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>JN July 15, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 127

Arab Nurses Charged with Murder of Elderly Patient

Two Palestinian Arab nurses are accused of the murder of an 85 year old Jewish woman in the Ramat Eyfal nursing home in Tel Aviv where they worked. At a hearing, the police presented preliminary evidence allegedly linking the accused to the elderly woman's murder. According to the police, one nurse performed the murder, and the second assisted her afterwards in trying to destroy evidence.

Australian Dies as Bridge Collapses at Maccabiah Games

By SNS News Service

A pedestrian bridge built for the opening ceremonies of the 15th Maccabiah Games, collapsed Sunday evening. One member of the 373-member Australian delegation died and 45 were wounded as they walked over the bridge, located in the Ramat Gan Stadium, the largest stadium in Israel.

The accident happened outside the main stadium, on a makeshift wooden bridge leading to Ramat Gan stadium. Immediately upon its collapse, tens of athletes fell into the Yarkon River about 50 feet below and many others were trapped under the debris.

It is not clear what caused the collapse of the bridge, but people on the scene and Australian officials said there was no indication of an explosion or an act of sabotage.

More than 5,000 athletes from around the world were preparing to march across the bridge when the accident happened.

Magen David Adom. Israel's Emergency Medical Service EMTs and paramedics were on hand in large numbers and immediately began heading towards the bridge area to begin triaging and treating the injured.

Maccabiah officials decided to go ahead with the opening ceremonies. According to Aryeh Shumer, the director general of the President's Office, President Ezer Weizman was opposed to the decision but agreed to make his opening remarks. Weizman, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials visited the injured in various hospitals in the Tel-Aviv/ Ramat Gan/ Holon areas.

Maccabiah officials stood by their position to go ahead with the opening ceremony, despite widespread disapproval. The organizers stated the dedication to 100 years of Zionism was an important message. The Mayor of Ramat Gan pointed out the decision to go ahead was correct but the ceremony was tapered down, including the elimination of fireworks before the ceremony. Others felt it appropriate to continue, to prevent panic from the crowd, numbering close to 50,000.

Minister of Internal Security Avigdor Kahalani stated the bridge, which was constructed three weeks ago for the event, was checked by civilian and Police Department engineers.

The Maccabiah Games is a 10-day international sporting competition attracting 5,000 athletes from over 50 countries.

Mufti Calls for Destruction of America

Used by Permission of Arutz-7 and Middle East Digest

Vicious anti-Semitic and anti-American slander was broadcast by Voice of Palestine Radio, the official radio station of the Palestinian Authority, this past Friday.

The vilification was broadcast in the framework of the weekly sermon by the Palestinian-appointed mufti, Shiekh Akrama Sabari, from the al-Aksa mosque atop Jerusalem's Temple Mount.

Sabari told Muslims gathered at the mosque -- located on Jerusalem's Temple Mount -- that the US was "ruled by Zionist Jews."

"Allah will paint the White House black." he said. "The Muslims say to Britain, France, and all the infidel nations that Jerusalem is Arab. We shall not respect anyone else's wishes regarding her. The only relevant party is the Islamic nation, which will not allow infidel nations to interfere.

"Allah shall take revenge on behalf of his prophet against the colonialist settlers who are sons of monkeys and pigs," Sabari said, and went on to ask Allah to forgive the Muslims "for the acts of these sons of monkeys and pigs who sought to harm your sanctuary."

The term "monkeys and pigs", an allusion to a statement in the Koran, has appeared frequently in anti-Israel rhetoric. For example, Arafat's Fatah movement, in a leaflet issued in March 1992, called Jews "descendants of monkeys and pigs."

No apology or correction was issued by the Palestinian Authority since the broadcast.

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