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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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