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>JN July 5, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 115
82-Year-Old Accused of Raping Two Girls
An 82-year-old man has been accused of raping two girls, aged six
and seven. The charges brought against the man in the Tel Aviv
District Court stated that he lived near one of the girls and
sometimes babysat for her. According to the indictment, the
unidentified man raped her repeatedly over the past two years and
also raped her friend. The man is under house arrest until trial.
Palestinians Warned Against Proclaiming a Nation
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israel's justice minister, Yossi Beilin, is warning Palestinians
officials against proclaiming an independent Palestinian nation
before completing negotiations with Israel beforehand. The warning
comes just hours after Palestinian leaders announced their support
for an independent state by mid-September.
Beilin, a strong supporter of the peace process, says a declaration
of an independent Palestinian state is meaningless without Israeli
approval. He says without Israeli agreement, Palestinians would be
cut off from the world and would not be able to travel between the
West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The Justice Minister's statements came shortly after the
Palestinian Central Council gave its backing to PLO chief Yasir
Arafat's plan to declare an independent state by Sept. 13. The
council voted to declare statehood whether or not a final peace
agreement has been negotiated with Israel. Israel and the
Palestinians have set Sept. 13 as the deadline for reaching a
permanent peace accord.
Palestinian officials indicated the council's statement was
somewhat vague in order to give Arafat room to maneuver in peace
talks with Israel.
Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy was sharply critical of the
Palestinian Council's action, calling it a provocation and a
threat. "What we know right now, following the Palestinian
Authority's decision and the serious and extreme declarations,
directed to harm the heart of the Israeli character, has to turn on
a red light. It is not only an extreme escalation, it is a
provocation. It is to heat up with the most extreme expressions,
Israeli officials say any unilateral declaration of statehood would
likely prompt Prime Minister Ehud Barak to annex parts of the
occupied territories, a move that could lead to Palestinian
violence. Barak is pushing for a summit with Arafat and President
Clinton to negotiate the framework of a permanent peace treaty.
Palestinian officials say the gaps on major issues are still too
wide to convene such a meeting. Negotiators are dealing with such
difficult issues as the future of Jerusalem, the fate of
Palestinian refugees, Jewish settlements in the West Bank and the
borders of a possible Palestinian state.
Tapuach Residents Seek to Sell Homes to Arabs
Several families in the religious community of Kfar Tapuach in
Samaria reportedly are negotiating to sell their homes to Arabs,
while other families are waiting for an opportunity to "run away"
from the community and receive financial compensation, under a
permanent treaty with the PLO Authority. These families are
protesting the polarization that has occurred in the community
since becoming the home of many Rabbi Meir Kahane supporters in the
According to many of the 70 residing families, life in Kfar Tapuach
became difficult seven months ago after the election of Shmuel
Hertzler, a Kach supporter, as head of the governing committee.
Hertzler appointed David Axelrod, a former senior leader of the now
illegal Kahane Chai organization, to an important position on the
The residents are afraid of the extremist nature of some of the
residents, and fear a return of violence like that after the murder
of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The protesting residents claim that the Kahane contingency has
illegally taken over houses, and are preparing to evict those
living in houses without permission. The protestors have decided to
take steps to prevent further takeover by the Kahane supporters.
Ten Puppies Found in Trash
A 19-year-old Tel Aviv resident was arrested after it was learned
she threw 10 newborn puppies into the trash. The 10 were thrown
away immediately after they were born. Humane society officials
summoned police. The huskies were found in a plastic bag, near
death, Veterinary officials explained there was nothing left to do
for the pups accept to facilitate their deaths.
The suspect, who was released on bail, told police she made the
decision to dispose of the pups because she knew she was unable to
raise them all.
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