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>JN Jan. 20, 1997, Vol. 5 Number 12
53 Women will be Allowed to Remarry
Fifty-three agunot -- women who have not received a Jewish
divorce from their husbands -- have been helped to receive such a
divorce in the past year. Private investigation agencies, in
conjunction with the Rabbinical Courts, helped to locate
recalcitrant husbands all over the world and to procure the
required papers. The men were located in Thailand, India, Nigeria,
and other countries. 21 women listed as agunot remain in Israel.
Arafat Delivers Victory Speech in Hebron
Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat arrived in Hebron
Sunday afternoon, and delivered a victory speech from atop the
building that until Friday was the IDF Military Administration
headquarters in the city.
"We have liberated Hebron, just as we have liberated many other
Palestinian cities." Arafat thanked the 87 Knesset members who
voted for the agreement, and expressed happiness over the
"consensus" in the parliament.
Arafat said that the women terrorists incarcerated in Israel, as
well Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, will be released within a few days. On
Saturday, Arafat's newly-appointed Hebron Region Military Governor
Jibril Rajub, in a speech, called upon the Jewish residents to
leave the city, saying their place is not in Hebron, and they are
"likened to a stone on our chest."
Israeli resident Noam Arnon said the Jews of Hebron will continue
in their efforts to build the Jewish presence in the city.
The Shai (Samaria and Judea) District Police formally charged
Hebron Jewish community spokesman Arnon with attacking police
officers. The incident occurred in the Machpelah Cave several weeks
ago. The Hebron police force's handling of the affair was
criticized by Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani after they
drove Arnon to an Ashkelon jail during the Sabbath.
On Friday, Hebron resident Shani Horowitz reported that the car she
was driving -- on the only route to Kiryat Arba left open to the
Jews -- was nearly overturned by throngs of Arabs. She said that
she asked the soldiers to help her, but that they said that there
is nothing they can do.
Christians Against Hebron Withdrawal
A statement released by the International Christian Embassy in
Jerusalem expressed sadness over the "abandonment of 80 percent of
Hebron -- the first Jewish city in history -- to the PLO," but
predicted that "that area, as well as all other parts of Israel
currently under PLO Authority control, will return to Israeli
administration in the future, in accordance with biblical
The statement also expressed the hope that Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu will hold firmly to the principle of reciprocity, and
that the international community -- "particularly the United States
administration which has pressured Israel into taking steps
detrimental to its security" -- ensure that the PLO Authority keeps
its side of the Hebron agreements.
It's Two Boys and a Girl!
Tovah Gamliel, 53, of Moshav Shalva in the Negev gave
birth to triplets last week -- her first children -- in a
Cesarean-section operation. She was in her seventh month of
Gamliel said "I want to tell all the women who wait many years for
children, don't give up. Because if you have faith, then you have
hope. See what happened to me and you'll realize that there's still
a chance." The babies -- two boys and a girl -- are all healthy.
Gamliel is a cook in a girls' yeshiva high school in Even Shmuel.
She has been married for 10 years to a polio victim, who is
Priesthood is Genetic
A new genetic study has found that all of the kohanim (priests)
in the world come from one family.
Prof. Karl Skorotsky, head of the Nephrological Department in
Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, performed a study on 68 kohanim and
120 other Jews -- of Sephardic and Ashkenazic origin, and found
that the 'Y' chromosomes of the kohanim have unique genetic
properties not found in other people.
The theory is that they are all descended from a common ancestor:
Aaron the High Priest, brother of Moses. Skorotsky said that a
similar study to discover "Who is a Jew" could not be performed,
because Jews were not as careful as were kohanim not to marry
"out." Kohanim have extra-special halakhic ordinances governing who
they are permitted to marry.
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