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>JN Jan. 2, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 1

Former IDF Chief Chaplain Called for Destroying Al Aksa in 1967

By IINS News Service

According to a report in Haaretz, hours after the liberation of the Old City of Jerusalem in the June 1967 Six Day War, IDF Chief Chaplain Rabbi Shlomo Goren urged that the Al Aksa Mosque be destroyed. The mosque is built on the site of the ancient Jewish Temple, which is the holiest site for the Jewish people.

UPI added that Goren's remarks were quoted in an interview that Maj. Gen. (ret. Uzi Narkiss gave to Haaretz in May. Narkiss stipulated that nothing be published until everyone involved in the discussion had died. Narkiss, who died Dec. 17, was the commander of forces in the Central Command during the Six Day War. Goren died in 1994.

"The paratroopers wandered around the plaza as if in a dream," Narkiss was quoted as saying. "Rabbi Shlomo Goren was among them. I was alone for a moment, lost in thought, when Rabbi Goren approached me. 'Uzi,' Rabbi Goren said to me. 'Now is the time to put 100 kilograms of explosives into the Mosque of Omar, so that we may rid ourselves of it once and for all.'

"I said to him, 'Rabbi, enough.' He said, 'Uzi, you will go down in history if you do this.' I answered, 'My name will already be written in the history books of Jerusalem.' But Goren persisted. 'You don't grasp what tremendous significance this would have. This is an opportunity that can be taken advantage of now, at this moment. Tomorrow it will be too late.' I said 'Rabbi, if you don't stop, I'll take you to jail.'

"Thus the discussion, which only lasted a few minutes, came to an end. Rabbi Goren turned and walked away in silence."

Goren's former aide, Rabbi Menachem Hacohen, told Israel's Army Radio that he was present for the discussion but it did not take place as recounted.

"The rabbi told Uzi that if, during the course of the war a bomb had fallen on the mosque and it would have -- you know -- disappeared, that would have been a good thing. Uzi said, 'I am glad that did not happen'", Hacohen said.

Hacohen said that Goren "did not suggest using explosives, and Uzi never told him not to do it. That was the whole conversation."

GSS Admits to "Torture"

By IINS News Service
Responding to an appeal made before the High Court of Justice, the General Security Service (GSS/Shin-Bet) admitted to using tactics during their interrogation of an Arab terrorist, which the terrorist's family called "torture." The family of an Arab terrorist, who was interrogated by the GSS, appealed to the High Court to stop the GSS for torturing his brother.

The GSS admitted to placing a sack over the prisoner's head, playing loud music constantly and using sleep deprivation to extract information, which the government agency stated would serve to prevent terror attacks.

Former senior GSS agent MK Gideon Ezra stated by the very fact the GSS admitted to the High Court that it used the methods mentioned, was an indicator that it did not physically torture prisoners.

Human Bones Seen on the Mount of Olives Cemetery

By IINS News Service

According to a special report by the Yediot Achronot newspaper, in the Sephardic section of the Mount of Olives Cemetery, there are persons buried one atop the other, and human bones can be seen outside of graves. According to Yediot, due to digging, vandalism and neglect, bones are seen exposed and many tombstones are broken.

Yediot hired the services of the Pan Air Aerial Photography Company and compared pictures taken now to aerial photos from 1945. The photos show that some graves no longer appear, indicating others were buried on top, and a considerable amount of erosion of the hill is noticeable as well. The report hints to the fact that the burial site is full, but the demand is very high and plots sell for $15,000 to $20,000 each.

Yediot further reports that the Atra Kadisha Burial Society, which works nationwide to preserve the integrity of Jewish burial sites, has issued warnings in the past that the area in question was too full and it would compromise the integrity of those buried there. Yediot maintains the warnings have gone unheeded. Yediot also reports that Atra Kadisha confirmed there are areas in which graves are 2 and 3 deep, but plot are still being sold.

The current administrator of the Chevra Kadisha (burial society) for the section in question, Yechezkel Neuima stated that he only visited the area one time and was unaware of the situation. He refused to confirm any report concerning uncovered bones.

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