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>JN Aug. 31, 2000, Vol. 8, No. 151

Police Fear For Plight of Arab Collaborator

By IsraelWire

According to family members of an Arab resident of the Baka neighborhood of Jerusalem, agents of a PLO Authority (PA) security force kidnapped the man who is believed to be an informant for Israeli security agencies. The man has been missing since Sunday, and Israeli officials fear he may be in PA custody.

Shoval Warns Israel Should Remain Guarded Over Oslo Process

By IsraelWire

"We cannot afford to be blind," Zalman Shoval, told delegates to the B'nai B'rith International Convention 2000. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, who represented Israel during the previous two American administrations, warned, "Even some long-term peace partners would like to roll back the achievements of Zionism in the last 100 years, cut Israel down to size."

Focusing on what he called the "probably inevitable, but maybe not desirable" Palestinian state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, Shoval said that there must be acknowledgement by Arab countries of the right of the Jews to have a homeland, and they must accept Israel's legitimacy.

He reminded the audience that the Middle East is "still a dangerous neighborhood," and that "some of our neighbors consider peace not an aim in itself, but a prize for which Israel must pay."

Shoval went on to talk about Jerusalem remaining Israel's undivided capital -- "concessions must stop somewhere, and I think that's at Jerusalem" He believes the close relationship between Israel and the United States will continue to grow "no matter the outcome in November [in the presidential elections]."

He praised B'nai B'rith's work in promoting unity among all Jewish people but cautioned that if "U.S. Jews are less interested in Israel, maybe [they] are less interested in being Jews." But Shoval's pride in the Jewish people came forth when he paraphrased writer Thomas Cahill's book, The Gift of the Jews: that without the Jews the phrase "All men are created equal" would not be "self-evident. Jews are the conscience of the West."

American-Jewish Groups Call For Hunud's Extradition to U.S.

By Arutz-7 News

Six American Jewish organizations have urged President Clinton to demand that Yasir Arafat surrender the terrorist Abu Hunud to the U.S. Abu Hunud is responsible for the deaths of three American citizens -- in addition to 19 Israelis -- and the wounding of many others.

The terrorist himself was wounded this week during the unsuccessful attempt to apprehend him, and he is now being sheltered by Arafat's Palestinian Authority. Reports have been received that Abu Hunud will be "tried" by the PA.

The Jewish leaders expressed concern that Abu Hunud "will not receive an appropriate punishment at the hands of the PA," whose justice system "was referred to by Secretary of State Albright as a 'revolving door,' because terrorists detained by the PA are routinely set free or given extremely lenient sentences."

The statement continued, "Just last week, President Clinton wrote to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, of which we are member-organizations, pledging to do everything he can to bring Palestinian Arab killers of Americans to justice. The detention of Mahmoud Abu Hunud provides the United States with an opportunity to ensure that a suspected killer of Americans receives American justice."

The statement was signed by the leaders of the Zionist Organization of America, National Council of Young Israel, Jewish War Veterans of USA, Emunah of America, Poalei Agudath Israel, and the American Sephardi Federation.

Recognition For Arab Who Died Saving a Jew

By Arutz-7 News

The National Insurance Institute announced this week that the family of Omar Jeddah, a Palestinian Arab who drowned after saving a Jewish boy in the Kinneret three weeks ago, will receive a monthly allowance of 3,000 shekels. Jeddah, who worked for an Israeli employer, was the sole supporter of his family, but did not pay into the NII fund and therefore did not qualify for NII payments.

The special NII decision was made in consideration of the exceptional circumstances of the case. Jeddah held the child's head above water until rescuers pulled the boy to shore. Jeddah himself was taken to the hospital in serious condition, and died there two days later.

Taking an "Inside" Look

By Arutz-7 News

A potentially major medical breakthrough in Israel has attracted significant attention in the United States. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved clinical testing on humans of a pill that uses video photography to help diagnose the condition of the digestive track.

The new technology was developed by the Givun Imaging Corp. of the northern Israeli city of Yokne'am. It features a $300-a-swallow pill, which measures 2.5 centimeters in length, passes through the digestive track, and leaves the body naturally. It contains a tiny video camera powered by two miniature batteries. A computer program also developed by Givun permits the information amassed during the test to be transformed into a videotape for later analysis and diagnosis.

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