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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 Albright.

Arafat Gives Killer of Israeli Policeman its Highest Award

By IsraelWire

PLO Authority Chairman Yasir Arafat has given the PLO's highest award to an Arab terrorist convicted of murdering an Israeli policeman.

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 struggle."

Gravestone Placed on Wrong Grave

By IsraelWire

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 'empty plot.'

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, refused comment.

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