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>JN May 13, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 90

Chabad Rabbi Killed in Accident in Russia

By Arutz-7 News Service

Rabbi Aryeh Leib Kaplan of Safed was killed Tuesday morning in Russia when a truck crashed into his car. He is survived by his wife, nine children, and two children-in-law. Kaplan, one of the leading Chabad rabbis in Israel, arrived in Moscow Monday on his annual trip, which dealt with matters such as immigrant absorption and Chabad activities.

Hamas Founder: Military Operations to Continue

By Arutz-7 News Service

The founder of Hamas has told a Kuwaiti newspaper that the militant Palestinian group will continue fighting Israel. "Certainly we will continue military operations. As long as Israel remains on our land, we will continue the armed struggle," the Arab Times daily quoted Sheikh Ahmed Yassin as saying.

Israel Names First Arab Judge to Supreme Court

Israel Faxx Staff Report

Israel has named its first Arab judge to the Supreme Court. Judge Abd al-Rahman Zuabi was the sole Israeli Arab to serve on a five-member commission of inquiry into Jewish settler Baruch Goldstein's massacre of 29 Palestinians at a mosque in Hebron in 1994. Zuabi, a judge in the District Court of Nazareth, northern Israel, was chosen because of his "experience and seniority."

Netanyahu Off to Washington

By Arutz-7 News Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu departed Tuesday night for the United States, where he plans to sign an agreement to carry out another withdrawal from Judea and Samaria. He told Knesset Members of the National Religious Party that any agreement that he signs would be brought to the government for its approval, and added, "If you want to topple the government, then do so."

Netanyahu said that no Jewish community in the West Bank would be affected by the withdrawal. Israel stands firm, he said, on the demand that the Palestinians transfer the wanted terrorists who have found refuge within the autonomous areas to Israel.

Israel Recognizes Pollard as Agent

By Arutz-7 News Service

Almost 13 after being convicted by a United States court for spying for Israel, the government of Israel issued the following statement: "Jonathan Pollard was an Israeli agent who was handled by high-ranking Israeli officials in an Israeli-authorized bureau - LAKAM. In light of this fact, the State of Israel acknowledges its obligation to Mr. Pollard and is ready to accept full responsibility accordingly."

Pollard said: "I am relieved, thankful, and honored. Relieved that the truth has finally come out; thankful that the government had the courage and the integrity to acknowledge the truth; and honored that I am finally a full-fledged member of the State. Citizenship was the first step; official recognition is the second. And now I have to come home. This step encourages me to believe that the government will now do whatever is necessary to bring this agent home - as they have so ably done in the past for others. It brings honor to the government and to the nation. It reassures our people that the State will honor its obligation to protect and defend all who serve it."

Israeli Arab spied for Iraq

Israel Faxx Staff Report

An Israeli Arab gave Iraq photographs of Israel's Dimona nuclear reactor site and several military installations while spying for Baghdad between 1981 and 1988, according to court records.

News of Munir Fathi Said's 1990 conviction on espionage charges emerged in a Supreme Court ruling overturning a parole board's decision to free him early from a 13-year sentence. The court said it agreed with Israel's attorney-general, who appealed against parole, that Said showed no regret for supplying Iraq with sensitive photographs and that he was still a security risk.

The Dimona site was the apparent target of an Iraqi Scud missile carrying a cement warhead that was fired at southern Israel in the 1991 Gulf War.

Israeli Transsexual Dana International Wins Eurovision

Israel Faxx Staff Report

A 29-year-old Israeli transsexual, Dana International, has won the Eurovision song contest with the song, "Diva." With the victory, Israel becomes the host of next year's Eurovision contest.

Some Orthodox Jews say the singer sent the wrong message about Israel, where homosexuality is a crime and, according to the deputy cabinet minister of the country, transsexuals are deviants.

"I feel shamed," said Rabbi Shlomo Benizri, "because during all the generations the Jewish people sent light to the world, and now we send darkness to the world, even if we won."

International underwent a sex and name change four years ago and said she doesn't care what Benizri, or other Orthodox Jews, think about the victory.

"I represent the regular Israelis, all the Arabs, the Christians "Everyone who wants to be represented by me, he gets the (victory). Those who despair of me, I don't care about them."

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