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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
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
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
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
"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
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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