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>JN July 10, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 124
Disney to Produce Film on Ethiopian Operation
The Disney Corporation will produce a movie based on the
successful operation to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel, using
agents of the Israeli Mossad. It is being reported that a six
figure number was paid for the rights of the film.
Clinton Concerned Peace Process Deterioration
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-Madrid)
In Madrid, President Clinton has expressed concern about the
deterioration in the Middle East peace process. But the president
has given little indication of a more vigorous American role in the
Clinton at the NATO summit meeting has declined to respond to a
suggestion of a more active American role in trying to revive the
stalled peace process. He did tell a news conference he is
concerned. "I am very concerned about the growing tensions between
the Palestinians and Israelis and it is obvious that we are going
to have to see some new, specific actions taken in order to get
this thing going again."
Those actions include a halt in Israeli building in disputed land
in east Jerusalem, a step Israel has refused to take. Clinton also
says the Palestinians must control the violence that has spread to
Hebron and other West Bank towns.
Arafat Ordered Assault in Hebron Church
By Permission of Middle East Digest
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat reportedly gave a written directive to
his security forces to violently oust clerics and nuns from a
Russian Orthodox monastery in Hebron.
In a violation of the Oslo Accords, which obligates the Palestinian
Authority to safeguard and ensure free access to holy sites, five
monks and three nuns were injured, and doors and windows were
smashed in the PA "police" raid on the Abraham's Oak Monastery.
The attack capped a nearly month-long effort to terrorize the
clergy into leaving the monastery, which belongs to the New
York-based Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.
Eyewitnesses said the PLO men arrived in Jeeps, as they had almost
daily since June 7, broke through the doors, and ordered the
monastery's inhabitants to leave. When they refused they were
verbally abused and physically pulled out of the building.
One of the injured nuns, Abbess Juliana, is in hospital after
reportedly being dragged down a flight of stairs. Another nun was
assaulted by male and female policemen, and at least one of the
monks was handcuffed, thrown to the ground, and stomped on.
According to a statement issued by Archimandrite Bartholomew, chief
of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, the PLO men who
evicted them "asserted that they have a written order of Arafat to
do so," but were "unable" to produce one.
Although the monastery is an American legal church body
incorporated under the laws of the State of New York, The Jerusalem
Post (July 9) reports that the US consulate in Jerusalem believes
there is no reason for it to interfere in the matter.
In contrast, State Department spokesman Nicholas Burns last week
lashed out at a lone Jewish woman who depicted the Prophet Muhammed
as a pig. "She, and people like her, people who espouse these
views, have no place in the modern Middle East." he said.
The official press in Gaza, Egypt, Jordan and Syria regularly
publish cartoons of Israelis as Nazis and animals.
The attack on the Abraham's Oak Monastery was the latest in a
string of PLO Authority violations of non-Muslim holy sites.
In April, the PLO-appointed Waqf seized rooms belonging to a Greek
Orthodox monk, evicting him and annexing his apartment to the
Al-Khanqua Mosque in the Old City's Christian Quarter. The Muslim
authority then built toilets next to the Church of the Holy
During PA orchestrated riots last September, Rachel's Tomb near
Bethlehem was assaulted with rocks and firebombs, and Palestinian
policemen shot and wounded Israeli soldiers guarding the tomb.
Also during the September riots, Palestinian policemen fired on and
killed six Israeli soldiers at Joseph's Tomb in Shechem, before
Arabs stormed and pillaged the site, burning Bibles and Jewish
Lau Meets Lew
Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau will meet with basketball star
Kareem Abdul Jabbar today. Jabbar, the former Lew Alcindor, who
converted to Islam some 20 years ago, said that his father, a U.S.
Army officer, met the future chief rabbi when the U.S. forces
liberated the Buchenwald concentration camp.
Jabbar's father remembered the child very fondly. Jabbar, the son,
said that he sees it as a personal obligation to meet the boy with
whom his father became close and who became the chief rabbi.
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