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>JN July 9, 1997, Vol. 5, No. 123
Palestinian Police Beat Monks and Nuns
The Palestinian Authority police burst into a Hebron monastery this
past weekend, demanding that the premises be evacuated within 24
hours. After the monks and nuns began to argue with them, the
Palestinian police began to beat them and drag them out by force.
One of the nuns told Arutz-7, "First they smashed doors and
windows, then they beat us brutally." Five monks and three nuns
were injured, and one nun is hospitalized. The monastery is the
property of The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, a legal
church body incorporated in New York.
Swiss Gold Update
Switzerland's Holocaust memorial fund will soon make a first
payment of $15 million to help needy victims in Eastern Europe. Of
those funds, $2 million will go to non-Jewish survivors, according
to Rolf Bloch, the chairman of the fund, which met in Switzerland.
Swiss banks discovered another $7.1 million in unclaimed assets
from Holocaust victims, according to the Swiss banks' ombudsman.
Last year ombudsman Hanspeter Haeni said he could find only $8,000
in assets. Some Jewish groups claim that Swiss banks owe Holocaust
victims or their heirs up to $7 billion.
Arafat's "New Eastern Front" Against Israel
With permission of the Middle East Digest
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat is working towards the formation of a new
"eastern front" of Syria, Iran, Iraq and the Palestinian Authority,
which "would be capable of pressuring Israel into accepting
Palestinian demands" according to a report in Tuesday's Jerusalem
Quoting "highly-placed sources", the report said Arafat was
encouraging the Iranian regime to tighten its links with Syria as
a first step. Iran and Iraq have also drawn closer recently.
This assessment echoes warnings by a US congressional task force
last year of a combined Iran-Iraq-Syria-Palestinian military front
against Israel. For many years, relations between the PLO and Iran
were icy. Arafat accused Tehran of supporting the Hamas movement in
opposition to his Palestinian Authority. This has changed in recent
months, and the recent accession of president-elect Mohammed
Khatami - said to regard Arafat as a "personal friend" - seems
likely to lead to even closer ties.
Wrote the Post: "The current perception in Jerusalem is that Arafat
has been using the goodwill he recently garnered with the Iranian
leadership as well as his strong links to Iraq to forge a new
regional alliance." The catalyst for the establishment of such a
relationship would be common interest in ending the military
co-operation between Israel and Turkey.
"Arafat's interest in teaming up with Iran, Iraq and Syria is
believed to be motivated by his deep disappointment with the pace
of the peace process," said the Post.
"Exodus 1947" Captured by the British
By Don Canaan
FOREST PARK, Ohio, July 9 (UPI) -- A Hamilton County resident in
his 70s, Bernard Marks, remembers what he was doing in the French
port of Sete 50 years ago.
Marks was the first mate on the President Warfield -- a ship later
renamed "Haganah Ship -- Exodus 1947." He was assisting 4,515
Holocaust refugees, brought to Sete from displaced persons camps in
Germany and Poland, to board the once elegant, 70-year-old
They would unsuccessfully try to evade British warships blocking
Nazism's victims from entering Palestine. The captain and Marks
evaded a warship waiting in international waters.
One woman on the overcrowded ship died in childbirth and was buried
at sea. On July 18, officers of the nine-ship British fleet
shadowing the Warfield ordered it to stop and be towed into Haifa.
At 2:45 a.m., the Warfield raised the blue and white Mogen David --
the flag of Israel -- and changed the ship's nameboards to its new
name -- Exodus 1947.
Crew members and some passengers unsuccessfully conducted a
two-hour hand-to-hand battle against British sailors who had rammed
and illegally boarded the Exodus in international waters.
Second Mate William Bernstein and two Holocaust survivors,
including a 15-year-old orphan, died.
Marks had been an officer in Britain's wartime merchant marine and
it was he who piloted the Exodus into Haifa harbor -- a British
officer at his side.
The Jewish survivors were placed on three British transports,
returned to France and then to the German camps. The historic
voyage was later recounted in Leon Uris' book "Exodus," and in
the motion picture starring Paul Newman.
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