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>JN Dec. 19, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 232
Nazi Gold Was in US Federal Reserve
The United States Federal Reserve Bank, as late as 1956, stored
over 2,500 bars of Nazi gold stamped with Nazi swastikas and owned by
the central banks of the Vatican, Britain, Canada, and other
countries. A Jan. 12, 1956, internal Federal Reserve Bank
memorandum revealed the existence of the 2,500 bars in its vaults
and said that because of the 1946 agreement it had a clean bill of
health. The agreement was made between Switzerland and other
neutral countries concerning compensation for gold looted by the
Albright Meets with Netanyahu and Arafat
By Ron Pemstein (VOA-London)
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has finished her latest round
of talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat in Europe. Albright has recommended
to President Clinton that he meet separately with Netanyahu and
Arafat next month in Washington. After meeting both men in Europe,
she says gaps remain.
Earlier Thursday, the secretary met with Netanyahu. The prime
minister failed to give her a detailed map of where Israel plans to
re-deploy its soldiers in the West Bank. That is because the
Israeli Cabinet has not agreed on a unified position on a
withdrawal. Albright has been working with Arafat on a security
document to reassure the Israelis.
Police Will Demand NIS 500,000 from Yaakov Schwartz
By IINS News Service
Yaakov Schwartz, 63, of Bnei Brak was reported missing September
10, after visiting the grave of a departed family member in the
Ashkelon Cemetery. His abandoned car was found near the crossing
into the PLO Authority autonomous city of Gaza. Schwartz was feared
to have been abducted by Arab terrorist(s).
He was found about three days later and police eventually learned
that Schwartz staged the entire incident. He claimed he wanted to
bring the nation closer together.
An intensive manhunt took place for days, involving hundreds of
security personnel and volunteers and costing the government over
NIS 1 million. The search involved elite units, police helicopters
and many overtime man-hours.
Police have decided to sue Schwartz for NIS 500,000 compensatory
damage for his actions, which succeeded in placing the entire
country on "alert."
PA Forces Roundabout Trip on Residents
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Palestinian Authority forces Gaza residents who wish to go to
Jordan to do so via Egypt, instead of taking advantage of an
Israeli offer to allow them to be bussed directly from Gaza to
Jordan via the Allenby Bridge.
Arutz-7 correspondent Haggai Huberman reports that Israel recently
informed the Palestinians that as a good-will gesture, three buses
a day would be allowed to travel from Gaza to Jordan. The only
stipulation: an IDF jeep would accompany the bus, to ensure that no
passengers disembarked en route.
After a few days, the IDF noticed that the buses were empty; upon
investigation, it was learned that the PA forbids the residents to
use the buses because of the "humiliation" involved in having an
IDF escort. Huberman noted that the Egyptian security checks and
the 40-hour process do not appear to be a humiliation, as opposed
to the 8-hour trip-and-security checks via Allenby.
Jewish Organizations Protest McDonald's in Dachau
By IINS News Service
According to the Florida Sun Sentinel, two Florida Jewish
organizations are protesting the presence of McDonald's in the
former Nazi death camp.
"This is not Disneyland, this is a death camp", said Bob Kunst,
president of Shalom International, an anti-Nazi organization that
co-organized the protest. "We are appalled that McDonald's would
play this game."
"It's complete with balloons, rides & Ronald McDonald the clown,"
said Rabbi Yerachmiel Gersh, regional director of the Jewish
Defense League, which co-sponsored the event. "We feel that this is
a collective slap in the face to Jews worldwide."
Kunst added, "The bottom line, from our perspective, is that
McDonald's is trivializing and commercializing the Holocaust and we
want them to close shop and get that thing out of there, as it is
on the road into the Dachau death camp -- only a few hundred feet
from the parking lot."
Not true, a McDonald's spokeswoman said. "We believe they are
misinformed and wrong", said Anna Rozenich, a spokeswomen for
McDonald's Corp in Oakbrook, Ill.
Shalom International's Bob Kunst, who attended ceremonies for the
50th anniversary of Dachau's liberation, said the restaurant is
less than a quarter of a mile from the camp. He asserted that the
camp's grounds were littered with McDonald's food wrappers, a
disgusting sight, given the fact that the concentration camp's
prisoners suffered from malnutrition and starvation.
Barbara Distil, director of the museum at Dachau, said McDonald's
circulated fliers in the museum's parking lot last year. "It was
done in a very tasteless manner," said Distil, who was contacted in
Germany. "We protested to McDonald's regional office in Munich and
they dropped this distasteful practice immediately."
The JDL has established a World Wide Web site dedicated to
combating the presence of McDonalds in Dachau at:
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