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>JN March 24, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 58

Jews Return to the Sinai for Passover

By IsraelWire

50,000 Israelis are expected to tour in the Sinai Peninsula over the Passover vacation period, some from this week, when school vacations begin. Manager of the Taba border checkpoint, Yitzchak Hai, stated that the checkpoint is prepared for the thousands of visitors who will be passing through -- extra border guards and customs officers will man the border stations.

Sheinbein Trial Expected to Last a "Long Time"

By IsraelWire

Officials connected to the trial of Samuel Sheinbein, who was indicted in the Tel-Aviv District Court Monday, predict the case will take up to nine months.

Witnesses will be flown in to Israel from Maryland and defense lawyer David Libai stated he will do everything possible to ensure his client receives a fair trial while assuring the world that he did not escape due process by standing trial in Israel. Libai stated he did not object to his client being held without bail considering the severity of the charge, first degree murder.

Libai added that he was confident that his client would also have received a fair trial in the United States, but did fear for his life. Libai added that the law, which sheltered his client from extradition, should be amended to avoid Israel from becoming a safe haven for criminals.

Israeli Banned From Jerusalem

By IsraelWire

Herzl Mazuz, 44, has been banned from Jerusalem following police suspicions that he was planning to place a bomb on the Temple Mount of the Old City in an attempt to destroy the Al Aksa Mosque. Police presented its case to the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, which complied with the request for the order barring Mazuz from the capital.

Mazuz is a resident of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. According to police, Mazuz has taken the biblical Hebrew name of Yonatan Ben-Ishai. Police confiscated his passport and he is living in his home in Beersheva. He is also required to report to police twice a week.

Netanyahu Thanks Arafat for Preventing Terror Attack

By IsraelWire

Israel Radio reported Tuesday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu phoned PLO Authority Chief Yasir Arafat about three weeks ago to thank him for preventing a Hamas terror attack in the center of Israel. The report, which did not go into details of the planned attack, indicated that PA security forces successfully averted a planned Hamas attack, which was to have taken place "in the center of the country."

30% of Nobel Prize Winners in Medicine are Jews

By IsraelWire

For the past 100 years, 30% of the winners of the Nobel Prize in medicine have been Jews, while the percentage of Jews in the world's population is 0.3%. These facts are included in a special exhibition featuring Jewish participation in the history of the world of medicine prepared by the B'nai Tzion medical center.

Henry Ford Statue Stirs Talk of his Past

By IsraelWire and the Florida Times Union

To many people in the Florida coastal town of Richmond Hill, automotive pioneer Henry Ford is the man who saved the city. But plans for a new statue of the industrial giant at City Hall don't sit too well with a rabbi because of Ford's anti-Semitic past.

"In reality, I'm conflicted about it," said Rabbi Arnold Mark Belzer, leader of Congregation Mikveh Israel in nearby Savannah. "I certainly can't blame folks for celebrating a local hero, and I certainly understand celebrating one's history. But while he was a great man, he certainly had some spectacular faults."

During the 1920s, Ford bought nearly 80,000 acres for a winter home in Richmond Hill, which borders the Atlantic Ocean and Interstate 95 just south of Savannah. Ford eradicated a malaria outbreak by draining the nearby marshes and bringing in doctors and nurses to try new medications.

But about the same time, Ford purchased a newspaper in Dearborn, Mich., that ran a series of articles called "International Jew: The World's Problem." Ford also had close ties with Germany in the years leading up to World War II, according to Belzer, who recently told a meeting of the Richmond Hill Rotary Club that Ford's company was the largest auto manufacturer in Germany.

In 1938, shortly before the outbreak of the war, Ford received the Order of the German Eagle from Adolf Hitler, the highest civilian honor available in Nazi Germany. After the horrors of the Holocaust were uncovered in 1942, Ford renounced his anti-Semitic views and apologized to the Jewish population.

"A lot of people have been misled in their lifetimes," said Richmond Hill Mayor Richard Davis, who invited Belzer to speak to the Rotary Club. "But if you look and see what he did for this community and the world at whole, it far outweighs any negative things that happened in those days, which were short-lived."

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