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>JN July 18, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 130
Egypt Police Catch Member of Group That Killed Sadat
Egyptian police have caught a militant Islamist who spent 16
years on the run after helping to found the group that assassinated
Egyptian president Anwar Sadat. The militant, Hussein Ahmed
Hussein, was sentenced in absentia to three years in jail in 1981
on charges related to the assassination. Police caught him in June
and went on trial for the same offenses Tuesday.
Israel Labor Leader Says Compromise Brings Peace
Israeli opposition leader Ehud Barak says the Jewish state must
cooperate with the Palestinians and be ready to compromise in order
to achieve peace in the Middle East. Barak, who heads the
opposition Labor party, met Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in
Cairo and said they had both come to the conclusion that any
alternative to peace would be risky.
Pig Poster Suspect's Trial Adjourned
By Patricia Golan (VOA-Jerusalem)
The trial opened Thursday in an Israeli courtroom of a Jewish
extremist accused of putting up posters in the West Bank town of
Hebron depicting the prophet Mohammed as a pig. But the hearings
were immediately adjourned so the 26-year-old woman can undergo
psychiatric evaluation to determine if she's mentally fit to stand
The woman, Tatiana Suszkin, says she does not regret making the
drawing, which triggered Muslim protests around the world. She
appeared in court wearing a T-shirt with the emblem of the outlawed
anti-Arab Kach organization -- a clenched fist inside a Star of
Following her arrest, Suszkin first admitted, then denied, then
again admitted that she had pasted the pig leaflets on the shutters
of Arab-owned shops in Hebron two weeks ago.
The leaflets set off renewed clashes in Hebron between youths
throwing firebombs and stones at Israeli soldiers, who responded by
firing rubber bullets. Dozens of Palestinians and several Israeli
soldiers were injured.
Suszkin immigrated to Israel from the former Soviet Union six years
ago. She told reporters outside the Jerusalem courtroom that she
thinks Arabs -- not her -- should be put on trial for inciting
against Jews. She said she was sorry they did not bring to trial
the mufti of Hebron, who has called for killing the Jews in the
name of Mohammed.
Both the prosecution and the defense requested that Suszkin undergo
a psychiatric examination. The defense attorney said that his
client's behavior called into question her mental state. She has
been charged with inciting to racism, insulting Islam, supporting
a terror group and endangering lives.
Hebron itself has remained quiet since Monday when the Palestinian
Authority sent in security forces to put a stop to the violent
protests. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had warned the
Palestinians that they would pay a heavy price if the violence
continued. Israel handed over 80 percent of Hebron to the PLO in
January under a peace agreement, but kept some troops behind to
guard Jewish settlers living in the heart of the city.
Meanwhile on Wednesday night, Israeli troops partially reopened
a road through Hebron which the army had blockaded in response to
the unrest. But in another move, the army declared all
Palestinian-controlled cities in the West Bank off limits to
Israelis. Israel says a high-level Palestinian policeman was
involved in a planned attack on Israeli civilians in the West
Bank this week.
In an attempt to end the deadlock, the European Union has been
trying to bring together Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy and
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat at a meeting next week in Brussels
of EU foreign ministers. There is no word yet as to whether the
meeting will take place. The Egyptians have also been trying to
mediate between the Palestinians and Israelis. The United States,
which is the principle sponsor of the Middle East peace talks, has
lowered its mediation profile.
News in Brief
The head of the Swiss panel investigating Switzerland's wartime
role said the documents rescued by ex-bank guard Christoph Meili
will help researchers determine the role of the Union Bank of
Switzerland in looting gold from Holocaust victims. The bank had
claimed that the documents were of no significance.
Five members of the Nuremberg city council from the Green Party
walked out of a ceremony honoring a 90-year-old industrialist whose
company employed slave labor and concentration camp inmates during
the Nazi era. Karl Diehl claims that the Nazi government forced him
to employ the workers.
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