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Pro-Pollard Kippah Wearing Jews Expelled from Leftist Rally
Police expelled kippah (yarmulke) wearing Jews, demonstrating to free Jonathan Pollard
from prison in the United States, from the pro-expulsion rally on the grounds that their
lives were threatened. Other pro-Pollard activists who did not wear a kippah were not
expelled from the demonstration. Police approached kippah wearing activists and told them
that their kippot identified them with the "right" and as a result they had to leave the
area of the demonstration.
Threats, Obscenity and Discrimination Dominate Left-Wing Rally
"Those who invite a civil war should know that we're ready for battle," Peace Now
leader Yariv Oppenheimer told a left-wing crowd Saturday night - and was greeted by
raucous cheers from the crowd. The left-wing rally in Tel Aviv had been billed as a
"peace" rally, but some of the statements were rather militant. Chants and signs reading,
"A settler is not my brother," were prominent. Left-wing leader Yossi Sarid has responded
to those who warn of a civil war - literally, a "war of brothers" in Hebrew - that,
"settlers are not my brothers." Some of the banners calling to "evacuate" Gaza were
Not all left-wing organizers agreed with the rally's militant message. Maj.-Gen. (res.)
Ami Ayalon harshly criticized the slogan, "A settler is not my brother." He said it is
unacceptable to attack the residents of Judea, Samaria and Gaza, and that they should
rather be shown empathy when they face forcible removal from their homes.
Yossi Verter reported in Ha'aretz prior to the rally that Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's
strategic advisors took part in formulating the messages to be delivered at the
demonstration. One such placard read, "Sharon, the nation is with you - continue."
Interior Minister Ophir Pines-Paz addressed supporters of a national referendum, saying he
would not allow them to "torpedo" the withdrawal from Gaza and the northern Shomron. "We
don't need a referendum," Pines-Paz said, "because the majority supports a withdrawal from
The numbers belied his claim. Though his audience was only about 10,000 or fewer,
according to police estimates, recent anti-withdrawal rallies have drawn from 100,000 to
200,000 protesters from across the country. Among those in attendance were some young
people visiting Israel from abroad. These included a busload of Australian youngsters in
Israel with the left-wing Habonim Dror youth movement.
Pilgrims Celebrate Palm Sunday in Holy Land
By Robert Berger (VOA-Jerusalem)
Easter Holy Week began at dawn in Jerusalem's Old City, as bells at the Church of the
Holy Sepulcher called the faithful to celebrate Palm Sunday. The ancient church is the
traditional site of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. Worshippers from around the
world marched through a cloud of incense in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher during Palm
Sunday mass. They were waving palm and olive branches, marking Jesus' triumphal entry into
Jerusalem. Fears of terrorism have kept pilgrims away for the past few years, but in the
wake of the Mideast ceasefire, they are coming back.
In fact, it was the best turnout since Israel-Palestinian fighting erupted four and a
half years ago. Justin Bulgis of La Crosse, Wisc. was not worried. "Always felt safe no
fear, no fear," he said, adding that he was overwhelmed to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.
"It is definitely life changing, definitely reaffirms what I believe. It is that kind of
faith that gives a sense of security, even in the turbulent Middle East. Somebody upstairs
is looking at me, and hopefully He will protect me, and He will."
Sharon in 1974: 'I Would Not Fulfill Such an Order'
"This is an immoral order... I wouldn't fulfill such an order." Speaking in 1974, Ariel
Sharon added that neither would he issue such an order. He was referring to evacuating
Jews from the Land. Sharon said this on June 4, 1974, during an attempt by IDF soldiers
to remove a group of would-be settlers from the area that was planned to become Elon Moreh
in the Shomron.
Ma'ariv reporter Yossi Valter reported on June 5, 1974 that one of the IDF officers
said to Sharon, who had been elected to the Knesset for the first time only five months
earlier: "Arik, when you gave us the order to cross the Suez Canal during the Yom Kippur
War [[eight months ago], I knew it was suicide - but I went anyway, because that was your
order. Now you demand of us to violate an order of our commander? Is that what you would
have wanted from your soldiers?"
Sharon then responded that the order to remove the Jews from the land, where they had
fenced off a half-acre and set up 16 tents, was immoral, "and to orders of this type, one
must refuse. I would not fulfill such an order."
Valter reported that the exchange took place on a "rocky plot of land near Shechem, at
the end of a tussle between about 100 settlers and several dozen soldiers who tried to
remove them. Sharon took active part in these scuffles, trying to prevent the soldiers
from forcibly removing the group members. This group, including women and children,
actualized yesterday, for one day, a dream that it had woven for many years: to establish
the community 'Elon Moreh' in the area of Shechem, and thus to fulfill the [Torah]
commandment of inhabiting the Land."
At another point in the scuffle, Valter reported, a soldier said to Sharon, "As a
commander in the IDF, would you want your soldiers to refuse orders?" Sharon responded,
"The disgrace is yours. I would never demand [of my soldiers] to carry out such an
Ex-Habima Theater Head Accused of Sexual Harassment
Ya'akov Agmon, the former director-general of Habima national theater, will be summoned
by police for questioning in the coming days following a sexual harassment complaint filed
against him this past weekend. The accuser, a 36-year-old former secretary at the theater
who resides in the Sharon region, told police that Agmon made sexually explicit comments
towards her, even threatening to fire her should she fail to meet his demands.
The former secretary said that the harassment began a number of years ago yet she
waited until she finished working at the theater before filing a formal complaint. She was
dismissed from her job in January due to cutbacks at the theater. The woman said that she
came forward after seeking help from a counseling center for victims of sexual violence,
which recommended notifying the police. Agmon resigned his position from the theater a
number of months ago.
Norway Offers Cash to Children of Nazi Soldiers
Norway has agreed to offer children born in World War II of Nazi soldiers and
Norwegian women compensation for decades of discrimination, but victims said the cash was
A parliamentary committee offered up to 20,000 crowns ($3,276) to 10,000-12,000
German-Norwegians born in the 1940-45 German occupation of Norway as an apology for
lifetimes of abuse ranging from bullying at school to scorn at work. They could seek up to
10 times that amount if they could provide documentation of suffering caused by widespread
"hate, fear and mistrust."
The Norwegian War Children's Foundation called the basic amount "ridiculous" and
"insulting" and said that almost no one could document abuse dating back 60 years, much of
it by people long since dead. " Adolph Hitler encouraged soldiers to have children in
Norway, seeing it as an extra breeding ground for his dream of creating an Aryan
super-race. After the allied victory, the once-lauded children became despised misfits.
Some were abandoned in orphanages or mental institutions, others were raised by single
mothers or shuttled back and forth between Norway and Germany.
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