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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 years ago.

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 kindergarten.

"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 Jewish."

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