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>JN July 28, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 131

Prostitute Charged with Negligent Homicide

By IsraelWire

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 still alive.

"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 continues.

"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

By IsraelWire

"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 Magistrate's Court.

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

By IsraelWire

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, Sven Hirdman.

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 KGB.

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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