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>JN April 24, 1998, Vol. 6, N0. 77
Yom HaShoah Celebrated Worldwide
By Al Pessin (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel marked "Holocaust Remembrance Day" with a series of solemn
events, including two minutes of nationwide silence, marked by the
sounding of air raid sirens at mid-morning.
Pedestrians stopped in their tracks, motorists stood at attention by
their vehicles, people lounging in a central Jerusalem park got
up off the grass and bowed their heads.
It is an extraordinary expression of solidarity in respect for the
victims and heroes of the World War 2 Nazi Holocaust, in which 6
Million Jews and 6 million other people were killed in prisons,
ghettos and death camps across Europe.
Places of entertainment were closed throughout Israel for 24 hours,
and special ceremonies were held at schools, offices and
particularly at the Jerusalem Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem.
In speeches at Yad Vashem marking the start of the holiday
Wednesday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and
other officials spoke of what they said are the under-appreciated
contributions of Holocaust survivors in building the State of
Israel, which is approaching its 50th anniversary.
Thursday morning, Netanyahu flew to Poland to lead a memorial march
at the former Auschwitz-Birkenau camp. He was joined there by
Israel's Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau, who is himself a Holocaust
survivor, and who spoke in Hebrew, Yiddish and English.
"I want to tell you, that even 50 years since the State of Israel
was established, and 53 years after World War 2 ended, it's not a
time and it will never be a time to forget or even to forgive. We
have maybe a mandate to take a revenge. But what is the revenge we
can offer? The revenge is only one, our continuity."
Meanwhile, back in Israel, as Holocaust Day drew to a close, more
and more cars began the annual ritual of sporting Israeli flags on
plastic sticks stuck on their windows -- signaling the approach of
Israel Independence Day next week.
Israeli Arabs Complain of 50 Years of Racism
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Israel's 50th anniversary is no cause for celebration for its Arab
citizens. "For us it is a day of mourning, when we revive the
memory of the 1948 Palestinian holocaust," said an Arab student
leader at Haifa University. While Israelis celebrate the jubilee,
millions of Palestinians throughout the world bitterly recall the
"Naqba," or great catastrophe of 1948 when Israel fought its war of
63-Year-Old Dies on Way Home from Hospital
By IINS News Service
"The hospital was in a big hurry to get my mother out and send her
home, and this is the result," stated the daughter of 63-year-old
Sima Biton, who died on her way home from Beersheva's Soroka
Hospital. Biton, who had diabetes mellitus for many years, was in
the hospital last month, and had some of the digits of her hands
and feet surgically removed due to complications resulting from her
According to the daughter, Chana Binyamin, during the days
preceding her discharge, the hospital "pushed" the family to take
Biton home. "We told them she is not herself and since our father
died, she has lost the will to live. We pleaded that she undergo a
psychiatric exam. They refused."
Wednesday, when the family came to visit, they were startled to see
Biton dressed, ready to go, with a discharge letter in hand. She
died in the taxi on her way home.
Professor Dan Atar, the hospital's medical director, stated the
unfortunate incident was a compilation of several rare factors, all
of which together contributed to her death. "It is chutzpa to point
the finger of blame at the hospital. She came with an acute problem
related to her diabetes, was treated, admitted for over one month,
and then when she was ready, discharged from the hospital."
The hospital called upon the family to order an autopsy to
determine the exact cause of death, but the family rejected the
Doctorate Planned for Clinton
By IINS News Service
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem has announced its decision to
bestow an honorary title of Doctor of Philosophy on President Bill
Clinton. The ceremony will take place in the White House Monday, as
part of the celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the State
of Israel. A decision is expected by the university's leaders in
the coming days, regarding the bestowing of the same honorary title
on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
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