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>JN June 2, 1997, Vol. 5, No. #99
New Documents Found on Nazi Looting of Jews
Billions of dollars of looted Jewish assets were acquired
during World War 2 by the neutral nations of Europe and by
countries under Nazi occupation, according to documents to be
released today. The documents, to be released at a meeting of the
Jewish group negotiating the return of Holocaust-era assets, break
new ground on the extent of Nazi theft in such countries as the
Netherlands, Belgium and France, sources said.
Palestinians Arrested in Third Land Sale Murder
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem) and Arutz-7 News
Israel has arrested six Palestinians who allegedly, under orders
from a senior Palestinian security officer, kidnapped another
Palestinian involved in selling Arab-owned land to Jews.
Acting on a tip, the Israeli police chased and stopped two cars
Saturday night in which they found four Palestinian security agents
and two other men who allegedly had just abducted the land dealer.
The dealer, As'ad Rajabi, had worked with another land dealer, Ali
Mahmud Araf Jamhur, 32, an Israeli citizen living in Shuafat,
Jerusalem, who was found dead Saturday night. Jamhur was the third
such victim in as many weeks and reports say he had been threatened by
the Palestinian police.
The Israeli police say they have identified a senior Palestinian
security officer who is behind the killings, but they have not
In early May, the Palestinian Justice Minister, Freih abu Medein,
apparently triggered the series of killings, when he said
Palestinians who sell land to Jews deserve the death penalty. On
Sunday, abu Medein denied that the Palestinian Authority is
responsible for the killings, and blamed Israeli intelligence
Israeli Minister of Public Security Avigdor Kahalani said Sunday
there is no doubt that Yasir Arafat gave the order to kill Jamhur,
and he ordered an intense police investigation into the murder.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated the killing poses a great
question mark as to the intentions of the PA to attain a peace
agreement with Israel.
Jamhur sold a house in Abu Tor to Elad six months ago. The original
owners published a notice in the Arab press, saying they did not
know that Jamhur dealt with Jews. Last week, Jamhur received a
phone call at his place of employment in a restaurant in Clal
Center in Jerusalem, telling him to appear for interrogation at the
Palestinian GSS in Ramallah. He was released after two days, and
he told his family that his interrogators told him there was no
evidence against him. Saturday, he left his home at 10 a.m., and
his body was found four hours later outside of Ramallah.
Evyatar Cohen, of the Elad group, told Arutz-7 that the Arabs of
eastern Jerusalem are fearful for their lives, because "even if
you're only suspected of dealings with Jews, you can be taken to
the Palestinian GSS offices, and brutally beaten up, and likely
killed a few days or hours later." He blamed Israel for not doing
anything to stop the killings.
He said, "[PA official] abu Medein recently said that even Israeli
Arabs will be killed if they sell land to Jews. If I were to
announce over the radio that certain people should be killed, I
would find myself behind bars within an hour. So why should abu
Medein, and many other PA officials, be any different? If they
again act like terrorists, they should be treated as such. And if
Israel cannot act against them officially, then there are
unofficial ways to deal with them, as was done with Abu Jihad."
Syria Willing to Talk Without Withdrawal
A report in Maariv Sunday states that Syria no longer demands
a total withdrawal from the Golan Heights as a precondition for the
renewal of talks. The Syrians indicated as much in a secret letter
to Jerusalem which was delivered by the Russian Ambassador in
Israel. Diplomatic sources expressed satisfaction at the
Iran's New President on Israel
Iran's president-elect Mohammed Khatami called Israel an
"occupying and racist regime" which he said had "imposed its
illegitimate domination on the people of Palestine, whether
Muslims, Palestinians, Jews or Christians."
According to a report appearing in the Jerusalem Post, Germany's
chief of counter- terrorism Peter Frisch stated Iran already has
ballistic missiles that can penetrate deep into Europe. In
addition, Iran is working diligently to develop its nuclear
armaments. "They are getting missiles that can reach 1,800 miles,
and they can reach not only Israel, but Germany," said Frisch,
president of the Cologne-based Office for the Protection of the
Constitution. "If they can build atomic bombs and put them in their
missiles, this is dangerous for us."
In Their Own Words
"Despite all the conspiracies, Jerusalem and Palestine from the
River to the Sea will remain Islamic until judgment day...." Ikrama
Sabri, Palestinian Authority mufti for Jerusalem, in his weekly
sermon at the Temple Mount's Al-Aksa Mosque. Reference is to the
Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an area including all of
the State of Israel. (Voice of Palestine Radio, 9 May 1997)
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