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>JN Nov. 5, 2003, Vol. 11, No. 191
Israeli Arrested for Hacking Mossad Website
The Mossad Intelligence Agency website used to recruit future agents was hacked by a
23-year-old Israeli resident.
According to an AP report, both the Prime Minister's Office and Justice Ministry, who
share responsibility for the intelligence agency, refused comment.
The suspect was charged in a Jerusalem court but details of when the attack occurred
were not released. The computer attack was described as "sophisticated," adding the man
did penetrate the system. Officials added that he did not succeed in deciphering the
information extracted from the Internet site.
Sharon Adviser Wants Arabs to Wave Flags and Take Loyalty Oaths
By Yair Ettinger, Ha'aretz
A sweeping series of proposals designed to cultivate patriotism among Israeli Arabs,
flag-waving to predicating the issuance of identity cards upon taking loyalty oaths to the
state, was submitted to the special ministerial committee responsible for the
implementation of the findings of the Or Committee report.
The author of the suggestions, Uri Borovsky, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's adviser for
Arab affairs, appeared at
Monday's session of the ministerial committee, which is headed by Justice Minister Yosef
Lapid. The Lapid Committee is supposed to submit later this month formal recommendations
for state policy toward the country's Arab minority, and
for changes in Israel's police force.
In his briefing, Borovsky challenged one of the main findings of the Or Committee,
which earlier in the year released a long-awaited report on the causes of altercations
between Israeli Arabs and police in autumn 2000. The three-man Or panel called for the
reducing of social gaps between Jews and Arabs in the country, and supported specific
measures designed to reduce discrimination, including the furnishing of special budget
allocations to Arab communities, and the increased employment of Arabs in the public
Borovsky took exception to the committee's line of argument. "There is no
discrimination today" between Jews and Arabs, he told the committee members. He said that
"the state of Israel will respect those who respect it," and outlined a new policy based
on what he called the principle of reciprocity. Among other measures, the policy would
include laws and regulations requiring all citizens, Jews and Arabs, to take a loyalty
oath prior to receiving Israeli identity cards.
The new rules would stipulate that Israeli flags must be flown on public buildings such as
schools and municipality facilities.
The new policy would also encourage people from minority groups to enlist in the Israel
Defense Forces or in national service frameworks. As a first step, these incentives would
be directed especially toward Christian Arabs and Bedouin. Sharon has in the past
expressed support for the idea of encouraging Arab citizens to participate in national
service frameworks. Up to now, however, Sharon's government has not seriously discussed
this national service proposal.
Arafat Extends Emergency Cabinet
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian chieftain Yasir Arafat has extended the life of his emergency cabinet after
failing to reach agreement on the formation of a new government. The one-month term of the
emergency cabinet was due to expire at midnight. Arafat's decision was made during a
continuing power struggle that has delayed the formation of a new cabinet.
Despite a month of negotiation on the issue, Arafat and his Prime Minister Ahmed Qureia
are still locked in a disagreement over who should serve in the key post of interior
minister. The position includes responsibility for some of the Palestinian security
Qureia supports the appointment of former top Palestinian police commander, Nasser
Yousef, who is demanding that all of the security organizations be placed under his
control. Yousef's selection is opposed by Arafat, who wants to retain authority over key
Palestinian security forces.
In the absence of any agreement on the issue, an Arafat spokesman said. Qureia had
been asked to continue serving as the head of an emergency government. The spokesman said
the current Cabinet will serve in what he called a caretaker capacity until a new
government is formed. The announcement was made just hours before the mandate of the
current emergency cabinet was due to run out.
Qureia said he expects to be able to present a new government to the parliament by next
week. But he acknowledged that the issue of control over the security forces has not been
Rabbi Ravitz Released from German Prison in Time for Shabbat
Knesset member Rabbi Avraham Ravitz (United Torah Judaism) and his wife found
themselves in a German jail cell for three hours recently - all because he had left his
The story began when he was released from a Swiss hospital after successfully
undergoing medical treatment. He and his wife then visited the Rhein Falls on a river
bordering France, Switzerland and Germany. "There are some beautiful falls on the river,"
Ravitz said, "that as soon as you see them, you can't help but blurt out, 'How wondrous
are Your creations, O God." He said that the highway goes in and out of the three
countries, yet there appeared to be no need to carry a passport.
The German border guards who stopped him did not agree, however. They told the
Ravitzes that they were to remain under arrest until their companion drove back to the
hotel and retrieved the passports. Though Ravitz was able to make contact with the
Israeli Foreign Ministry, and though an Israeli official from the consulate in Germany
asked to speak with the German guard, the latter refused to answer any phone calls "until
the passports arrive." They finally did, and the Ravitzes made it back to their hotel
only a short time before the onset of the Sabbath.
Berlin Fires General Who Praised Anti-Jewish Speech
The German government fired the commander of the prestigious "KSK" special forces on
Tuesday after he praised a lawmaker who had sparked outrage with comments widely
interpreted as belittling the Holocaust.
Defense Minister Peter Struck said he had ordered the dismissal of Brig. Gen. Reinhard
Guenzel, who had written a letter of support to Martin Hohmann, a conservative deputy who
said Jews, like Germans, could be seen as "perpetrators."
"The case is closed for me, I have decided that he will be relieved of his command,
that he will be sacked," Struck told reporters. "I don't think it can be called an
honorable dismissal for a general when a minister decides to throw him out. This is about
a lone, confused general who agreed with an even more confused statement made by a
conservative member of parliament."
In a speech to his local constituency on Oct. 3, Hohmann said it was mainly Bolsheviks
of Jewish descent that had taken part in mass executions during the 1917 Russian
revolution and Jews, like Germans could therefore be called "perpetrators."
Hohmann, who has been rebuked by Jewish leaders and all the main political parties
including by his own, the opposition Christian Democrats, had read Guenzel's letter of
support out to the ZDF television channel.
The case had embarrassed the Christian Democrats and dominated headlines in Germany,
where remarks critical of Jews or Israel often trigger uproar because of the country's
lingering guilt over the Holocaust.
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