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>JN Nov. 13, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 209
Number of Internet Hate Sites Soaring
The number of Internet "hate" sites, ranging from one showing
218 ways to make a bomb to another offering access to a virtual
"Auschwitz," has nearly doubled to 600 in just a year, the Simon
Wiesenthal Center said Wednesday. In a presentation to a United
Nations conference on racism on the Internet, the center said
online hate propaganda had become a growth area with racists freely
communicating in cyberspace.
Netanyahu Leaving for America by Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves Thursday for
Britain and the United States, where he has scheduled talks with
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and American jewish leaders.
The prime minister also faces problems at home and abroad.
Netanyahu delayed his departure for one day after a bitter
confrontation with his own political party about how to choose
candidates. Things will not be any easier in London or the
The Israeli leader is to meet Albright in London Friday. She is
expected to keep pressing for a so-called time-out on Jewish
settlement-building in the West Bank. That is also a key
Palestinian demand. The Israelis say they have the right to build
The Palestinians and Israelis are deadlocked over minor matters
like air and seaports for Palestinians in Gaza. Netanyahu
recommends jumping over the small issues, and going straight to
peace treaty negotiations about borders, Israeli settlements,
Palestinian refugees and the future of Jerusalem.
"I don't think anyone should fear such negotiations. The final
settlement is peace. This is peace. And anyone who avoids
deliberately moving towards a final settlement is signaling that
they don't want peace."
Skeptical Palestinians say that sounds like a ploy by the Israeli
leader to deflect criticism about his uncompromising negotiating
American displeasure with the Israelis has apparently led to an
almost unprecedented development. An Israeli prime minister will
travel to the United States -- but might not meet President
Clinton. Netanyahu and Clinton will be in Los Angeles a few hours
apart next week. But no meeting is scheduled.
In addition, the Israeli leader can expect hostility when he
addresses a convention of American Jewish leaders. They are
enraged by the Israeli government's moves against the Reform and
Conservative branches of Judaism. Most American Jews are Reform
Raviv Prodded Amir to Kill Rabin
According to the classified chapters of the Shamgar report, GSS
agent Avishai Raviv told Yigal Amir that Yitzchak Rabin falls into
the classification of a "pursuer" who may be killed. According to
the report, Raviv even prodded Amir to kill him, although Amir did
not tell Raviv of his specific plans to do so.
The heretofore secret parts will not be released until Thursday --
in accordance with a request by Labor Knesset faction head Raanan
Cohen, who said that it would not be appropriate to release them on
the official day of memorial for Rabin. Five of the seven pages
that will be publicized deal with Raviv, and the others deal with
the supervision by the prime minister over the GSS. Two other
chapters, dealing with the performance of the GSS unit for
protection of persons and the GSS relationship with the police,
will remain classified.
Another conclusion gleaned from a perusal of the report is that the
GSS had the police cancel the criminal files opened against Raviv
during the eight years that he served as its agent. The report
emphasizes that Raviv was not responsible for distributing the
Rabin-SS picture, although he was the one who made sure to show it
to a television reporter.
Warnings of Another Political Assassination
By IINS News Service
Former General Security Service (GSS/Shin-Bet) chief Yaakov Perry
has issued a warning that another political assassination may take
place. In his address to the Knesset Interior Committee, Perry
warned of the possibility of another attempt to kill a senior
political figure. Perry stated that it was entirely possible the
next assassin would come from Israel's left-wing.
Perry told the committee that the political atmosphere in the
country was becoming increasingly tense and the division between
Israelis is most apparent. He said the atmosphere of intolerance
might possibly be responsible for breeding the next assassin.
Israeli Linked to Onassis Kidnapping Conspiracy
By IINS News Service
Ronen Balulu, 28, was arrested by Italian police acting on an
international arrest warrant issued by the government of
Switzerland. According to Italian police, Balulu is an agent of the
Israeli Mossad, and is also tied to the General Security Service
Balulu is suspected of having been involved in the conspiracy to
kidnap Athena Roussel, heiress to the fortune of Aristotle Onassis.
Balulu, who is married to a Canadian woman, has been abroad for
about six years. He has also worked providing security for VIPs and
entertainers, such as the brother of Michael Jackson. Balulu has
also worked on luxury liners and provided security services for
notables in the US and Europe.
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