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>JN July 28, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 131
Prostitute Charged with Negligent Homicide
A prostitute is facing death by negligence charges after a client,
aged 55, died of a heart attack while receiving the woman's
services in a rented apartment. At a remand hearing, Tel Aviv
Magistrate's Court Justice Miri Diskin extended the remand of the
woman and her employer for three days. The two face the death by
negligence charges as well as charges of maintaining a residence
for the illegal use of prostitution.
Palestinian Leaders Stump for Support
By Art Chimes (VOA-Jerusalem)
Since the collapse of the Camp David summit, Palestinian officials
have been working to convince their people that the peace process
remains alive, and there are hopes for more Israeli concessions,
including sovereignty over East Jerusalem. A senior Palestinian
official took the message to East Jerusalem's main street Thursday.
Palestinian Jerusalem Affairs Minister Faisal Husseini stops in a
tourist shop selling olive wood crosses, silver menorahs, and
souvenirs to talk about the peace process.
He tells the merchant it is important to support Yasir Arafat and
his position that Jerusalem must be the capital of a Palestinian
state. He brings the message to many of the shops along Saladin
Street, the main shopping district of East Jerusalem.
Palestinian officials like Husseini have been stressing that their
Camp David team did not bow to pressure, and that their dream is
"Everything is possible because from my point of view I can't say
that what happened Camp David is a failure. I can say there was no
results -- no results so far, but not a failure."
Senior Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are due to resume
negotiations on Sunday. Husseini stressed that the process
"And we would like to tell the people that hope is there, and
Jerusalem will be the capital of the Palestinian state."
During the Camp David talks, Israeli sources say Prime Minister
Ehud Barak offered Palestinians a capital in East Jerusalem and
authority over parts of Jerusalem's historic Old City, in exchange
for other concessions.
But the proposal did not include the sovereignty the Palestinians
insist on having, and Arafat did not accept the offer.
Ethiopians Sue Over Destroyed Blood Donation
"The destroying of the blood that we donated in order to save human
lives caused us feelings of degradation, insult and anguish that
can not be described". This is the statement of two Ethiopian
immigrants suing the Ministry of Health and Magen David Adom blood
bank officials for NIS 2 million in damages in the Tel Aviv
The two Ethiopians, Netanya residents in their mid-20s, claim that
the destruction of the blood donations by the Ethiopian community,
and their donation among them, was done without any discernment or
examination, without the knowledge of the donators. They claim that
the destruction of the donations caused damage to the entire
Ethiopian community, who are now all seen as carriers of AIDS. The
Ministry of Health and MDA have not yet presented their defense.
The Fate of Raoul Wallenberg
The fate of Raoul Wallenberg, a Righteous Gentile and an honorary
citizen of Israel, has been shrouded in mystery since January 1945,
when he was last seen for certain, escorted by Red Army forces.
Several days ago, the Foreign Ministry sent former Ambassador
Yohanan Bein on a special mission to Moscow. The purpose of the
mission was to discover what progress has been made in the
investigation into the disappearance of the Swedish diplomat, who
was sent to Hungary in July 1944, at the height of the Holocaust
and the Second World War.
Wallenberg's outstanding efforts, resourcefulness and courage, in
the face of great personal risk, succeeded in saving tens of
thousands of Jews in Budapest from the Nazi extermination machine.
During his visit in Moscow, Bein met with Russian Deputy Foreign
Minister Avdeyev, with the Russian head of the joint
Swedish-Russian committee investigating Wallenberg's fate,
Vyachislav Tuchinin, and with the Swedish ambassador in Moscow,
Bein's reception in Moscow was open and friendly. In the course of
his various meetings, he was updated on the work of the joint
Russian-Swedish committee. The conclusion of his Russian
counterparts was that the relevant documents were destroyed by the
The Deputy Foreign Minister and other participants in the dialogue
repeatedly emphasized their sincere intention to arrive at the
truth of this tragic episode, and that their efforts in this matter
reflect their desire to demonstrate the change in the policy and
foreign relations of the new Russia.
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