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>JN March 6, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 43
U.N. Committee: Israel Practices Racism
By Lisa Schlein (VOA-Geneva)
United Nations human rights experts have accused Israel of racism
and of practicing discrimination against its minority Arab
population. Tensions ran high during a review of Israel's human
rights record by the Geneva-based UN Committee on the Elimination
of Racial Discrimination.
The Israeli delegation admitted that problems of inequality
existed. But it said that Israel was taking steps to prevent
discrimination and to eradicate the gap between the Jewish majority
and the Arab minority.
However, an independent expert on the committee from Egypt disputes
this. Mahmoud Aboul-Nasr scorns Israel's claim that it was the
only democracy in the region. "It is a little bit difficult to
accept to see on the television every day bulldozers destroying
homes of Palestinians and saying that we are a democracy."
The head of the Israeli delegation, Robbie Sabel, says he expected
a fruitful discussion with the committee. Instead, he says Israel
was, once again, used as a political football. "We felt that
perhaps things had been changing. What we saw here was going back
to the old, I would say bad days of the UN being used as a forum
Egyptian Police Investigate Possible Mossad Agent
By IINS News Service
An Egyptian businessman filed an official complaint with Cairo
police that his daughter is working as an agent for the Israeli
Mossad. Adal Gabriel called upon police to issue an arrest warrant
for his daughter, Monira, a resident of London.
According to the report, which appeared in an Egyptian newspaper,
19-year-old Monira visits her family in Egypt occasionally, "to
acquire important information for her Mossad superiors."
In light of the complaint, the office of the state prosecutor has
ordered an investigation and a warrant was issued to arrest Monira
in the airport, if and when she arrives in Egypt. Gabriel told
police that his daughter, who lives together with her mother in
London, has two passports, British and Egyptian.
Maryland Suspect's Dad Suggested Israel
By IINS News Service
The father of Maryland murder suspect Samuel Sheinbein say he sent
his son to Israel, following the brutal killing of a teen-age
acquaintance because he feared his son was suicidal. The suspect's
father, Sol, gave his version of events for the first time at
a hearing in Jerusalem District Court, insisting he was not
attempting to have his son evade prosecution when he sent him to
live with relatives in Israel.
The 17-year-old suspect is claiming Israeli citizenship and
fighting extradition to Maryland, where he is charged with the
murder and dismemberment of Alfred Tello Jr. Israeli law bars the
extradition of citizens.
The suspect's father, a Washington patent lawyer who was born in
what is now Israel and holds an Israeli passport, said he was
convinced that Israel was the only place where his son would be
able to "calm down."
"I understood that he did not want to come home, that there was
talk of suicide and that he had both a rifle and a fast car," his
father said. "We were very worried."
The father also stated his son ran away from the family's home
Sept. 19, the same day police knocked on the door to say a body had
been found in the neighborhood and that his son was wanted for
questioning. The father called his brother and "apparently
explained to him...that it was an act of self-defense and that he
[his son] did not want to return to Maryland because no one would
The father told his brother that his son had the victim's rifle,
and that his friend Aaron Needle, who is also charged with the
murder, wanted the two of them to commit suicide. "I decided that
the only place where he wouldn't be able to get a fast car and use
the gun was Israel, where I have family." At the time, there was no
warrant for his son's arrest.
Israel's Justice Ministry has argued that the suspect may be
extradited because there is doubt about his citizenship. The
Jerusalem Court is expected to complete hearings on the issue this
week. No date has been set for a ruling.
The suspect and Needle, also 17, were both indicted in Maryland on
one count each, of murder and conspiracy to commit murder in
connection with the case.
US officials have rejected a compromise suggested by an Israeli
judge, under which the suspect would have returned voluntarily to
the United States to stand trial and return to Israel, if
convicted, to serve his sentence.
Mr. Sheinbein produced a series of papers to try to prove that he,
and through him his son, are Israeli citizens. He described how as
a child he was dragged back and forth between Israel and the United
States, by a mother running away from an unhappy marriage. "I
always thought of myself as an Israeli. I felt that being in the
United States was temporary. When I came back here I felt at home."
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