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>JN March 9, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 47
3,500 Israeli Muslims go on Hadj
Israel Faxx Staff Report
3,500 Israeli Muslims have gone to Saudi Arabia to fulfill the
Islamic precept of the Hadj. They were issued 25-day visas for this
purpose and left in 71 buses, via the Allenby Bridge. Another group
of 300 traveled by air from Amman to Jedda.
Chamish Calls for an End to Cover-up in Rabin Assassination
Journalist Barry Chamish announced he will increase his efforts to
bring an end to what he calls the cover-up surrounding the
assassination of Yitzhak Rabin.
"In light of the upcoming elections and the deepening prospect of
the complete corruption of our democratic system, I have decided to
take action to let the public have all the facts before casting
their votes. It is clear that the government's promise to indict
Avishai Raviv was broken and that there is no intention of
permitting the public to know the truth about the Rabin
On Wednesday, Chamish will submit a complaint to Tel-Aviv Police
against Dr. Yehuda Hiss, the State Pathologist for medical
malpractice and evidence tampering.
"I will present Dr. Hiss' pathological report which stated that
Yitzhak Rabin suffered no damage to his spinal cord, nor was
wounded by a frontal chest wound. I will then submit Dr. Mordechai
Gutman's surgical procedures report, the surgical summation signed by
five of Dr. Gutman's staff, and taped testimony of Drs. Gabi
Barabash, general manager of Ichilov Hospital and former Health
Minister Ephraim Sneh, all reporting the shattered backbone and
frontal chest wound."
Four Rabbis Who Placed Rabin in "Rodef" Category
According to Knesset member Yossi Sarid, the head of the extreme
left-wing Meretz Party, the police and General Security Service
now have the names of four rabbis who placed the late prime
minister Yitzhak Rabin in the category of a "rodef."
Sarid, who over the past two months has spent a great deal of time
investigating the events dealing with the assassination, insists
that he has information from the GSS to back up his allegations.
Sarid insists the police failed to take the proper steps in dealing
with those who placed Rabin in the category of a rodef (one who may
be killed in accordance with Jewish law). Sarid added that as early
as 1994, there were signs pointing to the rodef ruling, yet the
police failed to take action.
Sarid added that his information indicated that the rodef
classification was also applied to former prime minister Shimon
Peres, Labor Party Knesset member Yossi Beilin as well as himself.
He said this information was uncovered by police six months prior
to Rabins's assassination of Rabin.
Sarid insists that his research indicated that in January 1995,
rabbis affiliated with communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza
affixed their signatures to a ruling of rodef, accompanied by
prominent rabbinical figures in the United States. He is now
demanding that criminal proceedings be implemented against those
persons involved in the rodef rulings.
Church of John the Baptist Discovered
Israel Faxx Staff Report
The Israel Antiquities Authority announced that a sixth century Byzantine
church dedicated to John the Baptist has been discovered
at the Tel a-Shakef dig at an Israel military installation in the
The church, measuring 13 X 25 meters in area (about 3,400 square
feet), is covered in marble floor tiles and multi-colored mosaics
of geometric shapes and flora motifs, as well as three Greek
inscriptions, translated by IAA Professor Vassilios Tzaperis as
A line from Psalms 95:1, "O come, let us sing unto the Lord,"
mistakenly rendered as, "O come, let us become sanctified unto the
Deuteronomy 28:6: "Blessed will you be when you come in, and
blessed will you be when you go out."
At the entrance to the church is a multi-colored mosaic of a
medallion containing 11 lines that state that the church is
dedicated to John the Baptist, was founded in 544 and completed in
550, and praise the church's donors -- Victor and John.
Dig director Ya'akov Huster, on behalf of the IAA, stated that a
previous excavation at the site revealed a magnificent bathhouse
and fish pond in almost perfect condition, next to the church.
"These discoveries show that this was a major church in a
successful community in the mid-sixth century, during the reign of
The site is located at a military installation in the northwest
edge of the Gaza Strip, in an area under Israeli military and
civilian control. The excavation is being conducted with the aid of
the Employment Service as part of a public works project for the
unemployed, the archeology officer for Judea and Samaria and the
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