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>JN March 18, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 54
10% of the World's Cranes are in Israel
Only 1,000 cranes remain in the world, and 10% of them are in
Israel, most in the Hula area in the Galilee, while others are in
the Negev. On their migratory path northward, some cranes were
spotted near Damascus, Syria. The crane is a large bird, and is in
threat of extinction. Every winter, the cranes migrate from Europe,
heading south. In the spring they return north.
Shas Leader Guilty of Accepting Bribes
By Deborah Tate (VOA-Jerusalem)
The leader of an ultra-Orthodox political party and close ally of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to appeal his
conviction on bribery in a case that has raised ethnic tensions in
the Jewish state. A Jerusalem court found Aryeh Deri, leader of the
influential ultra-Orthodox Shas party, guilty of taking more than
$150,000 in bribes when he served as interior minister in the
Supporters of the Moroccan-born Deri say the verdict is an example
of the bias against members of Shas, who are of Middle Eastern
origin. Deri is a close ally of Netanyahu, and his Shas party is
the third largest after Likud and Labor. With 10 seats in the
120-member Knesset, it often controls the balance of power in the
Netanyahu -- in a brief response to the ruling -- said his heart is
with Deri. He called for restraint among Deri's supporters in the
wake of threatened violence. A sentencing hearing has been
scheduled for March 25.
Senior Citizen Tied to Table
Tens of thousands of German marks and 1/2 kilogram (1.1 pound)
of gold were stolen from a safe belonging to an 85-year-old
Tel-Aviv man. The thieves tied the elderly man to the table in his
home and then worked on cleaning out the safe.
The elderly man told police that his son lives in Germany and sends
him money from time to time. He saved the money until he had enough
to purchase the gold. Until about two months ago, he kept the
savings in a bank safety deposit box but after he purchased a safe,
he brought his "pension" home. Now, he explained, he was wiped out.
Hotels Abroad Full for Passover
Israelis are packing their bags and preparing to leave for Passover
abroad. According to tourist officials, 50,000-60,000 Israelis will
spend the Passover Holiday abroad. Tourist officials report the
average trip for a 4-5 day stay will cost $300-$500 per day.
Tourism officials report 45 percent of Israelis leaving the country
will be heading for Europe, with most choosing to visit France
which took the place of England which was in first place last year.
Thousands of Israelis will also be heading for Sinai, Egypt.
Charlie Chaplin's Daughter Sues Lottery
Josephine Chaplain, 45, the daughter of Charlie Chaplin, came to
Israel from France to take part in her suit filed in the Tel-Aviv
Magistrate's Court against the Mifal HaPayis Lottery Agency.
Chaplin maintains that television commercials over the past years
in Israel -- in which a person depicted her father with his
familiar mustache, cane and hat -- were a violation of the family's
In the $1 million suit, it was pointed out that the family in the
past has permitted the image of Chaplin to be used for commercial
purposes but only in a limited number of cases and for monetary
Thousands of Dollars Nearly Went to Laundry
A wounded soldier of the Israel-allied Southern Lebanese Army who
was hospitalized in Israel hid thousands of dollars, which he
brought with him under the sheets of his bed. When the linen was
changed, the money was almost sent to the hospital laundry.
The incident took place in a Safed hospital when the wounded
soldier was brought in from the security zone of southern Lebanon.
On Friday night, the money was apparently lost when the linen of
his bed was changed. When the soldier returned to his room, he
panicked when he realized his nest egg was gone.
Following an extensive search of soiled linens, the director of the
hospital's laundry service, David Ohana, found the soldier's money
in a sealed envelope.
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