Likud) announced Israel would
not agree to a situation of "Have you then murdered and also
Yisrael Singer, among the leaders of the World Jewish Congress,
promised to wage a bitter struggle to return the stolen property,
similar to those waged against the Soviet Union and against
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim.
MK Avraham Poraz (Meretz) said that the establishment of the
Knesset committee would enable Israel to take strong measures
against Switzerland that the government would otherwise be unable
Jewish Agency head Avraham Burg said fears of anti-Semitic
accusations will not deter the Agency from its efforts to recover
the monies that rightfully belong to Holocaust-victim heirs and to
the Jewish People.
He said the remarks of outgoing Swiss President Jean-Pascal
Delamuraz calling the Jewish efforts to establish a reparations
fund "blackmail," are anti-Semitic and are designed to lead to a
blow-up in the talks.
Burg announced the Agency is looking into the possibility of
enacting a partial boycott of the Swiss banking system. The pension
funds of New York municipal workers, totalling billions of dollars,
will reportedly be withdrawn from Swiss banks. When asked by a
radio reporter if the Jewish people are now at war with the Swiss
nation, Burg replied, "No, just a border skirmish."
Arafat Changes His Mind; Netanyahu Executes "Tactical Retreat"
U.S. mediator Dennis Ross has met with Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu and Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat. Ross says he
attempted to convince Arafat to adhere to his previous commitment
regarding the opening of King David St. in Hebron.
Yediot Acharonot reports that Netanyahu has agreed to carry out the
next stage of the withdrawal from the West Bank within three
months after the signing of the Hebron agreement.
Minister of Industry and Trade Natan Sharansky, who has been
considered an "undecided" on the Hebron withdrawal, said he doubts
that there would be a majority within the government for an
agreement that included an Israeli commitment to withdraw from most
of that area within a specified time.
David Bar-Illan, director of Policy Planning and Communications in
the Prime Minister's Office, told Arutz-7 that based on his
long-time friendship with Netanyahu, he knows that he often carries
out "tactical retreats," but that he always keeps the ultimate goal
in sight, and that in the end he achieves it.
Palestinians Pollute Mediterranean
The Palestinian Authority in Gaza dumps all of its sewage water
into the Mediterranean Sea, without any prior purification
processing whatsoever, according to Minister of the Environment
He expressed "astonishment" upon discovering this phenomenon, and
said that it is a violation not only of the Oslo accords but also
of international environmental agreements. He promised to deal with
the matter urgently.
German Brewery Taps Kosher Market
Germany's Herrenhauser brewery in Hanover has introduced
Europe's first kosher beer, and its ingredients are the same as a
standard Pilsner -- water, malt, hops and yeast.
The brewery hopes the idea of a kosher beer will apply to a broad
group of consumers, from Jewish beer drinkers to vegetarians.
The brewery first got the idea when a Russian importer asked if a
kosher beer was available. He said nobody in Europe or the United
States was manufacturing a kosher beer.
Several additional steps are needed to make beer kosher, according
to Rabbi M.D. Elzas, director of the kosher foods committee of the
Federation of Synagogues in London.
"We investigate the ingredients, and check the production process,
and after we are sure the procedure is kosher, kosher approval is
given," he said.
Rabbis must verify that the malt used in the beer must not have
been produced during Passover, and that the emulsifiers and
filtering agents cannot contain animal products. A rabbi must also
oversee the cleanliness of the production line.
Those strict guidelines suggest to many people that kosher products
are more pure, and Herrenhauser hopes to capitalize off the
product's pureness quotient.
Not only the Jewish community seeks kosher products. Herrenhauser
believes both vegetarians and status label drinkers might also be
interested in a kosher beer.
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