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>JN Sept. 17, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 171
Film Maker Says Israel Too Dangerous for War Movie
Plans for Harrison Ford to film a big-budget movie in Israel
about the horrors of war have been scrapped because the country is
perceived as too dangerous. Zvi Spielmann of Israfilm, the Israeli
provider of production services for the $85 million film "Age of
Aquarius," said Tuesday that producer Branko Lustig had called him
to say they would film it in Morocco instead starting in February.
Lustig called Spielmann on Sept. 5, the day after the last of two
suicide bombings pegged to the Muslim militant Hamas group.
New York State Will Assist Holocaust Survivors
By Max Ruston (VOA-New York)
The state of New York is stepping up its efforts to help World
War 2 Holocaust survivors and their heirs claim assets allegedly
held by Swiss banks and insurance companies. New York's latest
effort to help Holocaust survivors and heirs press their claims
involves the establishment of a special claims processing office.
Eight staff members, based in New York City, will help people press
claims concerning assets in Swiss banks between 1933 and 1945.
Michael Barry is a spokesman for the New York State Banking
Department, which established the new office. "The reason that New
York State decided to launch this office is because it was believed
that the Swiss Bankers Association was not doing enough to
investigate the legitimacy of the claims."
The move comes amid reports that Swiss banking authorities will
soon announce that between 100,000 and 200,000 unclaimed World War
2 accounts belonging to Swiss citizens are still in their banks.
Swiss banks have been under increasing pressure to provide
information about unclaimed accounts. Jewish groups have accused
Swiss banks of intentionally keeping account information secret,
in order to profit from people killed in the Holocaust. Swiss
banks released a list of about 2,000 unclaimed foreign accounts
earlier this year. Jewish groups welcomed the move but say they
believe much more remains to be done.
Announcing the new claims processing office, N.Y. Gov. George
Pataki said it marked the first time a US government agency had set
up a resource to help Holocaust survivors recover missing assets.
The office will help claimants prepare special forms outlining
their cases. Assistance will be provided in seven languages;
French, German, Hebrew, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. The
office will then help file the claims with Swiss authorities and
act as an advocate for the claimants. Its services will be
provided free of charge, and are not limited to people in New York
Swiss authorities do not dispute charges that there have been
irregularities in the handling of accounts from the Holocaust
period. They have responded by setting up a special fund to
benefit Holocaust victims and have begun a review of that period
in the country's history. However, disagreements remain between
Swiss authorities and Jewish organizations over how much money is
Cats Used to Train Emergency Medical Procedures of Children
By IINS News Service
Dr. Yechezkiel Weissman, who heads the non-profit organization
for the advancement of first aid in children, confirmed reports
that cats are utilized in training programs for emergency medical
Weissman who also serves as Chief of Emergency Services at the
Schneider Children's Hospital stated the cats are used in training
exercises under supervised conditions for paramedics, other EMS
(Emergency Medical Service) personnel, physicians and nurses.
He explained the courses are a necessity and although he too loves
animals, this does not leave the accepted norms of ethics.
Weissman stated the live animal is a good simulation for students
to learn and remain proficient in many skills needed in life-saving
techniques used on children. Weissman added the courses are funded by
Magen David Adom, who acknowledged the programs and their
Some members of the medical community stated the use of cats is not
necessary and less than acceptable. The Israeli organization
opposing the use of animals for medical experiments has objected to
the ongoing training classes.
??Quote of the Week??
Speech to the nation by Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi which was
broadcast by Libya's state-run television: "The Western countries
might invade you one day because of your sun. They don't have sun
to produce solar energy, and Libya is a sunny country and is the
best placed on the planet towards the sun. Sand is a raw material
and the Libyan sand is of high quality. They might colonize you for
your watermelons, which are excellent because of the quality of
"Libya has more than 1,200 km of coast on the Mediterranean. They
might colonize you for that. The Libyan dates cannot be matched.
They might want to colonize you for that. The camel is also a
reason for them to invade Libya. The camel is unique because he can
go for months without drinking. He also has good milk."
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