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>JN July 12, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 125
First Lady Supports Israel's Claim to Jerusalem
As she continues her bid for the New York State Senate seat,
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has taken a new position on
Israel's right to Jerusalem as its "eternal and indivisible capital
of Israel". Clinton made the statement in a letter to Mandell
Ganchrow, president of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations
Arafat, Barak Pledge Cooperation
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian Chairman Yasir
Arafat are pledging to move the Middle East peace process forward
and work to find peaceful solutions to the differences that
separate them. They met Sunday on the border of the Gaza Strip,
Barak says the Israelis and Palestinians are now embarking on a new
road of trust to give a new momentum to efforts to bring peace to
the region. "Both sides have suffered enough. It is about time to
find the way to nurture mutual respect -- a kind of partnership
and to make peace together. I am confident that with trust and
determination and some good will on all sides we can and we have to
achieve peace in the Middle East."
Arafat called Barak his friend and partner in the peace process.
Speaking through a translator, Arafat called for a new era of peace
in the Middle East. "It is time to put an end to the cycle of
violence and confrontation. It is time for the new dawn. The dawn
of peace, security and cooperation for all and between all people
of the region."
Arafat reiterated Palestinian demands for rapid implementation of
the Wye River Peace Accords, which require a partial handover of
the West Bank to the Palestinians. He also demanded a halt to
construction of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.
Barak says his government will not establish any new settlements,
but will not dismantle existing settlements in the territories.
He says he hopes Arafat will agree to find a way to combine interim
peace accords with final status talks on such thorny issues as a
Palestinian state and the future of Jerusalem.
"I have no illusions and I believe that the chairman has no
illusions that we are going into tough and a long negotiation with
many ups and downs and crises. But I believe with the kind of
determination and conviction and commitment that I believe we all
have here we will be able to overcome these obstacles and reach the
common goal of achieving peace and putting an end to the
100 years of conflict in the Middle East."
Parents Marriage Annulled so Daughter Wouldn't Be a Bastard
The Safed Rabbinical Court annulled the marriage of a couple
following 40 years of living with one-another as a couple. The
wedding, which took place in Morocco, was annulled to permit the
couple's daughter to wed, despite her being classified as a
"Mamzer" (bastard) in accordance with Jewish law.
Several weeks ago, a woman in her 30s came to the Safed Rabbinate
requesting to begin proceedings to permit her to wed. A standard
check of the woman indicated she was classified as a bastard since
she was conceived as a result of a romance between her mother and
another man. Jewish law prohibits her from marrying anyone except
another bastard or a convert.
A more in-depth investigation by the court's chief justice, Rabbi
Avraham Auerbach, led him to learn that the witnesses used in the
wedding ceremony in Morocco 40 years ago were not "kosher"
according to Jewish law, permitting the marriage to be annulled.
The annulment removed the classification of bastard from the
daughter since her mother was not married when she became pregnant,
permitting the daughter to wed.
Cancer-Ridden Boy Falls to Death
Yaakov Segev, 14, who has been fighting cancer for three years,
fell while climbing steps on crutches, and died. Segev was
scheduled to undergo a bone-marrow transplant this week.
Last Thursday, Segev and his mother went shopping in the Beersheva
Supercenter. Segev, on crutches, was climbing the stairs to the
second floor, when he fell, hit his head, and was fatally hurt.
The Segev family claims the ambulance called took a long time to
arrive. Upon arriving in Soroka Hospital, Yaakov was pronounced
McDonald's Guilty of Employing Youths on Sabbath
The Haifa District Labor Court reached a precedent-setting
decision. The Aloniel Co., which operates the Israeli branches of
McDonald's, and its director-general, Omri Padan, were found guilty
of employing Jewish youths on the Sabbath -- illegal according to
laws governing youth employment, which say. a Jewish youth is not
allowed to work on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath. Non-Jewish youth
are allowed to choose between Friday, Saturday and Sunday for their
weekly day off.
Padan called the law anachronistic and racist, and said that it
served the interests of religious coercion.
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