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>JN April 24, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 70
Former SS Officer Goes on Trial
By VOA News
A former Nazi SS officer, who was a guard at a concentration camp
in what is now the Czech Republic, has gone on trial in Germany on
charges of murdering prisoners during World War II.
Anton Malloth, 89, is being tried in a Munich prison because of
poor health. He appeared at the hearing Monday in a wheel chair.
Prosecutors accuse Malloth of murdering three prisoners between
1943 and 1945 at the Nazi Terezin concentration camp outside
Terrorist Car Bomb Hurts 8
Arutz-7 News & VOA News
Eight people were lightly wounded Monday afternoon when a pipe bomb
exploded inside a parked car in the marketplace of Or Yehuda near
Tel Aviv. The bomb contained a large amount of nails, designed to
cause maximum injuries. Police called the bombing a terrorist
attack. Witnesses said the force of the explosion caused the car to
fly into the air.
Police Commander Yossi Sidbon said that the car was stolen Sunday
in Jerusalem. "It was a great miracle," he said, "considering that
the car bomb was placed in a crowded marketplace." The explosion
left only the car's chassis intact.
The blast came a day after one Palestinian suicide bomber killed
himself and an Israeli doctor in an explosion at a bus stop in the
town of Kfar Saba, a suburb of Tel Aviv.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon blamed the Palestinian
Authority for that attack, but Palestinian officials rejected the
accusation. The Islamic militant group Hamas on Monday claimed
responsibility for the bombing.
Palestinian Boy Reportedly Killed at Gaza Funeral
By Meredith Buel (VOA-Jerusalem)
Israeli officials are checking reports that a Palestinian boy was
killed and at least 12 people were wounded during a funeral Monday
in the Gaza strip. Witnesses said the shots came from the direction
of a Jewish settlement.
Palestinian medical sources say Israeli soldiers shot and killed a
Palestinian boy and injured about a dozen other people. The
incident occurred during a funeral procession near the Khan Younis
refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. The funeral was for a Palestinian
police officer who died of injuries sustained during an Israeli
attack last week.
Israel Deliberately Attacked U.S. Ship in 1967
By VOA News
A new book says Israel's attack against a U.S. surveillance ship in
the Mediterranean Sea during the 1967 Six Day War was deliberate.
"Body of Secrets," written by James Bamford, provides a detailed
account of the attack on the USS Liberty, including evidence the
author says strongly contradicts Israel's official explanation that
it was an accident. Thirty-four sailors aboard the Liberty were
killed and 171 others were wounded in the Israeli air and sea
attack on June 8 1967.
The author speculates in the book that Israel attacked the USS
Liberty deliberately because it may not have wanted Washington to
know what Israeli forces were doing in the fighting with Egypt.
Israel sent a confidential report to the United States claiming
that the attack was a mistake. President Lyndon Johnson accepted
the explanation, but security officials did not. Israel later paid
modest reparations to the families of the sailors.
The USS Liberty was sailing in international waters a few miles off
the Sinai peninsula a few days after the war began. Israel claimed
that the U.S. vessel was not flying the American flag and that its
forces mistook it for an Egyptian navy ship.
The book's author claims, however, that an American intelligence
gathering plane was flying high above the Liberty during the
attack. Bamford says the plane's intercepts of Israeli pilot
conversations showed that they knew the target was flying an
Bible Contestants Hear Surprising Papal Quote
The 38th Annual International Bible Contest for high school
students is underway, with the main event to be held in Jerusalem
Thursday, Israel's Independence Day.
Some 61 young contestants from 30 countries participated in the
first part of the contest Sunday, which was exclusively for
Diaspora Jews. Eliav Danziger, 17, from Canada was the victor, and
his runner-up was Nofar Daskal, a 15-year-old girl from Belgium. On
Thursday, their Israeli counterpart will join the fray, in which
will be crowned the International Bible Contest champion.
The young scholars met Monday with Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who
told them, "Whoever knows the Bible doesn't need a tour guide to
take them around the Land of Israel. I told this to the pope two
years ago, and I mentioned that the places here in Israel have
retained their names from biblical days - Jerusalem, Hevron,
Jordan, Beit El, Shilo, Rachel's Tomb, etc.
The pope then mentioned other places whose biblical names haven't
changed, such as Gilboa, Tabor - and then he said something that
would be good for all of us to remember: He said, 'The Land of
Israel and Jerusalem are holy to the three religions - Judaism,
Christianity and Islam - but the Land is promised only to the
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