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>JN Oct. 14, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 187
Jailers Forget to Give Food to Rabin's Killer
Israeli jailers neglected for three days to bring food to
Yitzhak Rabin's convicted killer during the Jewish New Year
holiday, an official spokeswoman said. Yigal Amir, serving a life
sentence for gunning down the prime minister in 1995 to thwart
peacemaking with the Arabs, is held in solitary confinement at a
maximum security prison in southern Israel. Amir's mother said her
son, a religious Jew, refrained from pressing the call buzzer in
his cell during the three days because Jewish law bars turning on
or off electrical devices on holidays.
Nine More Israeli Prisoners Released
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel has released nine more prisoners to Jordan under the
agreement which ended the crisis over Israel's failed attempt
to assassinate a leader of the militant Palestinian group "Hamas,"
in Amman. Meanwhile, the controversy over the attempt continues to
During a special parliament session called to discuss the Jordan
operation, senior Labor Party member Haim Ramon berated Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for boycotting the meeting. Ramon
called the prime minister's absence a show of disrespect. But
members of the ruling Likud Party, including government Minister
Michael Eitan, said the prime minister is not required to attend
every parliament session.
Eitan once again defended the prime minister's decision to attempt
the assassination as a necessary part of Israel's war on terrorism.
While members of the parliament debated the issue -- without result
-- the government released the additional prisoners to Jordan,
emphasizing they are not Hamas members and did not participate
in attacks on Israelis. Most of them hold Jordanian citizenship.
Israel is required to release about 30 more prisoners by the end
of the month as part of the agreement which gained the release of
the two agents of Israel's Mossad intelligence agency, who were
arrested in Jordan after trying to kill the Hamas political chief.
"Sickly" Papon Spotted at Luxury Hotel
By Julian Nundy (VOA-Paris)
Maurice Papon -- the former French government minister on trial
in Bordeaux for his alleged involvement in the deportation of Jews
during World War 2 -- appeared in court Monday after spending the
weekend as a free man in a luxury hotel.
A decision by the judge trying Papon not to make him spend the 10
weeks of his trial in jail was unprecedented in French legal
Papon is charged with complicity in crimes against humanity for his
alleged role in sending Jews to Nazi death camps during World War
2. At that time, he was a senior civil servant in Bordeaux.
Documents carrying his signature show that he authorized the
departure of trains carrying Jews to a transit camp near Paris.
The judge has allowed Papon, who was a Conservative Cabinet
minister during the 1970s, to come and go as a free man because
of his age and history of cardiac problems. Papon is 87-years-old
and had heart bypass surgery last year.
Papon who spent two nights in jail and one in hospital during the
first three days of the trial last week spent his weekend in a
luxury hotel in a chateau in the Margaux wine-producing region.
There, protected by police bodyguards, Papon spoke to television
reporters as he strolled around the hotel grounds, saying that his
health had improved since the judge showed leniency toward him.
Saturday, he was filmed entering a high-class restaurant for lunch
with his family. Now, Papon has moved to the outskirts of Bordeaux
to a more modest hotel that is near a hospital with a cardiology
As he returned to the courtroom Monday, a small crowd of protesters
stood in the street outside the court. They were holding banners
that carried the names of Jewish children from Bordeaux who were
deported to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.
Strong Earthquake on the Way
Israel is a high-risk candidate for a powerful earthquake, but
is doing very little to meet the danger, according to scientists
who have approached the government with their concerns.
Ha'Aretz today quotes the director of the Ministry of
Infrastructure's Earth Sciences Department, Dr Michael Bate, as
saying "A powerful earthquake with the likely epicenter in the Dead
Sea or Carmel rifts could cause major damage and considerable loss
The head of the Geological Institute, Dr G. Steinitz, has written
a memo saying that "given the historical evidence, the measurements
and the geological data, Israel is likely at some time to
experience a powerful earthquake or earthquakes."
He warned that with currently available techniques it was not
possible to predict the time or location of a tremor. Still, he
said, considerable improvements could be introduced to enhance
prediction techniques and enable better preparation to minimize
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