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>JN Nov. 12, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 208
Holocaust Memorial Vandalized in Germany
The European memorial to the Holocaust genocide against Jews
was vandalized with yellow paint thrown by unknown assailants,
police said. The damage was discovered Sunday as people arrived for
a ceremony on the 59th anniversary of "Kristallnacht", when the
Nazis burned synagogues and Jewish businesses throughout Germany on
Nov. 9, 1938. Police said the damage at the site in
Landsberg-am-Lech, in Bavaria in southern Germany, occurred
IDF Preparing from Non-Conventional Air Attack
By IINS News Service
The IDF is preparing for the possibility that Iraq might try an
aerial attack against Israel, using non-conventional weaponry such
as chemical or biological warfare.
The Air Force units charged with preventing an aerial attack have
been alerted since the 1991 Gulf War and are on the alert for a
drone aircraft that might try to enter into Israel's airspace with
non-conventional weaponry on board.
The London Times reported that Iraq is developing a secret project,
which entails a pilotless aircraft that would be dispatched to
spray chemical or biological agents over Israel. The unit is
operated by a long-distance remote control unit. The "Weapon of the
Day of Judgement" is being designed by engineers in Iraq to replace
the surface-to-surface missiles used in the Gulf War.
The Iraqis took an M-18 plane and are equipping it for a 540-mile
flight. Although the plane would be limited to several tens of
kilograms of weaponry, due to fuel needs for the flight, experts
have already stated auxiliary fuel tanks could be added to permit
a larger cargo of a non-conventional substance. Experts estimate
the plane could make it to Israel in about two hours.
The M-18 pilotless plane is also capable of flying at very low
altitudes, and this increases Israeli fears of it not being
detected by radar systems.
Kissinger States a Palestinian State is Unavoidable
By IINS News Service
Speaking in Tel-Aviv's Habimah Theatre, former United States
Secretary of State Henry Kissinger stated the world's recognition
of a Palestinian State is a certainty. Therefore, the issue is not
if there will be a state, but rather what will be its borders. This
Kissinger stated must be discussed during the negotiations.
Kissinger, who is visiting Israel to attend memorial services this
week for Yitzchak Rabin, is a guest of the Peres Peace Center.
Kissinger stated that today, unlike the 1970s, the steps taken
towards peace must be significantly larger. He added, "If you do
not know the destination, you cannot get there and each step, each
concession, becomes harder."
Kissinger stated he told former Prime Minister Menachem Begin that
once autonomy was granted, the Palestinian state would follow in a
matter of time. He added that it was a certainty that Israel would
never return to the pre-June 1967 borders, so he favored something
along the lines of the Allon Plan.
The Allon Plan called for Israel to retain areas of Jerusalem
liberated in the June 1967 Six Day War, portions of Judea and
Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
Soviet Jewish Archives Planned
By Larry Freund (VOA-New York)
It was announced in New York Tuesday that the former ambassador to
the United Nations in Geneva, Morris Abram, is leading a project to
document the international movement on behalf of Soviet Jews.
The archival project, according to its organizers, will document
the Soviet repression of Jews' religious rights and the development
of an international advocacy movement on their behalf.
Abram, who once headed the National Conference on Soviet Jewry,
called the campaign for Soviet Jews one of the great movements in
terms of human rights. He is chairing the archival project's
advisory board and told reporters the objectives of the movement on
behalf of Soviet Jews were substantially attained with the
emigration of more than 1 million Jews from the former USSR.
He said the movement also contributed to what he called the
downfall of one of the worst totalitarian movements in the history
of the world. "And it did it without war. Hitler had to be
destroyed by a terrible war. The Soviet Union self-destructed."
Abram added that he had no doubt that the years of repression
in the Soviet Union made it ripe for change. The documentation of
the movement on behalf of Soviet Jews, he said, will allow people
to reproduce some of the accomplishments of that movement for
people throughout the world who still suffer.
The International Soviet Jewry Archival Project -- a seven-year,
$6 million effort -- is based at the University of Colorado at
Boulder. It is part of a broader program at the university to
collect the records of various human rights groups, including
Amnesty International USA and Physicians for Human Rights.
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