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>JN Sept. 19, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 172

Syria to Hold Joint Maneuvers with Russians

Syria will hold a week of military exercises with Russia at the end of September. Syria, along with Iran and Egypt, recently objected strenuously to the announcement that Israel, Turkey and the US would hold joint naval maneuvers in the eastern Mediterranean in November.

Rabbi Porush: Yemenite Children Systematically Kidnapped

By IINS News Service

Rabbi Menachem Porush, a senior figure in the Agudat Yisrael Party and a former Knesset member and minister in many governments, testified Thursday of having personal knowledge of kidnapped Yemenite children.

Porush said in the 1950s, under the leadership of Prime Minister David Ben Gurion, Yemenite children were taken from their families. He stated the reason the children were taken was to assist the overburdened poor Yemenite families.

Porush said he knows persons holding lists of the missing children but at this time, he was afraid to divulge the names of persons involved, many of whom are still alive.

Porush later said the Labor government of David Ben Gurion stole the young children and infants from their parents to prevent them from carrying on the long Yemenite tradition of educating the children in the ways of Orthodox Judaism.

The Labor government worked to force the assimilation of the new immigrants, who believed in the Land of Israel, life would be better. For many, it meant being told their children had died of disease, only to find out 50 years later, they were sold for profit and are now living elsewhere, many unaware of their past.

Palestinian Anti-Semitism

By IINS News Service

An article by Nadav Ha'etzni in Maariv documents blatant examples of Palestinian anti-Semitism that liken Zionism to Nazism. On Sept. 4, the official spokesman of the Palestinian Authority -- Al-Hayat Al-Jadeedah -- featured a piece by Nabil Salaam, which concluded: "Since its establishment, the racist Zionist entity has been implementing various forms of terrorism on a daily basis which are a repetition of the Nazi terror. This proves the shared roots of Nazi and Zionist thought. This also explains the cooperation between the Jews and the Nazis during World War II, through which was revealed the forged claims of the Zionists regarding alleged acts of slaughter perpetrated against the Jews during the same period."

In an interview with Palestinian writer Ahsan al-Agha broadcast two weeks ago on Palestinian television, the interviewer said: "It is well-known that every year the Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise scientific research establishes that there were no more than 400,000."

Al-Agha, a teacher in Gaza, replied: "I think we are talking about an investment. [The Jews] have profited materially, spiritually, politically and economically from the talk about the Nazi killings. This investment is favorable to them and they view it as a profitable activity so they inflate the number of victims all the time. In another 10 years, I do not know what number they will reach.

"Last year, for the first time, a statistic appeared according to which 1.5 million children were killed by the Nazis. This number was not previously known... If this number was indeed correct, then someone would certainly have remembered it... In my opinion it is an investment, and as you know, when it comes to economics and investments, the Jews have been very experienced ever since the days of the Merchant of Venice."

New Ruling Pertains to Burial in Jewish Cemeteries

By IINS News Service

Minister of Immigration and Absorption Yuli Edelshtein reported that Sephardic Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi Doron has issued a ruling which states non-Jews may be interred in a Jewish cemetery, in a section together with Jews whose lineage is in doubt.

Grisha Paskovitch, 14, was killed in the July 30th Machane Yehuda double suicide attack in Jerusalem. Problems arose regarding the young victim's burial, since his mother is not Jewish.

A Greek Orthodox cleric refused to conduct the burial service in accordance with the mother's wishes, and Edelshtein intervened and secured a burial site for the victim in a Jewish cemetery, in a section for those whose lineage is in doubt.

In the case of Paskovitch, whose parents did not want a Greek Orthodox or Christian burial but wanted their son to be interred in Jerusalem, the burial society refused to assist the family because according to Jewish law, the boy was not a Jew.

Only after the intervention of Edelshtein and subsequently Doron, did burial society officials agree to let the young boy be buried in a Jewish cemetery.

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