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>JN Oct. 28. 1997, Vol. 5, No. 197
Judge Ordered Police to Escort Prisoner to Feed his Birds
An Ashkelon Magistrate Court judge ordered corrections officers
to escort their prisoner, suspected of burglaries, to his home to
feed his birds. Gideon Buchnick, 46, of Ashkelon, told the court he
was unable to bear sitting in jail while his birds remained home
and without being fed.
Netanyahu Heckled as Knesset Convenes
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated his tough
approach to peacemaking with the Palestinians Monday, in a
speech opening the winter session of Israel's parliament.
Netanyahu's speech was interrupted frequently by the shouts of
opposition members angry at his policies, and at his recent comment
that Israeli leftists have forgotten what it means to be Jewish.
Netanyahu could not begin his speech for all the heckling by
members of the opposition. Some of them held up signs saying, "I
am a proud Jew," and declaring that the prime minister is "dividing
the people." The raucous demonstration nearly overshadowed the
prime minister's policy speech, which outlined his usual tough
approach toward peacemaking.
Netanyahu said Israel is not in Disneyland, but rather is in a
tough neighborhood, and therefore must be strong and must look
after its own security, without relying on the Palestinian
Authority or anyone else. At the same time, he said peacemaking
cannot continue unless the Authority conducts a strong and
permanent war on terrorism.
Opposition leader Ehud Barak, a former army chief of staff, gave
a long list of fallen comrades, some of whom he said were religious
and some not religious, and some leftists and some rightists.
But, he said, no one can question their Jewishness. On policy,
Barak said Netanyahu is leading Israel into a new Middle East war.
Barak continued his ongoing personal attacks on Netanyahu, saying
the prime minister does not have the brains to save Israel from
a war which he said would affect every Israeli household.
One of the key laws this session of the parliament is to consider
is a new law on Jewish conversion. Non-observant Jews say the
law would formally give full control over religious affairs to
the Orthodox movement, and would in essence confer a second class
status on the majority of Israelis, and the majority of Jews
The government says the law only formalizes what has been done
for 50 years and accuses the leaders of Judaism's Reform and
Conservative movements of trying to use the issue for political
U.S. to Israel: Stop Wasting Time
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-State Department)
The United States is losing patience with Israel's internal
disagreement about how to proceed with Middle East peace talks. The
United States says Israel is wasting time with its internal
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy has refused to travel to
Washington for a three-way meeting with Secretary of State Albright
and Palestinian representative Mahmoud Abbas, saying he does not
have clear instructions from his government. He hopes to get those
instructions by Wednesday. The United States hopes to have Israel's
agreement to stop new settlement construction for the next round of
U.S. Couple Adopts Israeli Nuclear Whistleblower
A retired American couple have legally adopted Mordechai
Vanunu, the former Israeli nuclear technician who blew the whistle
on Israel's secret nuclear weapons program, the new father said. A
judge in St. Paul, Minn., signed the adoption decree making
Nicholas and Mary Eoloff of St. Paul Vanunu's parents by adoption,
Nicholas Eoloff said. Vanunu, 43, is in solitary confinement in
Israel in the 11th year of an 18-year jail sentence. The Eoloffs
have actively sought for Vanunu's release and have been
corresponding with him since 1994.
Ultra-Orthodox School Refuses to Accept Ethiopian Student
By IINS News Service
According to Ruth Korblanik, the director of the Yavne
Education Committee, a Chareidi (ultra-Orthodox) school, affiliated
with the Independent Education System, failed to accept Ethiopian
students into the school.
Parents of the Ethiopian students in Yavne complained of
segregation and stated their children will never be accepted in the
mainstream if they are kept in separate schools.
Mayor Yehuda Bruce decided, together with municipal education
leaders, that the Ethiopian children should be permitted to
register in all schools in Yavne, even those not in proximity of
School officials acknowledged that they received several
applications from the Ethiopian community, and they acknowledged
having a limited number of vacancies.
School officials explained that the Chareidi school has its special
character and the applicants did not fit in. The school officials
emphasized it was not a racist policy aimed at the Ethiopian
community, but rather a move to protect all the children involved.
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