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>JN March 24, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 58
Jews Return to the Sinai for Passover
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"
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
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
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
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
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
"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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