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>JN March 31, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 59

Swiss Postpone Detailed Report on WW2 Gold Deals

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A detailed report on Swiss gold purchases from Nazi Germany is ready but publication will be delayed so that it can appear in four languages simultaneously. The international panel of historians, the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland -- said the report, which in the German-language original has more than 200 pages plus annexes, could not be issued as scheduled April 6. A scathing U.S. government report last year alleged the Swiss accepted the Nazi plunder and deposits made by Jews on the run as well as gold from the teeth of some Jews killed in the Nazi Holocaust.


Bethlehem's Elias Freij Dead at 80

By IINS News Service

Elias Freij, who was for many years mayor of Bethlehem and a leading voice of Palestinian Christians, died in Jordan Sunday at the age of 80, Jordanian television reported.

Freij resigned his last political post, as tourism minister of Yasir Arafat's PLO Authority for health reasons, last May. The TV report, monitored by the British Broadcasting Corporation, said he died at the Amman Heart Center. The report said Freij's body would be brought to Bethlehem for a Tuesday funeral.


PA Sent Israeli to Steal Shoulder-Fired Missiles

By IINS News Service

The PLO Authority Security Services asked a former Israeli army scout to obtain shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles, machine-guns and ammunition for them. This, according to charges filed against the former scout, Ibrahim Gadir, 27, and a resident of the village of Khilf-Tivon.

Gadir is charged with having stolen a military patrol vehicle from an Israeli army post in the north, grave espionage against the State of Israel and conspiracy to commit a crime.

The weapons included three machine-guns, cases of ammunition, mortars, explosive devices, smoke grenades and other items. The equipment was delivered to an agent of the PA Preventive Intelligence Service in exchange for 9,000 Israeli shekels and 400 Jordanian dinars (approximately 2,000 shekels).


International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism Website

By IINS News Service

The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism in Herzliya, announced the opening of its new website at: http://www.ict.org.il. The site consists of a database on issues of terrorism including: terrorist organizations in the Middle East and the world, attacks, countries supporting terrorism, connections between terrorism and crime, the use of non-conventional weapons and counter-terrorism measures taken by Israel and other countries.


Carter Coached Arafat on How to Improve His Image

By IINS News Service

Former President Jimmy Carter coached PLO leader Yasir Arafat to improve his image at a time when Arafat was regarded as a diplomatic pariah by the US, The Boston Globe reported, citing a forthcoming book.

Douglas Brinkley, a professor of history and director of the Eisenhower Center at the University of New Orleans, writes in "The Unfinished Presidency: Jimmy Carter's Journey Beyond the White House."

Carter also advised other Arab leaders who challenged Israeli "occupation" of lands in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. Carter stayed in "constant communication" with Arafat, and even drafted passages for his public speeches, The Globe said, citing page proofs from the book, which to be published in May. Carter, who played a major role in peace negotiations between Israel and Egypt, is among the record 130 nominees for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.


Jordanian Newspaper; "Sharon, the Jewish Hitler"

By IINS News Service

A weekly Jordanian newspaper printed a front-page picture of Minister of National Infrastructure Ariel Sharon, in a German uniform worn by the Third Reich, with a mustache to emulate Adolph Hitler.

The paper wrote that this was Jordan's response to Sharon's threat that Israel will continue to hunt down Arab terrorists, such as Khaled Meshal. The "Shihan" weekly is regarded as a "shady" newspaper, but nonetheless, well-distributed and deemed reliable as a source of news, according to a Yediot Achronot newspaper report.

The paper's editor-in-chief, Ragi Taleb stated that he made the decision to publish the photo montage, since Sharon did indeed carry out atrocities against the Lebanese people in 1982. "There is no difference if one massacres million, tens of thousands or thousands," added Taleb.

The spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Jordan, Roy Gilead, met with Taleb over the weekend and condemned the publication of the photo. Sharon refused to comment at this time.


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