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>JN June 18, 1998, Vol. 6, No. 106
Wiesenthal Says Swiss Nazi Report Biased
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal dismissed as biased a report bearing
his name which condemns neutral Switzerland as a land of Nazi
sympathizers during World War 2. Wiesenthal said the report by U.S.
historian Alan Schom, which was produced by the Los Angeles-based
Wiesenthal Center, painted an unbalanced picture of wartime
Israeli Sold Poison Gas Material to Iran
Israel Faxx Staff Report
An Israeli court convicted an Israeli businessman Wednesday of
aiding an enemy state by selling poison gas material and chemical
weapons equipment to Iran. Nahum Manbar, who was arrested during a
visit to Israel in March 1997, called his conviction "scandalous."
The Tel Aviv District court put off sentencing to a later date.
Manbar faces a maximum term of life imprisonment. Prosecutors had
charged that the businessman, who has lived in France since 1985,
had from 1990 to 1995 supplied Iran with material to produce
mustard and nerve gas and equipment to build munitions factories
for chemical warheads.
Two Boys Held for "Prank" Killing of Arab
By Arutz-7 News Service
Two boys from the youth village in Beit Haggai have been arrested
in connection with the death of an Arab from Hebron. Apparently as
a prank, the boys held a long stick outside the car in which they
were riding, thus causing the death of the Arab.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Yesha Council chairman Aharon
Domb and others condemned the act and said that the law must be
implemented to its full extent to punish the guilty parties.
South Har Hebron Regional Council head Ephraim Hibsh said that the
youth village in Beit Haggai has had much success in educating and
providing a home for youth with psychological and other problems.
Jewish Women Joined in Marriage in USA
Sue Levi Elwell and Nurit Shein were joined together as a couple in
Philadelphia on Sunday. Elwell is a rabbi and member of the Reform
Movement and her partner, Shein, is a retired IDF officer. They
were wed in a ceremony attended by about 100 persons, including
many other Reform rabbis.
The lesbian couple understands that the marriage is not accepted by
officials in Israel, but are hopeful this will change in the
future, as officials in Israel continue to work to find an
acceptable solution to the problems stemming from the Office of the
Chief Rabbinate not recognizing the validity of Reform and
Conservative conversions to Judaism and marriages.
Although the wedding was attended by Reform rabbis, there is no
official policy endorsing the union of two persons of the same sex.
The ceremony was attended by members of the families of both women,
including Shein's father, who came from Israel.
The New License Plates
The Knesset Finance Committee agreed to accept the proposal of the
Ministry of Transportation, to begin using new license plates for
motor vehicles that display an Israeli flag.
Knesset member And el-Malek Dahamsha, of the United Arab List,
objected to the new license plates and the committee agreed to hold
a re-vote next week.
The current version displays an Israeli flag on the left side of
the license plate with the large English initials "IL". In about
6-months, a newer version will be manufactured without the
According to Transportation Minister Shaul Yahalom, the flag on the
license plates is another element that will make it increasingly
difficult to manufacture fraudulent license plates.
The new license plates will only be mandatory for new cars sold in
Israel after next month. The majority of the cars, with the license
plates without the flags, will not be required to change over.
Transportation officials already have warned that when motorists
come for inspections, the persons in charge will probably try, one
way or another, to persuade them that they need new plates. The
reason, the retailers of the license plates have about 500,000
blanks in stock with the English "IL" on them. They will probably
try to use them up before the new plates are introduced in about
(This will be difficult. Only about 12,000 new cars are sold
monthly, so they will look for alternative methods to push them
onto the consumer.)
Nevertheless, if forced to replace "bad" license plates to pass an
annual inspection, one may insist on purchasing the old plates
without a flag on it, and the inspection station will have to
comply according to the Ministry of Transportation. If they claim
to only have the flag model in stock, ministry officials say if it
is worth your while to stand on principle, it is their problem to
come up with a solution.
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