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8 Adar II 5760 - March 15, 2000 | Mordecai Plaut, director Published Weekly








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Barak Listens to PA and Gives in on Jerusalem Area Villages
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

For the first time, the Palestinians had a say in determining the Israeli pullback and reports say that the proposal reflects this: villages in the Yerushalayim area will be turned over the Palestinian Authority. Despite the fact that every written and signed agreement up until now says explicitly that Israel will unilaterally decide which land to turn over the PA control, Barak agreed to negotiate the upcoming 6.1% withdrawal with them.

Cellcom Distributes Cellular Telephones to Special Gemachs Throughout the Country
by A. Cohen "I am proud that Cellcom is filling its world not only with the most advanced technology, but also with gemilus chassodim, and with adherence to the fundamental values of the Jewish Nation," the president and director general of Cellcom, Yaakov Peri, former director of the General Security Services, told the representatives of the Cellcom Gemach fund for the loaning of cellular phones, during the ceremony for the distribution of more than fifty Cellcom telephones to representatives of cellular phone gemachs from all over the country.

Degel HaTorah Branches Aid Holocaust Period Insurance Claimants
by S. Fried

Degel HaTorah branches throughout Israel have made arrangements to help Holocaust survivors and their families recover assets owed to them from the Holocaust period by insurance companies.

Pope Asks for Forgiveness for Sins of the Children of the Church
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

The pope issued a broad apology Sunday for sins committed by the church throughout the ages, including those against the Jews. But the pope did not mention any specifics, including the Holocaust.

Deputy Security Minister: Chareidi Communities to Remain Under Israeli Sovereignty
by Betzalel Kahn

At the end of a tour of Kiryat Sefer and Beitar Illit, Deputy Security Minister, MK Ephraim Sneh made the following statement: "Building in the chareidi settlements is acceptable to and approved by the Barak government.

Beis Din For Azerbaijan Immigrants Founded
by Betzalel Kahn

At the initiative and with the blessings of maranan verabonon the gedolei Yisroel, a beis din for Azerbaijan Jewish immigrants has been set up. Led by the beis din of HaRav Mordechai Gross of Bnei Brak, the beis din will work to investigate the Jewish roots of immigrants from Azerbaijan, stopping forgeries and fraud which are liable to result in assimilation.

...And Here is the News... Horror! .... Poster Defaced!
by S. B. Abelesz

Boruch Hashem -- Australian non Jews have no worries.

Whilst the world media reports wars, disease, terrorism, starving children and earthquakes, which item makes the headlines in the all-important 6:00 pm news on Melbourne TV?

A defaced poster! Yes, that's it. A poster.

But let me start from the beginning.

UTJ Votes Against Government; Shas, NRP, Yisrael Ba'aliya Also Vote No Confidence
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

All five MKs of United Torah Judaism voted against the government in the no-confidence motion presented by Likud on Monday over the new curriculum introduced by Education Minister Yossi Sarid. The MKs of Shas and the National Religious Party also voted against the government, leaving Prime Minister Ehud Barak with the support of only one-third of his cabinet ministers.

Angola Seeks To End Diamond Deal With Levayev
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Only a few weeks after the Angolan government announced that Israeli tycoon Lev Levayev will be its exclusive marketer of diamonds, a report in Ha'aretz claims that it wants to cancel its new agreements.

Purim Safety
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

As Purim draws near, the staff of Magen David Adom has already had to treat a number of children suffering injuries as a result of playing with explosives and combustible materials. Magen David Adom (MDA) appeals to parents and teachers yearly to warn children and students about the dangers of various Purim gadgets and of the use of combustible materials for costumes and accessories.

Machine Matzo Baking Underway In Yad Binyomin; New Shearis Greengrocers in Yerushalayim
by B. Rabinowitz and Betzalel Kahn

Machine matzo baking began several weeks ago in the Hamatzos Hamehudoros bakery in Yad Binyomin, under the supervision of the BaDaTz of Shearis Yisroel.

Tal Committee Will Present its Conclusions to Barak Within Ten Days
by Yated Ne'eman Staff

Retired High Court Justice Tzvi Tal said that the committee he heads which was appointed in the wake of a High Court's directives to examine the issue of yeshiva students who study full time and to pass legislation regulating their army service, has completed its work. The report which summarizes the committee's conclusions should be presented to the Prime Minster within ten days.

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