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>JN March 19, 1999, Vol. 6, No. 52

Rabbis Permitted to Visit Iran

By Arutz News Service

The Iranian authorities have given permission for a delegation of Israeli rabbis to visit Iran. The delegation, led by Chief Sephardic Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, may leave for Iran as soon as this coming May. Bakshi-Doron will appoint a rabbi for Teheran's 35,000-strong Jewish community.

The Pentagon Hackers

By IINS News Service

The man arrested Wednesday as the suspected "Analyzer" computer hacker, who successfully entered into Pentagon computers, was questioned by Israel police and released on bail.

The chief suspect and two co-defendants were all released on bail after they agreed to not leave the country and not to speak with one another regarding the case. The suspects also were required to forfeit their passports with police.

According to Police Department spokeswoman Linda Menuchin, the hacking offence was not done for monetary gain. Deputy Secretary of Defense John Hamre said earlier this month the penetrations were a "as highly organized and systematic an attack as the Pentagon has seen to date."

General Assembly Votes to Condemn Israel

By IINS News Service

The 185-member United Nations General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn Israel for its continued policy of "settlement." The international body voted 120 in favor, 3 opposed and 5 abstentions. It was also decided to convene a meeting in Geneva, at which time the matter of continued construction and the relevant issues concerning the previous Geneva conventions would be discussed. A date for the Geneva convention was not set but Israel and the PLO Authority agreed in principle to attend.

David Westin, the UN Ambassador from the European Union spoke of the continued "illegal Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank (Judea and Samaria) as well as Jerusalem. Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Dr. Dore Gold, called the idea of the new Geneva Convention a "pragmatic one" and expressed optimism over the idea.

New Study Proves No Massacre at Deir Yassin

By Arutz-7 News Service

British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook has laid a wreath at a memorial for Arabs who were allegedly "massacred" by Jews in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948 -- but the Zionist Organization of America has just released a detailed new study demonstrating that no such massacre occurred there.

The well-documented 32-page study was authored by ZOA National President Morton Klein and is entitled "Deir Yassin: History of a Lie." It brings to light a number of important documents that disprove the claim that 250-300 Arab civilians were massacred by Jewish fighters in Deir Yassin.

The study finds that Deir Yassin was actually a legitimate military target, overlooking the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, from where Jewish traffic was regularly attacked. The Jewish fighters who sought to conquer Deir Yassin in April 1948 encountered hours of heavy gunfire from the well-armed villagers and Arab soldiers based there. Large amounts of weapons and ammunition were found in the village by the Jewish forces.

In addition, eyewitnesses say there was no massacre. Interviews with participants in the battle, and documents located in Israeli archives, reveal that there is no evidence that any massacre took place. The civilians who died were killed unintentionally during the fierce house-to-house fighting.

Arab accounts of the battle are biased, contradictory, and unreliable, according to the ZOA report. A British police official admitted he engaged in "great coaxing" of Arab eyewitnesses to get them to say the Jews had carried out atrocities.

Furthermore, Arab researchers from Bir Zeit University interviewed every Arab survivor of the battle and concluded that the number of civilians who died in Deir Yassin could not have been more than 120. This raises serious doubts as to the credibility of those who have accused the Jews of "massacring 250-300."

Israeli Labor governments, which originally claimed there was a massacre in order to score points against their rival Etzel and Lechi Groups, have, over the years, gradually rescinded this accusation. A little-known 1952 Defense Ministry judicial court ruled that Deir Yassin was a legitimate military target. Official Israeli Labor-party government statements about Deir Yassin, in 1960 and 1969, formally rebuked the Labor Zionist officials who had made the false massacre accusation in 1948, and officially declared that there was no basis for this charge.

Toddler Dies in Blaze

By IINS News Service

A 3-year-old child was burned to death Tuesday in his Rosh Ha'ayin home. The boy, who lived with his mother alone in their 1.5 room apartment, was playing with a cigarette lighter according to fire officials, while his mother took a shower.

His mother heard him yell "fire! Fire!" but by the time she got out of the shower, the flames in room blocked anyone from entering. The hysterical mother managed to get out of the burning apartment and call for assistance but all efforts to reach the young child failed. EMS personnel on the scene pronounced him dead after the fire was declared under control.

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