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Canada-Israel Development Leases 120 Toronto Apartments to MeriStar
By Elazar Levin (courtesy of Israel's Business Arena)
Canada-Israel Development has signed a contract to lease up to 800
apartments in Toronto to MeriStar Hotels and Resorts of the U.S..
The contract was signed through MeriStar subsidiary BridgeStreet
Accommodations. The apartments are owned by Canada-Israel and its
The deal will generate high returns for Israelis who bought the
Toronto apartments through Canada-Israel. In the first stage, 120
apartments will be leased to MeriStar in a five year lease. Rents
will total $12.5 million over this period.
Israelis, Palestinians Exchange Gunfire at Bethlehem Church
By VOA News
Israeli forces and Palestinians exchanged gunfire Monday at the
Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a three-week stand-off
continued. Each side accused the other of shooting first. There
were no reports of casualties. Smoke from a small fire swirled near
the church, built over the spot where Christians believe Jesus,
their Messiah, was born.
Dozens of Palestinians, some armed, took shelter in the church on
April 2 when Israeli troops pushed into Bethlehem as part of a West
Bank offensive after a string of suicide bombings in Israel. The
Israeli army said it will continue to surround the church until all
wanted Palestinians inside either surrender or are captured.
Israeli forces also still surround the Ramallah compound of
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, despite leaving most of the city
on Sunday. Assistant Secretary of State William Burns met with
Arafat in the besieged compound Monday. A Palestinian spokesman
said that Arafat insisted on a total Israeli withdrawal from
Palestinian towns and villages.
Arafat said a ceasefire was impossible while Israeli troops keep
him a virtual prisoner. Israel said it would not relax its grip
until Arafat hands over the suspected killers of Israel's tourism
minister in October 2001.
In a Ramallah square, masked gunmen shot three Palestinian men
accused of being informers for Israel, killing one and wounding the
Israeli forces killed five Palestinians in separate incidents
elsewhere. Two were killed in a clash while troops staged an arrest
raid into the West Bank village of Asirah al-Shamaliyah, north of
Nablus. An Israeli soldier was also killed during the raid. In the
Gaza Strip, Israeli troops, reported to be an undercover unit,
killed two Palestinians in a clash near the Boureij refugee camp.
And also Monday, the Israeli army seized government-issued press
credentials from 17 journalists reporting on the Bethlehem
standoff. The journalists, including reporters from Reuters and the
Associated Press, were approaching the besieged church compound
when an Israeli officer told them they were in a restricted area
and demanded their press cards. The cards are essential to
reporters crossing Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank
and Gaza Strip.
An association of about 300 foreign journalists called on Israel to
return the press cards and to stop impeding coverage of the
standoff. Journalists have had access to much of Bethlehem the past
three weeks, as the stand-off at the Christian shrine continues.
But Israeli troops have repeatedly prevented them from approaching
Iraq Urges Arab Oil Cut in Solidarity with Palestinians
By VOA News
Iraq urged Arab states to slash their oil exports by 50 percent in
solidarity with the Palestinians while Saudi Arabia is pledging to
maintain a stable oil market.
Iraqi President Saddam Hussein made the appeal in a speech
broadcast by Iraq's state-run television and radio. He urged Arab
oil producers to cut their crude oil exports by 50 percent and
deprive the United States and Israel of the half that is exported.
He said an embargo should apply to any country that resells Arab
oil to United States or Israel.
Definition of a Holocaust Survivor
A recent posting to the JewishGen Discussion group asked the
question "What is the definition of a Holocaust survivor?" Many
Jewish genealogists add a note to their family history database to
identify Holocaust victims and survivors so the question is
appropriate to genealogy.
Who is a Holocaust survivor was answered rather eloquently by
Benjamin Meed, president of the American Gathering of Jewish
Holocaust Survivors--a Warsaw Ghetto survivor--in an incident he
related some years ago. Meed travels the New York to Washington
shuttle weekly in his dual role as AMG president (New York)
and as a member of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council
On one of the flights he happened to sit next to former Secretary
of State, Henry Kissinger. They, of course, struck up a
conversation. At one point, Meed stated to Kissinger, "You are a
Kissinger seemed surprised at Meed's statement and reminded him
that he fled Germany to the United States in the 1930s. Meed's
response was to ask a question. "If you had remained in Germany
what would have happened to you?" Kissinger responded, "I surely
would have died." Meed concluded, "Then you are a Holocaust
survivor." Kissinger thought for a moment and responded, "Yes, I
am a Holocaust survivor."
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