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>JN July 13, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 126
Who Has Stolen the Air Conditioners?
Vacation has started and officials report 260 air conditioners have
been stolen from schools around the country. Police are calling the
thefts a "national plague" estimating the damages at about NIS 1
million. It is believed that a gang waited patiently until
the schools shut down for summer vacation and then made their move.
U.N. to Discuss Alleged Israeli Human Rights Violations
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel and the United States are calling on Palestinians to cancel
a UN conference on alleged human rights violations by Israel in the
West Bank and Gaza Strip. But a high-ranking Palestinian official
says the conference will convene as planned.
The General Assembly in February called for the conference to
review alleged Israeli violations of the Fourth Geneva Convention.
The convention deals with the treatment of civilians in occupied
territories and outlaws practices such as torture, extra-judicial
detainment and creation of settlements.
The conference is scheduled to begin Thursday in Geneva, and Israel
has asked the Palestinians to cancel the meeting, suggesting it
could undermine efforts by the new government of Prime Minister
Ehud Barak to revive the Middle East peace process.
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy told reporters Monday that
cancellation of the conference would be in the spirit of peace.
Levy says even if the Geneva meeting takes place, the sky will not
fall on Israel. He says Israel is not moving forward on the
peace process because it is being forced to. Levy says such a
meeting will not advance the peace process even by a millimeter.
Levy says Barak discussed cancellation of the conference during
Sunday's meeting with Palestinian Chairman Yasir Arafat.
US Ambassador to Israel Edward Walker met with Levy to discuss the
Geneva conference and recent Israeli diplomatic initiatives to move
the peace process forward. Walker told reporters the conference
should be canceled.
"We have been opposed to this meeting on a number of different
grounds, on the basic principles that we don't believe that this is
an appropriate vehicle for dealing with this issue. We do think it
is counter-productive at this time. We have opposed it. We will
not attend it if it is held and we are continuing to work to try to
If the conference opens Thursday, it will do so on the same day
Barak is scheduled to open talks with President Clinton in
Convicted Murderer: Victim Alive, Well in Tiberias Yeshiva
Dr. Jean-Levi Tourquin, a French veterinarian serving a life
sentence in a French prison for the murder of his son has told
authorities that his son is alive and well, studying in a Tiberias
yeshiva. According to a private detective hired by Tourquin, his
son, Charles-Eduard, 16, was taken in by an ultra-Orthodox family
and is living in Israel under his new identity. Tourquin has been
in prison since 1991.
According to Tourquin's lawyer, his son was kidnapped and taken to
Israel by his mother. The defense team is now working with Israel
police in the hope of finding Charles in the hope of gaining the
release of Tourquin. Israel police, who have been cooperating, do
not believe that the teenager in question is the son being sought by
the team working on behalf of Tourquin.
According to a report in Haaretz, in 1981, Michele Tourquin had an
extramarital affair with Moshe Bar-Edelstein, an American Jew who
used to live in Israel. In 1991, Michele told Jean-Levi that the
father of the 8-year-old boy was Bar-Edelstein. Several days later,
the boy disappeared.
Dr. Tourquin was convicted of murder based on his own confession
made to his wife during a fight. She had been wearing a hidden
microphone. The court ruled the confession in which he stated he
murdered the boy and she would never know where the body is, was
enough for a conviction despite the fact the body was never
The teenager in Israel, who has a French accent, only knows that
his mother was not Jewish, which is the case here, and that his
father died in prison.
Collection of Jesus Coins Found
A trove of rare, thousand-year-old coins bearing the likeness of
Jesus has been discovered in an area of the Holy Land that was
predominantly Muslim at the time. The 58 "Jesus coins'' - the
largest such collection uncovered to date - were among thousands of
bronze items discovered last October at an archaeological site near
the Sea of Galilee, Hebrew University professor Yizhar Hirschfeld
"It's a treasure, there's nothing like it in the whole world," said
Gila Hurvitz, the curator and designer of the exhibit, now on
display at the university's archaeological school. "He hit the
jackpot." The 82 coins are the only items among the thousands that
are inscribed in Greek; others bear blessings written in the
ancient square-like Kufic Arabic script.
They were hidden underground, untouched for a thousand years until
October 1998, when Hirschfeld directed a 'rescue' excavation - a
dig required by law before major construction takes place.
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