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>JN April 16, 1997, Vol. 5, Number 68
IDF Confiscates Weapons from Jews
Dozens of Jewish residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza have
received orders over the past two days to turn in their
IDF-assigned weapons. Exact reasons for the orders were not given,
but the list of those whose weapon is to be confiscated is mainly
comprised of those who have shot in self-defense in the past, as
well as several members of the Temple Mount organization "Chai
Abu Marzook Won't be Released from U.S. Prison
By Larry Freund (VOA-New York)
A federal judge in New York has rejected a request for the
immediate release from jail of Mousa abu Marzook, a leader of
the militant Palestinian organization Hamas.
Judge Denise Cote has turned down the request of abu Marzook's
lawyers that he be freed from the federal jail where he has been
held for the last 21 months. She said her jurisdiction in the case
ended when US authorities stopped their effort to extradite him to
Israel had originally requested the extradition of Marzook, arguing
that, as head of the Hamas political wing, he was responsible for
terrorism acts against Israelis. However, Israel suspended its
extradition request earlier this month.
Abu Marzook is now being held for a formal hearing before an
immigration judge to determine whether he should be deported and
excluded from the United States because he engaged in or materially
aided terrorism. No date has yet been set for that hearing.
Abu Marzook was a U.S. resident for 15 years, but his name was
placed on a terrorist watch list and he was held at New York's
Kennedy Airport when he tried to re-enter the United States in July
1995. He says he is willing to leave the United States, but will
not admit that he engaged in terrorism. US officials say he must
therefore face a hearing to determine if he should be excluded as
Ross Due to Arrive in Israel
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The senior US Middle East mediator, Dennis Ross, is due today in
Israel and Gaza to continue exploring ways to get the
Israeli-Palestinian peace process back on track. Ross flies into an
area where the leaders, and the people, from the two sides disagree
sharply on both the conditions for resuming their peace process and
where that process should lead.
Israel demands an end to violence and would like to scrap existing
commitments in favor of accelerated talks on a final settlement.
The Palestinians say the violence is not so serious, insist on
implementation of the existing agreements, and doubt whether a
final settlement is possible with Israel's current right-wing
With such sharp differences, senior Israeli official Dore Gold
says the US role takes on greater importance. "As the issues become
more difficult, the American role is more significant, and I would
expect it would stay significant as long as the parties have such
different approaches to these very, very difficult issues."
Ross is expected to meet with the top Israeli and Palestinian
leaders shortly after today's arrival.
Spring is Bursting Out All Over
Spring has arrived in Israel and the local flora is blooming.
Now is the time to see such varieties as the Golan Iris which, as
its name suggests, can be seen only on the Golan Heights. The
Gilboa Iris is also at full bloom.
Around the Sea of Galilee, you can see a multitude of poppies,
anemones, and buttercups as well as tulips and mustard flowers.
Flowers are abundant all over the Galil and the Carmel range.
Orchids are blossoming all along the coastal plain while in the
vicinity of Ramat Hanadiv displays carnations, blue thistles,
anemones, cyclamen and iris galore.
Even in the desert, by the side of the highway that leads from
Jerusalem to the Dead Sea, you can see a plethora of yellow and red
Chimpanzees Treated with Syrups for Humans Recover from Flu
An experiment in recent months at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
has checked the effectiveness of syrup for humans to treat
influenza in helping chimpanzees, too, suffering from the disease.
Since the beginning of the past winter, chimpanzees have been
receiving the prescription daily and, while the final findings have
not yet been registered, the interim results show that the onset of
flu among the chimps who received the syrup was lower than that
among those who did not get it.
This indicates that influenza is not a disease exclusive to humans,
and chimps develop the same symptoms of fever, coughing, a cold
and a generally negative feeling. Half a year ago, the keeper in
charge of treating sick animals at the zoo, Beverley Berg, decided
to test the effectiveness of a natural syrup called Sembucal on the
animals. It contains only natural components and the Zoo management
agreed to the experiment.
While the medicine did not prevent the appearance of flu, says
Noa Alon, one of the keepers, "those who got it recovered from the
illness much faster than those which did not." The only problem was
an unexpected one: the chimps which did not get their daily dose of
the syrup were envious of those which did and the keepers decided
to compensate them with a dose of strawberry juice or a banana.
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