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>JN June 3, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 100
Police Ordered to Protect Land-Selling Muslims
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the peace process is
being jeopardized by alleged complicity of the Palestinian
Authority in recent killings of Palestinians who have sold
Arab-owned land to Jews.
At a special high-level meeting Monday, the prime minister ordered
the Israeli police to do what they can to protect Palestinian land
dealers who are at risk. He told Army Radio Israel cannot continue
as though nothing has happened after "Senior Palestinian
officials openly encouraged murder."
Netanyahu ordered the indictment of those found to be responsible
for the recent killings, which the Israeli police say includes a
senior Palestinian security officer.
Senior Palestinian officials have called for the death penalty for
any Palestinians who have been involved in selling Arab-owned land
to Jews -- a statement some people have apparently taken as a
license to kill. But officials deny anyone in the Palestinian
authority is involved in the recent killings.
Jerusalem Day: 30 Years Later
Wednesday is "Jerusalem Day," marking the 30th anniversary of
the reunification of Jerusalem. President Ezer Weizman proclaimed
the beginning of celebrations marking the 30th anniversary of the
reunification of Jerusalem.
Maj.-Gen. Uzi Narkiss, who headed the Central Command during the
Six Day War said he is saddened by fact that the younger generation
takes the reunification of the city for granted. The Temple Mount
and Land of Israel Faithful Movement is planning a march Wednesday
from Ammunition Hill to the Temple Mount.
They will then blow the shofar in the southeast corner of the
Temple Mount. In the First and Second Temples this was called the
"corner of the Jubilee." The Zo Artzeinu movement has announced
that it will conduct visits to the Temple Mount tomorrow. The
announcement reads, "We will stand up for our right to go up to the
Mount and to pray for the survival of the people of Israel in their
A committee of rabbis from Judea and Samaria decided to encourage
people to ascend to the Temple Mount to pray, the first time such
a decision has been made other than by groups such as the Temple
Mount Faithful and in opposition to the position of Israel's
official rabbinate, which prohibits this.
Red Heifer Dispatch
Two months ago, the birth of a red calf at Kfar Hassidim, a
small religious kibbutz near Haifa, caught the attention not only
of the local media, but of news organizations worldwide. Rabbi
Mordechai Shmaryahu, a Kfar Hassidim resident and keeper of the
newborn heifer, bemoans the media's response.
"It's ridiculous to assume that the next step for us is to conquer
the Temple Mount," says Shmaryahu. "We're looking at this as an
opportunity to teach our kids about the Holy Temple." Although some
Orthodox groups have been organizing trips to Kfar Hassidim to see
the heifer, Shmaryahu plays down its significance as a miracle, and
now even calls into doubt the authenticity of the calf as a
halachically kosher red heifer.
"When the cow was born, rabbis from Jerusalem came here with
members of the press and immediately declared it a kosher red
heifer," Shmaryahu says. "But after cleaning it we found a few
white hairs in its tail, so we're not even sure it's the real
thing." The ashes of a red heifer are mixed with spring water to
purify high priests before they entered the Temple. Even though
mainstream religious groups have not rallied around the cow, some
secular Israelis see her as a threat.
"The potential harm from this heifer is far greater than the
destructive properties of a terrorist bomb," the liberal Ha'Aretz
newspaper wrote recently. Menachem Friedman, an expert on religious
affairs at Bar-Ilan University, said the birth created "a very
"Resistance of the Heart"
A history professor at Florida State University, Nathan
Stoltzfus, has written a book containing interviews with survivors
of the February 1943 Rosenstrasse protest.
In a final roundup, the Gestapo arrested some 10,000 Jews remaining
in Berlin, 2,000 of whom had non-Jewish relatives. The 2,000
prisoners were locked into a collection center on a street called
Rosenstrasse. As news of the arrest spread through Berlin, hundreds
of Gentile spouses hurried to the Rosenstrasse in protest, and a
chant broke out, "Give us back our husbands."
The spouses and an assistant to Goebbels were interviewed by
Stoltzfus, and he depicts Nazis, who were more concerned with
public opinion and Germans who were willing to risk their own lives
to save some Jews.
The protest lasted for one week and Berlin police and uniformed SS
scattered the women with threats of death. Again and again, the
women regrouped and advanced in solidarity until they won, facing
down Hitler's genocidal policy and securing the release of their
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