Newsletter : 8fax0311.txt
| Previous file
| Next file
>JN March 11, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 46
Egypt Says Netanyahu Turns "World Upside Down"
Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has accused Israel's Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of turning the world upside down and
failing to keep his promises on Middle East peace. "Ever since the
Netanyahu government came to power, the world has turned upside
down," Mubarak told Israel's Maariv.
Palestinians Killed in Apparent Misunderstanding
By Mark Lavie (VOA-Tel Aviv)
Israeli soldiers shot and killed three Palestinians at an army
roadblock and wounded four others. It appears to have been a tragic
misunderstanding -- one that might complicate efforts to move
Israeli-Palestinian peace talks along. Israeli soldiers opened fire
on a van just before it crashed into an Israeli army checkpoint
south of the West Bank city of Hebron.
Eyewitnesses say the van pulled out from a line of cars waiting at
the checkpoint and sped toward the soldiers. They opened fire.
One of the Palestinian passengers said the van was carrying workers
home from their jobs. He said the driver of the van was trying to
prevent another car from cutting in front of him. He was wounded by
the gunfire -- and stepped on the accelerator instead of the brake,
crashing into the checkpoint.
Israeli government spokesman Moshe Fogel said from the point of
view of the soldiers, it looked like the Palestinians were trying
to run the roadblock or run them over. "When a suspected vehicle
breaks through an Israeli checkpoint, after that checkpoint calls
on them to stop, and injures an Israeli soldier, then I think we
have a good basis to believe that what is inside the vehicle
may be terrorists."
Two of the soldiers were taken into Israeli military police custody
for questioning. The Israelis pledged to share information about
the interrogation with the Palestinian police. The incident took
place in a part of the West Bank under Israeli military rule. The
Palestinians control civilian services in the Hebron and
surrounding villages, and Palestinian police patrol those areas.
Hizbullah Rejects Security Guarantees
By IINS News Service
Hizbullah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah has rejected Israeli
requests for guarantees from Hizbullah, that would give Israel the
necessary security assurances to comply with United Nations
Resolution 425, calling for an Israeli withdrawal from southern
Nasrallah said:, "Hizbullah will not bother the Lebanese government
but we will not give guarantees to our enemy. Israel now is willing
to make concessions, on areas that were never hers. They want
security guarantees. Is anyone willing to accept Israel's word on
guarantees and walk into an Israeli minefield, after everything
Israel has done in southern Lebanon?"
Hizbullah also made it clear it reserves the right to attack
Israeli targets, even following an Israeli withdrawal from the
High Court Decision on Sexual Abuse in Workplace
By IINS News Service
The High Court of Justice has defined the term "sexual abuse" by
overturning a lower court decision pertaining to a case in which a
defendant was acquitted of sexual abuse.
Zohar Ben-Asher, a teacher in Kibbutz Seminar College, in Ramat
Aviv, was charged with sexually abusing a freshman student in 1994.
The student maintained that he hugged her repeatedly and caressed
her back without consent. These incidents occurred on more than one
occasion, and even in front of witnesses. The student told the
court that he placed his hands all over her body, despite her not
During his trial, the teacher told the court that the touching was
part of the teaching process, trying to convey a closeness, and it
was not sexual in nature. The lower court ruled that the teacher
did indeed, act inappropriately but his actions did not constitute
sexual harassment. The High Court acknowledged that it is difficult
at times to differentiate between acceptable activity and
The court stated that several basic guidelines must be followed to
make such a determination. Would the actions be deemed "acceptable" by
a reasonable person? Harassment need not always be physical. It
can also be manifested in a verbal or pictorial nature as well. The
offender must create a hostile environment, such as trying to
elicit a sexual response against the victim's will.
The court pointed out that interfering with the victim's regular
activities in school or in the workplace would constitute a
"hostile environment." Any advances not welcomed by the victims may
be deemed harassment. Should the defendant take advantage of his or
her position, such as an employer or high-ranking officer, the
actions would be deemed severe.
The court ruled in this specific case, that since the teacher asked
the student for a date, as well as his physical actions in front of
witnesses, the case constituted sexual harassment.
The High Court also pointed out that this was a case of taking
advantage of one's position, since the student was afraid her
teacher might take retribution if she did not act appropriately.
The case was referred back to the lower court for sentencing.
(All material on these web pages is © 2001-2012
by Electronic World Communications, Inc.)