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>JN Aug. 25, 1999, Vol. 7, No. 157
IDF Gets Tough on Sunglasses
Israel Faxx Staff Report
With an increasing array of colored sunglass frames, the IDF is
trying to formulate a new regulation that will order soldiers only
to wear glasses with black or brown frames. Following a request by
inductees that they be permitted to wear sunglasses, the IDF has
decided to set new guidelines which govern the glasses for all
members of the military. Glasses, which are deemed 'bizarre,' even
if their frames are black or brown, will also be barred.
U.S. Teenager Pleads Guilty to Murder
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Samuel Sheinbein, the subject of a 17-month extradition battle
between U.S. and Israeli authorities, agreed yesterday in Israel to
plead guilty to the Maryland murder of Alfredo Tello.
Sheinbein, 19, is expected to enter a guilty plea Sept. 2 in a Tel
Aviv court and will be sentenced to 24 years in an Israeli prison.
Last month, Sheinbein pleaded not guilty to killing 19-year-old
Tello, whose burned and dismembered body was found in a garage near
Sheinbein's home on Sept. 18, 1997.
Sheinbein fled to Israel several days later, claiming citizenship
through his Israeli-born father. Israel declined to return the
teenager to the United States for trial.
Sheinbein will be eligible for parole in 16 years and will be able
to leave the prison on weekend furloughs in six years. However,
once he is freed, he could still be arrested and charged with
first-degree murder if he tried to enter the United States or
any country that belongs to Interpol.
Sheinbein's father, Sol, who is living in Israel, faces obstruction
of justice and hindering investigation charges in Maryland.
Palestinians Will Demand Right of "Return"
By Arutz-7 News Service
The Palestinians will demand the right of return of Palestinian
refugees to Israel in the framework of the final-status talks.
Terrorist leader Naif Hawatme said in Qatar that he and Yasir
Arafat came to an agreement on this point during a recent meeting.
He said many of the "refugees" lived in mandatory Palestine for two
years or more before Israel's War of Independence.
Reform Leader Says Western Wall is Not Holy
According to Rabbi Yehoram Maoz, a leading figure in the Reform
Movement, the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem is not holy
and therefore, he would not chose the site for a bar mitzvah or
other religious events.
Moaz explained there are other sites "no less holy than the wall"
and he prefers to hold religious events at the alternative
locations, which offer "peace and quiet." His remarks appeared in
the first issue of the Betelem magazine entitled, "Is it important
to pray at the Western Wall?"
According to Maoz, the wall was constructed by Herod in his efforts
to expand the Second Temple and therefore, was not of significance
as far as a holy site.
Maoz added that during the day, many worshipers congregate at the
location to recite prayers that they have made holy for themselves.
He equates with one praying at the wall to worshiping idols and has
suggested that the Reform Movement in Israel chose an alternative
site for its worshipers.
In response to the article, Rabbi Uri Regev of the Center for
Progressive Judaism stated that abandoning the wall would be a
mistake and interpreted as conceding defeat to the "ultra-Orthodox
thugs" who seek to block alternative prayer services from the
Responding to the two alternative leaders, Minster of Health Rabbi
Shlomo Benizri of the ultra-Orthodox Sephardic Shas Party stated,
"Thank G-D that once again we see that the religion of the Reform
followers is not the religion of the Jewish people. The Reform
Movement once again has revealed it is not a member of the Jewish
people but rather a separate religion. Truthfully, they have no
place at the wall and should seek an alternative location [for
their prayers]. Perhaps the Jerusalem Theatre."
Future Earthquake in Israel Appears a Near Certainty
In the wake of expert predictions that an earthquake would strike
in Israel sometime in the future, the Knesset State Comptroller's
Committee together with the Science Committee has started
investigating the nation's level of preparedness.
According to the Ministry of National Infrastructure, the
construction in Israel is adequate but the big question remains is,
"Who is in charge?" According to Professor Yaakov Glick of the
Technion University in Haifa, there is a lack of supervision of
engineers and construction to ensure that everything possible is
being done to limit damage in any future earthquake.
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