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>JN March 22, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 56
Israelis Will Consume 8,000 Tons of Matza on Passover
Manufacturers report that Israelis will consume no less than
8,000 tons of matza over the upcoming Passover holiday, beginning
Wednesday night, March 31. A study by the Manufacturers Association
indicated the average Israeli will consume 3.3 pounds over the
holiday period. Prices vary from about NIS 36 for a 5.5 pound
package of machine matzot to NIS 100 ($25) for a 2.2 pounds of hand
Sheinbein Will be Charged with Murder
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel will charge a US Jewish teenager Monday with the brutal
murder and dismemberment of another youth in the United States. The
move follows a rejection by the Supreme Court to reconsider a US
attempt to extradite the man for trial in Maryland.
Washington, Sunday, lost any hope of extraditing Samuel Sheinbein,
18, from Israel. He is suspected of murdering Alfred Tello, 19, in
1997 in suburban washington. The Israeli Supreme Court refused to
hear an appeal to reconsider its ruling last month that as an
Israeli citizen Sheinbein could not be forced to stand trial in the
Following the decision, the justice minister announced prosecutors
will issue charges against Sheinbein today in Tel Aviv District
Court. He said there was no longer any doubt in his mind the
murder trial could only be held in Israel.
The high court refused to budge on its ruling, despite an outcry
from the victim's family and US judicial authorities, including
Attorney General Janet Reno. Sheinbein, who was born and raised in
the United States, gained Israeli citizenship through his father,
who was born in what later became the State of Israel in 1948.
The youth had never visited Israel before flying here in September
1997, three-days after Tello's burned and mutilated corpse was
found in Maryland.
Sheinbein managed to avoid extradition through a 1978 Israeli law
that holds it is wrong to hand over Jews to non-Jews for trial. A
number of Israelis oppose the law. Among them is Attorney General
Elyakim Rubinstein who argues the country's citizenship laws are
meant to help Jews return to their historic homeland, not to
provide a haven for suspected criminals.
IDF Predicts Terror Attack on Army Base
Israel Defense Forces officials believe Arab terrorist
organizations are planning an attack inside an army base somewhere
in the center of the country, Haaretz reported.
The information is based on an incident at a military base two
weeks ago, when a car with two passengers, bearing military license
plates drove up to the base's gate. An armed and uniformed IDF
"soldier" got out and requested entry into the base, but raised
suspicions when the guards detected an Arabic accent, at which
point the man rushed back into the car and drove away. The guards
managed to record the license-plate number and the make of the car.
An investigation revealed that the car was most likely stolen, its
military plates forgeries.
It is unclear what the motives were behind the infiltration
attempt, but the army nonetheless is using the incident as reason
to expect terrorist attacks on military bases in the near future.
This threat comes on the heels of warnings that Hamas plans to
kidnap a soldier to use as a bargaining chip in return for the
release of Hamas members jailed by Israel.
Detective Falls into Sewer
A police detective fell into a sewer and was saved by the very
suspects he was chasing after. According to one of the suspects,
the man who pulled the detective from the sewer and saved him from
drowning was hit by the detective a short time before his fall. The
detective thanked the man for saving his life.
The story began when a team of detectives were investigating a
poultry slaughterhouse in Or Yehuda suspected of housing stolen
goods. During the search, a violent dispute erupted between one of
the detectives and one of the slaughterhouse workers. Minutes
later, as the detective began a search of the back yard, he fell
into a deep, six-foot-wide sewer pit, used to collect the liquid
waste from the slaughterhouse.
The detective began sinking into the thick mess. The other
detectives and slaughterhouse workers heard cries for help and
rushed to the scene. The one who saved the detective is the same
employee who allegedly hit by the detective minutes earlier.
Woman Raped in Jerusalem's Mount of Olives Cemetery
A 66-year-old woman who was looking for the grave of her father in
Jerusalem's Mount of Olives Cemetery was raped earlier this month.
The woman told police she looked for the Arab caretaker who is
usually at the site to assist her in finding the grave of her
father. She explained an Arab youth told her he would assist. He
directed her to a secluded area of the cemetery, threw her on the
ground and raped her while hitting her all over her body. Last
week, a suspect was arrested and remanded by the court, but was
released when the victim failed to make a positive identification
in a line-up.
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