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>JN Feb. 1, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 22
Swiss Favor Shechitah, Swedes Against Brit Milah
The Department of Justice in Switzerland is initiating legislation
to legalize Jewish ritual slaughter. The practice was outlawed over
100 years ago.
But in Sweden, the Jewish community is up in arms over legislation
restricting ritual circumcision.
Sharon is Sorry Israel Didn't Kill Arafat
By VOA News
Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said he is sorry Israel did not kill
Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat in 1982, when the army had him
surrounded in Beirut.
Sharon, who was defense minister at the time, told the Israeli
newspaper Maariv there was an agreement in Lebanon not to
"liquidate" Arafat. He said all things considered, he now regrets
Israel invaded Lebanon in 1982 to try to crush the Palestinian
Liberation Organization. The raid came after Palestinian terrorists
tried to assassinate the Israeli ambassador to Great Britain.
Sharon has been accused of war crimes for the 1982 massacre of
Palestinian refugees by Lebanese Christian militiamen allied with
Israel. Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat quickly denounced
the Sharon's remarks and said they prove that "Israel still wants
to kill the Palestinian leader.
"When a prime minister declares his gangster-like intentions, it
highlights the kind of government he has. Sharon's words are very
dangerous. By saying that he regretted not assassinating Arafat in
1982, Sharon means he want to fix his mistake."
The United States mildly rebuked Sharon for his statement. State
Department spokesman Richard Boucher said: "I didn't have any
particular comment. Obviously we look to both sides, including the
Israeli government, to avoid remarks that inflame the situation...
Remarks like these can be unhelpful."
Airport to Increase Security
Ben-Gurion International Airport Director-General Gabi Ofir
announced that security would be increased following two serious
blunders in the last week. In one case, a 52mm military
illumination flare was loaded onto a flight to Johannesburg inside
a passenger's suitcase.
The second case involved a handgun that made its way from Tel Aviv
to New York City, unnoticed by any of the security personnel.
Ofir added that investigations into the security deficiencies are
underway and the persons responsible would be prosecuted to the
maximum extent permitted by the law.
Rubenstein Outlaws Bumper Sticker
Attorney-General Elyakim Rubenstein has ordered an investigation
into the printing and disseminating of the bumper sticker "No
Arabs, No Terror Attacks."
Rubenstein stated that the sticker was a violation of the laws
against incitement to racism and instructed the police to
take action in the matter. Right-wing activists had requested that
the Justice Ministry permit the slogan under Freedom of Speech. The
phrase is sported on many bumper stickers and T-shirts throughout
Hamas: There is No Need for Female Suicide Bombers
Hamas leader Sheik Ahmed Yassin stated on Thursday there was no
need for female suicide bombers, explaining they as is, his
organization remains unable to meet all the requests for the many
males waiting to become suicide bombers.
In an interview in a London-based Islamic publication, Yassin added
that there are some difficulties using females as suicide bombers
according to Islamic law.
More than 2,000 Palestinian residents were on hand Thursday
afternoon for a symbolic funeral service held in PA-controlled
Ramallah for the female suicide bomber who perpetrated the Jan. 27
bombing attack on Jerusalem's Jaffe Street that claimed one
innocent life and left about 172 persons wounded.
A Jewish-American Ice Teen Queen In Salt Lake City?
By Steve K. Walz, TV Critics Assoc. of America
Hang on to your yarmulkes folks, 17-year-old Los Angeles teen ice
skating sensation - Sasha Cohen, has landed a spot on the USA's
Olympic figure skating squad.
After pushing Michelle Kwan to the limit two years ago at the U.S.
Nationals, Cohen suffered a series of physical maladies in 2001,
which forced her to the sidelines.
Now, after recuperating and dealing with a growth spurt of nearly
four inches since 2000, Cohen wowed a jam-packed arena at last
week's U.S. National Championships, with Kwan looking over her
shoulders. She copped a silver medal last Saturday night, after a
scintillating short-program propelled over several well-known U.S.
Ironically, Cohen is also a huge Kwan fan. This five-foot bolt of
energy could make the U.S. Figure Skating team a formidable squad
at the Olympic Games this month.
Galit Chait, who holds dual American-Israeli citizenship will join
her ice dancing partner Sergei Sakhnovky on the Israeli Olympic
squad in Salt Lake City.
Chait and Sakhnovky are among the Top Five Ice Dancing squads on
the planet and could bring home a medal for Israel, which would be
its first ever in Winter Olympic competition.
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