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>JN April 20, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 73

Murder Suspect Hangs Self

By IINS News Service

Aaron Needle, 18, awaiting trial for his connection to the murder/dismemberment of a Maryland teen, was found dead in his Montgomery County jail cell Saturday evening. It was not immediately known whether the teen-ager was on a suicide watch.

The victim was discovered hanging in his cell by a guard who was checking on him. It's not immediately known how Needle hanged himself or what he used to do it," a spokeswoman said.

Needle, who was scheduled to undergo psychiatric evaluation in preparation for his trial, was a co-suspect in the murder of Alfred Tello Jr.

The second suspect, Samuel Sheinbein, is currently in the midst of a complicated legal battle concerning his extradition from Israel to the US, where US officials want him to stand trial. The suspect, in custody in Israel, moved to the Diaspora with his family as a young boy. Today, the legal battle surrounds the validity of his claims that he is an Israeli citizen, who would then be protected by Israeli law barring his extradition.

Netanyahu to Lead March of the Living

By IINS News Service

Seven-thousand young people from around the world will participate in the March of the Living, Thursday, in Poland. The annual event will be the single largest Holocaust Memorial Day event, when the nation of Israel remembers the victims of the Nazi Holocaust.

In an unprecedented move, the march will be led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite objections by the General Security Service.

South African Minister Meets Yassin

By IINS News Service

According to Reuters, South Africa's Justice Minister, Dullah Omar, met the spiritual leader of the Hamas terror organization, Sheik Achmed Yassin, on a recent visit to Saudi Arabia, Omar's spokesman said Sunday. No details of the meeting were released, but there was confirmation that it took place while Yassin visited Saudi Arabia for the haj pilgrimage to Mecca.

President Nelson Mandela irked Israel two years ago when he said he would be happy to meet Hamas leaders to persuade them of the values on which South Africa's democracy was based.

Boy, 10, Dies Two Days After Arriving in Israel

By IINS News Service

Sergei Porpotzki, 10, drowned Thursday, while he, his father, and other friends were swimming at a closed beach in the Bat Yam area. The boy died just two days after he arrived, together with his parents, from the Ukraine.

According to Magen David Adom EMS personnel, they received a report of a 40-year-old man who was drowning, but a search turned up nothing. Later, with the assistance of an aerial search with a helicopter, the young boy's body was found. The area in which they were swimming is deemed unsuitable for such activity, due to the rough waters.

Arafat: Palestinian State in 1999

By IINS News Service

PLO Authority chief Yasir Arafat announced he intends to declare the establishment of the State of Palestine in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, in 1999.

UPI reports that in a live interview early last week with Arab Orbit satellite television, Arafat said the commitment to this date was made in peace agreements signed with Israel.

He said the main reason peace negotiations with Israel are blocked is that the PA has rejected an Israeli plan to build a Jewish "settlement" on Har Choma, known by the Arabs as Jebel Abu Ghneim.

He said, "I have information that they (Israelis) want to build up 11 tourism hotels on Abu Ghneim, in order to steal millions of tourists who will come to Bet Lechem (Bethlehem) to celebrate 2,000 years of Christ's birth."

Two Men Face Contempt in Hamas Fund-Raising Case

By IINS News Service

Two Arabs have been jailed for refusing to testify before a New York grand jury investigating fund-raising in the US by the Islamic Hamas terror organization, The New York Times reported.

Abdul Haleem Ashqar, jailed Feb. 23, was quoted as saying that he refused to answer questions about several emissaries in the United States and abroad and is on a hunger strike.

One of those emissaries is Moussa Abu Marzouk, the Hamas political leader jailed in New York during a bitter extradition battle with Israel, then released to Jordan last year. Marzouk is connected to many terror attacks that have been carried out by Hamas in Israel.

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