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>JN Nov. 16, 2001, Vol. 9, No. 191
Peres Castigates bin Laden
By Israel Faxx Staff
Foreign Minister Shimon Peres on Thursday told the UN General
Assembly that Osama bin Laden's claim to be fighting for the
the Palestinians is hurting the Palestinian cause, not helping
"Bin Laden claims that he wants to help the Palestinians in their
conflict, but he is an obstacle to a resolution, not an aid."
Israeli Troops Enter Palestinian Refugee Camp
By VOA News
Israeli forces pushed into a Palestinian refugee camp in the Gaza
Strip early Thursday, triggering a gunbattle that left one
Palestinian dead and at least 13 wounded.
Israeli forces destroyed at least two buildings in the Khan Yunis
camp during the raid. Other houses were heavily damaged. The
Israeli army says it demolished buildings used as cover by gunmen
to fire mortars and guns at a nearby Jewish settlement.
Israeli troops also entered a Palestinian village (Shawawra) near
Bethlehem in the West Bank and arrested eight suspected militants
Later in the day, Palestinians held scattered rallies to mark the
13th anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat's symbolic
declaration, from exile, of Palestinian statehood. In a speech
Thursday Arafat said he remains committed to peace with Israel,
but that the price is a complete Israeli withdrawal from land
captured in 1967, the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.
Meanwhile, the Israeli defense ministry says it plans to ease some
restrictions on movement in the occupied territories during the
Muslim holy month of Ramadan. It says some roadblocks will be
removed in the West Bank. The Israeli-controlled Rafah crossing
between Gaza and Egypt will open for longer hours. Israel says it
also will allow Palestinian fishermen to venture farther from port.
Peres: Palestinian Authority Must Control All Arms
By Breck Ardery (VOA-United Nations)
Israel's foreign minister, Shimon Peres, has told the United
Nations General Assembly that the Palestinian Authority must
exercise control over all arms in its jurisdiction. Peres said that
terror is not an abstract dilemma for Israel, that his nation faces
the reality of violent incidents every day.
In a reference to the Palestinian Authority, he said democracy and
security are impossible if there is one political authority but
several armed partners. "The Palestinian Authority, which is a
state in the making, must establish one authority over all arms,
all armies, and all use of arms, not for the sake of Israel, but
for the sake of peace and their own destiny, so that bullets will
not negate ballots."
Peres said Israel is committed to contribute whatever it can to
renew the peace process but that peace can come only through a
negotiated agreement with the Palestinians.
The foreign minister said many Israelis now support the idea
of an independent Palestine. "Although this is not yet a formal
policy of the government of Israel, there is support for
Palestinian independence, support for a Palestinian state."
Peres added that, as far as Israel was concerned, "good neighbors
are better than good guns."
Yad Vashem: Righteous Among the Nations Ceremonies
Yad Vashem will hold a ceremony on Sunday to posthumously honor the
late Valentina Varavina from Ukraine, as a Righteous Among the
Nations. She is to be honored for endangering herself in
saving the life of young Jewish boy - Yafim 'Fima' Shtraim.
In July 1941, Valentina Varavina met young mother Bluma Shtraim on
a train fleeing East with her two sons Ilya aged nine and Yafim
aged three. The boys' father, a junior officer in the Red Army, had
been drafted to the front a month prior, and the family were trying
to escape their hometown Zhitomir (Ukraine). In central Ukraine the
train was bombed and Bluma was killed.
Valentina vowed to save the boys and grabbed them from the
wreckage. In the chaos Ilya was separated from his brother, and
Valentina and Yafim returned to Zhitomir where Yafim renamed the
young boy Valik. She introduced him as her nephew to conceal his
Jewish identity, and hid him in her house until Liberation by the
Soviet army in 1943.
Shortly after liberation, the long-lost Ilya turned up at the
house, after having survived himself. In 1946 with his release from
the army, their father returned to reclaim his two sons, and
Valentina adopted a daughter, Svetlana.
Yafim (now Yafim Sklarsky) moved to Israel in the 1990s and gave
his testimony to Yad Vashem requesting that Valentina be
posthumously honored as a Righteous Among the Nations. In July 2001
Svetlana appeared on Russian TV pleading for information on her
mother's other "child," and miraculously the plea was seen by
Yafim in Israel.
Svetlana Shukaliuk and Yafim Sklasrsky will meet for the first time
as adults in Israel, at Yad Vashem, when Svetlana receives the
certificate and medal on behalf of her stepmother.
The ceremony will take place Sunday afternoon in the Garden of the
Righteous Among the Nations in Yad Vashem in addition to two
further ceremonies honoring Ukrainians Tamara Bromberg and her late
mother Valentina Maximenok, and the late Michal, Maria and Michail
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