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>JN March 5, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 42
Kitchen Duty Doesn't Include Peeling Vegetables
By IINS News Service
The IDF has decided that soldiers assigned to kitchen duty may not
be told to peel vegetables. The reason given was the unusually high
number of soldiers who injured themselves, since they are not
accustomed to handling knives or making salads. The bad news -- the
new order does not apply to the peeling of potatoes.
Nazi Allegedly Personally Killed 500 Jews
By Kyle King (VOA-Bonn)
German authorities have arrested a man suspected of World War 2
Nazi war crimes. The man is accused of involvement in the deaths
more than 70,000 Jews in Poland and Ukraine. Authorities have not
released the name of the 78-year old suspect, who was arrested
Tuesday in Stuttgart. Prosecutors say he is a former low-ranking
officer in the notorious Nazi SS.
A statement released by German prosecutors alleges that during a
two-day period in 1943, the suspect personally shot and killed
about 500 people at a concentration camp in eastern Poland.
Officials say details of the incident were discovered in statements
the man gave as a witness in other trials and investigations.
Prosecutors say the man had served time in a Soviet prison for
war crimes after World War 2, then moved to Kazakstan before
coming to Germany in the early 1990s. Authorities in the state
where he was arrested say the suspect has been under investigation
since last year when he made incriminating statements to
investigators in another German state.
Prosecutors say they do not know how long it will take to bring
the case to trial because of the difficulty of finding witnesses
and the process of going through archival material.
To date, Germany has investigated about 100,000 Nazi war crimes
cases. About 6,500 people have been convicted. Most of the
remaining cases are against low-ranking former Nazi officers.
Weizman Re-elected President
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israel's Knesset has re-elected President Ezer Weizman for a second
term. Weizman defeated a candidate backed by Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu. Weizman defeated Shaul Amor by a comfortable
margin, 63-49, with seven abstentions.
It would have been an upset if Weizman had lost. But as it is with
everything the outspoken and impulsive Israeli president is
involved in, there was an element of unpredictability here, as
He defeated Amor, his opposite in most ways. Amor is an immigrant
from Morocco, a member of Netanyahu's party, a soft-spoken,
popular, noncontroversial figure. At 73, Weizman remains the man
Israelis love and hate, at the same time. A native-born Israeli,
commander of Israel's air force in its early years, Weizman
maintains the aura of a fighter pilot -- the swagger, the quick,
clipped cadence of speech, the improvisation.
Entering politics after his military career, Weizman served on both
sides of Israel's political fence, yet always seemed at lest two
large steps in front of his colleagues. As defense minister in a
right-wing Israeli government, he helped fashion Israel's first
peace treaty with an Arab country, Egypt. Jumping over to the
left-wing Labor party, he met with Palestinians from the PLO while
that was still illegal under Israeli law and years before Israel
started signing agreements with the Palestinian leadership.
As president, during a wave of terror attacks by Palestinian
extremists, he called for stopping peace talks with the
Palestinians. Yitzhak Rabin, the then prime minister who was
later assassinated, hotly disagreed with his old military comrade
-- charging that he was handing a victory to the terrorists.
Later, Weizman protested the refusal of Netanyahu to meet
PLO head Yasir Arafat. Weizman invited the Palestinian leader to
his home, forcing Netanyahu to end his boycott. Sitting next to
Arafat at that meeting, Weizman showed his personal style when a
reporter questioned the idea of Israel making peace with the
"(Chuckle) look, have you ever been to war? Have you ever fought
a war? Well, you're very lucky. After a war, usually intelligent
people try to achieve peace."
In his first five years as Israel's president, Weizman's
scatter-shooting tongue insulted Israeli women, homosexuals and
others. Some forgave him. Others broke with him. But friends
and enemies agree, with Ezer Weizman re-elected as israel's
president, it will not be boring here.
Israel Antiquities Authority Opens Internet Site
By IINS News Service
Israel Antiquities Authority Director Amir Drori announced the
opening of the Antiquities Authority's new internet site
(www.israntique.org.il). "Almost all you need to know about
Israeli antiquities and archaeology can be found on the site."
The site includes many multi-media features: Virtual reality,
video, sound, interactive games. Visitors can receive information
on significant Israeli archaeological sites and finds.
Grandmother of Hatzor Passes Away
Israel Faxx News Services
Chanina Abu died Tuesday in the northern town of Hatzor HaGelilit,
at the age of 107. Known as "the grandmother of Hatzor," Abu
fasted every Monday and Thursday, and took care of every
newly-circumcised baby in the town. Hundreds of people
participated in her funeral.
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