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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 Middle East.

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 Sepulchre.

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 prayer books.

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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