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>JN April 2, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 61
Possible Snowball Attack Indictments
By IINS News Service
A number of Jewish children, ages 11-13, in Hebron were questioned by
Hebron Police regarding their actions during last week's
snowstorm. It appears the youngsters threw snowballs at local
Arabs, who filed complaints with police. Although it was not stated by
police with certainty, it now appears that the youths will be
indicted and charged with assault for throwing the snowballs.
Hamas Master Bomber Killed
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian police say one of the men killed in an explosion in
Ramallah Sunday was a top leader of the militant Hamas group, and
that he had been killed before the explosion. Hamas blames israel
and vowed to retaliate.
Palestinian police say an autopsy shows muhyideen al-Sharif was
shot dead before the 10-30 kg. bomb went off. He was the leader of
hamas' military wing, which has carried out a series of suicide
bombings and other attacks against Israelis.
A senior Hamas political leader, Abdul-Aziz Rantisi, immediately
blamed Israel for the killing and said Hamas will retaliate. The
killing of the previous Hamas military leader, Yehiya Ayyash,
apparently by Israeli agents, triggered a series of bombings two
Israel usually does not comment on such operations. But
Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quick to deny
any Israeli involvement in the latest killing. As a general
policy, Israel says it has the right to fight terrorists anywhere,
any time and by any means.
Al-Sharif was known as Engineer Number 2 in Hamas and was
considered the successor to Ayyash, known as the Engineer, who
masterminded several large-scale terrorist attacks against Israelis
and was responsible for the deaths of over 50 Israelis.
Al-Sharif himself planned the two attacks in Jerusalem last summer,
in which some 20 people were killed, as well as the #26 bus attack
in the capital in 1995 which killed four people.
MK Ephraim Sneh (Labor) praised the killing of Al-Sharif. "Whoever
did this should be blessed. He prevented many deaths."
Childhood Friend of Anne Frank Remembers
By Arutz-7 News Service
YasIr Arafat paid a 20-minute visit to the Anne Frank Museum in
Amsterdam Tuesday and afterward expressed the hope that "events
like these would never happen again."
Arutz-7's Haggai Segal spoke with a childhood friend of Anne Frank,
Chanah Pick, of Jerusalem. Pick said Anne was her first friend in
"I remember her as a very tangy and spirited girl...She would write
her diary during recess, but wouldn't show it to anyone. One day
she simply didn't show up to school, and when I went to her house,
I was told that the Frank family had moved to Switzerland. This
wasn't true, of course, but this is what they wanted everyone to
think so that the Germans wouldn't look for them.
"I later saw her, by chance, in the Bergen-Belsen concentration
camp, through a barbed-wire fence. We talked three times, at great
danger, with an armed German above us in a watch tower... Twice I
managed to throw her some food, but one of the times a hungry woman
grabbed it first, and [we both] cried."
Anne Frank died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen in February 1945.
Man Sentenced in Yankel Rosenbaum Stabbing Murder
By IINS News Service
An African-American man, who insisted he's been made a scapegoat,
was sentenced to 19 1/2 years in prison for the fatal stabbing of
a Jewish seminary student during a series of race riots that
started Aug. 19, 1991 in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood.
A Brooklyn federal judge handed down the maximum sentence Tuesday
for Lemrick Nelson, Jr., 22, who was convicted 13 months ago of
violating the civil rights of Yankel Rosenbaum, 29, the man who was
stabbed to death in 1991.
Facing the dead man's family in a statement to the court, Nelson
proclaimed his innocence. "I am sympathetic to your feelings of
loss for your son. I had no action, no part in it," said Nelson.
"I've been found guilty in this case. I'm like a scapegoat."
US District Court Judge David Trager sentenced Nelson to 19 1/2
years in prison, ruling that the crime constituted second-degree
murder and not manslaughter as defense lawyers had argued.
Rosenbaum, a native of Australia, was fatally stabbed on the first
of four nights of unrest. The trouble erupted after a 7-year-old
black boy, Gavin Cato, was fatally injured in a traffic accident
involving a car driven by a Chassidic Jew.
A mob of black residents chased Rosenbaum, a visiting scholar
studying the Holocaust, to a street corner, where he was stabbed.
Rosenbaum died in a hospital hours later, after identifying Nelson,
then 16, to police as his assailant.
The victim's mother, Fay Rosenbaum, delivered a tearful statement
to the court, calling her son "the consummate innocent victim." She
said he was killed out of "blind, baseless bigotry, because he was
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