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>JN Feb. 20, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 33
Palestinians Crack Down on Iraqi Sympathizers
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
The Palestinian Authority is trying to crack down on pro-Iraq and
anti-US demonstrations, which have broken out almost daily in the
West Bank for more than a week, including one Thursday. The
authority closed several private television and radio stations,
whose broadcasts some officials said had been inciting the public.
Palestinians have been criticizing the United States and calling on
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to fire missiles at Tel Aviv. The
small demonstrations, mostly by young people, have persisted in
spite of a ban imposed last week by the Palestinian Authority.
This week, the Authority took additional steps, ordering several
private television and radio stations to limit their coverage of
the Iraq issue and the demonstrations. In the past, private
Palestinian broadcasters had generally been allowed to operate with
or without the proper licenses.
Walid Awad of the Palestinian Information Ministry says tighter
regulation is needed. Awad says Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu uses any militant statements by any Palestinians -- such
as the demonstrators' call for attacks on Tel Aviv -- to hurt the
Palestinian image worldwide, and to delay the peace process. Those
are two things the Palestinian Authority wants to avoid.
At the same time, Awad admits there is considerable sympathy for
Iraq among the Palestinian people. He says there is an Arab
solidarity issue, and he says Palestinians see Iraqis as victims of
what he calls US atrocities, just as, he says, the Palestinians are
victims of Israeli atrocities. The Palestinian official also says
Palestinians feel "hurt" by what he calls the US double standard --
allowing Israel to ignore peace agreements and UN resolutions,
while sending enormous firepower against Iraq to enforce other UN
Iran Negotiates with Russia for Nuclear Reactor
By IINS News Service
Iran is maintaining contacts with the Russian Atomic Energy
Ministry in the hope of purchasing a 40-megawatt nuclear reactor,
according to a report from the Israel Consulate in New York City.
Iran is also conducting talks toward the purchase of heavy water
from Russia, which would enhance the production of plutonium in a
nuclear reactor of this size, and facilitate the manufacture of
"If Iran seeks to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons, a
40-megawatt dedicated reactor is a far more efficient means than
the Busheir reactor for the production of electricity," said Prof.
Gerald Steinberg, an arms-control expert at Bar-Ilan University.
Knesset Health Spa Was Designated as "Sealed Room"
By IINS News Service
The newly-opened Knesset health-spa was designated as the sealed
room, should the order be given, in the event of a missile attack
to set up the rooms. The room was built with a most advanced air
filtration system, as well as showers, which can be used to wash
off persons exposed to toxic chemical or biological agents
The Knesset first aid first responder team, made up of Knesset
police and other building employees, together with the Knesset's
medical team, yesterday conducted an emergency drill, to prepare
for the event of a deterioration of the current crisis situation
Kabalists Fly Over Israel to Reverse An Evil Decree
By IINS News Service
Kabalist Rabbi David Batzri, along with nine other rabbis and
priests (Kohanim), flew over Israel in a plane seven times, as did
Joshua over the city of Jericho. The rabbis took the flight to
beseech God to remove the Iraqi threat from Israel.
Ten priests, who were on the flight, blew the shofar (ram's horn),
while the rabbis recited special prayers. Rabbi Yitzchak Batzri,
[the son of Rabbi David] stated that these ceremonies have already
proven themselves in the past. Also on board the flight were Shas
Party MK Rabbi Aryeh Deri and Rabbi Uri Zohar.
Old Yiddish Recordings Found
By Arutz-7 News Service
500 hours of Yiddish broadcasts from 50 years ago were recently
discovered in New York, and an attempt is being made to re-record
them onto modern tape.
Henry Sapoznik, who found the pile of aluminum discs in a
storeroom, said that the collection is extremely fragile. "The
stuff is falling apart, worse than old paper. [Listening to it] is
almost like eavesdropping...back in time. You get a real sense of
The collection, which was created only to conform with federal
regulations that demanded programming samples for reference,
includes drama, news programs, poetry readings, advice shows,
Yiddish jazz and swing bands, and commercials.
Specific recordings include Nobel Literature Prize-winner Isaac
Bashevis Singer reading his own work, some of the first
anti-fascist broadcasts ever aired in the United States, and
appeals in English on behalf of refugees by Albert Einstein, actor
Henry Fonda and baseball star Willy Mays.
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