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>JN April 9, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 66
Hamas Urges Arabs to Attack World's Jews
Israel Faxx News Service
The military wing of the Muslim militant group Hamas urged Muslims
and Arabs around the world to attack Jewish targets to avenge the
death of a bombmaker whose killing it has blamed on Israel. "We
call on all the free and honorable sons of our Palestinian people
and...all those who care about Palestine...to level and aim attacks
against Jewish and Zionist interests which have been spreading all
over the world," the Izz el-Deen al-Qassam Brigades said.
First Arab Israeli Woman Becomes Officer in Army
By IINS News Service
The Israeli army commissioned an Arab Israeli woman in a historic
first for the Jewish state's military.
Caroline Kharman, 21, a Christian from the northern Druze village
of Usfiyyeh, was promoted to second lieutenant during a ceremony at
the officer training school in the Tzrifin army base near Tel-Aviv.
Prior to the ceremony, Kharman told Israel Army Radio she enlisted
in the army because she felt Arab Israelis deserve to be treated
like any other citizens of the Jewish state.
"I feel I can't fight for my rights without fulfilling my
obligations," Kharman said, adding that she wants to be a career
officer in the military. "It's my moral duty to serve my country."
Asked if she was prepared to defend Israel against Arabs if
necessary, Kharman replied, "I have no problem with this. "I think
it's possible to protect Israel's interests while giving respect to
Kharman said her decision to enlist in 1996 ran into initial
opposition from both her family and the army itself. "The army had
a problem with me in the beginning. They said I had no chance to
get in. But I sent letters to the chief of staff, the defense
minister and the president and was accepted a month later."
She said her mother insisted that in the Arab community "it was not
acceptable for a woman to be out of the house a lot and among men."
But with the support of her father, an army veteran, Kharman was
recruited in 1996. "I think all Israeli Arabs should serve in the
Arab Israelis who remained in their homes after the creation of
Israel in 1948 -- make up about 20 percent of the country's
population of 5.5 million and complain of economic and social
discrimination in the Jewish state. Arabs are not subject to the
mandatory military service imposed on most Jewish citizens, but
some choose to enlist, notably from the Druze community.
An Ethiopian Vision of Passover on the Internet
By IINS News Service
A new Internet site presenting the Ethiopian Jewish vision of
Passover as painted by a recent immigrant to Israel. The artist,
Tsagaye Barihun, escaped from Ethiopia in disguise and immigrated
to Israel with his family in 1991.
His works appear along with English and Hebrew passages from the
Haggadah. The digitized paintings are accompanied by explanations
of Ethiopian Jewish history and its connections with other holiday
The site also features an Interactive Afikoman Hunt, an Internet
version of the traditional search. Sharp-eyed Internet surfers --
adults and children--can win free books and other prizes by
spotting the missing matza, which the site producers say is "hidden
in plain sight" in the website at http://koret.com/haggadah .
Passover has a special meaning for the Ethiopian Jews, even though
the holiday was observed differently in their native land. The
biblical story of the Exodus from slavery parallels their own
contemporary experience, in which two daring operations by the
Israel Defense Forces, Operation Moses in the early 1980s and
Operation Solomon in 1991, rescued the community from persecution
and civil war in Ethiopia.
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day
By IINS News Service
This year, Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Day will be
celebrated Thursday, April 23. This years' theme, marking the State
of Israel's Jubilee year, is the contribution of Holocaust
survivors to the creation of the State of Israel and their
integration into society.
Many survivors, escaping from the horrors of the Holocaust, chose
to rebuild their lives in Israel and to join in the struggle to
establish the State. They actively rebuilt their lives and
established a new generation here, with a Jewish-Israeli identity.
The stories of the six torch lighters, who will light the torches
at the opening ceremony of Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance
Day, represent many of the survivors' stories.
The opening ceremony will take place at Yad Vashem April 22, at
8:00 p.m., and will be attended by President Ezer Weizman, Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, government ministers, Knesset members,
the Chief Rabbis, members of the diplomatic corps, as well as
thousands of Holocaust survivors and their families.
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