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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
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
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
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
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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