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>JN April 18, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 66
New Home For Yad Vashem Study Center
By Arutz-7 News
The new home for Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum's International Center
for Holocaust Studies was dedicated at the Yad Vashem compound. The
documentation of children's testimony from the years 1944-5 will be
a main focus of the Center's work, and three seminars will take
place there in the coming months: The 40th anniversary of the
Eichmann trial; "The Return of the Jews to the Countries from Which
They Came"; and another about Nazi war crimes.
Syria Condemns Israel for Attack in Lebanon
By VOA News
Syria has strongly condemned Israel for its bombing Monday of a
Syrian radar station in Lebanon. Tuesday, the official Syrian
newspaper, Tishrin, accused Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon of
being a terrorist and pushing the Middle East toward war. Syrian
officials also called on Arabs to end all forms of contact and
trade with Israel. The angry rhetoric coincided with Syria's
Israel said Monday's airstrike which killed three Syrian soldiers
came in response to a weekend attack by Syrian-backed Hizbullah
guerrillas that killed one Israeli soldier.
Syrian Foreign Minister Farouk al-Sharaa said the Hizbullah attack
was justified, calling it a legitimate response to Israel's
continued occupation of Shebaa Farms. Lebanon claims the small
area, which Israel held onto after withdrawing its troops from
southern Lebanon last May.
Other Arab states joined in the condemnation of the Israeli air
raid, with Saudi Arabia saying the Sharon government was using war
to meet expansionist goals. Saudi Arabia called on the U.N.
Security Council to take a stand against Israel and bring the peace
process back on track. The comments came as Lebanese Prime Minister
Rafiq Hariri arrived in Jeddah for talks with the Saudi leadership.
Israel Pulls Out from Re-Occupied Palestinian Areas
By VOA News
Following U.S. criticism, Israel has pulled out of
Palestinian-ruled areas it briefly re-occupied in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli retreat came late Tuesday following a statement by
Secretary of State Colin Powell calling on Israeli troops
to leave Palestinian areas. Powell said the Israeli incursion was
an excessive response to recent Palestinian mortar attacks.
A statement read at the State Department blamed both sides for
stepped-up violence and urged both to show restraint. A U.S.
spokesman said the situation was threatening to escalate further,
posing a risk of broader conflict.
The Israeli army seized some Palestinian-controlled parts of Gaza
and bombarded Palestinian security positions Monday night after
Hamas guerrillas fired mortars at an Israeli town. Palestinian
leader Yasir Arafat called Israel's action an unforgivable crime.
Israel had also restricted movement along main roads, forcing
Palestinians to travel in donkey carts along Gaza's Mediterranean
This was the first time since the Palestinian uprising began nearly
seven months ago that Israel had taken over areas returned to the
Palestinians as part of interim peace accords. Israel turned over
about two-thirds of Gaza to the Palestinians in 1994.
The move to take over the area followed an attack on Gaza by
Israeli combat helicopters and tanks that pounded Palestinian
positions after a mortar assault on an Israeli town near Gaza. The
Palestinian militant group Hamas took responsibility for the mortar
barrage. Israel shelled buildings across Gaza, including a number
of security installations.
Palestinian officials accused Israel of reoccupying the Gaza
Strip. Palestinian cabinet minister Hassan Asfour called the
Israeli move a new and dangerous step that expanded what he called
the sphere of war with the Palestinians.
Germany Opens Hotline to Lure Repentant Neo-Nazis
Israel Faxx Staff Report
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that a German government
hotline to help neo-Nazis quit extremism has opened. The news
agency says German security authorities believe the national
hotline will attract repentant extremists to contact them directly.
Federal aid ranges from protection against revenge attacks and a
new identity to help in finding jobs and financial assistance, as
well as possible judicial leniency.
Heinz Fromm, head of the federal security agency that tracks
extremists, said many details of the program are open as Germany
struggles to cope with racist and anti-Semitic crime resurgent
since last year. "We don't have exaggerated expectations, but I
believe we have the obligation to make such an offer," he told
Fromm said assistance for repentant neo-Nazis would have to be
worked out individually. "It could be limited to advice or we could
offer material help, for example in moving out of their
environment, moving house or changing job."
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