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>JN Jan. 28, 1998. Vol. 6, No. 16

German Jewish Leader Calls for Vigilance

Jewish leaders urged Germans to be vigilant against intolerance Tuesday as the country marked its Holocaust Memorial Day. "In 1933, Hitler did not seize power but was given it on a silver platter, perhaps by people who did not know where it would lead," Ignatz Bubis, the chairman of Germany's Central Council of the Jews, told a memorial ceremony in Berlin. "People say history cannot repeat itself. I'm here to tell you it can. It doesn't have to be in the same place or against the same groups. For this reason, we need to remain vigilant and defend ourselves at the first sign of intolerance."


Germany Remembers the Holocaust

By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)

Germany is paying tribute to victims of the Holocaust, with speeches and ceremonies that mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. In the German parliament, lawmakers listened solemnly to a string trio play music written at a Nazi death camp by one of the Six Million Jews who died in the Holocaust.

In a speech marking the Memorial Day, parliamentary speaker Rita Suessmuth called on Germans to reflect on the roots of dictatorship and not to look away when they see racism. With Chancellor Helmut Kohl and President Roman Herzog looking on, Israeli Holocaust scholar Yehuda Bauer, told lawmakers the Nazi murder of the Jews was unique in the history of man.

The killing of the Jews was not just directed against German or Polish or even European Jews, Bauer said, but it was against every one of the 17-million Jews who were scattered around the world in 1939. All other genocides he said, have been limited by geography, but the Holocaust was a universal, world-wide plan to wipe out the entire Jewish people.

Jan. 27 marks the anniversary of the 1945 liberation of the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, where more than 1 million people, most of them Jews, died at the hands of the Nazis.


Arab MK Under Investigation for Incitement

By Arutz-7 News Service

The police have opened an investigation into MK Azmi Bishara (Hadash) on suspicion of incitement to rebellion. At issue are remarks made by Bishara during a trip by an Israeli-Arab delegation to Damascus last August. He stated there that the State of Israel has no right to exist, that all of the Arab refugees should be allowed to return to Israel, and that a jihad (holy war) should be declared.

Likud activist Avi Farhan, who filed the complaint against Bishara, said that the statements represent blatant incitement amongst the Israeli-Arab community, "the results of which we see clearly this very day." Bishara is also being investigated for the trip to Syria itself, for which he did not obtain the required permit.


Blockage of Cleared Arteries is Prevented

By Arutz-7 News Service

A new method for preventing re-blockage of key arteries that have been cleared through angioplasty has been developed by researchers from the Hebrew University and Bikur Cholim Hospital, both in Jerusalem. The new method has been successfully tested on animals.

Angioplasty is a widespread form of treatment for blocked arteries, involving the insertion of balloons into the arteries. Despite the method's success, however, blockages recur within several months among close to half of those who undergo such treatment. The Hebrew University-Bikur Cholim research team developed a new treatment involving a drug that suppresses cellular activity seemingly stimulated by angioplasty.


IDF Report: Soldiers Complained Less in 1997

By IINS News Service

According to the report released by the IDF Ombudsman, Maj. Gen. Aaron Doron (Res.), in 1997 there were 7,523 complaints received from soldiers compared to 7,901 in 1996, representing a 4.8 percent decline. The number of complaints found to be valid were 55.8 percent compared to 61.6 percent in 1996. Twenty-five percent of all complaints submitted in 1997 were done so by parents of IDF soldiers.

Doron emphasized the importance of not lowering the standard of treatment for soldiers. Doron explained that despite cost-saving measures being implemented, the basic rights of the soldiers may not be adversely affected and they must receive adequate supplies and food.

Doron added that the NIS 12 (about $3.50) a day given to soldiers serving in bases without proper sleeping and eating facilities was inadequate and warned that the soldiers may not bear the brunt of the cost-cutting measures.

The general said that only giving one towel to new inductees was not the way to save money and he rejected the new policies, which "humiliated" the soldiers.

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