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>JN Feb. 5, 2002, Vol. 10, No. 25
Israeli Singer Mati Caspi Convicted of Bigamy
Israel Faxx Staff Report
Singer-songwriter Mati Caspi was convicted of bigamy in the Tel
Aviv Magistrate's court on Tuesday. The court ruled that Caspi
married Gal (Rachel) Wenger in October 1994 in the U.S., before he
divorced his first wife Dorine Lubotsky Caspi, whom he married in
August of 1975.
In 1994, Caspi married Wenger in a civil ceremony, according to
California law. The maximum sentence for bigamy in Israel is five
years, but Caspi's sentence will be determined by California law.
The maximum sentence for bigamy in California state is three years.
IDF Chief: We Are Ready, Prepared Against Iranian Threats
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz said Tuesday that Israel is
well prepared to deal with Iranian threats and has the necessary
defense means, as well as "other capabilities" to deal with the
threats that may present themselves.
Mofaz told the Knesset Foreign Affairs & Defense Committee that in
the event of a regional war, he is willing to state with caution
that Israel is ready to deal with the threats that she may be
required to face.
Transportation Minister Ephraim Sneh, a former general, said
earlier Tuesday that Iran's goal was to "wipe Israel off the map."
The present regime in Tehran, he told Israel Radio, believes that
"from a religious point of view, Israel has no right to exist. Its
army, the rockets in south Lebanon are all meant for this purpose.
This is the regime's ideology and strategy." He added that Israel
had "no intention of attacking Iran."
The latest comments are part of the escalating rhetoric between
Jerusalem and Tehran in recent days. Iran warned Israel on Monday
not to consider attacking its nuclear power plant, saying the
Islamic republic would retaliate in ways "unimaginable" to Israel.
"If Israel carries out any military action against Iran, it will
face a response that will be unimaginable to any Israeli
politician," Defense Minister Admiral Ali Shamkhani told the
Arabic-language Al Jazeera television. He said he was not referring
to a nuclear response.
Radical Palestinian Groups Criticize Arafat
By VOA News
Two radical Palestinian groups have condemned Palestinian leader
Yasir Arafat's article that appeared in Sunday's New York Times.
The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP)
said Tuesday that Arafat's article could compromise the fundamental
rights of the Palestinian people. It said it cannot accept Arafat's
argument that Israel's demographic concerns should be taken
into account when discussing the right of return of Palestinian
On Monday, the Islamic radical group Hamas accused Arafat of using
what it calls "Israeli logic" and begging favors from the United
States. Hamas said Arafat has failed the Palestinian people by
calling fighters and martyrs "terrorists."
Arafat wrote that those who attack innocent Israeli civilians are
terrorists, who do not represent the Palestinian people or its
aspirations for freedom. He did not refer to Hamas or any other
group by name, but said he is determined to put an end to all
terrorist activities. The Palestinian leader also said he is ready
to resume peace talks with any Israeli leader.
Palestinian Gunmen Storm Court, Slay 3 Convicted Killers
By Ross Dunn (VOA-Jerusalem)
Palestinian gunmen, backed by an angry mob, stormed into a
Palestinian military court in the West Bank Tuesday and killed
three men. The three had just been convicted of killing a
Eyewitnesses say hundreds of Palestinians, including several masked
gunmen, forced police aside and burst into the court building in
the West Bank town of Jenin. The gunmen then opened fire, killing
the three convicted men. They then dragged the bodies into the
streets and shot into the air in triumph.
The victims had just been convicted of murdering Osama Qmeil. Two
of the three killed had been sentenced to death and the third to 15
years hard labor.
The three told the presiding judge of the military tribunal in
Jenin, they had acted in revenge for the killing of six people by
Qmeil a decade ago. A member of the Palestinian security services,
Qmeil was suspected of killing Palestinians who collaborated with
Witnesses say many of those who stormed the courtroom belonged to
PLO Chairman Yasir Arafat's Fatah faction, the security forces,
or were relatives of Qmeil. He was killed last week, after he was
lured to a garbage dump on the outskirts of Jenin.
Islamic Jihad in Cairo Publishes Suicide Bombers Handbook By
Three leaders of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization in Egypt
have just released their handbook for suicide terrorists in the
ongoing "holy war."
The book calls on bombers not to target little children, the
elderly and handicapped, women and others, explaining the
significance of "jihad" in Islam -- adding prior to perpetrating an
attack, a bomber must decide what will benefit Islam and what will
harm it. Special mention is made instructing bombers to be certain
not to target tourists in Arab countries.
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