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>JN March 31, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 56
Israeli Arab Knesset Member Says Kotel is Not Part of Temple
Knesset member Abdul Malik Dahamshe (Democratic Arab Party)
says the Western Wall is "not associated with the remains of the
Jewish Temple. When the Temple was destroyed not a single stone
remained in place. The Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa Mosque
complex. We are not saying right now that the Jews should be barred
from Jerusalem. Jewish services at the Western Wall are not a
problem. The problem is if Jews want to pray on the Temple Mount."
Clashes Continue as Palestinian is Killed
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinians and Israeli troops Sunday clashed again in several
areas of the West Bank. The continuing violent protests challenge
Israeli settlement policy in disputed east jerusalem. There were
angry stone-throwers at the entrance of every Palestinian city in
the West Bank. Just outside of Bethlehem, as in other towns,
protesters faced Israeli soldiers armed with rifles and tear gas.
The Palestinians are enraged that, despite international
condemnation, Israel continues to build on land they hoped would
be their future capital.
In the village of Beit Sahour, thousands of Palestinians took
part in the funeral of a 20-year-old student killed Saturday by
Israeli army gunfire -- the first fatality in 11 days of violent
protests in the West Bank. Israeli forces were beefed-up
everywhere, with tanks and snipers on standby in case the violence
escalated. In Nablus, hundreds of Palestinian police were
deployed around "Joseph's Tomb," a Jewish holy site, to prevent
protesters from approaching. Last September six Israeli soldiers
were killed by Palestinian police after rioting broke out.
There were also protests Sunday in Arab towns inside Israel to
mark "Land Day," an annual demonstration against Israeli land
seizures. Those protest marches remained generally peaceful.
Easter Celebrations in the Holy Land
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
In Jerusalem, pilgrims from around the world have been celebrating
Easter Sunday. Easter week usually attracts tens of thousands of
tourists and pilgrims to the Holy Land, but this year the streets
of Jerusalem are almost empty of foreign tourists, apparently
scared away by the upsurge of animosity and violence between
Israelis and Palestinians. Tour guides and hotels have reported
cancellations and no-shows by tour groups.
Many Palestinian Christians from the West Bank have been unable
to reach Jerusalem for the holiday because of the Israeli closure
on the West Bank and Gaza Strip, imposed a week ago after a suicide
bombing by a Palestinian Islamic militant in Tel Aviv.
In his Easter message delivered in Jerusalem, Latin Patriarch
Michel Sabbah said "Many evils are surrounding us. The main one is
the absence of peace. Blood is still, unfortunately, being shed.
Violence is still in the hearts, and blindness concerning the
rights of others is still in the minds of leaders."
Monsignor Kamal-Hanna Bathish, the second-ranking Roman Catholic
clergyman in the Holy Land, spoke of the difficulty of working
under the Israeli closure of the West Bank. "I think these last
days can tell us something about the difficulty...of the peace
process. Some days it looks so bright, some other days it looks
Neo-Nazis Try Snaring Kids Through Internet
Neo-Nazis and hate groups are trying to recruit children as
young as 12 through computer games and alternative music, former
recruiter Thomas Leyden says. White supremacists can reach kids
right in their homes through the Internet.
The ex-Marine spent all his adult life, until last year, recruiting
for neo-Nazi or skinhead groups. There are close to 500 white
supremacist songs, in the guise of alternative or grunge music,
that can also be found on the Net, he said. Rabbi Abraham Cooper of
the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles said kids can also
download violent games -- rip-offs of successful commercial games
-- where the object is to kill as many blacks, Jews or other
minorities as possible, in order to survive.
"White parents need to talk about this," Leyden said, because it's
their children who are being wooed.
Leyden, 30, said he got pulled into the hate movement when his
parents divorced. Despondent, he started to hang around with
skinheads and listen to white power music. Leyden joined the
Marines and learned a combat soldier's skills, which are considered
useful by the white power movement. But after 15-years as a
neo-Nazi "street soldier" and recruiter, Leyden now speaks out
Leyden decided to get out of the hate movement after seeing its
effects on his 3-year-old son. "He was a bigger racist than I was.
It scared me. He started saying he hated the government, yet he
didn't even know what country he lived in."
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