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>JN Nov. 26, 1997, Vol. 5, No 218
Beersheva Car Thefts
According to police, 35 cars were stolen in Beersheva on Monday
and Tuesday. The continued rise of car thefts nationwide has been
attributed by senior police officials to the ease of travel,
permitting many thieves to steal cars from "Israel proper," and
then make their way to nearby PLO Authority autonomous areas, which
have become cities of refuge for car thieves.
Germans Try Alleged War Criminal
By Kyle King (VOA Bonn)
A retired German man has gone on trial in Cologne, charged with
taking part in the World War 2 massacre of Jews in Nazi-occupied
Ukraine. Prosecutors say Ernst Hering, 75, knowingly took part in
the wartime murder of up to 85 Jews in 1942, including 20 children
he allegedly helped transport to their deaths.
Hering is being tried in a German juvenile court because he was
only 19 at the time of the killings. He has denied the charges.
He has admitted he helped transport the children to the mass
grave where they were later shot. But he says he believed the
victims were being taken to a work detail.
Prosecutors say he was aware the Nazi-organized militia unit to
which he belonged in Ukraine had planned the killings, even if he
did not take part in the shootings.
Hering is an ethnic German who was born in Ukraine. He has lived
in Germany since the end of World War 2.
Palestinian Reaction to Israeli Withdrawal Offer
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian officials have reacted angrily to reports that Israel
is offering to withdraw from six-to-eight percent more of the West
Bank. But Israel defended the plan as substantial and doable.
News reports make the Israeli offer sound small, but Israeli
government spokesman David bar Illan says the Palestinians would
have more than one-third of the West Bank under this plan.
Still, Palestinians are not impressed. They want 50 per cent.
Israel says that is not possible, but bar Illan says the current
Israeli offer is. "I believe that it will pass the Knesset
(parliament) once the whole package is known to all its members."
Bar Illan says he believes the plan will be approved -- despite
threats by right wing members of parliament to bring the government
down if there is any further withdrawal. Palestinian officials call
the Israeli offer "a mockery."
One of Yasir Arafat's key advisers, legislative council member
Nabil Amr, says the Palestinian Authority will not accept any
"cosmetic" Israeli withdrawal. But he also says the Israeli plan
has not yet been formally presented and the Authority will
reserve final judgement until it is.
British Airways London - TA Flight Turns Violent
By IINS News Service
One of the passengers aboard a British Airways flight to Tel-Aviv
was an Israeli who was expelled from Britain for being there
illegally. A policeman permitted the man to use the bathroom on the
plane. After a few minutes, police became suspicious and told the
man to come out. He exited and was covered in blood.
He told police he slashed his wrists and abdomen with a razor. When
the policeman tried to assess the situation, the man jumped on him
and began punching him.
The two began to fight and blood covered the area, according to one
eyewitness. A second British policeman entered the plane and tried
to assist his partner. The steward, who was giving out food, ran
from the area. The food trays began to fly and the situation
appeared to have worsened.
Police eventually managed to subdue the man, and he was handcuffed.
A doctor who was on the flight, an Israeli, tended to the man's
wounds. Upon arriving in Tel-Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, the man was
sent to the hospital, with a police escort. Deputy Commander Shimon
Sharvit, the head of the Airport Police, stated the man will face
criminal charges, when discharged from the hospital.
Histadrut Defrauds US Senior Citizens
By IINS News Service
The Histadrut (Labor Party-affiliated) national labor union is
holding on to $5.3 million, which was loaned to it by 2,500 senior
citizens in the United States.
The organization, representing the US lenders, has filed a claim in
Israel to force the Histadrut to immediately return $3 million, in
accordance with the agreement signed.
The agreement calls upon the Histadrut to make monthly
"pension-type" payments to the lenders, many of whom are relying on
the return of their loan as a principal source of income.
Attorney Yehuda Tunick, representing the US lenders, filed a motion
in the Tel-Aviv District Court. The Histadrut spokesman Yossi
Liebowitz stated the Histadrut response will be given in court.
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