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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
"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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