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>JN April 11, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 65
Clashes Continue in Hebron
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
With a senior Palestinian delegation holding talks in Washington,
Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops clashed in Hebron
again Thursday. But the clashes were not as serious as earlier in
the week, partly due to the efforts of the Palestinian police.
Meanwhile, Israeli and Palestinian officials continued to express
sharply different views of the situation.
Israeli troops in Hebron announced over loudspeakers they would
not shoot to enable Palestinian police to try to control the crowd
of demonstrators. But some protesters broke through the police
lines and the Israelis fired rubber bullets, injuring several
people before the crowd dispersed.
Meanwhile, the Israeli defense minister leveled some tough talk
at the Palestinian Authority, saying Israel could reoccupy the
autonomous cities if it wanted to. Palestinian legislator Marwan
Barghouti says that is exactly the kind of talk that makes
Palestinians angry. "Netanyahu asked the chief of army in Israel
to...plan how to return (land) back to the Authority. So he
started to work like he will start a war. And if they want to deal
with us (as) under occupation, we have to deal with them (as)
people under occupation. And we have (the) right to resist."
Barghouti, a senior official of the "Fatah" party, says
Palestinians are starting to lose hope in the peace process, and he
warns that this could mean more violence ahead.
Report Says U.S. Let Nazis Move Gold Via New York
The United States allowed Nazi Germany to transfer stolen gold
worth $20 million through New York to Argentina during World War 2
before clamping down on the practice, a German weekly said. Die
Woche said documents also showed Swiss banks transferred $128
million to their branches in New York in the first eight months of
Some of this belonged to Jewish refugees fleeing the Third Reich
and some was from Nazi sources. The U.S. froze assets moved from
Germany, Switzerland and Nazi-occupied Europe on June 14, 1941.
Nazi Prison Guard Loses U.S. Citizenship
By Michael Leland (VOA-Chicago)
A federal judge in Chicago has revoked the US citizenship of a
suburban Chicago man the government says was a guard at a Nazi
prison camp during World War 2. The government says the man lied
about his wartime activities when he applied for a visa in 1950.
Retired machinist Bronislaw Hajda, 73, says he was imprisoned by
the Germans and forced to work as a cook in a prison camp during
the war, but federal Judge David Coar says Hajda unquestionably
participated in a massacre at the Treblinka death camp in July
Prosecutors say Hajda was a member of the Nazi-trained "Trawniki
Men," who helped kill 1.7 million Polish Jews. They based their
case on 50-year old German records identifying Hajda by his
hometown, date of birth and number designating him as a member of
the Trawniki Men. Hajda testified during his trial last month that
he is a victim of mistaken identity. He says he was arrested while
on a train to Warsaw and held captive by the Germans for 3.5 years.
He denies killing anyone.
The US attorney's office says it will seek to have Hajda deported.
Hajda's attorney says he will appeal the judge's ruling.
Muslims Upset About Nike Logo
By Anne Boozell (VOA-Washington)
A Muslim American group is demanding that an American company that
makes athletic shoes, Nike, Inc., stop using a logo on its shoes
which resembles the word Allah in Arabic.
The logo is on a line of shoes with names like Air Bakin, Air Melt,
and Air B Que, which Nike plans to start marketing this summer.
The company says the logo is meant to look like flames. It has
already modified the design once in response to complaints from
Muslims. But Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American Islamic
Relations says the logo is still offensive, and his group wants
"First, they need to deal with the original design which even they
admit resembles the word 'Allah.' They have never really apologized
for this to the Muslim community and they never admitted that it
has been sold on the open market."
Nike spokesman Jim Small says the company is satisfied that its
modified design no longer resembles the word Allah in Arabic
script. "Before we went into production we checked this with
our offices in the Middle East to have them look at it, at the new
design and they told us that unequivocally that it was fine and it
Small says the company regrets any misunderstanding.
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