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Neo-Nazis March in Berlin During Katsav's Visit
By Israeli Faxx News Sources
German neo-Nazis marched in Berlin on Monday to protest the visit of Israeli President
Moshe Katsav, compounding awkwardness for a German government already under pressure to
supply military hardware to its ally. About 100 supporters of the far-right NPD party
gathered in freezing temperatures on Monday evening, holding banners reading "Hands off
Palestine - No German Weapons for Israel." About 400 counter demonstrators gathered
around a police cordon to show support for Israel. Police say there is no law to prevent
Israel Warns Arafat Not To Go To Bethlehem
By VOA News
A spokesman for Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that Yasir Arafat should not
try to attend Christmas celebrations in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. Raanan Gissin
said the Palestinian leader should stay home because Christmas is a festival of peace, and
Arafat has done nothing to advance the cause of peace. But he stopped short of saying
Israel would bar Arafat from the city.
Last year, Israel prevented Arafat from attending midnight Mass in Bethlehem that
tradition holds to be the birthplace of Jesus. The Associated Press reported that
Palestinians are warning of an escalation in tensions if Israel again stops Arafat from
attending. Arafat began attending the mass in Bethlehem after the city was turned over to
Palestinian control in the mid-1990s.
Meanwhile, in Monday violence, Israeli troops shot and killed a mentally disabled
Palestinian man near a military checkpoint in the West Bank. Military officials say
soldiers opened fire after the man refused to identify himself and started running.
Palestinian security officials say Israel troops also killed a Palestinian woman near
Thousands Search For 22-Month-Old Girl
The two-day-old search continues for the toddler Hodayah Kedem-Fimshtein. She was last
seen late Saturday morning in her father's home in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Kiryat
One hundred fifty Jewish Agency workers, hundreds of new immigrants from absorption
centers, 140 Civil Guard workers from the south, and many more, have joined the thousands
of volunteer searchers from all over the country.
At the same time, in the case of the missing 5-year-old girl - Nur Abu Tir - from an
Arab village east of Jerusalem, police are turning their attention to a family feud and
relatives who may have been involved in her abduction - though the search for her goes on
as well. Police have ruled out any connection between the two cases. Police on Monday
questioned a woman of the Abu Tir family in connection with Nur's disappearance.
Rabbi David Simchon, the neighborhood rabbi of Kiryat HaYovel and the man responsible
for security and emergency measures in the Jerusalem municipality, said, "The searches
have expanded to nearby neighborhoods, but basically we are clueless and have nothing
pointing in any specific direction. I can say, however, that in times of trouble such as
these, when a little girl disappears, all of Am Yisrael comes out to help, from every
sector... There is no stone that has not been overturned twice... The criminal angle is
also being investigated..."
Regarding a letter allegedly written to the child by her father about their souls
meeting soon in heaven, the rabbi said, "I have not seen such a letter, nor has anyone
here. I think it is just a rumor." The police, too, attribute no importance to the
allegations of a letter.
Investigators Monday continued to question Eli Fimshtein, father of the missing
toddler. The father was taken away Sunday for further questioning by police and underwent
a lie detector test, the results of which were indecisive.
The parents have jointly promised a "very respectable monetary award" and no punishment
to whomever returns the child or provides clear information leading to her safe return.
The girl's mother said that she has absolutely no suspicions that her former husband would
hurt their child.
Kenya Offers Cash Reward for Info on Bombing Suspects
By Alisha Ryu (VOA-Nairobi)
Police in Kenya are offering a substantial cash reward for information about two men
suspected of taking part in last month's attacks in the coastal city of Mombassa. They
are offering nearly $6,300, a huge sum of money in Kenya, for information that can help
identify the two men they believe were involved in the attempt to shoot down an Israeli
airliner on Nov. 28.
Senior Police Chief William Langat released black-and-white, computer-generated images
of the suspects. The men are believed to be between 30 and 45-years-old. One of the men is
shown with a full beard, thick eyebrows and some hair loss. The other man is mostly bald.
Langat said the images are based on eyewitness descriptions.
On Sunday, the al-Qaeda terrorist organization reportedly claimed responsibility for
the deadly suicide bombing at an Israeli-owned hotel in Mombassa and the failed attempt to
simultaneously shoot down an Israeli airliner with shoulder-launched missiles. The bombing
killed 13 Kenyans and three Israelis.
In a statement posted on the Internet, leading al-Qaeda member, Sulaiman Bu Ghaith,
vowed even more lethal strikes against Israel and its chief ally, the United States. He
said that al-Qaeda would continue to target Israeli and U.S. installations and facilities
all over the world. The former Muslim cleric is believed to be a close associate of
al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden, and is among the men being vigorously pursued by the
San Francisco Supermarket Bows to Arab Pressure and Removes Israeli Products
The San Francisco Chronicle reported last week that certain departments of the co-op
Rainbow Grocery have removed Israeli-made products from their shelves. The existing
partial ban on Israeli-made goods, imposed by the proprietors of Rainbow's packaged-food
and bulk-food departments, is causing controversy both inside and outside the Folsom
Street store, the Chronicle reported. This marks the first time such action was reported
in a U.S. supermarket.
There have been similar unsuccessful attempts in Europe, particularly on products
manufactured across the Green Line. A few Israeli-made packaged foods including gelt, the
chocolate coins popular at Chanukah, were removed from the store's shelves about a year
ago, a spokesman admitted. The move was largely unnoticed until recently, when customers
began looking for the candy ahead of the holidays, he said.
In Rainbow's nontraditional, decentralized organization, departments within the
27-year-old co-op act autonomously. The spokesman said that most departments have decided
so far to continue carrying Israeli-made products such as sea salt, herbal remedies and
candles. Kosher and Jewish products made outside Israel are not among the products under
A storewide boycott of Israeli-made goods would require a 51 percent vote of
worker-members. The store has about 200 employees, 175 of whom have voting privileges. For
several months, the Justice in Palestine Coalition of the Bay Area has been pushing
Rainbow Grocery to remove all Israeli-made products from its shelves as soon as possible,
coalition member Eyad Kishawi said. The coalition wants similar actions taken by about 30
other Bay Area businesses it considers socially and politically progressive, as a show of
support for Palestinians and to minimize financial support for Israeli exporters.
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