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>JN Aug. 24, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 156
Israelis Rescue 3-Year-Old Boy
By Arutz-7 News Service
In the Turkish town of Cinarjik, where 10 Israelis were killed by
the quake, Israeli rescue workers pulled a three-year-old boy -
alive - out of the rubble Monday morning. He had been buried there
for six days, and his condition is now considered satisfactory.
The Israeli team was called to the site after a Turkish crew
noticed signs of life under one of the collapsed buildings.
A sampling of quotes from newspapers in Italy regarding the Israeli
rescuers in Turkey: "This is a badge of honor for the tradition of
the Israeli soldiers, who never leave people in distress behind."
(Corriere della Sera.)
Referring to Israeli rescues in other catastrophes, "They landed
like angels from the sky in Mexico, Armenia, Kenya, and other
places around the world, and in every place they saved lives from
under the ruins." (La Republica.)
Earthquake May Rock Turkish Government
By Arutz-7 News Service
The earthquake in Turkey could have grave internal political
consequences, which could impact negatively on Israel. So said
Middle East political expert Prof. Gabi Ben-Dor of Haifa
University, in an interview with Arutz-7.
"Turkey is actually two countries," he explained. "The population
of one is modern, urban, middle class, and supported by the army,
while the other one - about two-thirds of Turkey - is traditional,
third world, and basically similar to rural areas in other Arab
countries. There is generally much tension between the two, but the
army quietly maintains the edge for the 'moderns.'"
Ben-Dor said, "I would like to say quite clearly: Israel has a
great interest in a strong, modern, Western-minded Turkey. Turkey
is a very important strategic asset for Israel, as well as for the
entire West and NATO. It is the only Middle Eastern country that is
a member of NATO, and in fact has the fourth-largest ground army in
the organization. This is a very important reason why Israel has
been so forthcoming in helping Turkey this week, and has even
enlisted other Western countries in these efforts."
PA-Israel Agree on Safe Passage and Port
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
A top Palestinian negotiator is reporting agreement on two
long-delayed issues during discussions with Israeli officials on
implementation of the Wye-River peace accords.
Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat says an agreement has been
reached with the Israelis on the so-called -- safe passage issue --
that will allow Palestinians to travel more freely from the Gaza
Strip to the West Bank.
Exact details were not released, but Erekat says the new
safe-passage route in the southern section of the territories will
open Oct. 1, while a northern route will open Jan. 1.
Erekat also says that construction will begin on a port in Gaza by
Oct. 1. He says the two sides are close on other major issues,
except the timetable for the redeployment of Israeli soldiers in
the territories and the release of Palestinian prisoners.
Erekat and other Palestinian negotiators are scheduled to meet
later this week in Washington with Secretary of State Madeleine
Arafat Gives Killer of Israeli Policeman its Highest Award
PLO Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat has given the PLO's highest
award to an Arab terrorist convicted of murdering an Israeli
Khalil Saadi al-Ra'ei, 45, was released from an Israeli prison last
Wednesday after serving 25 years. He was the longest-serving Arab
prisoner in Israel. Al-Ra'ei was serving a life sentence for the
murder of Israeli policeman Asher Carmeli in 1973.
A day before the release, Arafat announced that he has bestowed the
PLO's "Jerusalem Decoration" upon Khalil al-Ra'ei, in honor of his
Gravestone Placed on Wrong Grave
The gravestone of a Dimona resident was mistakenly placed in
the wrong section of the local cemetery. It was learned that for
the past nine years, the family members held annual memorial
services at the wrong grave.
The company hired to set the stone in place apparently did so, but
on the wrong grave. The family did not realize the error and
continued visiting the wrong grave.
About 5 years ago, a cemetery employee was asked to prepare a
grave. When he began digging on the empty plot, he was shocked to
find that there was someone already buried in the plot. He
immediately informed officials of the local religious council who
instructed him to promptly cover the gravesite with dirt
and not permit the remains to lie exposed.
The gravedigger recently decided they must inform authorities and
told police what had taken place five years ago. The police
investigation led to the identity of the remains buried in the
Police petitioned the Beersheva Magistrate's Court to open the
grave under the tombstone and to permit DNA testing to match
against a sample from the daughter of the deceased. The court
complied with the request to open the grave. The religious council,
responsible for the burial and identification of the deceased,
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