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>JN Oct. 23, 1997, Vol. 5, No, 194
Iraq has biological weapons
Iraq has a limited number of non-conventional warheads, and the
ability to fire them at any moment, according to senior officials
at the United Nations and in the US administration. The New York
Times reported that Iraq has biological warfare capability and
technical ability to launch the missiles.
Who is a Jew?
A brief aside to a revered rabbi got Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu into more hot water Tuesday in a heated debate
over "who is a Jew." "Leftists have forgotten what it is to be
Jewish. They think they will put our security in the hands of Arabs
-- that Arabs will look out for us," he told Rabbi Yitzhak Kadoori
in remarks picked up by an Israel microphone over the noise of
music at Kadoori's birthday party. Opposition politicians
immediately condemned Netanyahu for the remarks, which dominated
Israeli news reports despite insistence the comments were taken out
Iran Says Nuclear Cooperation with China Peaceful
Iran has said its nuclear cooperation with China is for
peaceful purposes and accused the U.S. of trying to disrupt
Sino-Iranian relations. The official Iranian news agency IRNA said
Foreign Ministry spokesman Mahmoud Mohammadi stressed Tuesday the
peaceful nature of Sino-Iranian nuclear cooperation. On reports
that China was halting cruise missile sales to Iran, Mohammadi was
quoted as saying, "Iran is not planning to purchase missiles from
China." China said Tuesday its nuclear cooperation with Iran had
been stalled and it hoped the U.S. would ease curbs on nuclear
exports to Beijing.
Rabbinical Court Rules Danny Sa'il is Dead
By IINS News Service
Among the many who came for the annual Sukkot celebration at
the tomb of Babi Sali, handing out food to the travelers, was Mazel
Sa'il, from Yavne.
She was especially happy after being declared a "widow" by the
Chief Rabbinate after spending 21-years as an "Aguna" (The status
of her husband is unknown. A woman remains married, according to
Jewish law, until she receives a divorce or her husband is
determined to be dead.Therefore, according to Jewish law, she is
considered married and is bound to her husband). By being
officially declared a widow, she is now free to remarry.
Sa'il stated despite her happiness, she was in no way happy her
husband was dead, but was thankful to be a free woman.
Mr. Sa'il, born in 1931, in Iraq, married in 1953. He divorced
shortly thereafter. In 1955 he emigrated to Israel. He spent time
in a psychiatric facility and later enlisted in the army. He was
discharged because of his mental problems. In 1970, he married
again, this time to Mazel.
Due to his psychiatric history, he was unable to find employment
and he became quite disgruntled. In 1970, he joined the Black
Panthers, convinced that militancy was the only way to break the
discrimination that existed in Israel against non-Ashkenasic
Israelis. He became so extreme in his philosophy, that most
of the Black Panthers distanced themselves from him.
In 1975, when the General Security Service (GSS/Shin-Bet) arrested
a terror cell in Hebron headed by Dr. Abu-Hilal, a dentist from Abu
Dis, the agents found ammunition and explosives. The terrorists
stated they got the illegal weaponry from Mr. Sa'il and he fled the
In June 1976, Mazel met her husband in Madrid. Mazel stated that
Danny denied any connection to the terror cell. She understood her
husband was using a forged Iraqi passport, under the name of his
grandfather, Solomon Sa'il. He was also in daily contact with
the Iraqi Embassy. The apartment in which Danny lived was rented by
the Iraqi Embassy. He also received a salary from the Iraqi
In August 1976, Mazel parted ways from Danny. Mazel returned to
Israel and Danny visited his brother Ovadia, who was living in
Germany. During this visit, Danny was required to fly to Iraq.
Ovadia accompanied Danny to the airport. He boarded the plane to
Iraq and was never seen or heard from again. It was theorized that
Danny was an Iraqi agent, who was killed after he
"failed to deliver the goods." Mazel, who waited all these years to
be declared a widow, yearned to remarry and raise a family. Her
wish was not realized.
Others stated, perhaps he was a double agent and was killed by the
Mossad. All speculation--no one really knows. Perhaps he is still
alive in Iraq.
Assuming he may have been killed by the Mossad, Mazel petitioned
the High Court of Justice last year, calling on the prime minister,
director of the Mossad, and director of the General Security
Service to permit her to see the file accumulated on her husband.
The appeal yielded no new information.
The office of the Chief Rabbinate did its utmost to ascertain what
happened to Danny. Rabbinical officials traveled to Europe and
other locations, in the attempt to track down Danny.
Today, Mazel, 51, born in Tunisia, is a free woman. She is no
longer married to Danny, who was 12-years her senior.
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